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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Thursday April 28.2011 Vol. 145, No. 118 V on r I,ora I Son rec S inn? I 807 www.aikenstandard.com ........... Today's Weather High 80° Low 50° Full forecast 18C 50e Harpootlian sorry for ‘inappropriate’ word By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Columbia attorney Dick Harpootlian, seeking a second tour as chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, has apologized for his use of the word “retard” during an online webcast last week, The Post ami Courier of Charleston reported Wednesday. Appearing on the program. “Pub Politics,” I larpootlian objected to a legislative bill moving through the S.C. House, saying, "What retard introduced that?” The legislator who introduced the bill is Rep. Tom Young, Harpootlian R-Aiken. The measure generally would prohibit high school dropouts under 18 from having a driver’s license. Young said Wednesday he had heard nothing previously about Harpootlian’s statement. He stood by his proposed legislation, which he believes will encourage more students to stay in school. Harpootlian, who previ ously served as the state Democratic Party chairman 1998-2003, has formally apologized to Bruce Coats, president of the Special Olympics of South Carolina. The Post ami Courier quoted Harpootlian as saying. “In the heat of battle, we say things that unintentionally offend people. In the heat of anger, I used a word that was absolutely inappropriate... I should have said they (legislators) were callous, stupid, ignorant and not worthy of public office.” Harpootlian objected to a bill that he contends would prevent dropouts from driving to and from a job. But the legislation does have a hardship provision, Young said. If high school dropouts “can show they have to work to support themselves or their families, they can keep their driver’s license,” Young said. He also said that the second reading of the bill had been moved to today. Young said Florida has such a law, and when it was approved, about 8,400 teenagers had their licenses suspended after they dropped out of school. Please see SORRY, page 14A Rabid fox attacks woman By KAREN DAILY Stall writer An Aiken woman is receiv-ing rabies treatments after an encounter with a rabid fox around 4 p.m. on April 21. Patnea Hudson said she was returning to her ( olonial Drive home from the grocery store with her 9-year-old son saw w hat she described as an emaciated gray fox approaching her. She said her attempts to scare the animal away were unsuccessful, so she went inside to call for help. She said she learned the closest Department of Natural Resources officer was miles away. Then, she heard the fox yelping and saw the animal climb over her fence, headed toward her small dog. “I ran,” she said. “As soon as I got there, the fox was no longer interested in the dog and turned toward me.” She said the fox charged her. Hudson struck the animal in the mouth with a dowel, hut as she stepped back from the fox it grazed her and she fell to die ground. Hudson said she eventually struck the animal hard enough that it ran away, but then she noticed her finger was bleeding. “I wasn’t sure if it was from the fall or not,” she sad. Please see FOX, page 14A Curtis Kendrick, Thomson, Ga. Doris Shamrock Stanley, Windsor Dorothy J. H. Lamprey, Aiken Jean Hale, Aiken 1 Laura Bowling Mitchell, Aiken Russ Tisdale, Anderson Deaths and Funerals 16A Calendar SC Classifieds 5B Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby SC Horoscopes SC Markets 12A Movie Listings 3C * Nation/World 12A Obituaries 6A Opinions 13A Puzzles SC Sports __ IB TV Listings 2C ti 3HUU7’Uquv » The Royal Wedding All you need to know for couple’s big day By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Live television coverage • ( NN (Atlantic Broadband Channel 42) Live coverage begins Friday at 4 a.m. KST • MU (Channel 2) 4 a.m. EST • ( BS (( hanncl 5) 5 a.m. EST • ABC (( flannel 8) 4 a m. EST • E! (C hannel 31) -a.in EST Live coverage begins at Live coverage begins at - Live coverage begins at Live coverage begins at 4 What do you remember? The upcoming nuptials between Pnnce William of Wales and Kate Middleton have the world abuzz and have stirred up memories of the “fairy tale" wedding of Princess Diana to Prince Charles in 1981. People across the country, and in Aiken, remember the gown and its 25-foot-k>ng train, the carriage ride, the couple's age difference and that Diana flubbed her vows when reciting all of Charles' names: Charles Philip Arthur George. The Aiken Standard found people around Aiken who fondly recalled the wedding... and those who could not care less Online coverage YouTube will stream live coverage beginning at 4 a.m. EST at www.youtubc.com/thcroyalchannel . Fun tidbits • Only Kale will wear a wedding ring, the same ring Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana • William will not kiss Kale at the altar fhe Church of England protocol expressly forbids such behavior. • 1,900 invitations were mailed. • William and Kale have set up a charitable-giv-mg fund to celebrate their wedding Donations will assist five chariiies chosen by the couple. To give, v isit www.royalweddingcharityfund.org . • The couple will travel from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony in the 1902 State Landau carnage, built specifically for King Edward VU. • The I hilly Telegraph expects I billion people will watch I he wedding. Pundits have been speculating that possibly between I and 2 billion people could tune in for the wedding. • The couple has commissioned two cakes for the wedding: a traditional Bntish hun cake and a groom** cake made from 37 pounds of chocolate and 1,7(H) McVille* Teal ookics, inspired by William’s favorite boyhood treat • Paddy Power, an Ireland bookmaker and pro-v Ider of gaming serv ices in the United Kingdom, anticipates roughly SI.6 million dollars will be gambled on various aspects of the Royal Wedding I - from the designer of the bridal gown to the color of Her Majesty The Queen’s hat This level of gambling, Paddy Power reports, is the second biggest ev ent after the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI Local events • 24th Annual Hitchcock Auction and Dinner Party “Eat Drink and be Marry” celebrating the Royal Wedding tm Friday. It will be an evening of cocktails and dinner as well as a silent and live auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person; $550 for a table of eight. Beverages included in ticket price. Senu-lormal attire. For more information or tickets, call 293-4375 or email (savager hitchciKkhealthcare.org. • Mock Royal Wedding today at IO a.m. at the Roland Smith Senior t enter, 109 Charles St. in i Jackson. "The carnage ride is what I remember the most. As tor this upcoming wedding, I can't wait to see her tress" — Carol Peelle Kathleen: "Oh, I remember Diana's beauti fill dress, and the ceremony Oh, yes, I watched it. She was so beauti tut I remember seeing pictures of them when they were dating. She was picked, it was an arranged marriage between two rich families I mean, he was way much older than she was Whereas for these two, it's a true love match, it's more romantic She is, of course, not from a poor family but ifs very differ^ than from their parents ' Ken "I'm a typical mate, I mean what kmd of mate remembers that, right ? I just recall the horse and carnage and I expect th* wedding to be more contemporary, ten orchestrated, I mean " — Ken and Kathleen Gathmann I was an IOU nurse at die time. AB the patients were asteep at the hospital and we turned on the TVs hi all thee rooms to watch it. That train went ai the way down the atste It was Uke a fairy tale “ — Debbie Henderson AP photo Prince William and Rate Middleton. "I remember the fancy carnage, and that people were very interested in this wedding. As for this upcoming wedding, I hope they ’re happy and that it works out better than it did for his father " — Jack England “The Royal Wedding? Hi tai you. It's welfare with a title ft's ridiculous. Ifs a bunch of millionaires Why don't they just go and get a job like everybody else 7 They're throwing a wedding? Why would I care? I'm sure they don't even invite people for dinner. Cheries was a dog to Diana; that's what he was and still s to hts wife now." — Peter Hazen 'I took the day off from work and citied my cham pagne. I stayed in front of the TV all day. only getting up to eat lunch. I hoped he (Prince Charles) fad fallen in love with her (Pnneess Diana) by then I wi stay right in front of the TV this time, too. I love the pageantry I am excited to see her (Kate Middleton's) dress and how many bridesmaids she has — Katie Halcomb More residents weigh bi on royal weddings of the past, future. I IDA Local connection Apparently, a wing was added on to Rye Patch spec ifically tor the use of King Edward VHI, who later became the Duke of Windsor, lid ward abdicated the throne to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor stayed at Rye Patch during a v isit to Aiken in 1935, ALSO INSIDE TODAY Rate and William through the years. 11C A Please see ROYAL, page 10A Not watching the royal wedding? Check out these other things to do. 17C Graduation gift ideas that'll rock their world. New Mac Book Pro. iPad 2, .Macs, MacBook Air, iPod Touch and much more. Come see why everyone loves shopping at PeachMac. peachmac ipads • macs * ipods • software * service Washington Rd across from Club Car 706 922.9020 * peachmac com I Apple Specialist
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