Even though Charleston County officials say the area was “never really in the mix” for the final assembly role of Boeing’s new 777X, one Bloomberg analyst says the company’s North Charleston plant, situated in a decidedly less union-friendly environment than its Everett, WA plant, plays the role of a de facto bargaining chip when it goes to the negotiating table with union officials. [P&C, Bloomberg]

Outspoken, controversial, and quick-witted former Charleston-area lawmaker John Graham Altman passed away Tuesday. Chris Haire, CP managing editor, pulled together some select memories on Altman, who had a penchant for shamelessly needling his political and ideological opponents. [P&C, CP]

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before the state’s Judicial Merit Selection Commission on Tuesday, state Chief Justice Jean Toal and her colleague-turned-opponent, Associate Justice Costa Pliecones, both spoke to the court’s record of lag time between hearing and ruling on cases. CP’s Corey Hutchins described the court’s predicament as it faces a possible change in leadership in this week’s issue. [The State, AP, CP]

Zinger o’ the Week by Upstate coiffeur-congressman Trey Gowdy, talking with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly (who is impressively unphased by the prosecutor’s stumbling one-liner): “The president already has a Nobel Prize for peace, I think he’s shooting for one in fiction.” [Fox News]

If you didn’t get your weekly/daily/hourly fix of Mary Lee updates last year, you’re in luck, because she’s back this year and she just might be carrying a mess of great white babies. In short, get ready for SHARK WATCH 2013. [P&C, AP via Sun News, The State, WCIV, WCSC, The Internet]

Charleston City Council pledged $12.5 million to go toward the planned International African American Museum on Wednesday. The remaining $62.5 million is proposed to come from the state, county, and private donors. [P&C]

The City of North Charleston wants to add the yet-to-be-developed Shipwatch Square, Naval Hospital, and GARCO mill site to a city TIF district, a redevelopment mechanism that would divert property tax dollars from county schools into the city’s coffers. The proposal would also extend terms of the TIF by ten years until 2028. [P&C

Lawyers for Matt and Melanie Capobianco have filed a $1 million suit against Dusten Brown, seeking to recoup legal fees accrued during time representing the Charleston couple pro bono in the custody case over their adopted daughter Veronica. [The State/AP, Tulsa World]

The inventor of the Rainbow Loom, Cheong Choon Ng, will stop by Wonder Works West Ashley’s holiday Elfstravaganza on Saturday. Writer’s note: Writer is still not sure exactly what Rainbow Loom is. [P&C]

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