SCOTUS on Veronica - An emergency request by Baby Veronica's biological father Dusten Brown filed with Chief Justice John Roberts (SCOTUSblog), who handles emergency legal matters for the Fourth Circuit, could delay a Wednesday custody hearing (AP) scheduled in Charleston that would finalize Veronica's adoption by James Islanders Matt and Melanie Capobianco. The Roberts has called for a response from "Adoptive Couple" to be filed by Friday.
Movin' out - The city's "Operation Moveout" project helped haul away five tons of junk (P&C) over the weekend as many college students begin new leases downtown for the new school year. Still, some local residents believe landlords and the College should do more to cut down on the debris which lines downtown streets at the end of July each year.
Deluge affects crops - Across the South, a wet summer is affecting cash crops (NYT) from NC tobacco to Georgia watermelons. One Atlanta-area worker is particularly disappointed in the poor watermelon harvest, "This is the time of year when they should be the bomb." In other news, rains across the region Monday (P&C) triggered flooding in areas along I-26 north of Charleston.
Cheap gas - A new study released Sunday (P&C) shows that Charleston has the cheapest gas of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48.