The Daily Populous

Thursday August 23rd, 2018 day edition

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bill requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce tens of thousands of marijuana criminal convictions was approved by the state Legislature on Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

The proposition also applied retroactively to pot convictions, but provided no mechanism or guidance on how those eligible could erase their convictions or have felonies reduced to misdemeanors.

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make that happen.

The bill orders the state Department of Justice to identify eligible cases between 1975 and 2016 and send the results to the appropriate prosecutor.

The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who represents parts of Oakland, California, and passed the lower house earlier this year.

Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who supported passage, said many with marijuana convictions don't even know they are eligible.

"This bill will take those people off the prohibited list, save us time and money," Anderson said. »

A Reminder That Trump Still Hasn't Released His Tax Returns

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On the same day, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on eight counts, including five tax fraud charges.

Trump, meanwhile, still hasn’t released his tax returns.

On Wednesday, he tweeted how unfair it was that Manafort was facing repercussions for a “12 year old tax case.” »

50 Things You Might Not Know About Star Wars

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Now-legendary sound designer Ben Burtt got his start on Star Wars fresh out of USC film school.

It sort of appeared in my head one day,” Lucas said in J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars.

He was given only $7500 for his services, and completed all of his lines in two and a half hours. »

Trump Considering Pardon For Paul Manafort, Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt Says

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Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt said on Hannity Wednesday night that President Donald Trump will consider pardoning Paul Manafort.

Sean Hannity — interviewing Earhardt after her interview with the president that is set to air tomorrow morning on Fox & Friends — asked if Trump was more angry at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen than Paul Manafort.

Earhardt replied: “He mentioned pardoning Manafort.”. »

The creators of the Nintendo 64 GoldenEye have officially ruled: Oddjob is cheating

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and the body tenses in anticipation of a frantic, karate-chopping melee between smushed-faced versions of James Bond characters.

GoldenEye multiplayer was a staple—the best reason to contort hands around the torturous plastic trident of an N64 controller for hours on end.

On this last point, the interviews are completely clear: “It’s definitely cheating to play as Oddjob!” »