It’s caucus day in Iowa, the first primary contest of the 2016 presidential cycle. What the heck is caucus? Vox explains. Source: WaPo, Vox

The Carolina Panthers landed in California yesterday ahead of Super Bowl 50 this weekend. Former Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Josh Norman and Mike Tolbert are the school’s first former players to reach the big game, both on the Panthers’ winning squad. Source: Charlotte Observer, MB Sun News, P&C

Churches across Charleston took part in ‘Stand Up Sunday’ yesterday, rallying for gun control, both from the pulpit and the congregation. The debate over guns will continue in Columbia over the course of this year, the first legislative session after the Mother Emanuel shooting, with 10 key players in the debate over gun reform facing off. Source: P&C

In Washington, experts on police policy met last week to discuss new methods for non-lethal force after fatal high-profile encounters between police and suspects prompted a rethink in the field. Source: NYT

Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides some historical context for the modern Black Lives Matter movement, a push by college grads and students that picks up the push for economic equality within the African American community where past activists left off. Source: NYT

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg says the city is working with state DOT officials to formulate a plan for helping homeless residents in the downtown ‘tent city’ relocate, saying the solution will take time. “I’m thinking months, not years,” the mayor said. Source: P&C

A candlelight vigil was held last week on the day a $500 fine was agreed to by prosecutors and a doctor charged with the deaths of nine dogs in the back of his car last year. Source: P&C, AP

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