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      > 1) Myrtle Beach Daze
      > 2) Wilkins is gliding toward Canada post
      > 3) House punishes some members for stance on vetoes
      > 4) A quick spin ...... around the SC State House
      > 5) SC Troopers issue nearly 6,000 tickets in work zone crackdown
      > 6) Leatherman out, Peeler in as Senate majority leader
      > 7) House overrides most Sanford vetoes
      > 8) Duel shaping up over gun bill
      > 9) Sanford drops nominees to Santee Cooper panel
      > 10) Case of 1969 Altamont Stabbing Closed
      > 11) Free Staters plan protest and yet another arrest
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      > 1) Myrtle Beach Daze
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/layout.asp?id=44484&action=detail&catID=1253&parentID=1253
      > Myrtle Beach Daze
      > By Will Moredock
      > Date: 5/25/2005
      >
      > The guard is changing in Myrtle Beach this week. The annual Harley-Davidson
      > Dealers Association Rally just left town. The Atlantic Beach Memorial Day
      > Bike Festival is now rolling onto the Grand Strand on hundreds of thousands
      > of Japanese motorcycles, whose high-pitched engines contrast to the rumble
      > of the Harley as starkly as the demographics of the riders.
      >
      > The Harley Rally is white and approaching geriatric. The Memorial Day Bike
      > Fest is black, with an average age in the mid-twenties. Both bike rallies
      > create a lot of problems in both the numbers they draw and in the behavior
      > of their participants. How the City of Myrtle Beach deals with these
      > problems has become a contentious and litigious issue, fraught with charges
      > of racism.
      >
      > The Harley Rally usually draws about 250,000 people, many of whom would look
      > more comfortable on a front porch rocking chair than on a chrome and steel
      > Hog. But it wasn't always so. A generation ago - when these geezers were
      > still full of piss and vinegar - there were several notorious brawls and
      > shootings among biker gangs during the Harley Rally. Several blocks of Ocean
      > Boulevard had to be shut down on one occasion; a major confrontation between
      > the Pagans and the Hell's Angels was deterred only by a troop of armed law
      > enforcement agents on another.
      >
      > Today, it's the Memorial Day bikers' turn to misbehave. This week they will
      > descend on the Strand, some 400,000 in number. The women will dress skimpily
      > and behave provocatively. The men will respond with hoots, howls, and
      > gyrations and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars photographing and
      > videotaping these lascivious lasses. It will all take place to the sound of
      > hip-hop music pounding from thousands of radios and stereos. Their sheer
      > numbers will clog the highways for miles around Myrtle Beach and turn the
      > streets into parking lots.
      >
      > Myrtle Beach's response to the Memorial Day Bike Fest is to shut down the
      > northbound lane of Ocean Boulevard, keeping it open as an emergency lane to
      > serve the many thousands who fill the oceanfront hotels. A number of Grand
      > Strand restaurants also close during the Memorial Day weekend, claiming that
      > neither customers nor employees can reach them through the miles of traffic
      > gridlock, so they might as well take a little vacation.
      >
      > Criticism of the Memorial Day Bike Fest is valid, based on what I saw while
      > researching my book, Banana Republic: A Year in the Heart of Myrtle Beach.
      > Unlike the Harley event, which has been tamed and organized by its sponsors,
      > the Memorial Day Bike Fest is a free-for-all, with everyone packing as
      > tightly as they can onto U.S. 17 and Ocean Boulevard, trying to get close to
      > the white-hot center of the action. The Harley Rally is spread out around a
      > number of entertainment and swap-and-shop venues, which keep riders off
      > their bikes and out of the center of town. The Memorial Day bikers have
      > defied all attempts to organize them or give them an alternative to clogging
      > the roads.
      >
      > Throw into this mix the historic racism of the very white and conservative
      > Grand Strand culture. And throw in the antics of Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark
      > McBride, who has built a political career on his racist and homophobic
      > rhetoric. Only two weeks ago, he said in a court deposition that black
      > tourists "want to disregard the law and sit on the tops of their car and
      > smoke dope and drink and do whatever they want to and disregard everything."
