Rain cancels Columbia National Night Out events

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Rain has caused the city of Columbia to cancel its annual party that leads into events for the National Night Out.

      The city's event was scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park and was free and open to the public. But persistent rain forced officials to cancel the event. There was no word on whether it might be rescheduled.

      Columbia neighborhoods will mark National Night Out on Tuesday with cookouts and community block parties.

      National Night Out began in 1984 and is an effort to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities, neighborhood camaraderie and communication between police and residents.

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