by Sam Spence
Hotels galore near core of upper peninsula district
Three new hotels are planned within a block of Marion Square, a sign of the improving economy and confidence in the city's future as a destination for tourists. We are the best city on the planet, after all.
Sources: Post and Courier
Jonathan Safran Foer to speak at College of Charleston tonight
Tonight at 5pm, Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and a new non-fiction book Eating Animals, will give a free talk at College of Charleston's TD Arena as part of the school's participation in the nationwide College Reads! program. Did we mention it's free?
Sources: Charleston City Paper, C of C
Nassau St. works to beat its bad rap
With ramped up patrols, police are receiving fewer calls to the area around Nassau and Line St. on the city's east side, an area that's been historically been a troublesome spot for area residents and local law enforcement.
Sources: Post and Courier
Obama, Romney tussle over bayonettes and tumult in final debate
CBS News' Bob Scheiffer moderated a seated debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney Monday night in Boca Raton, F.L., the final debate before the November 6 general election. Both candidates appeared aggressive, though analysts mostly agree that the president came away with the edge going into the homestretch.
Sources: New York Times
South Carolina among the best for business
A new ranking by Area Development magazine has the Palmetto State ranked among the best for businesses, citing the state's exports and labor environment as reasons that placed S.C. as a runner-up behind top-ranked Texas.
Sources: Columbia Business Report, Area Development
Related: S.C. ranked as one of the best states for physicians
DMV allows man to take his wife's name... after ACLU intervenes
After a legal feint by the ACLU, the state DMV has ruled that a man who was denied a request to take his wife's last name after they got married, was allowed to change his name, with the state agency director apologizing for the mistake.
Sources:Charleston City Paper
TEDxMarionSquare hopes to 'Reinvent'
TEDx, the locally-organized sister series to the incredibly popular TED conferences, is bringing its in-your-face, introspective lecture series to the Holy City next May.
Sources: Charleston City Paper
Bouncing baby giraffe born at Greenville Zoo
About 250,000 people watched as 6-year old Autumn, a Masai giraffe on loan from a Boston zoo along with her mate, Walter, gave birth to a calf late Monday night, and took its first steps within an hour. Next stop, DirecTV commercials.
Sources: Spartanburg Herald-Journal