      > Apparently he had forgotten the ugly history of the Harley-Davidson Rally.
      >
      > Responding more to culture and history than to facts, the National
      > Association for the Advancement of Colored People has brought suit against
      > the City of Myrtle Beach in an effort to have the northbound lane of Ocean
      > Boulevard opened to biker traffic during the Memorial Day event, just as it
      > always has been during the Harley Rally. That the two events should be
      > treated differently is the result of racism, the NAACP claims, not of
      > demographics and numbers.
      >
      > The NAACP has every right to be suspicious. The Grand Strand is the most
      > overtly racist environment I have witnessed since the '60s. In fact, the
      > NAACP has already settled with one beachfront hotel on charges that it
      > discriminated against black bikers in past years. But the city's concern
      > about public health and safety along Ocean Boulevard is real and justified.
      > The case is going back and forth in federal courts and - at this writing -
      > the city has won the right to control traffic on Ocean Boulevard.
      >
      > I wish the NAACP would save their ammunition for something more important
      > than this petty traffic dispute. There is enough real discrimination out
      > there to keep their lawyers busy for 100 years. Ultimately they will lose
      > this battle and look foolish doing it.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 2) Wilkins is gliding toward Canada post
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/11739881.htm
      > Wilkins is gliding toward Canada post
      > Quick confirmation would speed vote on new speaker
      > By LAUREN MARKOE
      > Washington Bureau
      >
      > WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate could confirm David Wilkins as ambassador to
      > Canada as soon as today, and the S.C. House could have a new speaker as
      > early as next week.
      >
      > U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and senators on the Foreign Relations
      > Committee - where Wilkins sailed through his hearing Wednesday - say they
      > aim for the full Senate to take action on Wilkins before a weeklong recess
      > begins Monday.
      >
      > Once the Senate approves Wilkins, President Bush would swear him in as
      > ambassador.
      >
      > If Wilkins is confirmed this week, several lawmakers said, the S.C. House
      > likely would elect a new speaker by next Thursday - the last day of the 2005
      > legislative session.
      >
      > Four House members hope to succeed Wilkins - Republicans Bobby Harrell of
      > Charleston, Jim Harrison of Columbia and Doug Smith of Spartanburg, and
      > Democrat Doug Jennings of Bennettsville.
      >
      > Harrell and Harrison are considered the front-runners to lead the
      > GOP-dominated House.
      >
      > Bush nominated Wilkins in April. Since then, he has been speeding toward
      > Ottawa.
      >
      > In less than 20 minutes Wednesday, Wilkins sailed through a confirmation
      > hearing that consisted of three U.S. senators praising him and four
      > easygoing questions on Canada.
      >
      > U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., who chairs the subcommittee on the Western
      > Hemisphere, was Wilkins' sole questioner and the only committee member to
      > attend the hearing.
      >
      > Coleman pitched a few questions at Wilkins dealing with trade, terrorism and
      > fishermen's rights to cross the border without a passport. Wilkins responded
      > briefly and diplomatically to each question.
      >
      > Three other senators showed up to introduce Wilkins.
      >
      > "There could be no closer adviser to the president than David Wilkins; they
      > are extremely close," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "America is a
      > hopeful country; you will have a very hopeful person represent the United
      > States in Canada."
      >
      > Wilkins, a Republican from Greenville, headed President Bush's election
      > campaigns in South Carolina in 2000 and 2004.
      >
      > U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint drew laughs when he praised Wilkins as a "normal
      > person" in politics and an inspiration for his own political career.
      >
      > U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said he learned about Wilkins' lifelong
      > commitment to public service when they served on the U.S. Military Academy
      > (West Point) Board of Visitors.
      >
      > Wilkins, 59, read a brief statement to the committee, asserting that the
      > diplomatic skills he honed back home would serve him well in the
      > international arena.
      >
      > "My job as speaker of the South Carolina House for 11 years has been
      > described as 'herding cats,'" Wilkins said.
