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USC women's basketball team ascends to No. 1 ranking

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - There's a new No. 1 team in women's college basketball - and for the first time ever, it's South Carolina. The Gamecocks ascended to the nation's top ranking for the first time in program history Monday, receiving 21 of 35 first-place votes in the new AP Top 25.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @dcaraviello: Now at @postandcourier: #Gamecocks women's hoop team "putting SC on the map" with program's first No. 1 ranking. bit.ly/1viYF7W

Nov 24, 2014

Now at @postandcourier: #Gamecocks women's hoop team "putting SC on the map" with program's first No. 1 ranking. bit.ly/1viYF7W

Notebook: Cole Stoudt confident he can lead Clemson to victory

postandcourier.com — CLEMSON - Awkward as it's been for three months, Cole Stoudt remains the current starting quarterback of a ranked Clemson team in dire need of a rivalry win to cap the 2014 regular season. So when Stoudt was asked if he felt he was capable of captaining Clemson to a long-awaited win over South Carolina, his reaction was something of a miffed scoff.

DHEC monitoring 9 in South Carolina for possible Ebola symptoms

postandcourier.com — The state health department is watching nine people, including three in the Lowcountry, who recently returned from one of three West African countries for signs of the deadly Ebola virus. None of them have presented any symptoms and they are not being quarantined.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @laurenmsausser: Zero Ebola cases in U.S., but health dept is monitoring 9 people in SC (incl. 3 in Lowcountry) for possible symptoms: postandcourier.com/article/201411…

Consumers' Choice follows other insurers' lead, opens retail locations

postandcourier.com — Consumers' Choice Health Plan announced on Wednesday it has opened two new retail locations in North Charleston and Greenville, making it the latest health insurer to recognize how much face-to-face customer service benefits its brand. The insurer plans to open three more retail locations, including a site in Columbia, by early next year.

Same-sex marriage brings more legal security to couples, families

postandcourier.com — Like many gay couples, Amanda Hollinger and Tasha Gandy were abuzz last week over the historic moment when same-sex marriage became legal in South Carolina. They were among the first to pick up a marriage license. But it confused their 5-year-old son. "What are you talking about?" he asked.
Nov 24, 2014

Same-sex marriage brings more legal security to couples, families bit.ly/1peUoSe

South Carolina officials promote Charleston to lure more of India's travelers

postandcourier.com — The state's top tourism official spent the past two weeks in India convincing large Asian travel agencies that Charleston is the Western destination to pay attention to. Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, tagged along with the delegation of state officials and Gov.
Nov 24, 2014

South Carolina officials promote Charleston to lure more of India's travelers bit.ly/1tpM79B

Victims advocate hoping unreported child deaths result in reforms for coroners

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - A victims advocate is hoping a legislative audit that found 152 child deaths from 2009 to 2013 had gone unreported to the state will shock lawmakers into passing a law holding coroners accountable.
Nov 24, 2014

Victims advocate hoping unreported child deaths result in reforms for coroners bit.ly/1yLPa0h

Palmetto Sunrise: DSS panel meets

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - The meetings of the Senate's Department of Social Services oversight subcommittee continue today, with multiple representatives from the Guardian ad Litem program expected to speak. No one from DSS is expected to testify. The Senate panel is tasked with reporting to the General Assembly during the upcoming legislative session how to improve DSS.
Nov 24, 2014

Palmetto Sunrise:DSS panel meets, Victims advocate hoping unreported deaths result in reforms for coroners and more bit.ly/1uw3uWC

Second-ranked Gamecock women state claim for No. 1

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - Now, it's up to the voters. South Carolina's second-ranked women's basketball team certainly did its part Sunday, overwhelming San Diego State 89-38 before a crowd of 10,301 at Colonial Life Arena. Now they wait to find out of it was enough to elevate the Gamecocks to No.
Nov 23, 2014

At @postandcourier: "They better be No. 1" -- #Gamecocks women in position for top spot when new poll comes out Mon. bit.ly/11pmvTV

Gamecocks brace for Clemson defense with banged-up Pharoh

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - Steve Spurrier spent Sunday afternoon in the film room, watching the Clemson defense along with assistants Shawn Elliott and Steve Spurrier Jr. And for all the barbs the South Carolina coach can toss out during rivalry week, this film session left him full of nothing but admiration.
Nov 23, 2014

