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Strapped homeowners come looking for help

Kim Short has been dangling on the edge of financial disaster for months now. With eight people living in her Hanahan home and Short the only one left with a job, the 52-year-old insurance agent figures her monthly debts outpace her earnings by about $2,000.



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N.C. man charged with murder

A dispute between families celebrating the birth of a new member apparently spiraled out of control Friday night and ended in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in West Ashley as his twin brother looked on, the victim's relatives said. Michael German was shot in the head at 10:50 p.m. at the BP Kangaroo Express on Old Towne Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin said.

Thrill of lights, sirens feeds the twisted mind of the firebug

They are usually young, white and under-parented. They fancy the attention, the flashing lights, the sirens, and they like to watch. Firebugs live in a flammable fantasy world where they are the main character, living out some twisted story line that puts them at the center of attention, despite their cowardly approach.

Fair provides adoption options

When we think of first steps, we think of children. But it was parent-hopefuls, like Curtis and Allison Bailey, who took their first steps toward adopting a child at the Families Forever adoption fair Saturday in North Charleston. When the Baileys, who are from Walterboro, got married in September, Allison already had three teen-aged children. She isn't able to have any more biologically, but the entire family wanted to bring another child into the mix.

Community meets in honor of King

A decade ago, Christine Jackson, former executive director of the YWCA of Greater Charleston and first cousin of Coretta Scott King, walked into Mayor Joe Riley's office unannounced. She was not happy. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was being largely overlooked by most whites and many professionals, both black and white, in the Charleston area.










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