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Terror By The Numbers

308

The number of South Carolina assets listed on the 2006 Department of Defenses database

720

The number of North Carolina assets on the database Source: The New York Times

$4.38 million

South Carolina's federal funding for law enforcement terrorism prevention in 2007

$7.98 million

North Carolina's federal funding under the same program

$6.13 million

South Carolina's federal homeland security grant funding in 2007

$11.17 million

North Carolina's federal funding under the same program. Source: Department of Homeland Security

Fancy Fred, Five O'Clock Fred, Flip-Flop Fred, McCain Fred, Moron Fred, Playboy Fred, Pro-Choice Fred, Son-of-a-Fred and Trial Lawyer Fred

These are the categories attached to a short-lived anti-Fred Thompson website that was tracked back to the operations manager of a S.C. firm working for the Mitt Romney campaign. One of the partners in the firm, Warren Tompkins, is the man many believe to have orchestrated the smear campaign against Sen. John McCain in the 2000 primary race. Source: The Washington Post

A Little Earth Over Asphalt

Usually, shoppers would have toget to the produce section to see a little green at Whole Foods, but on Friday, Sept. 21, the parking lot will be converted into a park as part of National Park(ing) Day, hosted by the nonprofit Trust for Public Land. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., part of the parking lot will be replaced with patio furniture, greenspace, potted plants, sod, shrubs, shirtless guys playing football, and bikini-clad women catching a tan (wait, those last two can be found at Marion Square).

All the big kids are doing the Park(ing) Day — by that we mean New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington.

"By turning parking spaces into instant parks, National Park(ing) Day is a creative way to demonstrate the real need to create more parks in our cities," says Will Rogers, president of TPL.

The idea for Park(ing) Day stems from San Francisco-based Rebar after it turned a metered parking spot into a temporary public park in 2005.

Vince Graham organized a similar event in Charleston last October, setting up a table and chairs in a metered parking space downtown to protest a lack of outdoor dining. Though he fed the meter, the city charged Graham with obstructing public ways. The charge was later dropped. —Greg Hambrick

D

That's the grade for South Carolinians' fiscal security, according to the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The report gives high marks for South Carolina's homeownership, but smacks us around over foreclosures and a lack of net worth for those tough times (think Britney's career type tough times). Source: The Charleston Regional Business Journal

$2,500

That's how much Wal-Mart says it saves the average family a year. Too bad we spent all that money on booze. Source: The Washington Post

Down with the lingo

A drug bust by Charleston Police last week involved undercover agents selling drugs to users and then busting them. The police reports provided several examples of street lingo that we're happy to pass on to you, along with apparent translations. Fashizzle on, my peeps.

• "Are you straight?": Do you have narcotics for sale?

• "Yeah": Yeah

• "A dime": $10 worth of cocaine

• "A 20 hard": $20 worth of cocaine base

• "A boy": $20 worth of heroin

• "I have a bag of cocaine in my pocket.": Go straight to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. —Greg Hambrick

"I'm talking about urban terrorism."

One College of Charleston neighbor fed up with students walking the streets at all hours of the night making a lot of racket. Residents sounded off during a town/gown forum last week at the college. One suggestion from the forum was that students form their own neighborhood association to improve relations.

70

That's the ranking for Sullivan's Island among the nation's most expensive zip codes. Isle of Palms came in at 199 and South of Broad at 327. Source: Forbes

"I can't make promises, but I know that she has expressed an interest in South Carolina and maybe we can pull that ... Certainly it would be a lot of fun for everyone."

Sen. Barack Obama about a potential campaign stop in South Carolina from his number one fan, Oprah. No word on any ridiculous giveaways, but let's all hope. Source: SCETV


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