Arizona Republic:  “A Gilbert school district technology director at the center of a criminal investigation into computer equipment theft and unauthorized downloads of an extraterrestrial-searching software issued a lengthy statement Thursday to news reporters and governing board members, claiming he is a victim “of a personal vendetta” by the superintendent. . . . Birdwell said administrators became concerned about persistent problems with teachers’ electronic classroom boards turning off because of an unauthorized software, BOINC, found on nearly 5,000 district computers which sorts through telescope-collected data for signs of intelligent life in outer space.”