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"Dogs don't bark at parked cars, and I'm not a parked car."

State Rep. John Graham Altman III, commenting last week on criticism he has received over the years (we think), as he prepares to fend off rivals for his seat in the Statehouse this year. Source: The Post and Courier

$427 billion

That's the amount the federal deficit is expected to become this year, an all-time record, due to the rising cost of the Iraq War, cleanup efforts in Gulf States after Hurricane Katrina, tax cuts, and increased Congressional spending. This will make it difficult for the Bush Administration to live up to its promise to reduce the national debt by half over the next few years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

22

That's the number of students who were expelled from the Charleston County School District in the first quarter of this school year, according to the district's Office of Student Placement. This time last year, that number was 95. Apparently, the schools are doing something write, er, right.

1.98 million

That's the number of 20-foot equivalent shipping units that rolled through the State Ports Authority's three local container terminals last year, an all-time record and a 6 percent increase over 2004.

12%

That's how much housing prices are above "equilibrium" in Charleston, according to Money magazine. Despite the gap, the magazine still listed the area's housing as delivering "fair value." Translation: no one from Money magazine lives in Charleston.

"When Charleston was devastated by Hurricane Hugo, I don't remember the mayor ever standing up and saying "Let's rebuild Charleston into a "Vanilla City.'"

Tech. Sgt. S. Alan Reynolds, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, reacting to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's call to remake that city into a "Chocolate City." Source: Stars and Stripes

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