Palmetto Scene

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

By K. Park

blurred image of child behind a fence

“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn.

Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications.

“A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big Hollywood movies, like “Taken,” or something that only happens overseas, to people that live abroad, or that are smuggled into the country.  However, I assure you that South Carolina citizens are trafficking South Carolina-born victims in our state.”

SC's Aerospace Industry Continues to Rise

By A. Crouch

airplane

A new study was released this week at S.C.’s Aerospace Conference and Expo that showed the industry continues to grow and has a $19 billion impact on the state. The South Carolina Council on Competiveness released an economic impact study that shows a $2 billion increase in the aerospace industry since 2014.

Exciting Discoveries for Brain Health

By P.A. Bennett

Brain Scans

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on what scientific research is telling us about preventing or staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s. This is an important topic, because while we may think of Alzheimer’s as an old person’s disease, Alzheimer’s may actually start many decades earlier; only to fully manifest in old age. Alzheimer’s has been described as a tsunami about to roll over us, if we don’t take action. Today close to five million people suffer with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to triple by 2050.

South Carolina Helps Flood Soaked Louisiana

By A. Crouch

food donations

Just as South Carolina was hit by historic flooding last year, the state of Louisiana has been hit with 6.9 trillion gallons of rain that has caused extensive damage; 4,000 residents remain in Red Cross and community shelters after being impacted by the flood, and thousands remain without power.

High Levels of Mercury Found in Several Fish

By A. Crouch

bass fish

South Carolina has many bodies of water used for recreation activities and one of the most popular is fishing. But, for those who like to eat what they catch, be warned, a large quantity of some fish aren’t good for you. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control released their annual state fish consumption advisory and several new locations and species were added to the list.

Student Mentor Urges Youth to 'Be All That They Can Be'

By K. Young

Gordon sitting in front of a church window.

Robert Gordon understands the importance of having a solid support system while getting an education.  While he was still a student himself, Gordon led his fellow North Middle/High School classmates to ensure they had just that.

Chimera, Part II by P.A. Bennett

By P.A. Bennett

3 scientists in a lab, one looking through a microscope

Last week I wrote about chimeras, part animal, part human organisms created by scientists. A news story on National Public Radio (NPR) brought it to my attention.  Seems the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) is ready to lift a ban on funding chimeric research.

South Carolina's The Nickelodeon More Than a Theater

By K. Young

The Sign at Nickelodeon Theater

Andy Smith understands the importance of having a safe space to get creative.  He's the executive director of the Nickelodeon, South Carolina’s only non-profit art house cinema. The theater is located on Main Street in Columbia and has become an anchor of activity for the city.

"The Nick" was founded in 1979 by two University of South Carolina students who wanted to create a place for film lovers to come together. 

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

By K. Young

Social Media

Across the state, families are preparing to send their kids off to college. For many students, school is only a few miles away, but for University of South Carolina sophomore Savannah Willis, it’s much farther.

Despite this, Willis manages to find a way to minimize the distance. “I moved 11 hours away from home for college and without social media, I would’ve completely lost contact with everyone back home,” says Willis. “I still feel connected”.

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