The Agenda: SC laws reportedly hide foster child abuse; Roof's death penalty attorney; Church bullet holes being investigated

Big Brothers Big Sisters gets anonymous donation to stay open

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A new Post and Courier investigative series by Lauren Sausser alleges group homes that house state DSS foster children hide behind South Carolina laws that allow an "untold number" of children to be "neglected, beaten, and molested." The entire six-part series went online today. Source: P&C

Accused killer Dylann Roof will have the legal counsel of at least one legendary death penalty defense lawyer, David Bruck, who has defended the likes of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Susan Smith. No word if Judy Clarke, a Furman and SC Law graduate who keeps an Asheville, N.c. office and who also worked on the Tsarnaev and Smith cases as well as the Unabomber, Eric Rudolph, and Jared Lee Loughner cases, will join the case as well. Source: P&C, The State, Vanity Fair

Bullet holes have been reported at three James Island and West Ashley churches in the past week, two of those being predominately-black churches. Source: CP, P&C

A week ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center announced it would shutter the mentoring program, but yesterday the group announced an anonymous donor stepped in to make up for the shortfall to keep the program open. Source: CRBJ

The State Ethics Commission says it has fround probable cause to investigate an ethics complaint filed against South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis over the 2011 hiring of an attorney who the AP calls "a long-time friend" and who went on to receive a $9 million payout as part of a settlement with the Bank of New York. The maximum punishment, if the hire is deemed improper, would be a $2,000 fine and a public reprimand. Source: AP

The Hilton Head Island Packet looks at a power struggle between existing rental companies and Airbnb within the vacation island community's real estate game. "Sharing economy" count: 3. Source: The State

The University of South Carolina is working on transforming Williams-Brice Stadium from a "concrete and asphalt jungle into a pleasant, green walking tour." Source: The State

Panda Watch: The first red panda in nearly a decade was born at the Greenville Zoo on June 21. Source: G'ville News

Y'all, the National Rubik's Cube Championships take place next weekend in Hilton Head. Learn more at cubingusa.com/nationals2015. Source: HHI Packet

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