Tag: South Carolina

James Brown’s Will: Is It Inching Toward Closure After 14 Years?

After more than a decade of litigation over James Brown’s estate, which he, the Godfather of Soul, had largely bequeathed to underprivileged students in South Carolina and Georgia, the chief justice of South Carolina’s Supreme Court seemed irritated. “Has one scholarship been given, pursuant to Mr. Brown’s will?” the justice, Donald W. Beatty, pointedly asked […]

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Public Health Experts Reject President’s View of Fading Pandemic

Public health experts warned on Sunday that the coronavirus pandemic is not going away anytime soon. They directly contradicted President Trump’s promise that the disease that has infected more than two million Americans would “fade away” and his remarks that disparaged the value of evidence from coronavirus tests. A day after President Trump told a […]

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Has Lindsey Graham Become Too Trumpy for South Carolina? Not So Fast.

CONWAY, S.C. — At the first event for state Republicans since the coronavirus shut down the campaign trail, a send-off for a longtime state party operative in one of the most pro-Trump counties in South Carolina, there were traces of both Lindsey Grahams. “Grahamnesty!” shouted one woman, using the mocking nickname critics have for the […]

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The Root Interviews U.S. Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison of South Carolina Today on Instagram Live

U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks to the crowd during the King Day celebration at the Dome March on January 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison is on a mission to help the Democrats take back the Senate after winning his South Carolina primary Tuesday unopposed. Soon […]

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Major Problems With Voting in Atlanta as 5 States Hold Primaries

ATLANTA — Five states hold primary elections on Tuesday, and the biggest races are in Georgia, kicking off what could be an important political year in the state. Georgia Democrats, whose hopes have often been dashed in recent years, think they have a chance to turn the state blue in presidential and Senate races for […]

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The Sunday Read: ‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Today on “The Sunday Read,” listen to Claudia Rankine reflect on the precariousness of being black in America. Her words were written five years ago, after Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, killed nine black people at […]

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Inside an Extraordinary G.O.P. Event: ‘Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies’ Again

CONWAY, S.C. — The first mention of the coronavirus pandemic was a joke. A master of ceremonies was explaining to a crowd of more than 100 people why the keynote speakers — home-state Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott — were running a bit late. “You have to understand, they haven’t got to do any […]

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Inside an Extraordinary G.O.P. Event: ‘Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies’ Again

CONWAY, S.C. — The first mention of the coronavirus pandemic was a joke. A master of ceremonies was explaining to a crowd of more than 100 people why the keynote speakers — home-state Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott — were running a bit late. “You have to understand, they haven’t got to do any […]

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Tropical Storm Bertha Could Cause Dangerous Flooding in the South

A tropical storm named Bertha could bring heavy rain, whipping winds and potentially life-threatening flash floods to parts of the Carolinas and Virginia on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. After quickly gathering strength off the coast of South Carolina, Bertha was named a tropical storm less than two hours before it made landfall about […]

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White Woman Charged With Assault After Putting Hands on an 11-Year-Old Black Girl She Thought Stole Her Mail

Screenshot: Skhylur Davis and attorney Justin Bamberg speak on May 11 incident in Zoom news conference (WRDW 12) Is it just me or are Karens getting more Karen-y by the day? In Aiken, S.C., a white woman has been charged with assault and battery in the third degree after she put her hands on an […]

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Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Is Already Inspiring a State to Change Its Citizen’s Arrest Law

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia earlier this year has the neighboring state of South Carolina revisiting its own laws regarding “citizen arrests,” which protected the two white men involved in the death of the 25-year-old black man — at […]

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Democrats File Lawsuit to Make Absentee Mail-In Voting Accessible to Everyone During Pandemic

Photo: Derek R. Henkle (AFP/Getty Images) One issue that comes up repeatedly as the coronavirus pandemic interferes with the 2020 election season is how to ensure that people can vote safely. While Republicans seem hellbent on forcing voters to choose between risking their health to vote in person or staying home and not voting at […]

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Job or Health? Restarting the Economy Threatens to Worsen Economic Inequality

WASHINGTON — Efforts to quickly restart economic activity risk further dividing Americans into two major groups along socioeconomic lines: one that has the power to control its exposure to the coronavirus outbreak and another that is forced to choose between potential sickness or financial devastation. It is a pick-your-poison fact of the crisis: The pandemic […]

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Making Marines Without Making Them Sick

Like countless parents before her, LaTasha Webber worried about her 17-year-old after she signed an age waiver allowing him to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her son, Charlie Jennings, left for boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina on Feb. 24, following in the footsteps of his father, who […]

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Coronavirus Looms as Businesses Reopen in Some States

ATLANTA — Weeks after a deadly virus reordered daily life in America, shuttering most businesses and forcing most people indoors, three states on Friday took tentative steps toward something resembling normalcy. But across Georgia, Alaska and Oklahoma, it was anything but business as usual. A barber giving a trim in Atlanta, with a face mask […]

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‘I Am Beyond Disturbed’: Internal Dissent as States Reopen Despite Virus

ATLANTA — The decision by Gov. Brian Kemp to begin restarting Georgia’s economy drew swift rebukes on Tuesday from mayors, public health experts and some business owners, with skeptics arguing that the plan might amplify another wave of coronavirus outbreaks. “That could be setting us back,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National […]

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At Least 1 Dead as Severe Weather Sweeps Through the South

At least one person died after severe weather brought hail and storms through Alabama and other Southern states on Sunday and Monday, the second consecutive weekend that dangerous storms swept through the region. In Alabama, where there was significant damage from wind and hail, the authorities said there was one fatality attributed to the storm. […]

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Democrats Show Fund-Raising Energy in Key Senate Races

Money poured into Senate contests across the country in the first three months of the year, bolstering some Democrats’ war chests in key races favoring Republicans, including those in which Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, and Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, are seeking re-election. In Senate contests in states like […]

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The ‘Urban’ Legend of COVID-19: SC Data Shows Coronavirus Also Ravages Rural Black Communities

Photo: Shutterstock Newly-released data on COVID-19 infections and deaths in South Carolina reveals that the global pandemic seems to be disproportionately targeting the state’s rural black residents in the same way it has targeted non-white people in more populous states. Advertisement The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) meticulously compiled the state’s […]

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Dozens Are Killed as Tornadoes and Severe Weather Strike Southern States

More than two dozen people were killed in tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that tore across the Southeast on Sunday and early Monday, destroying homes and knocking out power for thousands of people, meteorologists and officials said. At least 29 people died as a result of the devastating weather system, whose “bull’s-eye” encircled a swath of […]

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Jay-Z And Meek Mill Donate Surgical Masks To Prisons Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Jay-Z and Meek Mill have continually used their platforms to spread awareness about criminal justice reform. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hip-hop greats are on a mission to stop the spread of the virus within correctional facilities, Billboard reported. Through the REFORM Alliance—an organization the two founded along with other criminal justice […]

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86-Year-Old Is Killed in E.R. Over Social Distancing

One Saturday afternoon in late March, as the coronavirus pandemic flooded hospitals across New York City with desperately ill people, an 86-year-old lost her bearings and started wandering the emergency room at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. The woman, Janie Marshall, who had dementia, grabbed onto another patient’s IV pole to regain […]

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Prisons Breed the Coronavirus. We Can Safely Free Thousands of Inmates.

Here is an email from a woman in Alabama to Katie Rosenfeld, a civil rights lawyer in New York, pleading for help for a loved one incarcerated inside an Alabama state prison where the coronavirus is beginning to spread: Dear Ma’am, I’m sure this will reach you at the appropriate time, and hope not to […]

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Joe Biden’s Campaign Was Cash Poor. He Seized Control of the Nomination Anyway.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has taken command of the Democratic primary for president despite running on a shoestring budget in a contest where Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more money in February alone, $47.6 million, than Mr. Biden had spent in his previous five months combined, new federal records show. The […]

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How It All Came Apart for Bernie Sanders

In mid-January, a few weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Senator Bernie Sanders’s pollster offered a stark prognosis for the campaign: Mr. Sanders was on track to finish strong in the first three nominating states, but Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s powerful support from older African-Americans could make him a resilient foe in South Carolina and beyond. […]

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How Lindsey Graham Could Lose in 2020

If there is one political lesson Republicans have taken to heart since 2016, it is that there is no crossing Donald Trump. Perhaps no GOP official better represents Trump’s death grip on the party than South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who started off as Trump’s bitter enemy—calling him a “kook” and “unfit for office”—before becoming his […]

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Congressman James Clyburn Wants Joe Biden to Choose a Black Woman as a Running Mate

Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP (Getty Images) “I really believe that we’ve reached a point in this country where African American women need to be rewarded for the loyalty that they’ve given to this party. So I would really be pushing for an African American female to go on the ticket.” These were the words that House […]

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Let’s Move Courts Online and Suspend Bail for Nonviolent Offenses

Across the country, only a small number of courts and justice systems appear to have significantly adjusted their procedures to guard against the coronavirus pandemic. And that is putting tens of thousands of people at risk for no good reason. Most justice systems simply are processing cases much as they always do, perhaps with an […]

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