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Issue 5.14 | Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
Lots going on; see our calendar

FOCUS Help on teen pregancy
BRACK When church politics is petty
SENIORS On life estates
GOOD NEWS Dogs vs. cats, War of 1812
HISTORY Gov. Patrick Noble
SPOTLIGHT Kaynard Photography
FEEDBACK On highways, nullification
THE LIST Energy-saving tips
QUOTE Courage and grace
CALENDAR This week ... and next

Help do something about teen pregnancy
Special to Charleston Currents

FEB. 4, 2013 -- "Substantial improvements." "All-time low." "Fourth consecutive year of decline."

For a resident of South Carolina, these aren't always the headlines I see when perusing the morning paper - especially when it comes to issues that affect education and child well-being, but it's exactly what I read last week as teen birth rates in our state plummeted to an all-time low.

As reported by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teen birth rate declined by 8 percent between 2010 and 2011 and now stands at 39.1 births per 1,000 girls age 15 to 19. While this is progress that should be celebrated, it is also true that our state still ranks 11th highest in the nation in teen births and an alarming 6,000+ teens give birth in South Carolina each year.

You may be asking yourself, why is this so important and why should I care? Maybe you don't have children and don't see the relevance for you. Maybe your children are grown and you feel a sense of accomplishment that you and your kids made it through those rough adolescent years. Maybe you are a new parent and feel like worrying about this issue is light years away from the diapers and sleepless nights you are now facing. Whatever your current situation, there are multiple ways that this issue is affecting you and your neighbors. The impact that teen pregnancy has on our state's overall health, education system and economic stability is staggering. The following data points give only a glimpse into the reasons you should care about this issue:

  • S.C. taxpayers spend at least $197 million on costs associated with teen childbearing each year.

  • Teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty and rely on public assistance.

  • Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school … only 38 percent ever will.

  • Children of teen mothers are less prepared to enter the school system, score lower on measures of school readiness, and are 50 percent more likely to repeat a grade.

  • Children of teen parents suffer higher rates of abuse and neglect than children of mothers that delayed childbearing.

Ready to get involved? Research and the success of the past 20 years in our state clearly show that through the continued promotion of age appropriate, research proven sex education in public schools; enhanced conversations about love, sex and relationships between parents and their children; and increased access to condoms and contraception for sexually-active youth, we will undoubtedly continue to see progress.

Find your fit and get involved:

  • Become familiar with the S.C. Comprehensive Health Education Act and explore your school's sexuality education curriculum. Eighty-four percent of South Carolinians support sex education that emphasizes abstinence and teaches about contraception. Now, it's time to be the vocal majority.

  • If you are a parent, start talking. Whether you are the parent of a 5 year old or a 15 year old, there are age-appropriate discussions that should be taking place. Visit the S.C. Campaign's Parent Portal () for more information.

  • Refer a young person in your life to www.CarolinaTeenHealth.org. Here, teens can learn more about their bodies, what to expect, and how to plan for the future.

Too often, people will read an article like this and think, "Wow, that is an important issue and somebody should do something about it," but my hope is that you read this article today and say, "Wow, this is an important issue and I am going to do something about it."

Lica Colwell, a patent attorney with Nexsen Pruet in Charleston, is a member of the board of directors of the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.


When church politics rises to the level of pure pettiness
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

FEB. 4, 2013 -- If you think politics rocks and rolls only at the Statehouse, take a look at church politics.

Episcopalians, known around the country for acceptance and tolerance, are facing mighty frustration and confusion in the lower part of the state following a schism late last year that has pitted parish against parish, priest against priest, and a bishop against the national church.

The headline-grabbing schism in what until recently was a united body known as the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, today is fueled by a spiritual and historical stream of secession, a menacing aquifer of greed, disdain, money, power and sanctimony. It has spilled from the pulpit into state courts. It has caused churches and parishioners to pick between church leaders who have left the national Episcopal Church and those who remain with it.

