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Knock, knock – don’t answer (access required)

The roving bands of pint-sized shakedown artists who went door-to-door last week extorting candy with threats of vandalism were given a free pass by police, who were instead focused on keeping South Carolina’s paroled sex offenders locked safely in their darkened houses.

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Ghoul torts (access required)

Which occupational hazard for lawyers becomes most acute this time of year? The inability to watch horror movies without constantly drafting claims for the victims in your head.

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High-rise horror in Chucktown (access required)

High rise buildings

As if those garish cruise ships littering Charleston’s waterfront weren’t bad enough – now the state Supreme Court has set the stage for a high-rise hotel that will tower over its historic downtown neighbors like an architectural Godzilla.

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Fun with headlines (access required)

“High Point police kill man with knife” (Associated Press report, Sept. 21) The real news: Police officers no longer carry firearms and instead have been issued knives.

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Real Men of Genius: Mr. Backseat Obstetrician (access required)

It happens all the time on television and in the movies, though few among us will ever deliver a baby in the back of a car. We go north of the border for this story. Gastonia, N.C., solo Timothy T. Leach joined that elite and heroic club of backseat obstetricians on the afternoon of Oct. 5, while his three children and in-laws watched.

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The sins of the father (access required)

Long time Columbia city councilman and convicted felon E.W. Cromartie II had an interesting argument for why the South Carolina Supreme Court shouldn’t disbar him from the profession. Cromartie, who spent ten months in federal prison for tax evasion, asked the court during an Oct. 4 hearing not to strip him of law license because he feared it would hurt his namesake son, E.W. Cromartie III, who is also an attorney.

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