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More hacking attacks found, officials warn of “grave risk.” President-elect Joe Biden said his administration would impose “substantial costs” on those responsible for the hacking after President Donald Trump remained silent on the attacks. The hacks suggest a new scope and sophistication for future cyber threats. Source: The New York Times

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Biden puts environmental justice front and center with Haaland pick. President-elect Joe Biden named U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, to serve as the first Native American cabinet secretary and head the Interior Department, a historic pick marking a turning point for the government’s relationship with indigenous people and putting a focus on environmental justice. Source: The Washington Post

Airline launches new Los Angeles to Charleston flight. The first direct flight from California to South Carolina will land in Charleston today in a new flight that the Charleston County Aviation Authority says will benefit more than just the city’s tourism industry. Source: Live 5 News

Iconic downtown hotel, restaurant changes hands. The Planters Inn and its Peninsula Grill at Market and Meeting streets are now under ownership of privately held real estate investment and management firm Northwood Investors after 27 years of continued local ownership. Source: The Post and Courier

Charleston first city in state to receive full accreditation from public works group. Charleston is the first city in South Carolina to have received accreditation from the American Public Works Association, validating that the city is in full compliance with the management practices issued in the APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual. Source: Charleston Business Journal