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Chinese Lantern Festival Comes to Charleston

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Silk alligator designed by Zigong Lantern Company to reflect Lowcountry wildlife

America's oldest gardens will blossom this winter with an ancient Chinese tradition; a lantern festival. A glowing 20 foot dragon will greet visitors as Magnolia Plantations and Gardens opens at night for the first time since becoming a Charleston tourist attraction in 1870.  The Zigong Lantern Group of China has been busy building more than 20 displays that will illuminate nine acres.

Lowcountry Diver Remembers Recovering Apollo 8

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Bob Coggin was just back from serving in Vietnam as a diver in an underwater demolition team when he got his next assignment from the Navy:  train to possibly recover Apollo 8.  The first manned spacecraft to leave the earth's atmosphere and orbit the moon would soon splash down in the Pacific Ocean.

Conservationists File a Lawsuit to Stop Seismic Blasting off our Coast

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People gather at the federal courthouse in downtown Charleston to support a lawsuit to stop seismic air gun blasting on the coast.

It may have been cold outside the federal courthouse in downtown Charleston Tuesday morning, but the crowd was fired up about a newly filed lawsuit to stop what’s believed to be a precursor to drilling off our coast; seismic airgun blasting.  The lawsuit claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Po

Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham Clinches an Historic Win

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Joe Cunningham addresses the press at the International Longshoremen's Hall on Morrison Drive in Charleston

 

 

 

After a nail biting night and an all too close early morning win, Congressman-Elect Joe Cunningham addressed the press Wednesday night in front of a small group of family and friends at a longshoremen’s union hall in Charleston.   He spoke about a campaign that began at a kitchen table with no money, no staff and no idea how to run for election.  But Cunningham said he decided to run to fight for a nation less divided for future generations.

Raising Charleston's Historic Homes in Hopes of Saving Them

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Contractor Gary Walters in front of 42 Rutledge Avenue

How do you raise a large, historic home?  Better yet, how do you put it back down?  Should such an old  home be raised at all?  All are tough questions in a city that until recently had never lifted one before. “There’s a lot of head scratching going on,” said long-time contractor Gary Walters.  He’s been working on a massive home at 42 Rutledge Avenue in Charleston, S.C.