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Renowned blacksmith Philip Simmons dies at 97

Philip Simmons, whose skill with the hammer and anvil elevated him from a humble working man to an artisan widely recognized as a national treasure, died Monday night. He was 97.

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Student Receives Award for Role in “The People of Clarendon County”

Justin Walton, a senior at Burke High School (Charleston), was one of 13 youths who received a George K. Robinson Youth Award for outstanding leadership in academics, athletics, and life, in a ceremony at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in April. These awards are sponsored by the Gamma Lambda Boulé chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity whose mission is to encourage and acknowledge outstanding leadership in service to the community. The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Leonard Davis and Judge Bernard Fielding, two of Charleston’s revered community leaders.

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Celebrate Torture Day by Punishing Torturers

Since 1997, every June 26 has been formally recognized as the International Day of Support for Victims of Torture. Political leaders around the globe take the occasion to proclaim their opposition to barbarism.

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Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them

"It astonishes me to find… [that so many] of our countrymen… should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty… which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries."–Thomas Jefferson, 1788

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The Photography of Alexander Rivera

SEDALIA — Already famous for using his camera to shine a harsh light on racism in the American South, Alexander Rivera visited Palmer Memorial Institute in the early 1950s to document life at this prestigious African American prep school. He captured images of students, teachers and administrators far different than the civil rights marches often featured in his photos.

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Bryant-led Lakers with hard lesson learned return to NBA mountaintop

Not long after the Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant break up, on the heels of Los Angeles’ 14th world’s championship in 2002, the Lakers were soon written off as a team bound for the also-ran category.

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Gamecocks’ Woodson signs with NY Giants

Former USC cornerback Stoney Woodson has agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Giants worth about $1.8 million, according to multiple New York and New Jersey media outlets.

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