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Mayor, Mayor on the Wall

For several weeks this summer, people in the Midlands were captivated by the federal corruption trial of developer Jonathan Pinson and Upstate businessman Eric Robinson — not because of who those men were, but because of a third man whose name prosecutors brought up with unusual frequency: Mayor Steve Benjamin.

Rant & Rave: It’s Not the Music You Like That Makes You Patriotic

The Playlist: Live Review: Steely Dan

Crime Blotter: Spartanburg Mom Shoplifts Sex Toy

Free Times Family: Back to School 2014

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FT Roundup: Sheheen Weighs in on Gay Marriage Ruling

By Eva Moore | Friday, August 1, 2014

The Playlist: Interview: Grüzer

By Kyle Petersen | Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Just In: Sheheen Wants “Pause in the Legal Battles” Until Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage

By Eva Moore | Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Playlist: Under the Radar: Cryptodira, Trees on Mars, Johnny Booth

By Michael Spawn | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nibbles and Sips: New Caribbean Restaurant to Open in Cayce

By April Blake | Thursday, July 31, 2014

FT Happenings: Get on Up; Draughty Friday; Donen Retropspective

By Free Times | Thursday, July 31, 2014

FT Roundup: Chris Christie Headed to South Carolina

By Chris Trainor | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nibbles and Sips: Big “Win” for Monster Burger

By Xavier Edwards | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nibbles and Sips: Providence Cooks! Mediterranean Meals

By Xavier Edwards | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Events

Celebrating Stanley Donen

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Plus: Monty Python Screening
When the Nickelodeon Theatre commits to doing something, it most always does it right.

News + Opinion

Appeals Court Ruling Could Bring Same-Sex Marriage to S.C.

By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Music + Nightlife

How Collaboration Between Bo White and Dear Blanca Highlights Their Respective Strengths

By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
When Dylan Dickerson and Marc Coty, then the lone full-time members of Columbia’s Dear Blanca, first ventured to Charlotte to record with Bo White, they were nervous and a bit overwhelmed.

Food + Dining

Midlands Collaborative Seeks Voice of Farmers

By April Blake | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
When farmers in the Midlands have a question about food safety, regulations, transportation logistics, or even how to expand or continue farming, a bigger question often comes up: Who has those answers?

Arts + Lifestyle

Celebrating Stanley Donen

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
When the Nickelodeon Theatre commits to doing something, it most always does it right.

Movies

Openings in Columbia SC: Get on Up, Guardians of the Galaxy

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
South Carolina’s own James Brown has his story hit the big screen in this anticipated biopic.

On The Cover

Mayor, Mayor on the Wall

What Does the Future Hold for Embattled Steve Benjamin?
By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Columbia SC Mayor Steve Benjamin
For several weeks this summer, people in the Midlands were captivated by the federal corruption trial of developer Jonathan Pinson and Upstate businessman Eric Robinson — not because of who those men were, but because of a third man whose name prosecutors brought up with unusual frequency: Mayor Steve Benjamin.
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