Drupal permisssion issues

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On my website computingmachineryinstitute.com I am getting the following in the error log.

[Thu Sep 12 06:08:51 2013] [crit] [client] (13)Permission denied: /home/compu120/public_html/sites/default/files/.htaccess pcfg_openfile: unable to check htaccess file, ensure it is readable, referer: http://computingmachineryinstitute.com/

I changed the permission to .htaccess to 777 just to see if I could get it to work, but no dice.

Also, I cannot see photos stored under my sites directory. You can see on the home page that a X is displayed instead of the photo. I suspect it is a file permission or file ownership issue.

Can anyone give me a hint on how to get rid of that message from the error log and how to get photos to render.
From taking a look at both your site and the error message you provided, it does look like you have some permissions issues. For example, one of the images that is loading on your home page has the following file path: http://computingmachineryinstitute.com/sites/default/files/photo_4.JPG It looks like you just need to take a look through your files, change the permissions, and you will be all set. This article will help you out with looking over your file permissions and making the necessary changes: Changing File Permissions