Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Denmark-Olar banned from region jamborees in 2015

SCHSL suspended ten for zeroth week fisticuffs



NEESES — On August 26, South Carolina High School League suspended ten players after a brawl on August 22.

Two days later, on Thursday, the schools involved, Denmark-Olar and Hunter-Kinard Tyler of Neeses, got extra sanctions.

No preseason games or jamborees, and a $500.00 fine.  What that means is that the Trojans are banned from participating in the 2015 Region 4-A jamboree and the Vikings are banned from the 2015 Region 5-A jamboree, leaving the latter region one team short for its contests next year.

With only six of the seven Region 4-A teams in next year's jamboree due to these sanctions, one period will be cut at the home site of this year's region champion school, provided it is not the Trojans.

The only semblance of good news out of this came on the H-K-T side: there is no postseason ban, which means that unless H-K-T violates the tenets of the restrictive probation, they will be able to defend their Class A Division II title.

Nine players were tossed from the contest between the two teams.  The Trojans ripped the Vikings apart in Neeses, 52-6.

The suspensions showed up in each team's performance on Friday night: the Vikings were blown out by Calhoun County 48-0, while the Trojans got a lackluster, closer-than-expected road win over Cross in a rematch of the state title game in November.

The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat

THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR Aiken AND Augusta-Richmond COUNTIES

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN Augusta-Richmond County IN EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA
WESTERN Aiken County IN WEST CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 600 PM EDT

* AT 523 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR Augusta...AND MOVING EAST AT 5 MPH.

* SOME COMMUNITIES IN THE WARNING AREA INCLUDE Augusta...Beech Island...Clearwater...North Augusta AND Belvedere

THIS STORM WILL ALSO PRODUCE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE CITY OF AUGUSTA AND VICINITY...LEADING TO PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS AND POSSIBLY FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, LARGE HAIL, DEADLY CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. TAKE SHELTER IN THESE AREAS.

REPORT LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS OR FLOODING TO YOUR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE...OR USE WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSCOLUMBIA...AND EMAIL CAEWX@NOAA.GOV...TO RELAY SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS.

THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR Aiken County UNTIL 17:30

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN Aiken County IN WEST CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT

* AT 457 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WALNUT SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 64 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES WEST OF New Ellenton...OR 9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF Clearwater...AND MOVING EAST AT 5 MPH.

* SOME COMMUNITIES IN THE WARNING AREA INCLUDE New Ellenton...Jackson AND Spiderweb

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, LARGE HAIL, DEADLY CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. TAKE SHELTER IN THESE AREAS.

REPORT LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS OR FLOODING TO YOUR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE...OR USE WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSCOLUMBIA AND EMAIL CAEWX@NOAA.GOV TO RELAY SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS.

Woman, 18, dies from illness at Clemson

Charleston County parents must deal with crushing loss, arrange homegoing




CLEMSON — An 18 year old Charleston County woman died on Sunday, August 24 from an illness at her dormitory on the campus of Clemson University.

According to the Pickens County Coroner's Office, Virginia "Ginny" Gilliam, 18, of Mount Pleasant, died of septic shock after she was being treated for urinary tract infection.

"Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes.  Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," said her grieving father, Herb Gilliam.

Ms. Gilliam had just graduated from Wando High School in June.  During her four years at Wando, she was part of the school's chorus.

"Tragedy is inevitable and it's something that you can't predict it. You can't understand it," said surviving older sister Sarah Katherine.

Ms. Gilliam had just moved into her dorm room at Clemson University on August 10.  On August 21 she felt sick and by August 24 she died that morning.

"She went into septic shock," said her parents.

Though they are heart broken they are speaking out to honor their daughter.

"Its just this pain in our hearts that just will probably never be healed," said Mr. Herb Gilliam.

The family says it is their faith that keeps them from expressing and feeling anger.

"Our family would not be able to sit here together if we did not have that and we didn't we didn't have such a strong family bond. And we didn't have faith in our savior," said Ms. Sarah Katherine.

A very devastating tragedy, indeed.

WSAV-DT News 3

Another North Augusta woman murders husband



NORTH AUGUSTA — Another day, another incident of domestic violence against men in a state that already has a major domestic violence problem.

A woman was arrested for murdering her husband in the City of North Augusta on Monday.

Deborah was arrested by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and charged with murder in the slaying of her 63-year-old husband.

The victim was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.  Mrs. Deborah was taken to the Aiken County Jail for questioning Monday afternoon.

“Public Safety received a call shortly before noon in reference to a gunshot victim,” said Lieutenant Tim Thornton of NADPS. “Public Safety arrived on the scene … and once inside, they found one male, 63 years old, deceased at the scene.”

