"One of the things I've used on the Google is to pull up maps. It's very interesting to see that."

President George W. Bush, in a CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo

2nd

That's the rank Charleston International Airport received in a survey of price increases at 85 of the country's largest airports. Prices jumped 27.8 percent in the second quarter of 2006. For those thrifty fliers that book Savannah flights to save a few bucks, the news isn't much better. Prices at the other Lowcountry hub climbed 27.5 percent for third place, followed by airports in Greensboro and Raleigh-Durham. Source: U.S. Department of Transportation's Air Fair Index
Earth, Water, Fire, Beef ·

Captain Planet might raise an eyebrow about the "sustainability" of the beef industry, but at least they're recycling at the distribution level. T-Bonz Restaurants and activist Ida Taylor were honored this week by The Sustainability Institute as recipients of the 2006 Sustainable Community Awards. Last summer, Taylor organized a trip for 21 children in North Charleston's Union Heights neighborhood to travel and teach at an AIDS awareness campaign in Africa, in addition to her work with her district's Gethsemane Community Center. T-Bonz has received praise for their company-wide recycling program, as well as their self-imposed "tax" on all sales that goes toward charities and community service projects. Kudos to T-Bonz and Ms. Taylor. Now go enjoy a "green" steak. —Stratton Lawrence

53rd

That's the U.S.'s rank in the Worldwide Press Freedom Index. Authors of the annual report claim the erosion of press freedoms in the U.S. and other countries is "very alarming." The U.S. was ranked at 17th when the index was created five years ago. Source: Reporters Without Borders

"I think we need to take a break, a deep breath, and decide what we want to do. This will allow time to decide what we want the island to look like in the future."

James Island Town Councilman Leonard Blank on the town's plans to put a six-month moratorium on subdivisions in order to organize the town's planning standards. Source: The Post and Courier

6 million

That's how many gallons of plant-based fuel the newly opened Southeast Biodiesel plant in North Charleston plans to brew annually. Maybe it'll be enough to quell Rep. Henry Brown's urges to drop oil rigs along our coastline. –Stratton Lawrence

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