The YouTube video of a sousaphone player following a crowd of protesters to a Confederate flag rally in Columbia on Saturday sat near the top of the /r/videos Subreddit early today. Paul Bowers talked with the USC music grad behind the gag yesterday. Source: Reddit, CP
A new U.S. News and World Report ranking names Medical University Hospital as the top medical facility in the state. Source: P&C
An early NTSB incident report says that the F-16 fighter pilot that collided with a Cessna prop plane outside Charleston earlier this month, killing the two people on board, was warned seconds before the collision that a small plane was in the area. Source: AP
After scrapping plans for a striking modern building downtown, Clemson University says it’s looking to rent space temporarily for its Architectural Center outpost in Charleston until it finds a permanent location. Source: CRBJ
On the early primary trail in Iowa and again in South Carolina this weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee dismissed the role of race in racial strife: “We don’t have a skin problem in this country, we have a sin problem in this country.” Source: YouTube, Sumter Item, CNN
Charleston leaders say they’re tackling the city’s “problems with panhandling” with a new ordinance banning panhandling, approved at yesterday’s City Council committee meeting and up for an initial vote tonight. The city’s initial ban on panhandling was lifted after the ACLU challenged its constitutionality. Source: P&C
City Council will also hear a proposal tonight from the Charleston Parks Conservancy to move forward with a plan to upgrade the facilities at Hampton Park to include a permanent cafe and event space. Source: Facebook
The state is looking at arming some members of the S.C. National Guard after a shooting at a recruitment center last week that killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Source: P&C
NYT headline: “Confederate Flag Down, but Black South Carolinians See Bigger Fights”
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