Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Agenda: Chs. named friendliest; Smooth back to school; Jeff Duncan hosting Joe Arpaio

Arpaio will visit "Faith and Freedom BBQ"

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM

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Looks like everything went smoothly on the first day of school yesterday, including seven new schools across the region. Source: P&C

The Post and Courier Editorial Board comes out in favor of medical marijuana today. Source: P&C

Harry Briggs, Jr., once a young Clarendon County student who became the center of the local school desegregation case Briggs v. Elliott died earlier this month in New York City. Briggs, which was filed in 1950, was one of five cases folded into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that desegregated American schools. Source: AP

Well golly, dontchya know that Conde Nast Traveler has named Charleston as the world's friendliest city. Ain't that just the nicest thing?? Source: P&C

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Upstate Republican Congressman Jeff Duncan announced yesterday that he'll host Joe Arpaio, the infamous sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona at his annual "Faith and Freedom BBQ" next week. "Sheriff Joe" also has the distinction as a noted Trumper, birther, accused abuser of power, and convicted racial profiler who reportedly turned a blind eye to hundreds of sex crimes and was once called "America's Worst Sheriff" by the New York Times.

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CofC creates scholarship honoring Alison Piepmeier

Donations welcome

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 9:41 AM

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The College of Charleston is establishing a scholarship in honor of Alison Piepmeier, who passed away last week after a six-year struggle with brain cancer. As a professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the college, Piepmeier created the women’s and gender studies major at CofC and directed the program for a decade.

According to the College of Charleston website, the Alison Piepmeier Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student majoring or minoring in women’s and gender studies. Students who qualify for the scholarship must also demonstrate a record of feminist activism and leadership.

Those wishing to donate to the school’s Alison Piepmeier Scholarship can do so online here.

Alison's funeral will take place on Fri., August 19, at 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Charleston (4 Archdale St.). A reception will follow the service at the Church's Gage Hall, which is next door to the Unitarian Church. 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Human fetuses discovered in wastewater at Charleston plant

Incident currently under investigation

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 2:12 PM

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Charleston Water System employees discovered two human fetuses near a pump station at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant last week.

Charleston police and the County Coroner’s Office responded to the James Island-area facility on Aug. 8 in reference to employees finding what they believed to be the body of a “possible deceased baby,” according to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department. Upon arrival, officers were taken to a pump station and shown what were described as two "preterm babies" that had been recovered from the wastewater, the report states. The Coroner’s Office was able to confirm that the employees did recover human remains, but how the remains ended up at the facility is unknown.

Charleston Water System spokesman Matt Brady said the fetuses were spotted by an employee monitoring incoming wastewater where it initially enters the plant during the very beginning stages of the treatment process. According to Brady, he is unaware of any similar incidents ever occurring at Charleston Water System facilities.

The discovery was immediately reported to the police, Brady says, and the Charleston Police Department is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200 and ask for the on-duty detective with the Charleston Police Department.

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The Agenda: Sanford calls for Trump to release taxes; McCoy backing medical marijuana; Bridge jumper hotline?

Democrats see daylight

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 12:01 PM


Congressman Mark Sanford in the New York Times: 'I Support You, Donald Trump. Now Release Your Tax Returns.'

Many state Democrats see some daylight in their ongoing push to turn the lean-conservative Palmetto State blue. Source: P&C

Meanwhile, at least a couple S.C. Republicans say they fear their party missed their best opportunity at stopping Hillary Clinton after nominating Donald Trump. Source: P&C

NYT headline: "Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief"

Republican state Rep. Peter McCoy, a former state prosecutor, says that after seeing the potential benefits of medical marijuana as a cure for hard-to-treat maladies like the periodic seizures his young daughter experiences, he will fight harder to pass the bill proposing its legalization. Source: P&C

58 percent: The increase in average student loan debt carried by graduating USC students over the past decade. Source: The State

Could a suicide hotline geared toward Ravenel bridge jumpers help stop some from ending their life? Source: P&C

State Senate rules that allow a single objection to indefinitely halt debate on a proposal could be changed in the coming session. Source: The State

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Burke grad Raven Saunders finishes fifth in Olympic shot put

Team USA takes home gold in women’s shot put

Posted by Dustin Waters on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Burke High School alum Raven Saunders proved that she is among the best athletes in the world, finishing fifth in women’s shot put at the Rio Summer Games.

Supporters of the Lowcountry native gathered at the Burke High School Friday evening to watch Saunders break a personal record with a throw of 19.35 meters (63 feet, six inches). Earlier in the day, Saunders braved the rains in Rio de Janeiro to qualify fourth and make it into the women’s finals. The passionate crowd in the auditorium was brought to their feet with each throw as Saunders represented the United States in competition. Currently attending Ole Miss, the 20-year-old Olympian graduated from Burke two years ago. She has gone on to claim three NCAA shot-put titles and the record for longest throw.

Saunders’ Team USA member Michelle Carter claimed her first Olympic medal, winning gold in the event with a throw of 20.63 meters. Although Saunders did not bring home a medal in her first Olympics, she remains optimistic about her future following the games.

“May not be top three, but fifth ain’t bad for a first-timer,” Saunders posted on Instagram. “These past 365, I have faced many big changes. They say what didn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I believe that’s how I got to this point. Thanks for all the support this season.”

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