The city convenes the first meeting of the Charleston Nine memorial commission, which is expected to offer suggestions on the use of the site of the former Sofa Super Store on Savannah Highway. A deadly blaze their in June 2007 killed nine Charleston firefighters. City officials pissed off the local media yesterday with an e-mailed announcement of the meeting a little more than an hour before it was set to start.

Our first take:

1) Twenty-six people is way to many to get any real work done at a meeting.

2) The call for a training or educational facility on the site is an emotional request that is likely necessary — but likely necessary somewhere else.

3) Award-winning reporters Glenn Smith and Ron Menchaca should be able to find some way to cut the cord and split these stories up.

pic: Investigators pausing from their work during the Charleston Nine processional in June 2007.

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