The Daily Populous

Saturday May 12nd, 2018 morning edition

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Hurston’s book tells the story of Cudjo Lewis, who was born in what is now the West African country of Benin.

Originally named Kossula, he was only 19 years old when members of the neighboring Dahomian tribe captured him and took him to the coast.

There, he and about 120 others were sold into slavery and crammed onto the Clotilda, the last slave ship to reach the continental United States.

The Clotilda brought its captives to Alabama in 1860, just a year before the outbreak of the Civil War.

Even though slavery was legal at that time in the U.S., the international slave trade was not, and hadn’t been for over 50 years.

Hurston disagreed, and refused to change Lewis’ dialect—which was one of the reasons a publisher turned her manuscript down back in the 1930s.

Many decades later, her principled stance means that modern readers will get to hear Lewis’ story the way that he told it. »

Illinois to sue EPA for exempting Foxconn plant from pollution controls

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Illinois’ Attorney General said on Friday she plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing a proposed Foxconn Technology Co Ltd plant in neighboring Wisconsin to operate without stringent pollution controls.

An exempted area was Racine County, Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois border that is known to have heavily polluted air, where Taiwan-based Foxconn is building a $10 billion liquid-crystal display plant.

If Racine County had been designated a “non-attainment” area, it would have required Foxconn to install stringent pollution control equipment. »

Trump: Other nations extort drug-makers

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US President Donald Trump has accused foreign governments of extorting "unreasonably low prices" from pharmaceutical firms.

However, experts say foreign pricing is not a major influence on US costs and changing it will not help Americans.

"It clearly does not meet what President Trump said he was going to do when he was elected.". »

Nuns Tortured 60 Children by Burning Their Skin, Shoving Faces in Toilets, Authorities Say

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Two nuns have been arrested in Colombia for allegedly torturing upward of 60 children under their care at a home dubbed a hell house by neighbors and local media.

According to authorities, children in their care were repeatedly burned on their hands and had their heads shoved in toilets as a form of punishment.

Authorities began an investigation after neighbors heard the children screaming and called police, according to El Tiempo. »