Some see it as a bunch of ecclesiastical nonsense because they don't really care which governing organization they're aligned with. But others see the split as a hurtful squabble brought on by conservative clerics who are negatively impacting the worship lives of church members. And some are even gloomier, viewing the break as sinful lust by those leaving to grab as much as they can by using rhetoric, strategies and tactics worthy of the best negative political campaign that Lee Atwater ever ran.

Over the last 10 years, some champions of Biblical literalism in the Episcopal Church in the lower part of the state got hot and bothered by gender politics. They went ballistic when the Rev. Gene Robinson, a gay man, was named Bishop of New Hampshire, even though the likelihood of anyone from South Carolina worshipping in the Granite State was next to nil. More recently, the same zealots got bent out of shape over the blessings of same-sex relationships in other parts of the country, just as they surely got bent out of shape in the 1970s with the ordination of women and as their ancestors did over race during and after the Civil War.

Led by S.C. Bishop Mark Lawrence, many churches broke away from the national church and formed a new entity -- "The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina" -- with rhetoric that sounds much like what happened when conservative Democrats jumped to the Republican Party -- "I didn't leave the party; the party left me."

It came as no surprise that since the end of last year, breakaway churches and the "new diocese" filed lawsuits to keep property and even the seal of the national church diocese they abandoned. In what was the pot calling the kettle black, the breakaway diocese had the gall to spin that the national church abandoned them -- even though Lawrence and his minions voted to leave the national church as it appealed to them to stay inside the tent.

Although they departed with much bluster of cutting all ties, they really want (you should see this coming) to keep all of the formerly united diocese's money, property and land, including a popular church camp. Seems to me that when you abandon something, you leave and start anew --and that means without all of the stuff that you signed over to the national church years ago. But that, I guess, is logic.

To rub salt into all of these self-inflicted wounds of the past months, S.C. Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein issued a temporary restraining order Jan. 23 to keep any individual, organization or parishes that are continuing to worship with the national church from using names and the seal historically associated with the Episcopal Church in the lower part of South Carolina for 300 years. Hmmm, surely seeking the order wasn't a disruptive coincidence as it came the same week the continuing parishes were preparing to elect a new bishop.

Churches are supposed to be places of sanctuary, not places for negativism and pettiness. Who knows what will happen with the Episcopal parishes in the lower part of the state? About the only thing for sure is that it looks like a lot of lawyers will get richer. And that's not the kind of Christian charity that motivates people to give to churches.

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report, where this column first appeared. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.


Another Interstate crash prompts supportive letter

To the editor:

I was wanting to comment to you earlier [on tailgating] but procrastinated until I read this morning's Post and Courier front page regarding another I-526 crash. I-526 and the Ravenel Bridge are really my sore spots. I-526 is as dangerous and explosive a stretch that I know of. Basically it is a combo of big rigs, speeders, tailgaters, density, dangerous merging ... and on good weather days!

On the Ravenel, which I travel several times a day, I drive it as one big access/egress, merging on and have to cross three or four lanes to be in safer position to take my needed exit. Most times I am pulling a trailer. I do the SPEED LIMIT. Cars pass right and left. A majority of the time I meet up with them at the lights

I tell my children as they travel I-26 back to school to stay in right lane and leave plenty of room in front of you so if something happens you have time and a place to the right to pull out of the way. I-26 is a race track in left lane anyway.

What really gets me is how these idiots don't know how close they are to pushing carnage.

Truckers especially. As you say, "Folks, this is crazy." Keep up the good work.

-- Tommy Connolly, Charleston, S.C.

Ignorance is truly bliss in South, one man says

To the editor:

As a historian, but mostly as an observer of people (a fascinating habit one gets when riding the subways in NYC), one of the key -- and self-destructive -- philosophies of much of the South, and especially here, is the truly pre-puerile, "You can't tell me what to do!"

