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A transcription software ranked Nikki Haley as the best political speaker

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:37:00 -0500

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U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is now our de facto spokesperson in the event of any robot/alien invasions.

That's because Trint, a company that specializes in audio transcription services popular with journalists, ranked her as the most comprehensible orator in a list of real and fictional U.S. politicians, according to The State.

The A.I. service rated the politicos based on their enunciation, pace of speech, and complexity of words, meaning that Haley won her 99.48 percent accuracy rate thanks to the simplicity of her language.

President Trump came in at number 11 with a word error rate — the number of words the software could not interpret correctly at first try — slightly above two percent, still four spots ahead of the worst speaker: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with a word error rate of almost five percent.

“Trump comes out 99.5% correct, because he uses small words and speaks slowly,” Trint CEO Jeffrey Kofman told Quartz in March when describing Trump's Jan. 31 Supreme Court nomination speech. more…




S.C. Department of Public Safety cracking down on texting and driving over Thanksgiving

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:18:00 -0500

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[embed-1]This holiday season, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) wants you to simply drive. Just drive. more…




The Agenda: Myrtle elects first female mayor; Thousands hitting the road; Pols scramble to address nuclear flop

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:01:00 -0500

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Myrtle Beach elected its first female mayor yesterday, with 67 percent of voters choosing Brenda Bethune over the city's three-term incumbent. Myrtle Beach also has a female police chief. more…




William Dudley Gregorie and Harry Griffin come out on top in Charleston City Council runoffs

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:52:00 -0500

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Only one Charleston City Council incumbent was spared by the time Tuesday's runoff results were announced, and that lucky guy is William Dudley Gregorie.

Gregorie, who was first elected in February 2009, will serve a third term representing District 6 after capturing 32 more votes against challenger Amy Brennan, according to the initial Charleston County reports.

District 6 represents parts of the peninsula and James Island.

In District 10, 22-year-old Citadel graduate Harry J. Griffin beat Summer Massey by 99 votes for the West Ashley seat.

Voter turnout hovered a little over nine percent in the runoff, which was scheduled after candidates failed to clear the 50-percent-plus-one hurdle on Nov. 7.




Stegelin: Trump's trophy elephants

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:50:00 -0500

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Cutting off the trunk to spite the face




Men accused of sexual misconduct are incapable of owning their actions

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500

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I was flipping through the radio last week, trying to find something between the static and the mattress commercials. I stumbled upon Bubba the Love Sponge on 98 Rock. My two dogs, innocent mounds of fur nosing me from the back seat, jumped when I responded to just a few moments of the show with, "What the fuck?"




Resistance movement must fight hypocrisy to survive

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500

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Steve Bannon's recent visit to Charleston as the guest speaker for the Citadel Republicans' annual Patriot Dinner sparked a lot of controversy for good reason. He is the proclaimed leader of the "Alt-Right" movement which is just a more socially acceptable term for white supremacy.




How Catherine Templeton uses social media to stir up the red meat base

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500

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When Catherine Templeton is elected the 118th governor of South Carolina, one question and one question alone remains: will she move to Columbia or demand that the Governor's Mansion be moved to Charleston?




Blotter: Don't poop where you sleep

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500

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Authorities obtained video of a man defecating in front of a church, moving the fecal matter with his own hands, and resting his head to sleep in the same area where he initially did his business. There is no punch line, as we are still processing what this means.




The Agenda: Court dismisses landmark school equity case; State doesn't have drugs to execute

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:24:00 -0500

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Nearly a quarter cenury after a suit was brought alleging that rural S.C. schools are not funded equal to schools in more affluent areas of the state, the S.C. Supreme Court has dismissed the case, saying that Statehouse politicians have demonstrated enough good faith for the Court to step away from overseeing funding equity in education. Source: The State, P&C

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Historic Francis Marion Hotel gets thumbs-up for an update

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:07:00 -0500

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The Francis Marion Hotel received conceptual approval Monday night to install new windows in its guest rooms.

Hotel owner Steve Dopp, accompanied by architect Glenn Keyes, argued in front of the Board of Architectural Review (Agenda) that the windows installed for the 1996 re-opening are a source of common complaints from guests.

"Most of the damage to the hotel during Hurricane Matthew was caused due to water leaking through our windows," Dopp told the board.

Dopp and Keyes cited street noise from late-night partying as another reason for the major undertaking.

The windows in each of the 325 guest rooms and suites would be replaced, according to the plans submitted to the city. more…




Polls are open until 7 p.m. for Council District 6 and District 10 runoff elections

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:45:00 -0500

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Four candidates who have been busy with some last-minute campaigning after Nov. 7 might be able to find some closure today.

Amy Brennan and incumbent William Dudley Gregorie are facing off once again in District 6, after the last election saw Brennan beat Gregorie by one vote. Still, neither of them got 50 percent of the votes for the Charleston/James Island seat when write-ins were included, which leads us to today.

In District 10, West Ashley voters will have a choice between 22-year-old Citadel graduate Harry Joseph Griffin and business development associate Summer Massey. more…




CofC prof. Paul Roof hosting sequel to 16-year-old gentrification panel

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:48:00 -0500

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The age-old question of what is becoming of downtown Charleston will get some updated answers 16 years later.