      >
      > Staff writers Jeff Stensland and Jennifer Talhelm contributed to this
      > report. Reach Markoe at (202) 383-6023 or lmarkoe@....
      > **********************************************************************
      > 3) House punishes some members for stance on vetoes
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/politics/11739956.htm
      > House punishes some members for stance on vetoes
      > By JEFF STENSLAND
      > Staff Writer
      >
      > Gov. Mark Sanford isn't the only one smarting after the House overrode all
      > but a handful of his budget vetoes.
      >
      > House members who sided with Sanford on almost all of his 163 vetoes were
      > punished by their colleagues Wednesday with votes to block money for
      > long-delayed maintenance at technical colleges in their districts.
      >
      > Midlands Technical College and York Technical College felt the wrath of
      > House members angry at a handful of lawmakers who voted against other
      > regional projects.
      >
      > "It was a vote done purely out of spite," said Rep. Joan Brady, R-Richland,
      > who supported Sanford on some - but not all - of his vetoes. "This was a
      > very childish thing to do."
      >
      > The votes came near the end of two days of debate on vetoes totaling $95
      > million. Overall, the House carved out 16 items totaling $1.6 million in the
      > $5.8 billion spending plan.
      >
      > Aside from the college money, few of the upheld vetoes were regional
      > projects. Vetoes of three projects in Florence County - home of Senate
      > Finance Committee chairman Hugh Leatherman - also were upheld Wednesday.
      >
      > Each technical college would lose out on $100,000 earmarked for repairs.
      > House leaders embarrassed by the vote say they will try to revisit the
      > vetoes today, but it's unclear if they can.
      >
      > The House voted to give maintenance money to more than 20 other colleges
      > across the state.
      >
      > Without the money, classrooms at several of Midlands Tech's campuses will
      > not get much-needed repairs, spokesman Todd Gavin said.
      >
      > First-year Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland, was one who voted to uphold
      > most vetoes of regional projects. He says he's unfazed by the retribution
      > exacted on the schools.
      >
      > "I was told they were trying to send a message, but it's just politics as
      > usual," Ballentine said. "Does it surprise me? No. Are we working to change
      > things? Yes."
      >
      > The votes to withhold money from the two colleges pitted seasoned lawmakers
      > against several freshman Republicans who have allied themselves with
      > Sanford, including Ballentine, Nikki Haley of Lexington and Ralph Norman of
      > York.
      >
      > "It's unfortunate if people chose to sustain those vetoes based on reasons
      > other than protecting the taxpayers," Sanford spokesman Will Folks said.
      >
      > Others saw different motives at work.
      >
      > Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Harrison, R-Richland, blamed allies of Ways
      > and Means Committee chairman Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.
      >
      > Harrell and Harrison are rivals to succeed House Speaker David Wilkins, who
      > could be confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Canada this week.
      >
      > "Speaker politics just reared its head," said Harrison, pointing out that
      > many House members from the Midlands are siding with him.
      >
      > Norman said that theory doesn't hold because he's supporting Harrell in the
      > speaker's race, which could come to a vote as soon as next week.
      >
      > House Minority Leader Harry Ott, D-Calhoun, said the technical college votes
      > were simply about political payback.
      >
      > "Maybe it was to be expected, but I don't think students should be punished
      > for what some members perceive to be bad votes."
      >
      > Reach Stensland at (803) 771-8358 or jstensland@...
      > **********************************************************************
      > 4) A quick spin ...... around the SC State House
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/politics/11739947.htm
      > A quick spin ...... around the SC State House
      >
      > DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL AMENDED, PASSED
      >
      > The Senate gave key approval Wednesday to a bill that would add more jail
      > time and fines for people convicted of criminal domestic violence. Senators
      > amended the House bill, but supporters say it should pass the General
      > Assembly before lawmakers go home next week.
