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Another Armed Robbery Reported at USC

Plus, Rubio Speaks at Duncan Event in Anderson
By Chris Trainor
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 |

Police are investigating after an alleged armed robbery on the University of South Carolina campus early Tuesday morning. According to a report from The State, USC officials issued an alert to students notifying them of the armed robbery, the third such alert sent to students in the last week. Tuesday’s robbery occurred at about 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Whaley.  The victim said the suspect was wearing all black clothing and carrying a bat. The suspect reportedly assaulted the victim and demanded money. Columbia Police and USC Police were investigating.

USC is not the only local college dealing with armed robbery problems. According to a report from WIS, Benedict College Police Deputy Chief Gregory Bellamy said campus police are searching for an armed robbery suspect and two associates who have been preying on “easy targets.” The lead suspect is described as a light-skinned black man who worked with two accomplices with dark complexions and dreadlocks. Anyone with information about the suspects can call the Benedict Police Department at 803-253-5400 or 803-705-6455.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was one of a host of Republican politicians in attendance Monday at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s annual “Faith and Freedom” barbecue in Anderson. Gov. Nikki Haley was also among those on hand. According to a report from the Associated Press, Rubio touched on a number of topics, from immigration reform to education and beyond. He also took time to decry military spending cuts. “When America steps back from the national stage, it is chaos,” Rubio said. “Does that mean that we should be involved in every conflict? Of course not. ... Only America can play that role. In the absence of us playing that role, no one does, and crisis ensues.”

Now that the Charlotte NBA franchise has a new – well, old actually – name, the city is looking to freshen up the team’s arena. According to the Associated Press, the City of Charlotte is considering using funds from a pair of hospitality taxes to make about $30 million in improvements to the downtown Time Warner Cable Arena, which is home to the Charlotte Hornets. The “Hornets” moniker recently returned to the Charlotte franchise. The club had been operating as the Bobcats since 2004. The proposed $30 million upgrade to TWC Arena would include larger video screens, upgraded restrooms, additional seats in the lower bowl, improved restaurant access and more.

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