Tuesday, January 17, 2017

‘Inappropriate’ social media accounts target West Ashley High School students

Pages said to include inflammatory statements, photos

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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Staff at West Ashley High School contacted police following several complaints from students and parents regarding multiple social media pages depicting “inappropriate pictures and posts” about current and former students.

On Jan. 4, the mother of a female student called the school to bring the Instagram pages to the attention of the school’s head guidance counselor. The following day several other students approached personnel with West Ashley High School’s guidance department to complain about the social media posts.

“On the page were several posts of students along with inflammatory statements made about them, as well as pictures of unknown females with their buttocks exposed,” read an incident report filed with the Charleston Police Department.

The incident report states that the online activity was then placed under investigation by Detective Doug Galluccio, task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations and full-time investigator for the city’s Cyber Crimes Division. When asked about the current state of the case earlier this week, Galluccio could provide no additional information.

With the incident at West Ashley High School highlighting the harmful potential of some social media platforms, at least one state lawmaker is looking to combat online harassment. South Carolina Rep. Cezar McKnight recently filed two pieces of legislation aimed at combating online harassment.

One bill would make it a misdemeanor offense to maliciously publish photographs or similar images on a website with the intention of harming a person’s character or reputation. Those convicted of the crime would face a fine up to $1,000 and the possibility of up to one year in prison. The other bill filed by McKnight would make those found guilty of posting photographs with the intent to harm a person’s character liable in a civil action for damages arising from any malicious publications.

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The Agenda: Haley to go before senators tomorrow; Downtown urban farm; Where Trump won big in S.C.

Trump pulled GOP votes from traditionally-blue areas

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 11:54 AM

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975: The number of S.C. road deaths in 2016. Source: P&C

Report from the King Day at the Dome event yesterday: "Trump hangs over SC State House rally"

The story of how President-elect Donald Trump won can be seen in areas where Democratic voters didn't turn out in the same numbers they did in previous elections. And in areas like Horry County which showed a surge in Republican votes. Source: The State

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will answer questions from members of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as part of a flurry of hearings for nominees slated to serve in the Trump administration. Source: P&C

Haley would succeed Samantha Power as U.N. ambassador, and the two recently discussed the challenges of the job as Haley gets set to take over the Cabinet-level post. Source: WFAE

Georgetown County state Sen. Stephen Goldfinch says environmentalists are the ones holding up state road improvements and wants those opposing infrastructure projects to be required to pay a 'bond,' or put money up as collateral to ensure fair dealing in order to object to a major project. (Background from 2015.) Source: Coastal Observer, SouthStrandNews.com

The City of Charleston and the Green Heart Project are working together to build an urban farm at the historic Enston Homes development off Upper King Street. Source: P&C

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Agenda: MLK Day; Carrying on the legacy; Walterboro teen kidnapped at birth reunited

Scott deferential in response to Trump-Lewis dispute

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 11:36 AM

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Loved ones of those killed by Dylann Roof continue to advocate on behalf of the causes championed by those lost at Emanuel AME, where Dr. King once spoke in favor of civil rights. Source: P&C

Meanwhile, with a state trial still planned for Dylann Roof despite his death sentence in federal court, it will likely be a 'long, complicated' saga before he is executed. Source: P&C

NYT headline, Part 5/6: "Jolted by Deaths, Obama Found His Voice on Race"

When asked about President-elect Donald Trump's critical comments on U.S. Rep. John Lewis after he questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott called Lewis, a lifelong civil rights activist, an "American hero" and insisted Trump was fairly elected. Source: P&C

The number of S.C.-based banks has dropped by nearly half since 1996. Source: P&C

North Charleston is reportedly tied up in a lawsuit over its handling of an illegal search in 2013 in which police allegedly caused $10,000 in damage when they ransacked a local home unsuccessfully looking for a suspect without a warrant. Source: P&C

A S.C. teen who was apparently stolen from the hospital just a few hours after her birth and raised in Walterboro, S.C. was reunited with her birth family this weekend. Source: P&C

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Damaged Kress sit-in plaque still in limbo after being hit by a truck

"There’s not an easy fix for it"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 11:28 AM

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On April 1, 1960, 24 students from Burke High School sat down at King Street's Kress lunch counter — a place off-limits to blacks — in protest of segregation. As the Post & Courier reported, "They were not served. They were told to leave. They did not leave. They hummed songs and recited the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm." That afternoon all of the students were arrested with bail set at $10 each.

Their bravery was finally publicly remembered in 2013 when the Preservation Society of Charleston installed a plaque in front of 281 King St., today clothing retailer H&M. But for more than a year now the plaque has been missing from its place of prominence, a victim of numerous fender benders.

"It’s right in front of a truck loading bay," explains Tim Condo, Preservation Society Manager of Preservation Initiatives. "The way the sign was placed — so people could read it on either side without having to step off the sidewalk — was putting it in the way of trucks. Finally it broke in half." As trucks parked to unload clothing at H&M, they continued to knock it over and finally it gave away. Today, Condo says, it's with the City's Parks Department in historical marker limbo.

The problem is, the Preservation Society fears replacing the sign in its original location will just result in another truck collision. "There’s not an easy fix for it," says Condo. "We want both sides of that info displayed, but there’s no feasible location to put that sign without it being put in harms way only to be knocked down again. There’s a possibility to mount it on the building itself, but then it might not look like a state marker look." The Preservation Society has also looked at installing the marker on the other side of the Kress Building on Wentworth Street, but Condo says that wouldn't be as prominent of a location.

"It’s a loose end we need to tie up," says Condo. "We resumed talks with the City at one point at the end of last year. It’s really something we could feasibly get done in the next couple of months and we’d need to resume that conversation and look at that type of signage."

The Kress sit-in sign was one of five total signs installed in 2013 honoring Civil Rights activism in Charleston. "We put one in front of the Progressive Club on Johns Island, The Cigar Factory where the workers' strike took place, and the MUSC building hospital strike, and one on upper King in front of James Simons Elementary School because it was one of the four schools to be desegregated in 1963." All four of those signs are still standing. The Kress sit-in plaque's future, however, remains uncertain.

Says Condo, "It’s something that is hanging out there and we know we need to figure something out for it."

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Local chainsaw artist and Bikers for Trump founder promises ‘wall of meat’ at Trump inauguration

Commander in Beef

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM

When last we checked in with Chris Cox, local chainsaw sculptor and founder of Bikers for Trump, he and his two-wheeled colleagues were traveling across the country in an effort to show their support for our president-elect. Now, with the inauguration just days away, Cox has one final destination in mind before Trump takes office.

“We will have a presence during the presidential inauguration. We have full confidence in the metropolitan police department, the park police, and the Capitol police,” Cox told Fox and Friends this weekend.

Previously, Cox described the members of Bikers for Trump as “citizen crusaders” and has positioned his organization to stand against protesters who may try to upset the festivities during the inauguration in D.C. this weekend.

“In the event that we are needed, we certainly will form a wall of meat,” Cox told the hosts at Fox and Friends, adding, “We’ll be shoulder to shoulder with our brothers, and we’ll be toe to toe with anyone that is going to break through any police barriers ... We are anticipating a peaceful transition of power.”

To learn more about Bikers for Trump and Cox’s plans for the inauguration, check out his full interview from Fox News.

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