Just before 18:00, Mrs. Deborah went from being a person of interest to being the prime suspect after the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called in to investigate the victim's untimely death.

She remains at the jail.

In addition to the capital murder charge, Mrs. Deborah, whose age has not been released, is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

This is not the first time a violent woman has murdered a close male companion in the city.

This spring, Terry Ashton, 20, was arrested for gunning down her husband right in front of their kids.

In November 2013, Robin Herndon was arrested for murdering her platonic male friend.

This is the tenth man in the local area to have been slain by an abusive woman since November.

Aiken Standard
Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
WAGT NBC 26

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Anderson teen files discrimination lawsuit against DMV



ANDERSON — On Monday, a 16-year-old teen ordered against his will to remove makeup announced that he and his mother will file a civil rights lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

The lawsuit will be filed first thing this morning, at 9:00.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund will hold a news conference on the south steps of the South Carolina State House to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of a 16-year-old Chase Culpepper.

Mr. Culpepper considers himself gender non-conforming.

On March 3, Mr. Culpepper went to the DMV office in Anderson with his mother to get his driver’s license.  He said he had already passed the test and was told he could not have his picture taken while wearing make-up because he did not look the way a boy should.

He said, "It was wrong to be taken aside and told how I look doesn't fit with traditional gender roles and how I look is not even good enough to take a driver's license picture taken.  And unfortunately, a lot of people like me have to go through this."

Culpepper’s mother, Teresa, said, "They said he was wearing a disguise. It was very hurtful. He was absolutely devastated. That’s who he is 24/7.”

Beth Parks with the DMV said that the company "followed policy".  Yeah, a five-year-old policy that is completely illegal now and cannot be used as a defense for transphobic discrimination.

The lawsuit, brought by Chase’s mother Teresa Culpepper on his behalf as a minor, asks the court to rule that denying Mr. Culpepper the freedom to wear his everyday makeup in his license photo constitutes sex discrimination and violates his right to free speech and expression under the United States Constitution.

It also seeks a ruling under the US and South Carolina Constitutions that the DMV’s photo policy is unconstitutionally vague, too broad, and lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how a driver's license applicant should look, without regard for the rights of the people they are supposed to serve.

TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman said, “It is not the role of the DMV or any government agency or employee to decide how men and women should look. Chase should be able to get a driver’s license without being subjected to sex discrimination.”

I am glad that the Culpeppers and TLDEF are hauling the DMV to court.  Even though that will result in us taxpayers paying them, maybe next time the DMV will have a little respect for transgender and non-conforming human beings.  No one should be forced to become unnatural for an ID photo because bigoted DMV workers are too sorry to educate themselves about transgender rights.

WYFF-DT News 4

Williston-Elko shocks Silver Bluff 7-6 for Coach Youngblood's first-ever win



On Friday, Williston-Elko took the trip down the road that bore the main town's name in Aiken County and shocked the South Carolina football world with a 7-6 victory over the Silver Bluff Bulldogs.  It was the first meeting between the teams since 1995 and their fourth overall.  The Bulldogs defeated the Blue Devils in the previous three meetings in the Dawgs' inaugural season of 1981 (14-7), 1994 (12-0) and 1995 (6-0).  It is Coach Derek Youngblood's first-ever win as head coach and the Blue Devils improve to 1-1.  The Dawgs fall to nothing-and-2.  The Blue Devils complete their three-game road trip by heading on the other side of US 278 to defend their county title against the Bulldogs' archrivals, Barnwell, who defeated the Blue Devils' archrivals, Blackville-Hilda, 42-14 on Friday night.  The Bulldogs will complete a brutal three-game homestand against Thurmond.  Other Aiken Area finals: Aiken got payback against South Aiken 14-10 for the Green Hornet first win as a AAA team, and to equal their win output from all of 2013.  North Augusta rolled Midland Valley for the 16th consecutive year, 44-21.  Ridge Spring-Monetta got smoked by Saluda 47-20.  Wagener-Salley nipped Bethune-Bowman 27-24. [Aiken Standard]

