Friday, March 22, 2013
National Powerball Jackpot grows to $320 million.
Saturday's National Powerball Jackpot will be in excess of $320 million, but will you rush out and buy a ticket? Forty-four states, including South Carolina, offer Powerball. The odds of striking it rich? One in 175 million. Here are some things more likely than winning the Powerball and becoming an instant millionaire, courtesy of Huffington Post: Speak out: Do you play the lottery? Why or why not?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
In her letter to the editor, the executive director of Richland Library talks homelessness in Columbia.
Tuesday, March 19
Our Main Library has a fantastic reputation, abroad as well as right here at home. Its contemporary architecture, green-tinted windows and trees growing inside the building, make it a landmark for downtown Columbia. The Main Library alone sees more than 1 million visits a year and more than 36% of all print books checked out in our library system come from this one facility. Each year, more than 20,000 children and families enjoy our world-class Children’s Room programs and top notch customer service. Since it opened a little over two and a half years ago, our Business and Job Center staff have worked with more than 30,000 people to provide one on one assistance with job and career support. The music and movies in our collection are …
The 22-year-old outfielder was selected 40th overall by the Red Sox in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft and is now ranked the Red Sox's No. 2 prospect.
Former University of South Carolina baseball standout Jackie Bradley Jr. has impressed many during the Boston Red Sox camp in Florida. The 22-year-old outfielder was selected 40th overall by the Red Sox in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft and is now ranked the Red Sox's No. 2 prospect. Bradley, who is hitting .444, is also ranked No. 32 on MLB.com's 2013 100 Prospects Watch List. Several media reports — including this one from the Boston Globe — suggest Bradley should start the season with the Red Sox since David Ortiz will not be ready to play for the Opening Day after an Achiles injury last season. The Red Sox's first game is against the New York Yankees on Monday, April 1. Should Bradley make the Opening Day …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Find out what Columbia natives told me about getting through Columbia's biggest event intact.
In the past nine months, this city has taken me like I’m a native Columbian and USC grad. I’ve made a home, found the greatest group of friends ever and learned my way around with the help of many, many people willing to give me directions. Now, I have my first real test as a Columbia-resident: Working Five Points on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not exactly scared, but I’m definitely nervous. I’ve heard both horror and hilarious stories about this event. Were it Panoply or the Big Spring Jam—both events from my native Huntsville, AL—I’d be fine. But it’s not. This is your event and I’m still an outsider. Throughout the week I’ve been asking everyone I know for advice on surviving this event. Now, I thought I’d share the few bits and pieces of …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The annual festival — now in its 31st year — will be held this Saturday in Five Points.
The annual St. Pat's in Five Points — now in its 31st year — will be held this Saturday. An estimated 40,000 people are expected to descend on Five Points. The festival features two races and a one-mile walk; live music from acts such as Arrested Development and Chevelle; food; arts and crafts, and more. Tickets are still available for purchase online here for $12. Tickets are $15 at the gate. For more information on the festival, free cab rides and more, click here. By the way, your local Patch editors will be there raffling off some great giveaways you don't want to miss. Stop by our table right outside of Delaney's on Saluda Avenue. Will you be one of thousands in a sea of green in Five Points? When do you actually celebrate the day…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Contest underway to pick the player who'll grace the cover of the next Madden NFL video game. Does former USC football player Sterling Sharpe have your vote?
University of South Carolina great Sterling Sharpe is in the running for a pretty cool honor – gracing the cover of the next Madden NFL video game. ESPN is holding a contest to determine which player will be on the cover of the latest entry in the long-running video game franchise, and Sharpe, is among the candidates. Sharpe is USC's all-time pass receiving leader with 169 career catches for 2,497 yards and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. He also had the school record 104 yard kickoff return against Duke in 1985 — the longest play of any kind in Carolina history, according to the Hall of Fame. Sharpe played for the Green Bay Packers from 1988-1994 and was a former studio analyst with ESPN. Round 1 of the selection …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan delivered an impressive dunk in Sunday's game against the Detroit Pistons.
On Sunday, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan delivered what many are the calling the dunk of the year during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Jordan knocked down Pistons guard Brandon Knight in an explosive dunk during the second quarter. To add insult to injury, Jordan steps over Knight who fell flat on his back. The crowd at the Staples Center, including the players on the bench, couldn't contain their reactions. It wasn't long before Twitter and the Internet erupted with memes of the play. The Clippers went on to defeat the Pistons, 129-97. Check out the video from the game and tell us what you think. Was Jordan's dunk the best of the year? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The two-term Senator has a number of significant facts working to his advantage.
The latest round of protests against Sen. Lindsey Graham reached a fever pitch when he slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster last Wednesday. Graham's criticism prompted a vocal group of conservatives inside and outside the Palmetto State to think the episode might finally be enough to bounce him from office. But, the fact is Lindsey Graham will likely be re-elected in 2014 to a third term as the senior Senator from South Carolina. Paul was holding up the nomination of John Brennan for CIA chief by protesting the Obama Administration’s policy on drones, a policy that Graham supports. The crux of Paul’s argument was based on the fear that Obama might have the power to use drones against American citizens on American soil. …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional? Tell us in the comments!
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently mulling the fate of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder, a lawsuit claiming that Section 5 of the act is unconstitutional. Section 5 applies to nine U.S. states, including South Carolina. Under Section 5, jurisdictions covered by these special provisions could not implement any change affecting voting until the Attorney General or the United States District Court for the District of Columbia determined that the change did not have a discriminatory purpose and would not have a discriminatory effect. Those states affected by Section 5 were selected based on having a history of voter suppression. In 1966, South Carolina challenged the section as unconstitutional, and the Supreme …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The TSA is allowing small knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or shorter and less than a 1/2 inch wide on flights as long as the blade is not fixed or locked in place, according to a CNN report.
The Transportation Security Administration announced on Tuesday that passengers will be allowed to carry small pocket knives on airplanes after a 12-year ban, CNN reports. The TSA will allow small knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or shorter, or 6 centimeters and less than a 1/2 inch wide on flights as long as the blade is not fixed or locked in place effective April 25. (See prohibited items list changes here) Razor blades and box cutters are still on the prohibited items list, according to the report. A variety of sporting equipment including two golf clubs, toy bats, ski poles and hockey sticks will also be allowed in carry-on luggage. These items were banned from flights after September 11, 2001. The TSA released the …