• First, Friday shoppers were locked out of their favorite downtown stores when vandals glued the locks on 70 storefronts. Now a crowd of tourists on a ghost tour are “mowed through” by an out-of-control car. Worst tourism week ever.

• Economists, who know what they’re talking about, say the state’s tax cuts turned S.C.’s economic downturn into an economic crisis. Legislators, who don’t know what they’re talking about, argue no.

• Pampered pets aren’t feeling the recession.

“You know, for some families, the pet comes first,” said Carol Perkins, president and co-founder of Harry Barker, a Charleston, S.C.-based pet toy company whose sales are up 40 percent this year. “The dog goes to the vet first and the dog gets organic food. Maybe some people will cut back on a dog bed, but they’ll still buy dog treats, toys and collars and leashes.”

And elsewhere:

• The affordability of South Carolina’s public colleges failed a recent national report. The concern of state officials is that money is going to merit scholarships instead of need-based scholarships. The money may be getting in the “right” hands, but it means fewer South Carolina residents are going to college.

• Atlantic Beach voters, all 71 of them, couldn’t decide on a mayor, with Councilwoman Retha Pierce just one vote short.

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