Breaking news

I was sitting in a traffic jam on I-85 the other day, enjoying my favorite music, when it was interrupted with breaking news. In my experience, whenever a program is interrupted by breaking news, it is usually bad news. I don’t know why the announcer doesn’t come right out and say it — “We have bad news.” In this case, the breaking news was that a tractor-trailer had overturned on I-85, blocking all the southbound lanes. But I already knew that.

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, the interstate highway became a part of American culture, and South Carolina’s piece of that American culture — specifically I-85 — is

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