Mohamed and Megahed, Postpartum depression, CARTA rate hike. job growth 

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"It's the rites of spring. Every year, for 28 years, in the budget, we have the annual Charleston budget crisis."

That's Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, an Upstate Republican, after Sen. Glenn McConnell fought to squeeze $5 million out of the budget to go to Charleston County schools. McConnell had pledged to district staff that he'd find the $11 million they were short due to the state's funding formula that penalizes wealthy counties, but a tight budget year left the district millions short of that goal. Source: The Associated Press

More Charges for Mohamed, Megahed

Federal prosecutors announced additional charges last week against the two Egyptian-born men arrested in Goose Creek last August for transporting explosives across state lines.

Expected to be in court on that claim later this month, the two men face new charges for illegal possession of a destructive device.

When pulled over for speeding Aug. 4, the men told police they had fireworks in the trunk. Prosecutors claim the items in the trunk were ingredients for a homemade pipe bomb.

Officers also found a laptop in the car with a YouTube video of Mohamed instructing viewers on how to make homemade bombs out of remote-controlled toys. According to an affidavit, Mohamed told investigators the tape was meant "to assist those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries." That video has brought additional charges of supporting terrorism, which Mohamed will face separately at a later date.

We're just glad we weren't arrested at the airport last week for packing our laptop battery next to our hair product, because we don't have many readers in Guantanamo. —Greg Hambrick

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That's South Carolina's ranking among 17 states, including North Carolina and Georgia, where pregnant mothers were asked about symptoms of postpartum depression. S.C. had 19.5 percent of mothers report postpartum symptoms, just behind New Mexico's 20.4 percent. But South Carolina ranked first when mothers were asked if they had been physically abused before or during the pregnancy, with 52.7 percent. The state also led or ranked second regarding emotional, financial, relationship, or traumatic stress during the pregnancy. Source: Centers for Disease Control

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That's the projected rate hike for CARTA bus users due to the climbing cost of gas. The transit authority will host a public hearing on the issue before making a final decision later this year. Source: The Post and Courier

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That's Charleston's national ranking in regards to job growth, according to Colliers Keenan. The commercial real estate firm pulled the numbers from federal labor reports, but it's interesting to note that the firm has offices in Charleston, as well as Greenville (No. 3) and Columbia (No. 9). Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal

Architects Offer Timely Comparisons

Four architect firms will offer their unique perspectives on Charleston building designs during a new city-sponsored exhibition. "Timeless or of Its Time" will run from April 24 through June 29 at the Charleston Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun St.

The exhibition will include models, drawings, photos, and other examples of work by Huff + Gooden, Randolph Martz, Gibson Thompson Guess, and Glenn Keyes, with an emphasis on the different perspectives each takes on appropriate designs for historic places like Charleston. The opening reception for the first two firms will be from 6-8 p.m. April 24, with the second two beginning their run on May 29. The regular hours will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. —Greg Hambrick

"And please, drive carefully. We want you to get here."

One of the memorable lines from King Street furniture store owner Sonny Goldberg's old TV spots. Often remembered as the King Street Singer, Goldberg was memorialized last week with a plaque at the site of his old store at 445 King St.


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