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Precooked gator is usually sold as fried nuggets paired with French fries or fried fish. To most people, the taste of gator meat is somewhere between chicken and pork. Precooked gator is usually sold as fried nuggets paired with French fries or fried fish. To most people, the taste of gator meat is somewhere between chicken and pork.

S.C. bites back: alligator meat gaining popularity as food

Alligator meat as a food is becoming more popular in South Carolina by the year. A number of vendors and distributors associate this surge in interest to the History Channel show Swamp People, which follows a gator hunting family in Louisiana. More>>

Proposed cursive law gains support of S.C. professionals

By Isabelle Khurshudyan By Isabelle Khurshudyan

As technology grows, cursive handwriting is dwindling. Along side the South Carolina Legislators in support of the Back to Basics Education Act of 2013, which would require middle schoolers to learn cursive before the 5th grade, are a range of professionals who use cursive in their lives. See why these South Carolina professional think cursive is an important skill for children to learn. More>>

Nation's No.1 women's basketball recruit chooses USC

Wilson explains to reporters why she chose South Carolina over Tennessee, North Carolina or Connecticut. Photo by Manny Correa. Wilson explains to reporters why she chose South Carolina over Tennessee, North Carolina or Connecticut. Photo by Manny Correa.

The nation's top women's basketball recruit, A'ja Wilson, announced her decision Wednesday to stay close to her Columbia home and attend USC in the fall. Wilson turned down offers from her other top three choices - University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina and University of Connecticut -  to play for the Gamecocks. More>>

Four no more: USC increases guaranteed graduation tickets per student

USC's chief oommunications officer, Wes Hickman, said the university added more seats for guests after students and parents expressed concern about the four-ticket limit. Photo by Manny Correa. USC's chief oommunications officer, Wes Hickman, said the university added more seats for guests after students and parents expressed concern about the four-ticket limit. Photo by Manny Correa.

USC announced Tuesday afternoon that the number of commencement ceremony tickets guaranteed for each graduate increased from four to six. The university attributed the change to a high demand for tickets and large number of concerned students and parents.
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Accessibility on college campuses: A guide for new students with disabilities

Being a high school student with a disability can be tough. Becoming a college student with a disability can be even more daunting. We offer a step-by-step guide on what to do to help make the transition easier.
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Liquid nicotine cases send calls to S.C. poison centers soaring

High Life Smoke Shop in Columbia sells a variety of e-liquids. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan. High Life Smoke Shop in Columbia sells a variety of e-liquids. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan.

The number of calls to the Palmetto Poison Center linked to liquid nicotine has increased by 250 percent since 2011. Experts are concerned that the majority of the cases involve children.
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S.C. native Wilson finds balance as No. 1 basketball recruit

A'ja Wilson will choose between South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Connecticut on April 16. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan. A'ja Wilson will choose between South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Connecticut on April 16. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan.

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School senior and Columbia native A'ja Wilson has been balancing her long-awaited college decision as the No. 1 women's basketball recruit and trying to have a normal senior year. More>>

Anonymous app Yik Yak adds new layer to social media’s role in suicide prevention

Yik Yak, an anonymous, Twitter-like phone application, has been criticized for being an easy vehicle for cyberbullying. However, Donna Soileau, the program director for the South Carolina Suicide Prevention in Rock Hill, said that social media presence plays a crucial role in suicide prevention. More>>

Indie Grits: A recipe for film success in South Carolina

Photo courtesy of The Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, S.C. Photo courtesy of The Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, S.C.

Indie Grits, an annual film festival in Columbia, S.C., allows aspiring filmmakers to showcase their talent and promotes the growth and acceptance of film culture in the state. Seth Gadsden, the festival's co-director, said that the key is being unique. More>>

Flower festivals celebrate the season across South Carolina

With the changing of the seasons comes flower festivals statewide, and they've been getting more popular by the year. According to Jackie Moore at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, the horticultural and agricultural industries thrive from the attention they get from flower festivals.
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Voterheads, a start-up 'Match.com' election site, spreads across Carolinas

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Voterman! The mascot for Voterheads. Photo courtesy of Voterheads. It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Voterman! The mascot for Voterheads. Photo courtesy of Voterheads.

