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Judge says execution of black teen in 1944 "injustice"

COLUMBIA - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.
By Jeffrey Collins

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Slideshow: Columbia County bookings Dec. 8-15

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center  Dec. 8-15

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Path to majors could get easier for Cuban players

Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.
By Ronald Blum

US travel eyes Cuba expansion

President Obama's announcement that he plans to improve relatons between the U.S. and Cuba has tourism industry leaders looking into the possibility of open U.S.-to-Cuba tourism for the first time ...
By Scott Mayerowitz

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged: $77,795.

US-Cuba diplomatic thaw could benefit industries

WASHINGTON — The United States’ commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took power on the Caribbean island. Now U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume at last.
By Paul Wiseman

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday.


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Sickness closes all McDuffie County schools

One day after closing an elementary because of excessive absences caused by an outbreak of influenza, strep infection and stomach viruses, the McDuffie County School System has decided to enact an emergency closure of all seven of its schools, according to school Superintendent Mychele Rhodes.
By Sean Gruber

Movie theater still coming to Village at Riverwatch

Though behind schedule, the curtain has not dropped on plans for a new movie theater in the Village at Riverwatch.
By Jenna Martin

Man sentenced for Family Dollar robbery

Saintwain R. Roberts, 25, was sentenced to six years and five months in prison for his role in the Oct. 10, 2013, robbery of the Family Dollar on Central Avenue.
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