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Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Last chance! Sunday is the deadline to sign up for free ProtectMyID service – The Post and Courier

Last chance! Sunday is the deadline to sign up for free ProtectMyID service – The Post and Courier: "To sign up for ProtectMyID by March 31, individuals should visit protectmyid.com/scdor and use the activation code SCDOR123, or call toll-free 866-578-5422.

Business owners can sign up for free credit monitoring services through either Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. at dandb.com/sc or Experian’s Business Credit AdvantageSM at smartbusinessreports.com/SouthCarolina."



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UPDATE: Magic Minutes owner taken into custody after hearing - MyHorryNews.com: Carolina Forest

L.W. Flynn, shown above being led away in handcuffs from a Horry County Magistrate's Court in Myrtle Beach, is a former investigator in the Richland County-based 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and a 2010 candidate for Kershaw County sheriff.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/08/17/2402813/lexington-sheriff-to-return-contributions.html#storylink=cpy
UPDATE: Magic Minutes owner taken into custody after hearing - MyHorryNews.com: Carolina Forest: "Flynn's attorney, Bert von Herrmann, of Conway, said his client's arrest is another example of law enforcement doing everything it can to shut down legal gaming operations.
von Herrmann said Flynn has "absolutely no business" interests in Spartanburg County and questions why authorities there would seek an arrest warrant for his client."

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In my twin sister’s rape, there were many victims - The Washington Post

Christa Parravani, at right, with her twin sister, Cara.
In my twin sister’s rape, there were many victims - The Washington Post: "After her rape, Cara took drugs in quantities that would prove to be lethal, doses she felt she needed to help her forget. She died from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl, a pain medication, on a late spring afternoon — June 13, 2006. And even though her death was an accident, no one who knew Cara doubts that Hernandez, though he didn’t murder her, took her life nonetheless. It just took four years, seven months and 26 days."

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After 40 years, Vietnam memories still strong

After 40 years, Vietnam memories still strong: "The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago Friday, and the date holds great meaning for many who fought the war, protested it or otherwise lived it.

While the fall of Saigon two years later is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, many had already seen their involvement in the war finished — and their lives altered — by March 29, 1973.

U.S. soldiers leaving the country feared angry protesters at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future."



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COLUMBIA, SC: SC Treasurer, state retirement commission battle over $50M | Politics | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: SC Treasurer, state retirement commission battle over $50M | Politics | The State: "“Everybody has oversight, including myself, including the governor, including Chairman Williams,” Loftis said. “A man under criminal investigation should not have a blank check to spend money the way he wants to.”

Williams said the real issue is Loftis wanting to have veto power over the commission, which Williams said “is not the way the law works.”

“Nobody in state government would put up with that kind of malarkey, and it’s time for us to quit putting up with it,” he said."

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Bostic, Sanford face off in first debate for 1st Congressional District seat | Election | The Island Packet

Bostic, Sanford face off in first debate for 1st Congressional District seat | Election | The Island Packet: "In the first debate between the two Republicans vying to represent the 1st Congressional District, candidate Curtis Bostic characterized Mark Sanford as a "compromised candidate" because of his 2009 secret exit from the state and a "Mr. No" with a record of failing to bring people together to accomplish reforms."

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S.C. jobless rate falls as hiring ramps up | Business | The State

S.C. jobless rate falls as hiring ramps up | Business | The State: "Every sector of the state’s workforce saw job gains last month, except trade, transportation and utilities. Government picked up the most workers, 8,000, as schools returned to normal staffing levels after winter break.

The leisure and hospitality industry has had the strongest gains this year, picking up 4,100 jobs in February and nearly 11,000 over the past year."

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Michele Bachmann faces congressional ethics probe

Editor: Bachmann is near the top of my 'Republicans Would be Better Off Without' list. 

Michele Bachmann faces congressional ethics probe: "Peter Waldron, who served as Bachmann’s national field coordinator in the 2012 presidential race, has filed an the Federal Election Commission complaint alleging that the lawmaker’s campaign improperly used leadership PAC funds to pay presidential campaign staff. He says he has spoken to investigators in what he described as “a very cordial two-hour meeting,” and other staffers tell the Daily Beast that the questions they were asked relate to the same payments. Waldron has also accused Bachmann’s team of not paying Iowa staffers and of attempting to force them to sign non-disclosure agreements."

