The $69 million price tag for a privately-built apartment building catering to College of Charleston students is the largest real estate transaction downtown to date. [P&C]

Speaking of swanky college dorms, one apartment building that’s opening in Columbia this week features a rooftop beach volleyball court, pool, and 20-foot big screen TV. [The State, The Hub]

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A scientific study being conducted by Clemson researchers seeks to look at the number of fireflies across the South as an indicator for environmental conditions. [NYT]

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Greenville News has the obligatory story knocking the state of Ohio upon learning more about Stone Brewing Co.’s reported interest in the Buckeye State over S.C. [Greenville News]

A 20-year old flight student from Johns Island and his 33-year old instructor were killed yesterday when their small plane crashed short of a Mount Pleasant runway during a training flight Thursday.[P&C]

Gov. Nikki Haley paid tribute to her number-two, Democratic Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill during a reception Thursday in Kingstree. McGill, a longtime state senator, was elevated to the post after Glenn McConnell resigned to take his post at College of Charleston. [Florence Morning News]

Al Jazeera America concluded its three-part series looking at S.C.’s Corridor of Shame yesterday. [Al Jazeera America]

A controversial multi-use building approved near Shem Creek before height restrictions were dialed back in Mount Pleasant won’t be subject to the new rules. [P&C]

Along with the new school year, which begins in Charleston on Monday, many students, teachers, and administrators will be going back to school in new or improved facilities. [P&C]

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says that the Ferguson, Missouri police’s handling of the situation there is “textbook on what not to do” from a law enforcement point of view. Rev. Jesse Jackson took part in a Greenville vigil Thursday night for Michael Brown, the 18-year old killed in Ferguson on Saturday. [WIS, G’ville News]