City briefs: Canceled flight, Morris Island, sprinklers, and more 

"I've never heard of a flight being canceled mid-flight."

Passenger Jenny Spain on the bizarre plane trip from Charlotte to Charleston last week. Just minutes before landing at Charleston International Airport, the pilot turned around and headed back to Charlotte. Charleston's runways have been closed to traffic overnight recently due to repair work and the pilot missed the cutoff just after midnight. Source: The Post and Courier

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That's the number of unattractive, yet apparently necessary, signs now posted on Morris Island. Holiday weekend revelers trashed the remote island over the July 4 weekend, requiring a massive volunteer clean-up effort and a permanent reminder that Charlestonians leave pristine natural treasures the way we found them.

"Life saver on duty."

No, we're not talking about lifeguards on coastal washouts. This slogan will be in building windows to signify that the facility is equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems. The Charleston Fire Department is supporting the pilot program as part of a larger effort to expand sprinkler use. Some fire experts have suggested that sprinklers would have made a difference in the tragic Sofa Super Store blaze that killed nine firefighters in June 2007.

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