The Dog Bowl: Media wrap up for Feb. 12

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WCBD-TV 2's Jenny Fisher reports on the arrest of a Hollywood man accused of molesting three girls and abusing a boy. It's pretty grim:

Social workers found the boy underfed, with burns on his body.  News 2 stood in front of the home and said, "Court documents show that between the ages of 5 and 10 the little boy lived in a closet inside this home.  Police say the child had a bucket to use the restroom.  As punishment, police say Cobbs hung the child upside down in the closet."

News 2 talked with the current renter of the home, Judie Cabarrus, who says she does not know Cobbs.  When asked about her closets she said, "All the closets here are very small."  Jenny asked, "Can you imagine a child living in one?"   Uh uh.  No, I can't."  News 2 showed Cabarrus the police report with her address and the alleged horrors that took place inside more than eight years ago.  Cabarrus said, "I don't have any words, no words that somebody would do that to a child."  Jenny asked, "Does it floor you that it supposedly happened in the home you now live in?"  Cabarrus said, "Yes it does, it really does."

The not-so-subtle racism that seems to pervade all of life in Charleston pops in the latest Ask Elsa in The Post and Courier.

Q I thought the definition of a massacre was the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty.

It would appear that the crowd in Orangeburg was unruly. Was this really a massacre? Excessive use of force, perhaps. But a massacre? Henry.

A You are not the only person to say the name is an exaggeration of the events, but that is, in fact, the name of the event. The authorities at the time were calling it "an incident." Blacks, shocked and angry following the killings thought that was minimizing the brutality and began referring to it as the Orangeburg Massacre. Subsequently, Jack Bass named his book "The Orangeburg Massacre."

Some stories in The Post and Courier have included a phrase that disarms the argument. For example, Adam Parker said, "...the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, as it has come to be called..."

Hmm. Now, let's apply those standards to most well known massacre in American history — the Boston Massacre. (Which by the way, is memorialized with a more or less a marker the size of a man hole cover in the middle of the street.) Unruly mob? Check. Decidedly unmassacre-like deathtoll (five people)? Check. So is the Boston Massacre, as it as come to be called, really a massacre. They report, we deride.

Speaking of derision,  may we please bring your attention to this "Special Report" from Live 5 News: Fighting the Bags under Your Eyes.

Hitting the hay and getting a good night's sleep is one way to fight bags under your eyes. But do you ever wake up looking tired, even if you're rested? In this Live 5 Special Report, what causes bags under your eyes, plus secrets to fight them.

Chief Jon. Say it isn't so. Just a few months back you were all kinds of bothered about a report naming North Chuck the 7th most dangerous city in America, and now .... well, see for yourself.

"We get labeled the seventh-most-dangerous city in America, and my take is: It runs a lot deeper than North Charleston," Zumalt said. "We are the most violent state in the nation. It's just that simple. And we need help." (P&C)

OK. It's not quite an admission. But still, for a ranking that Chief Zumalt once protested, he sure has embraced it, like a plague covered blanket perhaps, but he is cuddled up with it. (That said, I wonder if Gov. Mark Sanford will now protest the Palmetto State's Zumalt determined ranking as the No. 1 most violent state in the nation?)

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