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Inspired by Burning Man, Charleston's Emergence aims for
Charleston City Paper | January 18, 2019
Like Burning Man itself, the event defies description.
The Agenda: Get your REAL ID now to avoid lines, DMV says; S.C. prisons implementing progressive program | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 17, 2019
The director of the S.C. DMV is urging South Carolinians to get their REAL ID-compliant licenses ahead of the Oct. 1 2020 deadline. more…
Trump rushed Clemson to the White House months earlier than usual for his fast food shutdown stunt | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 17, 2019
[embed-1] If it seems like the Clemson Tigers got their spotlight in Washington a little sooner than normal, it's because they did. All those cold burgers, the fries, the misty-eyed Dabo, were all on display months earlier for the 2018-19 T...
Let's support Charleston education in 2019 | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
Public education should be the great equalizer in America — a system that gives all children, regardless of their background or race, the tools and support to achieve their goals.
Stegelin: A president's ransom | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
We don't negotiate (with Democrats)
Clemson's title makes things even harder for South Carolina's smaller football schools | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
Admittedly, I did not have a dog in the national championship fight between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.
Louis York are a couple of very talented musical weirdos | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
Kelly and Harmony chafed against the expectations of the music industry, which didn't seem interested in any non-mainstream ideas the duo had.
New book offers key insights for political, conservation success | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
Conservationist Dana Beach years ago described how to keep development from mauling everything into a mess of sprawl.
Blotter: Dad fight | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
Blotter o' the week: When describing the man who assaulted a customer during a football game, the manager of a West Ashley chicken joint told officers he had an “average dad bod.”
The Agenda: Gov. McMaster's new budget; Anti-abortion activist tells women they can't serve in office; 896 pounds of weed in Hanahan | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 16, 2019
Governor Henry McMaster's proposed budget suggests dollar amounts for all of the promises he made in his inauguration speech. The budget would give S.C. teachers a raise to 5 percent above the Southeastern average, give colleges who freeze tuition for S.C....
The Agenda: Businesses shower McMaster in inauguration cash; Tigers to visit the White House on Monday | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 14, 2019
Gov. McMaster raised $815,000 for his inauguration — more than either of Nikki Haley's inaugurations — and all but two donations came from businesses. Businesses who donated include potential buyers of Santee Cooper, cigarette conglomerate Altria, Boei...
Charleston YWCA's 10 days honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. start Tuesday, on what would be King's 90th birthday | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 14, 2019
Tuesday marks the beginning of Charleston's 47th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the city's largest and longest-running event. The 10-day celebration will begin at 2 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall (80 Broad St.)...
Obamacare is more popular than ever in S.C., but 2019 increase not
Charleston City Paper | January 14, 2019
More South Carolinians are insured through the Affordable Care Act than ever before, according to new figures from the S.C. Department of Insurance. As of Jan. 2, more than 203,000 people in the state had paid for a health insurance plan from the ...
Clemson won the natty and Trump bought them
Charleston City Paper | January 14, 2019
[embed-2] Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers. In honor of your ascension to the pinnacle of college football, the President of the United States has invited you to the White House to dine on the nation's finest Big Macs and pizza. No, but seri...
Netflix series
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
A new Netflix series set in North Carolina's Outer Banks will be shot in South Carolina in protest of HB-142, a N.C. state law preventing cities from passing laws that protect trans folks' access to public accommodations. Jonas Pate, a Wilmington...
Joe Six Pack: Cunningham turned away trying to take Chs. craft beer onto the U.S. House floor | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
[embed-1] Looks like there's a limit to "casual Fridays" at the U.S. House of Representatives.     U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham tried to take a mix-and-match six-pack of local Westbrook and Coast beer onto the House floor this morning. ...
The Agenda: Coast Guard continuing rescues without pay; CofC loses on last-sec Drexel flop; Charleston County taxpayers can pay their taxes in installments | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
In the midst of the government shutdown, Charleston-based Coast Guard workers are continuing with rescues as normal, but aren't getting paid. Once the government reopens, USCG employees will get back pay. more…
Charleston will hire a
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
The City of Charleston will create a new position exclusively dedicated to hearing out the concerns of the city's most marginalized communities. Starting on July 1, the city budget will allow for a "Manager of Diversity, Racial Reconciliation, a...
