Originally created 02/19/03

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Medical college still takes burn patients

CHARLESTON -The Medical University of South Carolina says it will treat all but the most critically injured burn patients.

The university closed the state's only burn unit last summer.

The move is aimed at calming critics who say South Carolina lacks a full burn unit, meaning badly burned patients must be transferred to Augusta.

MUSC's plan won a key endorsement from Rep. John Graham Altman, R-Charleston, who had been pressing the university to reopen the 10-bed burn unit.

The university isn't hiring a burn specialist, and the move will not require any significant additional costs.

Officer takes charge of Shaw fighter wing

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE -Col. Salvatore Angelella assumed command Tuesday of the 20th Fighter Wing, the U.S. Air Force's largest F-16 combat wing.

Col. Angelella came to Shaw after serving as commander of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which has been enforcing the southern "no-fly" zone over Iraq, officials said.

Coach, two students charged in beating

SIMPSONVILLE -The basketball coach of a Simpsonville high school and two students have been charged with simple assault and battery in the beating of a 14-year-old student.

John William Miller, 30, of Fountain Inn, a coach and youth minister at East Georgia Road Christian School, is accused of grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing him to the ground, according to an arrest warrant.

Mr. Miller has resigned, Principal Joe Ayers said.

Clarence Harrison Musselwhite, 17, of Simpsonville, and Reginald Greggs, 18, of Piedmont, are both accused of punching the victim, according to arrest warrants.

Panel OKs new leader for juvenile justice

COLUMBIA -The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the confirmation of William Byars as the head of the state Juvenile Justice Department.

Mr. Byars, 57, still must be confirmed by the full Senate. He will take over an agency plagued with problems. The department, which handles most of the state's youngest criminals, has operated under federal court scrutiny since 1995 after a lawsuit by six juveniles alleged overcrowding, inadequate medical care and physical abuse within state facilities.


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