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"To narrow this definition of married man, woman, and biological children is absurd. It's being polarized as seen as something only for gay people, which doesn't make any sense."

Robert-John Hinojosa, field director for the South Carolina Equality Coalition, on his opposition to the state's gay marriage amendment. Hinojosa is from Columbia, but is spreading his message around the city via bus in a seven-city tour, which stopped in Marion Square last week. Hinojosa was denied the right to view his partner's body after he was killed in an auto accident, and is spearheading the Fairness for All Families Campaign to make sure others don't suffer similarly as a result of the amendment, which will be on November's ballot. Source: The Post and Courier
Problems continue for District 20 ·
Only three of 19 Buist Academy parents responded to the downtown constituent school board's request for verification of their home addresses. Board member Pam Kusmider told The Post and Courier she hoped the parents of incoming kindergarteners were out of town, but really, what is the likelihood that all 16 jumped on a Carnival cruise together? The check for addresses comes in the face of accusations that spots reserved for downtown kids went to those living elsewhere — meaning there was some fudging being done by parents. Buist principal Sallie Ballard will now discuss the discrepancies with Earl Choice, the assistant superintendent of downtown schools, and Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.
Meanwhile, the impressive renovation of Burke High School might be for naught if the state takes over the reins. Just as they have since 2002, review teams from the State Board of Education found the school unsatisfactory overall, with a below-average improvement rating from last year. Feelings on whether or not handing the school over to the state and declaring it a learning emergency — a possibility after the state superintendent of schools reviews the case in Sept. — are mixed. —Lynsy Smithson Stanley

"...they were reportedly attacked by this bully with a Glock pistol and a flashlight who repeatedly threatened them and then fired his gun."

Charleston County Democratic Party Chair Waring Howe, on the Wallace Scarborough "incident." Scarborough, a state representative (R-James Island), was arrested Saturday night on two counts of assault with intent to kill after reportedly brandishing and discharging a pistol when two SCE&G workers entered his parents' property while inspecting power lines after a storm.

$2.61

With gasoline prices up a whopping 10 cents a gallon, this is where Charlestonians hope their gas prices will stay. Charleston has the lowest average price of gasoline in the country. The highest average pump price in the U.S. is $3.26 per gallon in Honolulu.

50.74

That's how many acres of land that have been annexed by the city of Charleston since May 23, 2006, in James Island came up for rezoning approval at the city council meeting on Tues., July 18. The petitions for the 19 ordinances were all seeking SR-1, or single-family residential classification. Source: Charleston City Council

3

That's the number of shark attacks so far this year in South Carolina, and East Side shootings in the last three weeks. The shark attack figure surpassed the state's annual average (2) last week when a 21-year-old was bitten while swimming near Kiawah Island. No one in S.C. has died from a shark attack since 1883. The same cannot be said for the latest East Side victim. Source: The Post and Courier

2

That's the number of places Charleston jumped (from 6th to 4th) in Travel + Leisure magazine's 2006 World's Best Poll for "Top Cities in the U.S. and Canada." As a best destination, Charleston joins five U.S. and four Canadian cities receiving this honor: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, Vancouver, Quebec City, Victoria, Montreal, and Seattle. "Charleston's continued top-10 ranking proves that visitors appreciate all that our area has to offer," says Rick Mosteller, chair of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau. Source: Charleston Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau

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