Charleston County School Board Chairman Cindy Bohn Coats and Rev. Nelson Rivers of North Charleston publicly exchanged blows this week, as Rivers accused Coats of being insensitive in continuing the interview candidates for superintendent two days after the Emanuel AME Church shootings. Source: P&C

After a personnel committee meeting this morning, the school district announced it voted to begin hiring negotiations with former Horry County superintendent Gerrita Postlewait as the new Charleston superintendent. Source: P&C

Fort Sumter removed all Confederate and other flags except Old Glory this week, but the National Parks Service says no official decision has been made about the future of flags that will fly above the Civil War garrison. Source: P&C

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Emanuel AME Church minister Norvell Goff are scheduled to make an announcement at the church this afternoon. Source: P&C

A double-bylined feature in the New York Times declares that, according to anonymous sources, lightning is the believed cause of a fire at a Greeleyville AME church on Tuesday night. But the Post and Courier isn’t prepared to make the same conclusion, with ATF and law enforcement officials publicly saying nothing’s been ruled out, including arson. Mt. Zion AME in Greeleyville was the sixth black church to burn in the South since the Emanuel AME shootings on June 17. Williamsburg Fire Chief Randy Swinton called an AP report pegging lightning as the cause, “Bogus, bogus, bogus.” Source: NYT, P&C, AP

Caitlyn the dog, which gained national attention after being found with its muzzle taped shut in May, is headed for her first foster family. Source: ABC News 4

Happy Second of July, y’all. Today, the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress’ vote for independence in 1776, is the day that John Adams thought would be remembered as America’s Independence Day. The Declaration was signed on July 4. Source: Vox

If you haven’t seen it already, don’t miss Stephen Colbert’s fill-in on “Only In Monroe,” a public access TV show out of Monroe, Michigan. His guest: A native Michigander, Marshall Mathers. Soruce: YouTube

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