"I think your Charleston City Newspaper is one of the filthiest papers I have ever seen and it really offends me, because Charleston is not that filthy."

A "lady that has lived in Charleston all of her life" giving our voice-mail a talking-to.


InnoVenture Spawns Capital Ideas

Local industries, entrepreneurs, and inventors will be taking a drive up to Greenville on March 27 and 28 for the fourth annual InnoVenture forum. The program by Swamp Fox Productions highlights needs of big industries and the unique innovations that are being developed by large firms and small start-ups.

"InnoVenture is about uncovering and connecting talented people," says John Warner, the event's founder.

Local representation includes the Medical University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston. CIVISonline, a local start-up developing technology for major news media groups, will be one of 12 emerging companies that will provide a special presentation to potential investors.

Forty-five presenters from throughout the Southeast, including MUSC, will have innovations on display in the 30,000-square-foot Innovation Hall. There will also be a CIO roundtable and a capital forum, as well as a luncheon discussion on the $215 million investment in the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, particularly on how to use that model for other industries, Warner says.

"We didn't have to convince BMW to do research," he says. "We had to convince BMW to do research here." ­--Greg Hambrick


That's the number of finalists picked from 170 entries in the Urban Land Institutes' 2007 Excellence Awards. The list of cities from throughout the Americas includes Daniel Island, along with projects in Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C.


That's the number of homicides in the city of Charleston so far this year, currently outpacing last year's record total of 22. Source: The Post and Courier


On Wed., Mar. 14, PETA filed complaints with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, the state Attorney General's Office, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleging that Mepkin Abbey uses unfair trade practices, including false and misleading advertising, in their egg production and distribution. The press release was posted by the Associated Press and covered as far away as the Los Angeles Times. Although PETA billed the action as "criminal charges," they are only the standard complaints any citizen can file. "To my knowledge, none of the agencies with which they filed these complaints have issued any kind of response," says Mepkin Abbey communications director Mary Jeffcoat. The monks have requested a list of recommendations from PETA for improving their egg operation, promising to "deliberately, carefully and scientifically consider each one of them so that we can determine which, if any, we can implement immediately, which may take some time to implement and which may not be workable." --Stratton Lawrence

A Difficult Choice

Bill H.3355, legislation that would require pregnant women to view an ultrasound photograph of their embryo or fetus before giving consent for an abortion, has passed the House Judiciary Committee and is in discussion on the House floor in Columbia. "This serves no medical purpose whatsoever," says Chris Hollis, Planned Parenthood's vice president for governmental and political affairs in North Carolina. "Women going through this emotionally tough time already have an opportunity to see the ultrasound if they want to." Physicians would be required to wait an hour after a verification document is signed before carrying out the procedure. Cosponsored by 17 representatives, H.3355 will likely be voted on this week. --Stratton Lawrence

50 %

That's the percentage of Charlestonians who support the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Source: SurveyUSA

30 %

That's the amount of potential tax credits out there for investors looking to restore buildings in the Charleston Navy Yard Officers' Housing District now that the area has been granted an Historic District designation by the National Register of Historic Places.

Market Movement

The City of Charleston is trying to assuage some concerns from local retailers that there will be major changes at the Market.

The market has been managed by the Christopher Co. for some three decades, but the lease is up, so the city is considering its options, says Mayor Joe Riley.

To discuss what's working, what's not, and what else is out there, the city brought in national market expert David O'Neil on Tuesday to talk about the Market's potential.

Riley recognizes that the Market has been extremely successful and stressed that the city won't be trying to reinvent the wheel.

"We don't anticipate radical changes," he said, though "one of the things we're talking about is having local citizens patronize the market more."

Considering the Market recently won Best Tourist Trap in the City Paper's Best of Charleston issue, readers are certainly looking forward to that change.

Michael Maher with the city's Civic Design Center says that a calendar hasn't been set up for the proposals, but that they want to send out requests as quickly as possible to attract the right bidders and to carefully vet the proposals. --Greg Hambrick


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