"They are going to have to pry this vibrator from my cold, dead hand."
Adult store owner Sherri Williams after the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of her case against an Alabama law that prevents the sale of adult pleasure devices. Source: The Associated Press
Bikes Lost. Bikes Found.
Two weeks ago, we reported on bike thefts in Charleston. Last week, police cracked down on thefts, with at least eight reports of police finding bikes. In one instance, an officer rounded up four bikes in one night, reporting two instances where he found a pair of riders on bikes they admitted were not theirs. The four bikes were a Schwinn Sidewinder Men's 26" bike, a Next Mountain Ridge bike, a Caloi Ultra Men's bike, and a Paloma GT Men's bike. All of the bikes have been collected at the CPD storage facility and can be picked up with proof of ownership. What's the best proof? Registering your bike with the city so when they find it, they can contact you. —Greg Hambrick
That's the number of times students (and one security guard) were overheard making references to getting tased during a recent stop by Sen. John McCain at the College of Charleston. Last month, a student was tased after refusing to leave an appearance by Sen. John Kerry, famously shouting "Don't tase me, bro" before getting the jolt. Look for that number to spike on Friday, Oct. 12, when Kerry will be visiting the campus for a lecture open only to the College of Charleston's Friends of the Library. For more info, contact Jenny Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.953.6526.
That's how much some crazed fan paid for a ticket to the Hannah Montana concert in Charlotte. And to think people won't pay $10 to see sharks in 3-D in Charleston. Source: The Associated Press
Straight Questions, Political Answers
Sen. John McCain brought his (sort of) revived campaign to the College of Charleston last week as the first speaker in the school's Bully Pulpit Series on Presidential Communications.
McCain started out by saying he would talk briefly before taking students' "questions or comments or insults."
No insults really, but there was some criticism to the senator's remarks that Hillary Clinton was wrong to oppose the Senate's vote against a MoveOn.org ad with a clever word play on Gen. David Petraeus, asking if he was really "Gen. Betray Us."
One student asked if McCain was against freedom of the press, but the senator said that wasn't an issue with the ad. He also noted that he opposed ads against John Kerry and Max Cleland's patriotism.
Another student wondered if votes like this weren't another example of Congress putting off real business for political votes.
"I think your point is very legitimate," McCain said. "In this case I thought it was important for Gen. Petraeus to show that we thought an attack on his honor was inappropriate."
McCain told environmentally conscious students that he's personally doing things to thin his environmental footprint. He bought his daughter a Prius (though he can't say the name right), he's using solar panels on his cabin, and trading in his big home for a condo as his kids head out. "I haven't done enough," he said. "I think climate change is real, and it's a threat to our planet."
Recognizing it's a problem is a noted improvement, as is McCain's pledge to keep Americans abreast of the happenings in Iraq with weekly briefings. "I think sometimes the American people feel they don't know enough about what we're doing to have confidence in our leadership," he said.
Everything else was what you've heard before — no date for withdrawing from Iraq and no to pork barrel spending.
Students got a hearty dose of straight talk when McCain was asked about efforts to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 ("Thanks, pal," he told the questioner in his jovial Grumpy Old Man voice). The senator said he'd heard similar complaints from young soldiers old enough to fight for the country, but too young for a beer. He told the crowd he'd leave it up to the states. But, before even leaving the auditorium, McCain was already backtracking as he put the breaks on the express, saying that 21 is the law of the land and should stay that way. Thanks anyway, pal. —Greg Hambrick
Overly cautious "Yankee stuff"
Capt. George Gardiner on the immediate recommendations of an independent task force investigating the fire department after the June 18 Sofa Super Store blaze that killed nine firefighters. Source: The Post and Courier
"It's crazy. It hasn't really set in right now that I got punched by a crazy naked guy."
Alex Reedy, 18, a freshman who was injured when pulling a naked man off of a University of Colorado co-ed. The man, along with a second nude dude, is believed to have been tripping on acid when he entered the dorm. Source: Rocky Mountain News