Originally created 05/14/05

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Expelled cadet sues Citadel after hearing

CHARLESTON - A former Citadel cadet has sued the state military college, saying he didn't get a fair hearing from a school review board.

Junior Cadet Paul G. Burnett was expelled in January after allegations he hazed other cadets and brought alcohol on campus.

The suit says unnamed members of the commandant's office and those who sat on the commandant's board made statements before a hearing that he should "save us all a lot of time and pack your bags and leave."

The state lawsuit alleges the hearing was in bad faith and the expulsion caused the cadet to be publicly humiliated.

Man is charged with double murder

FLORENCE - A Florence man charged with killing his pregnant live-in girlfriend is charged with a second count of murder in the death of her unborn child.

Investigators said Eric Dale Tessner stabbed and beat Jennifer Denise Stonerock, 27, Saturday night after a domestic dispute. Ms. Stonerock was between six and seven months pregnant at the time.

Mr. Tessner, 24, was out on bail on assault charges against Ms. Stonerock when she was killed.

City hopes to draw tourists from beach

CONWAY - South Carolina's tourism chief says Conway can be more than the last stop before people get to Myrtle Beach.

The once quiet city along the Waccamaw River now has what tourists look for, such as a revitalized downtown with unique shops, restaurants and art stores, officials said.

European tourists could be especially attracted because they often are looking to spend a day away from the beach, officials said.

Student won't be punished in shooting

ANDERSON - No disciplinary action will be taken against the pupil who accidentally fired a school resource officer's gun at school, officials said.

A pupil at Lakeside Middle School fired officer Robert Miller's gun Wednesday morning as he explained to a group of pupils how hard it would be to remove the gun from his holster.

Mr. Miller is on administrative leave as the incident is investigated by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

- Edited from wire reports


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