Come on, USC. Quit copying College of Charleston with that new logo | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
[embed-3]For most folks outside South Carolina, "USC" will usually mean University of Southern California. Even in football circles, USC usually refers to that school in Los Angeles that's won a few* football national championships. It's really too b...
Katie Arrington has a new, well-paid job in the Trump
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Katie Arrington, fresh off her loss to represent the Lowcountry in Congress, has found her way to Washington through another branch of government. Arrington will serve as a "highly qualified expert" for  the Undersecretary of Defense's Acquisition...
The Agenda: McMaster the latest to promise to fix S.C. schools; Pre-recession developments may be on hold; Solar advocates ramp up | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
[embed-1] ICYMI: During his inaugural address centered around economic prosperity on Wednesday, Gov. Henry McMaster vowed to improve the state's education system. more…
New directory lists more than a dozen trans-friendly doctors, lawyers, and more in Charleston | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
A new directory of more than 400 service providers in the South lists more than a dozen trans-friendly doctors, lawyers, and nonprofits in the Charleston area. On Wednesday, the North Carolina-based Campaign for Southern Equality released their 2019 T...
The Agenda: Mt. Pleasant council votes to cut building permits; S.C. flood panel mulls options including artificial reef | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Mt. Pleasant Town Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that aims to cut the number of new residential development permits in half to 600. Currently, the town grants 1,200 permits for residential developments. more… ...
WATCH: After nearly 40 years in politics, Henry McMaster finally gets his formal swearing in as governor today | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
In a completely predictable twist of political fate, Henry McMaster gets his big fancy swearing in today on the steps of the S.C. Statehouse today. After working his way up from a lowly federal prosecutor to chairman of the South Carolina Republican P...
Add sensible gun reform to South Carolina's priorities | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
It's past a reasonable time for the General Assembly to add sensible gun reform to its to-do list. In 2019, state lawmakers must get something done.
How South Carolina can also do its part on criminal justice reform | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Criminal justice reform generally takes a back burner to most issues. So, what does that mean for South Carolina and criminal justice reform at home?
The Best of Blotter 2018 | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
As the writer of the City Paper's blotter, my Monday mornings are filled with some of the lowest points in my fellow Charlestonians' lives. Still, enough of you seem to get a kick out of all of it, so here are some of the more impressive shenanigans our ne...
Stegelin: Impeach the Mother Gooser | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Riddle and a rhyme
Judges deny appeal of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager's 20-year sentence | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
A federal court has denied an appeal that would have overturned the 20-year prison sentence of Michael Slager, a former North Charleston police officer who in 2017 was found guilty of a civil rights violation in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarm...
How S.C. and Alabama newspaper front pages marked Clemson's (latest) national title | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Another January, another Clemson natty. Seems like that's just the way it is these days. But that also means plenty of good fodder for daily newspaper headline writers charged with the task of memorializing yet another title for the Tigers' loyal fans...
The Agenda: Charleston has big tech scene, but slow internet; S.C. named one of the worst places to start a family | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Despite its tech scene, Charleston's residents have slower internet speeds compared to the rest of the state and country. A little more than nine percent of Charlestonians have access to fiber optic internet speeds, while nearly 18 percent of South Caroli...
Rep. Joe Cunningham plans to file bill proposing 10-year ban on offshore drilling | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Fresh off being sworn in as South Carolina's newest congressman, U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban seismic testing and offshore drilling for oil and gas. Standing at a press conference at Shem Creek Park T...
South Carolina joins lawsuit against Trump administration to prevent offshore drilling and testing | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
South Carolina could soon join a federal lawsuit to prevent the Trump administration from allowing companies to conduct seismic testing off the coast of South Carolina. Attorney General Alan Wilson has petitioned to join a lawsuit filed by 16 S.C. m...
Could 2019 be the year South Carolina lawmakers approve medical marijuana? | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Jill Swing, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, laughs wearily as she talks about the upcoming state legislative session. It will be her sixth session advocating for legal access to medical marijuana.
Best of Charleston 2019 nominations end Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.! | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
Procrastinators: Best of Charleston 2019 nominations end Tues. Jan. 8, at 11:59 p.m. more…
Education and tax reform are some of the top priorities as lawmakers return to Columbia for 2019 session | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
State lawmakers outlined their legislative priorities for the year Thursday, signaling a shift away from energy discussions that dominated much of last year's session after the $9 billion fallout of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant. In panel discussions ...