      >
      > The bill would increase the minimum fine for a first conviction of domestic
      > violence to $1,000, up from $500, or 30 days in jail. But that can be
      > suspended if the person completes a counseling program. It also would
      > increase penalties for second convictions to 30 days to one year in jail and
      > up to $5,000 in fines - up from the current penalty of either 30 days in
      > jail or a $500 fine.
      >
      > MENTAL HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATED
      >
      > Under a new state law, health insurers must offer coverage for mental
      > illness just as they do for other diseases beginning July 2006.
      >
      > Gov. Mark Sanford let the so-called mental illness parity bill pass into law
      > at midnight Tuesday without his signature, making South Carolina the 34th
      > state to mandate coverage.
      >
      > Under the law, employers with 50 or fewer workers will not have to offer the
      > insurance and policy writers must keep premiums in line with other
      > coverages.
      >
      > NO VIAGRA FOR SEX OFFENDERS
      >
      > South Carolina will stop paying for Viagra for Medicaid participants who are
      > sex offenders, but the state is unsure how many offenders may have been
      > receiving the drug.
      >
      > Robbie Kerr, the head of the state agency that oversees Medicaid, said he
      > would like to end reimbursements for impotence drugs to all Medicaid
      > recipients, but federal rules prevent him from doing that.
      >
      > It's unclear how many sex offenders on Medicaid in South Carolina may have
      > received Viagra, but the agency has begun reviewing whether more than 7,000
      > sex offenders in South Carolina have received reimbursements.
      >
      > ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME
      >
      > Businesses that knowingly cause environmental damage now can be investigated
      > by the state, after Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday signed into law a bill
      > giving the state the power to prosecute environmental crimes.
      >
      > The new law says an independent engineer hired by the Department of Health
      > and Environmental Control would have to determine the damage exceeds $2
      > million before the state could intervene.
      >
      > DHEC would recommend the grand jury's involvement to the Attorney General
      > and the State Law Enforcement Division. An administrative law judge would
      > review the request.
      >
      > JUDGE ELECTED
      >
      > The Legislature elected Florence lawyer Thomas A. Russo to the state Circuit
      > Court on Wednesday. Russo beat Frederick A. "Rick" Hoefer II, also a
      > Florence lawyer, for the at-large seat with an 86-68 vote.
      >
      > Russo won on the second ballot after Debra J. Gammons, a black Greenville
      > lawyer, dropped out after winning 19 votes on the first ballot.
      >
      > ALSO WEDNESDAY ...
      >
      > . A tougher stalking bill cleared the Legislature and is on its way to Gov.
      > Mark Sanford's desk. It would require police to give judges incident reports
      > on stalking cases before bail is set. It also adds an aggravated stalking
      > charge with a 10-year penalty.
      >
      > . A bill that would let counties outlaw casino boat gambling "cruises to
      > nowhere" also is awaiting Sanford's signature now that the House has agreed
      > to the version of the bill the Senate passed last week.
      >
      > Roddie Burris and The Associated Press contributed.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 5) SC Troopers issue nearly 6,000 tickets in work zone crackdown
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/breaking_news/11739502.htm
      > Troopers issue nearly 6,000 tickets in work zone crackdown
      > Associated Press
      >
      > GREENVILLE, S.C. - Troopers have issued nearly 6,000 tickets to motorists
      > for violating traffic laws inside road construction zones since starting a
      > crackdown last month.
      >
      > The effort began April 10. By the end of the month, 4,052 speeding tickets
      > had been issued, along with 26 DUI arrests, according to the Highway Patrol.
      >
      > Troopers made work zone safety a priority because in the past five years
      > transportation officials reported nearly 10,000 wrecks causing 88 deaths
      > along roads under construction.
      >
      > The Highway Patrol is joined in the effort by the state Transportation
      > Department, local law enforcement and federal highway officials.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 6) Leatherman out, Peeler in as Senate majority leader
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/breaking_news/11744650.htm
      > Leatherman out, Peeler in as Senate majority leader
      > By The Associated Press
      >
      > South Carolina's Senate Republicans chose a new majority leader Thursday
      > when Hugh Leatherman of Florence said he would resign the post after five
      > years.
