Total eclipse and the minimum wage

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The Charleston Post and Courier reports, "1 million people expected to visit South Carolina for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Here's what's going on around the state."

Events are planned or in the planning stages in most municipalities along the eclipse's path - a 70-mile-wide stretch that will follow a line from the tiny town of Mountain Rest, in the hills near the Georgia state line, to McClellanville on the coast.

Around Charleston, one minute and 34 seconds of total eclipse is expected to start at 2:46 p.m. Further inland, the period of darkness will be as much as a minute longer.

During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes in perfect alignment between the Earth and sun, creating a shadow on the planet and spectacular effects in the sky. It is the only time you can see the sun's corona, appearing as a dazzling ring of light around the moon's silhouette.

The temperature drops 5 to 15 degrees. A 360-degree sunset appears around the entire horizon. The path will run from west to east.

In McClellanville, the eclipse will be directly above the tiny village north of Charleston, a coastal fishing town of about 500 people, and the through-route U.S. 17 there is expected to be slammed. Nearby farms are looking at putting together events.

"Highway 17 will be gridlock," said College of Charleston astrophysicist Laura Penny.

In The Washington Post, Max Ehrenfreund writes, "A 'very credible' new study on Seattle's $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals."

When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city's minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they'd hoped to improve the lives of low-income workers. Yet according to a major new study that could force economists to reassess past research on the issue, the hike has had the opposite effect.

The city is gradually increasing the hourly minimum to $15 over several years. Already, though, some employers have not been able to afford the increased minimums. They've cut their payrolls, putting off new hiring, reducing hours or letting their workers go, the study found.

The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city. The study, published as a working paper Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has not yet been peer reviewed.

Notable & Quotable is compiled by Graham Osteen. Contact him at graham@theitem.com.