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John L. Shuford - The Item: Obituaries

John L. Shuford - The Item: Obituaries: "The game of tennis was Jack’s pastime, and he played the sport from the age of 7. He coached for decades at Bishopville High School and at Robert E. Lee Academy, ending his coaching career at the age of 80, with his Robert E. Lee team reigning as South Carolina State Champions. Demanding, but patient and generous with his praise, Jack Shuford shared his tennis skills and love of the game across the state with hundreds of young men and women whom he mentored in the sport.
His impact was recognized in 2003 by the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Shuford Park, the result of tireless effort by Jack and his fellow tennis enthusiasts around Lee County, stands today as a tribute to his contribution to tennis and to his community. Jack also served as a Scout leader and as president of Little League Baseball."



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Special Needs Students Have to Take Long Way To Class | wltx.com

Special Needs Students Have to Take Long Way To Class | wltx.com: ""Christian is currently riding back and forth to school and  I bring him, because the buses refuse to use the new access area that was built for the special needs children."

The school principal allowed Thomas to bring Christian to school using the special needs entrance.

Friday morning she was told that she could no longer use it.

"The transportation office said it was deemed a hazard because when the special needs busses would stop,  the other busses would get backed up.""

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Special Needs Students Have to Take Long Way To Class | wltx.com

Special Needs Students Have to Take Long Way To Class | wltx.com: ""Christian is currently riding back and forth to school and  I bring him, because the buses refuse to use the new access area that was built for the special needs children."

The school principal allowed Thomas to bring Christian to school using the special needs entrance.

Friday morning she was told that she could no longer use it.

"The transportation office said it was deemed a hazard because when the special needs busses would stop,  the other busses would get backed up.""

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Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Vote Shows Widespread Support for Online Sales Tax

Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Vote Shows Widespread Support for Online Sales Tax: ""Today's passage of the Marketplace Fairness amendment in the Senate demonstrates the widespread, bipartisan support for marketplace fairness, and signifies its importance to Main Street businesses across the United States. We applaud the 75 Senators who voted today in support of giving state and local governments the authority to collect sales taxes on remote sales."

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Sumter Firefighters Honored for Saving a Man's Life | wltx.com

Sumter Firefighters Honored for Saving a Man's Life | wltx.com: "As firefighters contained the flames, Peterson was lying on the floor, that's when Lt. Ralph Carroll found him with no pulse and not  breathing; technically he was dead.

"Everything took place it wasn't any second guessing," said Carroll.

Firefighters Jeffrey Shirley, Brantley Hutchinson and Landor Cribb assisted Carroll and brought Peterson outside.

EMS wasn't on the scene yet so the men performed CPR to revive him; saving his life."

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COLUMBIA, SC: SC cites more than 300 businesses for violating immigrant worker law | Business | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: SC cites more than 300 businesses for violating immigrant worker law | Business | The State: "When the law took effect, there was some concern that the checks would be a hassle for businesses. But business attorneys and LLR officials have said that has not been the case.

Darrell Scott, vice president of public policy for the SC Chamber of Commerce, said business leaders are reporting that E-Verify is fast and reliable.

“They’re actually embracing it,” Scott said."

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Descendant of Adam Found in South Carolina: Why This Could Re-Write History

Descendant of Adam Found in South Carolina: Why This Could Re-Write History: "Submitted by the relatives of Albert Perry, an African-American from South Carolina, this Y-chromosome was like none seen before. After careful study, the new variant, now called the A00 haplotype, turned out to be different from the ancestor of all previously known human Y chromosomes at 59 positions in about 240,000 genetic letters of sequence. Knowing that the rate of mutation of Y-chromosomes today is one per two billion letters per year, researchers could deduce when A00 branched from the rest of us. Analysis of over 5600 samples from Africa found this chromosome in just 11 people (0.2%), who made up 6.3% of the people of Mbo ancestry from Cameroon who were tested."

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Martin O'Malley Hits Nikki Haley At South Carolina Democratic Party Conference

Martin O'Malley Hits Nikki Haley At South Carolina Democratic Party Conference: ""Now, some of these new tea party Republican governors are funny in this regard, aren’t they?” O'Malley said, according to the Washington Post. "They run on a platform claiming government isn’t working. Then when they’re in office, their own failure to do the job proves their point. Your current governor -- bless her heart -- is a case in point."

