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Keeping It Real Ministries Feeds Folks in Need

Christmas Meal Draws Hundreds Downtown
By Porter Barron Jr.
Thursday, December 26, 2013 |
Columbia’s Keeping It Real Ministries provided approximately 350 Christmas suppers to folks facing hard times, hundreds of whom lined up down Sumter Street near the city bus station, The State reports. The homemade meals included turkey, ham, dressing, succotash, sweet potatoes and macaroni and cheese, and they with gift bags of socks, toiletries and candy. Keeping It Real’s founder, Pastor Oscar Gadsden, started his ministry eight years ago when he himself lived on Columbia’s streets.

The Washington Post notices that, while Sen. Tim Scott’s voting record closely mirrors the tea party’s agenda, his rhetoric is “noticeably cooler” than that of his fellow travelers. Also, Scott has been palling around with Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) since the latter arrived in Washington. The two represent the entirety of the Senate’s African-American member membership.

Aiken’s city manager has said that local police were in the wrong when they refused to release details about an alleged sexual assault at Aiken Middle School in September. State law only requires that the names of juveniles charged with crimes should be withheld from the public. The public has a right to know other details, however. “We made a mistake, and we’re going to correct it,” City Manager Richard Pearce said, according to The Associated Press.

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