Across South Carolina



Swimmer's 16.2-mile dip fights wind, tide

CHARLESTON, S.C. --- She swam the English Channel and crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco. Now 47-year-old endurance swimmer Kathleen Wilson of James Island has completed a 16.2-mile swim around Charleston.

Wilson made the swim Saturday in six hours, 58 minutes, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. She entered at the James B. Edwards Bridge over the Wando River, swam through Charleston Harbor and up the Ashley River to the Gen. William B. Westmoreland Bridge.

Three friends in kayaks guided her around the Charleston peninsula as she defied wind, choppy waters and an uncooperative tide. Wilson hopes to attract distance swimming competitions to the city.

Abortion doctor faces Charleston gun charge

CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Police have charged a physician who provides abortion procedures in Tennessee with pointing a gun at protesters outside a Charleston health care office.

Dr. Gary Boyle, 62, of Blountville, Tenn., was released on $25,000 bail Saturday, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.

According to a police report, Boyle pulled a handgun when he was approached by three abortion protesters in the parking lot at Charleston Women's Medical Center in West Ashley. It was not clear whether Boyle was performing abortions at the clinic.

The protesters are participating in a campaign in which they pray outside the clinic 24 hours a day from Sept. 22 until Oct. 31.