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Zeek closes headquarters

 

By     The Dispatch

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:42 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.

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Rex Venture Group, which operates the online penny auction site Zeekler.com and affiliates program Zeek Rewards, has closed its headquarters for the remainder of the week for undisclosed reasons.

The company, known to most as Zeek, posted three signs on the windows of its headquarters at 803 West Center St. in Lexington by about 4 p.m. on Thursday that stated the office will be closed, telling visitors to “check the website for more information.” As of 6:22 p.m., there was no further information available on Zeekler.com or zeekrewards.com. The company also announced it is cancelling its upcoming “Red Carpet” event, scheduled for Wednesday. The announcement, made on zeekrewardsnews.com, also advised readers to continue to monitor its websites for more information to be forthcoming.

Both Zeekler.com and Zeek Rewards have recently come under the scrutiny of the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, after dozens of users filed complaints and inquiries in the past six months. The company, which is rooted in its penny auction website, has expanded in the past year to let users buy in through an “affiliates program.” Some say the company is a good way to make a little more cash while others condemn it as the makings of a pyramid or Ponzi scheme.

Paul Burks, chief executive officer of Rex Venture Group, could not be reached for comment. Dr. Clifton Jolley, the company’s media representative, also could not be reached.

Details about the closing were conflicting on Thursday.

Dozens of people arrived at the company’s headquarters throughout the afternoon on Thursday, only to find locked doors and confusion. The Dispatch spoke to about eight different people gathered outside at about 5 p.m., all of whom refused to comment on the situation.

One man, who said he was speaking on behalf of Zeek but wished to remain anonymous, said the building was being closed so Zeek could answer inquiries from the Attorney General, made in the form of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID). According to N.C. General Statutes, a CID is an administrative subpoena that can be issued by the Attorney General whenever there is reason to believe a person, or entity, has information that is relevant to an ongoing investigation.

The Attorney General’s office could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

A Zeek Rewards affiliate, who refused to give his name, said he went to the company’s headquarters at about 3 p.m. to conduct business, only to find the sign on the door stating the business was closed.

The affiliate said a Zeek employee changed the locks on the doors. He watched as another employee exited the back door, carrying a box full of office supplies, he said.

Nash Dunn can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 227, or at nash.dunn@the-dispatch.com.

Zeek closes headquartersBY NASH DUNN

The-Dispatch.comAugust 16, 2012 6:42 PM

<p>Rex Venture Group, which operates the online penny auction site Zeekler.com and affiliates program Zeek Rewards, has closed its headquarters for the remainder of the week for undisclosed reasons.</p><p>The company, known to most as Zeek, posted three signs on the windows of its headquarters at 803 West Center St. in Lexington by about 4 p.m. on Thursday that stated the office will be closed, telling visitors to “check the website for more information.” As of 6:22 p.m., there was no further information available on Zeekler.com or zeekrewards.com. The company also announced it is cancelling its upcoming “Red Carpet” event, scheduled for Wednesday. The announcement, made on zeekrewardsnews.com, also advised readers to continue to monitor its websites for more information to be forthcoming.</p><p>Both Zeekler.com and Zeek Rewards have recently come under the scrutiny of the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, after dozens of users filed complaints and inquiries in the past six months. The company, which is rooted in its penny auction website, has expanded in the past year to let users buy in through an “affiliates program.” Some say the company is a good way to make a little more cash while others condemn it as the makings of a pyramid or Ponzi scheme.</p><p>Paul Burks, chief executive officer of Rex Venture Group, could not be reached for comment. Dr. Clifton Jolley, the company’s media representative, also could not be reached.</p><p>Details about the closing were conflicting on Thursday.</p><p>Dozens of people arrived at the company’s headquarters throughout the afternoon on Thursday, only to find locked doors and confusion. The Dispatch spoke to about eight different people gathered outside at about 5 p.m., all of whom refused to comment on the situation.</p><p>One man, who said he was speaking on behalf of Zeek but wished to remain anonymous, said the building was being closed so Zeek could answer inquiries from the Attorney General, made in the form of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID). According to N.C. General Statutes, a CID is an administrative subpoena that can be issued by the Attorney General whenever there is reason to believe a person, or entity, has information that is relevant to an ongoing investigation.</p><p>The Attorney General’s office could not be reached for comment on Thursday.</p><p>A Zeek Rewards affiliate, who refused to give his name, said he went to the company’s headquarters at about 3 p.m. to conduct business, only to find the sign on the door stating the business was closed.</p><p>The affiliate said a Zeek employee changed the locks on the doors. He watched as another employee exited the back door, carrying a box full of office supplies, he said.</p><p>Nash Dunn can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 227, or at nash.dunn@the-dispatch.com.</p>

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They call him Count Cool Rider, and many locals know him as the host of the long-running local television program,  “Saturday Fright at the Movies.”

It has been years since Las Vegas resident and businessman Danny Koker has portrayed the vampire count he created for the show, but the nickname  stuck.

“I’m happy about that because it’s something that I started,” he said. “Plus, I’m a huge monster fan. Always have been.”

Koker, a self-taught mechanic, television producer, hot rod and motorcycle  enthusiast and musician, is the owner and proprietor of Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar and Grill, 6750 W. Sahara Ave.; Count’s Kustoms, 2714 S. Highland Drive; and Count’s Tattoo Company at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road.

“I’ve been really blessed in life to have the opportunity to peruse things that I love, that I’m passionate about,” he said.

Koker grew up in Ohio and in Michigan, where his father was an executive for the Ford Motor Company. He credits his father for his love of motorcycles  and cars.

