MUSC opens cancer unit, James Island lights

CHARLESTON — The Medical University of South Carolina is opening a new cancer unit at its Ashley River Tower Hospital in Charleston.

The Hope Unit is a 42-bed oncology unit on a renovated floor at the downtown hospital that officials will dedicate on Friday with the first patients arriving on Saturday.

It consolidates cancer services on one floor, which means there are now 22 more oncology beds in the hospital. The unit includes a special area for blood and marrow transplant patients.

CHARLESTON — Two million holiday lights are on display on the South Carolina coast as the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park opens its 26th season.

The annual holiday even begins on Friday and continues through New Year’s night.

Organizers estimate that during the past 25 years, 2 million people have seen the lights driving a three-mile loop through the park.

he event features 750 different light displays ranging from holiday scenes, dinosaurs and spaceships to Charleston themes.

New this year is a display in lights of the pineapple fountain located in Charleston’s Waterfront Park.

BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A hearing is set in federal court in the case of a defendant charged with not reporting everything he knew about the plans of a man accused of shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston church.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel meets Friday with attorneys representing 21-year-old Joey Meek to discuss the status of his case.

Prosecutors allege Meek lied and failed to report what he knew about Dylann Roof’s plans for the shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Meek’s attorneys want a trial delay. Their client is not expected at the hearing.

Roof, also 21, faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes stemming from the June 17 shootings.

Gergel has set another hearing in the Roof case for next month.