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As health officials beg the public not to partake in New Year’s Eve celebrations across the state, many large ticketed gatherings have been called off, including the Yorktown Countdown on board the historic aircraft carrier in Mount Pleasant. Source: P&C

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said in court filings that the supermajority requirement in the state’s Heritage Act may be unconstitutional. The law’s two-thirds supermajority requirement has blocked changes to Confederate monuments and place-names across the state. Gov. Henry McMaster and other top Republicans are among those defending the law. Source: The State

The shootout involving police responding to a domestic violence call that claimed the life of the suspect in question was the 49th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year, tying the statewide record set in 2017. Source: P&C

The State headline: “Midlands officer used excessive force with Taser, slammed handcuffed woman, suits say”

State lawmakers have taken issue with the speed at which the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in South Carolina. Source: AP, Live 5 News

It looks like the federal Census Bureau will miss its Dec. 31 deadline to submit new census counts, the first time the department has missed the deadline since it was implemented 40 years ago. Source: AP

Convicted serial killer Sam Little died in prison this week. Little confessed to killing one woman in the Charleston area 40 years ago. The FBI determined Little to be the most prolific killer in American history. Source: NYT, FBI

NYT Editorial: “College athletics can teach the right lesson by insisting that public health is more important than sports.”