Today is the first day of school for students in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Colleton Counties as well as new Charleston superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. Source: ABC 4, P&C

State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis is profiled today by the Post and Courier as the first of their candidate profiles ahead of this November’s mayoral election. Soruce: P&C

Former NAACP leader Julian Bond, a civil rights leader from a young age, passed away over the weekend in Florida. He was 75 years old. Source: NYT

Could the Walter Scott case affect the race for North Charleston mayor?

Meanwhile, lawyers for Michael Slager, the former N. Charleston officer who shot Walter Scott, want to know more about SLED investigators who handled the case. Source: P&C

At least one lawyer involved in the suit over equitable education funding in the state says he believes the state legislature should be threatened with fines to move along implementation of a State Supreme Court order to adequately fund state schools. Lawmakers in Washington State have been subject to similar pressure. Source: P&C

A Summerville pawn shop that New York City officials said was a source for illegal guns used in the city as part of a court case in 2006 has reportedly been dropped from that case. Source: P&C

Military prisons at the Charleston Navy Brig and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas are reportedly being considered as alternate sites for prisoners currently housed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Source: AP, P&C, WSJ

SLED formally declined to release the video of a police-involved shooting in Seneca, resulting in a 19-year old being shot and killed by police. Source: P&C

NYT headline: “Without Release of Video, Police Shooting of White Driver Gets Less Publicity”

Random interesting news from Fort Mill: A “double crossover diamond interchange” is set to be built over I-77 just south of Charlotte. The unusual traffic pattern is the first of its kind in S.C. Source: Rock Hill Herald

Here’s an NCDOT video explaining the pattern:

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