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Myrtle Beach says it used reasonable restrictions in Bike Week preacher speech case

Myrtle Beach says it acted reasonably when it forced a street preacher to move during Memorial Day bike week.

The preacher — Brian Cranford — filed a civil lawsuit in October against the city and several police officers. Cranford said that he was targeted by police and forced to move from a public park during Memorial Day bike week. He also said a friend was arrested during the event.

Cranford said he was sharing his message on city sidewalks on May 25, which was during the Atlantic Beach bike week festivities in Myrtle Beach along Ocean Boulevard.

While Cranford was in Plyler Park, an officer told him the city manager signed an executive order to shut down the park, the suit claims. To avoid arrest, Cranford left and walked the sidewalks. He was then told to turn off his amplifier. About an hour after Cranford left the park, the suit claims, it was filled with people socializing, walking and running in the park.

Read more: https://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article237879694.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 05:40 AM (0 replies)

Fiat Chrysler, auto union reach tentative deal on contract

DETROIT -- The United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement Saturday on a new four-year contract, which includes a total of $9 billion in investments but still needs final approval from workers.

Both sides declined to offer details on the deal, but it includes a $9,000 bonus for workers when the agreement is ratified, a promise not to close any factories where vehicles are assembled for the next four years, and a commitment to keep making vehicles at a plant in Belvidere, Illinois, according to a person briefed on the matter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential.

The UAW-FCA national council will meet Dec. 4 to go over the details of the tentative deal. If adopted, it would go to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 47,000 union workers, and a vote by hourly and salary workers could begin on Dec. 6.

Fiat Chrysler is the last company to settle on a new contract with the union. GM settled Oct. 31 after a bitter 40-day strike that paralyzed the company’s U.S. factories, but Ford reached a deal quickly and settled in mid-November.

Read more: https://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/business/national-business/article237915969.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 05:34 AM (0 replies)

Season of Advent

Greetings to all. As we have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, we now look forward to the Advent Season.

This is a liturgical season that leads up to Christmas, and it consists of four weeks, starting this year on Sunday, Dec. 1, in preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Advent is a season of the expectancy of the Messiah and in anticipation of the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time.

In other words, Advent is a season that directs our heart and mind to anticipate the two comings of Jesus.

The usual colors for this liturgical season are violet/purple and rose. Purple is worn on the first, second and fourth Sundays of Advent, and rose is normally worn on the third Sunday of Advent (although purple is allowed), also recognized as Gaudete Sunday (the Sunday of rejoicing).

Read more: https://www.scnow.com/lifestyles/columns/bob-cox-season-of-advent/article_2bb708b4-7c0d-534c-96e6-3098332bd902.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 05:10 AM (6 replies)

Biden launches Iowa trip with focus on Trump, rural America

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA -- Joe Biden launched an eight-day bus tour of Iowa on Saturday projecting confidence, ignoring his many Democratic presidential competitors and pledging that he will unseat President Donald Trump in 2020.

The former vice president pledged first to win the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, despite recent polls suggesting his standing there has slipped in recent months.

“I promise you, I promise you,” Biden told a few hundred supporters outside his Council Bluff campaign office, “we’re going to win this race, and we’re going to beat Donald Trump, and we’re going to change America.”

Behind the optimism, Biden aides acknowledge he must sharpen his message and bolster his voter outreach operation ahead of the caucuses that start Democrats’ 2020 voting. But his advisers also insist he has wide support and remains well-positioned to recover any lost ground.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article237912124.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 05:02 AM (1 replies)

Richland senator accused of threatening county employee's job in profanity-laced rant

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When state Sen. Dick Harpootlian saw that the annual press release advertising open spots on Richland County boards had mysteriously left out four controversial openings at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, he had one question:

“What the f--- is going on?”

But the Columbia Democrat’s decision to confront the county employee responsible and ask that exact question has led to a letter accusing Harpootlian of threatening that employee’s job in a profanity-laced tirade.

Harpootlian’s impromptu meeting last Friday with James C. Brown, a top aide to Richland County’s legislative delegation, has stirred up controversy yet again among Richland County lawmakers who are divided over the freshman senator’s slash-and-burn campaign against a government he perceives as broken.

“That is no way to treat anyone, much less someone that works for you,” said House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, a Columbia Democrat who has periodically quarreled with Harpootlian. “It is beneath the dignity of being a South Carolina senator, and he owes them an apology.”

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article237756859.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 04:30 AM (2 replies)

30 years after Hugo tore it down, South Carolina coast builds back in the danger zone

LITCHFIELD BEACH, SC -- When Hurricane Hugo hit Georgetown County 30 years ago, the big storm pounded a barren sand spit at the south end of Litchfield Beach, chewing up dunes and eroding the oceanfront, before cutting through South Carolina on a trail of destruction.

At the time, no one said much about Hugo’s impact on the narrow spit because not much was there.

Then in the late 1990s, construction workers arrived on the property, building the first grand home in a row of new oceanfront houses. Today, about three-dozen houses perch precariously on the sand spit, between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a tidal creek on the other. Some are fortified by an unapproved seawall, built as protection from the rising seas.

