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Journalism

Layout Mishap

Yesterday’s local paper ran a front page story about the release of the 911 tapes on the night of the Sofa Super Store fire.  The June 18th blaze killed nine City of Charleston firefighters. The story continued inside the paper and filled the entire inner page.  Unfortunately, the layout proved...
Life

What’s a Hero?

I had dinner with a co-worker the other day and we were talking about the firefighter story and how the local media in general handled the reporting of the tragedy and the public’s reaction. The topic eventually turned to the word hero, which has been used by virtually all of...
Life

The Nine

"Monday, June 18th is a day that our city will never forget. Never. We lost nine of the bravest men doing what they love to do best: fight fire. These guys were the best." --Chief Rusty Thomas City of Charleston Fire Department After a long week of coverage, a long...
Life

Small World

It is 1709 miles from the heart of Charleston to Santa Fe. The distance is notable because today Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico ordered flags in his state flown at half-staff to honor the nine firefighters killed Monday night here in the Holy City. In a press release today,...
Journalism

Go Hug a Firefighter

After work tonight, as I was on my way back from my first follow-up weigh in at MUSC, I saw a massive column of black smoke over West Ashley. I drove down Highway 17 until I was met with police cars blocking the road. At this point, I could see...