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Best Coverage of the Former Soviet Bloc

The Charleston Mercury

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Reaching far and beyond the expected boundaries of a weekly community paper, The Charleston Mercury aims high with special coverage of international, political, and cultural affairs. Some locals enjoy reading the Mercury each week for the Whiskey Couple, the Lowcountry Rambler editorials, the blue-blooded Out and About photos, and essays covering local history and characters. Others dig into the paper's deep and ongoing coverage of complicated political affairs in Eastern Europe and many regions formerly in the Soviet Bloc. "Fitting with our slogan, 'the newspaper with the cosmopolitan attitude,' we try to report on various places around the world that may influence events at home, show travel opportunities, and show readers what our residents are doing abroad," explains publisher Charles Waring III.

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