Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Agenda: 345k+ without power; College of Building Arts finds a home; Toal's role in Harrell's case

N.C. school closure announcement set to Vanilla Ice

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

click to enlarge The Ravenel Bridge remains closed this morning - SCDOT
  • SCDOT
  • The Ravenel Bridge remains closed this morning

At last count, The State reports that more than 346,000 South Carolinians remain without power today, 70,000 in the Lowcountry, after an ice storm covered much of the state with ice early Thursday. [The State, WCSC]

Local school districts are closed up tight today as well as the Ravenel Bridge, which is still closed due to falling ice. [CP]

Traffic in North Carolina's Triangle area was at a standstill yesterday, triggering school closures in that area as well. But no closure announcement quite had the same ring as Durham Academy's set to the tune of the famous Vanilla Ice song. And yep, it's already up on Rap Genius. [CNN, Rap Genius]

Through the middle of last month, the state Department of Corrections says it has from Congressman Jim Clyburn's forthcoming memoir, recounting a late-night phone call from former President Bill Clinton on the night of the 2008 S.C. Democratic presidential primary, in which Clyburn was a key supporter of the contest's winner, Sen. Barack Obama: "If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one." [U.S. News and World Report]

Common Cause's John Crangle wants newly-re-elected state Supreme Court to recuse herself when it comes to her duty of appointing a circuit judge to preside over the ethics case of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, who was one of Toal's outspoken supporter in last week's Statehouse elections. [The Nerve]

JetBlue starts service from Savannah to New York and Boston this week, a move which officials hope will make fares from the airport cheaper overall. [HH Island Packet]

Four more stores have either closed or announced they're closing their doors at Citadel Mall in the next month, including The Limited and Amy's Hallmark. [P&C]

News leaked last night that Comcast said it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion, with both companies confirming the acquisition today, a move that would give Comcast a 30% national market share. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called the deal "pro-comeptitive" on CNBC this morning. [Bloomberg, CNBC]

Trident Health says it will build a $10 million standalone emergency department in North Charleston in the coliseum area. [CRBJ]

Charleston City Council approved a deal Tuesday to pass the historic trolley barn building on upper Meeting Street to the American College of the Building Arts for $10, a decision that gives the specialty vernacular vocational school that's been looking for a permanent location in town for years. [CRBJ]

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