“My dad got me my first bike when I was eight years old,” he said. “We started a collection together. I had a thing for taking things apart and putting them back together to learn about how they worked even back then. I think that’s when my love affair with cars began.”

Koker said he was never the kind of person who should be in college, although he attended one year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to please his parents.

“I promised I would give it a try, and I did,” he said. “It didn’t suit me.”

Koker said his family moved here twice during his youth. He attended Valley High School.

“I consider myself a local,” he said.

Count’s Kustoms was the first business Koker opened in the valley, a feat he accomplished nearly 10 years ago.

“Man, I just can’t believe it’s been that long,” he added .

The shop specializes in custom-built choppers, cars and bikes  and has been featured on the reality television show “Pawn Stars.”

“We’ve seen a lot of business come our way with people actually shipping their rides to us from across the country,” he said. “Pretty awesome experience.”

The rock bar is a testament to Koker’s love for all things rock ‘n’ roll, and features food, drinks and live performances from bands like Adler’s Appetite, Faster Pussycat and the John Zito Band.

“Every Monday night we have an open mic jam session where anyone is welcome to come and hang out,” Koker said. “I wanted this place to be reminiscent of the old rock bars you would find on Hollywood and Sunset in L.A.”

Koker said his vision for the club is finally coming together on the heels of the venue’s second anniversary.

Las Vegas resident Brad Sparks said he comes to the club regularly for the great music and good times.

“This place is awesome,” he said. “Hands down the coolest club in the city.”

Koker said that in five years he hopes to be in a position to help the community.

“I hope that, five years down the road, we find our nation, our state, our economy and our business community in a better place,” he said. “And I hope I am in a place to finally give back to the community I love so much. That would be my dream situation.”

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When DARPA, the Air Force, NASA, Boeing, and Pratt & Whitney combine talent and energy on a project you can be sure the outcome  will be profound, ideally anyway.

The five companies are hoping that’s the case in tomorrow’s test flight of  the X-51  Waverider, an unmanned hypersonic scramjet that will tear through the sky at  4,000 miles per hour.

Though this test will see the X-51 dropped from beneath the wing of a B-52 at  50,000 feet over the Pacific, experts hope the technology could revolutionize  air travel on everything from to missiles, to manned aircraft.

The scramjet is supposed to be like comparing today’s jet turbines  to propeller driven aircraft, and is seen by many as the next evolutionary step  in human flight.

W.J.  Hennigan from the Los Angeles Times reports talking to Robert A.  Mercier, deputy for technology in the high speed systems division at the Air  Force Research Laboratory in Ohio who says: “Since the Wright brothers, we have  examined how to make aircraft better and faster. Hypersonic flight is one of  those areas that is a potential frontier for aeronautics. I believe we’re  standing in the door waiting to go into that arena.”

Scramjet technology forces combustion to occur when airflow surpasses the  speed of sound and hydrogen is injected into the flow, allowing for theoretical  speeds of Mach 20.

That’s what was hoped for during DARPA’s Falcon  Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 test flight last year, as well.  Unfortunately, that widely watched test ended in failure after the craft’s skin  peeled away from its body and the flight was terminated before any record  breaking speeds could be reached.

The X-51 didn’t fare much better during its previous test that  ended in disaster after the craft rocketed to speed, but failed to separate  from its booster and crashed off the coast of Southern California.

Hopefully tomorrow’s test will proceed more like the 2010 test flight when  the X-51 reached speeds of Mach 5, and flew for almost four minutes.

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The 2012 Olympics have been heralded as the Year of the Woman, as for the first time 2012 Olympics Volleyballevery competing country is sending at least one woman to the London games.

The focus is also on the women when it comes to one sport in particular: volleyball. In a Wednesday press conference, the Olympic beach volleyball competitors discussed their sport’s famously skimpy uniforms, worn by the women but not the men. If Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are wearing teeny bikinis, it was asked, why aren’t the men wearing Speedos?

“I’m OK with this. They’re way prettier than us,” player Phil Dalhausser answered. Todd Rogers, a medalist in 2008, concurred: “I think [men wearing Speedos] would [draw attention to the game], but I don’t think it would be a positive effect,” he said, according to ESPN. He added:

“It just doesn’t look as beautiful. The reality is men are driven more by their vision and women are not, so I just don’t think it would help. I’ve practiced in Brazil where the Brazilians are wearing Speedos and it just doesn’t look good. To see a guy’s package is just not the same.”

Hm. A bit of a double-standard, perhaps?

It doesn’t have to be. April Ross, competing for the women, told press, “We argue for [the men to go sans shirts] all the time… Men have such amazing bodies, too. They shouldn’t be wearing tank tops. Give them shorts and make them go without a shirt.” Then at least everyone would be exposing their hot bods. Gender equality FTW?

It’s a strange topic of discussion but one the players have been having candidly for years. The female beach volleyball athletes have long acknowledged the sex appeal of their uniforms, admitting that it brings extra attention to the sport and draw in more fans. British star Denise Johns told the Sunday Times, “The people who own the sport [the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball] want it to be sexy… I used to play in shorts and a T-shirt and was reluctant to change. But if it gets volleyball attention, so be it.”

April Ross echoed her sentiments on Wednesday. “[The uniform] draws them in. Once they see the athleticism of the sport, they’re hooked on it,” she said.

But for the first time, women now have a choice. According to new rules announced in March, female competitors in Olympic volleyball will be permitted to wear shorts and sleeved tops out of respect for the cultural beliefs of some participating countries.

The men, on the other hand, still don’t have the option of Speedos. And what a shame it is…

Read more NYPost.com and ESPN.com. Do you think it’s unfair that the women’s uniforms are more revealing than the men’s? Let us know in the comments!

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