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February 2019 SM Online

​​Apartment Security

In a recent survey of apartment renters, gated access was the most frequently cited amenity desired by respondents, and app-controlled door locks made the top 10.

Weapon Vulnerability​

Some U.S. weapons have a significant vulnerability–they are relatively easy to hack, ​according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

Spy Conviction

A U.S. federal jury convicted Kevin Patrick Mallory, a former CIA case officer, on espionage charges for transmitting classified documents​ to an agent of the People's Republic of China.

Voting Security

Following the U.S. midterm elections, most voters said it was very easy to vote, and confidence in election security increased.

Sexual Harassment

The Center for Employment Equity released a report on employers' responses to sexual harassment​.

Open Office Space

High-performance employees tend to prefer quiet work spaces ​to open-office designs.


The U.S. Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to all public-sector employers regardless of their size, ​the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

Racial Discrimination

MPW Industrial Services, Inc.​, will pay $170,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Office.


Nursing and health care facility Absolut Facilities Management, LLC,​ will pay $465,000 and other relief to settle charges of pregnancy and disability discrimination brought by the EEOC.

Toddler Texts

Many preliterate children ages three to five send text messages comprising only emoji. ​