Satirical news anchor John Oliver took the NCAA to task during the most recent Last Week Tonight in the run up to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, roasting college sports’ governing body’s doublespeak about whether college athletes should be paid for contributing the lucrative ‘March Madness’ machine. Oliver points specifically to Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney, who is paid $3 million annually, but says he won’t endorse a plan to pay athletes because it promotes a culture of entitlement. Source: SB Nation
South Carolina attorney, philantrhopist, and conservative activist John Rainey died over the weekend at age 73. Rainey was most recently known for his court battle with Republican Gov. Nikki Haley over her stint as a fundraiser of Lexington Medical Center while in the state House, a job he thought was an ethical violation. Source: WIS-TV, Greenville News
A national documentary, “180 Days: Hartsville”, looking at rural education in two Hartsville, S.C. schools, premieres on PBS on Tuesday. Source: The State, ETV
This year’s flu season has claimed twice as many lives as last year, and positive flu tests continue to trend upward. Source: AP
While populations continue to grow in all areas of Charleston, West Ashley is poised to be one of the more influential areas of the city inthe upcoming mayoral election. Source: P&C
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed a petition today to hold an election for more than 2,400 Boeing employees at the company’s North Charleston production facility. Source: P&C
World-renowned urban planner Andres Duany told a crowd on Friday that the job of preserving the city’s unique architecture is too big for the current make-up of the city’s Board of Architectural Review. Source: P&C, AP
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