Shark Week, Charleston style: the best Lowcountry shark videos

By Steve Colman

By Steve Colman

Why are we so fascinated with sharks? Killer whales are smarter and a strong current is deadlier.

Yet, something about those menacing teeth and sleek fins cue the “Jaws” them in our head and make us click any time we see a new encounter.

It’s as if we forget they’re all around us until the moment they bump into us while we’re riding our surfboards or when they wash up on shore.

Heck, Mary Lee the Shark, tagged and named by Ocearch, only has to swim within 500 miles of Charleston and the entire region goes nuts.

But hey, who am I to argue with your insatiable appetite for all things shark? Here’s some of the best Lowcountry shark videos I could find:

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On ice: Stanley Cup finals goes 3 OTs before anchors can go on air

When Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks finally ended at 1 a.m. Thursday – after 3 overtimes – the jobs of many journalists, especially those with the NBC affiliates, were just getting started

I put together a Storify story below showing how those anchors and reporters managed to keep themselves busy while they waited two hours for someone – anyone – to score.

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Campus crushes: New Twitter fad part flattering, part creepy

A couple of the tweets are sweet: A secret admirer says a girl is gorgeous. A girl tells a boy he’s so funny and nice “and definitely boyfriend material.”

But by and large, the material on the new @CofCCrushes twitter account is way too raunchy to repeat here. And it’s all anonymous, except for the targets of the tweets who are either described in detail or named.

Some of the tweets are funny – and seemingly meant to be – and so far no one seems to have taken offense to being a target, no matter how creepy the tweet.

 The College of Charleston account has grown to 900 followers in about a week but it is not the first of its kind, not even in the state of South Carolina where there is already @USCCrushes 5,000+ followers; @ClemsonCrushes 2,800+ followers; and a @WoffordCrushes 260+ followers.

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Road rage video not Charleston driver’s first confrontation – or video – involving police

Chad Walton has been confronting officers – and videotaping those confrontations – long before his road rage video (above) went viral on YouTube this week.

You can also find him arguing with officers here, and here, and here.

Post and Courier reporter Natalie Caula also reported today that Walton filed a similar complaint against a North Charleston police officer a year ago but the department determined the complaint to be unfounded.

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Dude, local entrepreneur offering coveted Twitter account in exchange for financing

The Dude

What would you give to be The Dude?
How about the @dude?

The @dude

Summerville entrepreneur Billy Gadol has held the @dude account since January of 2007. He’s is offering to give it away in exchange for a $4,999 donation to a project he’s trying to start on Kickstarter, a website that helps people raise money for such things.
Gadol has been playing guitar since he was a little dude and came up with the idea of creating a foot pedal that would allow him to change the sound of his guitar during songs, not in between.
With 11 days to go he’s nearly one-third of his way to his $60,000 goal. He’s offering various prizes commensurate with the donation amount but the big prize is the coveted @dude account.
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