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Defense: Boy might have ingested too much tap water

GOOSE CREEK â€" When 10-year-old Jon Jon Jackson died from drowning this summer more than an hour after he'd left a swimming pool, prosecutors charged an adult for being criminally responsible for his death, tying it to rough treatment in the water. His lawyer said Thursday another theory is worth exploring: The boy accidently might have ingested too much tap water.

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Vow takes boss to new heights

Goose Creek â€" Rick Seidman is nothing if not a climber. He started working at Quoizel as a salesman some 20 years ago and rose from there. Now, he's the lighting company's boss, and he's still climbing â€" to the company's office rooftop. It's one of those things that sounded like a good idea at the time: Seidman promised his employees he'd spend a night on the roof if they could raise $26,000 for Berkeley County Habitat for Humanity.

Plans for 3 hotly debated projects develop on an evolving Johns Island

JOHNS ISLAND â€" Steve Olson, who lives just off Maybank Highway on Johns Island, says the traffic near his home is so bad at rush hour that he avoids leaving his neighborhood. He wants new roads built on the island to help with traffic now and to prepare for more development, which he thinks is inevitable.

Board, musicians face difficult path to survival

The fortunes of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and its patrons now rest on a grave ultimatum: Avert imminent disaster through creative cooperation or declare bankruptcy. Those are the options, and both mean a major reorganization and financial restructuring, according to symphony officials, who face perhaps the worst fiscal crisis in the organization's 72-year history.

Nonprofit Elpis repays loan at 11th hour

Just hours before a scheduled foreclosure sale Thursday, the Charleston nonprofit group Elpis paid off a loan to the city Housing Authority that had fallen into arrears, allowing the group to keep possession of its property at 23 Aiken St. The Housing Authority had loaned $45,000 to Elpis in 2005 so it could create affordable housing units at the site, and feared that it would instead end up owning the property and a dilapidated house there, which the city has declared a safety threat.

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