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SC governor candidate Catherine Templeton's 'proud of the Confederacy' remarks stir controversy

COLUMBIA — Catherine Templeton made waves in her first public forum as gubernatorial candidate by saying she is “proud of the Confederacy" and pledged “we’re not going to rewrite history” by removing Confederate monuments.

Templeton's comments late Tuesday upset African-American leaders in the state, who are still stung by the racially-charged mass shooting at a Charleston church two years ago and the vicious fight to remove the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds.

“I don’t think she understands the diversity we have in South Carolina and that we’re not all a bunch of flag-waving yahoos,” said Joe Darby, the AME church’s presiding elder over the Beaufort district. “When you elevate the Confederacy, you stomp on the memories of those who were subjugated, the slaves. She’s stomping on my ancestors. If she’s proud of her heritage over nine lives, it’s a shame.”

Templeton, a former two-time state agency head running in her first campaign, spoke Tuesday at a Republican town hall held in Pickens County, a conservative area bordering North Carolina and Georgia with the state's smallest percentage of African Americans.


This is just so appropriate:The new Air Force One will be a leftover from a bankrupt Russian airline

US president Donald Trump is hoping to cut costs on his presidential travel. So the US Air Force, looking to replace the two aging Boeing 747 jetliners that currently both serve as Air Force One, is buying two almost-new 747s that were leftovers from a bankrupt Russian airline, Defense One reports.

Transaero, having gone bust in 2015, couldn’t afford the planes, and Aeroflot, which took over most of Transaero’s other aircraft, opted not to buy them. Boeing decided to bring the planes—which have no interior fittings aside from the cockpit and a few business-class seats on the upper deck—to a storage center in the Mojave Desert in California. California’s dry and arid climate helps preserve planes.

The list price of a Boeing 747-8 is nearly $390 million. How much the Air Force is paying isn’t known, according to Defense One, but it must be more than $175 million apiece. That’s because Benedict Sirimanne, president of CSDS Aircraft, an organization that buys, sells, and leases aircraft, told Quartz he tried to buy them for that price and the Air Force outbid him.

Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson told Defense One, “We’re still working toward a deal…This deal is focused on providing a great value for the Air Force and the best price for the taxpayer.”


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More Generals! Sessions adds Army general to oversee federal prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced that Army Maj. Gen. Mark Inch will serve as the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

"General Mark Inch has served this country at home and abroad for 35 years," Sessions said in a statement.

"As a military policeman for nearly a quarter of a century and as the head of Army Corrections for the last two years, General Inch is uniquely qualified to lead our federal prison system."

Sessions expressed confidence Inch would be successful in the new role.



I'm sure he is every inch the man for the job....

Hotel Boom in SeaTac Is Unfettered by $15 Minimum Wage

When SeaTac, Wash., became the first city in the nation to pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage in 2013, Jeff Robinson, the city’s director of community and economic development, said critics warned him that it would scare away businesses.

But the higher minimum wage hasn’t done that at all. The hotel industry is a prime example: Nine hotels are in development, which will increase the available rooms by 25 percent, to 7,000.

SeaTac is home to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, now the ninth busiest in the nation, and a new light rail line links the airport to Seattle. Nearby are the corporate headquarters of Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Costco and Nordstrom, and Seattle’s unemployment rate has been hovering around 3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Michael H. Mahoney, president of the Dallas-based development company Western International, said his company had not built anything in the Seattle area for more than 10 years, but it was drawn to SeaTac because some available property there bordered a lake and the light rail system had just been built. Business travelers can stay near the airport where it is a bit less expensive than in downtown Seattle, he said, “and close to their flight home,” but they still have easy access to downtown for meetings or entertainment.


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