"Life is short, get a divorce."

A controversial Chicago billboard that was taken down last week by city officials. Though there were tons of complaints, the city says the billboard was removed because the company did not have a permit.

Law & Order:Charleston

Charleston got its day in the state Supreme Court last week, with three decisions stemming from incidents in Charleston County.

In Doe v. Marion, the parents of a boy had alleged their son was abused by his pediatrician, Robert Francis Marion, and they were seeking damages from Marion's psychiatrist, Carol Graff, claiming that Graff should have warned others about the doctor's predilection. Since there wasn't a specific threat that the psychiatrist was aware of, the court said Monday that she should not be held responsible.

In Douan v. Charleston County, W.J. "Joey" Douan was seeking attorney fees from the county for his case involving the failed 2002 sales tax referendum. The court said no.

In Schnellmann v. Roettger, Rick and Jennifer Schnellmann bought a house advertised at 3,350 sq. ft., though no assurances were made by the seller's realtor, Nancy Roettger, regarding the accuracy of the measurement. Come to find out, the home was just shy of 3,000 sq. ft. and the new owners sued for fraud. The court ruled that the buyers had reason to doubt the realtor's claim. The court also found no damages in the case since the property, with the correct measurements, was assessed at more than the $478,000 selling price. —Greg Hambrick

Smoggin' it Up

State-owned utility Santee Cooper's recent proposal of a new coal-fired power plant in Florence County garnered a strong response from the Coastal Conversation League at a press conference in Waterfront Park on Mon., May 7. The new plant would emit 8.7 million tons of CO2, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change, increasing Santee Cooper's emissions by 30 percent, despite the company's funding of studies to lessen their environmental impact. Key points in CCL Executive Director Dana Beach's speech:

• "Funding future research (for cleaner burning coal facilities) while proceeding to produce electricity is just not enough. And it is wrong."

• "Every coastal river in SC is contaminated with levels of mercury that make fish consumption unsafe. Even as a publicly-owned company, Santee Cooper has done nothing to alleviate this problem."

• "Last year, Sen. Lindsay Graham co-authored the Carper Bill, which would cap utility carbon emissions. In this year or next, federal CO2 emission controls will be in place and render obsolete the current economics of Santee Cooper's coal plant decision."

• "We know now that what once was the cheapest way to produce energy carries real costs for everyone in our state. With Santee Cooper's original public mandate comes the responsibility to put the people of S.C.'s best interest first and foremost." ­—Stratton Lawrence


That's the amount of money found stuffed in the pocket of a pair of pajama pants in a Greenville Goodwill. Source: The State

"Lunch at the White House included wild asparagus, seared sea bass and raspberry meringue — all prepared with Queen Elizabeth's aversion to hotspices in mind."

The important news of Queen Elizabeth's visit, as reported by that grocery-store society rag some refer to as The New York Times.

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That's the new rate for first-class postage. Don't look for it to last long.


That's the number of years Al Parish, the former fan favorite Lowcountry economist, could theoretically be imprisoned if convicted on 10 counts of bilking hundreds of people out of millions of dollars. Source: The Post and Courier

Mayor Joe in Poland

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley led a contingent of design-minded mayors on a trip to Poland, looking to share experiences on revitalizing urban communities. During the week-long trip, Riley and others met earlier this month with 20 Polish mayors in the first international meeting of the Mayors' Institute of City Design, a program founded by Riley as a way for mayors and planners to share best practices.

"This is an important and critical time in the development and redevelopment of Polish cities," say Riley. "The American mayors in the delegation have a lot to share and are relating the stories of the redevelopment of their cities to the Polish mayors." The event came at the urging of Victor Ashe, the U.S. Ambassador to Poland and former mayor of Knoxville, Tenn. The program is a shared effort by the Mayors' Institute and the Union of Polish Metropolises (no, really). —Greg Hambrick


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