According to O'Malley's prepared remarks, the Democratic governor criticized Haley on a number of policies, including her support for a controversial voter ID law and her refusal to expand Medicaid in South Carolina under President Obama's health care reform law.

"Once again, ideology trumps practical reality," O'Malley said."



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Sunday, March 24, 2013

PolitiFact | Sorting out the truth in politics

Editor: Does Michele Bachmann even have any pants left to burn?

PolitiFact | Sorting out the truth in politics: "Of every "three dollars in food stamps for the needy, seven dollars in salaries and pensions (go to) the bureaucrats who are supposed to be taking care of the poor.""

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

School rings bought in Vietnam remain mysteries

School rings bought in Vietnam remain mysteries: "Somehow, the two 1970s-era high school rings found their way into the hands of jewelry merchants in Vietnam. Now, they are waiting in Kentucky for their original owners.

"My first thought that crossed my mind was, 'You know, this ring might have come off a dead American soldier.' That's the first thing I thought about," said Dan Cherry, a retired Air Force brigadier general who has one of the rings at his home in Bowling Green."



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CCAA votes to sell land to Boeing for $12.5m - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Editor: With such high profile EGO's on the board one wonders if jobs or the economy are even listed among their top five individual concerns. 

CCAA votes to sell land to Boeing for $12.5m - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC: "uring the meeting Friday, there was much disagreement about whether or not to sell the land. Some Aviation Authority board members wanted to wait to agree to the sale, pending recent appraisals.

Former Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Lawrence E. Richter, Jr. threatened to walk out of the meeting if the board did not research the appraisals. The board denied the request to adjourn the meeting by a majority vote."

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CCAA investigates 2 board members after allegations - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

CCAA investigates 2 board members after allegations - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC: "The Chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority is investigating claims that 2 members of the board inappropriately contacted the firm in charge of the airport's new terminal project.

Andy Savage said in a board meeting Friday that he has attempted to meet with the 2 members at the center of the allegations. He said he does not want to involve law enforcement at this point."

A list of current Authority Members follows:

 

                                                                            2013– 2014
Andrew J. Savage, III
Chairman, Charleston County Aviation Authority


 
The Honorable Billy Swails
Vice Chairman
Mayor, Town of Mount Pleasant


 
The Honorable Lawrence E. Richter, Jr.
Secretary

 
B. Spencer Pryor
Treasurer

 
Michael Stavrinakis
Assistant Secretary
 
George Patton Waters
Assistant Treasurer
 
Mallory Factor
Authority Member
 
Thomas F. Harnett
Authority Member
 
The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Mayor, City of Charleston
Ex Officio Member
  
The Honorable R. Keith Summey
Mayor, City of North Charleston
Ex Officio Member
 
The Honorable Teddie E. Pryor, Sr.
Chairman, Charleston County Council
Ex Officio Member

 
The Honorable Harry B. Limehouse, III
Chairman
Charleston County Legislative Delegation
Ex Officio Member
 



 
The Honorable George E. Campsen, III
Vice Chairman
Charleston County Legislative Delegation
Ex Officio Member 



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Home sales continue to climb - Mar. 21, 2013

Home sales continue to climb - Mar. 21, 2013: "The February rate of 4.98 million homes was up 10% from a year earlier, although it was only 1% higher than the revised January pace.

It was the best month since November of 2009. But that early spike in sales was caused by a temporary $5,000 tax credit for home buyers in place at that time. The current strength is due to improved fundamentals, including a drop in foreclosures and near record low mortgage rates. A decline in the nation's unemployment rate is also helping."

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SCDHEC: Permit Central

SCDHEC: Permit Central: "Talk with DHEC early about your business plans.  We can help you develop a coordinated roadmap and realistic schedule.

We want to work closely with you to help you through the permitting process as quickly as possible."

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GOP senator: 'I'm not gay' when asked about marriage

GOP senator: 'I'm not gay' when asked about marriage: "Changing attitudes, however, are not sweeping Congress. Consider this from Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.:

"I'm not gay. So I'm not going to marry one," Chambliss told Politico, when asked if his views had changed on same-sex marriage."

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Big banks engaging in payday lending, report says - The Washington Post

Big banks engaging in payday lending, report says - The Washington Post: "Some of the nation’s largest banks are providing short-term loans with interest rates of up to 300 percent, driving borrowers into a cycle of debt, according to a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending.