      >
      > "I'm resigning as your majority leader this morning, effective Aug. 1,"
      > Leatherman said at a hastily called meeting of the Senate Caucus.
      >
      > Sen. Harvey Peeler of Gaffney was chosen to take over the 26-member
      > Republican Caucus.
      >
      > Leatherman, also the chairman of the Finance Committee, is credited with
      > convincing one-time fellow Democrats to switch parties and laying the
      > groundwork for the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2000.
      >
      > But recently, he has run afoul of his colleagues, primarily on tax issues,
      > including a push to eliminate a $300 cap on car sales taxes and a proposal
      > just a few weeks ago to raise the state gasoline tax to pay for road
      > maintenance.
      >
      > Republicans wanting to replace Leatherman circulated a note to caucus
      > members Wednesday calling the 9 a.m. meeting. Typically caucus meetings are
      > closed to the public, but this one was kept open despite Peeler's request
      > that a reporter from The Associated Press leave.
      >
      > Leatherman told the caucus about successes under his leadership.
      >
      > "I have reached the goal that I had when we took over the Senate," he said.
      > "We have reached the pinnacle."
      >
      > But, he said, his hospitalization after shoulder surgery this spring
      > convinced him that his family is more important than having his full focus
      > on the Senate.
      >
      > Leatherman was first elected to the Senate in 1980 as a Democrat. He
      > switched parties in 1995.
      >
      > Leatherman asked the caucus members to unanimously support Peeler as his
      > replacement and they did.
      >
      > "I need your support," Peeler said to the members.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 7) House overrides most Sanford vetoes
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.charleston.net/stories/?newsID=25444§ion=stateregion
      > House overrides most Sanford vetoes
      > Francis Marion tomb the only Lowcountry project eliminated
      > BY JOHN FRANK
      > Of The Post and Courier Staff
      >
      > COLUMBIA--All but one Lowcountry project was restored to the $5.8 billion
      > state budget after the House overrode the vast majority of Gov. Mark
      > Sanford's vetoes Wednesday.
      >
      > Lawmakers tackled the 163 line-item cuts during the second day of debate.
      > Altogether, a two-thirds majority decided to override the governor 90
      > percent of the time. House members agreed to only 16 vetoes worth about $1.8
      > million.
      >
      > During the first day of debate, lawmakers appeared deliberative as they
      > considered whether to keep or slash projects. But the gloves came off
      > Wednesday as a faction of lawmakers retaliated against other legislators who
      > agreed with the governor's vetoes.
      >
      > The situation also soured in the Senate as lawmakers there took up the first
      > batch of vetoes overridden in the House. One Lowcountry senator called it
      > "bizarro world" as Senate leaders proposed a number of unusual ways to tally
      > the votes. Senators reinstated three items to the budget before calling it
      > quits. They will resume work today.
      >
      > The House likely will revisit a number of sustained vetoes today,
      > particularly ones that were caught up in the political bickering, said Rep.
      > Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.
      >
      > One veto that probably won't be reconsidered is $50,000 allocated to
      > refurbish Francis Marion's tomb in Berkeley County. The House agreed with
      > the veto at the recommendation of Harrell and Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Daniel
      > Island, who said the money should come through a competitive grant process.
      >
      > It was an item that raised particular ire with Sanford, who singled it out
      > in his budget message as an example of wasteful spending.
      >
      > The project was the only Lowcountry earmark eliminated in the budget. The
      > House voted to restore the other $20 million in area projects vetoed by
      > Sanford.The project was the only vetoed Lowcountry earmark eliminated from
      > the budget. The other area pet projects vetoed by Sanford, which were worth
      > about $20 million, were all restored.
      >
      > Among those overridden were big-ticket items such as the $7 million to
      > rehabilitate Charles Town Landing, $5 million for beach renourishment and
      > $1.5 million for a nursing lab at the Medical University of South Carolina.
      >
      > "I'm relieved," said Mark Condon, executive director of the World Trade
      > Center in Charleston after hearing his group's appropriations were restored.
