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Charleston attorney Cameron Blazer will become the next public defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Blazer, a graduate of the Charleston School of Law, will take over after Ashley Pennington, who has served for the past 14 years, and manage an office of 40 attorneys who defend impoverished men and women accused of crimes in Berkeley and Charleston counties.

Blazer previously worked under Pennington in the Ninth Circuit Public Defender’s Office before entering private practice at Savage Law Firm. While there, she represented former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to violating the civil rights of Walter Scott, a Black motorist who was fatally shot by Slager in 2015. Blazer will officially assume the role Aug. 2.

In other headlines: 

Internet outages plague Charleston peninsula. A contractor on the downtown peninsula severed a major Comcast fiber cable line while excavating sewage lines Monday morning. The severed cable left thousands of Comcast customers in the downtown peninsula for most of the day, affecting work and local businesses.

Charleston port partners with Post-It Note makers. The S.C. Ports Authority and the 3M Co., makers of Post-It Notes, have partnered to promote 3M’s Post-It Note Extreme. The new Post-It Note Extremes are designed to be water resistant and to have 100 times the holding power of its predecessors. The SPA marked shipping containers set to go to Sydney, Australia with the new Post-It notes to test the new product.

Planned Parenthood to appear in state court to fight 6-week abortion ban. Representatives from Planned Parenthood South Atlantic are scheduled to speak in front of the state court July 26 to request a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to block South Carolina’s six-week abortion ban.

Laffitte due in Charleston federal court for hearing. Former bank CEO Russell Laffitte is due to a hearing at a Charleston federal court Monday. Laffitte was indicted last week on federal charges of bank and wire fraud in a case related to disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh, who appeared last week in court on murder charges.

Charlamagne tha God coming to North Charleston to host Black mental health conference. TV and radio personality Charlamagne tha God is coming to North Charleston’s Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church as part of his Just Heal, Bro tour July 30. The appearance is in partnership with his nonprofit Mental Wealth Alliance, started in 2021 to destigmatize mental health in Black communities across the country. The event is free.

Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton coming to Daniel Island. Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and Vanessa Carlton is scheduled to play at Daniel Island’s Credit One Stadium Oct. 19 as part of her North American tour. Tickets for the event go on sale July 29.

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