The study, which was released Thursday, gives an updated look at the perils of advance-deposit loans offered by Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, Regions Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Guaranty Bank and Bank of Oklahoma. Banks bristle at comparisons to storefront payday lenders, but researchers say their products carry the same abusive high interest rates and balloon payments."

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Former Reagan Administration National Security Advisor McFarlane's apartment searched by FBI

Former Reagan Administration National
Security Adviser Robert McFarlane
McFarlane's apartment searched for Sudan lobbying: "In an accompanying affidavit, FBI agent Grayden R. Ridd cited a host of emails between McFarlane and Sudanese government officials obtained prior to the search.

"I believe that these emails are evidence that McFarlane was entering into an agreement with the government of Sudan to lobby the U.S. government officials on behalf of Sudan and to provide it advice during negotiations with the United States," Ridd wrote. "



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Saturday, March 16, 2013

New York-Bound Bus Invaded By Cockroaches

Editor: Hey! Nobody gets a free ride in this country.... 

New York-Bound Bus Invaded By Cockroaches: ""There was a thousand roaches," she said. "When I say infested, I mean infested."

Greyhound says the 48 passengers on board were moved to a new bus and given a full refund. They also were given a voucher for a free ride in the future.

The company says the bus is being examined to determine the origin of the bugs."

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$300,000 settlement reached between city, Myrtle Beach attorney - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

$300,000 settlement reached between city, Myrtle Beach attorney - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |: "The City of Columbia has settled a case against them involving a Myrtle Beach attorney who was arrested in Five Points while questioning Columbia Police while they were arresting his friend."

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

TALLAHASSEE: Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns from post - Florida - MiamiHerald.com

Former Lt. Gov. Carroll, Fla. 

Editor: Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was the first black Republican woman ever elected to Florida's Legislature

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/13/3283274/lt-gov-jennifer-carroll-resigns.html#storylink=cpy


TALLAHASSEE: Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns from post - Florida - MiamiHerald.com: "Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, she was interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is assisting in a national probe of Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based nonprofit that operates a chain of internet cafes."

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Who shot Mitt Romney's "47 percent" video? - CBS News

J.R.  Wore Cowboy Hats
Editor: Remember when the question was "Who Shot J.R.?" The 'bullet' that did in M.R. was digital. In the old days... (you know, around the time of the Salem Witch Trials) this fellow would probably be swinging from the hanging tree. Today, he is the hero of millions..... btw, couldn't find an image on the 'net' with Romney wearing a Cowboy hat, but found one with him appearing to point at one. 

M.R. Didn't
Who shot Mitt Romney's "47 percent" video? - CBS News: "The man who recorded Romney's "47 percent" comments at a fundraiser in Florida - comments that ransacked Romney's presidential bid after they were publicized last September - was a bartender for the catering company serving the event, and he credits former President Bill Clinton for his decision to bring a camera to work that fateful day."

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

U.S. Senate seat now costs $10.5 million to win, on average, while US House seat costs, $1.7 million, new analysis of FEC data shows - NY Daily News

U.S. Senate seat now costs $10.5 million to win, on average, while US House seat costs, $1.7 million, new analysis of FEC data shows - NY Daily News: "Newman says that no shortage of the money raised by members of Congress comes from corporations.

“Most industries give money to members of Congress because it buys them access and influence,” Newman said. “And now, with Citizens United, corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on these races. The result is that members of Congress are fearful about voting against corporate interests because there’s so much money at stake.” "

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U.S. Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks - PostBulletin.com: Politics

U.S. Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks - PostBulletin.com: Politics: "Democrats say background checks help keep criminals and others from getting weapons, and say keeping records of private sales is the only way to ensure that those checks are actually conducted. Currently, the government must destroy records of checks it conducts within a day, but gun dealers must maintain paper records of the transactions for 20 years.

Republicans oppose record keeping as a step toward a federal gun registry, which is barred by law. They also argue that current laws need to be enforced better without imposing record-keeping requirements on additional gun buyers."

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Gay GOP activist considers primary against Sen. Lindsey Graham

George Washington


Editor: George Washington, would have been around twenty years of age in 1732... a time when Sodomy (by definition, sodomy is a sex act that is unnatural) was illegal and even punishable by death in some quarters. Daily papers were full of articles which reported: ears were lopped off; castrations were performed in public, deportations were carried out immediately, hanging were held and more. But over time opinions began to soften.  


