The Agenda: Dempsey's quick goal; Big jobs news; Council members "rethinking" late-night vote?

Deuce finds the back of the net



Furman University product Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal in American World Cup history on Monday, beating Ghanaian defenders to score just 32 seconds into last night's 2-1 World Cup opener for the U.S. Men's National Team. Dempsey also took a gnarly kick to the face later in the game, but managed to finish play. [SB Nation]

Federal prosecutors said on Monday during the beginning of the federal corruption trial against a former SCSU trustee that the man used his association with Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin to "squeeze money" out of people and agencies. Benjamin has not been charged with any crimes in the case. [The State]

The state notched three big jobs announcements yesterday, with LPL Financial announcing 3,000 jobs over the next eight years in Fort Mill, Giti Tire saying it'll bring 1,700 and $560 million in investment to Chester County, and patient support company The Lash Group announcing 1,200 workers in a new Fort Mill HQ. The Nerve reports that the $37.8 million given to Giti Tire out of the Dept. of Commerce's "deal closing fund" is more than the annual budgets of 59 state agencies, including the state Attorney General's office and Dept. of Agriculture. [G'ville News, AP, CRBR]

Once-Republican, now independent petition candidate for governor, Tom Ervin has challenged Gov. Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen to a debate ahead of November's general election. [P&C]

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is at odds with other hawkish Republicans over how the U.S. should deal with the developing situation in Iraq, where radical Islamist fighters have created instability in the northern part of the nation. Graham says the U.S. should not strike the options of air strikes or talking with Iran to help facilitate in tamping down the conflict. [WaPo, Buzzfeed]

Sally Atwater's flubbed interview with Upstate radio station WORD made the rounds online yesterday as Atwater declined a debate against her GOP primary runoff opponent Molly Spearman. [WaPo, AP]

A Columbia professor who graduated from Summerville High won on Jeopardy last night after betting $10,000 of her $11,000 and answering correctly on Final Jeopardy. [The State, P&C]

According to the P&C, two of the 12 members of Charleston City Council are "rethinking" their support of the proposed ordinance that would require new bars and restaurants in popular nightlife areas of the city to close at midnight. [P&C]

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