COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s a battle that literally pits one Southern state against another. And yes, it involves peaches. We’ll try to cobble together what all this stems from — though it’s a little fuzzy and may take more than a few schnapps. Most people know Georgia is officially the Peach State. But the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is trying to poach on that title. It has gone on Twitter to point out the Palmetto State is more worthy as a peach state, saying it produces three times as many peaches as Georgia. That got Georgia’s fuzz to stand on end. Its agriculture department declares its fruits are “3 X SWEETER.” So far, South Carolina has inflicted the biggest bruise, throwing shade at Georgia in a distinctively southern way. Its latest response: “Bless your heart.”
PENNSYLVANIA TOWNSHIP GIVES TAX REBATE
LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — Usually the only time you get a tax-related check from the government, you have to file a return. But Middletown Township in Langhorne, Pennsylvania ended up with more tax money than it could use — and gave it to people who could use it: taxpayers. Middletown Township sent out 14,361 checks for $68 each to all owners of property with structures on them. The chairwoman of the township says it’s irresponsible for it to hang on to that much money when it has “the opportunity to help people out a little bit,” especially when residents feel they pay too much in taxes already.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gotta figure someone working on a U.S. Senate candidate’s web page must have been hungry. The Connecticut Post reports a banner on candidate Dominic Rapini’s website said the site was — “Approved by Dominic Panini.” Rapini didn’t spend much time chewing over the sandwich goof when the Post asked him about it, telling the newspaper “Oh, my God, you’re killing me.” It’s unclear who made the mistake, which was fixed yesterday afternoon. And apparently no one has been grilled over the error. Even without being inadvertently swapped for a grilled sandwich, Rapini’s name already triggers thoughts of food; rapini is the Italian word for broccoli rabe (RAY’-bee), so when people search for his name, the results often point to recipes, not policies.
CABBIE SHIRT DISPUTE
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Can a cabbie be collared for not wearing a collared shirt? Not if a Florida judge gets his way. Volusia County Judge David Foxman has ruled he won’t send a cab driver to jail for violating a city rule barring livery drivers from wearing collarless shirts. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Keith Gordon was cited for wearing jean shorts and a shirt without a collar during Bike Week. The newspaper reports during the hearing, judge Foxman suggested that Daytona Beach strip its books of the cabbie dress code, saying it smacks of a law that would exist “in a communist country or something.” The infraction includes a fine up to $500 and 60 days in county jail.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II