It pervades almost any and every reaction to programs and laws passed by someone "higher up" than the reactor . . . be it health care, programs to aid the poor, guns . . .you name it. They hate it. Little -- if any -- of these "reactions" has worked or had any negative effect on such programs or positive effect anywhere (key example, The American Civil War, and more recently federally-mandated integration) has not managed to seep into the shallow caches of thought that produced them. For them, ignorance is truly bliss.

Cruel? Too pointed? Perhaps ... but maybe some of these rigorous regressives should read Gary Wills' (a local!) latest comments on us "down heah" in an article entitled "Dumb America." Or as Garrison Keillor noted some weeks ago, "Dumb and Dangerous".

Nasty? Yes. Sad, but true.

-- Richard H. Berg, Hanahan, S.C.

  • Send your thoughts. If you have an opinion you'd like to share (150 words or less, please), send your letters to: editor@charlestoncurrents.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Are life estates a good idea?
Special to Statehouse Report

FEB. 4, 2013 -- Is deeding your residence to your child and retaining a life estate a good idea? Back when I was mostly a dirt lawyer, clients would often contact me about doing this very same thing and I didn't realize, until my practice focus changed to elder law, that this strategy wasn't always a good idea.

Before proceeding with this transfer, it is imperative to do an analysis of the pros and cons, particularly if long term care is anticipated and the client may need public assistance in the form of the VA's Improved Pension and/or Medicaid. Below are some of the obvious ones.


1. The client has full use of the home during his/her life, the children cannot evict the parent and, if rented, the client will be entitled to the full rent (but see Con #5 below).

2. The remaindermen (the persons getting the property at the death of the client) inherit the property with a step-up in basis, which generally means that they inherit it at the value as of the client's date of death (instead of the purchase price plus improvements). This can help defray capital gains in a subsequent sale.

3. The property will still qualify for the special ad valorem tax exemptions (i.e. Homestead Exemption and Property Tax relief exemption).


1. The property is now subject to the attachment by the children's creditors.

2. If the client wants to sell the property, the children will have to agree and cooperate with the execution of the deed and other seller documents.

3. If applicable, the Section 121 exemption (which exempts up to $250,000 of gain from the sale of a primary residence) will only apply to the portion of the sales proceeds which can be allocated to the client's ownership as determined by life expectancy tables.

4. The client is only entitled to a portion of the sales proceeds, again as determined by life expectancy tables, and this amount, if on Medicaid and/or receiving the VA's Improved Pension, will be considered an asset and may threaten eligibility for any public benefits.

5. If the client rents the house, the rent will be allocated to the client and, if on Medicaid, may be payable towards their cost of care or, if receiving the VA's Improved Pension, may affect the amount of Pension the client is eligible to receive.

As you can see, there are many different considerations to take into account when contemplating the transfer of a home to children with a retained life estate. Unless you are a billionaire, you are encouraged to seek the assistance of an elder law attorney before moving forward with this conveyance.

Catherine LaFond, J.D., LL.M., of catherine e. lafond, p.a., is an elder law attorney accredited with the VA to assist veterans and their surviving spouses with the presentment of claims for Improved Pension and can be reached at info@lafondlaw.com or 843.762.3554.


Palmetto State residents prefers dogs over cats

A new report by the American Veterinary Medical Association highlights what many South Carolinians probably know: dogs tend to be more popular than cats in the Palmetto State.

According to the report, some 38.6 South Carolina households own a total of 1.2 million dogs. That's 21st highest in the country, the AVMA says. The top dog-owning state is Arkansas, where 47.9 percent of households own dogs. The lowest: Massachusetts, where fewer than one in four households own dogs.

South Carolina ranks in the bottom 10 states in cat ownership, with 27.8 percent of households owning 1.04 million cats. The reason the overall number of cats is similar to dogs in the Palmetto State is that cat owners average more than two cats per household. The state with the most cat owners: Vermont (49.5 percent). Lowest: Utah (24.6 percent).

