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Capt. Cheryl Cromartie knew she wanted to be a police officer when she was nine years old. She was driving with her grandmother and saw something she'd never seen before -- a black female cop.

She joined the Greenville County Sheriff's Office 27 years ago and still did not see many colleagues who looked like her. She decided to be a game-changer for African-American women who might want to consider police work.

She succeeded, all the way up to a leadership position -- the first black woman in the department to achieve every new rung on the ladder.

And now she's concerned that without some reform in the wake of so many racially charged incidents involving police officers, young black men and women will not want to enter law enforcement when the community most needs them to.

Below is a conversation with Capt. Cromartie, who describes in complex, anguished detail what it's like to be torn by two sides that always seem to be at odds with each other. 

LeeAnna Murphy, disinfects her work area at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 30, 2020. COVID has produced various changes in the workplace.  Experts say some will last but not be as drastic as some people think, while others may be temporary.
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Things are looking differently as businesses in South Carolina and elsewhere gradually open back up amid a still active coronavirus outbreak.  Workplaces include the use of shields, masks, gloves, distance and other new methods.  But according to Dr. Rich Harrill, director of the University of South Carolina's International Tourism Research Institute, the changes in routine may not be as dramatic as some might think.

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Marlboro County is not among South Carolina’s healthiest. Data from 2019 by the Department of Health and Environmental Control shows Marlboro to be well above state averages for every chronic health condition and risk factor it measures, well below state averages for vaccinations and physical activity, and a contender for the county with the highest percentage of families living below the poverty level in South Carolina.

Marlboro is also one of the state’s most rural counties, and it has one of the highest black populations in the state. 

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How does a gym for a high-contact sport like mixed martial arts or boxing go about its business when there’s a virus in the air that demands we stay far apart?

The short answer: Carefully.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on racial profiling and policing following the killing of George Floyd. The hearings follow congressional Democrats unveiling legislation that would amount to major reforms for the nation's police departments. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., June 10.

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If no other metric would convey the weight Greenville County’s institutions and residents are giving the discussion of how to dismantle ingrained racism in the county, the attendance at Tuesday’s Community Matters online forum would do it.

Results of the 2020 South Carolina Senate Primaries

Jun 8, 2020
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Get live updates of statewide totals and county-by-county results, here, on June 9th.

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Today, 12:30 p.m.

Attorney General William Barr is holding a news conference with other leaders of the Justice Department, including FBI Director Christopher Wray. The remarks come amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and racial inequality. Watch the press conference live, here.

Hurricane Season Begins Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 4, 2020
This week is South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week, and this year South Carolinians should be extra cautious if evacuating for a hurricane, because of the presence of the coronavirus.
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This week is not only the beginning of hurricane season, it is Hurricane Preparedness Week in South Carolina.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service are predicting an above-normal hurricane season for 2020.  

NWS Hydrologist Leonard Vaughn explained, "typically we have on average, 12 named storms, six of those becoming hurricanes and three of those becoming major hurricanes, which are a category 3 storm or higher.  And the forecast this year has us with 13 to 19 storms and three to six of those will be in the major category."

For the state's public schools the first of June normally marks the end of the school year.  But this year the coronavirus outbreak changed that.  On March, 2020 Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools closed.

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Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey doesn’t want his county to make the news because it’s on fire.

“I don’t want [Chester] to look like burning buildings,” he said. “I want the world to see Chester as unified.”

Ken Schneider owns Uncork Charleston, a wine bar on King Street.  His business was looted Saturday night following a peaceful day of protests.
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Ken Schneider looks out from his wine bar on King Street in downtown Charleston in disbelief. 

The city that displayed a wealth of grace in the aftermath of the massacre at Mother Emanuel and the shooting death of Walter Scott somehow succumbed Saturday night to the violence erupting nationwide following yet another senseless death, this time thousands of miles away in Minnesota.

“The mob just started breaking all the windows,” he says.  “Over the next 90 minutes we had roaming gangs of anywhere from eight to 12 people come in.”

The Violence

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On Saturday morning, about 1,000 residents of all ages and races gathered in Rock Hill’s Fountain Park to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of four police officers  in Minneapolis, Minn.

Floyd’s death sparked protests in cities across the U.S. over the past week, calling for racial justice and an end to what protesters say is a history of police abuse and mistreatment of black citizens.

While some protests have turned violent, including one in Charlotte Friday afternoon, the Rock Hill march was one conceived in peace as a way to bring attention to the plight of black communities.

President Trump Addresses China's Actions On Hong Kong

May 29, 2020
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Today at 2:00 p.m.  

President Trump is holding a press event following China's move to impose national security laws on Hong Kong. Watch his remarks live here...

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Fabiana Troxler spent a decade and a half in primary care nursing, but she wanted a little more from her work. In February, she made the leap to in-home, visiting nurse practitioner for geriatric patients. She joined Prospero Health in Charlotte to do so and gleefully set about her new career path.

“My heart was always with geriatrics,” she said.

About three weeks into that new career, it was March of 2020.

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