Local & State
Lowcountry featured in US Airways magazine
It might not be the cover of Rolling Stone, but the Lowcountry has landed on the front page of a national magazine. US Airways will feature a 54-page spread of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton in the December issue of its in-flight publication. The cover shot is a familiar Hilton Head image: a marshside view of a glowing Harbour Town Lighthouse at sunset. About 30 articles and 75 photos that cover most every aspect of the Lowcountry lifestyle will be included.
Nation & World
U.S. appeals international decision on meat labeling
The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that made it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery story came from. The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the “country of origin labeling” requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. On Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative appealed the ruling.
Black Caucus opposes recognition of Indian tribe
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe pending an investigation because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks. In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia, which would make members eligible for special benefits in education, housing and medical care – and allow the tribe to pursue a casino. A decision on recognition, which would be the first for a Virginia tribe, is due by March 30.
Protesters of Ferguson decision utilize Black Friday
Dozens of people interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area late Thursday and early Friday to speak out about a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Other Black Friday protests were planned in shopping centers around the nation. One in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood drew five people, one with a sign reading “Black lives matter.” All five, who stood by a car, declined to be interviewed on Friday morning.
Low oil prices may be bad economic omen
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses. The latest slide was triggered by OPEC’s decision this week to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the cartel are worried they’ll lose market share if they lower production.
Church brander launches McMass
Would you be more inclined to go to church if services came with a Big Mac and a side of fries? That’s the idea behind McMass, a group whose goal is to put a McDonald’s franchise in a church. The group, led by Paul Di Lucca, a creative director at the church branding agency Lux Dei design, has launched a page on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site. He’s looking to raise $1 million to build the first McDonald’s church.
The (Hilton Head) Island Packet, The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune contributed.