"One of the most important parameters that we look at is how well are pet owners are doing at keeping their pets healthy," says Dr. Douglas G. Aspros of New York, president of the AVMA. "Unfortunately, the report reveals that fewer dogs and cats are seeing the veterinarian regularly, and that's something that the AVMA and every companion animal veterinarian are concerned about. Pet owners across the country need to remember to bring their pets into the veterinarian - at least once a year - to maintain optimal health."

Groups launch Charleston competitiveness center

The Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center is a new Web site that holds a wide variety of economic, demographic, work and other trend data about the Charleston metropolitan area to help leaders make policy decisions.

The Web site, a collaboration of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the Trident Workforce Investment Board, provides data in six main categories: Industry, Wages and Income, Workforce, Population Demographics, Social and Other. Social, for example, contains data on crime, housing permits, veterans, and Social Security distribution. The Other category covers patents, imports/exports and agricultural production.

All of the research is accessible free of charge and is presented in an easy-to-use interface that allows users to customize the data into a dashboard style display format.

Citadel, Old Exchange host War of 1812 symposium

National and local scholars on the War of 1812 will meet Feb. 9 for a day-long symposium that probes the War of 1812 some 200 years after it occurred.

You can also visit the Old Exchange Building's Website to view a calendar of community events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, including a traveling mini-exhibit entitled "War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War" that is on display in the Great Hall of the Old Exchange until the end of February. The exhibit illustrates the role the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service played in securing European recognition of the U. S. as an independent nation and covers the naval and land battles.

The symposium, sponsored by The Citadel and Old Exchange Building, will feature several notable speakers:

  • Don Hickey, the 2013 General Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The Citadel, and professor of history at Wayne State College, will moderate the event. His book, "The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict," won the American Military Institute's Best Book Award and the National Historical Society's Book Prize.

  • Alan Taylor is distinguished professor of history at the University of California-Davis, and one of the most renowned historians of early America, having won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1995 work, William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.

  • J.C.A. Stagg is professor at the University of Virginia and the editor of the James Madison Papers. He is the one of the foremost scholars of the political, diplomatic and military history of the War of 1812, with special emphases on the social history of the U.S. Army, 1802-1815, and the Spanish borderlands.

  • Nicole Eustace is associate professor of history and program director of the History of Women and Gender Master's Degree at New York University. Her scholarship focuses on eighteenth-century British America and the early United States.

  • R. David Edmunds is currently Anne and Chester Watson Chair in History at the University of Texas-Dallas, and one of the most distinguished historians of American Indians and the American West.
    Donald E. Graves is one of Canada's foremost military historians, and is descended from an old Loyalist family in Ontario. He is currently the managing director of the Ensign Heritage Group, and has worked as a historian with various Canadian government offices.

Admission to the symposium is $10 and space is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat contact the Old Exchange Building at (843) 727-2165 or visit this Web site.


Gov. Patrick Noble

A native of Abbeville District, Patrick Noble (ca. 1787-1840) was the son of Alexander Noble and Catherine Calhoun. Throughout his formative years, Noble enjoyed an enviable education, first studying under the tutelage of Dr. Moses Waddel and later graduating from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1806. Returning to South Carolina, Noble studied law in Charleston under the supervision of Langdon Cheves and later in the office of John C. Calhoun at Abbeville Court House. Admitted to the bar in 1809, he briefly practiced in partnership with Calhoun before establishing his own lucrative law office in Abbeville District. On Sept. 5, 1816, Noble married Elizabeth Bonneau Pickens, a union that produced seven children.

In 1814 Abbeville District elected Noble to the S.C. House of Representatives. Reelected to the next four sessions, Noble also served as Speaker of the House from 1818 to 1823. In 1824 Noble declined another term and made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. Returning to his law practice, Noble took a hiatus from public life until 1830, when he was chosen lieutenant governor. Abbeville returned Noble to the House in 1832, where he again occupied the Speaker's chair from 1833 to 1835. In 1836 Noble was elected to the S.C. Senate, where his parliamentary experience led to his immediate selection as president of the senate. Reelected two years later, Noble resigned his seat upon his election as governor of South Carolina on Dec. 8, 1838.

