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Navigating Beaufort city’s Web site can be a frustrating experience, Mayor Billy Keyserling says.
Sometimes the desired information just isn’t there, and other times its buried so deep that the occasional visitor can’t quickly find what they need, he said.
City Council members will discuss ways to make the site more user friendly with Information Technology Director Joe Foster at a Tuesday work session.
Beach season is upon us! If you're like me, you've already bought a new beach chair and received a nasty sunburn (my thighs were the victims this weekend ... ouch). Don't forget: Until Labor Day, dogs aren't allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. But plenty of ocean shenanigans can be had in the mornings and evenings when the heat isn't so intense.
In you and your dog enjoy splashing around — or if your dog needs a little confidence in the water — check out this swim program offered by trainer Abby Bird of Alphadog. Bird has been conducting swim training in the area for 10 years, and says it usually turns into a doggie beach party. "It is lots of fun and a chance to teach some dogs to swim as well as teach swimming dogs some rescue skills," Bird said.
Should newspapers refrain from printing the names of sexual assault victims to protect their privacy? Or does treating the victim of a rape differently than a victim of murder or armed robbery further stigmatize people who have nothing to be ashamed of?
And should the media also withhold, as a matter of policy, information about suicides and attempted suicides (the former to honor family privacy, the latter to avoid providing incentive to those who would do such a thing for attention)? Or does providing a veil prevent us from helping solve mental-health issues best confronted head-on?
These are dark times for fans of the teevee people, which, according to the headline counts on CNN.com, is everybody, all the time, constantly: Smiley reality-show attention drones Jon and Kate Gosselin returned to their suddenly inescapable cable show “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” this week amid tabloid-rag-fueled allegations that each cheated on the other, resulting in metric gobs of free publicity and resulting in the always-entertaining spectacle of watching reality-show people plead suddenly for their privacy. Sadly, important research by Guide staffers has revealed that the FULL STORY ISN’T EVEN OUT YET, because of these ... even more things going wrong in the Jon and Kate house.*
* (Add your own in the comments below, we dare you).
Out this weekend is the horror flick, “Drag Me To Hell.” Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is a young, ambitious loan officer with a bright future and a boyfriend, Clay Dalton (Justin Long). All soon changes when a strange woman arrives at the bank begging for an extension on her home loan. Being in a cutthroat industry and in dire need of wanting to impress her boss in hopes he will see her as someone who can make tough decisions, she denies the old woman’s plea and sends her on her way.
Sick of hearing about “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” yet? Yeah, me too, except I can’t stop reading about it. I have visited People.com and USmagazine.com no fewer than 55,000 times in the last two weeks. Every time anyone gets even the tiniest bit of insight into Jon’s $5-a-day allowance or Kate’s ability to neuter things with a flick of her ever-sharpening asymmetrical haircut, I’m clicking on it. Sometimes twice.
Some days I feel like my lawn chair is literally parked in their front yard, and I’m just sitting there with popcorn and soda, watching and waiting for another fight, or to catch a glimpse of what’s in their shopping bags or to maybe, I don’t know, see a 23-year-old schoolteacher tiptoe out of Jon’s doghouse in the early hours of the morn.
I talk a lot with reporters and page designers about putting our news coverage in the “appropriate-sized box” — in other words, making sure the resources we devote to writing about a particular subject and the play we give the story in the newspaper are in proportion to the topic’s news value.
This sounds intuitive and simple, but in reality, it’s a bit more difficult than it would seem at first blush. A newspaper, after all, is an every-day thing, and some of those days produce more news than others. That alone can greatly affect the size of the box in which we put the news.
Battery Creek High School safety Ricky Chaney verbally committed to play football at Clemson University on Wednesday, just moments after Tigers coach Dabo Swinney called with an official scholarship offer for the rising senior.
The 6-2, 190-pounder had garnered interest from University of South Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina and Buffalo, but after visiting the Clemson campus for its junior day in February, Chaney was sold on becoming a Tiger.
Another year, another Pixar triumph. When is the infallible animation house going to release a lazy, pandering cheeseburger so we have something novel to say about it? The sublime “Up” suggests that the studio’s reputation for smart fun and creative integrity is nowhere near winding down.
From the title onward, “Up” is a stratospheric success. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits, and not with a pushy DreamWorks-style gag reel of celebrity voices and committee-processed one-liners.
First things first, Les Claypool, because we need to clear up a very important safety matter: Is swine flu transferable by someone wearing a pig mask?
“That’s a very good question. I think if you put on a pig mask after (someone) flu-ridden, there’s a good chance,” Claypool said by phone from his home in Northern California last week, ruminating on one of his trademark stage-costume pieces. “There’s a lot of condensation that comes when you wear a pig mask. The inside of a pig masks is generally a horrible place. It’s kind of like a free facial. It clears the pores.”