Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Agenda: Rainey-Haley suit dismissed; Cruise case progresses; CARTA starts free airport-area service

BREAKING: It's hot

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

John Raineys long been on Gov. Nikki Haleys case. Until yesterday.
  • Sean Rayford file photo, flickr.com/carolinastarx
  • John Rainey's long been on Gov. Nikki Haley's case. Until yesterday.
Court dismisses Rainey - The State Supreme Court ended Camden attorney John Rainey's years-long quest (The State) to bring ethics charges against Republican Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday, dismissing an ethics complaint against the governor. For background on Rainey, a conservative who has taken it upon himself to uncover Haley as a fraud, see Corey Hutchins' 2011 story on him for the CP.

Court dismisses parts of cruise case - In other Court news, on Tuesday justices asked attorneys (CRBJ) in the case involving cruise ships calling in Charleston to file briefs on two outstanding issues in the case, while dismissing portions of the suit having to do with violations of the city's noise and sign ordinance as well as state pollution law. We'll have more on the case in next week's issue.

CARTA free N. Chs. service - CARTA launched new bus service (CRBJ) in North Charleston this week which will operate free-of-charge in the area surrounding the airport, including hotels and retail areas. The service will be paid for by the city, Boeing Co., and the Aviation Authority.

$poleto - Spoleto Festival USA officials say they took in nearly $3 million at the box office (P&C) during this year's festival, which ended over the weekend. That amounts to 63,000 tickets over 160 events, meaning about a $50 million economic impact for the Charleston area.

Hot days are hot - Well, it's pretty darn hot (P&C) in this here Holy City today, with the heat index expected above 105F today.

Citadel strip search - A Citadel police investigation into a strip search of a former freshman female cadet ended finding no wrongdoing (P&C), according to a report released yeseterday. Details of the case are interesting, and worth a read.

TFA coming to Berkeley/Colleton - Teach for America will install more of its corps members (P&C) as teachers statewide during the 2013-14 school year, including in schools in Berkeley, Colleton Counties.

Husser taking over ed group - Former head of Lowcountry Food Bank Jermain Husser will step in as the state director (P&C) for education reform advocacy group, StudentsFirst, it was announced yesterday.

Rock rocked - If you can't see the Tiger faithful lighting their torches from where you are, you probably haven't heard the news that... rocked the Clemson community last night: Howard's Rock was reportedly vandalized earlier this month, taking a chunk out of the Memorial Stadium fixture. University police are investigating. For a taste of how Tiger fans are taking this tragedy, check out this forum thread.

Hank Aaron in Columbia - Hammerin' Hank Aaron threw out the first pitch (The State) at Capital City Stadium in Columbia Wednesday, where he played his final minor league game in 1953. Fact of the day: The Columbia Blowfish summer ball league's mascot is Blowie the Blowfish.

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