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New Jersey Woman Missing 21 Years Possibly Spotted at a South Carolina Walmart

Renee LaManna has a rare disorder that disrupts memory, awareness, identity or perception

A New Jersey woman who went missing in January 1994 was possibly spotted at a Walmart almost 700 miles away in South Carolina.

Renee LaManna, 57, disappeared from her sister’s Ocean City, New Jersey, home 21 years ago. She suffers from memory loss and mental illness – she doesn’t know her name and can’t recognize her family … though they’ve been searching for her for decades.

Now Greenville, South Carolina, police say LaManna may have been seen just weeks ago at a local Walmart. Her family says she was holding a Bible and talking to herself, according to multiple reports.

A North Carolina couple says they saw her last February in the Asheville area. They also say they didn’t know who she was until later, when they saw a photo of her on the web.

“We drive in circles, I go into stores and hand out flyers,” Linda Craig of Asheville told WHNS. “I know that Renee is out there, because I saw her. I know she is alive, I know she is out there.”

LaManna’s family says people think they’ve seen her in many different states over the years but they aren’t sure until it’s too late and she’s moved on.

The family says LaManna suffers from Dissociative Fugue Disorder – a rare disorder that disrupts memory, awareness, identity or perception. They think she’s visiting truck spots and hitchhiking in an effort to find her family, NJ 101.5 Radio reports.

In an interview in March with The Times-Tribune, her sister, Margaret, says, Renee had a nervous breakdown after her boyfriend of 10 years broke up with her.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Nikki Haley Says South Carolina Still Healing After Charleston Shootings

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Tim Dominick—AP In a June 22, 2015 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is applauded during a news conference in the South Carolina State House, in Columbia, S.C.

She impresses Republicans officials as they meet in Cleveland before the debate

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered an impassioned retelling of the June Charleston shooting and her efforts to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from her state’s capital Thursday.

Addressing a crowd of several hundred Republican Party bigwigs hours before the inaugural GOP debate on stage with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus, Haley discussed the “grace” shown by the victims and their families following the killing of nine black church-goers. “We saw compassion in our state like we’ve never seen,” she reported, declaring that her staying “is healing” but “we’ve got some more healing to do.”

Haley has been a GOP rising star for years, but her handling of the shooting and its aftermath propelled her onto nearly every candidates’ potential vice presidential short-list. “South Carolina didn’t have riots, we had vigils,” she added proudly. “We didn’t have yelling, we had hugs and prayers.”

Addressing the removal of the flag, Haley called it, “a pain in the gut that we never felt before,” saying she determined the flag had to come down after watching the victims’ families appear in court to say they forgave accused gunman Dylann Roof. She called her husband and summoned state lawmakers to the capital for a meeting, saying that when she made the announcement she didn’t know who would appear with her other than her husband and Priebus, who hopped on a plane for the occasion.

Haley explained that after taking the flag down she has looked for ways to continue working with Democrats across the aisle, but said there are still limits. “We brought a flag down, I didn’t change my philosophical core,” she explained, maintaining she does not believe voter identification laws are racist, as some critics allege.

Addressing Thursday night’s debate, Haley said she’s looking for candidates who are genuine.

“I want details. I want substance. I want a problem-solver, ” said.

Haley predicted that Donald Trump would tone down his appearance on stage. “I actually think that Mr Trump is going to realize his environment, I think he’s going to stay calm up there,” she said, adding of all the candidates. “Let’s remind everybody not to get personal.”


Watch This KKK March Get Trolled By a Man and His Tuba

"I didn't really know how to show my opposition, so that was my way of doing it," Matt Buck says

South Carolina has long been a crucible of racial friction, a truth tragically brought to light last month when 21-year-old Dylann Roof murdered nine African-Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. In the weeks since, these muted tensions have amplified, with a number of Confederate apologists loudly and defiantly standing by a heritage marred if not defined by prejudice.

