NUMBER & QUOTE of the week 

"I did it because that's what I thought the law required."

Judge Samuel Alito, defending his opposition to Casey v. Planned Parenthood during Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings last week. The 1991 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Pennsylvania state law that required women seeking abortions to notify their spouses. The Supreme Court ultimately upheld the decision, but the late Justice William Rehnquist, then Chief Justice, disagreed and quoted Alito in his own dissent. Source: The New York Times

100

The percentage of electricity used in Whole Foods Market stores and facilities nationwide that has been offset by the corporation's Dec. 9 purchase of renewable energy credits from wind farms. At 458,000 megawatt-hours, this is the largest wind energy-credit purchase in United States history. The South Carolina purchase alone is equivalent to removing 450 cars from the road, according to Whole Foods Market.

"Don't know."

That's how Charleston County School District spokesperson Jerry Adams responded last week when asked how much the public school district will pay local lobbyist Jerome Heyward to lobby state legislators in Columbia. The school district is concerned that it could lose funding if the state takes away its ability to tax private property in Charleston County, the county with the highest property tax base in the state, and turn over its money-gatherin' to Columbia, where both sides of the Statehouse are talking about removing property tax altogether in favor of a statewide increase in sales tax from 5 to 7 percent. Locals had been concerned Heyward, who has run for just about every public office under the sun (and as a white man, as this paper chided him last year), may be getting paid as much as $50,000 after CCSD Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson announced last week she didn't need to take the contract to the full School Board for approval for a contract under $50,000.

$6.1 million

That's how much one of Charleston's oldest and most historic residences, the William Gibbes House, sold for last week. The home at 64 South Battery is designated as a national landmark and went on the market last year. This marks the top price ever paid for a house on the Charleston peninsula, and tops the previous record by $1 million, according to a Charleston County public information officer.

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