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2014 -- Animal advocates say the heat-related deaths of nine dogs in Charleston
County last week underscore the dangers that heat poses for pets and children.
seconds in a car can make an animal's internal temperature rise to a dangerous
level," said Charleston Animal Society Director of Shelter Health
and Wellness Dr. Sarah Boyd. "The increased temperature can lead
to heat stroke and eventual death."
to press reports, Mount Pleasant police charged Dr. Charles A. Bickerstaff
of James Island with nine counts of ill treatment of animals after his
Cavalier King Charles spaniels were found dead in his vehicle. Bickerstaff,
a gastroenterologist, was at East Cooper Regional Medical Center for three
hours dealing with an emergency. Reportedly distraught over the incident,
he is free on $90,000 bail. More.
this year, South Carolina lawmakers passed a tougher animal cruelty law,
including giving judges greater authority to maximize the fine or time
in jail and increasing the maximum penalty for first time offenders to
90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to the society.
the national group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling
on the Mount Pleasant hospital to post warning signs (its sample at
right) in parking lots to remind people of the dangers of heat.
"Many children and dogs die every year when their guardians forget that they are in the car or leave them locked in a vehicle while they 'run inside for a minute,'" wrote PETA's Allison Fandl. "By placing our warning signs in hospital parking lots, we can help prevent such tragedies by providing drivers with a vital reminder that it takes only a few minutes for an animal or a child to die of heatstroke."
there have been more than 600 documented cases of children dying in hot
cars since 1998.
a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to well
over 100 degrees in just minutes, even with the windows slightly open,"
Fandl said. "Children's bodies warm up three to five times faster
than adults' bodies do, and dogs can cool themselves only by sweating
through their paw pads and panting, so these vulnerable members of our
families can succumb to heatstroke in just minutes, resulting in brain
damage or death."
Society suggested three tips for keeping pets safe:
2014 -- Everybody in politics these days seems so bloody serious, as if
a good sense of humor has been thrown out of windows across statehouses
and the Capitol in one fell swoop.
it's because politics has become so professional, driven by polls, handlers,
spin doctors, white papers and the 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because
people are afraid that what they say will be misinterpreted, which probably
would happen with all of the politically-correct ninnies taking names
like weaselly school proctors.
an old friend mentioned wit, politics and putdowns recently, I got to
thinking of some favorite political sobriquets.
to which everyone aspires is Winston Churchill, who could cast off a brickbat
in a single bound.
young, Churchill grew a moustache to look older. A female constituent
complained that she neither approved of his politics nor moustache. Churchill
replied: "Don't worry, madam. You are unlikely to come into contact
time when Churchill had been drinking heavily, a Socialist member of Parliament
scolded Churchill for being drunk, which led to this famous riposte: "And
Bessie, you are ugly. You are very ugly. I'll be sober in the morning."
there's this zinger after Lady Nancy Astor told Churchill she would poison
his coffee if he were her husband. Churchill responded, "I would
Carolinians chuckled for years about things that came out of the mouth
of now retired U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings. When challenged in a 1986 debate
by GOP candidate Henry McMaster to take a drug test, Hollings responded,
"I'll take a drug test if you take an I.Q. test." (The issue
over drug tests quickly rotted away.)
Sen. John Tower, short compared to Hollings' stature, preened about an
expensive new suit one day in the Senate elevator, Hollings cracked, "Does
it come in men's sizes?"
find other examples of political wit in "I'll Be Sober in the Morning,"
a book of humor and comebacks edited by former College of Charleston professor
political put-down of all time is in another book from somebody you've
probably never heard of -- a talented writer/dramatist from Australia
named Bob Ellis. In 1994, he ran for a seat in Parliament against Bronwyn
Bishop, a conservative woman seen as a rising star. After Ellis lost the
election, he wrote a 606-page book about it. Here's how he described Bishop:
leaders don't need to put down leaders like that, it certainly would be
refreshing for them to be less scripted and more forthright. And show
a little more of a sense of humor.
Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. If you have a funny quip about a politician, send it along so we can share it. You can reach Brack at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A great place for a family day trip
AUG. 18, 2014 -- Now that school is back in session, it's the return of the occasional weekend family day trip to take a break from the drill of the weekly schedule.
At just over an hour from Charleston, Edisto really is the perfect quick getaway. We recently spent an extra long day soaking in the highlights at three well-known Edisto family-friendly destinations and encourage you to do the same as soon as you need a peaceful break from the ties that bind us. Be sure to pack dry clothes, swim suits, walking shoes and flip flops for your day in the Edisto area.
Beach State Park
biking, and swimming with a bit of history thrown in -- it's all in your
day trip to Edisto to Edisto Beach State Park. We loved the shaded walking
trails, discovering the historical relevance and the Edisto Indian connection
and then cooling down in the surf.
You have to see this amazing preserve to believe it exists so near to the hubbub of Charleston. This is such a tranquil spot for families to unplug and picnic in peace. End your day here with a beautiful sunset and walk along one of South Carolina's best beaches. To view Botany Bay, click here for a story by Pluff Mud Kids.
New England artist Grant Hacking has been picked as the featured artist for the 2015 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, slated to be in February.
"Grant is incredibly talented and we are proud to name him Featured Artist for 2015," says SEWE Executive Director John Powell. "His years of experience on multiple continents give him a unique range of subject that is truly awe inspiring when shown within a full body of work as it will be presented at SEWE. We look forward to celebrating Grant's talent which has long been confirmed by art collectors and SEWE benefactors. The Featured Artist's exhibit at Charleston Place will be an exciting place to be in February."
As featured artist, Hacking will create the image used for the official 2015 SEWE poster, to be unveiled this fall.
Hacking, born and raised in South Africa, spent the early years of his painting career in his native country, which provided him the opportunity to travel extensively, researching material for his innovative wildlife compositions. At 25, Hacking moved to the U.S. and began focusing on more localized subject matter. His collection now includes figurative work, architecture, coastal scenes and landscapes, especially those close to his home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
"Strictly speaking, I do not want to be categorized as either a wildlife painter or a landscapist because what I really paint is nature," he explained in a news release. "I try to give equal time to both genres. When the weather is good, I enjoy painting en plein air, and when the chill winds of winter arrive, I return to my studio where painting my memories of Africa instills a sense of warmth."
Although Hacking's technique varies greatly between the two genres, his landscapes are very painterly and a bit abstract while his brushwork becomes tighter when portraying wildlife - the two subjects really complement one another.
Trident Tech picks 10 student ambassadors for new year
Technical College has selected 10 students who will represent the college
as new student ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic school year.
student ambassadors are Sara Bolin, Rhonda Cox of Charleston, Alexandra
DeLuna of Pineville, Margaret Gombus of Summerville, Alejendra Juarez
of Ladson, Jana Sabrina Martinez of Goose Creek, Paige Matthews of Goose
Creek and Deanna McCollum of Summerville. Erica Myers of Summerville and
Japhet Rivera of Moncks Corner are returning student ambassadors.
ambassadors offer prospective students information from a student's viewpoint
and must meet certain qualifications to represent the college. The selection
process included meeting academic criteria, submitting an application
with an essay and undergoing an interview process.
Summit set for Thursday in Charleston
Thirty-five speakers will offer ideas on how successful entrepreneurs do well in business while creating a positive community impact on August 21 at the GOODBusiness Summit, which will be held at the Charleston Museum on Meeting Street.
The day-long event (8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.), which is presented by Lowcountry Local First and includes lunch and happy hour networking, will cover these topics:
Cost is $50 (student) to $140 (LLF member) to $180 (non-member).
More Thing: Stories and other stories
Perhaps most known for his acting and directing work on The Office, B.J. Novak recently released his first work of fiction. In this compilation of 64 short stories, Novak speaks as the voice of a new generation - one that is wholly immersed in a world of technology, celebrity, and deluded reality, and one that views the world through a veil of witty cynicism and faint melancholy. His tales are above-all humorous, but with a nip of irony sad truth at their core.