Other finals from the larger CSRA, aside from the aforementioned Barnwell/Blackville-Hilda score: Defending Class AA Division I champions Batesburg-Leesville went to Dorchester and walloped the host Woodland Wolverines 42-22; Allendale-Fairfax smashed Wade Hampton 38-10; Orangeburg-Wilkinson defeated Lake Marion 16-6; Aquinas had no problems in Athens, Ga., defeating Prince Avenue Christian 33-18; Southeast Bulloch dropped a tough one in Blackshear, Ga., losing to Pierce County 44-26; Burke County turned back Jefferson County in Wrens, Ga. 20-7; a very shorthanded Denmark-Olar Vikings got throttled by Calhoun County 48-0; Hunter-Kinard-Tyler defeated Cross again in a rematch of the 2013 Class A Division II title game 20-6, despite having several players of their own suspended; Cross Creek squeaked by Hephzibah 22-13; Warren County snapped a long losing skid dating back to 2012, defeating Glascock County in Warrenton, Ga. 50-28; Estill chomped Battery Creek 24-18; Bamberg-Ehrhardt slammed Edisto 42-7; Jenkins County now has a winning streak, defeating Treutlen in Soperton, Ga. 20-14 to improve to 2-0; T.W. Josey came close, but promptly lost to Portal on the road 18-12; McCormick ran out of ammo in a shootout, and fell to Southside Christian 36-33; due to a rule in the Georgia High School Association handbook, Westside and the Academy of Richmond County did not agree to play overtime and played to a 24-all draw; Emanuel County Institute won the county's title over Swainsboro handily 49-21 in Twin City; Thomson felt the pain of death in Sandersville's House of Pain as the Bulldogs got torn up by Washington County 41-14; Washington-Wilkes drilled Lincoln County in Lincolnton, Ga. 36-10; and Branchville observed a moment of silence to remember former Fire Chief Alan Oakley, murdered by three women in a domestic violence gang assassination that involved a lesbian love triangle, before their game against North.  The Yellow Jacket then proceeded to thump the Eagles again 36-22. [S.C. Sports Source, Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Hampton, Ga., clinching a Chase berth in the process.  Matt Kenseth, who finished second, and (for all practical purposes) Ryan Newman, who finished seventh, also wrapped up Chase berths as well.  All of these results are official, barring penalties.  Denny Hamlin finished third.  Jimmie Johnson, rear damage and all, finished fourth.  Carl Edwards finished fifth.  Danica Patrick finished sixth.  Kyle Larson finished eighth.  Aric Almirola finished ninth.  Greg Biffle finished tenth, but he is now on the bubble as essentially only one Chase berth is left.  Dale Earnhard Junior finished eleventh.  Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 12.  It is the third year in a row that all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are in the Chase. [NASCAR]

A Charleston man was arrested after running over two pedestrians in Folly Beach, killing a man.  Andrew Lanzaro, 31, was drunk, swerving at the time of the incident.  He was also arrested in July for DWI.  Sounds like a habitual offender to me. [WCSC-DT Live 5 News]

The Folly Beach Police Office is investigating a car fire from Monday.  They said that the incident occurred in federal jurisdiction, where there is a bird sanctuary. [WCSC-DT Live 5 News]

Monday, September 01, 2014

Why the leaked photos of Hayden Panettiere, Jennifer Lawrence and others are sex crimes

Female and male celebrities' iClouds hacked, photos out as Lawrence publicist calls for investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation joins investigation




LOS ANGELES — A very sophisticated dudbro hacker decided that iCloud would be the target, with female and male celebrities being the victims.

The incident happened on Sunday, while most of us were watching the Atlanta Motor Speedway race, cooking out or taking shelter from severe thunderstorms.

While the photos of male celebs have not been publicly (and illegally) leaked yet, photos of numerous female celebs have, and they have been shared and retweeted hundreds and thousands of times on Twitter.

As has been said by a male writer on Forbes's web page, this is a major crime and one of the biggest crimes of the decade.

It is a personal violation of a prurient nature, with photos of an explicit nature that were intended for private or personal use now unleashed online for anyone to see, for free no less.

It is a crime of theft with the intent to exploit its victims as punishment for the unpardonable sin of being female. A woman, be she in the public eye or a private citizen, has a right and privilege to take photos of herself for whatever reason she chooses. A woman, be she a celebrity or a regular citizen, has the right to store them in the same manner as her male peers without the presumption that they will be stolen by an act of cyber hackery. And if said photos exist and said photos are stolen, the shame of that act should be, nay must be, wholly on the perpetrator of said crime.

And he further nails why female athletes, entertainers and others should not and do not have to modify their behavior for us men:

It is not the responsibility of our female population to take “ X” number of steps to lessen the chance that a member of our male population will engage in untoward conduct towards them, be it assault or street harassment. As a society, we deal with violence, especially sexual violence, against women in much the wrongheaded manner that we have fought the war on drugs.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Los Angeles affiliate is now on the case.

“The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,” said Laura Eimiller, spokesperson for the FBI in Los Angeles. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”

Among the celebrities whose photos were illegally published online for the world to see include: Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Dunst, and Victoria Justice.

