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State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome vowed before state legislators on Wednesday that the public agency will prevail in a dispute with unionized Charleston-area dock workers over how the new Leatherman port in North Charleston will be operated. Source: P&C

A Columbia senator is leading the latest charge to remove the Confederate flag that hangs in The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel. School leaders voted overwhelmingly in 2015 to remove the flag, but the state attorney general claims it’s protected by the Heritage Act. Source: P&C

CDC chief: “Now is not the time to stop to stop wearing a mask.” Source: NPR

S.C. manufacturers are gearing up to make sure workers are vaccinated as the state moves to the next phase of fighting COVID-19. Source: P&C

The Washington Post headline: “Transgender rights emerge as a growing political flash point”

$1 million: The amount to be paid by Frontier Logistics over a dispute about plastic pellets spilled into Charleston-area waters. As part of the settlement, Frontier is not admitting fault. Source: The State

A tale of two columnists:

Charles Blow, The New York Times: “Racism must be exorcised from culture, including, or maybe especially, from children’s culture.”

Brian Hicks, The Post and Courier (in verse): ” Oh, what a joy to be so woke. To know for certain what is broke.”