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"If I were a thief, I would have moved on because your vehicle was properly locked and uninviting to me."

A note from the North Charleston Police left under windshields in neighborhoods last week. If they consider our high-end tire iron "uninviting," they've obviously never had to change a tire with the dinky piece of crap that comes with the car.

Local Obama Volunteers in Texas

With South Carolina behind them, the Lowcountry staff and volunteers working for Barack Obama are still in the trenches. They're opening Obama for America offices in Houston and Dallas, with volunteers heading to the Lone Star State to help with the final push to the March 4 primary that could bring an end to the race for the Democratic nomination. —Greg Hambrick

P&C Misses Shot At Transparency

A prominent front page story in last week's Post and Courier laid out the early plans for the Midtown development on King Street that's expected to include a hotel, condos, and retail space located at the end of Cannon Street.

What's missing from the story is that Evening Post Publishing, the parent company of The Post and Courier, has 12 acres of undeveloped real estate within a block of the project that would be directly impacted by the Midtown plans.

The newspaper has been in a unique position since announcing the company's entrance into the real estate business last spring — serving as a chronicler of the very Upper King revitalization that will likely increase the value of the company's own development.

With the city prepared to weigh the Midtown development in early March, their decisions could have a direct impact on what Evening Post will be allowed to do with its property and, in the end, how much money the development will bring to the media company. More so than any other development downtown, Midtown will inevitably impact not just The Post and Courier's readers — it'll impact the paper. —Greg Hambrick

Voting For Animals

The presidential primary race may have long left our shores, but the Charleston Animal Society is pressing on with a campaign that pits dog people against cat people. It's Spike the dog versus Biscuit the cat in the race for the "president" of the Animal Society.

In the past few months, the race has included billboards and campaign posters as well as Facebook sites for each animal and YouTube videos of the candidates on the campaign trail. There have also been a number of endorsements. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and the Citadel have backed Spike while North Charleston's Keith Summey and the College of Charleston have gone with Biscuit.

Each candidate's priorities play to the Animal Society's concerns. Spike is for adoption and getting animals good homes. Biscuit is focused on education and health care.

Votes can be cast at www.spikevsbiscuit.org. The winner will be announced at the grand opening of the new Charleston Animal Society off Remount Road on Saturday, March 8. —Greg Hambrick

100,000

That's how many S.C. hunters and anglers are represented by the Camo Coalition, a cooperation between 17 organizations like the S.C. Waterfowl Association, Carolina Quail, and Trout Unlimited, according to a coalition release. They formed at the Statehouse this week to work toward protecting "water bodies, riparian zones, and wildlife habitat" to preserve our state's hunting, trapping, and fishing heritage.

"Probably got a bomb strapped to them."

Just one of the off-color remarks made by Goose Creek officers/comedians at the scene of the August arrest of two Egyptian-born students charged with carrying explosives over state lines. Another officer testified last week that being crass and rude is "part of the job." Source: The Associated Press

34 percent

That's the increase in daily ticket sales over last year for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Seen by many as an early indicator for the tourist season, SEWE suggests things might not be as dire as expected this year. --Source: ABC News 4

"What we do is a reflection of political reality."

Republican National Committee Director Danny Diaz on why the group stopped sending out "Action Alerts" warning about Hillary Clinton's presidential run. Source: The Atlantic Monthly

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