The story of south Litchfield is a familiar one in South Carolina three decades after Hurricane Hugo ripped the state. Despite causing $7 billion worth of damage on Sept. 21-22, 1989, Hugo did little to discourage new or more intense development on many stretches of the state’s coast.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/weather-news/article235034477.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 04:23 AM (1 replies)

GOP candidate in first TV ad suggests Democrat Joe Cunningham's impeachment vote was bought

A Republican in South Carolina’s most competitive U.S. House race is releasing her first television ad of the 2020 congressional campaign, casting herself as Democrat Joe Cunningham’s rightful challenger some seven months out from the GOP primary.

In a sign that Kathy Landing is seeking to introduce herself to as many voters as possible, the 30-second spot will air Saturday during the state’s biggest college football game of the year: the South Carolina-Clemson game.

The 30-second ad buy cost $4,500 on ESPN, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission.

Called “Real Quid Pro Quo,” the commercial focuses on Cunningham’s recent vote for the House impeachment inquiry.

Read more: https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/gop-candidate-in-first-tv-ad-suggests-democrat-joe-cunningham/article_6daf73ca-112f-11ea-8650-df6ef09de775.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 03:46 AM (2 replies)

Teachers Know Who Their Friends Are

Republicans have spent eight years insisting that the plain truth about their education policies is a Democratic lie. A mind-bending cavalcade of twisted statistics pours forth to obfuscate the facts about a policy of harsh parsimony. As the 2019 legislative session finally adjourned, they shifted to a simpler message: Blame Roy Cooper.

In a Hail Mary move executed in the closing days of the “short” session, Republicans passed a teacher pay increase of 3.9% over two years. Cooper promptly and bravely vetoed it. The GOP, surely having anticipated this decision, energetically moved to define Cooper as an enemy of teachers’ interests. As usual, they looped in their eternal bete noir, the North Carolina Association of Educators, with gubernatorial frontrunner Dan Forest questioning “who they really represent.” Together, they insist, Cooper and his progressive allies failed public-school families.

There are no doubt some exceptions scattered through a 100,000-person workforce, but I am sure most teachers know who really stands with them in the state’s ongoing budget battle. Basic arithmetic reveals that the Republican teacher-pay “raise” was not really a raise at all. Inflation grows at 2% per year; adjusting for CPI growth, a 3.9% raise would leave teachers treading water at best. Note also the timing of their rather calculated move: Republicans unenthusiastically pushed through their bare-bones pay package on the heels of a $250 million corporate tax cut. After slashing corporate taxes for seven straight years, bull-headed Republicans refuse to throw more than a token amount of money at public education.

Cooper, on the other hand, has placed education at the center of his vision for North Carolina. His budget would have allotted a 9.6% raise to the average teacher–more than enough to supersede inflation and a real step toward decent pay. Contrasting sharply with Phil Berger’s punitive rhetoric, Cooper celebrates schools and educators. And yes, it tells you something that the NCAE–the voice of thousands of working teachers–is solidly behind the governor.

Read more: https://www.politicsnc.com/teachers-know-who-their-friends-are/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 03:19 AM (0 replies)

A once-famous, long-lost corn variety returns from the dead

One of the endearing aspects of the Thanksgiving meal is the way families bring their additions to the common fare and, in time, forge their own culinary traditions.

For the Farmer family in Landrum, South Carolina, the day is usually marked with a cornbread dressing. The cornbread comes from a dent corn variety that the aptly named Farmers actually grow on their 60-acre farm 10 miles south of the North Carolina border.

Making your own cornbread is not as easy as you might think. You can cut a head of broccoli or pull a tomato without undue fuss, but to get corn meal from the field to the kitchen, you have to shepherd the corn through an entire growing season and put it through the mill. Fortunately, the family's 97-year-old patriarch, Manning Farmer, has been doing this for most of his life and, to boot, has his own gasoline-powered grinding stones.

He grows a variety of corn that is remarkably large and white, and when it is ready on the stalk it is wrapped in papery husks the color of linen. The kernels - indented, hence "dent corn" - look as if they were carved from ivory.

Read more: https://www.greensboro.com/news/trending/a-once-famous-long-lost-corn-variety-returns-from-the/article_2c1adee0-6437-5960-ac74-6f46807e27de.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 02:58 AM (0 replies)

Town parade canceled over possible Confederate float issues

GARNER, N.C. -- A North Carolina town has canceled its annual Christmas parade over possible issues with a float sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Garner spokesman Rick Mercier tells The News & Observer that online chatter about the float led officials to conclude the event could be targeted for disruption.

He says online posts didn’t threaten to disrupt the parade, but officials wanted to err on the side of public safety given protests about Confederate monuments and symbols in recent years. Video of last year’s parade was shared and criticized Monday by the “Move Silent Sam” Twitter account.

Members of Col. Leonidas L. Polk Camp No. 1486 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have been involved in the parade for years. Group commander Don Scott says he understands the town’s concerns.

(Durham Herald Sun)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 02:29 AM (1 replies)
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