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Fast track to nowhere (access required)

He who represents himself has a fool for a client, Abraham Lincoln once said. Even a licensed attorney who chooses to serve as his own counsel is being injudicious, most agree — especially when the stakes are high and liberty ...

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Cruel and unusual?

Once upon a time, in the eyes of many, driving under the influence was more of an infraction than a crime. These days, even first-offense DWI carries some pretty stiff penalties that include fines, suspensions, and even incarceration. (Prison gates ...

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North vs South (access required)

The sad state of driving in South Carolina has been underscored by yet another worst-of list. This time the Palmetto State was called out for being home to the sixth-worst drivers in the nation. How did North Carolina fare? Its ...

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Love in the fast lane (access required)

Palmetto State lovers in the Richland County area who are looking to get hitched quickly and on the cheap don’t need to jet off to Vegas. A notary public, ordained minister and travel agent named Chevanda H. is offering affordable ...

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I’ll drink to that (access required)

On Nov. 8, the people spoke. This Sidebar reporter sat in front of his TV, peeping periodically over his laptop while furiously refreshing his Twitter feed for updates. It was election night and I was in reporter mode, though there ...

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Dram good time for new law book (access required)

Dram Shop litigation is trending in South Carolina. Last year, two of the top 25 verdicts and settlements were Dram Shop cases. And so far this year, several multimillion-dollar settlements have been paid to victims of drivers who were over-served ...

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Nightwear on whelm street (access required)

In the spirit of Halloween, at least the folks running around dressed as clowns and showing their backsides are creepy, if not scary. But the best costume a Sumter man could muster recently for some rage in the roadway was ...

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