Thomas Jefferson



In 1778, Thomas Jefferson wrote a law in Virginia which contained a punishment of castration for men who engage in sodomy; the Virginia Legislature, on the other hand, preferred death and voted down Jefferson's relaxation attempt. 


Our Supreme Court has ruled in the mid 2000's that anti-sodomy laws on State books are illegal. In 2011, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights and are encouraging world governments to relax their anti-sodomy laws or strike them from the books permanently. 

However there are several states, numbering less than twenty but more than 10, who have not removed their anti-sodomy laws.and to the best of my knowledge South Carolina is one of them. One can surmise that by keeping the law on the books the message is being delivered by the our Legislators is that they are against sex between people of the same sex.

Gay Patriot
Bruce M. Carroll Jr.
York, South Carolina
US Senator Lindsey Graham
And now this: Gay GOP activist considers primary against Sen. Lindsey Graham: "“In the spirit of transparency and honesty, I informed my fellow GOProud board members that I could not dedicate the time to the organization while I seriously considered the effort it will take to challenge Sen. Graham in the 2014 primary,” Carroll said in a blog post. He added: “Over the next few weeks, I will be studying the resources, time and effort it would take to do my part in holding Lindsey Graham accountable for his voting record and his attitude toward the voters in South Carolina.”"

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Friday, March 8, 2013

McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash ‘wacko birds’

Editor: So now we've resorted to name calling... My suggestion to McCain...  Get your little round ball along with your little red wagon and go home. Nobody remains on the playground to play with you and Graham any more. 


McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash ‘wacko birds’: "McCain referred to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as “wackos.”
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,” McCain said. “But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.”"

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White House: Terror suspect prosecution belongs in NYC

Editor: Perhaps the administration is on to something here. Could be they believe that true justice will come at the hands of the prison population after conviction.


White House: Terror suspect prosecution belongs in NYC: "The Obama administration vigorously defended its decision Friday to try Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on American soil."



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Bank Watch: Wells Fargo pledges loans to women-owned businesses

Editor: Drive carefully around Washington and Liberty streets in the coming days people... the rush is on!!!!

Bank Watch: Wells Fargo pledges loans to women-owned businesses: "Wells Fargo pledges loans to women-owned businesses
Wells Fargo said Friday it would commit $55 billion in loans to women-owned businesses by the end of the decade, renewing a commitment it first made in 1995.

The bank said it has lent $38 billion to women-owned firms in the 18 years since first putting an emphasis on the demographic."

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Army suspends Tuition Assistance program - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

Army suspends Tuition Assistance program - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times: "The Army’s popular Tuition Assistance program is being suspended because of the budget squeeze, although the many thousands of soldiers currently enrolled in courses will be allowed to complete those courses.

The shutdown will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today."

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

LANCASTER: Lancaster girl's accused killer received Purple Heart, other military honors | Crime | Rock Hill Herald Online

27 year old
Phillip Bryan Gleason
LANCASTER: Lancaster girl's accused killer received Purple Heart, other military honors | Crime | Rock Hill Herald Online: "Deputies charged 27-year-old Phillip Bryan Gleason, a York Comprehensive High School graduate, with homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of Soren Victoria Chilson, who just turned 5 in January. The charge is a felony carrying 20 years to life in prison upon conviction.
5 year old
Soren Victoria Chilson

Gleason had been a student at Winthrop University studying political science. He was part of a Model United Nations class, where he was to represent the Phillipines in an upcoming conference. A classmate told The Herald that he tried recruiting Gleason in a student veterans group, but Gleason never attended the meetings."



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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

State grand jury mulling indictments in Lexington County poker r - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

State grand jury mulling indictments in Lexington County poker r - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Multiple sources confirmed to WIS that the video poker investigation involving a sitting Lexington town councilman and connected to a former senator and sitting sheriff is in the hands of the statewide grand jury. The body could decide whether the state Attorney General brings charges from the investigation."

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Senate Panel Approves Brennan to Head CIA | wltx.com

Senate Panel Approves Brennan to Head CIA | wltx.com: "Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and the panel's chairwoman, said she scheduled the vote on Brennan after the White House agreed to supply the committee with classified Justice Department memos outlining the legal rationale for the drone strikes.

Senators said they could not exercise proper oversight without the documents. Brennan told the committee last month during his confirmation hearing that he would share more information with the panel if he was confirmed."

