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Pieces of $8 million (access required)

Almost 300 years after pirates hijacked it from the French, who stole it from the English, folks are still fighting over Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. According to the marine research firm that found the ...

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Ban lifted

Good initiative, bad judgment. That old Marine Corps saying could perhaps be applied to Columbia’s City Council regarding its July 9 weapons ban affecting the 250-foot area surrounding the State House. A day after South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson ...

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Like a cheap suit (access required)

It’s a relatively common practice for inmates to clog prison toilets and flood cell blocks by flushing toilet paper, books or other belongings down the penitentiary john, but according to officials in Arizona, a prisoner there is clogging the dockets ...

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New USC School of Law on the rise (access required)

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The horizon in downtown Columbia has taken on a different appearance lately, with the Confederate battle flag coming down as a brand new University of South Carolina School of Law building goes up just blocks away. The school announced on ...

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An officer and a tipsy man (access required)

Gregg Henkel of Simpsonville had his third DUI, then he didn’t, and now he does again. These last few years have really been a roller coaster for the 50-something man who was popped twice in two months for over-imbibing and ...

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Battle of the badge (access required)

There’s something almost comical about seeing corpulent, middle-aged (and beyond) men tussle on the side of a country road, fighting not only one another, but to keep their balance on snow- and ice-covered grounds. Only Chester County’s Sheriff Alex Underwood ...

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