Originally created 03/09/06

Across the region



Analysis of evolution is rejected by board

COLUMBIA - The state Board of Education rejected a proposal Wednesday to have students learn to critically analyze the theory of evolution.

Board members agreed with science educators who complained that adding the words "critically analyze" would weaken science education and force educators to teach alternatives such as intelligent design or creationism to schoolchildren.

The 10-6 vote rejected a proposal by the Education Oversight Committee to add the phrase "critically analyze" to the high school biology standard dealing with evolution.

Perdue gets stitches for racquetball injury

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue was sporting stitches in his right eyebrow Wednesday after crashing into a wall during an early morning racquetball game.

"I once again tried the laws of physics." Mr. Perdue said. "When man moves into an immovable object it doesn't move but he does."

Mr. Perdue said he wasn't sure how many stitches he received at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, but he said the wound doesn't hurt.

Mr. Perdue said he was wearing safety glasses but the lens popped out on impact. This was Mr. Perdue's second racquetball accident. He previously got hit in the eye with a racquet.

He did not identify his racquetball partner during the accident.

Deputies find 7 cars submerged in river

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday found seven cars - at least one reported stolen - submerged in the waters of the Stono River.

Deputies received a call that a vehicle had gone into the water at a landing at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

A passenger in the car was killed and the driver, Robby Dean Jett, 38, of Union, was charged with felony driving under the influence, officials said.

Officials said it's not known how the car ended up in the water.

When authorities were pulling it out of the water, they found seven others nearby.

'Wal-ocaust' T-shirts lead to legal battle

ATLANTA - Comparing Wal-Mart's business practices to the Holocaust has landed a metro-Atlanta activist-marketer in a legal dispute with the corporate behemoth.

Charles Smith started marketing "I (heart) Wal-ocaust" T-shirts last year, prompting Arkansas-based Wal-Mart to obtain a cease-and-desist order.

In turn, Mr. Smith filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court in Atlanta.

From Wal-Mart's standpoint, Mr. Smith is engaging in trademark infringement. Mr. Smith asserts it's a free speech issue.

Drunken-driving charge is filed in boy's death

GREENVILLE, S.C. - A 38-year-old Greenville man was charged with felony drunken driving in the death of a 7-year-old boy.

Delbert Raynard Pearsall also was charged Tuesday with failure to wear a seat belt and having an open container of alcohol in his car.

Daquan Terrell Ferguson, of Greenville, was killed last month when he stepped in front of a Ford Explorer.

Man gets life term in killing, body disposal

MACON, Ga. - Shay Allen Morey will serve a life sentence in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to the 2005 slaying of a man whose body was chopped to pieces in a motel bathtub.

Mr. Morey, 25, wept at the hearing where he admitted to killing Bobby Gene Wagner about 13 months ago.

Mr. Morey said his co-defendant, Crystal Mae Wagner, 25, Mr. Wagner's wife, was involved in "virtually every stage of the crime."

Mr. Wagner's body was cut into 10 pieces, bagged, dumped and partially burned in the woods off Ga. Highway 18.

- Edited from wire reports

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