Another shooting in Five Points rattled the city and prompted USC president Harris Pastides to write a letter explaining steps the university is taking to keep students safe, including reinstituting shuttle service between Five Points and campus. The victim, who was shot in the leg following an argument, appears to be doing OK.
Columbia police and fire officials shut down four bars over the weekend and warned several others about overcrowding, The State reports.
The USC women's basketball team lost to UNC over the weekend, ending its run in the NCAA tournament. The team finishes its year with a final record of 29-5.
Filing ended Sunday for South Carolina elections. Among the surprises: attorney Joe McCulloch wants a piece of Rep. Kirkman Finlay again; former state representative and circuit judge Tom Ervin of Greenville will challenge Gov. Nikki Haley in the GOP primary; and state Sen. Brad Hutto will face Democrat Jay Stamper in a primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. Also, Morgan Bruce Reeves is running again on the United Citizens Party ticket, but that's not really a surprise.
Barring a few exceptions, today is the last day to sign up for Obamacare for 2014.
Irony: A 25-year-old man arrested for DUI over the weekend has a father who's a major supporter of Emma's Law, a pending bill that would increase breathalyzer-linked ignition lock requirement for those convicted of DUIs. Supporters of the law plan to rally at the State House Wednesday.
Whatcha doing this weekend? Oh, you know, just taking a Georgetown cop's cruiser and driving it to North Carolina.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: