Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Third manatee reported dead in Charleston-area waters

Spotted near Awendaw

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Three dead manatees have been reported in Charleston-area waters in the past two weeks - ROBERT BONDE, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
  • Robert Bonde, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Three dead manatees have been reported in Charleston-area waters in the past two weeks
Reports of a third dead manatee spotted in Lowcountry waters in the past two weeks have state officials and agencies concerned about the causes behind these recent deaths.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was notified Tuesday morning of a dead manatee seen near Garris Landing in Awendaw. This sighting comes just one week after dead manatees were found near Shem Creek and Sullivan’s Island. The cause of death for the Sullivan’s Island manatee was found to be the result of a boat propeller, while results were inconclusive in determining how the other creature died.

As waters warm, manatees migrate to the South Carolina coast from Florida each spring, inhabiting tidal rivers, estuaries, and shoreline waters throughout the summer until temperatures cool. The number of manatee sightings in South Carolina tends to spike in July. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the exact number of these endangered creatures inhabiting South Carolina’s coastline is unknown due to the murky waters interfering with surveys. Anyone who sights a manatee is asked to take photos and report it to the DNR to help officials better track their movements.

Collisions with boats are a major threat to these slow-moving creatures, who sometimes feed in shallow waters around docks and near marshes. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, approximately 25-30 percent of manatee deaths statewide are caused by watercraft. So far this year, the commission has recorded a total of 366 deaths in Florida waters, 80 of which were found to be the result of boats and other vessels. In order to reduce the number of deaths caused by boaters, manatee protection zones have been established along Florida waterways, restricting boaters to an idle or slower speed during certain portions of the year.

The DNR recommends that boaters check for any nearby manatees when cranking their motors and keep and eye out for large swirls in the water that may be caused by the marine mammals diving away from the boat. It is illegal to feed manatees — a behavior that may cause the creatures to approach docks and other areas with high human traffic.

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TUESDAY: Trump and Clinton face off in RiverDogs' 'Bobblection'

At least these candidates won't disappoint you

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM

The election is still months away, but the Charleston RiverDogs will allow you to take your pick from the candidates at tonight's game against the Columbia Fireflies.

There won't be any Electoral College or hanging chads in this contest, though. The R'Dogs will have 500 Trump and 500 Clinton bobbleheads available at the gate tonight when doors open at 6 p.m. Fans can take their pick and the first candidate to have all of their caricature faces claimed is declared the winner.

The RiverDogs only have a few more regular season home games left, so if cold beer, peanuts, hot dogs, and boozy milkshakes aren't enough to get you to the Joe, here's your excuse. Gates at 6 p.m. tonight, first pitch at 7 p.m. Tickets available at RiverDogs.com

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The Agenda: Trump returning next month; Roof's 'self-radicalization'; West Nile found in Chs. area skeeters

Roof reportedly wrote about radicalization after arrest

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Trump returns to Charleston next month for a high-dollar fundraiser - FLICKR USER GAGESKIDMORE
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  • Trump returns to Charleston next month for a high-dollar fundraiser

A double dose of Myrtle Beach Sun News columnist Issac Bailey on Trump's minority outreach for CNN and Trump's role in exposing 'America's white identity crisis' for Politico. Source: CNN, Politico

It's back to school time for S.C. colleges, which means some pretty sick rush parties for frats across the state. USC is keeping close tabs on theirs after flirting with the idea of doing away with the months-long pledging process altogether. Source: The State

Charleston County School District officials got their first look at plans to build a new high school for the fast-growing East Cooper area, one which will accommodate 1,500 students. Source: P&C

Joint Base Charleston officials announced yesterday that a few mosquitos found in the area tested positive for West Nile virus. No cases of the illness in humans have been reported. Source: AP

New details disclosed yesterday in the federal case against accused Emanuel AME gunman Dylann Roof showed multiple 'manifestos' written by Roof before he was arrested and while he was in jail. Roof was also reportedly 'self-radicalized' by reading information online about white supremacy. Source: Reuters, P&C, AP

Donald Trump will be back in Charleston next month for a high-dollar fundraiser with S.C. Republican supporters. Date and location TBA. Source: P&C

Charleston County Democratic Chair Brady Quirk-Garvan to P&C: "Charleston voters want no part of his campaign. We know that Charleston is already great and hope Donald Trump will stay in his tacky tower in New York City."

Aviation followers are dismissing claims by Trump that Boeing jobs could get shipped overseas if he's not elected president. One analyst says if anything, non-union S.C. is where union jobs in Washington are being outsourced. Source: McClatchy

Journo Ron Aiken has stayed on reported impropriety inside Richland County government since leaving the SC Policy Council's The Nerve and founding Quorum Columbia, uncovering new allegations that county recreation officials were selling moonshine and counterfeit electronics out of their government offices. Source: Quorum

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Police release more details on Marion Square stabbing

Attack allegedly made over $400

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 1:24 PM

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A stabbing in Marion Square on Sunday afternoon allegedly developed from a dispute over $400, according to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department.

Officers in the process of dealing with an open container violation were approached by Billy Dalton Kendrick, who was described as being in an agitated state and speaking incoherently. It is at this point that another man following behind Kendrick pointed toward him and told officers, “He just stabbed a guy over here. You need to come deal with this,” according to the report. An officer then located the victim, who was found with what appeared to be a screwdriver sticking out of his upper back.

The witness told police that the victim was sleeping on the ground when Kendrick allegedly walked up and stabbed him in the back. The victim was taken to MUSC with four stab wounds.

Another witness claims that he had been sitting with the alleged attacker for 20 minutes before the incident took place. During this time, the witness says that Kendrick made threats toward the victim, alleging that the man owed him $400.

According to an incident report, Kendrick later admitted to the stabbing and was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center on charges of second-degree assault and battery. 

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The Agenda: Port backups all about gathering data; D.C. African-American museum opens next month; "No do-over on bike lane"

Newest Smithsonian museum features Edisto Island slave cabin

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 12:11 PM

P&C Sunday editorial: "No do-over on bike lane"

The I-526 backups seen outside the Wando Welch port in Mount Pleasant are all about increasing transparency, efficiency, and business for state ports, the SPA says. Ports in other states have been reluctant to adopt similar measures. Source: P&C

Dateline, Columba, SC: 'Rent-to-Own Homes: A Win-Win for Landlords, a Risk for Struggling Tenants'

While thousands more people are flooded out of their homes in Louisiana, thousands back in S.C. are still dealing with the effects of last fall's catastrophic flooding. Source: AP

As the state divvies up $5.8 million for body cameras and data storage (breakdown here), it comes with questions about when police are watching and who exactly is watching. Source: AP, The State

South Carolina's unemployment rate inched downward in July, closer to the national average to 5.2 percent, the lowest jobless rate the state has experienced since 2001. Source: P&C

President Barack Obama will open the Smithsonian Institute's new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall next month. The museum features, among other things, a reassembled slave cabin preserved from Edisto Island, S.C. Source: AP

Vinson Cunningham in The New Yorker: "Making a home for black history"

The Columbia attorney who was pictured holding a 'Girl Power' sign on the front page of the New York Times during last month's Democratic National Convention says she's keeping the sign in case national archivists or a future Hillary Clinton presidential library collection would want it. Source: P&C

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