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"A liberal throw-away newspaper"

Wallace Scarborough's reference to the City Paper in a last-minute letter to constituents to rally support. It seems it was just enough, with Scarborough beating challenger Eugene Platt by a slim 45 votes in unofficial results.
Historic plan repairs ·
The city of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Foundation hosted a forum last week to kick off the development of a new Historic Preservation Plan. The existing 32-year-old plan has been credited with instituting height limits on the peninsula and spurring the cataloging of the structures in downtown Charleston, but recent proposals for the Clemson Architectural Center and a new hotel at Marion Square spurred preservationists to call for improvements to the plan.
"Those two projects really became controversial flash points in the community," says Winslow Hastie, of the Historic Charleston Foundation. "They catalyzed an enormous amount of discussion of the future of our city. It was at that time that Historic Charleston realized it was time for a new vision and a new plan upon which we could base solid, defensible positions on these new projects."
Mayor Joe Riley agrees that the issues are different for Charleston in 2006 than they were in the '70s.
"The plan was in a different time when the worry about a lack of investment was pervasive," he says.
For the peninsula, the new plan would look at allowed densities, parking needs, and the emerging preference of incentives over restrictions when it comes to historic preservation, says John Hildreth of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
San Francisco firm Page and Turnbull has been contracted to complete the revision. The group's staff, including former Charleston preservationist Charles Chase, will be holding focus groups next month and community meetings early next year. Though the website has not been developed, the company will be hosting a site that will chart the progress of the revisions and offer up the draft proposals to the public. The work is expected to be completed next summer. —Greg Hambrick

"Thumpin"

President George Bush's day-after analysis of the Democratic pounding he took on election day. The Dems picked up six Senate seats and 29 House seats in the ringing endorsement for change that Bush says he never saw coming: "Obviously there was a different feel out there for the electorate."

"Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have."

60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley, imparting advice in a 2000 interview. Bradley died from leukemia last week at age 65.

74.7%

That's the number of South Carolina sophomores who passed the high school exit exam on their first try. Downtown's Burke High School saw sharp climbs from 32.6 percent to 47.8 percent. Source: The S.C. Department of Education

54

That's the number of fatalities on Charleston roadways since the start of 2006, making us the worst county in the state. The number is also up 14 deaths from the same period last year. Source: South Carolina Department of Public Safety

Easy does it ·
The venerable Easy Bake Oven was installed into the National Toy Hall of Fame last week, along with Lionel Trains. The two toys were the first plug-in toys to make it on to the list. The toy allowed lil' Emerils to bake their own creations with the heat from a standard light bulb.
"Since 1963, more than 23 million have been sold, and more than 140 million mixes have been baked into yummy, yummy treats," according to the website of the Strong-National Museum of Play that hosts the Hall of Fame.
The oven joins 34 other toys, including Raggedy Ann, Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, and G.I. Joe, along with Legos, marbles, and checkers. Unfortunately, the Easy Bake Oven induction follows the box it came in by a year. Last year's big honoree was "the cardboard box." —GH

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