College of Charleston sociology professor Paul Roof is re-creating a discussion put together by political science students at the college in November 2001. In the "sparsely attended forum," as written in the Dec. 5, 2001 issue of the City Paper, panelists and attendees discussed "the root causes and potential cures for the strip's growing struggle with gentrification."

"Do we really need three Starbuckses within a one-mile radius?" wondered small business consultant Manny Mello during a conversation that was dominated by concerns over national chains, rising rents, and malls.

Now, less than two months away from 2018 and closer to seven Starbuckses in a one-mile radius, Roof says it's time to re-examine the path Charleston has been on for the better part of two decades.
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The Agenda: N. Chs. in midst of most-deadly two-year stretch; Supreme Court clarifies domestic violence ruling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:02:00 -0500

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North Charleston is in the midst of its most-deadly two-year stretch on record with 66 homicides. For their part, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Police Chief Eddie Driggers, who Summey picked to lead the department in 2012, have reportedly shut down at least 10 P&C interview requests on the subject in the last month. more…




Dylann Roof's defense attorneys ask for more time in appeals case

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:56:00 -0500

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Attorneys for convicted Mother Emanuel shooter Dylann Roof have asked for a 90-day extension as they work the appeal process of his death sentence.

According to the motion filed Thursday, Roof's attorneys need more time to sift through documents they either haven't received or haven't been able to read before the opening brief date of Nov. 20.

The defense team argues that they are missing 221 sealed pleadings filed in district court, at least one transcript, billing records, juror composition files, as well as most of the records from the state case. They may also be missing portions of multimedia exhibits presented at trial. more…




$18 million DOJ grant puts MUSC at the forefront of mass violence research in America

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:15:00 -0500

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The new Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center, which will be funded by the DOJ grant, will collect information on mass violence incidents in the past.




The Agenda: Decade of new laws missing required seal; Pols pass on SCE&G proposal; Scott pushes gun check reforms

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:22:00 -0500

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The S.C. state Constitution requires that bills and resolutions passed by the state legislature to have the state seal "affixed" to it. But apparently some 10 years worth of legislation are missing the seal, which is the responsibility of Secretary of State Mark Hammond, who's been in office for 15 years. more…




Slager to be sentenced in December for violating Walter Scott's civil rights

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:31:00 -0500

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Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer caught on video shooting Walter Scott as he fled a 2015 traffic stop is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Dec. 4, according to court documents.

U.S. District Court Judge David Norton will hear from prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case that has drawn out since Slager stopped Scott for a broken brake light on April 4, 2015.
[content-3]In early May of this year, Slager pled guilty to a federal charge of violating Scott’s civil rights as part of a plea bargain, allowing him to avoid a re-trial on state murder charges. more…




International African American Museum announces $500,000 pledge from Gilder Foundation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:33:00 -0500

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The International African American Museum announced a half-a-million dollar donation from the New York-based Gilder Foundation Thursday morning.

The museum's $25 million private fundraising goal is still just $9 million short given that remaining totals are announced before established donor names, according to IAAM spokesperson Alexa Asendorf.

The Gilder Foundation was established in 1965 by Richard Gilder and his wife Lois Chiles, according to Inside Philanthropy. The foundation focuses on education and historic preservation. more…




Get your downtown Charleston holiday 2017 parking voucher right here

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:44:00 -0500

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Along with a well-paying job, affordable housing, and a decent brunch without a wait, free parking is becoming an increasingly hot commodity in downtown Charleston. And that's fine. more…




The Agenda: Columbia mayor proposing bump stock ban; Folly short-term rentals; Wilson joins case to preserve public meeting prayers

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:20:00 -0500

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Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has proposed a city proposal to ban bump stocks (similar to those believed to have been used in Las Vegas) could be the first of its kind in the nation. Source: The State

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Former Veggie Bin location rezoned to make way for housing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:28:00 -0500

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Two Ansonborough properties, including the former location of The Veggie Bin, were rezoned from general business units to possible sites for affordable housing at a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the city's Planning Commission.

10 Society St. and two vacant parcels adjacent to it, along with 32 Laurens St. and one vacant parcel, were granted the rezoning at the request of Tennessee-based developer Southern Land Company.

Charleston Planning Division director Christopher Morgan vouched for the changes by noting the need for more housing on the peninsula. more…




Stegelin: Roy Moore's MAGA enablers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:39:00 -0500

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Revised Talking Points




Blotter: Kids taking their parents trick-or-treating

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:35:00 -0500

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Authorities were called after a man in a Walking Dead costume was observed stumbling and subsequently lying on the ground.




King Street lunch counter sit-in plaque replaced after two years

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:07:00 -0500

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A plaque honoring 24 students from Burke High School who held a sit-in at King Street's Kress lunch counter in 1960 in protest of segregation has finally been replaced.

Nearly two years after the original plaque, installed in 2013, was knocked down by a delivery truck, the The Preservation Society of Charleston reports that a new plaque is finally now in place.

Sitting left of the entrance to H&M, the clothing retailer that operates inside the building, the plaque is installed on the wall of the building's facade. more…