An ardent proponent of states' rights, Noble advocated public resistance to the expansion of federal power, which he deemed "highly dangerous, and subversive of our excellent frame of Government." In particular, Noble opposed the national tariff and called on southerners to insist that duties be laid for revenue, not for the protection of northern industry, and only for an amount required by "the economical wants of the Government." He further warned of the growing abolitionist movement in the northern states and urged the legislature to "invigorate" the state militia and prepare South Carolinians "to defend their firesides against the unholy machinations of those who would drench our fields in blood, and sweep our land with the besom of destruction."

Noble had the misfortune of occupying the office of governor in the aftermath of the Panic of 1837, which ruined countless cotton planters and left the South Carolina economy in shambles. Like many Carolinians, Noble placed the burden of blame on state banks, all of which suspended specie payment during the crisis. Noble took the suspensions as a sign that "adherent vices" existed in the banking system and he called on legislators to "probe the evil to the bottom" and thereby "bring back these moneyed corporations, to a healthy performance of their functions." But Noble would not live to complete his term. After a brief illness, he died on April 7, 1840, and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Barnabas K. Henagan. Noble was buried in his family cemetery at Oak Hill Plantation, Abbeville District.

Excerpted from the entry by Tom Downey. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)



S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, center, was keynote speaker last month at Zonta's Breaking the Science Awards program. Wilson, who says domestic violence is the state's number one issue, presented awards to four recipients from left: MUSC researcher Alyssa Reingold, Liza's Lifeline Person of the Year; Latasha Rivers of MUSC, best professional; Abby Himmelein of My Sister's House, best volunteer; and Due Warren of Mount Pleasant Police, best advocate. South Carolina ranks second in the country for the number of women killed by male partners. (Photo provided.)


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Arts advocacy: 11:30 a.m., Feb. 5, Statehouse, Columbia. Arts advocates are invited to rally at the Statehouse lobby to celebrate and support the arts in South Carolina. More.

(NEW) Ball speech: 6 p.m., Feb. 7, School of Sciences and Mathematics Auditorium, 202 Calhoun St., College of Charleston. Award-winning writer and Lowcountry historian Edward Ball will discuss his new book, "The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Motion Pictures," as part of the college's Friends of the Library's Addlestone Authors' Series. Free. More.

Snow White: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Feb. 9, and 2 p.m., Feb. 10, Sotille Theatre, George Street, Charleston. The Charleston Ballet Theatre will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Disney classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with special children's performances by professional dancers and students. More.


Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition: Feb. 15-17, downtown Charleston. Thousands of wildlife enthusiasts will invade Charleston for the 31st annual wildlife art and sporting life event to view live-animal shows, art and more. Preview here. More info at www.sewe.com.

(NEW) Dueling in Charleston: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Grahame Long, the museum's curator of history, will lecture on his first book, "Dueling in Charleston: Violence Refined in the Holy City." More.

African American Heritage Day: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 22, Wannamaker county Park, North Charleston. You can celebrate the traditions and history of African Americans in this day-long event that will feature demonstrations, reenactments, performances, Gullah storytelling and hands-on experiences. More.

(NEW) Otranto book sale: Starts 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 and 23, Otranto Regional Branch library, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston. The Charleston Friends of the Library will offer its first book sale of the year with great bargains and good books. More.

(NEW) College aid: 10 a.m., Feb. 23, Room 791, Complex for Economic Development (Building 920), Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The college is part of a national effort to help students and parents learn more about college financial aid. Experts will be on hand to help with financial aid applications. More info.

(NEW) Oysters and chili: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 24, Goldbug Island. Florence Crittenton will hold its annual oyster roast and chili cook-off to benefit its programs for young pregnant women and mothers. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for students and free for children six and under. More.