The Agenda: 'Pelosi Joe' votes against Pelosi; Ex-deputies will be charged in flooding death of patients; S.C. has lowest gas prices since 2016 | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
On his first day on the job, Rep. Joe Cunningham kept his campaign promise and did not vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House. He instead voted for Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from Illinois and the incoming chair of the Democratic Congressional Camp...
Rep. Gilliard requests meeting with president of Charleston Rifle Club over its denial of Melvin Brown | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
A few months after members of the Charleston Rifle Club rejected an MUSC doctor and Navy veteran who would have been the downtown private club's first black member, a state lawmaker is asking to meet with the group's president. In a letter...
S.C.'s two new congressmen, 34 and 36, drop the average age of the House delegation by six years (still all men) | Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | January 13, 2019
The average age of South Carolina's representatives in the U.S. House will decrease by six years with the arrival of Reps. Joe Cunningham and William Timmons, who are 36 and 34, respectively. With five of the state's seven districts holding steady w...
Murals are filling in the Charleston cityscape. Here's a quick guide. | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
The Charleston peninsula boasts the highest concentration of murals, but painted exteriors can be found in North Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Folly Beach and elsewhere.
YWCA's MLK tribute a wide-reaching 10-day series of events | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
YWCA Greater Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute is a 10-day-long celebration that includes a parade, ecumenical and worship services, a poetry slam and a racial equality workshop. Thousands of Lowcountry residents take part in one way or another.
Charleston's booming economy leads to on-time mortgage payments at near-record rate | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
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Legal hardball: Battle between College of Charleston, fired baseball coach rages on | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
The wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former College of Charleston baseball coach Matt Heath is far from being settled.
How a SC firm helped make Southwest Airlines famous | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
The recent passing of Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher rekindled a flood of memories about the chain-smoking, Wild Turkey-sipping executive and his legendary antics, from his Elvis impersonations to his wearing a bag over his head in a TV commercial.
Palmetto Politics: Mulvaney's Trump ties a deal-maker or a deal-breaker in leading USC? | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
Mick Mulvaney is interested in becoming USC's next president, but his affiliations with President Donald Trump sparked sharp initial criticism. But some on campus, and in the boardroom, think the former congressman deserves a chance.
Trident Health acquires North Charleston site for a new specialty hospital | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
The medical provider recently spent $4.6 million to buy about 17 acres off U.S. Highway 78, not far from its main campus.
Sapakoff: Clemson’s Tony Elliott makes more NFL head coach sense than most of the latest hires | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson offensive co-coordinator Tony Elliott of James Island gets mentioned as a college head coach candidate but might make more sense in the NFL, where the trend is hiring bright, offensive-minded young guys.
Legendary wrestling announcer ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund was soundtrack to a generation | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 12, 2019
Okerlund passed away on Jan. 2 at the age of 76, leaving behind a flood of memories and special moments that he helped create during his five decades in the wrestling business.
Rescuers search for Marvin Lee Judy | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 11, 2019
Rescue workers search for countryside around Rosendal Norway for Marvin Lee "Mark" Judy of Charleston after his disappearance in August 2017. Photo courtesy of Håvard Røyrvik/Haugesunds Avis.
Search for Marvin Lee Judy | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 11, 2019
Rescue workers search for countryside around Rosendal Norway for Marvin Lee "Mark" Judy of Charleston after his disappearance in August 2017. Photo courtesy of Håvard Røyrvik/Haugesunds Avis.
Marvin Judy's abandoned rental car | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 11, 2019
Investigators found a car rented by Marvin Lee "Mark" Judy for his Norway trip in the parking lot of his hotel after his disappearance in August 2017. Photo courtesy of Håvard Røyrvik/Haugesunds Avis.
Patrick Davis, USC alum, writes blues song about Clemson championship win | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 11, 2019
University of South Carolina alumnus and Nashville-based singer and guitar player Patrick Davis was feeling pretty blue when he woke up the morning after the college football national championship game to see that Clemson had won.
Where is famous wrestling announcer Mike Tenay now? | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 11, 2019
Tenay, 64, affectionately known as “The Professor,” worked for WCW from 1994-2001 and for TNA from 2002-15.
Did you know? Sarah Logan of The Riott Squad married another wrestler | Post and Courier
Post and Courier | January 11, 2019
Among those in attendance were fellow Riott Squad members Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan.