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Father, Girlfriend Charged in Child’s Death

(AP) _ South Carolina police have charged a man and his girlfriend with homicide by child abuse in the death of a toddler whose body was found encased in concrete in a trash bin.    Berkeley County sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon said 29-year-old Roger Williams and Grace Nichole Trotman were charged Thursday.    Investigators were awaiting results of a DNA…

Ft. Jackson Changes Graduation Schedule

(AP) _ The Army plans to change its graduation schedule at its South Carolina training base to save money and give recruits more family time.    Officials from Fort Jackson said Wednesday that the new schedule would have graduation day on Thursdays instead of Fridays at the end of recruits’ 10-week training cycle starting on July 29.    Fort Jackson…

Suspect in Walterboro Drive-By Turns Himself In

He’s accused of taking part in a gang shooting that killed six people  including a 20 month old infant. Thursday a SLED spokesperson says Courtney Singleton turned himself in.  According to investigators, last November a group of people were shot during a drive by  while in the front yard of a home in Walterboro.    18 people have been indicted…

W. Columbia Man Arrested for Voyeurism

   A Midlands man is facing accusations he used his cell phone to take pictures under a woman’s dress at a local Wal-Mart.   West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says a surveillance camera captured John Boone using the phone to take pictures under a woman’s dress.    Tyndall says the video also captured Boone pretending to fall on a woman…

ACC Signs Big Deal With ESPN

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the 12-year broadcasting agreement between the Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN is worth $1.86 billion. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because financial terms were not released when the two sides announced the deal Thursday. The agreement, which begins in the 2011-12 season,…

Braves Win Philly Series, 7-5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — These Atlanta Braves seem to have that swagger the Philadelphia Phillies carried around the last few years. Brian McCann hit a go-ahead three-run double during a six-run sixth inning, Kris Medlen pitched neatly into the seventh and Atlanta beat the Phillies 7-5 on Wednesday night. Martin Prado had a pair of solo homers and Matt Diaz also…

Celtics Re-Sign Allen For 2 Years, $20 Million

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics’ new Big Three will stay together to try for a second NBA title. Ray Allen confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that he has agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract to return to Boston. With Kevin Garnett under contract, Paul Pierce on the verge of a new four-year deal and coach…

Goydos Ties PGA Record Round of 59

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Paul Goydos has become just the fourth golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59. Goydos put together his 12-under, bogey-free round on the opening day of the John Deere Classic. He made the turn at 4-under, birdied all but one hole on the back nine at the 7,257-yard TPC Deere Run course and capped…

Jermaine O’Neal Joins Celtics

(WOLO) — Jermaine O’Neal’s last run for an NBA championship will be with the Boston Celtics. According to multiple reports, the former Eau Claire High School standout has agreed to sign a 2-year deal with the defending Eastern Conference champions worth almost $12 million. The 31-year-old Columbia native averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 70 games with the Heat…

LeBron Makes Decision: He’s Going To Miami

(AP) — LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join the Miami Heat and leave the…