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Russian hackers somehow got a hold of more than a billion usernames and passwords, and that means millions could be impacted.

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Professors celebrate Diwali festival: In celebration of the Diwali festival of lights, BU faculty will collaborate on a free multimedia performance.

Big Dog Reading Series Highlights Poetry: Poets Marjorie Maddox and Barbara Crooker will open this year’s Big Dog Reading Series.

Going Gold for Gavin

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Friday, for the first time, the Bloomsburg Fair raised money for the cause. Since gold is the color used to symbolize the fight against childhood cancer, the fair observed “Going Gold for Gavin.“

The Bloomsburg Fair had a very special reason to go gold on Friday and raise money for pediatric cancer, and his name is Gavin Royer. Gavin is 5 years old and his parents are longtime vendors at the fair.

Students from Bloomsburg University volunteered their time at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds to raise money for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and a pediatric cancer charity called Go 4 the Goal. “We got over 50 volunteers signed up in less than 48 hours,” Caitlin Diehl said.

Swartz on a new mission at Bloomsburg

A former high school football star from York County is making the most of a second chance at college life, thanks to his time in the U.S. Marine Corp. If playing time at Bloomsburg University was based on service time, Eric Schwartz, a 2006 graduate of Central York, would be on the field for every single snap.

For now though, Schwartz dutifully does the grunt work; practicing with the scout team, like the faithful teammate he is — and was. "I want to earn my spot on the team," said Schwartz. "And I'm not going to be given anything, just because they may have respect for me in the past. That doesn't mean anything on the field." Schwartz is 27 and a sophomore safety for the Huskies. Not your average college football player.

He's Cpl. Schwartz, a former machine gunner in the Marines who was once stationed in Afghanistan. Most of the Huskies players only know bits and pieces about his past. They're certainly interested. "I am, yeah..." said senior linebacker Justin Shirk, of Central Dauphin. "But I don't know how he would take me asking about it."

Michael Miguelez of OPTiMO Information Technology

Michael Miguelez has always loved information technology and solving problems for businesses. He also loves Bloomsburg. Since founding OPTiMO Information Technology in April 2008, he has been able to enjoy both, growing a successful business of his own. The company specializes in providing custom software and complete IT services to federal and state government offices and large commercial enterprises.

Since 2011, OPTiMO has also offered digital forensics and legal technology solutions to a growing clientele. A life-long resident of Bloomsburg — with a degree in mathematics and computer science from Bloomsburg University — Miguelez wanted to stay in his home town and give opportunities to like-minded people who also love the area.

Journalism students react to ISIS video

As the rest of the world is reacting to the apparent beheading of an American journalist, so are people in our area. Newswatch 16 stopped by Bloomsburg University to speak with journalism students about the situation.

Some students at Bloomsburg University say they may want to work overseas when they graduate. Some of those students say they look at the overseas journalists as heroes and are devastated to learn another one has apparently been killed.

News of a video showing the apparent beheading of another American journalist was especially disturbing to those hoping to become reporters someday. Journalism students at Bloomsburg University call it a tragedy.

You cannot 'cyberhijack' an airplane, but you can create mischief

Hacking a plane and taking control of the aircraft is a considerably scary prospect, but two speakers at DefCon 22 in Las Vegas quashed the notion and put worries to rest.

“Let me get this out of the way to start with,” Phil Polstra, associate professor of digital forensics at Bloomsburg University, said. “One thing everyone needs to understand, you cannot override the pilot. You cannot override the pilot's inputs in flight control. That system is closed.”

All aircraft feature unhackable mechanical backup instruments, Polstra said, adding that while someone may be able to affect autopilot operations, attempts will result in alerts and pilots that notice anything will disconnect it.

Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 4th Annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium was held today on the campus of the Geisinger Medical Center. The health system partners with Bloomsburg, Bucknell and Susquehanna Universities to give undergraduate students a forum where they can present the work they did over the summer or during the academic year. There are a wide range of subjects, from clinical research to humanities, social science, engineering and math.

Faculty researchers then go over the presentations to let the students know how they're doing. The first year of the symposium featured just 20 students from Bloomsburg and Bucknell. This year there are 84 students from the three universities making presentations.