The great thing about America, though, is that for every pack of cringeworthy contrarians, you have someone able and eager to call their bluff. In this case, the contrarians are members of a contemporary incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan, and their most vocal opponent is a sousaphone-playing young man named Matt Buck.

Last week, as the Klan revival group waved their Confederate flags through Columbia, South Carolina, Buck marched alongside them, huffing into his sousaphone (a version of the tuba modified for the marching band).

“I didn’t really know how to show my opposition, so that was my way of doing it,” he told the Charleston City Paper. “My goal was to embarrass them, and I think I did a little bit.”

TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump Heaps Insults on Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Other Foes

Unrepentant, unleashed, on attack

A triumphant and unrepentant Donald Trump launched a barrage of personal attacks and name-calling on his campaign rivals Tuesday, most notably calling South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham an “idiot” and handing out Graham’s cell phone number to the whole world.

He dismissed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as “weak on immigration,” and mocked Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s glasses and Hillary Clinton’s hand wave.

“What a stiff, what a stiff, Lindsey Graham. By the way he has registered zero in the polls,” Trump said, at an appearance in Bluffton, S.C. “A total lightweight. In the private sector, he couldn’t get a job.”

Earlier in the day, Graham called Trump a “jackass.” In response, Trump called Graham an “idiot” and held up a card that included Graham’s personal phone number, then asked his supporters to call Graham. “I don’t know, give it a shot,” he said.

Graham’s campaign manager, Christian Ferry, said in a statement that Trump “continues to show hourly that he is ill-prepared to be commander-in-chief.”

“Because of Trump’s bombastic and ridiculous campaign, we aren’t talking about [President] Obama’s horrible deal with Iran or Hillary Clinton’s plans to continue Obama’s failed national security agenda,” Ferry continued.

Trump’s rambling address found several other targets. “Bush said my tone is not right,” Trump said about another rival. “I said, ‘Tone, we need tone, we need enthusiasm, we need tone.'”

“I’m not a fan of Jeb Bush,” he went on. “Jeb bush is in favor of Common Core and he is weak on immigration. . . . Who would you rather have negotiating with China. Trump or Jeb? Or Trump or Hillary?” When he mentioned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he waved his hand to pantomime her approach to diplomacy.

There were others that played the role of Trump targets, including the senior Senator from Arizona. “John McCain is totally about open borders and all of this stuff,” he continued, describing his anger against the Arizona senator who called some in Trump’s crowds “crazies.” “I know crazies. These are patriotic Americans.”

“I think Rick Perry is probably smarter than Lindsey Graham. But what do I know?” he said, after mocking Perry’s new glasses—”He’s got the glasses, oh oh oh.” Trump previously tweeted that Rick Perry should have an IQ test before getting on the debate stage, a comment he repeated in South Carolina. “I think Rick Perry is probably smarter than Lindsey Graham. But what do I know?” he said.

“The reason they are hitting me in all fairness,” Trump continued. “When you are registering zero in the polls, you’ve got nothing to lose.”

He repeated many of the central themes of his campaign, planning to change American leadership and make the country great. “If you can’t get rich dealing with politicians, there is probably something wrong with you,” he said. “These politicains they run and they run and they win and they lose. . . . They don’t do anything when the get there. I know better than anyone.”

As it now stands, Trump leads the national Republican primary polls. A Washington Post poll, completed late last week, found that 24% of Republicans and Republican leaning independents supported Trump’s candidacy. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker held second place with 13% support.

The speech started and ended with bluster. “I don’t use tele-prompters,” he said, when he came out on stage. “I don’t like. They’re too easy.”

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See the Moving Photo of a Black Cop Helping a Man at KKK Rally

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Rob Godfrey—AP Police officer Leroy Smith helps a man wearing National Socialist Movement attire up the stairs during a rally on July 18, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.

The most memorable image of a Ku Klux Klan rally in South Carolina Saturday undercut the group’s mission.

When the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rallied at the steps of the South Carolina statehouse to protest the removal of the Confederate flag, one older protester was affected by the heat.

