Tony Bartelme


Tony Bartelme is senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier. He has earned national honors from the Nieman, Scripps, Loeb and National Press foundations and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Reach him at 843-937-5554 and @tbartelme

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Every year, Santee Cooper’s dams at Lakes Marion and Moultrie steal massive volumes of silt from the Santee Delta, a 77-year- theft that continues to starve miles of riverbanks, marshes and beaches far downstream.

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The Santee Delta is one of South Carolina's most beautiful, isolated and historically important places. Yet it faces new threats amid rising seas and rain bombs. Political intrigue and power lines could change this place forever. Our Secret Delta takes a deep dive into this special place, exploring its history and characters, as well as things to see and do.

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Two South Carolina utilities want to build a major power line to McClellanville, with one proposed route cutting through the Santee Delta and another through the Francis Marion National Forest.

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Soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Charleston-area attorneys spearheaded a controversial lawsuit alleging that Saudi Arabia and some of the world's biggest Muslim charities supported the hijackers. The lawsuit generated new leads but sputtered in the courtroom until Congress passed a law in 2016 that made it easier to sue foreign governments for acts of terrorism on U.S. soil. Now, 18 years after the attacks, the lawsuit has entered a new phase.

metro - Jodi Westbrook Flowers, attorney for Motley Rice LLC, who is working on Sept. 11 provided

A jet airliner is lined up on one of the World Trade Center towers in New York Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. In the most devastating terrorist onsl…

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, shown in this photo from the FBI, has emerged as the top terrorist organizer for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a sen…

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