BREAKING NEWS: It’s cold. [@chswx]

With temps in the 20s this morning across the Lowcountry, SCE&G says it’s planning short rolling blackouts for customers as the utility works to restore power across the state.

Darius Rucker will sing the Star Spangled Banner tonightas College of Charleston opens its Colonial Athletic Association home schedule. [P&C]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Ports Authority have withdrawn their appeal of a judges decision to invalidate a permit needed for the agencies to build the new $35 million cruise terminal in downtown Charleston. Opposition attorneys say the decision to withdrawl the appeal opens the door for a more public process. [P&C]

The South Carolina Gamecocks finished the college football season #4 in the nation, ahead of Clemson, which came in at #8 in the AP poll, making South Carolina the only state with two teams in the top 10. []

Citadel Mall and its neighbor, West Ashley Shoppes, are finally headed to foreclosure auction today, with more than $90 million in debt between the two complexes. [CRBJ]

The Charleston Riverdogs have a new manager after the annual off-season shuffle in the Yankees’ minor league organization. Luis Dorante becomes the team’s sixth manager in as many seasons.

P&C on McConnell: “McConnell’s momentous decision” [P&C]

Chris Haire on McConnell: “CofC faculty and students: Say hello to your new overlord, Glenn McConnell” [CP]

A United Airlines flight carrying 40 passengers, including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, turned around and made a safe emergency landing shortly after take-off from Greenville to Washington, D.C. on Monday. [G’ville News, Politico]