Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Olympics Update: Raven Saunders GoFundMe account reaches goal

Huzzah

Posted by Dustin Waters on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 5:13 PM

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Wonderful news, everyone. Just when you thought all the light had gone out of the world and there remained only the bleak promise of another tired tomorrow, something good has happened.

This afternoon, a little after 3 p.m., the GoFundMe account created by the family of Olympian and Burke graduate Raven Saunders to pay for their trip to the Summer Games in Rio reached its goal. The $20,000 crowdfunding effort was put over the top with a $1,175 bid. According to the family’s GoFundMe page, the money will go to pay for travel expenses for Saunders’ aunt, mother, and younger sister.

The opening ceremony is still more than a week away, but we’ll definitely be following Saunders and the other local athletes representing the United States as they go up against nations from all over the world, as well as the impending societal collapse that are the Rio Olympics.

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The Citadel's mascot had puppies and they're freakin' adorable

Born on the Fourth of July

Posted by David Hall on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Oh snap, y'all. The Citadel is soon to have a fresh batch of cadets — a full litter of adorable puppies just born to their mother, the college’s mascot, a bulldog named Boo.

On the Fourth of July, The Citadel's wrinkle-in-chief gave birth to a whole mess of pups. Today, we're getting our first look at them since they started opening their eyes, thanks to the most-cuddly post on Facebook today (unofficial). The dawgfather is none other than General II, the mascot for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Check out the pups here. 

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New York Times features S.C. Dems on front page after historic nomination

Charleston state Sen. Margie Bright Matthews among those pictured on A1

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 12:17 PM

A day after Hillary Clinton formally earned the nomination of national Democrats, three members of South Carolina's DNC delegation appeared on A1 of America's newspaper of record under the banner, "Democrats make Clinton historic nominee."

Holding a sign exclaiming "Girl Power," state Sen. Margie Bright-Matthews, Columbia attorney Marguerite Willis, and Christale Spain of the state Democratic Party were captured by New York Times photog Damon Winter as delegates cheered from the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major American political party. Forty-six of South Carolina's 59 delegates voted for Clinton, with the others supporting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The photo of the three S.C. women was widely circulated this morning, also appearing on the Post and Courier front page, among others. When this post was published, the story and photo still led NYTimes.com.


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Editor's Note: On mentors and a little red wagon

Divine Intehairevention

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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There are two kinds of people in this country: those who appreciate the First Amendment and those who treat the First Amendment like a dare. Chris Haire is the latter, and for nine years he's been the teeth of this paper. From his pointed columns on racism to his droll takes on South Carolina politics — who can forget the Shakespearean sonnet he penned to Mark Sanford? — Haire has been the guiding voice of City Paper for nearly a decade. But now he's gone ... back to Greenville.

Last week our fearless leader accepted an offer he couldn't refuse (I know that sentence has too many clichés, Chris), and moved back to his beloved upstate home. It's a bittersweet departure to be sure. While readers may know him as one of this city's loudest rabble-rousers, the real Chris Haire is actually a generous boss, patient mentor, and loyal friend. I swear it's true. (The same puckish guy who thrilled at posting a blog of Stephen Hawking reading 50 Shades of Grey is also the person who just gave me a Radio Flyer for my one-year-old son. Go figure.)

So what now?

I've been told I can have Haire's office — score — oh, and his job. Beyond that, if we get into any editorial quagmires my plan is simple: just look down at my WWCHD bracelet and wait for divine intehairevention.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Federal prosecutors provide details following motion to dismiss Dylann Roof’s charges

Attorneys assert federal jurisdiction in case

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 3:52 PM

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Federal prosecutors allege that Dylann Roof placed a call to Emanuel AME Church prior to last June’s shooting and used nearly 80 rounds of ammunition in the attack, according to new court documents.

In response to a challenge over the constitutionality of federal charges against Roof, attorneys for the prosecution have filed a response detailing how Roof’s alleged actions affected interstate commerce. Previously, Roof’s federal defense team filed a motion to dismiss much of his indictment, claiming that their client had not been properly charged under the rules of the U.S. Constitution. In that motion, the defense argued that the federal indictment blurred the line between national and local authority, stating, “Mr. Roof lived in South Carolina, all of the alleged preparation for the crime took place in South Carolina, and the crime was committed in South Carolina.”

Following this move by the defense, federal prosecutors were asked by the court to provide a “bill of particulars” listing the ways in which Roof’s alleged actions relate to matters of interstate commerce, thus supporting the government’s ability to level charges. In that response, prosecutors point to the use of interstate highways, the internet, and a firearm and ammunition produced out of state as justification that the shooting at Mother Emanuel reaches beyond local jurisdictions.

Among the allegations laid out by the prosecution are claims that Roof used eight magazines and nearly 80 rounds of ammunition during the shooting. The government also states that on Feb. 23, 2015, a call was made to Emanuel AME Church from the house where Roof was residing at the time. Other examples provided by the government include Roof’s alleged use of the internet to study potential targets, wire transmissions made by Roof to pay for a website hosted by a Russian company, and the influx of donations received by Emanuel AME Church from all over the world following the shooting. Attorneys also cited South Carolina’s lack of a hate crime law covering racially motivated violence as ample reason for the federal government to intervene.

“In addition to the use of firearms and ammunition that traveled in interstate commerce, defendant used several channels and instrumentalities while planning these attacks. Defendant used the internet both to post his manifesto shortly before committing his attacks and to research various subjects, including Emanuel AME and other historically black churches and potential targets in Charleston,” states the prosecution in court documents filed earlier this week. “Defendant also used a telephone to call Emanuel AME. Defendant, guided by GPS, drove on an interstate highway from Columbia to carry out his attack, and then fled afterward on an interstate highway to North Carolina. The internet, telephone, GPS, and interstate highways — defendant used each of these channels and instrumentalities in planning and executing his attack, and each falls squarely within Congress’s Commerce Clause authority.”

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