This week, the city will hear an appeal by the owners of Taboo, the Devine Street adult sex toy store that caused so much uproar when it quietly opened two years ago. The owners contend that city officials cost the store money when they passed sweeping changes to city ordinances right after the store opened, limiting the hours of X-rated businesses to 6 a.m. til midnight. Taboo is the city's only adult business.
Gov. Nikki Haley's fashion sense is "unpredictable and erratic," according to a Politico story in which two leading fashionistas review the wardrobes of the 2016 presidential contenders. "You never know what you’re going to get with Haley," they wrote. So, who earned positive reviews? Joe, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Michele Bachmann, Cory Booker, Martin O'Malley, Elizabeth Warren and others. Rand Paul got in trouble for wearing pleated, oversized pants: "Between the sizing and the pleats, Paul’s suits suggest he’s prone to poor judgment. He should go for a tailored, slimmer-fitting look to appear more self-assured."
There were a lot of shootings in Columbia over the weekend. So many that Mayor Steve Benjamin called for change: "“The people of this city are fed up and so am I and it is simply not enough to voice our frustration and outrage."
"The most dangerous time and place to be in Five Points is around 2 a.m. on a Sunday, standing somewhere between the 700 and 800 blocks of Harden Street, an analysis by The State newspaper shows."
Government watchdog group Common Cause is pushing hard for Attorney General Alan Wilson to review a trip taken by Gov. Nikki Haley to determine whether it was a campaign trip and she should reimburse taxpayers. The State Ethics Commission has decided the governor's in the clear.
The Lowcountry has experienced several small earthquakes recently.
Despite beating Florida Saturday, the Gamecocks dropped a spot in the AP Poll, to No. 12. Clemson, meanwhile, rose to No. 7 after beating Georgia Tech Thursday. The Gamecocks could still end up SEC East champions if Missouri loses one of its two remaining conference games.
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
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. Click to find out how!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: