March 6, 2008 |
Tears streamed down cashier Heather Watts' cheeks when one of her longtime customers strolled into the Time Saver Minit Market the other day to play the Fantasy 5 lottery. Watts had not seen the man since sugar dust exploded into a fireball at the local Dixie Crystals refinery Feb. 7, killing 12. She has worried about the workers who have not been in to grab sodas and cigarettes or fill up on gas. "You learn their shifts, and you know what they want," Watts said. The spot near the Kool-Aid dispenser and the hot dog stand where workers used to stop to chat on shift changes is empty now. "It feels strange when they don't stop by."
February 10, 2008 |
As crews pulled another body from the charred remnants of a sugary refinery, families and co-workers waited anxiously for identities of the five dead and the fate of the three men still missing. They also hoped for any sign of recovery among the worst injured in the explosion and fire, which left 20 workers hospitalized with severe burns, 17 of them in medically induced comas. "It's just hours of waiting right now," said Hallie Capers, whose two nephews were in critical condition at a burn center in Augusta, 130 miles up the Savannah River.
June 2, 2002 |
Imagine 12,000 pounds of bomb-grade plutonium, some of the most dangerous stuff on Earth, barreling down Interstate 20 in heavily fortified trucks. Dozens of state troopers stand in the way, their squad cars barricading the highway. The governor of South Carolina lies in the road, in his signature seersucker suit, daring the feds to cross the state line. It's an absurd scenario. But it could come down to that.
February 10, 2001 |
No one disputes that a monument to slaves is overdue in this mostly black Southern city where none of the more than 40 plaques, pillars and statues pays tribute to blacks. But even those who welcome the proposed $350,000 granite-and-bronze African American Monument--showing a black family with broken chains at their feet--cringe at a quotation that some want inscribed at its base.
November 2, 1997 |
In his 1912 book, "The Lost World," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes a stretch of open savannah in southeastern Venezuela, a land speckled with tabletop mountains billions of years old where "the ordinary laws of nature are suspended" and prehistoric creatures still roam. By most estimations, Conan Doyle was inspired by Venezuela's Gran Sabana, a rolling, grassy highland--beautiful, empty and silent, and until recently, virtually inaccessible by land. Today, 7.
March 16, 1997 |
Between "The Parade" and "The Book," this gracious, old Southern city, with its shady jasmine-scented squares, has become hotter than a pepper sprout. "The Parade" is Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which dates back to 1813 and now ranks as the world's second-largest. A bash of Donnybrook Fair proportions, the celebration goes on for several days, draws a half-million spectators, generates $8 million in business and decimates pyramids of beer kegs along the cobblestoned riverfront.