      >
      > Like many others, Condon came to Columbia this week to ask lawmakers to put
      > back the $300,000 the center was slated to receive for economic development.
      >
      > Sanford cut those items and others totaling $96 million to put toward
      > repaying reserve and trust fund accounts, saying government spending was
      > growing too fast.
      >
      > "The governor said at the beginning that every dollar sustained was a dollar
      > that could go toward putting our state's fiscal House in order," said
      > Sanford spokesman Will Folks. "Instead of doing that the House, with a few
      > exceptions, chose to pursue a budget that continues to grow government.
      >
      > "The governor didn't suffer a defeat today... the best interests of
      >
      > the taxpayers suffered a defeat today," he said.
      >
      > Last year, the House overrode 105 of Sanford's 106 vetoes in 99 minutes.
      > That outraged the governor, who brought two squealing baby pigs to the
      > Statehouse in protest.
      >
      > Folks said he didn't know if a similar stunt was likely today, but said,
      > "I'm sure the governor will have something to say."
      >
      > After the overrides, a number of lawmakers joked about which farm animal
      > they are likely to see this year.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 8) Duel shaping up over gun bill
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.charleston.net/stories/?newsID=25410§ion=stateregion
      > Duel shaping up over gun bill
      > Lawmakers argue over carry permits from other states
      > BY BRIAN HICKS
      > Of The Post and Courier Staff
      >
      > COLUMBIA--The House and Senate are headed for a Gunfight at the Conference
      > Corral.
      >
      > Lawmakers and gun rights activists are dueling over a bill to allow folks
      > with concealed weapons permits in other states to come into South Carolina
      > packing.
      >
      > Lawmakers have received more than 500 phone calls from gun owners worried
      > their Second Amendment rights might get clipped if the bill becomes law.
      >
      > The problem, senators say, is that the legislation could open the borders
      > for people carrying guns they aren't adequately trained to handle. Gun
      > owners say such a law could hurt their rights to carry guns in other states.
      >
      > "Our people deserve to be able to travel and provide safety for their
      > families when they travel," said Robert Butler, vice president of Grassroots
      > Gun Rights South Carolina, the largest pro-gun organization in the state.
      > "Training is good, and people should practice, but the state is trying to
      > affect the people's right of self-defense."
      >
      > Training is what this fight comes down to. Since 1996, South Carolinians
      > have been able to get concealed weapon permits if they complete eight hours
      > of training in how to use a firearm. Currently, the State Law Enforcement
      > Division recognizes similar licenses from nine other states.
      >
      > SLED Chief Robert Stewart said the concealed weapons program in South
      > Carolina has been virtually problem-free, but he understands concerns about
      > allowing untrained gun owners to bring their weapons into the state.
      >
      > "Safety is our big issue, so I understand the Senate's concerns," Stewart
      > said.
      >
      > The House version of the legislation, from state Rep. Mike Pitts, would
      > allow permitted gun carriers to bring their guns into the state if their
      > home state allows the same privileges to South Carolina residents.
      >
      > The catch has come in the Senate, where lawmakers added provisions that
      > require incoming gun carriers to have gone through at least the same
      > training as locals. Many other states don't require training for people to
      > carry guns.
      >
      > Sen. John "Jake" Knotts has trained more than 5,000 people for a concealed
      > weapons permit, a good number of the more than 40,000 licensed to carry
      > firearms in the state. Knotts proposed the amendment to require
      > out-of-staters to have some training.
      >
      > "It's just common sense," Knotts, R-Lexington, said. "People in South
      > Carolina are comfortable right now with people carrying guns in this state
      > because they know they are trained. I want to keep that same comfort level."
      >
      > Knotts, Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, and a few
      > other lawmakers have been targeted by gun owners who received one of the
      > 44,000 "alert" postcards sent out by Grassroots Gun Rights. Knotts said most
      > people have calmed down when he explains his reasoning, but Pitts said he
      > will not agree to the change.
