The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 21st, 2024 morning edition

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Readers of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine were asked to chronicle the wildlife in their gardens, and reported that hedgehog sightings were up two percentage points.

Previous reports found that numbers of the mammals had fallen by 30%–75% across different areas of the countryside since 2000.

Poisonous pellets ingested by slugs and snails that are then eaten by hedgehogs can also kill them.

The annual survey asked respondents whether they had seen a hedgehog in their garden in 2023.

Last year, 33% of respondents reported seeing a hedgehog in their garden, up from 31% in 2022.

People have also created “hedgehog highways” of holes in fences so the creatures can wander around.

Kevin Smith, the editor of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, said: “It’s wonderful to witness an increase in sightings. »

2 men are charged with murder in the deadly shooting at Kansas City’s Super Bowl celebration

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(AP) — Two men charged with murder in last week’s shooting after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade were strangers who pulled out guns and began firing within seconds of starting an argument, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Mays told detectives “he hesitated shooting because he knew there were kids there,” according to the affidavit.

The Kansas City shooting occurred in a state with few gun regulations and a city that has struggled with gun violence. »

Oklahoma banned trans students from bathrooms. Now a bullied student is dead after a fight

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Nex was knocked to the ground during the fight and hit their head on the floor, according to their mother.

Nex Benedict had been bullied for at least a year at Owasso High School in Oklahoma, their mother says (Courtesy of Benedict family).

Freedom Oklahoma, an LGBTQ advocacy group, blamed Oklahoman lawmakers and Ms Raichik for promoting bigotry and intolerance towards trans students after Nex’s death. »

Man stuck antiques in rectum, put back on shelves: Cops

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Mitchell C. Vest was taken into custody on one count of criminal mischief in connection with the bizarre allegations, authorities announced.

“The male was then observed removing the items and placing them back on the shelves,” the constable said.

Vest was released from the Harris County Jail on Friday after posting a personal bond of $100. »

Missing 11-year-old's body found in Texas river: Police

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Investigators said Tuesday that they have found the body of an 11-year-old Texas girl who went missing last week when she missed her bus to school.

Audrii Cunningham is seen in this undated photo released by Texas Police following her disappearance.

Texas investigators have identified 42-year-old Don Steven McDougal, of Livingston, Texas, as one of the persons of interest in the disappearance of Audrii Cunningham. »