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A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

Please remember to include the writer’s name and the name of the newspaper.

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it's not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville. GWINN DAVIS MEDIA / SC NEWS EXCHANGE

A celebration for the magnificence of Ringling Bros’ Performing Pachyderms before they transition to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted a vegetarian feast fit for the biggest stars of the show. The public was invited to come out and get an up-close look at the exotic Asian elephants as they enjoyed a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables. Children and adults of all ages learned about these majestic animals from an expert Ringling Bros. animal care specialist. And it’s not just Vegas odds makers picking which team will win the Super Bowl. Pachyderm prognosticator, Kelly Ann the Asian Elephant, predicted the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. The Ringling Bros. Circus continues through Sunday at Bon Seours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
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Elephant Brunch, Super Bowl Pick

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President Clinton’s ‘magic’ never left, just matured

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By Colin Demarest
Carolina Reporter


Christine McFadden arrived early to John Hurst Adams Gym, neon “H” placard in hand, snagging a front row seat to see her favorite former President and hear about the woman she wants to see as her next president.

McFadden didn’t need to be persuaded to cast her vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Feb. 27 South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary.

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Volunteers handed out Hillary Clinton stickers as supporters filed into the gym. However, Sandy Joye of Columbia took it upon herself to come fully decorated.

“I love everything Clinton,” McFadden said. “And Bill still has it.”

The former President took to the stage at Allen University with a round of applause and a wave, flashing a smile that looked energetic and charismatic. With the approach of South Carolina’s primary, Clinton came to Columbia to assure his wife’s supporters and lock in votes.

Hillary Clinton aims to lock down South Carolina after a narrow victory in the Iowa caucus against her closest competitor, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. She lost the state in 2008 to Barack Obama, a key win on his way to capturing the White House.

The former president –known for his confident, emotional speeches – addressed the crowd in a more mature, storyteller way Wednesday night.

And the crowd loved it.

McFadden, a woman who says she “prospered under Bill,” cheered as President Clinton wove his way from his early days in Arkansas to the tragedy in San Bernardino.

“Economically and educationally I did well,” said McFadden, who was a “young, single mom raising a child” on her own during Clinton’s two-term presidency.

Clinton dynastyJames Page, who described Clinton as a “white Obama,” appreciated the fact that Clinton came from a modest background. He also thinks President Clinton never lost his touch.

“He made people who thought they didn’t matter, matter,” Page said. “Today, he still has that magic.”

Crowd Phones

Eager to catch the former president on camera, the entire crowd whipped out their phones as he stepped on stage. Supporters boomed as Presdient Clinton said he was “very grateful to the people of South Carolina.”

President Clinton has been campaigning across the country to shore up support for his wife. Although Hillary Clinton is currently the South Carolina front-runner, Bill made sure to reinforce base voters.

Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr., president of the South Carolina NAACP, praised President Clinton and his stage presence.

Comparing Clinton to a popular soda, Randolph said President Clinton is, and always has been, energetic.

“Caffeine – Canada Dry never had that and never will,” he said. “Bill’s the opposite.”

Daughter of slain AME Church member wants “foundation to be laid”

Denise Quarles

By John Del Bianco
Carolina Reporter


Denise Quarles had not spoken publicly about her mother’s horrific murder in a Charleston church, but when a service was held on her late mother’s college campus Tuesday, she could not pass up the opportunity to speak.

The daughter of Myra Thompson, one of the Charleston Nine victims in the Emanuel AME Church shooting, Quarles spoke to Benedict College students about building relationships. She spoke along with other family members who lost loved ones during the June 17 shooting.

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Denise Quarles wore this pin proudly throughout the service. Although she said she does not wear it everywhere, Quarles wears it to any event her mom is remembered in. (Photo by Colin Demarest)

The event took place at Antisdel Chapel on the Columbia campus, a sacred place similar to that of the Emanuel Church’s Bible study setting in which declared white supremacist Dylann Roof is alleged to have opened fire. Nine people were killed, one was left wounded, and three survived inside the study room.

Quarles described movingly how she has coped with the grief of the slayings, but said her main focus now is to reach out to youth and help them form relationships with people they see as different. She believes this movement can reduce the number of hate crimes.

“If you put good in the world, you will get good back,” Quarles, of Atlanta, said. “The foundation needs to be laid that you need to treat everyone the way you want to be treated. Racism is taught; you are not born that way.”