      >
      > "The reciprocity bill is no good with that amendment," Pitts, R-Laurens,
      > said. "We have reciprocity on pilot's licenses, driver's licenses, nursing
      > licenses and doctor licenses. The House will not go along with this."
      >
      > After House members voted against concurring with the Senate change, the
      > bill is headed for a conference committee. There, three House members,
      > likely including Pitts, will face a showdown with three senators.
      >
      > Pitts said the House won't budge, and Knotts said the bill would not have
      > passed the Senate without the training requirement.
      >
      > So this fight might be headed for a draw.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 9) Sanford drops nominees to Santee Cooper panel
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      > http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/11731581.htm
      > Sanford drops nominees to Santee Cooper panel
      > Governor vetoes limit on board control
      > By Jim Davenport
      > The Associated Press
      >
      > COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford conceded the fight Tuesday to keep one of his
      > appointees as chairman of South Carolina's state-owned utility.
      >
      > Sanford also said he would address concerns raised about potentially illegal
      > Santee Cooper board meetings by doing a better job of educating the
      > directors on laws governing their actions.
      >
      > "Here are some laws that, in fairness to them, they need to be familiar
      > with," Sanford said.
      >
      > But the governor did veto a bill Tuesday that would limit his ability to
      > replace Santee Cooper board members.
      >
      > Instead of interim Chairman Guerry Green of Pawleys Island, Sanford tapped
      > Charleston businessman O.L. Thompson to be Santee Cooper chairman.
      >
      > Thompson isn't on the utility's board, but Sanford said he has senior-level
      > management experience the board needs.
      >
      > Sanford also withdrew the nomination of Carl Falk, also of Pawleys Island,
      > who has been serving on the board as an interim appointee.
      >
      > The Senate Judiciary subcommittee handling questions about Santee Cooper
      > board practices also is screening Sanford's appointees.
      >
      > Sanford's removal of Falk disappointed members of the panel, which said last
      > week his nomination should proceed.
      >
      > "It's bizarre," said Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg. "Here you have a
      > gentleman who is eminently qualified ... who has served admirably. He didn't
      > know about some of the things going on."
      >
      > Sanford, a Republican, has taken a dim view of the panel's work.
      >
      > On Monday, Sanford called on Judiciary Chairman Glenn McConnell,
      > R-Charleston, to remove Hutto and Sen. Bill Mescher, R-Pinopolis, from the
      > panel.
      >
      > He said both had conflicts of interest that could cloud their judgment.
      >
      > Mescher was a former chief executive of the utility Sanford says was fired
      > in the wake of a coal purchasing scandal. Mescher's severance package
      > includes pay of $90,000 a year. He also rents the land his home is on from
      > the utility.
      >
      > Hutto has done legal work for the utility that provides power either
      > directly or through electric cooperatives for about 40 percent of S.C.
      > residents.
      >
      > Sanford says Mescher crossed a line last week when the senator questioned
      > the role first lady Jenny Sanford has had in a couple of meetings involving
      > Santee Cooper.
      >
      > "What he's fundamentally saying is it's OK if she's home baking cookies, but
      > it's not all right if she sitting in a meeting using her God-given gift" for
      > numbers and corporate issues, Sanford said.
      >
      > That's a "real chauvinistic attitude," Sanford said.
      >
      > Mescher didn't suggest that Jenny Sanford should stay at home. However, he
      > said she should not have participated in Santee Cooper decision-making
      > because she is not a state employee and had no official role in the
      > utility's operation.
      >
      > FF Note: Mescher rebutted Sanford's misleading above quote form the Senate
      > floor yesterday as several ABATE of SC members watched from the gallery.
      > Mescher's statement will be printed in the senate journal.
      >
      > http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/sj05/20050525.htm
      > Expression of Personal Interest
      > Senator MESCHER rose for an Expression of Personal Interest.
