South Carolina may allow all day drink specials

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. – You’ve heard of “Happy Hour” but how about “Happy Day?” All-day drink specials could become a reality in South Carolina.

A state House subcommittee on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow bars and restaurants to choose one day a week, except Sundays, for all-day specials on liquor drinks.

Currently, businesses can sell and advertise liquor drink specials, though not less than half-price, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. only. Breaking the law can be punished by at least three months in jail and a fine of at least $100.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Doug Smith, said the proposal would legalize what many businesses already do.

The proposal is up for debate next Tuesday by the state House Judiciary Committee.

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Medical team saves man’s life while on lunch break

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — If Robert Ricard had picked the wrong restaurant for lunch, he might have died.

The 71-year-old suffered a heart attack shortly after ordering a glass of wine with friends at Bentley’s Roadhouse on Saturday.

Luckily, a disaster medical team was sitting nearby.

Members of the Mich-1 Disaster and Medical Assistance Team were having lunch after a morning of training at nearby Selfridge Air National Guard Base. They immediately jumped to the rescue when a waitress yelled for someone to call 911.

Ricard twice quit breathing and turned blue. The rescuers revived him both times.

Ricard chose Bentley’s from a list of five restaurants, said his friend, Bill Novak.

“These courageous and talented people brought Bob back to life right in front of my very eyes,” Novak told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens. “If it wasn’t for their quick reaction to what could have been a deadly situation, I don’t even want to think about it.”

Ricard was taken to a hospital, where he met his rescuers on Tuesday.