Thursday, May 2, 2013
Judge assigns 30 days in jail after inmate calls her an derogatory word.
A Charleston County judge has held an inmate in contempt of court after he allegedly called her a derogatory word, Live 5 News reported. The publication reported Mark L. Swinton, who is facing an attempted murder charge from earlier this year, was assigned a $30,000 bond for a different charge by Judge Linda Lombard. "$30,000 ain't (expletive). When I get out, I'm going to get that charge dismissed, (expletive)!" Swinton said. Swinton refused to apologize, so Lombard held him in contempt. "Don't nobody care about no 30 days, girl," Swinton said. Click here to read more. Speak Out: Is cussing a jailable offense? Was this an overreach by the judge or did the circumstances warrant the sentence? Tell us in the comments!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sen. Robert Ford calls out fellow black lawmakers on race-related issues
— by Sen. Robert Ford Martin Luther King, Jr. said that he hoped for a day when a man would not be judged by the color of his skin. Barack Obama fulfilled the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., when he became the first African American president of the United States. His presidency bought about a rise in the number of African American CEO’s, Chairman of college boards and key leadership positions at corporations across the country. That is why I took the Senate floor to denounce the hypocrisy displayed by South Carolina Black legislators. A deal was brokered to support Mr. Dawson over Dr. Walter Tobin. They met with Mr. Dawson today to ask him to do two things in exchange for their support. The first thing they asked was his support to …
Friday, April 26, 2013
An Upstate school test is making the rounds on social media disputing the existence of dinosaurs, based on biblical principles. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
GREER, SC -- A test from an Upstate Christian school is making the rounds on social media. The test, allegedly given to fourth-grade students at a Christian-based school north of Greer, is titled "Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel." A book with the same name was published in 2004 by Answers in Genesis. The test first started making rounds on social media on Sunday when it was posted in a chat room on atheism on Reddit. According to Snopes, the test is legitimate as someone believed to be the child's father sent a statement to the website saying that the test had been brought home by his 10-year-old daughter. The man wrote that some of the test questions were first brought to his attention when he and his daughter heard a commercial about a…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Flier around downtown Charleston claims 21-year-old is a deadbeat dad.
There's a fine line between a prank done right and a prank too far. And where that line is, depends on the prankster, the victim and the audience. Brandon Cordina, 21, of Mount Pleasant was the victim of prank that caught attention of social media and more Monday night, as fliers were posted around King Street claiming he was a deadbeat dad, the Post and Courier reported. With a picture of the prank victim from high school, the flier reads: HAVE YOU SEEN ME? THIS MAN GOT ME PREGNANT AND WON’T RETURN MY PHONE CALL’S The Post and Courier reported: People began to eyeball him on the street and in bars. Soon, photos of the fliers began spreading on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Long-lost friends messaged him, and random strangers, …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wonder what your neighbors pay for rent? This map details it.
Rent costs in the Charleston area vary wildly between neighborhoods. Now you can see just how pricey each part of town is and and how those costs compare neighborhood-by-neighborhood. A new website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks uses U.S. census information from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most expensive rent is on Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant. Perhaps a little surprising is that rent in downtown Charleston is not the most expensive. In fact, there is a sliver on the peninsula with the average rental price of $545, well within the state's average rent of $473 to $581 — though that is "above the Crosstown." The neck of Charleston …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Patch, SCRN host a debate April 29 — tell us in the comments what you'd like to ask the candidates!
Former Gov. Mark Sanford will face Democratic rival, businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch Monday, April 29, in the only debate appearance scheduled for the S.C. First Congressional District candidates. For event details, click here. While many voters have made up their minds, there are still a few undecided voters for the May 7 special election. Speak Out: What would you like to hear from the candidates during the debate? What questions would you ask? Tell us in the comments!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
State hasn't had a natural disaster reported in more than five years.
The map is a bit spooky. No other state in the United States has enjoyed the luxury of zero natural disasters since 2007 except for South Carolina, according to EnvironmentAmericaCenter.org. Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science reported this week that there will be four major hurricanes out of the tropics this season. Speak out: Are we overdue for a 'big one'? Tell us in the comments!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Veronica has lived with her adopted parents for years but has been moved back to her Cherokee tribe per court order. Tell us what you think in the comments!
The U.S. Supreme Court is listening to arguments Tuesday in the custody case of baby Veronica. James Island couple Matt and Melanie Capobianco adopted her about four years ago, but her father, a member of the Cherokee Tribe filed suit for custody of her under the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the South Carolina Supreme Court sided with him last year. The Capobiancos appealed to the Supreme Court. The Capobiancos adopted Veronica after her birth, and her biological father Dusten Brown had reportedly signed a waiver of parental rights before she was born, but later decided to contest the adoption. Veronica's mother was not a member of a Native American tribe. Speak out: Should Veronica continue living with her family on James Island? Or …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
What do you think of this week's charges of trespassing and release of marital documents? Tell us in the comments!
Former Gov. Mark Sanford made headlines this week again for his personal life — distracting from his race against Democratic rival Elizabeth Colbert Busch for the vacant First Congressional District seat. The election is May 7. Sanford questioned the timing of the release of news that he is being accused of trespassing on his ex-wife's property. He said he wasn't trespassing, but watching a football game with his son. Click here to read his statement about the issue. Speak Out: Will the recent personal woes for Sanford affect your vote May 7? Should a politician's personal life be public? Tell us in the comments!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Song has stirred up controversy in recent weeks.
It’s been talked about on The View and Conan, spoofed on Saturday Night Live and lit up message boards for the better part of two weeks. It’s the song by country music star Brad Paisley called “Accidental Racist.” Paisley is joined in the song by rapper/actor LL Cool J as they both reference symbols of racism, such as the confederate In interviews such as the one above, Paisley has said the song is a plea to make racism a thing of the past. But critics say it trivializes slavery and that Paisley is in no position to discuss matters of race. What do you think? Here are the lyrics: To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I'm a Skynyrd fan …