Rivalry week at @postandcourier: #Gamecocks brace for top-ranked Clemson D with their most dynamic player banged up. bit.ly/1pcCJKM

Mannheim Steamroller celebrates 30th anniversary of Christmas tour, album release

charlestonscene.com — What better way to celebrate the holidays than with the No. 1 Christmas music artist of all times. Having sold more than 27 million Christmas albums, Mannheim Steamroller this year is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Christmas tour and album release with a one-night only show that is sure to set a seasonal mood.
Nov 23, 2014

Mannheim Steamroller celebrates 30th anniversary of Christmas tour, album release bit.ly/11Lxren

USC notes: QB Thompson caps final home game with a first

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA -- The play was called 38-pass. And Dylan Thompson had been waiting for head coach Steve Spurrier to call it. "We've probably run that play in practice, 150, 200 times over the past few years," said the South Carolina quarterback. "I just beg him to throw it every game we could possibly have it in the game.
Nov 22, 2014

#Gamecocks notes at @postandcourier: Dylan Thompson finishes with a first; and what happened to Mike Davis? bit.ly/154K4U3

Defense rises to occasion for bowl-eligible Gamecocks

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - Maybe it was the natural letdown after a potential season-saving victory. Maybe it was the atmosphere in a two-thirds full Williams-Brice Stadium. Maybe it was the pressure of clinching bowl eligibility, the emotion of Senior Day, or the lull the week before playing a big rival.
Nov 22, 2014

Now at @postandcourier: RISING TO THE OCCASION: Defensive turnaround continues for newly bowl-eligible #Gamecocks. bit.ly/1HAllpE

Citadel keeps Silver Shako with 45-25 win at VMI

postandcourier.com — LEXINGTON, Va. - The Citadel retained the coveted Silver Shako with a 45-25 win over VMI on Saturday, capping a 5-7 season that first-year coach Mike Houston hopes sets a foundation for better things in the future. Freshman Isiaha Smith ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and senior Jake Stenson added 120 yards and a score for The Citadel.
Nov 22, 2014

Citadel retains the coveted Silver Shako with 45-25 win at VMI fb.me/34dqxwMzx

Raskin Around: Online cooking school and XLB

charlestonscene.com — Paul Johnson wasn't a hopeless cook. The Greenville tech company founder was perfectly capable of grilling meat. "But I only knew how to grill meat," he confesses. Now, he says, he's equally adept at pan-searing meat. He picked up the technique from a new online cooking school for which his South Carolina company designed the platform.

Sprinkler system stops fire from spreading at senior living apartment building

postandcourier.com — A sprinkler system quickly doused a fire at a senior living facility in downtown Charleston early Saturday and may well have saved lives, Charleston Fire Department officials said. At 3:42 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to Canterbury House at 165 Market St. for an automatic fire alarm, according to a news release from the Fire Department.
Nov 22, 2014

Sprinkler system stops fire from spreading at senior living apartment building #chsnews j.mp/1qPKaZx pic.twitter.com/L4nkEgtHRj

Lowcountry Autism Foundation hosts oyster roast fundraiser

charlestonscene.com — The Lowcountry Autism Foundation, an organization that strives to remove barriers and increase access to early diagnosis and treatment services for individuals and families living with autism and related developmental disabilities, is set to host an oyster roast fundraiser.
Nov 22, 2014

Lowcountry Autism Foundation hosts oyster roast fundraiser bit.ly/1xZFqAc

'Dumb and Dumber To' lives up to its title

charlestonscene.com — Movie review Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into "Dumb and Dumber To" and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return.

Gamecocks' potential bowl destination could be in SEC's hands

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - A cornucopia of potential travel destinations awaits. The neon lights and cowboy hats of Nashville? The dry-rub ribs and old-school blues of Memphis? The roomy downtown area and plentiful ATM locations of Charlotte? The rolling hills, peaceful rivers, and defunct steel stacks of Birmingham? OK, maybe not Birmingham.
Nov 24, 2014

Wrote this for Saturday about new bowl selection process, and how SC's potential destination could be in SEC's hands. bit.ly/1xNpwv1

Nov 22, 2014

Spur of the Moment at @postandcourier: If #Gamecocks clinch bowl eligibility, SEC would likely decided where they go. bit.ly/1xNpwv1