Don't know whom to vote for or what's on the city council agenda? No worries. A website launched last summer strives for civic engagment by providing citizens with information about their local governments. It started in the midlands, but it's expanding this month to Greenville and Charlotte.
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A list we we never wanted to be on: Prepare to sniffle in South Carolina

Cars in Columbia already are covered in pollen. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan. Cars in Columbia already are covered in pollen. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan.

"The Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies" list features South Carolina cities. Columbia jumped 20 spots from last year to No. 14, Charleston rose two spots to No. 30, and Greenville dropped 27 spots to No. 46. More>>

'That doesn't sound right': Carolinians raise an eyebrow at skewed news quiz

The Carolina Reporter sent Jared Owenby to the Upstate to quiz people about slightly skewed current events.
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Carolina Cup styles balance tradition and trends

LucyGordon Smith, left, and Karley Nyman, employees at Julia Neal Fashions in Five Points in Columbia, said that Carolina Cup fashion is becoming “a lot less preppy” and more “bohemian chic.” Photo by Travis Broussard. LucyGordon Smith, left, and Karley Nyman, employees at Julia Neal Fashions in Five Points in Columbia, said that Carolina Cup fashion is becoming “a lot less preppy” and more “bohemian chic.” Photo by Travis Broussard.

South Carolina fashion thrives each year at Carolina Cup, where the focus is on the ladies and their colorful dresses. Fashion insiders discuss the trends likely to show up at this Saturday's races.
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Living the good life: Fresh, vegan eating in South Carolina

Sharon Wright started the Good Life Cafe to offer diners a modern and healthy option when dining out. Photo by Harrison Cahill Sharon Wright started the Good Life Cafe to offer diners a modern and healthy option when dining out. Photo by Harrison Cahill

Vegan restaurants are beginning to take hold in South Carolina's restaurant scene. At least seven have opened in the past 8 years, including at least four new restaurants which opened in the past year. Good Life Cafe on Main Street in downtown Columbia opened two weeks ago, and is the most recent in fresh and healthy dining experiences in the state.  More>>

Are you there South Carolina? It's me spring!

Blooming flowers are one of the most notable signs that spring is upon us. Photo by Harrison Cahill. Blooming flowers are one of the most notable signs that spring is upon us. Photo by Harrison Cahill.

The South has seen more of winter this year than it's used to or, frankly, cares for, and South Carolinians are eager for clear days and warmer temperatures. Their hopes are finally in sight. 

It's spring. Here's what to look forward to.
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Stats aren't everything when it comes to making NCAA picks

Contrary to popular belief, someone who knows nothing about collegiate basketball has an equal chance of creating the perfect bracket as does someone who is a statiscal expert. The thing to keep in mind when filling out your March Madness bracket is to just have fun, says a USC statistics professor.  More>>

South Carolinians say new reality shows exaggerate Southern culture

South Carolina is home to cowboy boots, country music, bourbon and lots of Southern pride, but recent reality shows filmed in the state are magnifying these stereotypes. Photo illustration by Caitlyn McGuire. South Carolina is home to cowboy boots, country music, bourbon and lots of Southern pride, but recent reality shows filmed in the state are magnifying these stereotypes. Photo illustration by Caitlyn McGuire.

Many South Carolinians have a somewhat averse opinion of three reality TV shows set in the state that have emerged in the past year: TLC's "Myrtle Manor," Bravo's "Southern Charm" and CMT's "Party Down South." They say the shows tend to portray unfavorable portions of Southern culture and can be a misrepresentation of South Carolina. More>>

USC fine for storming the court will go to SEC scholarship fund

What first started out as wild cheers from the student sections during USC’s winning game against Kentucky Saturday ended up as a $25,000 SEC violation for rushing the basketball court. Photo courtesy of Danny Garrison, The Daily Gamecock.. What first started out as wild cheers from the student sections during USC’s winning game against Kentucky Saturday ended up as a $25,000 SEC violation for rushing the basketball court. Photo courtesy of Danny Garrison, The Daily Gamecock..

