ICYMI: School District responds to criticism, Beech Island woman sentenced to prison & Women’s March

January 23, 2017 GMT

Aiken Public School District responds after complaints over viewing of live Trump inauguration

The Aiken County Public School District released a statement on Friday related to complaints involving students not being able to watch the live inauguration of President Donald Trump.

“School leaders have not been instructed to view, or not view, the inauguration,” said Merry Glenne Piccolino, the District’s communications director. “Rather, they have been directed to Board Policy IHAC regarding Social Studies Education, wherein parents must have received prior notification, in writing, if students were to view the inauguration as a live event.”


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Beech Island woman sentenced to 12 years in prison for husband’s murder

A 77-year-old Beech Island woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison this month for the 2015 murder of her husband.

Mary Todd pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to voluntary manslaughter for murdering her 78-year-old husband, William H. Todd.

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Thousands of women rally at S.C. Statehouse against Trump

COLUMBIA — Rebecca Munnerlyn has never marched at the South Carolina Statehouse before.

But then she listened to President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech and knew she had to join thousands of other women for a protest and march Saturday against Trump and attacks on the rights of women.

“His words are against women. His actions have been against women,” Munnerlyn said, recounting Trump calling women fat and stupid and a recording where he talked about grabbing them by the genitals. “I had to come out.”

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Former Strom Thurmond principal gets jail, probation in child sex abuse case

A former principal of Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield County was sentenced Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom in connection to several incidents involving children.

Christopher Clancy, 71, of Calhoun Street in Johnston, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to the Harnett County Clerk of Courts Office.

He was also originally charged with felony sexual offense with a child by an adult. That charge was dismissed, the Clerk of Courts Office said.

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Trump executive order takes aim at health care


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House on Friday, making his first executive order one aimed at his predecessor’s signature health care law and swearing in members of his national security team to his Cabinet.

Hours after delivering a stinging rebuke of the political status quo in his inaugural address, Trump sat at the president’s formal desk in the Oval Office as he signed the order that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said was aimed at “minimizing the economic burden” of the “Obamacare” law.

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