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"We were just lucky no one was sitting at the computer when it happened."

Illinois resident Dee Riddle on the suspected meteorite that crashed into her home near her computer stand. Source: The Associated Press


City Paper Honored in Award Season

That's right. It's not just Hollywood starlets and music moguls who are dusting off their mantels this time of year. The Charleston City Paper was recently honored by the South Carolina Press Association and the Advertising Federation of Charleston. Here's a rundown of our awards. Consider our backs sufficiently patted.

S.C. Press Association

• Lifestyle/ Feature Special Edition or Section (All Weeklies)First place -- Best of Charleston 2006Second place -- DishThird place -- Thrive

• Lifestyle Feature Writing (Over 4,000 Weekly)First Place -- Sara Miller for "How Can I Help?" (April 12, 2006)

• Feature Writing Third Place -- Greg Hambrick for "Kicking AIDS" (Sept. 6, 2006)

• Newspaper Websites (All Weeklies)Third place -- www.charlestoncitypaper.com

Advertising Federation of Charleston

• Collateral Material Publication Design for Cover Bronze Medal -- "Whole Hog" cover (Aug. 2, 2006)


"I don't think I'll be any more effective remaining."

District 20 Constituent Board member Henry Copeland, after announcing his resignation earlier this month from the board. Copeland was a persistent critic of the district's policies on the peninsula but said he was leaving the board to be replaced by someone "who can move the agenda more effectively."


$400,000

That's the cost for about 1.5 miles in pedestrian and bike trails along Ashley River Road approved by the City Council last week. But they're not just laying down pavement. The project includes a lot of ancillary work, including two bridges that will have to be built over wetlands and creeks.


"It clearly outlines that these predators are willing to do whatever it takes to have sex with children. Nothing is going to stop them but police and jail."

State Attorney General spokesman Mark Plowden on the capture of a Michigan man whom police say traveled to Charleston to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. The man had actually been communicating online with an undercover Charleston police officer. Source: Post and Courier


Smoked Out

The legislature may soon put out one of the key arguments from those opposed to cigarette bans on Sullivan's Island and in the City of Charleston. An amendment to a Senate bill on smoking in government facilities would give clear authority to local governing bodies regarding smoking bans. The measure won initial approval in the Senate late last week by a voice vote, but Senate leader Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) wanted it noted for the record that he opposed the amendment. McConnell told the City Paper earlier this year that, even though he's allergic to cigarette smoke, he opposes such nanny-state guidelines. It's unclear how the bill will fare in the House. --Greg Hambrick


395 lbs.

That's how much a Mexican man who had once weighed nearly 1,300 lbs. lost recently. He celebrated last week by coming out of his home (on his wheeled iron bed) for the first time in five years.Source: The Associated Press


New divisions

With recent changes to the city's subdivision standards, city officials will be briefing developers and architects regarding the new standards from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wed., March 9, in the third floor conference room at 75 Calhoun St. The City Council approved the changes last month at the recommendation of the planning staff and new City Planning Director Josh Martin.

The new standards include classifying all subdivisions as either major or minor depending in large part on the number of lots and creating new review procedures that include a concept plan review and a new Subdivision Review Committee. --Greg Hambrick


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