After a years-long legal battle with the City of Columbia, it appears that Devine Street sex shop Taboo Adult Superstore will likely be closing. The shop, which is housed in a former Taco Bell location, opened in 2011 and quickly became a target for city officials who wanted it closed down. A series of legal battles ensued, with Judge Terry Wooten recently handing down a ruling in the city's favor. The city has issued an order for the business to close by Friday, according to WIS. "You know the people want us here," Taboo manager Larry Boyer says. "The city government doesn't want us here.”
National signing day for college football recruits was Wednesday and, all things considered, the University of South Carolina inked a pretty good class. The Gamecocks had the 26th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to recruiting news service 247 Sports. The jewels of the class are quarterback Brandon McIlwain, of Pennsylvania, who also is playing baseball at USC, and defensive tackle Stephon Taylor, of Louisiana, who picked the Gamecocks over Florida State and Texas.
Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. Harpootlian, who the New York Times accurately refers to as a "sharp-tongued Democrat," says leading candidate Hillary Clinton is "not an agent of change" and added "(i)t’s hard for me to listen to how Hillary says she would fight Wall Street when she took hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs – not 20 years ago, but a couple years ago. She’s talking the talk, but not walking the walk.”
Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night in front of a large crowd at Allen University. The former president was, of course, stumping for wife Hillary, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Bill Clinton touted his wife's credentials in politics, her work as an attorney and her knowledge of the players on the international stage. The former president apparently disagrees with Harpootlian's thoughts about Hillary's ability to bring about change (see above), as he called the former secretary of state "the best changemaker."
John Few, who has been the chief judge of the state's Court of Appeals, has been elected as a new justice on the state Supreme Court. Few, who grew up in Greenwood, was elected in a 92-73 vote by the state Legislature.