Park Conservancy, Voter Education, Bicycle Presence, Debate Highlights 

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"Treason!" "Terrorist!" "Kill him!"

Just some of the words spoken by supporters of Sen. John McCain at recent rallies, as McCain's campaign tried to paint Obama as dangerous. Source: The Washington Post, CNN

Park planning, and YOu're invited

Charleston Parks Conservancy is hosting the first "Pride in our Parks" event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 16, at Colonial Lake. Bring your thinking caps, because Charleston residents will be given the chance to help reshape and influence plans that will rejuvenate the lake and Moultrie Playground. The event will feature the Conservancy's new volunteer force, the Park Angels. Founded by Darla Moore and headed by expert horticulturist Jim Martin, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and reestablishing Charleston's natural parks and other wildlife areas. The Conservancy hopes to encourage support for keeping our planet, and especially Charleston, greener. For more information, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.orgMark Glenn

Voter Education

Yes, voting is a responsibility, but it's also a right. And it's important you understand your rights, right?

A forum planned for this week will lay out the stuff you need to know about voting. Things like voting on a provisional ballot, voter intimidation, and how to vote if you're a student, disabled, or a convicted criminal.

The event will be at 6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 15, at the Circular Congregational Church. It's sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Alliance for Full Acceptance, the Center for Women, the Coalition for New South Carolinians, Democracy Matters, the League of Women Voters, South Carolina Pride, and the South Carolina Progressive Network. —Greg Hambrick


That's the number of copper rods stolen last week from the worksite at the Dock Street Theatre, a historic downtown building undergoing a massive renovation, according to a police report. The rods are valued at $1,200. Copper has been popular in criminal circles because of its resale value.

94.65 percent

That's the amount of trash that was diverted from the landfill during last month's Charleston Green Fair, sponsored in part by Charleston City Paper. Most of the waste was either recycled or composted, according to event organizers.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

The popular Critical Mass bike rides downtown have spawned a sister ride on James Island, where biking is a far hairier endeavor. After Riverland Terrace resident Laura Thurston was hit by a car (not seriously injured), she decided that a movement to establish a bicycle presence on the island was needed. Although the city recognizes bike routes along Maybank Highway, Folly Road, and Riverland Drive, the lack of a shoulder and indifference of drivers can make riding dangerous. The convoy will take off from the South Windermere parking lot at 5 p.m. on Oct. 17, and continue every third Friday each month. More info at —Stratton Lawrence

"With the help of politicians like John McCain."

Words from a recent Obama attack ad accusing Bush trade policies of sending jobs overseas. We're not sure which "politicians" the ad's referring to, but the video that goes along with those words is a clip of McCain entering a press conference with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.

Debate Wrap: "That One" Edition

We'll always remember "that one," but here are some other highlights from last week's presidential debate:

1. Among uncommitted Ohio voters, men thought less of moderator Tom Brokaw's opening remarks. Thanks, CNN!

2. McCain was running from the cameras all night and will not appoint Brokaw to be Treasury Secretary. This is obviously a man who hates the media.

3. McCain mentioned "Frannie" and Freddie. While Frannie is not a Wall Street failure, she certainly did not do the American economy any favors with her failed WB show, Life With Fran.

4. McCain is a cheerleader for the American worker. "They're the best." Except for that lady at Starbucks who can NEVER get my mocha right!

5. McCain: Against overhead projectors from day one.

6. "Clean coal" sounds silly, no matter who says it.

7. McCain said Obama's tax plan is "like nailing Jello to the wall." Obviously, that was a saying from the '40s.

8. Brokaw tried to cram a year's worth of Nightly News into 90 minutes, and he's pissed off that John McCain can't see the flashing lights telling him to shut up.

9. There was a kid in the front row who looked like he needed to make water about five minutes in.

10. If Obama loses this election, it'll be because he didn't call voters "my friends" every three minutes.

The final debate is at 9 p.m. Wed., Oct. 15. —Greg Hambrick


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