Photos in the News: Nov. 22-28, 2015

November 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

All the lights were off in the room where I saw Prince and Sugar Ray in 1997. Not in the same evening though. For the next few minutes I thought I could summon some former navigation skills and find that stairwell where I gave directions to Mark McGrath my freshmen year at USC.

On Thanksgiving morning I had entered the Carolina Coliseum near the Elephant Room on Park Street. In the late 90's I had often navigated the depths of the building while covering basketball for the student paper. I passed two goals labeled, "Frank McGuire Arena" and the area where the Coach Eddie Fogler used to give his post game press conferences. The gears in my head cranked away as I tried to remember the bowels of the venue that also housed my media arts classes. I followed the sign for the locker room knowing it would take me out to the main room where I assumed they would be feeding up to 2,000 people. No such luck. Eventually I gave up trying to find my way around the basement of the coliseum and walked outside to enter through the main concourse.


Thanksgiving meal at the ColiseumThanksgiving meal at the ColiseumOlga Gause gets her gravy tray refilled at the Interfaith 25th anniversary Thanksgiving dinner at the Coliseum on Thursday afternoon. In addition to a free meal, those in need were also offered free reading glasses and warm clothes. 11/26/15

25th annual Interfaith dinner offers fellowship, and a feast, on Thanksgiving

from The State Newspaper

"Thursday, a line stretched outside the Assembly Street entrance as guests waited for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. The meal included turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad and bread. The dessert list was just as long, ranging from pumpkin and sweet potato pie to pound cake and Rice Krispie treats."


USC Football Media DayUSC Football Media DayGamecock WR Pharoh Cooper poses for a photo during the University of South Carolina football media day Sunday afternoon at Williams Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks begin the 2015 season on September 3 in Charlotte against the University of North Carolina Tarheels. 08/09/2015

Pharoh Cooper playing final college game Saturday

from The State Newspaper

"Cooper, a junior, will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, his father told The State on Tuesday. A native of Havelock, N.C., who signed with South Carolina in 2013, Cooper has been South Carolina’s most dynamic offensive weapon the last two years."


Ice Rink OPensIce Rink OPensJacob Strack braces for a fall at Main Street Ice outside of the Columbia Museum of Art Thursday evening in downtown Columbia. Despite the 67 degree temperature on Thanksgiving night, the rink was able to open and draw an enthusiastic crowd. 11/26/15

A slice of winter at Main Street ICE + VIDEO

from The State Newspaper

Sometimes I have the opportunity to shoot and edit video stories. Most of the time it depends on deadlines and still photo workloads. This one is about kids trying to ice skate outside of The Columbia Museum of Art on Thanksgiving day.


Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at the Blue Jamboree November 21, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Along with Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, Clinton was one of three democratic presidential candidates to address the crowd at the Jenkins Institute on Saturday afternoon. Lack of Enthusiasm From Supporters May Undermine Clinton’s Lead

from The New York Times

"There’s cause for concern in Hillaryland, the constellation of Democratic advisers, supporters and politicians counting on the former secretary of state to lead the party to a sweeping victory next November."


Black Friday ShoppingBlack Friday ShoppingRenee Crowson does some holiday shopping Friday morning at Be-Beep a Toy Shop on Forest Drive. The Forest Acres business closed for a few days and suffered from slow traffic during the October flooding. They opened at 8 a.m. and featured a storewide 20% off sale on Black Friday. 11/27/15

Many Midlands Black Friday shoppers opt for small, local businesses

from The State Newspaper

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Irmo Okra StrutIrmo Okra StrutFestivalgoers take a picture at the annual Irmo Okra Strut Saturday afternoon at the Irmo Community Park. The festival got its start in 1973 and bills itself as "the nationÕs original celebration of Okra." 9/26/15

More changes in works for Irmo Okra Strut

from The State Newspaper

"More changes could be coming to the Okra Strut, Irmo’s signature festival. Mayor Hardy King is crafting a plan that he says will end confusion on who is in charge by making clear that the seven-member panel overseeing the event is an advisory instead of independent group."


U.S. Rep. James ClyburnU.S. Rep. James ClyburnU.S. Rep. James Clyburn speaks at the University of South Carolina November 23, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. The congressman formally announced the donation of his congressional papers Monday morning to the university to help establish a new research and education center on civil rights.(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Rep. James Clyburn donates congressional papers to USC

from The UK Daily Mail

"Clyburn said he hopes the center will be a catalyst for study on incidents such as the so-called "Orangeburg Massacre," in which three black students were killed by highway patrolmen during a student protest at South Carolina State University in 1968. He also mentioned the so-called "Friendship Nine," the nine black men who refused to pay bail money after being jailed for trespassing and breaching the peace during a sit-in in Rock Hill, sparking more civil disobedience protests."

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580100431SR001_580100431SR001_COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before a town hall meeting September 23, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Earlier today Trump tweeted "FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won't be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future." (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Offends Nearly Everyone With Mockery Of Disabled Reporter

from The Inquisitr

"Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. Just days ago, he caused a furor following the violent assault of a “Black Lives Matter” protester at his Birmingham campaign rally. While a half dozen or so white Trump supporters hit, kicked and shouted racial slurs at the black protester, The Donald replied by calling security to “get him [the Black Lives Matter protester] the hell out of here.” When the media criticized how Donald Trump reacted to the violence, he responded by saying that maybe the protester “should have been roughed up,” CNN reported."


Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at the Blue Jamboree November 21, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Along with Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, Clinton was one of three democratic presidential candidates to address the crowd at the Jenkins Institute on Saturday afternoon. Hillary Clinton Looks Past Primaries, and to Republicans, in Strategy to Beat Sanders

from The New York Times

"At rallies these days, Mrs. Clinton criticizes the Republican presidential candidates for their economic policies (“Our economy does better with a Democrat in the White House”); she knocks their foreign policy approaches and says their positions on immigration and women’s issues would set the country “backwards instead of forwards.” What she does not do is mention her main Democratic primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


583062459SR001_583062459SR001_COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 5: Tyler Bahnmuller, Will Brennan and Matt Talley take a canoe to investigate their homes October 5, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

SC Flood was 1 in 9,000 Year Event

from WLTX CBS Columbia

"South Carolina is still scarred and recovering from the October flood.  The rainfall that the state experienced on October 2-5, 2015 was historic by any measure.  In Columbia the rainfall for October 3rd through the 5th broke 1, 2, and 3-day records.  The same records were broken in Charleston, but for the period of October 2-4.  An analysis of all of the rainfall data has been done by the National Weather Service and shows that all of South Carolina saw substantial rain with the heaviest from the coast into the Columbia area."

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