Saturday, April 20, 2019

Citadel offering free, all-girl cybersecurity summer camp

The program accepts 8th-12th graders in the Charleston area

Posted by Adam Manno on Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 8:12 AM

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Coding is important, so they keep telling us, and Charleston students will have the opportunity to learn how to do it from experts at The Citadel this summer.

The downtown military college is hosting a five-day, free summer camp for 8th through 12th grade girls starting on July 29.

Applications will be accepted here until Fri. April 26.

The camp, named "GenCyber Citadel – Girls who Smash Codes," is funded in part by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, according to a press release from The Citadel.

Students will learn about secure coding and cyber crime from five Citadel professors (all Ph.Ds), including Jennifer Albert, a professor of education and the director of the college's STEM Center of Excellence, and Shankar Banik, a professor of computer science and the co-director of the Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies.

"There is a large demand for cybersecurity professionals in the federal government and private industry," Banik said in a statement. "The Citadel is committed to helping train America’s future cyber defenders who are in college, graduate college, or who are younger and considering careers in cybersecurity."

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

FRIDAY CLOSINGS: Threat of severe weather forcing Charleston-area schedule shifts

Y'all feel that?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 12:52 PM

Little breezy out there today, Chs. - FLICKR USER AARON_ANDERER
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  • Little breezy out there today, Chs.
If you can't already tell, it's very windy outside. There's a big storm blowing through the area and conditions are expected to worsen later this afternoon — according to The National Weather Service, Charleston is in the line of strong winds (40-50 mph) and severe thunderstorms, and currently under a tornado watch.

In preparation for severe weather the City of Charleston will close at 2 p.m., including recreation facilities and the municipal court. The early release of employees does not apply to public safety employees or other personnel that provide essential city services.

Charleston County government offices, including the downtown judicial center, will also close at 2 p.m.

In a briefing released this morning the NWS noted that: "A few gusts as high as 55 mph could occur across coastal portions of Charleston County, including the Metro Area's elevated bridges. Winds this high will continue into the evening."

If your route takes you across a bridge, take into account potential high wind gusts. Charleston County warns drivers to avoid high-span or exposed bridges if winds reach 40 mph.

Be safe out there y'all, and for the latest updates on what's going on, we always recommend following local weather guru, @chswx.

Charleston closures:

Charleston County Public Libraries (book drops also closed) closing at 2 p.m.
Trident Technical College closing at 2 p.m.
Charleston County School offices and  programs will close at 2 p.m.
The College of Charleston closes at 3 p.m. (this affects classes, library hours, and campus activities)

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The Agenda: Graham "not interested" in hearing from Mueller; Colleton officials say natural causes led to girl's death at school

Stay dry today

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 11:50 AM

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Colleton County officials had a press conference to announce what they knew about the death of Raniya Wright, the fifth grader who died after a school fight. According to Solicitor Duffie Stone, a birth defect led to the girl's death. Due to the natural cause of death, no criminal charges will be filed. Source: Live 5 News

In the wake of the released Mueller report, Senator Lindsey Graham says he's not interested in having White House special counsel Robert Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Source: The State

Among things not answered in the Mueller report: WTF was that "Charleston thing"? Source: P&C Hope you packed an umbrella, Friday's weather is expected to be nasty. Forecasts show the area is under a threat of severe weather, including thunderstorms, heavy rain, and a possible tornado. Source: Live 5

The Washington Post published the resignation letter of a Charleston teacher, Sariah McCall, who quit mid-year. A particularly striking quote from McCall's letter: "I cannot set myself on fire to keep someone else warm." Source: Washington Post

Richard Quinn, a former Republican consultant that figured large in a massive state ethics investigation, was indicted on 11 charges of perjury and one charge of obstruction of justice on Thursday. The charges are related to an investigation into corruption in the Statehouse. Source: The State

The Charleston International Airport board voted to name the terminal after Fritz Hollings, former governor and Senator, who passed away on April 6. Source: P&C

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Charleston airport names its terminal after late Sen. Fritz Hollings

The 97-year-old former lawmaker died on April 6

Posted by Adam Manno on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 10:20 AM

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The passenger terminal at the Charleston International Airport is now the Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings Terminal, in honor of the senator who died this month at the age of 97.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority voted to christen the airport's unnamed single terminal on Thursday. (The airport itself will not change names.)
Hollings, who was born in Charleston and graduated from The Citadel, had already served as a state representative and lieutenant governor before he rose to the governorship in 1959. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, where he represented South Carolina for 38 years.
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"The airport benefited greatly from his vision," said Elliot Summey, chairman of Charleston County Council and a member of the Authority's board, in a statement. "Opportunities like the new air service(s) we’ve garnered in the last decade were made possible by the groundwork of his long-term commitment to aviation."

Details of signage or any other additions to the terminal have not yet been discussed, said airport spokeswoman Caroline Axman.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault extends healthy relationships campaign

This year's theme: "I Ask"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 3:13 PM

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The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) recognizes the 18th annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with the extension of a digital marketing campaign, REALationships101. The Charleston chapters of My Sister's House, Inc. and People Against Rape participate in the digital launch on Tues. April 23.

The REALationships101 campaign started last fall and on April 23 additional graphics, videos, and campaign materials will be released, including a new 'quiz' feature.

This digital campaign includes simulated texts to show kids the best practices for healthy relationships. - SCREENSHOT/SCCADVVASA
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  • This digital campaign includes simulated texts to show kids the best practices for healthy relationships.
REALationships101 seeks to speak directly and honestly with kids through social media and other online platforms. The campaign presents simulated text conversations between two hypothetical teens in an effort to educate young adults about healthy relationships. Topics include consent, respect, trust, and the value of personal space.

The goal of SAAM is to increase awareness about sexual violence. This year's theme is "I Ask," enforcing the importance of recognizing consent, asking for permission, and respecting boundaries.

SCCADVVASA advocates for transformative social change that will result in a society free of violence and push for policy changes that support survivors. Learn more online.

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