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As South Carolinians assess rain and flood damage, and look for help in recovery, you may find these phone numbers and web links useful.

After a few days of dry conditions, rain is once again in the forecast for South Carolina.

Torrential rains — in some parts, 20 inches in two days — have caused historic flooding in the state, which is still recovering. Parts of I-95, for example, are still closed.

Weather.com reports that the good news is that the new storms aren't forecast to drop torrential rains:

A Return To Native Roots, Traced In Ink

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In a small tattoo parlor in Anchorage, Alaska, Greenlandic artist Maya Sialuk Jacobsen uses a thin needle to pull an inky thread through the skin of her friend's wrist.

"It's loose," says her friend, Iñupiaq artist Holly Mititquq Nordlum. "I put on a few pounds so she'd have something to work with."

And Jacobsen appreciates it. "Her skin is like so much better than my husband's skin, or anyone else I try," Jacobsen says. "She has really lovely skin to tattoo."

At least 30 people have been killed and 125 injured in two bomb explosions, reportedly targeting a peace rally in central Ankara, Turkey. The explosions occurred near the capital's train station early Saturday morning.

The BBC's Mark Lowen tells our Newscast unit:

How They Spent Their Global Summer Vacation

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How did you spend your summer vacation?

If you're studying global affairs, international policy, intercultural studies or public health in the developing world, summer vacation often means fieldwork far from campus dorms (and familiar comforts).

We asked three graduate students in international studies programs to tell us how they spent their global summer vacations.

Who: Tatenda Yemeke, a native of Zimbabwe, working toward a master's degree in the Duke University Global Health program

'Lime Street' Bewitches With Mystery And Mayhem

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Any historical account worth its salt knows this underlying truth: The two fighters in any face-off are never alone. They stand atop a hundred things that buoyed and buffeted them until they came to be staring one another down. When Harry Houdini (yes, the legend) showed up at 10 Lime Street in Boston to prove Mina Crandon (who? Exactly) was a fraud psychic, they were carrying all the weight of their age behind them — and they both knew it.

Given the flood of migrants into Europe this year, one might think that continent is the main destination for those fleeing the miserable conditions in their homelands in North Africa and the Middle East.

But as the charts on this page show, migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers overwhelmingly take shelter in countries very near their own convulsed homeland. Most often the place they flee and the place they take refuge are side by side in either the Middle East or Africa.

If you've never tasted a pawpaw, now is the moment.

For just a few weeks every year in September and October, this native, mango-like fruit falls from trees, everywhere from Virginia to Kansas and many points westward. (We discovered them several years back along the banks of the Potomac River when we ran into some kayakers who were snacking on them.)

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson extension and Making It Grow.

When we finally reached the sweet gum tree with galls that marks where you turn off the sandhills trail to enter one of the two Carolina bays at Savage Bay Heritage Site, it was like stepping into another world. The dominant tree was pond cypress, which has a buttressed base and distinctly swirled needles, as opposed to the ranked leaves on the straight bald cypress. The woods were very open  with the only other woodly species growing directly in the ground being  pondspice, litsea aestivalis, a shrub of concern . Other plants, red maples and laurels members,  grew in the debris that accumulated on top of pond cypress stumps. Giant plume grass infloresences added beauty and the ground was predominantly covered with redroot, which gets its names from the bright red rhizomes that anchor it in those damp soils. 

Since the diplomatic thaw with Cuba was first announced last December, the Obama administration has moved aggressively to ease restrictions on travel and trade. Looser rules were announced in January, and restrictions were eased further in September. But the Commerce and Treasury Departments can only go so far, unless Congress votes to lift the legal embargo.

The safety of the Metro in Washington will now be the responsibility of federal authorities.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in a letter late Friday that the metro safety will be placed under Federal Transit Administration due to recent accidents, like an incident in January when the metro tunnel filled with smoke, killing one person.


Flood Damage Assessment Continues, Flooding Threatens Lowcountry

Officials warn that flooding near several Lowcountry rivers may last for days.

Walter Edgar's Journal

Harper Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 5, 2007.
White House photo by Eric Draper via Wikimedia Commons

How Does Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" inform "Mockingbird"?

Dr. Robert Brinkmeyer, Director of the Institute of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, talks with Walter Edgar about Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchmen (Harper Collins, 2015), as well as To Kill a Mockingbird and its place in Southern literature. Walter Edgar's JournalAll Stations: Fri, Oct 9, 12 pmNews Stations: Sun, Oct 11, 4 pm
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