Jan 09

Obama courting key Republicans on Tennessee trip

When President Obama travels to Tennessee on Friday, Air Force One will be carrying some unusual cargo: Republicans.Speaking at the start of a three-state tour Wednesday, Obama highlighted areas where he intends to keep going it alone despite new GOP majorities in Congress. But in Tennessee, it seems, the tour turns from confrontation to courtship as he will be joined by a pair of Republicans whose cooperation will be essential in scoring any legislative victories in the new year.The two senators set to join the president for the trip to Knoxville are newly-minted chairmen of Senate committees that will have a major say over both his domestic & foreign policy agenda — Lamar Alexander on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee & Bob Corker on the Foreign Relations Committee.Both men fit the mold of Republicans who, unlike some of their more tea-party aligned colleagues, have expressed willingness to work with the president. Each is a former executive, Alexander a former governor & Education Department secretary who once ran for president himself, & Corker a former businessman & mayor of Chattanooga.Corker was already the focus of a short-lived “charm offensive” by the White House in 2013 that matched the president with small groups of Republicans in hopes of a fresh start early in his second term — earning the rarest of presidential invitations: to a round of golf.<!– <div class=”trb_embed_media ” > Congressional Democrats have a list of resolutions for Obama Michael A. Memoli Returning to Washington with fewer numbers & increased doubt approximately their direction in the new Congress, Democrats are pushing President Obama to pursue a more aggressive economic agenda that lays the groundwork for a political rebound in 2016 by focusing sharply on helping the middle class. Returning to Washington with fewer numbers & increased doubt approximately their direction in the new Congress, Democrats are pushing President Obama to pursue a more aggressive economic agenda that lays the groundwork for a political rebound in 2016 by focusing sharply on helping the middle class. ( Michael A. Memoli ) –>But both have shown no reluctance in confronting the president & say they won’t hesitate to do so in the next two years. Any action the Senate takes regarding the Affordable Care Act will likely start in Alexander’s committee. And any effort to curtail the president’s foreign policy moves in the Middle East, Cuba & elsewhere will receive tough scrutiny in Corker’s.”What better time could there be to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than at a time when … it’s such an significant area not just for the United States yet for the world, & at a time when no doubt the president’s going to be active in that regard,” Corker said in an interview. …

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Jan 08

Should public schools teach how to use guns? Yes, say South Carolina legislators

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Should public school students be instructed on firearms?<!– –>Absolutely, says a group of South Carolina legislators. They have filed two bills in the South Carolina legislature mandating gun safety courses & Second Amendment-related curricula in state schools, a move designed to target zero-tolerance policies on guns in schools.One bill, filed by State Rep. Alan Clemmons, would establish a three-week educational unit, for all grade levels, devoted to the US Constitution, focusing on the Second Amendment.Recommended: How much do you know approximately the Second Amendment? A quiz.The proposed bill would moreover establish a Second Amendment Awareness Day to be held on Dec. 15 each year in all state schools, complete with a poster or essay contest centered on the theme “The Right To Bear Arms: One American Right Protecting All Others.”Rep. Clemmons told South Carolina’s The Greenville News that he was inspired to create the bill after hearing the story of a student who was arrested at school over a fictional essay he wrote in which he talked approximately buying a gun to kill a neighbor’s pet dinosaur.That sort of zero-tolerance attitude towards guns in schools, Clemmons told a local South Carolina paper, is undermining knowledge of, & respect for, the Second Amendment. “In this case, it squelched a student’s First Amendment rights, in responding to an assignment, to talk approximately the Second Amendment,” Clemmons told The Greenville News. “We are giving short shrift to the one amendment that protects all others.”Gun rights & safety education has traditionally not been the purview of public schools, with incidents like the school shooting at Newtown, Conn., hardening many parents’ resolve against firearm-related curricula. But proponents argue that the best way to counter school shootings & inappropriate gun use is education. Nonetheless, the bill is controversial. …

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Jan 08

Bank of South Carolina Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

<!– google_ad_section_start –>CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Bank of South Carolina Corporation, (BKSC) announced earnings of $1,191,381 or $.27 & $.26 basic & diluted per share, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 – an increase of 22.84% from earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 of $969,868 or of $.23 & $.22 basic & diluted per share, respectively. Returns on average assets & average equity for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 were 1.26% & 12.12%, respectively, compared with 2013 returns on average assets & average equity of 1.23% & 11.72%, respectively. Earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 increased $321,896 or 7.90% to $4,398,820 compared to $4,076,924 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Fleetwood S. Hassell, President of the Bank of South Carolina, stated, “2014 has turned out to be a remarkable year for the bank. Strong deposit growth, superior control of expenses, & consistent lending has led to record earnings. We are very proud of this accomplishment.” The Bank of South Carolina, a De Novo Charter, which opened in 1987 at 256 Meeting Street, has offices in Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, & the West Ashley community.  Our website is www.banksc.com. …

