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Patriotic Celebration of Liberty spans 30 years at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Columbia has produced The Carolina Celebration of Liberty for 30 years. It is the longest running event of its kind in South Carolina. More than 100,000 people have attended the event and it has been broadcast statewide on SCETV. From parades to indoor fireworks, the Celebration is a flag-waving patriotic extravaganza that recognizes and honors those who have fought to preserve our freedom as well as those who are presently serving our country.

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Mormon Church changes dress code, offers leave

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will offer a new plan to offer paid maternity and parental leave to its full-time, benefited employees in the U.S. The new plan, released to employees Wednesday, says that women who give birth will be eligible for six weeks of paid leave. The church also said that women, who were required to wear dresses or skirts, may wear pantsuits or dress slacks. Men, who are known for their white shirt and tie, may wear light-colored dress shirts and may “remove suit jackets or sport coats for hot weather.” Washington Post

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