Originally created 02/03/03

Across South Carolina



Kerry says Rebel flag should be in museum

COLUMBIA -U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said Sunday that he respects a compromise by the state Legislature that took the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome to the Capitol's grounds, but he said he would rather see the flag in a museum.

Mr. Kerry, one of five official candidates in what will be a crowded Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina next February, said he respects Confederate soldiers but can't respect their efforts to destroy his country.

Man gets 20-year term in baby's fatal beating

FLORENCE -A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to homicide by child abuse in the death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old son in September 2000.

Michael Dennis Miles and the baby's mother, Jozy Lynn Ard Poston, were arrested a few days after an autopsy showed that the child was beaten in the head, resulting in multiple injuries and abnormal swelling of the brain.

Ms. Poston was scheduled to plead guilty to charges related to her son's death today in Florence.

School drops its ban on Confederate wear

SUMMERVILLE -A Lowcountry middle school has dropped its ban on clothing bearing Confederate symbols.

DuBose Middle School Principal Raymond Burke said the publicity surrounding the ban was "creating unnecessary anxiety and consuming valuable energy that should be directed toward student instruction and achievement."

The principal imposed the ban in October after several pupils wore shirts to school that incorporated the Confederate flag with a picture of black people picking cotton.

Last month, eighth-grader Kelly Bokern was threatened with in-school suspension when she came to school wearing a shirt that incorporated the Confederate flag and the South Carolina state flag on the back.

Clemson can admit 100 more freshmen

CLEMSON -Because students are earning their degrees faster, Clemson University can afford to admit 100 more freshmen this year than last, President James Barker says.

The school had sought to reduce freshman enrollment to create smaller, more intimate classroom settings. Between fall 2001 and fall 2002, the number of students accepted dropped by about 500.

But because of greater selectivity, students are graduating sooner, instructional research Director David Fleming told trustees last week.