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  • Jury: Ohio man defrauded charters. Schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough were victims.
    • An Ohio businessman accused of selling marked-up goods and fraudulently billing Florida charter schools, including five in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, was found guilty Friday in Escambia Coun
    • Newpoint Pinellas High, Newpoint Education Partners, Attorney Russell Edgar, Florida charter schools, Escambia County Circuit
  • Woebot — World’s First Mental Health Chatbot
    • Working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year across more than 130 countries, Woebot is undoubtedly a busy therapeutic chatbot. The good news is that Woebot recentl…
    • mental health, mental health problems, Woebot, health care worldwide, mental health care
  • Drones delivering contraband to prisons a budding problem
    • PENSACOLA, Fla. — A package of contraband covered in grass clippings that was dropped by a drone at a Panhandle prison is one of the most recent examples of inmates using advanced technology to smugg
    • drone, drone incidents factsheet, drone smuggling operations, drone drops, drone usage
  • An Ohio businessman accused of selling marked-up goods and fraudulently billing Florida charter schools, including five in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, was found guilty Friday in Escambia County Circuit Court.
  • PREVIOUS COVERAGE:A Times investigation Documents point to inflated spending at troubled Pinellas charter schools Escambia County Assistant State Attorney Russell Edgar said Kunkemoeller and Marcus May, the founder of Newpoint Education Partners, conspired to engage in a fraudulent billing and kickback scheme.
  • Edgar said that May solicited Kunkemoeller to form two shell companies, School Warehouse and Red Ignition, to purchase furniture and equipment supplies and mark up the prices as high as 300 percent to sell to charter schools managed by Newpoint.
  • Edgar said the crimes occurred between 2010 and 2015 involving 14 schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Bay, Broward, Duval and Escambia counties.
  • PREVIOUS COVERAGE:Prosecutors say businessman diverted education money meant for Pinellas, Hillsborough charter schools He said Kunkemoeller testified that he had no intent to defraud the schools, that mistakes were made and he trusted May.

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  • The good news is that Woebot recently secured $8 million to gain access to mental health care worldwide.
  • The worlds first mental health chatbot, Woebot was founded byDr. Alison Darceyin 2017 for young adults in college and graduate school.
  • Woebot arrives at a time when the burden of mental health problems has doubled, especially over the past decade.
  • With $8 million funding on March 1, 2018, from leading venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Andrew Ngs newly launched AI Fund, Woebot Labs, Inc. can expand its delivery of high-quality mental health care worldwide and develop the AI technology powering Woebot.
  • But given the fact that there aremillionsof people around the world that will never see a therapist, chatbots like Woebot could be of immense help.

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  • PENSACOLA, Fla. A package of contraband covered in grass clippings that was dropped by a drone at a Panhandle prison is one of the most recent examples of inmates using advanced technology to smuggle illegal items behind prison walls.
  • One of those drops was discovered at a Panhandle prison after correctional officers spotted the drone, which was delivering a cellphone and tobacco.
  • A drone incidents factsheet provided by the department says the drone was observed by a correctional officer, who saw it successfully deliver contraband inside of the prison.
  • Glady said drone usage is plaguing prisons across the nation, and most corrections departments are trying to keep up with new technology.
  • The department foresees some issues in investigating drone smuggling operations because it can be difficult to determine contraband was dropped by a drone unless correctional officers spot the device in action, she said.

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