(NEW) Pride and Joy: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 27, American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston. The Southern Foodways Alliance will feature the documentary "Pride and Joy," Joe York's film of the depth and breadth of Southern food culture. Part of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, tickets ($100) are online here.

Bach Festival of Charleston: March 1 to 3, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston. The third biennial event offers a Baroque vocal chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. March 1, an organ concertini by candlelight the following night at the same time, and a performance of "Soli Deo Gloria" at 4 p.m. March 3. Free. More info.

Views of the Coast: Through March 3, City Gallery, Waterfront Park. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will offer a show of works by macro-photographer David Batchelder and aerial photographer Yve Assad that was curated by Charles Wyrick. More.

Hunt & Habit: Through April 21, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street. The museum will present an original exhibition of women's and men's riding habits, hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. More info.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.


4/1: Angstadt: Manatees

3/25: Benson, Noble: Envision SC
3/18: Hedden: Walking tours
Koroglu: Dervishes
Richards: Teddy Bear Picnic

Thomas: Storytelling event
Logo contest
Anderson: 2-1-1's 10th
Colwell: Teen pregnancy

1/28: Ross: Root of stress
Roberts: SEWE 2013
Begin with Books update
Vail: Jr. Achievement

12/31: Hester: Tech trends
Abrams: Holiday time
C. Brack: Help others
Sabine: Pluff Mud for kids
LaFond: Health directives

11/26: Stevens: Thank you letters
McConnell: Retirement plans
Franklin: Long-term care
Middleton: You make the call

10/29: Herrick: Saucy new book
Spencer: Invest in arts
Ferillo: Hope's promise
Brooks: Senior hunger
Belton: Florence Crittenton

Eberle: Hampton Park
Ringler: Child cancer
Craft: Our water
SC Dems: Convention


4/8: "Turrets are coming!"
Preparing to attack
Blockade is broken
Stono Rebellion
Charleston Christmas
"Satan's Kingdom"
Christening ironclads
Beauregard's return
Second Battle of Manassas
Secessionville aftermath
Battle of Secessionville
Robert Smalls
Preparing for the attach
Yankee in charge?
Lee and Traveller
Stone Fleet


4/1: With no vision ...

3/25: Candidates spend $2M
Eating on $35/wk
Ads aren't worth much
Scary SC-1 survey

Old-timey customer service
New House Speaker?
Reject Riley tax hike
Episcopal schism

Nullification talk wrong
Tailgaters: Back off!
A lot to be proud of
Myth of big government

12/31: Mexican new year, more
Looking back at 2012
Action, not talk, on guns
Two off Bucket List
1-526 hoodwinking

11/26: Guilty pleasure
Earlier education
Lessons from the election
Battleground state

10/29: 16 days, Gov. Haley?
Our next mayor?
Remembering Peatsy
Haley's options
Reform ethics system

9/24: New TravelOrMove site
Cake and I-526
Raise gas tax
Doby on stamp, book


3/25: On good policy
Heirs' property
1/28: Two conferences

11/26/12: Consumerism
Can we be a better town
Permaculture, more
Bank on Charleston
Did you know?
Payday lenders hurt economy
Waterkeeper event
GrowFood difference
Earth Day festival
Lorax Project
More gardening tips
Food Waste program
Energy from farms
Turtles that fly
Art from beach trash

Coal ash, more
Boeing's solar farm
More eco-tours
More recycling ahead


4/1: Vacation ID tips

3/25: Park and play
On the menu
Still no response
No response

2/25: Five on storytelling
Earth Day duties
For the heart
Home energy tips

Cold water boating
On Ted Stern
SMART goals
Dealing with email

12/31: New Year's prep
Last-minute gifts
Gift of insurance
Creative finals
Great kid gifts

11/26: Giving back winners
Tech gift list
S.C.'s top golf courses
We're No. 2!

10/29: Anti-hacking tips
#1 best in world
Earthquake tips
Great U.S. streets
5 tech tips

Be tax-ready
One long swim
Clean water
Going postal




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