The Daily Populous

Sunday September 17th, 2017 night edition

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"My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us.

Many of those customers had to wait up to two weeks for power to return.

But after Irma — which by most reports brought only Category 1-strength winds to South Florida — by some measures the company did even worse.

Granted, Wilma and Irma were different storms: Irma was larger and raked South Florida with its powerful dirty side.

But the company also says harder-hit customers on the state's Gulf Coast could be out of power for 12 days or more.

FPL's lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels.

Thanks to power-company rules, it's impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. »

Federal hate crime charges filed in Draper stun cane case

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Federal prosecutors in Utah said Friday that 58-year-old Mark Porter faces up to 10 years in prison on the civil rights charge.

Authorities say on Nov. 3, 2016 in Draper, Porter yelled a racial slur at the 7-year-old boy and told him to "get out of here."

When the father told Porter not to yell at his son, Porter hit the man in the neck with a stun cane. »

Coca-Cola sucks wells dry in Chiapas, forcing residents to buy water

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In between San Felipe and San Cristobal lies a Coca-Cola bottling plant, operated by the Mexican company FEMSA.

Urbano, 57, explains that the urban growth of San Cristobal has gradually eaten up agricultural lands in San Felipe.

San Felipe Ecatepec is one of thousands of towns across Mexico where corporate water consumption has taken precedence over local need. »

How Violets Steal Your Sense of Smell

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It's always gratifying to come across an explanation for something you have vaguely wondered about as a child.

I read several books growing up in which the scent of violets was associated with a certain kind of magic.

This pairing was well chosen, because I recently found out that violets quite literally do have that magic property. »