Novak is a natural storyteller, putting new twists on old fables like the tortoise and the hare, and balking at the ubiquity of technology with a tale about a sex robot that falls in love. He highlights the absurdity of our celebrity-driven society with stories about a roast of Nelson Mandela and a classic mix-up between John Grisham and his new publisher. Whether a few pages long or more than 20, Novak's storytelling style mimics that of a stand-up routine, reeling the reader in until the punch line is delivered impeccably. It's a clever and amusing read for anyone.
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was born in Richburg (Chester County) on Dec. 1, 1917, and grew up in
the Atlanta, Georgia, area. He is the son of John and Virginia Marion
and a descendant of Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary
War. He married Mary Dallas in 1937 and has four daughters. He spent one
year at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1935 and then played briefly
for Chattanooga in the Southern League. He then signed a four-year contract
with the St. Louis Cardinals that paid $5,000 in its final year; both
the size and the length of the contract were unheard of for a minor-league
player at the time. He played with Huntington, West Virginia, in 1936
and then for Rochester, New York, in the International League from 1937
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6.43 | Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
NO BIG READ. In last week's e-mail edition, we were provided with incorrect information about "The Big Read." It will not be held this year. We apologize for the error.
Southern hospitality wins again
A Charleston restaurant is the 13th most romantic restaurant in the country and the only one on a list of 15, according to a survey by ProFlowers just in time for August's National Romance Month.
According to the survey, Circa 1886 made the list for setting the mood for romance with "an elegant dining experience that is both comfortable and cosmopolitan." More.
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The Great Migration: 7 p.m., Aug. 21, East Cooper Montessori School, 250 Ponsbury Road in I'On, Mount Pleasant. The CSO Gospel Choir will continue the I'On Summer Concert Series with a performance of "The Great Migration: 1915-30 African-American Southern Exodus." Tickets: $10-20. More.
The Exonerated: 8 p.m., Aug. 21-Sept. 6, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, James Island. Midtown Production presents this legal thriller on multiple dates. Tickets are $16 to $20. Learn more.
Grape stompin': noon to 5 p.m., Aug. 23, Irvin-House Vineyard, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. The vineyard's 11th annual grape stomping festival will feature squishing local muscadines, a Lucy look-alike contest and more fun. Admission is $10 per car. More.
Learn about bird illustrators: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 26, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston. Museum archivist Jennifer McCormick will lead special tour on bird illustrators Alexander Wilson, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon. Only 10 places available. More.
Stono River Park meeting: 6 p.m., Aug. 26, St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will hold the second public meeting on property near Limehouse Bridge that is undeveloped and may be turned into a county park. More.
marathon: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Aug. 29, St. Andrews Regional
Library, West Ashley. The library will offer the best of Alfred Hitchcock
in this day-long marathon.
Deluge concert: Gates open at 3 p.m., Aug. 31, RiverDogs Stadium, Charleston. Some 300,000 gallons of water, three bands and fun are part of this outdoor, water-themed concert that features Kat Robichaud (finalist, The Voice) and her band as headliners at 6:30 p.m. More: DelugeCharleston.com.
Be Fit Charleston:
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6, Old Towne Creek County Park, Charleston.
There will be a fall fitness festival, farmers market, fun-run, water
slides, boot camp and more at this activity-filled day. Cost: $10.
Book signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston. Author Andra Watkins will sign copies of her 2014 novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis." More: AndraWatkins.com
Author submissions sought: Through Sept. 1. Join a forum for self-published authors and readers, and submit family-friendly content to Steven Schwengel, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. Submissions must be family-friendly and include the author's name, phone number, email and postal addresses. Authors of approved submissions will be invited to present their works during 4- to 8-minute presentations September 25. This event is not a sales forum, but a literary exchange for authors and readers More: phone 843-805-6943.
Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on Aug. 21, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. More.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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