Obama against saggy pants ban, Facebook, fuel spill, Nude voting, I-526 extension, Neiman Marcus tanks 

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"Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and on the front porches of Charleston."

President-elect Barack Obama in his acceptance speech, looking back on his time campaigning in Charleston in the early stages of the primary season. Obama also referenced South Carolina in his "Yes, We Can" speech, talking about Dillon schools. The Post and Courier reported that Obama first learned of South Carolina's motto, "While I breathe, I hope," at a Charleston event. He went on to use a variation of that line in his acceptance speech.

Obama Against Saggy Pants Ban

Local officials like City Councilman Wendell Gilliard and state Sen. Robert Ford may be eyeing a ban on saggy pants, but there's at least one official who says no to legislating belt use — President-elect Barack Obama.

In an interview with MTV in the final days of the election, Obama wasn't asked about boxers and briefs — just boxers. Bans on saggy pants have been cropping up in some communities. The Charleston City Council rejected an ordinance this summer that would have made the trend illegal. Obama called these types of laws a "waste of time."

"We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq," Obama said. "And anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there."

That said, he still urged young men to pull up their pants.

"There are some issues that we face, that you don't have to pass a law, but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I'm one of them." ­—Greg Hambrick

Five Unfortunate Things on Your Facebook Page

College admissions officials are using Facebook and MySpace profiles to weed out applicants, according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece. "No one wants to be on the front page of the newspaper for giving a scholarship to a murderer," said Nora Ganim Barnes, director of the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Here's a list of five things you may regret putting on our Facebook page:

1. That picture of you with William Ayers.
2. What are you doing right now? Waiting for that smart, dopey kid to finish my Trig homework.
3. Sex: Often
4. Looking For: Crack. Got any?
5. Favorite Country: Africa

Greg Hambrick


That's how many gallons of gasoline and kerosene spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler on Interstate 526 into Filbin Creek in North Charleston last Tuesday, harming fish and marshlands. Source: The Post and Courier

"It might be too easy to tell if voters are swinging left or right."

One of the many flourishes used in reporting the request of a Florida nudist colony to get a clothing optional voting booth. Local officials told them maybe in 2010.

High Speed Impact

The S.C. Department of Transportation will host three public meetings over the next two weeks to gather input and provide information on the Environmental Impact Statement conducted for the proposed extension of the Mark Clark Expressway, or I-526. If completed, the road would continue from where it now ends in West Ashley over the Stono River to Johns Island, before hooking up with the James Island Connector at Folly Road. Proponents hope the $420 million project would ease traffic problems, but opponents say the road would lead to development, eventually increasing congestion. They point to the website Newwaytowork.com, which details how traffic grids and route options can alleviate traffic jams more efficiently than superhighways. The three DOT meetings will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Ft. Johnson Middle School, Nov. 18 at West Ashley High School, and Nov. 20 at St. Johns High School. The focus will be the effects on James Island County Park, the Stono River, and the adjacent wetlands will all be up for discussion. For details, visit SCDOT.org/I526. —Stratton Lawrence

27.6 percent

That was the drop in Neiman Marcus' retail sales in October, in spite of Sarah Palin's innovative economic stimulus package. Source: The New York Times


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