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Five hundred years ago, a Portuguese ne’er-do-well under the flag of a teenage king of Spain set forth with five ships determined to sail westward around a recently discovered South America to the famed Spice Islands (Indonesia) in the East and claim them for the Spanish crown.

Gov. Henry McMaster was explaining how tough it’ll be to find someone to run the S.C. Office on Aging since the Senate torpedoed his friend Stephen Morris, who had been appointed when the program was still part of the lieutenant governor’s office but who, under a law that took effect in Janu…

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Venezuela’s deepening misery (“Capital in Dark,” P&C, July 23, 2019, A5) has been reported with increasing frequency in the last 24 months, and this is no surprise to those of us who have monitored the country’s decline over more than a decade. According to United Nations Office on Drugs…

Will common sense and a national urgency finally transcend frustration and futility, moving lawmakers to act? Or will we soon enough notice once again that the demand to “Do something!” gradually fades with time and slow-walking and double-talking policymaking?

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The son-in-law of S.C. Senate powerhouse Hugh Leatherman was back in the news this week, first receiving house arrest and probation for obstructing a federal investigation and then – you just can’t make this stuff up – being arrested for soliciting prostitution.

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The videos show a 16-year-old student at Columbia's Cardinal Newman School firing 30 rounds of ammunition into a box he says represents “a black man” — at one point saying “our n----- hasn’t quite learned his lesson yet; it seems like he needs 25 rounds to the dome.”

The SC Public Service Commission has always had a reputation for cozying up to the utilities it’s supposed to regulate. Now the PSC's decision to hire a consultant with close ties to electric utilities to help it set rates those utilities will have to pay to independent solar providers is raising new questions.

Graham’s argument is two-fold: He believes the current U.S. footprint in Afghanistan is sufficiently small, and he thinks it is an “insurance policy against the reemergence of al-Qaeda/ISIS types [which will] help hold Afghanistan together.

Charleston resident Caroline King wondered in a letter to the editor if the towering statue of John C. Calhoun in Marion Square should be replaced with another honoring S.C. Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, for whom the park is named. “Wouldn’t it make more sense?” she asks.

It was the spring of 2017, and Mr. Grooms was explaining that the key to the big fix-our-roads-raise-the-gas-tax bill that was stalled on the Senate floor was finding a way to raise the tax while also providing relief to all those people for whom it would be a real burden.

In the 65 years since the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision, several mostly black elementary public schools in Charleston have yet to be integrated to anywhere near the city’s white-black racial proportions of 60/40. But finally, these schools may become racially diverse.

With the 75th anniversary of D-Day behind us and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing occurring this month, it is a good time to remember the accomplishments of a leader who helped shape both events.

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