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No. 19 Clemson (9-3) faces Iowa State (7-5) at 5:45 p.m. today in Orlando’s Cheez-It Bowl, while the University of South Carolina (6-6) will meet North Carolina (6-6) 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Charlotte at the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. At first glance, a sportswriter observes, lower-tier bowl games don’t mean much. But the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks have issues to deal with past, present and in setting a tone for 2022. More: The Post and Courier, The State, Sports Illustrated, WYFF, Action Network, Gamecock Central, Athlon Sports, CBS Sports

In other headlines:

Charleston-based Carnival Sunshine, dozens of others under CDC coronavirus scrutiny. The Centers for Disease Control said it has opened an investigation into coronavirus present on the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship just days before the vessel is scheduled to dock at the Port of Charleston. More: The Post and Courier, The Washington Post

More than 1,100 flights canceled Tuesday as omicron, weather compound. Flight disruptions triggered by weather and coronavirus-related staffing shortages eased slightly Tuesday, but they still amounted to more than 1,100 cancellations, stranding holiday travelers across the country as many try to return home. More: The Washington Post

Charleston County Register of Deeds fired whistleblower, lawsuit alleges. A recently fired senior employee of Charleston County’s troubled Register of Deeds office has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Michael Miller, the elected official in charge. More: The Post and Courier 

Company that oversees Joint Base Charleston, Fort Jackson housing pleads guilty in fraud case. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC to pay over $33.6 million in criminal fines and over $31.8 million in restitution to the U.S. military in a major fraud case after falsifying performance data. More: The Post and Courier 

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