Saturday, July 23, 2016

ABC News interviews Alison Piepmeier about her City Paper farewell column

Profiles in courage

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 3:19 PM

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Following the outpouring of comments and shares of City Paper writer Alison Piepmeier's recent column "Thank you for my beautiful life," ABC News picked up the story. 

In the piece, "Journalist With Brain Cancer Thanks Those Who Made Her Life ‘Rich and Beautiful’ in Final Column," Joi-Marie McKenzie writes,  

"Piepmeier has been battling a brain tumor for seven years, but last month she wrote that her tumor had gotten progressively bigger and she no longer had treatment options. She's currently in hospice care.

But Piepmeier's cancer hasn't stopped her from doing what she loves: writing."
Piepemeier went onto share why she chose to write the column. "I've spent years writing about cancer, but also about children, disability, abortion, Down syndrome, homophobia, and other challenging topics. I wanted to finish by writing about things that always matter, but especially those things that matter at the end: love, family, friendship, gratitude, and forgiveness."

"As I feel myself slipping away," she added, "I wanted to say goodbye while I still could."

Here at City Paper, we're thrilled to see Piepmeier's beautiful and brave story reach a national audience. To read the full ABC News feature, click here

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Local Black Lives Matter organizer arrested at North Charleston City Hall

Calls for independent police review

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Black Lives Matter Charleston organizer Muhiyidin d'Baha - DUSTIN WATERS
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Black Lives Matter Charleston organizer Muhiyidin d’Baha was arrested Thursday evening after interrupting a North Charleston Public Safety Committee meeting. While committee members had gathered to discuss several zoning issues, d’Baha spoke out at the end of the meeting to call for more oversight of the North Charleston Police Department in the form of a citizens’ review board with subpoena powers.

The local activist was led from the meeting at North Charleston City Hall by police and charged with disorderly conduct. Upon his release on bond Thursday evening, d’Baha addressed supporters outside of the Al Cannon Detention Center.

“We’ve been asking for a citizens’ review board, and if nothing else, the opportunity to address council in a way where we can have well-thought-out discussion about what a citizens’ review board is and what it would mean to the city of North Charleston,” said d’Baha in a video posted to the Black Lives Matter Charleston Facebook page.

Last month, the North Charleston Police Department held a series of public meetings to gather input on the creation of a Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Community Relations. According to the draft proposal for establishing the commission, the group will evaluate police relations with the community and suggest changes to department policy and training. The proposal also states that members of the group will come from the city’s Community and Police Panel created in 2008, as well as recommendations by City Council, the mayor, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the chief of police. Members must be residents of North Charleston, have no record of felony convictions, no more than one misdemeanor conviction, and no outstanding warrants.

In a video posted online after his release, d’Baha criticized the proposed plan for the commission, saying it lacked investigatory and disciplinary powers. According to d’Baha, he and other citizens intend to form their own independent board, which will review alleged complaints against individual officers that they have requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

“When we protest and when we come out, we will come out with officers’ names and badge numbers on our signs,” he said, “laser sharp, pointed to actually have oversight to make sure officers feel and are held accountable for their actions within our community.”

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Why we're switching to Facebook-verified member accounts

Hello, my name is...

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:36 PM

A bit of housekeeping: Starting today, we're requiring all existing and new members to log in to their account using Facebook.

We love all of our commenters, but we're pretty certain we can have a better dialog about the issues facing our community if readers are required to verify their identities and there are fewer anonymous accounts. We know this won't be a perfect system, but many of you won't be affected at all. We'll see how it goes.

A few details:
  • New members will be required to use Facebook to create their account.
  • Existing members will be required to use Facebook to verify their account.
  • If you are an existing member and you log in using Facebook, your username and comment history will remain. (So if you've been a jerk in the comments for years, this is a good time to start fresh.)
Yes, Facebook is the only option right now, but Twitter and Google sign-in will be enabled soon.

The City Paper has been lucky to have an engaged and (mostly) civil crowd of loyal commenters over the years. We're very grateful to each of you for reading and sharing your thoughts and invite you to continue to do just that.

If you have any issues with your account, feel free to email me ( and I'll try to help out.

Thanks again for reading. I'll see you in the comments.

Sam Spence
Web Editor

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Online survey seeks public input on plastic bags in Charleston

In the bag

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 2:40 PM

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Loyal readers may remember a few weeks back when the City Paper wrote about the issue of plastic bags and how a local coalition of city, business, and conservation organizations are examining plastic bag use in Charleston.

Well, in an effort to gather public input on single-use plastic bags, the group has launched an online survey to collect local opinions for citizens throughout the tricounty area. According to those behind the project, the survey is a way to “gauge support, concern, and information gaps regarding possible ways to reduce plastic bags in our communities.”

For more information, check out the city’s brief explanation here or go straight to the survey. Those with questions can email The survey closes Sept. 9.

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The Agenda: SC helps boo Cruz from stage; Lee Atwater's widow on Trump; I-526 off half-cent tax list

Sally Atwater on Trump: "He reminds me so much of Lee."

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 10:37 AM

South Carolina Republican delegates were reportedly among those booing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as he spoke during night three of the RNC yesterday, offering at best a very light endorsement of the 2016 GOP ticket with no mention of Trump. Source: P&C, NYT

But minutes after the speech, Gov. Nikki Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey posted a photo of Cruz and his wife Heidi with Haley and her husband Michael. Source: @RobGodfrey

P&C headline from Cleveland: 'Haley and McMaster represent GOP’s struggle for unity in presidential election'

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Congressmen Trey Gowdy, Jeff Duncan, and Mick Mulvaney are all notably absent from the S.C. delegation in Cleveland this week. So, where are they? Source: The State

In a profile with the P&C, S.C. delegate Sally Atwater, the widow of infamous Republican consultant Lee Atwater, known for race-baiting and dirty campaign tricks, says Trump reminds her of her late husband: "He reminds me so much of Lee." 

The State Ethics Commission issued clarifying guidelines on how football game tickets can be used by the governor's office and candidates' use of campaign money to pay themselves and family members. Source: P&C

Former Republican state Rep. Thad Viers of Myrtle Beach, now serving a three-year term in federal prison for money laundering, has been disbarred by the State Supreme Court. Source: The State

When it came time to vote on whether Charleston County taxpayers would vote on a new $2.1 billion half-cent sales tax referendum, the final list of projects the tax would cover did not include I-526 as it originally did. Source: P&C

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