The survivors of the church shooting showed the world what forgiveness look like when they publicly forgave Roof the days following the crime. Instead of Charleston turning into another flashpoint for violent demonstrations similar to those of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore the community came together.

Antisdel Chapel

The “No Greater Faith: The Legacy of Mother Emanuel AME Church” event was held inside Antisdel Chapel on the Benedict College campus Tuesday afternoon. The chapel quickly filled and overflow crowded the campus’ gymnasium. (Photo by Colin Demarest)

As a result, Emanuel AME Church was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a group of Illinois politicians on Monday. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced in October. Quarles said momentum for being nominees “picked up” after the bond hearings, in which family members addressed Roof.

“I think it is well deserved,” she said. “I think it is more so about the family members. It’s a community thing. We all did something to encourage people not to riot. We came together as a community.”

Quarles’ mother was a graduate of Benedict College, a time in her life that she showcased to her daughter throughout the years, and a key reason why she chose this setting to talk about her experiences in dealing with her mother’s passing. A historically black private college, Benedict was founded in 1870 by Baptist missionaries after the Civil War to educate newly-freed African-Americans.

“She absolutely loved this college,” Quarles said. “I remember coming here as a young girl for homecoming and even when we would randomly be here in Columbia, she would always bring me here to campus. I feel like I attended the school somewhat.”

Thompson was a retired Charleston County schoolteacher and a Bible study teacher at Emanuel AME, the oldest African Methodist Episcopal congregation in the South.

The event hosted on Tuesday was part of the celebration of the college’s Black History Month. Inside the chapel away from the press,

crowd at event

An emotionally charged crowd filled Antisdel Chapel Tuesday afternoon singing and praising the lives lost in the Emanuel AME shooting in Charleston on June 17. (Photo by Colin Demarest)

members of the Charleston church answered questions and described their experiences to the school’s student body.

Jarrett McKinnon, a student at Benedict, wanted to attend the service to understand more about being a community leader.

“We need to make a difference in our communities. Before we go out and change the world, we have to change our community. That’s our future right there,” he said.

When asked what she wanted the day to be about, Quarles wanted the emphasis to be on the future, not the past.

“I just think that the main focus was how we are moving forward,” she said. “We can’t forget what happened. We have to take what happened and turn it around to a positive.”

New home of S.C.’s Confederate flag is more than a shrine to the Old South

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By Anthony Scannella and Charnita Mack

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Curator of Education Joe Long has been at the S.C. Confederate Relic Room since 2002.

The lights are set low, except for the glow of a replica fire that illuminates a pair of mannequins dressed in 19th century clothing.

“The best thing about burning down the city with one button is you can rebuild it with another,” says Curator of Education Joe Long as he leans over a computer screen showing a map of the burning of Columbia.

In the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, tucked away in the back of the S.C. State Museum, a receptionist sits at the front desk waiting to greet visitors. Only on this rainy day, there were few who came through the door seeking a vision of the past.

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The museum, founded in 1896, holds the last Confederate flag that flew at the Confederate Soldier Monument on the state capitol grounds, but the flag is nowhere in sight. The Relic Room has been tasked by the S.C. legislature with giving the banner an “appropriate display.”

Some lawmakers are worried about the high cost of a proposed $3.7 million expansion to the museum to house the display. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, has suggested that the flag and the Confederate artifacts could be displayed with the CSS Hunley in North Charleston, or a new museum built in a different location to attract more visitors.

But for the last six months, it has been hidden away in a prep room while decisions are being made over what exactly “appropriate display” means.

The museum isn’t just a monument to the Confederacy, like some may think. It holds years of S.C. military history, from the Revolutionary War to the war on terror.

The Civil War is a large part of the state’s military history, but early on the museum’s founders decided it wasn’t the entire history, Long said.

The museum is largely comprised of special exhibits that tell the history of South Carolinians in other wars, post-Confederacy.

Long says the museum’s wide range of maps, flags and displays attract different kinds of visitors. This includes people from the South with family connections to the history and people from as far as the West coast.

“But our bread and butter is the schools,” said Long.

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A WWI soldier of the 371st Infantry. The Confederate Relic Room includes military history from the Civil War to the present day.