The Southeastern Conference fined USC $25,000 for storming the court after the men's basketball team defeated No. 17  Kentucky on Saturday. Those dollars won't be redistributed to USC and the other conference schools the same way the SEC handles its bowl and championship payouts. Instead, the fine will go into the SEC's scholarship fund. More>>

Future of S.C. businesses not so dreary if minimum wage rises, USC prof says

Rosewood Market employee Jim Mcfadden works behind the deli counter making sandwiches and desserts. He said although he makes above minimum wage, he is glad to see a potential increase for other employees. Photo by Caitlyn McGuire. Rosewood Market employee Jim Mcfadden works behind the deli counter making sandwiches and desserts. He said although he makes above minimum wage, he is glad to see a potential increase for other employees. Photo by Caitlyn McGuire.

Although President Barack Obama's proposed minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10 may have some South Carolina business owners worried, Columbia market owner Basil Garzia doesn't plan on cutting employees or going out of business. Some economists like University of South Carolina's Dr. McKinley Blackburn agree with Garzia that the future of businesses isn't as dark as it may seem. More>>

Venezuela: "Streets are of the People"

As tensions rise between anti-government protesters and government forces, Venezuelan students from the University of South Carolina speak about what it is like to be inside a country in turmoil.
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Memories of Maurice: Customers pay tribute to barbecue figurehead

A sign outside of the Maurice’s Gourmet Barbecue Headquarters in Cayce thanks Maurice Bessinger, the founder of Maurice’s. Bessinger passed away on February 22. Photo by Kyle Heck. A sign outside of the Maurice’s Gourmet Barbecue Headquarters in Cayce thanks Maurice Bessinger, the founder of Maurice’s. Bessinger passed away on February 22. Photo by Kyle Heck.

Maurice Bessinger's restaurants have been a staple in the South Carolina barbecue scene since 1953. Customers, employees and family members remember his food and life after he died Saturday. More>>

A South Carolinian take on Fallon's debut: Improv is tough, but it's a giggle

Jimmy Fallon began his reign as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on Monday, with a star-studded and laugh-filled lineup in his first week. Photo courtesy of nbc.com. Jimmy Fallon began his reign as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on Monday, with a star-studded and laugh-filled lineup in his first week. Photo courtesy of nbc.com.

Jimmy Fallon opened his first week as host of "The Tonight Show" with some of his classic skits, and he vamped on the improvisational skills he's known for. Two South Carolina performers say that improv isn't for the timid.
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USC club ice hockey makes a run at championship, just like U.S. at Olympics

Members of the USC men’s club ice hockey team (l-r) Julian DiPaolo, Ian Donnahoo and Aaron Beaver skate Wednesday morning at Plex Indoor Sports ice rink in Irmo. Photo by Sarah Ellis Members of the USC men’s club ice hockey team (l-r) Julian DiPaolo, Ian Donnahoo and Aaron Beaver skate Wednesday morning at Plex Indoor Sports ice rink in Irmo. Photo by Sarah Ellis

As the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team continues its quest for a gold medal, the USC club ice hockey team hosts the first round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association regional playoffs this weekend. More>>

NCAA change puts Confederate flag controversy back on the table

As long as the Confederate flag flies in front of the South Carolina State House, the NCAA has barred the state from being a predetermined post-season event site. Photo by Sarah Ellis As long as the Confederate flag flies in front of the South Carolina State House, the NCAA has barred the state from being a predetermined post-season event site. Photo by Sarah Ellis

After years of not being able to host the NCAA tournament because of the Confederate flag ban, the South Carolina women's basketball team will now be eligible to host starting in 2015 because of a change in the format. But the NAACP isn't happy about the change.
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Red Cross urges people to donate after winter storm cancellations

A sign outside the Columbia American Red Cross on Bull Street urges people to donate blood. The Red Cross is in special need of donations after winter storms across the state caused a shortfall in blood supply.  Photo by Sarah Ellis A sign outside the Columbia American Red Cross on Bull Street urges people to donate blood. The Red Cross is in special need of donations after winter storms across the state caused a shortfall in blood supply. Photo by Sarah Ellis

After last week's winter storms canceled blood drives across the state, the Red Cross is calling on all eligible donors to give blood and platelets to alleviate a weather-related shortfall.
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Cantore's winter weather chase ignites social media across South

Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore made his way through Georgia to South Carolina Tuesday attempting to follow winter storm Pax. Residents of Columbia shared their excitement about the celebrity visitor through Twitter during his short time in the city before moving on to Augusta, Ga.
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S.C.'s new concealed weapon's law: What it could mean to you

Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to sign Bill 308 into law Tuesday, allowing those with a concealed weapons permit to carry their concealed weapon into bars and restaurants.  Permit holder Trey Watson demonstrates how concealable a concealed weapon can be.  We answer some of the questions that restaurant owners, bar and restaurant patrons and concealed weapon carriers may have about the new law.  Photo by Harrison Cahill
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A pair of independent filmmakers want Bill Murray for their film

Photo courtesy of Charleston RiverDogs. Photo courtesy of Charleston RiverDogs.

Chris and Emily White, two independent filmmakers from Greenville, have made a website, lookingforbillmurray.com, to try and track down the elusive actor Bill Murray. They want Murray to play in the final scene of their movie, "Cinema Purgatorio", which debuts in Columbia in May. More>>

Nickelodeon lands film series, enhances Main Street arts culture

Mike Switzer buys refreshments from employee Torres Perkins before watching "Inside Llewyn Davis." Mike Switzer buys refreshments from employee Torres Perkins before watching "Inside Llewyn Davis."

The Nickelodeon Theater on Main Street is one of 50 theaters in the country, and the only one in South Carolina, to participate in the New York Film Critics Series, which streams advanced screenings of alternative films from a theater in New York City. Last month's showing of "At Middleton" was nearly sold out at the Nickelodeon.
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Jaywalking: USC students reflect on Jay Leno

After nearly 22 years, comedian Jay Leno's late-night reign is history after Thursday's farewell episode. To mark the occasion, we borrowed Leno's trademark "Jaywalking" style to quiz University of South Carolina students about the comedian. More>>

Signing Day: Top S.C. football talents stay in state

Four-star defensive tackle Dexter Wideman signed with South Carolina on National Signing Day after previously being verbally committed to Florida State. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan. Four-star defensive tackle Dexter Wideman signed with South Carolina on National Signing Day after previously being verbally committed to Florida State. Photo by Isabelle Khurshudyan.

South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and his assistants had a successful National Signing Day on Wednesday, keeping several key in-state recruits at home. The Gamecocks signed nine players from the state, including Saluda's Dexter Wideman, who was originally verbally committed to defending national champion Florida State.
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How people make decisions, from Average Joe to Syria’s Assad

World leaders make tough decisions all the time. Yet some leaders, like Syria's Bashar Al-Assad make decisions that may come back to haunt them in the end. Pshcologists have some theories why leaders like Assad make these decisions. More>>

Living the dream, USC student performs with big bands

Living the dream, USC student performs with big bands Living the dream, USC student performs with big bands

USC student Anna Mathias plays the cello and performed with Michael Bublé's band in October while he was on tour in North Carolina and Georgia. She has also performed with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
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  • Five-Day Forecast

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:24:48 GMT
    It's warming up from the winter-like temperatures we've been seeing just in time for the weekend.
    Rain and cool temperatures are in the forecast for today and Saturday, but the rain should be clearing out Sunday morning just in time for Easter. The clear skies and warmer temperatures will continue into next week.
  • Student complaints lead to USC increasing number of tickets for graduation

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    Students were outraged when they were told they could only bring four guests for graduation, they then voiced their frustration online and with many phone call to USC officials. USC has since increased the number of tickets from four to six.  The school says it anticipates a large crowd at the Colonial Life Center with Vice President Joe Biden being the main speaker.
  • USC students scramble to find housing for fall

    A lack of housing causes problems for students trying to find a place to live next year

    By: Annie Konduros The spring semester is coming to an end and a lot of students are still trying to find a place to live in off campus housing next year. Finding a place to live is one more thing students
    The spring semester is coming to an end and a lot of students are still trying to find a place to live off campus for school next year. But a lack of housing and higher prices causes problems for students.
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  • Gamecocks aim to wrap up undefeated season at home with strong turnout

