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"They will try to come up with an explanation to keep the fossils old, but we don't need to. The explanation of their age is already right there in the Bible."

—Ken Ham, CEO of Answers to Genesis, the nonprofit that just opened a $27 million Creation Museum in Kentucky, explaining that recently-found, intact T. Rex blood vessels indicate that dinosaurs co-existed on Earth only a few thousand years ago Source:

Still Squawking

What came first, the monk or the egg? Mepkin Abbey and PETA are still embroiled in the dispute over the Trappist monastery's use of caged hens. In April, the monks received a letter of recommended changes to their operations from PETA and promised to consider the feasibility of the suggestions. The response came on May 17 in the form of a defensive letter from the United Egg Producers (UEP), endorsed by the Abbey. PETA vice-president Bruce Freidrich referred to the reply as "bizarre," and the animal rights organization has now filed their retort with the office of the S.C. Attorney General, who are reviewing the matter this week.

From UEP's letter. . .

• "(PETA's) vendetta against the Abbey has nothing to do with consumer protection and everything to do with PETA's ongoing efforts as a standard bearer of the radical animal left."

• UEP cites the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), an organization "dedicated to strengthening the bond between humans and animals" as having "repeatedly called for PETA to lose its tax-exempt status because it deceives the public, endorses violence, and funds terrorism."

• They accuse PETA of having the "chutzpah" to call the Abbey's defensive efforts "false advertising," saying that despite the "breathtaking arrogance with which it operates, PETA does not yet have the authority to alter the common everyday meaning of English language words."

• The letter also points out that Mepkin is being attacked for upholding practices common to the factory-farm egg industry.

PETA replies. . .

• "We request that your office take all steps necessary to ensure that Mepkin Abbey discontinues all statements and other misrepresentations to consumers in which it implies that the animals under its care are treated in a manner that comports with the average consumer's definition of animal welfare."

• They counteract UEP's statement that Mepkin ceased feed withdrawal molts on Jan. 1, 2007, with the words of Brother Dismas that indicate otherwise in their undercover video from Jan. 23.

• PETA continues to have problems with Mepkin's writing on their egg cartons that states "Fresh from Our Home to Yours," stating that "the issue is not whether the eggs are fresh, but the implication that the hens are kept in an environment that has the attributes of a 'home' or 'place of comfort.' They also feel that "Hand Gathered Twice Daily" implies a family-farm, nesting environment rather than the cages and metal troughs the monks collect eggs from. —Stratton Lawrence

$20 million

That's how much an Atlanta real estate firm paid for the Cigar Factory at 701 East Bay St., a building on the National Register of Historic Places, which they plan to convert into residential lofts and office space. Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal

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Where's Granny?

On Tues., May 29, a sign reading "Closed for Funeral" went up on the door of Granny's Goodies, the vintage gifts and quirky clothing store on King Street. On Friday, June 1, "for Funeral" had been ripped off the bottom of the sign and items were missing from the display case. Neither owner Lynne Crooks nor her husband are answering their cellphones, and the staff at Cumberland's, with whom they share space and a lease, are unsure of their whereabouts. Granny, we're worried. Give us a call and let us know you're OK.


That's where South Carolina falls in a federal Energy Information Administration ranking of increased carbon dioxide emissions between 1990 and 2003. A proposed billion-dollar coal-fired Santee-Cooper plant in Florence County won't help us drop on the list of CO2 emitters. Source: The State


That's S.C.'s spending growth from 2006 to 2007, ranking us fourth in the nation and indicating a heavier tax burden on citizens than in states with similar median incomes. Source: S.C. Policy Council


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