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South Carolina is the only state to have two places on The New York Times’ latest “52 Places to Go in 2023 list.” It touts Greenville (No. 14) for its restaurants nextled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains: “The quaint city of about 70,000 has more than 200 restaurants — 85 percent of which are local, without a tie to a national chain — in its strollable downtown area alone.“  

And Charleston (No. 32) is highlighted for its still unopened International African American Museum, of which it says, “Charleston’s brutal history of slavery can be overshadowed by a romanticized portrait of a city with charm, award-winning restaurants and plantation gardens. The planned opening of the $100 million International African American Museum this year will help comprehensively display the city’s complicated past.”

CP OPINION, Brack: Clever way to avoid costly runoff elections

“Imagine tweaking our current voting system so that you don’t have to head back to the polls for a runoff. Instead, you would rank all candidates when you went into the voting booth on election day. You’d still pick your top candidate. But then you’d pick the second-best one – in case your person didn’t win the election. And then you would keep ranking each candidate on the ballot.”

In other headlines:

King Day celebrations to occur across state, nation. As many workers observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by taking off a day, others will be celebrating with parties and other events around the state. In Charleston, an artist is unveiling a new painting today as the YMCA Charleston hosts its 51st anniversary tribute parade. President Joe Biden on Sunday at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church said that despite not being able to pass sweeping voting rights measures last year, the struggle to overcome remains at hand.

Group approaches shelters’ goal of No Kill South Carolina. The Charleston Animal Society (CAS) announced this week it is close to reaching its longtime goal for animal shelters in South Carolina not to kill animals in trouble.

Abortion, vouchers dominate legislature’s first week. With more than 900 bills prefiled before the Tuesday opening of the 2023 legislative session, it’s not like state lawmakers could twiddle their thumbs. There was plenty of work to do. But two perennially pesky issues – abortion and school vouchers – quickly reared their heads to suck the air away from just about everything else.

Misinformation spreading about whale deaths, scientists say. Two recent whale deaths in New Jersey and North Carolina are causing scientists to warn people to look at the real issues — ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear, not offshore wind towers.

Volvo snared in web of privacy lawsuits. The company is caught in lawsuits alleging websites targeting consumers violate federal privacy and wiretapping laws, according to this story.

CDC says people in 23 counties should wear marks due to Covid. Check out where the CDC says you should now wear marks.

Charleston Library Society celebrates 275th anniversary. The organization is launching a new chapter as it preserves the past.To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.

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