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.