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Overnight Crew Begins Sawing Statue of a Former VP

Charleston's statue of John C. Calhoun will be relocated

(Newser) - A former vice president is about to fall. Early Wednesday, a crew began removing a statue of John C. Calhoun, a defender of slavery who served as the seventh US vice president from 1825 to 1832, from its pedestal in Charleston, SC, following a Tuesday city council vote. The council... More »

10 States Where Pride for Country Reigns Supreme

Here's where patriotism is still alive and well, despite pandemic and civil unrest

(Newser) - With the Fourth of July fast approaching, Americans are aware that the holiday will seem more low-key this year. Despite state reopenings, large celebrations are mostly still canceled to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as WalletHub notes, it may feel especially hard to muster up flag-waving spirit with renewed... More »

Police Kill Handcuffed Black Man, Cite Self-Defense

But police say Ariane McCree was aiming a gun at them

(Newser) - South Carolina police released video this week of an officer fatally shooting a handcuffed black man—a shooting police said was justified, the Post and Courier reports. The grainy bodycam video, which lacks audio, shows the officer shooting 28-year-old Ariane McCree in a parking lot in Chester, SC, last November.... More »

6-Year-Old Boy Uncovers Sunken Safe

He was 'magnet fishing' in South Carolina lake

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy in South Carolina has taken up "magnet fishing" as a hobby during the pandemic—and earlier this month, he reeled in a whopper. Knox Brewer helped reunite a woman with some stolen valuables after he fished a lockbox out of Whitney Lake, Fox reports. The boy... More »

Woman Killed After Petting an Alligator

Said 'I guess I won't do this again' before getting pulled back down by gator

(Newser) - A woman attacked and killed by an alligator in a gated community in South Carolina was visiting the homeowner to do her nails and was trying to touch the animal when it grabbed her, reports the AP . After briefly getting away from the alligator Friday, Cynthia Covert, 58, stood in... More »

In Graham's Re-Election Bid, a Fundraising Surprise

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraises the South Carolina incumbent

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham raised an impressive $5.6 million for his re-election campaign in the first three months of the year, behind only fellow Sens. Mitch McConnell and Martha McSally. But in a surprise, Graham's Democratic challenger in South Carolina raised even more—$7.3 million, reports the Post and ... More »

Girl, 6, Killed at Bus Stop While Holding Grandmother's Hand

Child was standing on the sidewalk when a truck hit her

(Newser) - Every morning, Jerrnia Horne, 6, was walked to her school bus stop by a parent or grandparent. On Friday, as the South Carolina girl waited for her bus, holding her grandmother's hand, a truck hit her. She died later at a hospital. "We were on the sidewalk. Then,... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two... More »

Biden Romps to a Crucial Victory in South Carolina

In early returns, Sanders was in a much-distant second and Steyer third

(Newser) - South Carolina was seen as a must-win state for Joe Biden, and it turned out to be just that. In fact, it wasn't even close. Major outlets including CNN , ABC , and NBC called the race for the former VP as soon as polls closed at 7pm. Bernie Sanders was... More »

South Carolina Is Voting. 6 in 10 Want Reparations

These primary voters are also more likely to want the Obama days

(Newser) - South Carolina Democrats were voting in Saturday’s presidential primary with a greater sense of nostalgia for the Obama presidency than voters in earlier contests—likely reflecting the state's sizable bloc of African American voters, the AP reports. Voters in the Palmetto State were more likely than those in... More »

She Wants Her Boss' Job, Has Her Badge Pulled

She Wants Her Boss' Job, Had Her Badge Pulled

(Newser) - A deputy of South Carolina's largest sheriff's office has been stripped of her badge, uniform, and guns after expressing a desire to run for her boss' job. Al Cannon, 73, has been sheriff of Charleston County since 1988 and intends to remain in the job after the November... More »

Obama, Biden Have Same Word for GOP Super PAC Ad

'Despicable'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet on the political scene in the years since he left the Oval Office—but he's voicing his displeasure with an ad attacking his former VP. CNN reports that the law office representing Obama sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to a GOP super PAC... More »

Biden Gets the Endorsement He Needed Ahead of Saturday

Rep. Jim Clyburn backs the VP for president

(Newser) - South Carolina has been described as a "must-win" state for Joe Biden , and he just got a major boost in his quest to take the state's primary on Saturday. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the House majority whip and a longtime Biden ally, has endorsed the former vice president. Clyburn... More »

It Was a Routine Tonsillectomy. One Minute In, Tragedy

7-year-old Paisley Cogsdill's heart stopped Friday in South Carolina

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a routine procedure to take a little girl's tonsils out—but one minute in, things went terribly wrong. CNN reports on the death of 7-year-old Paisley Cogsdill, who died Friday right after her tonsillectomy started at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood. Paisley's heart... More »

6-Year-Old's Mom: 'And Magic She Was'

Faye Marie Swetlik, RIP

(Newser) - The South Carolina community that searched, prayed, and then cried for a missing 6-year-old girl said goodbye Friday to the youngster, who disappeared from her front yard and was found dead three days later, the AP reports. A sea of bright colors, especially pink and purple, filled Trinity Baptist Church... More »

10 US States Where Your Vices Can Run Amok

Nevada is the most sinful, Vermont the most upright

(Newser) - Lent begins next week, and for many, the denial of certain vices and bad behaviors in an attempt to give something up during the religious observance. In some states, though, the temptation may just be too much. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states across seven... More »

Police Tie Neighbor's Death to 6-Year-Old Girl's

Evidence found in trash can connect cases

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina have decided the deaths of a 6-year-old girl and an adult neighbor, whose bodies were found the same day, are one case. While searching trash cans in the neighborhood, investigators found something listed on the missing person flyer for Faye Marie Swetlik, who was found dead... More »

Police Think Man Mentioned in Serial Killed Woman in SC

Detectives say DNA links deceased Ronald Lee Moore to 1996 murder

(Newser) - South Carolina detectives believe they've solved a cold case murder, and you might recognize the name of the alleged perpetrator. Ronald Lee Moore was mentioned in the first season of the Serial podcast as a possible suspect in the 1999 murder of Baltimore's Hae Min Lee—though Adnan... More »

Missing 6-Year-Old Found Dead

Faye Marie Swetlik's body found in South Carolina

(Newser) - A tragic end to the case of the 6-year-old South Carolina girl who disappeared Monday after getting off her school bus : Faye Marie Swetlik was found dead Thursday, and a homicide investigation has been opened, authorities said. The body of a man also was found recently in the neighborhood where... More »

Police Release School Bus Footage of Missing Girl

Search continues for Faye Swetlik, 6, in South Carolina

(Newser) - Police investigating the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl in Cayce, S.C., say the search continues despite social media rumors that a body had been found. Authorities have released footage of Faye Swetlik getting off a school bus on Monday afternoon, shortly before she was reported missing from her front... More »

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