“I’m going to miss writing scripts. I’m going to miss having to read books. I’m going to miss playing with sex toys.”

Host Sue Johanson on the end of her popular sex-advice show, Talk Sex, last weekend. Source: The Associated Press

Draft Report On Sofa Store Released

Mayor Joe Riley released a draft report last week from the federal agency investigating the Sofa Super Store fire, days after reversing his own controversial decision to withhold the release of an independent review commissioned by the city. Not surprisingly, the federal report points to problems in equipment and coordination at the site of the blaze that killed nine firefighters.

City officials released the draft report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, but recommendations from the federal agency will not be made until the final report is complete. The draft does provide a summary of the events on June 18.

“The fire quickly outgrew the available suppression water supply, and the interior crews became disoriented as the heat rapidly intensified and visibility dropped to zero as the thick black smoke filled the showroom from floor to ceiling,” the report states. “Soon after, the flammable mixture of combustion by-products ignited, and fire raced through the main showroom. Interior firefighters were caught in the rapid fire progression and nine firefighters from the first-responding fire department died. At least six firefighters barely escaped serious injury.”

The report was given to the city and the firefighters union for review. After the criticism over delaying the city’s review team report, Mayor Joe Riley was quick to release this draft report to the public.

“Apparently (the NIOSH) report, which is pre-decisional and has not been finalized, is a report that normally is not publicly distributed,” Riley said in announcing the release. “My belief is that because of the understandable immense interest in the Sofa Super Store fire that it is very important that everyone be aware even of this draft document so that this process is public and transparent.”

The city’s independent report will be released on May 15. —Greg Hambrick

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That’s the number of out LGBT delegates selected to represent South Carolina at the Democratic National Convention. The state party had made it a goal to send LGBT delegates to the convention, leading gay rights advocates to organize and encourage their ranks to compete for these spots. Local activist Tom Chorlton was one of those selected. He’ll be an alternate delegate for Hillary Clinton. “Patience and persistence prove true once again,” he says.

“We need to have all of our stars on the field until (June) third.”

Congressman Jim Clyburn on the need for Sen. Hillary Clinton to continue her doomed campaign until the very end. Some party leaders have suggested another few weeks of campaigning will help extend the Democratic Party’s record growth in primary participants. Source: The State

Who did John McCain Vote For?

Last week, Arianna Huffington laid the groundwork for scandal, claiming that Sen. John McCain told her that he didn’t vote for President Bush in 2000 (which would put him among the majority of Americans, but we digress). The campaign says the conversation didn’t happen, but two actors on The West Wing came out later in the week to say they were there and heard him say it too. That got us wondering who McCain voted for if not Bush. Sure, he may have voted for Gore or written in his own name, but we have a few more alternatives:

Tiger Woods — athlete of the year; would have deflated some of the “change” argument in the 2008 race.

Brad Pitt — named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine the week of the election — and if there’s one thing the White House has been lacking, it’s a pretty face.

Regis PhilbinMillionaire was on four nights a week, and, hey, those gruff, old chatterboxes have to stick together.

Carlos Santana — rocker working across the aisle, topping the charts with pop-enthused “Smooth” and the urban-inspired “Maria Maria.”

Andrea Gail — the old fishing boat at the center of The Perfect Storm struggled through the waves before falling to the battering surf — dashing the hopes of audiences everywhere. —Greg Hambrick