The exhibits are tailored to fit the state’s standards in history and Social Studies, making it the site of many school field trips.

The Relic Room has had national media attention since it was named the flag’s new home. Some people have concerns that the museum isn’t a proper home for the flag because of its low visibility.

Long says questions like what caused the Civil War will keep historians in business forever but their job is strictly military history.

Until decisions are made about how to display the flag, the Relic Room will continue to educate on the state’s military history, and the flag will remain out of sight.

Paper or Plastic and ‘Glocal’ Issues

Phil Noble

Phil Noble

By Phil Noble

A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative Internet and new technology strategies. Both the city and the mayor were wonderful. I thought about them today when I read an article in my local newspaper about plastics in the ocean globally – and in Charleston.

First, Barcelona and the mayor. Barcelona is an old port town (like Charleston) that is renowned for its culture, arts, wealth, history and rebellious politics – all reminiscent of Charleston. Today the city’s economy has a huge tourist sector driven by people who come to enjoy Barcelona’s food, arts and culture. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and recently Charleston applied for this same designation.

Barcelona has attracted a young, well educated, tech savvy population who want to live in a wonderful city with a great lifestyle (as with Charleston). They are creating an innovative digital start up culture that is in turn driving the region’s economic growth (as with Charleston).

And now the mayor. His name was Joan Clos and he (like Charleston’s new mayor) was not a traditional career politician. Clos was a cosmopolitan man – a medical doctor who has studied in Edinburgh, he spoke several languages fluently and he seemed to know more about just about everything than most anyone I ever met. Like generations of Barcelonians, (and Charlestonians) Clos loved to sail and every Wednesday afternoon – no matter what the weather – he went sailing.

Clos had a different world view than most traditional politicians. He wanted Barcelona to be known as an innovative, high-tech city but most of all, he understood the connection between global and local issues. Although he did not coin the term, Clos talked incessantly about “glocal issues” – those issues that are local but at the same time have a global impact – and vice versa.

Clos understood that in the globalized world we live in today, the idea of global or local, left or right, more or less – are often outdated false choices. The answers are often both, neither or better.

Largely because of his advocacy of this idea of “glocal issues,” Clos became a leader in several worldwide associations of mayors. He was kind enough to take me along for the ride and I saw first-hand how one man with a powerful idea can have a huge impact – local to global.

I thought about Clos and his “glocal issues” today when I read an article in the local newspaper and later went to the grocery store.

The newspaper I read with my morning cup of Joe had an article about the devastating impact that man has had on the oceans – and the impact in Charleston Harbor today. A study released at the World Economic Forum found that in 30 years, there will be more tons of plastic in the ocean than there are fish that swim in it. While in the last 50 years plastic production has increased 20 times, (only 14 percent is recycled) in the last 100 years the number of fish in the ocean have decreased by 70-80 percent.

And in our own Charleston Harbor, Citadel Professor John Weinstein estimates that today more than 7 tons of toxic plastics are breaking down and will find their way into our local food chain. This is a glocal issue.

After finishing my paper and coffee, the first item on my Saturday to-do list was grocery shopping. After filling my buggy, the nice check out girl asked me the familiar question: “Paper or plastic?” While I stood there thinking about this momentous decision (with the news article still fresh in my brain) I was stopped dead in my tracks as I really didn’t know what to tell her. I flashed on the foggy memory of some article I’d read long ago offering the pros and cons of each but I didn’t remember which came out better.

So like an idiot, I asked the checkout girl which was better. Her answer was ‘Neither, you should bring your own reusable cloth bags.”

She was right, of course.

So, after my momentary meltdown in front of the checkout girl, I bought a few of the green cloth bags for $1 each. When I got home and went online, I learned that reusable bags can replace over six plastic bags every shopping trip and that adds up to over 1,200 plastic bags every year that don’t end up in the landfill or become litter.

As I drove home, I was again taken back to Clos and the stupid simplicity of either/or political arguments driven by either knee-jerk ideology, financial interest or misplaced political correctness.

And it’s not just in politics but in our own daily lives as well, we – globally, nationally and locally – really do need to think about things differently and not rely on the outmoded thinking of the past.

Think glocally.

 

Phil Noble is a businessman in Charleston and President of the SC New Democrats, an independent reform group started by former Gov. Richard Riley to bring big change and real reform. phil@scnewdemocrats.org