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EMT Hired Hit Man for HFD Husband
By Richard Connelly
An emergency medical technician has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill her husband, a Houston firefighter.
Court records show Brittany Martinez, 24, paid $1,000 and provided a work schedule and tips on how best to off her husband, Adrian Ray Martinez. She didn't micromanage things, though: Although she warned the hit man about security cameras across the street from the firehouse where the hit was to take place earlier this month, "she did not care what type of weapon was to be used, she just wanted the job done," court documents say.
One thing she was sure of: She wanted her husband killed before he discovered she had taken the $1,000 out of their bank account because, you know, that would entail a kinda awkward conversation.
Court documents say that Martinez did what everyone does when they're looking for a hit man to kill their husband: She asked the manager of the family's favorite Casa Olé restaurant to do the job.
She told him in January she was having marital problems and wanted her husband killed. The manager told her he couldn't do it himself, and Martinez told him she "was okay with someone else committing the murder, but she just did not want to meet or come in contact with the person" doing the job, court documents state.
She gave the manager cash, a picture of her husband, his work schedule with the dates of March 3 and March 5 circled, and the tip about the security cameras.
Later, the manager called her and taped the conversation, records say. She told him, among other things, the hit man should park a block away from the firehouse and make sure to do the killing in the back parking lot.
She's charged with the felony of solicitation of murder.
Please, Dump Internet Explorer Now
By Jeff Balke
For more than ten years, I've been assisting companies in building and maintaining their Web sites and Web applications.
One thing that drives me nuts, and is often a problem perpetuated not by my clients but by nerds and engineers, is the idea that Internet Explorer is a good browser. Too often, my clients are required to use IE for intranets because lazy developers have built them to work only with that browser or, worse yet, with an old version of it.
IE creates all sorts of problems for developers because Microsoft doesn't deal with the nuts and bolts of the Internet in the same way as other companies. As a result, Web sites that look great and work perfectly in Chrome or Firefox or Safari look like crap and cease to function when you open them in Explorer.
If you are still wasting your time and making Web site developers hate you for using IE, here are five reasons to switch to something else:
IE 9 has certainly improved in this arena, but Google Chrome is still substantially faster and if rumors are to be believed, Mozilla is working to improve the speed of Firefox in future upgrades. Even Safari performs better than IE, and Safari is a remarkably lackluster browser considering Apple is normally pretty good at delivering Mac-only software products — a good reason to use iCab on your iPhone instead of Safari.
Clients have often told me their IT departments claim IE is significantly more secure than other browsers. This is simply not true. A recent comprehensive security study concluded that Chrome is substantially more secure than other browsers, IE in particular.
There hasn't been a version of IE for Mac since Safari was developed in 2003 despite the fact that there is a Windows version of Safari. Frankly, what Mac user would want it? The lack of compatibility, particularly with mobile devices and the iPad, makes IE nearly obsolete.
2. Memory Suck
When you spend a lot of time on your computer, the one thing you don't want is software that hogs your active memory. When one piece of software requires a lot of your computer's attention, it slows the machine's performance and makes using it really annoying. While it isn't quite as memory-intensive as Firefox (get on that, Mozilla), it still takes a ton of your computing power.
1. Code Problems
When programming code for the Web, the goal is always to make it simple and fast-loading. Unfortunately, IE makes that difficult because it doesn't like to play by the same rules as everyone else. Most browsers operate using a set of generally agreed-upon standards to make browsing easier and to help coders. Microsoft, as usual, has decided to write its own playbook and it creates a mess for developers. It also means the Internet you view while using IE can be radically different from the experience of Firefox and Chrome users, and not for the better.