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Former SCGOP Director Defends His Twitter Antics

After years of relentless trolling, Todd Kincannon’s Twitter life has caught up with his real life.

Local and State News: City Votes to Ban Adults Without Kids from Some Playgrounds

Cover Story: Doors Open

Cover Story: Staying Hungry

This Just In: Attorney: Mayor Asked Ethics Commission If He Should Report Florida Trip


Photo Gallery: Club Life | Nightcaps

By Christian Barker | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Side Line: The Internet Asked Stephen Garcia Anything. Here’s What We Learned.

By Patrick Wall | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This Just In: Homeless Receiving Services Spikes in Columbia Area

By Dan Cook | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Playlist: The Whig Starts Local Music Listening Series

By Kyle Petersen | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crime Blotter: Columbia Man Busted for Turtle Trafficking

By Preach Jacobs | Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Remembering Local Musician Robert Newton

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Robert Newton III Musical Memorial will be held at the Five Points Fountain from 3 to 7 p.m., and it’s free.

News + Opinion

City Votes to Ban Adults Without Kids from Some Playgrounds

By Eva Moore | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance July 15 that will allow “minor child play zones” in certain public parks — areas that people older than 12 are restricted from entering unless they’re accompanying a child.

Music + Nightlife

The Lovely Few Tackle Hefty Themes and Daunting Concepts Through Minimal Electro-Folk

By Kyle Petersen | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
For Columbia’s Mike Mewborne, the heavens and their attendant metaphors are enough to tell every story he has.

Food + Dining

Paper Masala Dosa at Bombay Grill

By Jonathan Sharpe | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
There’s something inherently captivating about the moment a plate of food arrives at a table.
Drink of the Week: Cynar at Morganelli’s

Arts + Lifestyle

Columbia (Finally) Celebrates Stanley Donen, Pioneer of Hollywood Musicals

By August Krickel | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Long before box-office success and critical acclaim in Hollywood, Stanley Donen was just another child growing up in Depression-era Columbia.
S.C. Authors, S.C. Books: Who Was James Woods Babcock?


Openings in Columbia SC: And So It Goes, Hercules, Lucy, Kick

By Free Times | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
An aging realtor and lifelong jerk softens when he’s forced to look after his precocious granddaughter.

On The Cover

Doors Open

As the Township Ramps Up and the Music Farm Prepares to Debut, Columbia’s Live Music Scene is Full of Possibility
By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A concert doesn’t have to sell out to feel important. Case in point: the January tour stop by Queens of the Stone Age at Columbia’s Township Auditorium.
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:

100 State St., 803-791-3443
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The Southern Belly BBQ

1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533


Cafe Strudel

300 State St., 803-794-6634

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Il Giorgione
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2406 Devine St., 803-521-5063

Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
, 803-799-3838

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