The Dog Bowl: News wrap-up for Feb. 19

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The race for the office of Ninth Circuit solicitor between Scarlett Wilson and former Berkeley County prosecutor Blair Jennings is getting as testy as a half-starved Pomeranian eying an open can of gourmet dog food and a jewel studded doggie purse, the kind favored by celebutards and debuteases. You might say it's getting as ugly as an alleged message board post from former Wilson underling Frank O. Hunt. And the whole thing is centered on the recent acquittal of Reginald Ricardo Hamilton, according to The Post and Courier.

On Monday, Wilson said the previous deputy solicitor in Berkeley County — Jennings — was partially responsible for the evidence prosecutors had to deal with. He had managed the case before Wilson asked him to leave his post in September.

Wilson said that a key witness' testimony wasn't properly secured "and we were left with no leverage when he recanted and refused to testify" as well as that Jennings "cut a deal" with the wrong defendant. She pointed to Hicks, "against whom we had the most evidence."

Hicks was the highlight witness called by Wilson's new lead Berkeley prosecutor, Bryan Alfaro. Hicks testified the two men plotted to lure a cabbie to the Carnes Crossing Mobile Home Park but blamed Hamilton for the shooting.

However, Jennings had something to say about all that:

Jennings on Monday said Wilson's comments are off-base, saying she is the one in charge of all management of the office, including how and when to prosecute murder trials in Charleston and Berkeley counties. Holding him responsible five months after he was forced out of his job was grasping at straws, he said.

"She's the solicitor, she's responsible for all the prosecutions," he said. "I don't agree that it's laid at my doorstep.

"At the time I left, no deal was in place with Oliver Hicks," he added.

The P&C has a good follow up to their report a week or so back about abstinence education, pardon me, character education company Heritage Community Services and one of their, um, educational texts.

Heritage provided the manual to The Post and Courier. On the page before the table of contents, it has a "youth-adult contract" that asks students to "abstain from sex outside of marriage, drugs, alcohol, smoking, and violence."

The first half of the book discusses attitudes, values and character traits. The second half focuses more on abstinence and includes stories about professional athletes who remained virgins into their 20s and 30s. Another passage said alcohol is "the number one cause of girls losing their virginity. Is that a decision you want to make under the influence of a mind- altering substance?"

Ah, virginity. The one thing I lost I never want back.

Although this story about the Charleston Place hotel worker who allegedly had a noose placed around his neck by a fellow employee made the news nearly two week's back, it's back in the news, now in press conference form.

WCBD-TV 2 and ABC News 4 report. (For those on mind-altering substances, click on the ABC News 4 link once and then again like a split second later. And close you eyes. He he he.)

Worried about backing over your kid? So is WCBD-TV 2.

We asked Kerr to hop in the drivers seat to test out her rearview blind zone. Christina stood in the back.

“No I can't see her at all right now,” Kerr said from the driver’s seat. “It's pretty scary. Small children move pretty quickly.”

Even if Christina walks several feet away from the back of the car, her mom still can't see her from the driver's seat.

“No I can't see her at all. Not from the read view mirror, not from the side view mirror not at all. I don't think even if had turned around and looked over my shoulder I could have seen her.”

You know, I'm not sure it was such a good idea to put a four-year-old in the blind spot of car. That's why these things happen in the first place.

Amy Hutto of 98x. Say it ain't so. Oh, different Amy Hutto.

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