Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Agenda: "Fun Home" packs Memminger; S.C. one of few still w/ anti-sodomy laws; High school exam exits

CofC prof's "forgotten" National Book Award winner

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Alison Bechdel and the cast of the off-Broadway musical adaptation of her graphic memoir "Fun Home" packed Memminger Auditorium on Monday night with a pair of shows featuring songs from the Pulitzer-nominated hit play amid ongoing protests on campus by students critical of state politicians' budget cuts over the school's assignment of "Fun Home" as a summer reading book last year. [Alison Bechdel blog, P&C, ABC News 4]

A new S.C. law, signed into law yesterday, deletes the state's required high school exit exam. [AP]

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham gathered the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses yesterday, and the U.S. Chamber is expected to endorse Graham today. [G'ville News, The State]

South Carolina remains part of a group of a dozen states that still have anti-sodomy laws on the books a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the laws unconstitutional. [AP]

The NYT looks back at the 1975 National Book Award winning nonfiction work by historian and College of Charleston Jewish studies professor Ted Rosengarten. All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, a little-remembered book about the life of an illiterate Alabama sharecropper, beat out modern-day nonfiction monoliths The Power Broker, All the Presidents Men, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Studs Turkel's Working for the award in '75. [NY Times]

CNN political correspondent and S.C. political whisperer Peter Hamby has a profile of Tom Ervin, who's challenging Gov. Nikki Haley as a self-described "Independent Republican for Governor." [Twitter, CNN]

The Greenville News rounds up the ongoing campaign to boost the state's beer industry, talking with Thomas Creek Brewery, which says the new state "pint law" has taken their business to another level. [G'ville News]

The Mount Pleasant Gaboon viper is still loose, but the P&C reports that the search has been ... scaled ... back. [P&C]


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