Swearing in Sanford – Congressman Mark Sanford was sworn into office yesterday (NYT), flanked by the South Carolina delegation, to a standing ovation from his congressional colleagues. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson praised Sanford as the “survivor” of the wild and crazy SC-1 special election. In his introductory speech, Sanford referred to “the events of 2009,” and reflected on a new appreciation of life and his career upon returning to Congress.
Boeing IT– Boeing Co. says it expects about 600 information technology jobs (CRBJ) are destined for North Charleston over the next three years as the company reorganizes its IT workforce.
Idol – In the finale of American Idol Wednesday night, the show’s judges applauded St. Helena Island native Candace Glover’s performances (AP), making it seem like she had the edge going into the four-hour voting period last night. The winner will be crowned tonight.
E-cig tax? – Lawmakers debated a possible tax on electronic cigarettes at a state House subcommittee meeting Wednesday, discussing a proposal that would add a 5 cent-per-mililiter tax on the nicotine mixture used in e-cigs. Support of the bill from tobacco industry representatives present was mixed.
TEDxCharleston – A sold-out crowd gathered at PURE Theatre Wednesday (P&C) for the inaugural TEDx series in Charleston to hear from speakers of all ages and backgrounds from around the Charleston area.
Monkeys – An animal rights group is taking issue with reported treatment of research monkeys at a Yemassee lab after it was learned a handful of the animals were injured or killed while in the care of reasearch company Alpha Genesis.
TIF editorial – The P&C has an editorial on the vote last week to abandon plans for a $82 million tax-increment finance district on Johns Island to benefit a proposed development, including analysis of the sunk cost of the project, which one county council member said amounted to a “colossal waste of time.”