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Treasured islands: Six local islands you might not know exist

In Beaufort County, a boat navigates better than a car.

A view of the Harbor River from Rachel Martin's home on July 1, 2015, on Cat Island.

Lauderdale: Hilton Head WWII vet knows cost of freedom, joy of peace

This aging vet found freedom in a prison camp.

Kenji Mizushima stands at the head of 1,000 of the camp's 3,000 war prisoners.

Pro-Confederate flag robocalls making rounds ahead of Monday's SC legislative debate

Demands to remove the Confederate flag from the S.C. State House grounds are generating a public relations war to sway lawmakers expected to make a...

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse on June 23 in Columbia, S.C. For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. Now, with the debate reignited by the shooting of nine black people at a Charleston, S.C., church, a survey indicates that a supermajority of legislators would vote to take the flag down.

Thousands pack Coligny Beach for holiday, Salute from the Shore flyover (WITH VIDEO)

Hilton Head Island's Coligny Beach teemed with red, white and blue on Saturday afternoon with thousands of visitors flocking to the island's beaches...

Thousands of visitors from all over the world packed Hilton Head Island's Coligny Beach on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the Fourth of July and honor veterans with the 6th annual Salute from the Shore flyover. Hilton Head was the flyover's final destination and included two F-16 fighter jets and a slew of vintage of aircraft.

Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan'...

Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie compete in Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men's competition Saturday July 4, 2015 in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Stonie came in first eating 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Chestnut came in second eating 60 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Business

3-day Milwaukee County bus drivers' strike ends

Milwaukee County bus drivers have returned to work after a three-day strike over staffing and wages, despite a lack of a new contract.

'Do it in DoMo': Downtown Monroe on a comeback

If you love a comeback story, then downtown Monroe is for you.

More ways to gamble with more casinos coming to upstate NY

Well before dice start tumbling at new upstate casinos, gambling operations in New York are evolving to stay competitive.

A patron plays a video lottery terminal at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Well before dice start tumbling at new upstate casinos, gambling operations in New York are evolving to stay competitive. Aa\ll the changes could put existing casinos in a stronger position when new players enter the field.

Photographer Clyde Butcher finds freedom with digital camera

Clyde Butcher's black-and-white landscape photography is known for evoking a feeling that America's vistas are timeless even as development encroaches...

In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, photographer Clyde Butcher talks about his work while sitting in his Miami studio. Butcher’s black-and-white landscape images have been infused with a new sense of freedom since the Florida-based photographer switched to a digital camera last year.

New Jersey affordable housing dispute takes on new dynamics

There's a big new question in the long-running legal dispute in New Jersey among town governments, housing developers and affordable housing advocates: Who will decide how much housing for lower-income people each town must provide, and when will...

Features

Bloom: Will we learn from history or be enslaved by it?

The prophets spoke of the 'Day of the Lord." It was their way of foreshadowing a day when God would judge Israel. They warned us that a society that continued to live contrary to the laws and teachings of God would pay a heavy price. In the Bible...

Helen poet, 94, has new edition of poetry collection printed

It was Mildred White's first trip to the principal's office. Mrs. McDonald had called the fourth-grader's mother to tell her that Mildred had turned in a poetry assignment that she simply could not have written. The poem about tulips, her first-ever...

'Do it in DoMo': Downtown Monroe on a comeback

If you love a comeback story, then downtown Monroe is for you.

America welcomes July 4 with hot dogs, cool music, cold beer

The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Here are...

Charles Mallard, of Mallard's Dollarama, walked up and down the parade route selling made in America US flags for $1 and $2 each. The annual "Our Country Day" Parade snaked  through the heart of Keystone Heights, Fla., Saturday, July 4, 2015. The Fourth of July celebration started before the parade with a 5k race, volleyball tournament, live music and a baby crawl. The celebration continued with a watermelon eating contest more music and scheduled fireworks.

Photographer Clyde Butcher finds freedom with digital camera

Clyde Butcher's black-and-white landscape photography is known for evoking a feeling that America's vistas are timeless even as development encroaches...

In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, photographer Clyde Butcher talks about his work while sitting in his Miami studio. Butcher’s black-and-white landscape images have been infused with a new sense of freedom since the Florida-based photographer switched to a digital camera last year.
Opinion

Lauderdale: Hilton Head WWII vet knows cost of freedom, joy of peace

This aging vet found freedom in a prison camp.

Kenji Mizushima stands at the head of 1,000 of the camp's 3,000 war prisoners.

