Humberto results in tornado sightings
COLUMBIA - Remnants of Hurricane Humberto passed through South Carolina on Friday, bringing severe thunderstorms, high winds and at least one unconfirmed tornado in the northwest corner of the state.
The National Weather Service reported a funnel cloud was spotted by a law enforcement officer in Anderson County, and emergency workers in neighboring Laurens County reported two tornado sightings and damage to a mobile home and a house. No injuries were reported.
The Laurens-Hillcrest high school football game was postponed and thousands of fans were evacuated from the stands into school buildings after reports of a funnel cloud.
Family wins $600,000 in Denny's bias suit
EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL. - A federal jury has ordered the Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny's restaurant chain to pay $600,000 in damages to 15 members of a black family who said their white waiter deliberately ignored them and used racial slurs.
The jury awarded each family member $5,000 in compensatory damages and $35,000 in punitive damages Friday.
Sandra Green's family sued over a November 2003 meal at a Denny's in the St. Louis suburb of Fairview Heights. The waiter, who later was fired, allegedly served white patrons while ignoring the family. Some of Ms. Green's family members said they had to get their own drinks, utensils and napkins.
Family member Charles Tart Sr. described the experience as "pretty horrible."
"Denny's has been saying they have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination," he said. "They need to make sure it's enforced. This is what we want. It's not really about the money. We don't want another black family or our children to have to go through what we went through."
Denny's Corp. attorney Ed Ordonez told jurors the Green family had received bad service but ultimately wasn't harmed. He said the company will decide whether to appeal.
Man receives life for nightclub shooting
ORANGEBURG - A jury took just more than an hour to find a man guilty of murder for killing his former girlfriend's cousin during an argument two years ago in a nightclub.
A judge sentenced Andrae King, 31, to life in prison without parole shortly after the verdict was read Thursday.
Mr. King found his ex-girlfriend and her cousin at the Touch of Class nightclub in Eutawville two days after she ended the relationship in July 2005, prosecutors said.
Mr. King started arguing with Monique Green and Matthew Jenkins, then pulled out a gun and shot them both, authorities said.