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How not to fake-die (access required)

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t break new legal ground with its recent decision in U.S. v. Deffenbaugh, which involved a man who faked his own death to avoid a court hearing. But anyone planning to similarly fake ...

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Spray-paint politics (access required)

Coastal residents in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district have discovered a new use for that plywood normally reserved for battening down the hatches during hurricane season: ramping up the debate during political season. Supporters of former Gov. Mark Sanford, one ...

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Fireworks feud (access required)

All those splashy billboards beckoning drivers on I-95 to a pyrotechnics paradise just off Exit 53 in Walterboro are at the center of a protracted lawsuit that reads like an oddball comedy. The suit pits the Fireworks Supermarket against wily ...

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Taking a census of Big Brother (access required)

Anyone who has wondered whether their local police department is quietly building its own Skynet to spy on residents from above with drone aircraft brought back from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq should soon have some answers. American Civil ...

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Legislator beweaves in change (access required)

Charleston barbershop owner and state Rep. Robert L. Brown isn’t backing down from his fight to change an old state law that regulates hair braiding. Brown, a Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would amend a 1976 statute so that ...

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Better off in prison (access required)

After being convicted of two burglaries, Willie Lee Simmons requested the chance to participate in SC STRONG, a nonprofit that provides vocational opportunities for substance abusers and ex-convicts. Simmons hoped for a probation plea bargain, and he presumably figured working ...

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