Good Day: June 15, 2010 

PERSON IN TOWN
Australian journalist and scientist Vanessa Woods talks about “Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo.” Her book looks at the world of the bonobo, a rare ape. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]


LECTURES
William Swing:
The United Religions Initiative founder gives a talk titled “Somalia — Harnessing Religious Tensions for Peaceful Purposes.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bret Easton Ellis: The novelist discusses his writing process, his characters and how his life has changed since “Less Than Zero.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


LITERARY EVENTS
Russ Baker: The investigative journalist talks about “Family of Secrets.” [7 p.m., Borders, Stonestown Galleria, S.F.]

Gail Sheehy: The best-selling author and journalist, in conversation with Belva Davis, discusses “Passages in Caregiving.” San Francisco Village presents the event. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


AT THE COLLEGES
Design Week: The Society for Environmental Graphic Design hosts “Design Matters,” an evening featuring speakers, a reception and a wine tasting. [5:30 to 10 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]


AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open house:
The library’s Chinatown Branch hosts its annual get-together. Guests can have tea with the staff and enjoy Cantonese music. [2 to 4 p.m., 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Pride Month: The library hosts a 20th-anniversary reading of the Pomo Afro Homos’ “Fierce Love: Stories From Black Gay Life.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


LOCAL ACTIVITIES
Chinatown histories:
Journalist Bonnie Tsui, author of “American Chinatown,” presents a slide show about the experiences leading up to her book. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Indie rock: Matt Pond PA performs at The Independent. “The Dark Leaves” is the band’s latest album. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

LGBT homebuying: The LGBT Community Center hosts the first session of a free two-part LGBT homebuyer workshop. [6 to 9 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.; details, RSVP (required): www.sfcenter.org]


DINING OUT
Mission Beach Cafe:
“BBQ Tuesday” has returned, and appetizers, entrees and side dishes all reflect the theme. Menu selections include fig-wood-smoked pork ribs with baked beans and grilled asparagus; mesquite-smoked pulled-pork sandwich with fennel-cabbage slaw and house fries; smoked lamb meatballs with baby shiitakes, red pearl onions and green garlic; and chicken, tofu and seafood dishes. [198 Guerrero St., S.F., (415) 861-0198]

TERRY CHILDS SENTENCING POSTPONED, ATTORNEYS ASK 
FOR MORE TIME TO FILE MOTIONS


BCN51 -TERRY CHILDS SENTENCING

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
The sentencing of a former city of San Francisco network engineer
convicted of locking the city out of its main computer network in 2008 was
postponed today after attorneys asked for more time to prepare various
motions and sentencing arguments.
A San Francisco Superior Court jury convicted Terry Childs, 45, on
April 27 of one count of felony computer tampering for withholding passwords
to the city's FiberWAN network -- which he had been in charge of implementing
-- from his superiors at the Department of Technology and from police.
Childs was to be sentenced today, but the defense and prosecution
agreed to continue the hearing until next month.
Childs, of Pittsburg, was jailed in July 2008 while the city
remained locked out of the network for 12 days. The network handles about 60
percent of the traffic for city departments.
No harm was done to the network, but prosecutors feared that
Childs, who clashed with his coworkers, could have installed traps on the
system that could cripple the city. Childs eventually agreed to give Mayor
Gavin Newsom the passwords.
Prosecutors charged him with felony computer tampering with an
allegation that the tampering cost the city more than $200,000. The full cost
of regaining control of the network and doing vulnerability testing has been
estimated at close to $1 million.
Childs testified at trial that he never intended to harm the
network but that other employees were not qualified to have the passwords
under established industry guidelines for network engineers.
Jurors were not convinced.
Childs is now facing a two- to five-year prison sentence, but
would receive credit for time already served in jail. He is also facing an
order to pay restitution to the city.
Childs' attorney, Richard Shikman, today asked Judge Teri Jackson
to postpone sentencing until July 2 so that he could complete motions arguing
Jackson should be lenient.
Jackson agreed to postpone the hearing, saying she wanted more
information before making her sentencing decision.
"I don't know what I am going to do, and I'd like to have all the
facts," Jackson said.
Both the defense and the prosecution are to submit arguments.
Jackson told Childs "there is a substantial amount of restitution"
under the jury's decision, and informed him that he would have a right to
challenge the amount at a future hearing.
Childs is now scheduled to be sentenced July 2 at 10:30 a.m.

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