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I used to be scared of Osama bin Laden -- even back before the Sept. 11 attacks when he was just the Crazy Billionaire in Caves Who Hated Americans. He reminded me of Great Tiger from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (and, yes, I know that Great Tiger was Indian and that's not the same thing). Here's the similarity: Great Tiger would teleport into the ring and then seemingly disappear, kicking your butt from out of nowhere, giving him an unfair and seemingly insurmountable advantage (this felt like terrorism even back then). Until I was able to find the special Punch-Out move to conquer Great Tiger (via an underground Nintendo magazine) -- wherein you block his punches until he gets dazed and confused, giving you an opening for a knockout-producing uppercut -- I felt like it wasn't even worth playing the game. Turns out the big secret was in this guy's turban jewel. His fancy accessory would flash before he'd teleport into a mostly invisible missile-like punching machine -- it was a signal for you to make your move. That's right, his "fancy accessory" gave away his weakness. Great Tiger clearly had a touch of vanity. And now we know bin Laden does too.
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Former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel leaves court Thursday arm in arm with his sister, Suzie Ravenel, and his mother, Louise Ravenel.|link=node|align=center|width=450|height=288]
[img_assist|nid=24191|title='Closed for the Day'|desc=A painting of the Bluffton Oyster Co. by West Fraser|link=node|align=center|width=354|height=450]
Since God created the Lowcountry with its meandering tidal creeks, abundant marshland and waveswept coastline, the view from the heavens has been of an ever-changing canvas.
I wanted you to see the letter I've fired off to the editor:
With the bridge named after Arthur Ravenel, any thought of naming the white lines on the bridge after Thomas Ravenel?
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'Lowcountry Latinas Come of Age': Of course, the quincea
[img_assist|nid=24094|title=Charlotte|desc=Students taunt Dorothy Counts' on her first day of school.
The Charlotte Observer has a wonderful multi-media "online extra" today on the integration of Charlotte schools 50 years ago this week.
[img_assist|nid=23948|title=Lightning burns hat|desc=Nita Birmingham/The Post and Courier
Greg Schneider, 37, holds the cap he was wearing Thursday when he was struck by lightning in Summerville.|link=node|align=center|width=363|height=450]
[img_assist|nid=23902|title=Cabana|desc=By Randall Hill/The Sun News Ocean Isle Beach considers ban on cabanas|link=node|align=center|width=450|height=285]
This year, town employees said, they have been carting away 10 to 12 pickup truckloads a week of items people leave on the beach.