This is the first of five excerpts from "In Darkest South Carolina," the new book from Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks. The story of Charleston Judge J. Waties Waring and his plot that culminated in the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, this excerpt opens with the 1950 attack on his home. "In Darkest South Carolina" is available in local book stores, The Post and Courier offices at 134 Columbus St. or from eveningpostbooks.com. Call 843-958-7367 for details.

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Nationally, household income increased and poverty declined for a fourth consecutive year in 2017, but in South Carolina poverty increased, and while household income rose it remained below pre-recession levels.

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This is the first of five excerpts from "In Darkest South Carolina," the new book from Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks. The story of Charleston Judge J. Waties Waring and his plot that culminated in the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, this excerpt opens with the 1950 attack on his home. "In Darkest South Carolina" is available in local book stores, The Post and Courier offices at 134 Columbus St. or from eveningpostbooks.com. Call 843-958-7367 for details.

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Spinning as if in slow-motion, Tropical Storm Florence continued its agonizing march across South Carolina on Saturday, dropping record amounts of rain and leaving fears of catastrophic floods in its wake.

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Hurricane Florence was nothing if not unpredictable. But National Hurricane Center forecasters nailed it. They indicated as early as six days out that the catastrophic storm was most likely to strike where it did, in North Carolina near the South Carolina border.

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Loaded with moisture from its gallop across the Atlantic, Hurricane Florence slowed to a crawl Friday and Saturday as it spun into the Carolinas, killing at least seven people, knocking out power to nearly a million people and drenching areas from the Outer Banks to Charleston.