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Bus driver, monitor charged after leaving boy, 5, on bus for hou - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Bus driver, monitor charged after leaving boy, 5, on bus for hou - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) -
A Sumter School District bus driver and bus monitor have been charged with cruelty to children after allegedly leaving a 5-year-old boy on a bus for three hours Monday morning, according to police.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said former bus driver Delinda Bradley, 49, and former bus monitor Marley Reynolds, 21, were each charged on Tuesday, a day after being fired by the district for not following procedure. "

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Child With Autism Left on School Bus for Hours | wltx.com

Child With Autism Left on School Bus for Hours | wltx.com: "Sumter County, SC (WLTX) - Sumter County school officials confirm that a 5-year-old child diagnosed with Autism was left on a school bus for four hours on Monday.

District officials say the child got on a bus at 7 a.m. to go to Kingsbury Elementary."



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Sunday, March 3, 2013

About Us | Mr. B's Frozen Foods

Editor: Sumterites only need to travel just North of Bishopville to the 'Sleepy Little Town of Lydia' to enjoy down home country cooking. Here you will rub elbows with just about anybody who is somebody as well as nobodies like myself.  

About Us | Mr. B's Frozen Foods: "Mr. B’s products are sold in several states thru eight distribution centers. The product line consists of Regular Biscuits, Cheese Biscuits, Jumbo Biscuits, Macaroni & Cheese and Sweet Potato Souffle’ with many more to follow. If you can’t find Mr. B’s in your local grocery store, or if you just want to give some feedback, please send an email to mrbsfrozenfoods@roadrunner.com ."

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So You Want to be a Congressman?


S.Rept. 79-1400 (May 31, 1946) stated that a retirement plan for Congress 
would contribute to independence of thought and action, [be] an inducement for retirement 
for those of retiring age or with other infirmities, [and] bring into the legislative service a 
larger number of younger Members with fresh energy and new viewpoints concerning the 
economic, social, and political problems of the Nation. 

Editor: Where did this thought process go wrong? 


Social Security Benefits (currently practiced)
Social Security benefits are determined by a formula based on earnings in all Social Security covered employment. The benefit structure of Social Security was designed to replace a higher proportion of earnings for lower-paid workers than for the higher-paid. For example, the initial benefit payable to a low-wage worker who retired at the full retirement age in 2012 was $961 per month, or $11,532 per year.

*This is equivalent to about 76% of the annual earnings of a worker employed year-round, full-time at the minimum wage.**For a worker whose earnings each year were equal to or greater than the Social Security maximum taxable wage base, the initial benefit 

*The Social Security Administration defines a “low-wage” worker as one who earns 45% of the national average wage or less. 
**$7.25 per hour × 40 hours per week × 52 weeks = $15,080. $11,532/$15,080 = .73.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

LV Sands says it likely violated anti-bribery law

Editor: More and more we see the Chinese footprint appearing on illegal activity...

LV Sands says it likely violated anti-bribery law: "The Wall Street Journal, citing an anonymous source, reported Saturday that the findings were related to business deals in mainland China led by executives no longer with the company.

The company said in its annual report that it believed the SEC investigation stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 2010 in Nevada by the former CEO of its Chinese subsidiary, Steven C. Jacobs, who is seeking unspecified damages. Las Vegas Sands said in the filing that it couldn't predict the outcome of the still-pending case but will defend itself vigorously."

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Friday, March 1, 2013

This Doesn't Surprise Anyone...

Michael Jordan lawsuit Fulton County Pamela Smith - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC: ""The reason I'm making this video is because I want, I feel like y'all should know, and I feel like he should be more in my life about it, too" he said. "Cuz if I was somebody's dad I would want to be in my kid's life, ya feel me?"

In the video, Taj says he wants Michael Jordan to come out of the dark and "stop being secretive about it."

Taj says Jordan knows that they are related and claims that he and Jordan have met and talked."



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Treasurer Curtis Loftis censured by state's retirement commissio - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Treasurer Curtis Loftis censured by state's retirement commissio - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |: "I work for the people of SC and not for the elites on the Commission and I will never stop fighting for transparency and accountability. The people deserve to know how their money is being managed."

"When someone doesn't give me information, that's a red flag," said Loftis. "I'm the state treasurer of South Carolina. It's my job to look after the $27 billion and I cannot guarantee the existence, the evaluation or the safety of the funds in the retirement system.""

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