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"[G]irls"

That's how the competitors in the Family Circle Cup were referred to in a cutline that appeared in The Post and Courier last week. Long live Bobby Riggs.
Drawing the line ·
Gas prices may be climbing, but local ink-a-holics now have one less reason to drive to Savannah: Holly's Body Canvas Shop, the area's first tattoo shop since a state ban was lifted, opened in Summerville last week. Located on Old Trolley Road in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center, Holly and Charles Gamblin's tattoo shop is the end result of a three-year process that began when the couple left Florida for Myrtle Beach. "When we got to Summerville, I got a job at a local piercing shop that I ended up not liking how things were done there, so I opened my own." A longtime veteran of the body piercing "industry," Holly owns and runs a shop about three miles down Old Trolley in the opposite direction. "We live in Summerville, I'm part of the Lions' Club here, it makes sense to be true to the place where we opened up our first piercing shop." The toughest part was finding a building far enough away from churches, schools, and playgrounds. "Where I'm from in St. Louis, and anywhere else I've lived, I've not seen churches inside mini-malls like they are here." Holly says she and her husband did their homework and found a community that presaged their industry's return and had already passed the appropriate zoning laws. The couple plans to open a shop in Charleston "as soon as they decide what they are going to do about zoning down there." —Bill Davis

$2.72

Attention HUMMER owners: you're about to take it up the, er, tank, again. According to AAA, a gallon of regular unleaded gas cost $2.72 locally last Monday, up from $2.16 exactly a year before. Nationally, that same gallon of unleaded cost $2.78 that same day, up from $2.24 a year prior.

$1 million-plus

The Lord taketh, and the Lord walketh away. When the Christian Coalition moved to Mt. Pleasant, it had already reached its peak, financially and politically. These days, it is facing a debt reportedly over $1 million. The good news (for the fundamentalist Christian group) is that the organization's debt used to be over $4 million. Source: The Post and Courier

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That's how many Easter services Seacoast Church held Sunday in its nine locations, ranging from Greenville to Charleston and down to Savannah — that's one service for every hour of the day celebrating a Nazarene carpenter who, according to his followers, rose from the dead nearly 2,000 years ago and is now seated at the right hand of the "Father."

"President Bush has as much credibility on immigration as he does on Iraq and national security."

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), responding last week to the president's criticism that Reid was personally holding up immigration law reform in the Senate. Source: Associated Press
Columbia Week In Review ·
A Senate finance committee approved a $6.5 billion spending plan last week, upsetting lawmakers and lobbyists with the secrecy surrounding the process. Led by Chairman Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence), the committee met for three days in public session to tweak the budget. Some observers mentioned it might have been for show, though, and that most of the decisions were made behind closed doors. The hush-hush theme continued when a group of senators crouched behind a row of chairs during a meeting while discussing a pre-kindergarten education program. Over $110 million was added to the House's budget, and the $117 earmarked for property tax relief was erased. The plan, drafted by Republicans, adds $1 billion more to the state government's budget than last year. In unrelated news, state high school students may soon be able to receive elective credit for off-campus religion classes. A bill sponsored by Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Charleston) could allow students to participate in religion classes while also earning credit toward graduation. Course content would be evaluated before a student could receive credit. The bill was approved by the Senate education committee and was sent to the full Senate. If passed, the bill will make South Carolina the second state to give high school elective credit for off-campus religion courses. —Anna Claire Hodge

"Make my day."

Alleged Al Qaeda 9/11 coconspirator Zacarias Moussaoui last week, when asked how the sobbing of a naval officer describing the death of two of her colleagues in the Pentagon attack affected him. So, how many times will this guy be executed?

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