A photographer captured what happened next: Police Officer Leroy Smith, who is black, helped the protester, who was wearing a National Socialist movement T-shirt, up the stairs and out of the heat.

The photo, provided to the Associated Press by photographer Rob Godfrey, went viral Saturday night. Godfrey is the deputy chief of staff for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who pushed for the flag to be removed from the Capitol after a shooting at a Charleston church.

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KKK Rallies for Confederate Flag in South Carolina

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Erik S. Lesser—EPA A man displays a Confederate battle flag during New Black Panther Party and Ku Klux Klan rallies on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia, S.C. on July 18, 2015.

A dueling "Black Unity Rally" was held as well

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)—A sea of Confederate flags held by screaming Ku Klux Klan members were waved in front of the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday, just as a counter rally featuring African flags on the other side of the Capitol wrapped up.

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in North Carolina, vowed to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse last week — and made good on that promise.

About 50 members descended on the Capitol steps waving the rebel banners — at least one of which included a Nazi symbol — and immediately began shouting at

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KKK to Protest Confederate Flag’s Removal From South Carolina Capitol

Membership in the KKK is shrinking

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan calls itself the largest Klan group in America. But it doesn’t take much these days to claim that mark.

The Knights, who on Saturday will rally at the steps of the South Carolina Capitol to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag, claims a few thousand active members nationwide, a figure that researchers say is exaggerated but remains a tiny fraction of the 5 million Americans who were on the rolls of Klan chapters 90 years ago.

Now the Loyal White Knights says the Klan is poised for a return…

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TIME Crime

Accused Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof’s Trial Date Set

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Jason Miczek — Reuters Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015.

He will remain in jail until the trial next year

Dylann Roof, who was charged with murdering nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. in June, will go on trial in July of 2016.

Roof had his second court appearance Thursday morning, where his trial was set for July 11, 2016, ABC reports. Roof’s defense attorney says he is competent to stand trial and is not seeking bond, meaning that Roof, 21, will remain in jail until then.

On the evening June 17, Roof entered the Emmanual AME Church in Charleston, a church with a deep history. Roof, who is white, then opened fire on a Bible study group, killing nine people. Given the nature of the crime and some posts on Roof’s Facebook page, police treated the shooting as a hate crime. Roof had been arrested previously on drug charges, but was able to buy a gun based on an error in the jail’s database.

The shooting ignited debate over the Confederate flag, which Roof had posed with in photos taken before shooting and which still flew on the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol in the days after the massacre. Three weeks after the shooting and following hours of debate, the South Carolina legislature voted to take down the flag.

TIME South Carolina

Watch the Emotional Speech That Helped Bring Down the Confederate Flag

An emotional speech by a descendant of Jefferson Davis Wednesday helped convince the South Carolina House to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds.

“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday,” Rep. Jenny Horne said. Horne’s ancestor, Jefferson Davis, was the president of the Confederacy.

“For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury,” she yelled, fighting back tears.

Pinckney, a state senator, was one of nine victims in a racially-motivated shooting at a black church in Charleston on June 17. The shooting set off a contentious debate about the role of the Confederate flag in modern society, specifically about its place at the South Carolina State House. The state House voted at 1 am Thursday morning to remove the flag.

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Parents Force Teen to Live in the Woods For Eating Pop-Tart

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A South Carolina couple face neglect charges

A South Carolina couple is facing neglect charges for allegedly forcing their teenaged daughter to live in the woods as a form of punishment.

James and Crystal Driggers are accused of not allowing their 14-year-old to enter their home for at least two days because she ate a Pop-Tart without permission, NBC News reports. The girl was reportedly told not to come home for a week; someone from her household was to deliver her food at specific times. According to authorities in the report, the girl was told to pitch a tent in the woods and was provided with only a roll of toilet paper, a whistle, a flashlight, and a watch.

The girl’s grandmother was able to take her in and report her situation to police, but after a short while police discovered she was sent back out. The parents were arrested and face one count of unlawful neglect of a child and could face more.

[NBC News]


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