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Jan 08

South Carolina School District Supports Technology Countywide using Bomgar

<!– google_ad_section_start –> JACKSON, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–<!– –> Bomgar, the leader in enterprise remote support solutions, today announced that District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties is using its solution to provide efficient remote support. Located in South Carolina just northwest of Columbia, District Five encompasses a land area of approximately 196 square miles & operates a total of 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, five high schools, & one alternative school. The District Five IT team is responsible for supporting hundreds of desktops, laptops & servers throughout 22 different schools. Prior to Bomgar, the team used free remote support tools to connect to these systems & provide tech support. “We didn’t have a consistent remote support tool or approach,” said Nathan Childs, lead technician. “The more we used those tools, the more we realized they lacked many functions that we needed. The free tools were moreover starting to prompt our users to sign up for services, & we didn’t want them to do that.” Knowing there were more robust solutions available, Childs began researching alternatives online & found Bomgar. “I compared it with some other offerings, & selected Bomgar Remote Support based on it meeting all of our requirements.” Being able to perform remote restart on devices was District Five’s biggest need. “We perform restarts on our remote machines on a daily basis, & with Bomgar’s ability to see & control the remote machine, we can do these much more quickly,” Childs said. “Most of our users are teachers with different levels of technology knowledge, so being able to see what they see helps both us & them when resolving issues. …

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Jan 08

Story of the season: North Carolina

It is not complex to pinpoint where the season went wrong for North Carolina. Forget approximately early indecision at quarterback. Even if Marquise Williams had taken every snap under center in 2014, there was no way he could have compensated for one of the worst defensive showings in ACC history. <!– end inline 1 –>Yep, that’s right. Since the ACC was founded in 1953, only three other teams gave up more yards per game than 2014 North Carolina. None of them are named Duke. Or NC State. Or Wake Forest for that matter. The 1993 Maryland team that went 2-9 allowed 553 yards per game. In 1975, Virginia went 1-10 & allowed 509.9 yards per game. …

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Jan 08

North Carolina Parents Turn In Teenage Sons After Recognizing Them In Burglary Footage

Surveillance video caught the teens breaking into the store By Steve Helling @stevehelling 01/08/2015 AT 06:45 AM EST Nine cameras caught their every move.Five teenage boys hid in the bushes outside of Tech Boyz, an electronic store in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 3:30 a.m. on December 29. When the coast was clear, the video shows one of the teens smashing a window & unlocking the door. Then, all five boys were seen entering the store, helping themselves to more than $3,000 in laptops & cell phones. When the security alarm sounded, the teens dashed out of the store & vanished into the night.It wasn’t clear footage: some of the cameras shot black-and-white video, while others relied on night vision. To the average person, the five teens may have been unrecognizable.But somebody did recognize two of them. When the video was broadcast on local news station ‘WTVD” on New Years Eve, the parents of two of the boys – ages 14 & 16 – allegedly realized their sons might be involved in the robbery.The next morning, they took their sons to the Fayetteville Police Station. “It’s admirable that they did that,” officer Antoine Kincade told USA Today. Sometimes, folks just aren’t going to do that.”Police said that the brothers were supposed to be sleeping at an older sibling’s house that night, yet apparently went out with their friends instead. Kincade, who declined to name the minors, said the boys claimed they were “peer pressured” into committing the crime. …

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Jan 08

BOZICH | Cards move from the grind of Clemson to the zoom of North Carolina

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I asked four University of Louisville basketball players what they remembered approximately the game the Cardinals lost to North Carolina last season. Chris Jones said he remembered how quickly the Tar Heels raced the ball down the floor. Wayne Blackshear said he remembered how quickly the Tar Heels raced the ball down the floor. Montrezl Harrell said he… well, you know what he remembered. Ditto for Terry Rozier. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Louisville beat Clemson, 58-52, Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! …

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Jan 08

‘Bama adds player kicked out of Georgia

Daily News Wire Reports Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:16 AM DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Jonathan Taylor enrolled at Alabama, 6 months after Georgia dismissed him following an arrest for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Alabama announced yesterday that eight signees had started classes & were eligible to participate in spring practice, including Taylor. Taylor was dismissed from Georgia in July 2014 after his arrest on aggravated assault & family violence charges. He played last season at a community college in Mississippi. A University of Georgia police department report stated that Taylor punched & choked his girlfriend. Taylor moreover was among four Georgia football players arrested in March 2014 for receiving double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the school’s athletic department. University of Alabama spokeswoman Deborah Lane said that Taylor was admitted “following the same procedures that the UA Admissions office uses to evaluate any student who has dealt with legal issues.” “The admissions process includes representatives from academic, legal, student affairs, student conduct, UAPD & counseling,” Lane said in an emailed statement. “Athletics is not involved in the admissions process.” In other college football news: * Brian Schottenheimer left as the Rams’ offensive coordinator to move back to the college ranks as Georgia’s OC. Baseball * Tickets for Phillies spring training games in Clearwater, Fla., go on sale at 9 a.m. today. …

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Jan 08

Gators open SEC play with a 72-68 win at South Carolina

The struggling Florida Gators opened SEC play with a gritty road win at South Carolina by exorcising their demons at the free-throw line. The Gators made 18 of 20 free throws during the second half to hold off the Gamecocks 72-68 & snap their seven-game winning streak. UF (8-6, 1-0 SEC) shot 8 of 20 from the foul line during a 63-59 collapse last Saturday at home against Connecticut. But the Gators hit their final eight free throws to extiguish a late surge by South Carolina (9-4, 0-1) & extend their SEC road winning streak to 10 games. On Monday, coach Billy Donovan estimated each of his players had shot 500 free throws during practice since a 65-63 loss Dec. 30 at FSU. “But as I said to you, when the lights are on it’s a little bit different,” he said. “Actually creating a game a game-situation in practice from the free-throw line is a little bit more challenging, where everybody gets a chance to do it.” Whatever Donovan & the Gators did worked. Two free throws by Jacob Kurtz gave UF a comfortable 66-59 lead with 43 seconds to go. But South Carolina’s Mindaugas Kacinas hit a pair of 3-pointers & Tyrone Johnson added a jump shot to twice pull the Gamecocks within three points. …

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