Divided political parties raise questions of polarization

The first presidential debate was the most watched in history, with the following two drawing in equally large audiences. But following the election, many wonder if these debates actually changed any minds. James Piereson, an expert on the topic, weighs in with commentary from voters from both parties.

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Political expert molds young minds

USC political science professor Don Fowler has been involved in state and national politics for nearly half a century and hopes to encourage political civility in a new generation of students.

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Main Street Bakery’s owner shares her Southern roots through her sweets

Dana Myers knew she wanted to be a baker ever since her mom gave her an Easy-Bake Oven and her grandmother taught her how to make pound cakes. She started out selling her sweets at hair salons. Now she owns Main Street Bakery, which got national attention when Hillary Clinton stopped by.

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Local Buzz owner creates safe space, not just coffee shop, in Rosewood

A vibrantly colored sign at The Local Buzz in Rosewood welcomes “all sizes, all colors, all ages, all cultures, all sexes, all beliefs, all religions, all types, all people – safe here.” Stephanie Bridgers painted the sign and runs her coffee shop by this creed.

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Columbia developer Richard Burts strives to keep city’s history alive

Columbia developer Richard Burts has built a reputation taking on projects, such as 701 Whaley and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, that others said were impossible. Those successes have proved to Burts the value of historic preservation and prompted others to say he really gets it. He talks with us about saving historic Columbia.

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Ed Albritton reflects on 15 years of running W. Columbia’s iconic bookstore

Fifteen years ago, Ed Albritton was at a crossroads. He took the leap from a stressful mental health career to opening Ed’s Editions rare and used books in West Columbia. His son thought he was crazy, but Albritton now says it’s the best decision he could have made.

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Through wrestling, Hyatt Park program grapples with enriching boys’ lives, involving more fathers.

When the boys in a Hyatt Park gym start talking about chicken wings, it isn’t time to chow down but to practice their takedowns. Mats 2 Men, a wrestling program, is trying to enrich their lives and teach character while also getting their fathers more involved.

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New Columbia dog park would give dog owners extra choice

Dog owner Ola Helsing so wants another free dog park in Columbia that she’d drive several miles to get there. She and other dog owners could soon get their wish with a free dog park planned for Owens Field Park. But not everyone supports the idea.

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Museum director, assistant hope to tell Cayce’s rich history and untold stories

Cayce’s rich history and amazing people and places are itching to be uncovered, the city’s museum director says. So Leo Redmond and his assistant, Rachel Steen, friends for 50 years, are writing a book about some of the things they say have been overlooked. Residents might discover how little they know about Cayce’s past.

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