[image-1] COVID-19 updates: The state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 236 new cases of the coronavirus and 17 addition deaths Wednesday. Charleston county now has 657 positive tests, up 11 from Tuesday.

Military material on Meeting: A construction crew at 1300 Meeting St. dug up a decades-old military ordnance Wednesday, the second-straight day when they found such an item at that site. Tuesday, an intersection near the site was closed while a Joint Base Charleston explosives crew removed another old military item.

WHAT WE’RE READING:

The New York Times: “#BlackoutTuesday: A Music Industry Protest Becomes a Social Media Moment.”

Vox: “The 3 former cops who aided Derek Chauvin will also be charged with murder”

The Atlantic: “How to Actually Fix America’s Police.”

Washington Post: “7 in 10 Americans would be likely to get a coronavirus vaccine, Post-ABC poll finds”

The News & Observer: “Tense protest turns emotional as 60 North Carolina police kneel before demonstrators”

The rest from the City Paper:

Absentee voting is easier for June primary, thousands in Charleston already have
Open county, legislative seats draw competition in June primaries
An ongoing cemetery preservation project hopes to digitize Charleston’s dead
Daps brings local restaurants together with collaborative plates initiative
Daddy’s Beemer crafts new album over two years and three cities