Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.

This week we tackle the following:

  • Sky Bar and Envi Ultra Lounge get six months to make nightclubs safer - Montgomery PD asked the city to revoke their business licenses
  • The Hidden Dangers in Your Phone Number - Identity theft isn’t usually something that keeps people up at night
  • Arkansas AG sues online retailers for selling vaping products to minors - Legal action against three online e-cigarette retailers
  • 4 suspects accused of stealing nearly $500K in identity theft scheme - Your mailbox should be secure; your identity, sacred

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Two popular nightclubs have been given six months to make their establishments safer after the Montgomery Police Department asked the city to revoke their business licenses.

MPD gave the Montgomery City Council a detailed breakdown of crime at Sky Bar and Envi Ultra Lounge about two weeks ago. A memorandum said the two establishments had histories of stabbings, shootings, underage drinking and more than 100 police calls this year.

Sky Bar and Envi Ultra Lounge get six months to make nightclubs safer 

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Identity theft isn’t usually something that keeps people up at night. It should, argues the former Atlantic writer Taylor Lorenz: “You don’t ever worry about it until it happens to you.”

In a new episode of The Idea File, Lorenz explains how giving out your phone number could lead to a devastating hack—even when your phone is sitting in your pocket. She also offers guidance on how to better inoculate yourself against exposing sensitive personal data.

The Hidden Dangers in Your Phone Number

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“These out-of-state retailers are illegally selling vaping products online that are dangerous to Arkansas children, and it’s time to take a strong stance to stop this practice in our state,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is unacceptable for retailers to exploit our youth by selling vaping products to them illegally.”

General Rutledge filed lawsuits today against Utah-based BuyVapor.com, Arizona-based The Vape Co. and Minnesota-based Mystic Juice USA, LLC. All three companies were reported to sell and ship vape products to customers in Arkansas and failed to confirm the consumers’ age.

Arkansas AG sues online retailers for selling vaping products to minors


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Prosecutors said the suspects would steal people's mail, real estate listings and other public records.

Federal documents show they then used that information and their own pictures to create fake government IDs.

Prosecutors said they'd go to places like Lowes and Target and get credit cards in other people's names.

Prosecutors said they'd even buy luxury cars.

4 suspects accused of stealing nearly $500K in identity theft scheme