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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Thursday April 28,201 Vol. 145, No. 118 > O I Local Source S iìia wvAAA/.aikenstandard.com s ToiLhAl lAfciJiilim lUIMayS WvVNinilwr High 80» Low w Full forecast 18C' 50^ Harpoòtlìan 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 and Courier of Charleston reported Wednesday. Appearing on the program, Rabid fox attacks woman By KAREN DAILY Staff writer An Aiken woman is receiving rabies treatments after an encounter with a rabid fox around 4 p.m. on April 21. Patrica Hudson said she was retummg to her Colonial Drive home from the grocery store with her 9-year-old son saw what 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-clos-est 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, but as she stepped back from the fox it grazed her and she fell to the 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 /te) (OasilixiQ Curtis Kendiick, Thomson, Ga. Doris Shamrocic Stanley, Windsor Dorothy T. H. Lamprey, Aiken Jean Hale, Aiken • Laura Bowling Mitchell, Aiken RussTisdale, Anderson Deaths and Funerals 16A Calendar 3C Classifieds SB Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby .......""sc Horoscopes 5C Markets 12A Movie Listings 3C ' Nation/World 12A Obituaries 6A Opinions 13A Puzzles 5C Sports IB TV Listings 2C "Pub Politics," Harpootlian objected to a legislative bill' moving through the S.C. House, saying, "What retard infroduced 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 and 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 The Royal Wedding All you need to kniow for couple's big day By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Live television coverage • CNN (Atlantic Broadband Channel 42) — Live coverage begins Friday at 4 a.m. EST • NBC (Channel 2) — Live coverage begins at 4 a.m. EST • CBS (Channel 5) — Live coverage begins at Sam FST • ABC (Channel 8) — Live coverage begins at 4 a.m. EST • E! (Channel 31) — Live coverage begins at 4 a.m. EST Online coverage YouTube will stream live coverage beginning at 4 a.m. EST at www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel . Fun tidbits • Only Kate will wear a wedding ring, the same ring Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana. • William will not kiss Kate at the altar. The Church of England protocol expressly forbids such behavior. • 1,900 invitations were mailed. • William and Kate have set up a charitable-giving fiind to celebrate their wedding. Donations will assist five charities chosen by the couple. To give, visit www.royalweddingcharityiimd.org . • The couple will travel from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony in the 1902 State Landau carriage, built specifically for King Edward VII. • The Daily Telegraph expects 1 billion people will watch the wedding. Pundits have been speculating that possibly between 1 and 2 billion people could tune in for the wedding. • The couple has commissioned two cakes for the wedding: a traditional British fhiit cake and a groom's cake made from 37 pounds of chocolate and 1,700 McVitie's Tea Cookies, inspired by William's favorite boyhood treat. • Paddy Power, an Ireland bookmaker and provider of gaming services in the United Kingdom, anticipates roughly $1.6 million dollars will be gambled on various aspects of the Royal Wedding - 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 event 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 on 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. Semi-formal attire. For more information or tickets, call 293-4375 or email email@example.com . • Mock Royal Wedding today at 10 a.m. at the Roland Smith Senior Center, 109 Charles St. in Jackson. What do you remember? The upcoming nuptials between Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton have the world abuzz and have stin'ed 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-long train, the carnage .•ids ths ano Hifforfinfifi and that Diana flubbed her vows when reciting all of Charles' names: Charles Philip Arthur George. The Men Standard iound people around Aiken who fondly recalled the wedding... and those who could not care less. "The carnage ride is what I remember tfie most. As for this upcoming wedding, I can't wait to see her dress." — CarorPeelle Kathleen: "Oh, I remember Diana's beautiful dress, and the ceremony. Oh, yes, I watched it. She was so beautiful. I remember seeing pictures of them when they were dating. She was picked, it was an arranged marriage between two rich families. 1 mean, he was way much older than she was. Whereas for these two, it's a tme love match, it's more romantic. She is, of course, not from a poor family but it's very different than from their parents." Ken: "I'm a typical male. I mean what kind of male remembers that, right ? I just recall the horse and carriage and I expect this wedding to be more contemporary, less orchestrated, I mean." ~ Ken and Kathleen Gathmann "I was an ICU nurse at the time. All the patients were asleep at the hospital and we turned on the TVs in all their rooms to watch it. That train went all the way down the aisle. It was like a fairy tale." — Debbie Henderson AP photo Prince William and Kate Middleton. "1 remember the fancy caniage, 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 ta it did for his father." —Jack England "The Royal Wedding? I'll tell you. It's welfare with a ^e. it's ridiculous. It's a bunch of millionaires. Why don't they just go and get a job like everybo^ else? They're throwing a wedding? Why would I care? I'm sure they don't even invite people for dinner. Charles was a dog to Diana; tiiat's what he was and still is to his wife now." — i*eter Hazen "I took the day off from mrk and chilly my champagne. I stayed in front of the TV ai| day, only getting up to eat lunch. 1 hoped he (Prince Charies) had fallen in love with her (Princess Diana) by then. I will stay right in front of the TV this time, too. 1 love the pageantry, t am excited to see her (Kate Middleton's) dress ahd how many bridesmaids she has." — Katie Hateomb More residents weigh in on royal weddings of the past, future. 110A Local connection Apparently, a wing was added on to Rye Patch specifically for the use of King Edward VIII, who later became the Duke of Windsor. Edward abdicated the throne to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor stayed at Rye Patch during a visit to Aiken in 1935. Please see ROYAL, page 10A ALSO INSIDE TODAY Kate and William through the years. 11C Not watching the royal wedding? 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