Originally created 11/17/06

Across South Carolina

NAACP demands more black Santas at malls

CHARLESTON - One thing on the Charleston NAACP's wish list this holiday season is more black Santas.

"People don't want to talk about it. Santa is never black," said Dot Scott, the president of the Charleston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

She said children see white Santas at Christmas parades, malls and holiday festivals, and it's time for black children to see someone who looks like them.

"I believe that kids need to understand that good things come in black, too," she said.

Ms. Scott called the local Northwoods Mall and was referred to the Cherry Hill, N.J., company that provides the mall Santa, Cherry Hill Photo.

"We hire the person who is best qualified for the position without regard for race," Cherry Hill Photo said in a statement.

But the city's Holiday Magic celebration at Marion Square at the historic district alternates black and white Santas.

It also has a black Mrs. Claus and black elves, said Ellen Dressler Moryl, the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Wal-Mart expands low-cost drug offers

BENTONVILLE, ARK. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Thursday a rollout to 11 more states, including South Carolina, of its $4 offer on some generic prescription drugs.

Wal-Mart added 502 stores to those offering the discounted medications and added 17 prescriptions to the offering, bringing the total to 331 generic prescriptions available. The $4 price is for up to a 30-day supply of the drugs.

States added Thursday were Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. In all, Wal-Mart is offering the program in 3,009 stores in 38 states.

Ex-Brown aide seeks Supreme Court help

COLUMBIA - A woman who claims soul singer James Brown raped her is asking the Supreme Court to hear her sexual harassment lawsuit, which a lower court ruled this year she had waited too long to file.

Jacque Hollander argues that the state's two-year statute of limitations in such cases does not provide equal protection to women.

In her lawsuit, Ms. Hollander said Mr. Brown raped her at gunpoint in 1988 while she was working as his publicist. She seeks $106 million in damages.

Ms. Hollander said she sued Mr. Brown after she developed a thyroid condition in 2000 that doctors told her was caused by the stress of the alleged assault.

Mr. Brown's attorney, Debra Opri, called Ms. Hollander's request for the Supreme Court to hear the case "a pipe dream."

- Edited from wire reports


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