Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Agenda: City cracks down on downtown rentals; Is Charleston fossil largest bird ever?

Police still quiet on Curnell shooting death

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Pelagornis sandersi was originally found during construction of the Charleston airport in 1983 - LIZ BRADFORD, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
  • Liz Bradford, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Pelagornis sandersi was originally found during construction of the Charleston airport in 1983

A 25 million year old winged animal fossil found during the excavation for the Charleston airport in 1983 and housed at the Charleston Museum, recently named Pelagornis sandersi for the former curator of the museum, had a wingspan up to 24 feet and could be the largest flying bird to ever live. [WaPo]

Reportedly acting on a request from SLED, Charleston Police have denied information requests into the case of Denzel Curnell, the 19-year old who died of a gunshot wound at the Bridgeview Village apartments after an altercation with an off-duty Charleston cop working in the area. [P&C]

Road projects in South Carolina are in a bit of a holding pattern as the state waits for Congressional action to renew the Federal Highway Trust Fund to keep funds flowing to major highway projects. [P&C]

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and N.C.-based law firm Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein have quietly cut ties, with Benjamin adding in comments to The State that the departure was voluntary. Benjamin's name came up throughout the trial for convicted racketeer Jonathan Pinson, which ended last week. Though Benjamin has not been charged with any crimes, FITS News says he's heard some Parker Poe clients were "extremely disturbed" by some of the news out of the case. [The State, FITSNews]

Former Chalreston Aviation Authority director Sue Stevens has settled a discrimination suit with her former employer for $270,000, to be paid to Stevens by the agency, AIG insurance company, and the state's Insurance Reserve Fund. [P&C]

A trial between the national Episcopal Church and Diocese of South Carolina, which split from the national church, is underway today, with much of the dispute over about a half-billion dollars in property across the Lowcountry, including St. Michael'ss and St. Philip's churches downtown. [P&C, AP]

Charleston tourism officials are cracking down on short-term rentals downtown where rentals less than 30 days are illegal, but where many homeowners use online services like Airbnb to supplement their income and make use of unused space in their homes. [P&C, ABC 4]


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