For the respect of celebrities' privacy, no photos of celebrities will be published on this post.  Due to this criminal leak, we at Aiken Area Progressive have also decided to indefinitely suspend the posting of all female celebrities' photos, and we will decline to publish their photos even if they or their publicist grants us the permission to use it.

Forbes (Scott Mendelson)
Los Angeles Times

THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR Bamberg AND Barnwell COUNTIES

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN Bamberg County IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN Barnwell County IN WEST CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 715 PM EDT

* AT 649 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING EXCESSIVE LIGHTNING...PING PONG SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR Barnwell...AND MOVING WEST AT 5 MPH.

* SOME COMMUNITIES IN THE WARNING AREA INCLUDE Barnwell

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER...PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

REPORT LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS OR FLOODING TO YOUR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE...OR USE WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSCOLUMBIA AND EMAIL CAEWX@NOAA.GOV TO RELAY SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS.

DirecTV pulls WFXG, WTOC, WIS from air



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — And just like that, the Channel 51 issue is back in the spotlight for the Augusta, Ga. designated market area.

Today, at midnight, DirecTV ordered all of Raycom's stations off the air, including the low-powered WFXG Fox 54.  This affects a lot of markets, including Augusta, and five of the eight markets that are adjacent to Augusta (Greenville-Asheville, Macon-Sandersville and Atlanta are the ones unaffected).

By now, you saw all of the Raycom stations telling people to get antennas on Facebook.  With those of you who do not live in a radius from Windsor to Harlem, Ga. and/or from Appling, Ga. to Waynesboro, that is just not an option, since WFXG's effective radiated power is about 15,600 kilowatts, far below what a full power digital UHF television station should have.  The problems have not been resolved by the network, and they abandoned their bid to move to channel 31, where WRDW occupied until 2009 when they moved back to their former analog station -- 12.  (NOTE: Channel 12 is one of two former local analog stations in use on digital, Channel 6 is the other, but that is occupied by WCES 20, not WJBF.)

And with NFL season coming up, it is critical for the Raycom stations and DirecTV to come to an agreement.

Instead, though, both took to social media, and attacked each other -- with some DirecTV diehards also attacking Raycom.

Seems like they have time to go on social media, but not hammer out agreements.  Shows that we really do need the government meddling in this and issuing new regulations.

HTC One (M8) for Windows is coming to T-Mob, but will it have Wi-Fi Calling?



Move over, Big Red.  You will soon have competition for one of the highly sought Windows Phones.

Less than two weeks after Verizon began selling the HTC One for Windows, the other two major Windows Phone carriers – American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) and T-Mobile – have announced that they will carry the phone both in their main carrier and on their respective subsidiaries: Cricket (AT&T) and MetroPCS (T-Mobile).

For T-Mob, this will be the first Windows Phone since the now-discontinued Nokia Lumia 810 to have a front-facing camera.  In the coming weeks, Big Magenta will be releasing the Nokia Lumia 1525, which would be the first-ever phablet of any operating system T-Mob has ever sold.  (NOTE: Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have long sold their first phablets – all of their first phablets use the Android OS.)

While this phone comes with full HD, a flash camera, front speakers, Cortana and the aforementioned front and rear camera; this does come with a dose of bad news for prospective T-Mobile buyers: this phone is incompatible with band 12, which is the A-block that is currently being implemented in areas such as Drakesboro, Ky., which means that Wi-Fi Calling is a premium must-have for such devices, as rural areas will not be able to pick up sustained signal indoors.

No word yet on whether this phone will have Wi-Fi Calling.

American Telephone and Telegraph
T-Mobile

Sunday, August 31, 2014

49ers d-lineman arrested for domestic violence

Ray McDonald is second in line for suspension




SAN JOSÉ, Calif. — Now, comes yet another real test for the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goddell.

Just three days after Mr. Goodell announced stiffer punishments for domestic violence, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested for just that very crime.

Just before 3:18 today, deputies from the San José Police Department were called to Mr. McDonald's residence by his pregnant fianceé.  The victim said that she and Mr. McDonald were arguing during a birthday party hosted in their residence.

The victim showed cops bruising on her neck as evidence of domestic abuse.

Mr. McDonald was arrested for assault on a spouse or cohabitant.  He is now the second player staring down a six-game suspension for domestic violence.  Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is the first of those who faces that punishment – he was convicted of assault on a female on July 16, but he is appealing the verdict.  The penalties under this new policy applies to players, cheerleaders, team owners, general managers, league executives and referees.  The policy came after intense criticism from UltraViolet and other organizations over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game ban for abusing his wife during the winter.

Yahoo! News
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