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Landlords win water bill battle

Mount Pleasant Waterworks has repealed a policy that drew a wave of criticism from apartment managers and shopping center owners. Commissioners have decided to continue allowing renters to open up accounts in their own names, Clay Duffie, the utility's general manager, said Friday.

Hard Rock Park's owners seek Chapter 7 bankruptcy

COLUMBIA â€" After a failed bid to find a buyer for the shuttered Hard Rock Park, the owners of the Myrtle Beach attraction on Friday asked a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to liquidate their assets so creditors can be paid. Attorneys for Hard Rock Myrtle Beach Holdings LLC have asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to allow them to convert the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing to Chapter 7, which would allow the company to sell its assets through a trustee and use the funds to repay the park's creditors.

Markets open year with flourish

NEW YORK â€" Wall Street started 2009 with a big rally Friday as investors, brushing aside a disappointing report on manufacturing, sent the Dow Jones industrials up more than 250 points and to their first close above 9,000 in two months. All the major indexes shot up more than 6 percent for the week. The market lived up to the hopes of many analysts that it would have a fresh start in the new year after a horrific 2008.

Battleground Wal-Mart

LOCUST GROVE, Va. â€" Wal-Mart wants to build a Supercenter within a cannon shot of where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first fought, a proposal that has preservationists rallying to protect the key Civil War site. A who's-who of historians, including filmmaker Ken Burns and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, sent a letter last month to H. Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., urging the company to build somewhere farther from the Wilderness Battlefield.

Muslims removed from jet

WASHINGTON â€" AirTran Airways apologized Friday to nine Muslims kicked off a New Year's Day flight to Florida after other passengers reported hearing a suspicious remark about airplane security. One of the passengers said the confusion started at Reagan National Airport when he talked about the safest place to sit on an airplane.

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