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FOCUS: Making Emanuels out of us all

FOCUS: Making Emanuels out of us all

By Marjorie Wentworth, contributing editor | The relatives and friends of the nine people murdered on June 17, 2015, are facing a second New Year’s without their loved ones.

The strength and dignity the bereaved have displayed during the killer’s trial is an extension of the goodness of those who died at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. And we all must keep telling their stories — to remind us of who they were and all that we could be.

by · 01/02/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
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FANNING: The power of minding your own business

By Ben Fanning, contributing editor | I heard someone say, “It’s probably something tantric,” as I walked with my family into a tightly-packed pizza restaurant in San Francisco.

There was a couple sitting right next to us involved in a kiss that was so long I was concerned they might suffocate. The longer the kiss went on, the more people around the restaurant stared. Minutes passed and tension built. Is this even sanitary?

by · 12/19/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Careers, Focus, Views
FOCUS: Charleston artisans celebrate Smithsonian’s newest museum

FOCUS: Charleston artisans celebrate Smithsonian’s newest museum

By Janie Manning, special to Charleston Currents | Local sweetgrass basket artist Tonya White of Mount Pleasant joins local jewelry designers in celebrating the opening of the National Museum African American History and Culture. After six years, they were extended an offer to share jewelry collections with the Smithsonian’s newest museum gift store and provide actual sweetgrass basket displays created by Tonya and her Charleston family.

by · 12/11/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Win a boat and have fun at a great party on Saturday

FOCUS: Win a boat and have fun at a great party on Saturday

Staff reports | It’s only a few days until one of the most unique and fun parties of the year – the Rotary Club of Charleston’s annual Light Up the Night Parade Party. It will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Charleston Maritime Center where festive attendees have a front row view for the 2016 Charleston Parade of Boats.

In fact, the party is a two-fer. Not only can you enjoy great food and drinks with hundreds of holiday-goers for an affordable price, but you can buy a chance to win a brand new 18-foot Commander Sea Fox boat being raffled by the club. Cost? $100 per ticket (and tickets are limited!)

by · 12/05/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  A Hamilton walking tour of Charleston

FOCUS: A Hamilton walking tour of Charleston

By Andra Watkins, special to Charleston Currents | Most people associate Alexander Hamilton with New York, but his influence reached far beyond his adopted home state. Couple his reach with other characters from Hamilton: An American Musical on a future visit to historic Charleston, South Carolina.

A powerhouse of early America, Charleston rivaled Manhattan in size, money and influence. Its busy port was the first point of entry for many travelers to America, from foreigners seeking a fortune in the new world to Africans wrongly enslaved. Given the flood of people and commerce, Charleston was a hub for anyone after prosperity and power.

by · 11/28/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS: Demand specifics, accountability on new road, greenbelt projects

FOCUS: Demand specifics, accountability on new road, greenbelt projects

By Natalie Olson, special to Charleston Currents | On Election Day, Charleston County residents voted to approve the proposed half-cent sales tax increase.

Leading up to the election, the Coastal Conservation League opposed this referendum because it lacks adequate safeguards to ensure that accountability and transparency are at the forefront of spending our tax dollars. There is no guarantee that the $2.1 billion generated by this tax increase over the next 25 years will indeed go towards high priority transportation projects aimed at relieving congestion and improving the quality of life for all residents throughout the county.

by · 11/21/2016 · 3 comments · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Save the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District

FOCUS: Save the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District

By Don Campagna, special to Charleston Currents | Following the Spanish-American War, the United States found itself in need of a global navy that could serve its new, far-flung empire.

In 1901, the decision was made to locate an East Coast base in Charleston and several Cooper River plantations, The Retreat and Marshlands, were purchased for that purpose. Work began almost immediately on the construction of a drydock and supporting trade shops. Additionally, a large coal-fired power steam plant in the Beaux Art style was built to provide electricity.

by · 11/14/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
FOCUS:  Love letter to Charleston

FOCUS: Love letter to Charleston

By Derek Berry, special to Charleston Currents

Charleston’s got a spine worthy of worship.
Her teeth are corner-stores, crooked
and jammed. A fluorescent light is buried in her throat
beckoning us down from second-story porches.
She wants us to hold her hand,
to slip into something less comfortable,
a cotton shawl in the sultry shudder of summer night.
There is beauty in how she undresses
us with her humid tongue, how we return
to childlike abandon in her mouth.

FOCUS: Yes, Tom, kids think about sex

FOCUS: Yes, Tom, kids think about sex

By Meg Wallace, special to Charleston Currents | When referring to how students are taught reproductive health education in schools, Tom Ducker, a Charleston County School Board member, recently said to The Post and Courier, “This is not ‘games’. I believe when we do that [teach sex education], in order to gain or keep their interest, you’re also increasing their interest in sex. And I don’t think most middle schoolers are even thinking about sex.”

He was disparaging a piece of an evidence-based sex education curriculum that would teach middle school students about healthy relationships and birth control options, including the use of condoms. To be clear, I do not agree with his intended message, but I do have to agree on one point: the need for medically accurate, evidence-based comprehensive health education in South Carolina schools is not a game.

by · 10/31/2016 · 2 comments · Focus, Good news
FOCUS: Daffodils to be planted Nov. 13 to remember holocaust

FOCUS: Daffodils to be planted Nov. 13 to remember holocaust

Staff reports | College of Charleston sophomore honors student Samantha Krantz is hoping to beautify the Charleston Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square by working Nov. 13 with volunteers to plant 1,800 daffodil bulbs as a living memorial.

You can join the effort at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the holocaust. The garden will be planted at the memorial, which was erected in 1999, “to remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust and to honor the survivors who came to South Carolina to rebuild their lives,” according to the college.

Krantz felt empowered to launch a living garden after discovering her family’s history with the holocaust, and traveling to Eastern Europe over the summer with College of Charleston Zucker/Goldberg Professor of Holocaust Studies Theodore Rosengarten, a press release said. Krantz is the recipient of the Klaper Fellowship in Jewish Studies, which charges recipients with bettering the Lowcountry.

by · 10/24/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news