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Morning Roundup - October 27th

From the Brownsville Herald, on the seizure of $52k of marijuana:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested an Arizona man accused of attempting to drive into Mexico an automobile with more than $52,000 in marijuana, said an agency press release.


James Edward Williams, 22, was arrested Sunday afternoon by CBP at Veteran's International Bridge and later charged with possession of marijuana by Cameron County Sheriff's Department because the seizure didn't meet the threshold for federal prosecution, court documents show.


The arrest took place when Williams drove a white Ford Taurus through the bridge's southbound lane and was referred to a secondary inspection area, CBP said. A drug detecting canine was used by CBP officers to confirm the presence of narcotics in a duffel bag stored in the car's trunk; after an inspection, officers found five packages weighing more than 52 pounds of marijuana, documents show.




From the New York Times, on HINI vaccinations:

New York City's health commissioner said on Monday that the city was going ahead with the first stage of its plan to vaccinate schoolchildren. School nurses will begin giving free vaccinations on Wednesday at 125 small public elementary schools, all with fewer than 400 students, said the commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley.

"We have 40,000 doses set aside for the first wave of schools, which we feel should be adequate," Dr. Farley said.



Leadership Events:
8:30 AM PDT
Secretary Napolitano will deliver remarks via live remote feed highlighting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the importance of cybersecurity as a shared responsibility with the National Defense Industrial Association-San Diego (NDIA-SD) Cyber Symposium
Bahia Hotel and Resort.
998 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, Calif.

Public Events:
8:30 AM EDT
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Assistant Commissioner Major General (Ret) Michael Kostelnik will deliver remarks about the use of “Predator B” unmanned aerial vehicles in maritime surveillance strategies at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) Maritime Surveillance Latin American Summit.
Hyatt Regency
400 2nd Avenue SE
Miami, Fla.

8:45 AM LOCAL
National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Control Systems Security Program Director Sean McGurk will deliver remarks about control systems and threats to control systems at the 2009 European Community Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Process Control Summit.
Hilton Stockholm
Slussen Guldgränd 8
Stockholm, Sweden

9:20 AM EDT
CBP Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Program Office Director Colleen Manaher will speak about the successful implementation of WHTI at the IDGA Fifth Annual Border Management Summit.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

10 AM EDT
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate Deputy Administrator Tim Manning will testify about measuring the impact of FEMA preparedness grants before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response.
311 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

1:15 PM LOCAL
NPPD Control Systems Security Program Director Marty Edwards will deliver remarks about controls systems at test beds and assessment of vendor vulnerabilities at the 2009 European Community SCADA and Process Control Summit.
Hilton Stockholm
Slussen Guldgränd 8
Stockholm, Sweden

2 PM EDT
Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alexander Garza, FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Director Marcy Forman will testify about the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology.
311 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

2 PM EDT
Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Acting Under Secretary Brad Buswell will testify about developing research priorities at S&T before the House Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

3 PM EDT
National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Under Secretary Rand Beers will participate in a question and answer session about the U.S. government’s response to cybersecurity threats at the Madison Policy Forum on Cybersecurity.
The Waldorf Astoria Duke of Windsor
Room 100 East 50th Street
New York, N.Y.
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