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Archive for March, 2009

Conficker: an April fool’s joke or hazardous computer worm?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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No one’s sure if it’s an April fool’s joke or a genuine threat, nonetheless, security experts are racing against the clock to try to stop an alleged computer worm from potentially infecting millions of computers.

The worm is called Conficker C. It has the potential of being one of the most damaging computer attacks we’ve seen in years.

Conficker first surfaced in 2008 and infected nine million computers. The virus, also known among experts as Downandup, was first discovered in November last year. It was sold as part of a kit by a Chinese hacker.

Since then, two variants have gone on to infect more than 10 million PC’s.

Exactly what could happen if the worm attacks is unknown. Experts say it could steal personal information, wipe out hard drives, or con computer users into buying phony software.

To keep your computer safe, be sure your anti-virus software is up to date. If your computer isn’t updating itself automatically, it could be infected.

Microsoft offers a free service scan at safety.live.com.

The worm does not affect Apple computers.

Microsoft has offered a $250,000 reward to find the creator of the program.

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No one’s sure if it’s an April fool’s joke or a genuine threat, nonetheless, security experts are racing against the clock to try to stop an alleged computer worm from potentially infecting millions of computers.

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Funeral arrangements made for West Bladen sophomore

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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Funeral arrangements have been set for the West Bladen sophomore who drowned over the weekend.

Fifteen-year-old Cody Hammond was swimming with three friends when he drowned in a reservoir near the big swamp.

Hammond was a catcher for the varsity baseball team at West Bladen High School.

The family will hold a wake at Gaskins Funeral Home on Highway 242 in Elizabethtown. The services will last from 6:00 p.m. until closing.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Smyrna Church on Highway 211. The church is in Robeson County.

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Funeral arrangements have been set for the West Bladen sophomore who drowned over the weekend. The family will hold a wake at Gaskins Funeral Home on Highway 242 in Elizabethtown.

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Challenges high school seniors face with college finances

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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This time of year, many high school seniors are anxiously awaiting their college acceptance letters. Along with wondering if they are going to get into their first choice school, many are also faced with the question of how to pay for their higher education.

Senior year for North Brunswick student Lauren Cranidiotis has been filled with ups, downs, and disappointment when it comes to going off to college. She applied to three 4-year colleges in North Carolina. She did not get in to her first choice. “It’s pretty stressful for not being able to go there, but the other schools may probably end up being a better fit for me,” she said.

She is staying positive, but school counselor Shannon Grable said she is not the only one worried about higher education. “Senior year is full of trepidation. Where am I going to go, where am I going to be accepted and what I’m going to do? Of course, the big fear is leaving home,” Grable said.

Once a student is accepted, then comes the challenge of paying for it.

“I’ve applied to Peace and Methodist. Thank God I got accepted, but financially it is a big deal,” said North Brunswick senior Kimberly Ramirez.

“Finances are always a problem, but of course this year it has been more so now than in the past,” said Grable. “Although, there are so many scholarship opportunities for students if they take advantage of them.”

To compare, for North Carolina residents, private colleges cost the most. One year’s tuition and fees can be up to 25 thousand dollars. Four-year state schools cost up to five thousand a year. Community colleges have the smallest price tag; up to 1400 dollars for a year. These figures do not include the thousands of dollars it can cost for room and board.

Grable added, “We have had some students that its made the difference of just a couple hundred dollars. They were not able to find that last bit of money so they ended up not going to a four-year college and staying and going to school locally at Brunswick Community College or at Cape Fear.”

For students who will not be accepted to a college of their choice, all is not lost. Students have the opportunity to be reconsidered by colleges with the help of the college foundation’s Redirect Program. After April 1st, students can go to cfnc.org and fill out the application for colleges that still have open spaces.

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videoAlong with wondering if they are going to get into their first choice school, many high school seniors also face the question of how to pay for their higher education.

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‘Battleship sailor’ gets surprise retirement gift from family

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

On his last day of work after 17 years as executive director of the battleship USS North Carolina, Capt. David Scheu got to see the ship from a different angle: perched in a pristine restored World War II aircraft zooming over its decks.

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Conyers murder investigation continues after two years

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

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It has been two years today, since Ronald Conyers was found dead in an alley near 16th and Nun Streets in Wilmington.

The murder remains unsolved, though detectives said they have made significant leads this past week.

Detectives said Conyers was killed in the alley where he was found, and that someone saw it happen. They have suspects in mind, and investigators said those suspects know who they are.

Between the Wilmington Police Department and Conyers’ family, there is a $10,000 reward if anyone comes forward with information.

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It has been two years today, since Ronald Conyers was found dead in an alley near 16th and Nun Streets in Wilmington.

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