Editorial: 'We the people' rely on proven principles

On this most American holiday, we urge you to re-read this quick primer of the nation's underpinnings.

The American flag flies in the wind in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015.

Letter: It's time for action on the flag, not talk

As the great-great-grandson of a Confederate soldier, who himself was a Baptist minister as well as a slave holder, I lowered, folded and put away...

In the wake of the June 17, 2015, Emanuel AME Church shootings in Charleston, state and other institutions are distancing themselves from the familiar "Confederate flag" often used as a symbol of the Confederacy (bottom image), although technically that actually was the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. The top image shows the first national flag of the Confederacy. Because of its similarity to the Union flag, it was updated twice, each instance incorporating the Northern Virginia flag in the upper left corner in place of the circle of stars.

Letter: Clementa Pinckney a friend of health care

We join our community, state and nation in mourning the loss of South Carolina Sen. Clementa Pinckney and eight others through the tragic events in Charleston.

Letter: Charleston sets bar for appropriate behavior

Sunday morning television talk shows covered little other than the terrible nine-death rampage in Charleston.

South Carolina

Pro-Confederate flag robocalls making rounds ahead of Monday's SC legislative debate

Demands to remove the Confederate flag from the S.C. State House grounds are generating a public relations war to sway lawmakers expected to make ...

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse on June 23 in Columbia, S.C. For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. Now, with the debate reignited by the shooting of nine black people at a Charleston, S.C., church, a survey indicates that a supermajority of legislators would vote to take the flag down.

Charges possible against Emanuel AME Church shooter's associates

A joint state and federal investigation into the activities of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has widened to include other persons ...

Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, S.C.

Teen shot to death outside of Columbia home

A 14-year-old boy has been shot to death outside of a home in Columbia.

Rally to take down Confederate flag set for Statehouse

Two weeks after bringing at least a thousand people to the Statehouse for a rally to call for the removal of the Confederate flag, the same group has come back to the capitol.

77-year-old woman attacked by dogs while walking in Anderson

Authorities say three dogs attacked a 77-year-old woman as she walked with a friend in Anderson.

Nation/World

Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan...

Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie compete in Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men's competition Saturday July 4, 2015 in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Stonie came in first eating 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Chestnut came in second eating 60 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

Marching in Fourth of July parades in these early voting states has become a tradition for politicians seeking the White House, giving them a chance...

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reaches out to shake a hand as he walks in the Fourth of July parade with his wife, Mary Pat, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming...

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reaches out to shake a hand as he walks in the Fourth of July parade with his wife, Mary Pat, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Long wait to come to America for Iraqis, Afghans who served U.S. troops

Long waits and a shortage of available visas for a huge backlog of applications remain major issues for the U.S. government’s Special Immigrant...

Shiite militia fighters supported by Iraqi security forces search homes looking for Islamic State militants after regaining control of the town of Beiji, some 155 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

Some blacks say forgiving Charleston church shooter isn’t as easy as it may sound

Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night...

The Rev. Norvel Goff prays at the empty seat of South Carolina Sen. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., where Pinckney was pastor, four days after a mass shooting in which Pinckney and eight others were brutally slain. Some family members of those killed in the church shooting have said they forgive the man who’s been charged, but other African-Americans say offering forgiveness so quickly may not be the best idea.
Sports

Former Battery Creek wrestler to finish college at Limestone

DeAndre Johnson's next stop will be Limestone College.

Spartanburg Methodist College's DeAndre Johnson, right, and Zorri Green practice at the school on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

Beaufort High's Angus, All-Area Player of the Year for Tennis, proves to be total package

Alex Angus lost his first match of the SCHSL state singles tournament.

Beaufort High School sophomore Alex Angus returns a serve from Bluffton High School sophomore Aaron Newland during a match at Beaufort High School on April 29, 2014.

A's end home skid against King Felix, beat Mariners 2-0

Rookie Kendall Graveman pitched seven innings to help hand Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first loss in Oakland in nearly seven years, as the Athletics...

Oakland Athletics' Ben Zobrist swings for an RBI-single off Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.

Lock down: Pirates edge Indians 1-0 behind Jeff Locke

Jeff Locke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, retiring his last 19 batters, and Neil Walker had an RBI single to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over...

Cleveland Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela (39) tags Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer (10) to end a rundown between third and home during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Saturday, July 4, 2015.

England beats Germany 1-0 in extra time to finish 3rd

Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, helping England beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday for third place in the Women's World Cup.

England's Fara Williams (4) and Germany's Melanie Behringer (7) vie for the ball during first-half action of a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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