      >
      > Remarks by Senator MESCHER to be Printed
      > On motion of Senator RICHARDSON, with unanimous consent, Senator MESCHER's
      > remarks, when reduced to writing and made available to the Desk, would be
      > printed in the Journal.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 10) Case of 1969 Altamont Stabbing Closed
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=793749
      > Case of 1969 Altamont Stabbing Closed
      > Investigators Dismiss Theory of Second Hells Angels Stabber in Death at 1969
      > Altamont Concert
      >
      > Stones concert at Altamont Speedway, investigators have closed the case,
      > dismissing a theory that a second Hells Angel took part in the killing.
      >
      > Meredith Hunter, 18, was killed during the free concert on Dec. 6, 1969. The
      > show, which drew an estimated 300,000 people, was billed as the "Woodstock
      > of the West," but the death helped bring to an end the image of the
      > peace-and-love '60s. The concert, and the stabbing, were captured on film in
      > the 1970 documentary "Gimme Shelter."
      >
      > As the Stones played on stage, a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang,
      > hired by the band to provide security, attacked, stabbed and killed Hunter.
      >
      > Alan Passaro was acquitted after a jury concluded he acted in self-defense
      > because Hunter was carrying a gun. But there had been rumors over the years
      > that a second unidentified assailant had inflicted the fatal wounds, and the
      > case remained open.
      >
      > But Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said Wednesday that after a
      > renewed investigation over the past two years, authorities concluded that
      > Passaro, who died in 1985, was the only person to stab Hunter and did so
      > only after Hunter pointed a gun at the stage.
      >
      > Dudek said Passaro's lawyer confirmed his client was the lone assailant. In
      > addition, enhanced and slowed-down footage from the film shows Hunter
      > brandishing the gun just before Passaro leaps from the stage and stabs him,
      > Dudek said.
      >
      > Hunter's relatives said Wednesday they had always held out hope that someone
      > would be convicted in the case.
      >
      > "The problem is the wounds that have been reopened are still devastating to
      > the family," Hunter's sister, Dixie Ward, 63, told the San Francisco
      > Chronicle.
      > **********************************************************************
      > 11) Free Staters plan protest and yet another arrest
      > **********************************************************************
      > http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/05252005/news/44083.htm
      > Free Staters plan protest and yet another arrest
      > By Elizabeth Dinan
      > edinan@seacoastonline
      >
      > Since his arrest for conducting a public manicure without a license, Free
      > Stater Mike Fisher plans to stay out of trouble until his court-ordered,
      > one-year of good behavior expires. In the meantime, the Newmarket activist
      > is announcing that the Free State Project's next planned public act of
      > disobedience will be a federal case.
      >
      > The Free State Project publicist announced that on June 11, Keene resident
      > Russell Kanning will travel to Manchester Airport and refuse to cooperate
      > with federal law requiring a show of identification.
      >
      > Like Fisher, he also plans to get arrested. And he said he "has no idea"
      > what the federal consequences will be.
      >
      > "No one really knows what the rules are in that world," said Kanning, an
      > accountant who moved from Wyoming to participate in the New Hampshire-based
      > Free State Project.
      >
      > The FSP has a goal of luring 20,000 libertarian-minded people to the Granite
      > State to fight government laws and regulations, while creating a Free State
      > state.
      >
      > At last count, the FSP population count was reportedly 6,000.
      >
      > Kanning's plan calls for buying a plane ticket to Philadelphia, with a goal
      > of visiting Independence Hall, but without ever showing identification to
      > TSA authorities. His inspirations, he said, are Ghandi and Fisher.
      >
      > Fisher was arrested April 9 for staging a public manicure, without the
      > required state license, in front of the Manchester office of the state Board
      > of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics, the board that governs nail salons.
      > His act of civil disobedience, disguised as a manicure, was conducted to
      > protect what he believes is over-regulation by government on citizens and
      > small businesses.
      >
      > Fisher was arrested and spent the night in jail.
      >
      > The person whose nails he filed is Kanning's wife.
      >
      > "Hopefully there will be a pile of people up there," said Kanning. "We're
      > hoping other people will follow and do similar things so they don't remember
      > who started it all."
      > **********************************************************************
      >
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