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Former roommates at odds over dog whose fate may be up to York County jury

THE HERALD (ROCK HILL), 26 JULY 2017, FEAT. PROF. KENNETH GAINES

Reagan wears an American flag bandanna and went to class at Winthrop University.

Some say Reagan was interviewed in 2016 by a Winthrop women’s publication about what it’s like to be famous at the Rock Hill school.

Reagan is a dog – a male Goldendoodle.

Now the dog is at the center of a lawsuit in York County, because two former Winthrop roommates are at odds.

Under state law, Reagan is property. The question is, whose property. Does the dog belong to Matthew Snyder or Joey Mercurio? Snyder claims to own Reagan, but Mercurio has kept the dog the past year. 

Snyder has filed a lawsuit.

Despite potential for negative image of South Carolina, ‘Live PD’ seen as public relations win for local law enforcers

POST AND COURIER, 16 JULY 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

The man pulled his 2-year-old by the arm from his wrecked car and twirled the toddler through the air until she landed back in his grasp.

A sheriff’s deputy ran up to him after chasing the sedan over Columbia-area roads on July 8, not knowing that a child was inside and unrestrained by any car seat.

They fought.

A plant dies, and some ask if nuclear can help the climate

E&E, 3 AUGUST 2017, FEAT. PROF. NATHAN RICHARDSON:

Nuclear power plants provide 60 percent of America’s carbon-free electricity. But efforts to increase that figure were dealt a serious blow this week when two South Carolina utilities elected to abandon two new reactors at V.C. Summer, an existing nuclear power plant about 20 miles northwest of Columbia.

The decision sparked an immediate debate among greens seeking to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Nuclear advocates said it illustrates the need for further government support, arguing that America risks losing not only the workforce and supply chain needed to service a civilian nuclear industry, but also a valuable tool for decarbonizing the power sector.

Others said the project’s cost overruns and construction delays make new nuclear facilities an impractical tool to solve the climate conundrum. V.C. Summer’s projected cost had ballooned from an initial estimate of about $11 billion to more than $20 billion (Energywire, Aug. 1).

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Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools May Be Losing Favor

SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO, 24 JULY 2017, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:

In many schools across the nation in the last few decades, concerns over discipline have led to so-called “zero tolerance” policies. USC law Professor Derek Black says suspension and expulsion rates have doubled under zero tolerance policies in the past 30 years.

Texas educator Dr. Nesa Sasser Hartford believes that the policies are justified in three specific areas – drugs, guns and sexual improprieties. Black says that zero tolerance is cheap and efficient in the short run, but ultimately expulsion is much more expensive than keeping kids in school. Both educators agree that, at least in most cases, zero tolerance could become outdated in the coming years.

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