    Gamecocks aim to wrap up undefeated season at home with strong turnout

    Coach Dawn Staley hopes to see 13,000 fans fill the stands at Thursday's game against Georgia. Photo by Kyle Heck.Coach Dawn Staley hopes to see 13,000 fans fill the stands at Thursday's game against Georgia. Photo by Kyle Heck.
    By Harrison Cahill The University of South Carolina women's basketball team goes into its final home game undefeated against Georgia Thursday accompanied by what the team hopes will be 13,000 fans. As
    The University of South Carolina women's basketball team is undefeated at home, and fans have taken notice. Attendance has climbed this season, and the team hopes 13,000 fans will fill the arena at its final home game this Thursday. 
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    USC's Boo Major makes the sports world notice equestrian

    Boo Major fights for equestrian as sport

    USC equestrian rider Sydney Smith practices jumping over fences.USC equestrian rider Sydney Smith practices jumping over fences.
    USC coach Frances "Boo" Major has made the SEC, and much of the rest of college sports, take notice of equestrian.
    USC equestrian coach Frances "Boo" Major's first love was horses - and she's making the collegiate sports world love them too.
  • Leap of Faith: Former USC track star hoping for NFL opportunity

    Leap of Faith: Former Track Star Hoping for NFL Opportunity

    By: Rixon Lane When South Carolina held its annual Pro Day earlier this month, scouts were buzzing over several former Gamecocks working out at Williams-Brice Stadium. David Wilkins wasn't one of them. Wilkins
    Hundreds of college football players have dreams of making it to the National Football League. For one former Gamecock, the path to the NFL Draft has been longer and more complicated than most.   Includes Video
  • Columbia hobby shop: Where planes, trains and automobiles come in miniature

    hobby shop

    By Erin ShawAcross the Gervais Street bridge in West Columbia, a brick-and-mortar building the size of a doublewide sits inconspicuously at the end of the street. Built in 1922, the former gas station
    Built in 1922, the former gas station turned hobby shop is Joe Rucker's pride and joy. A lifelong lover of model trains, Rucker keeps his small West Columbia store well stocked for fellow hobbyists.
  • Students share their views

    Students share their views

    Members of the USC community have a lot to say, so the Carolina Reporter & News enlisted the help of our fellow reporters in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications to capture some of their opinions.
    Members of the University of South Carolina community have a lot to say, so the Carolina Reporter & News enlisted the help of our fellow reporters in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications to capture some of their opinions.
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  • Thousands come to campus on Post-9/11 GI Bill, creating a burgeoning student experience that 'no one really knows'

    Putting down arms and packing their bookbags

    More veterans than ever before are returning from war and heading to college, in large part due to the GI Bill. We set out to find some answers by speaking to student veterans and bringing their stories to you.
    More veterans than ever are returning from war and heading to college, largely because of the  Post-9/11 GI Bill. In three years, it has helped 860,000 vets go to school, and USC enrollment mirrors the national trend. (See full story.) Senior journalism students at USC spoke to student veterans to tell their stories.


     
  • Frank Jordan

    Frank Jordan

    Sailor in the sky, scholar in the classroomBy Erin ShawOn the University of South Carolina campus, Frank Jordan blends in. He is quiet and keeps to himself, and on the surface, he is indistinguishable
    Frank Jordan is a Navy sailor who never saw a ship. Instead, the Columbia native flew in planes in the Middle East for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Five years later, he's back on the University of South Carolina campus pursuing a biology degree.
  • Krysten Kasprzyk

    Krysten Kasprzyk

    Veterans put down arms, pack their bookbagsBy Haley WillardAfter 5 a.m. wake-up calls of "reveille, reveille, reveille" and "fire, fire, fire" at Coast Guard boot camp, Krysten Kasprzyk can't sleep past
    Krysten Kasprzyk can fire a .40-caliber automatic pistol. She can survive stranded in an ocean. She can save a bleeding arm with a tourniquet. At 18, she was in the Coast Guard, stationed in Puerto Rico for 10 months. Now, almost three years later, the Columbia native is pursuing a bachelor's degree in science criminal justice at USC.
  • Students share their views

    Students share their views

    Members of the USC community have a lot to say, so the Carolina Reporter & News enlisted the help of our fellow reporters in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications to capture some of their opinions.
    Members of the University of South Carolina community have a lot to say, so the Carolina Reporter & News enlisted the help of our fellow reporters in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications to capture some of their opinions.
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