“Well, I really think he shatters the myth of white supremacy once and for all.”

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, (D-N.Y.) when asked recently for his thoughts on President George W. Bush.

$175 million

That’s the amount the Noisette Co. requested in advance from N. Charleston City Council last week for future work at the former Charleston naval base. Mayor Keith Summey and Council voiced concerns over the staggering amount due to the delays in the completion of Riverfront Park and the fact that the money would be paid in advance. An informal poll published in The Post and Courier found that six out of ten Councilmembers were concerned about Noisette’s proposal, and that only the mayor and his staff have seen the full plan. “There’s been no presentation yet,” says Finance Director Warren Newton. “None of the Councilmembers have seen the plan in its entirety.”

$23.3 million

That’s the economic impact the 2007 Senior PGA Championship will have on the state, according to the Office of Tourism Analysis at the College of Charleston. Source: The Post and Courier

$1.1 million

That’s the unpaid overtime the Charleston County School District made good on to 387 employees. The U.S. Department of Labor conducted an investigation into whether the district complied with overtime rules, which are established by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The school district was given the choice to investigate the unpaid wages themselves or the agency could decide how much the employees were owed. The district conducted its own investigation, and as a result is looking into purchasing electronic time-keeping systems. Some people call them clocks.

“America is addicted to oil.”

President Bush in last week’s State of the Union address. A former Texas oil executive, and a failed one at that, Bush announced the Advanced Energy Initiative, a 22-percent increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energy. He also vowed that by 2025, three-fourths of the petroleum now imported into the U.S from the Middle East will be replaced by alternative energy sources.