“Whether Lady Gaga likes [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] or not is not of any great concern to me right now … because she’s not in the military.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on the pop star’s intense campaigning to overturn the government ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. Last week, Graham successfully blocked the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which removes troops who are honest about their sexuality or are found to be gay.

$700,000

The minimum amount North Charleston officials expect to net annually from a proposed casino boat industry on the Cooper River. The City Council approved first readings on three code changes last week that could allow the boats to start running by this winter.

“Firefighters are no different from anyone else. They have to turn off the stove when they leave.”

Bianca Sancic, public information officer for the North Charleston Fire Department, on a recent kitchen fire at a Northwoods fire station. Source: The Post and Courier

2-1

That’s the ratio of women to men in this year’s freshman class at the College of Charleston. If they’re interested in getting more guys next year, we’d put that number in the brochure. Source: The Post and Courier

15

The number of burglaries the City of Charleston has investigated on James Island since Aug. 1. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office told The Post and Courier it has investigated 24 burglaries on the island during that same time period.