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"Nobody. Myself."

An 18-year-old New Orleans high school student on who he went home to at night. The destruction of the New Orleans economy since Katrina has forced many parents to leave their children while they seek employment in neighboring cities. The phenomenon has resulted in increased school violence and general disobedience as many high school students are forced to take care of themselves. Source: The New York Times
Gym out, City Hall in ·

Charleston City Council has agreed to sell the Arthur Christopher Gym to The Citadel Trust for more than $2 million. Mayor Joe Riley says the city will build a new gym in a nearby park, but Councilwoman Kathleen Wilson took exception to plans to build a gym of a similar size.
"The bottom line is that we keep building gyms that are too small," she says. "It's obsolete on the design table."
Riley notes there will be room to expand the gym, but the concern for now is money. He also notes that the city is developing substantial recreation centers and parks on Bees Landing Road and on Daniel Island.
Wilson says she wants the city to develop a tournament-style pool facility, but Riley says that vision needs the support of the region, not just the city.
"It's not something the taxpayers in the city of Charleston can afford to build," he says. "The three counties and all the municipalities need to be investors in that."
As for the old Arthur Christopher Gym, it will stay in operation until the new gym is completed. The Citadel has no pressing plans for the land, but will likely tear down the gym.
In other news, repairs to City Hall appear to be wrapping up. The building has undergone a more than $10 million renovation since last spring. Riley says City Council meetings will likely be able to return to the building early next year and he hopes his office can move in even sooner than that.
"We're working very hard to move the Mayor's Office in before Christmas," Riley says. —Greg Hambrick

One hour

That's the time it took 18 high-end condos to sell on in-demand Kiawah Island, in apparent defiance of recent national news that new home construction has slowed in October. The total amount collected for the condos was $38 million.

$4

That's the price for up to a 30-day supply of one of more than 300 generic drugs offered by Wal-Mart. The superstore brought its controversial discount rate to South Carolina last week.

19

That's the number of Charleston County Schools now listed as "unsatisfactory" under the state's report card evaluations. There were 11 unsatisfactory schools last year. Source: South Carolina Department of Education

"Andie MacDowell driving the Mary Kay pink Cadillac with the entire cast of Nip/Tuck couldn't make this report look pretty."

Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, on the findings of a Legislative Audit Report on the state Department of Transportation. The 68-page report documented overspending and lost opportunities for savings by the department, strengthening legislative calls for an overhaul. Source: The Post and Courier

$18 million

That's the amount of tax revenue that is expected to be lost through the state's tax-free days on Nov. 24 and 25. Source: The S.C. Board of Economic Advisors

10th

That's South Carolina's rank in a recent Boston College study on the most philanthropic states. Source: Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

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