Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
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The State Newspaper has selected University of South Carolina (USC) quarterback Connor Shaw as its 2013 South Carolina Amateur Athlete of the Year. Shaw has an interesting and inspiring history. He joined the USC football roster as a 2nd string quarterback in 2010 behind Stephen Garcia. Garcia was a much-beloved hero of the Gamecock faithful, however over time his favor began to wane.
Garcia was a comeback king who could seemingly snatch a game victory in the last seconds. The fans loved his feats on the field, but things changed when stories of his antics off of the field began to overshadow his game performances. Even the “boys will be boys” crowd had to take off their rose-colored glasses as more and more stories appeared about Garcia in trouble. Finally in October 2011, Garcia was once and for all dismissed from the Gamecock football roster.
Garcia had a promising college football career that ended in shame. But what was his misfortune turned out to be a window of opportunity for Connor Shaw. He went from being looked at as an “also ran” to someone who could actually carry the team to victory. In a complete turnaround Garcia became the backup quarterback to Shaw.
Shaw has earned this award several times over, even surpassing hometown hero Todd Ellis’ long-held record for the winningest quarterback in USC history. He is known for his love of anything military, and is even considering a possible career in the military, along with football. And when a non-sports related story features Shaw, it is normally regarding some event he is speaking at, or a charity he is working with. Gamecock fans will have one last opportunity to see Shaw play in a USC uniform. He will be leading the USC Gamecocks on January 1, 2014, as they face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Hi everyone. Well here we are four days after the one and only Mrs. Carter has shattered all ITunes records ever with the secret release of her latest album "Beyonce". While I too am thrilled with her latest success, I am not at all surprised. Jay-Z is still in the videos with her and she is still smiling from ear to ear. So I can't help it. I want to re-share a post I first published on February 8, 2012. Just because. :)
This post is pure indulgent romantica. I am just so digging Beyonce's evolution of love right now. Let's take a stroll "back down memory lane" (another great song, but we'll talk about that another time). Now I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't really a fan of Jay Z and Beyonce as a couple in the beginning. I thought he was too gangster and she was too elegant. But as time went on, they kind of grew on me. And now I'm totally rooting for their love to last. Let me explain why I get such a rush out of this couple.
Video Credit: Courtesy of Thomas H. Culhane
The 60- and 40-watt light bulbs will no longer be manufactured in the United States as of January 1, 2014. It will also be illegal to import them. Retailers will still be allowed to sell them until current in-store stocks are depleted. This is all a part of President George Bush’s Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.
The 100- and 75-watt bulbs were already phased out in 2012 and 2013 respectively. According to this law, the primary reason for this change is that “A standard incandescent is only 10% efficient – the other 90% of the electricity it uses is lost as heat”. The government has issued the following guidelines to ease the transition of shopping for the new bulbs:
• If you used to buy 100 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1600 lumens.
• If you used to buy 75 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1100 lumens.
• If you used to buy 60 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 800 lumens.• If you used to buy 40 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 450 lumens.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Arthur L. Givens
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Residents of Columbia, South Carolina, were stunned by the news that a murder in Charlotte, North Carolina, had connections with two of Columbia’s most prominent families. Donald Everett Gist, 38, was shot to death in broad daylight this past Friday. According to authorities this was no random act. Police have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Arthur L. Givens in connection with the murder.