The Daily Populous

Sunday September 23rd, 2018 morning edition

image for How Oscar Isaac's Latin heritage influenced his ‘Star Wars’ character

Oscar Isaac is winning hearts as fan-favorite Poe Dameron in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," already the most successful film in the franchise.

In an interview with Fandango, the Guatemalan-born actor recalled the surprising connection between "Star Wars" and his native country.

"So I said, 'How cool would it be if that's where Poe was from?!'

You know, he's a Rebel fighter, that's where the Rebel base is, why wouldn't he be there?

Isaac pitched this connection to director J.J. Abrams and the "Star Wars" team who, to the actor's delight, made it official.

"He was the one that indoctrinated us in 'Star Wars.'

So then when he came to set I introduced him to J.J. and J.J. said 'You're the uncle. »

College-bound high school football player ruled ineligible because he's homeless

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WASHINGTON (WFLA/WRC) – A potentially college-bound high school football player has been ruled ineligible to play because he is homeless.

But the D.C. public school system has ruled him ineligible to play because they can’t verify his address.

Speaks faced a similar problem two years ago, but the state athletic association ruled that he was allowed to play because he proved he was homeless. »

They Made It! Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

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The probe is one of two that landed on Ryugu from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they've even sent back some wild postcards from their new home.

The tiny rovers are part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 asteroid sample-return mission. »

Authorities reject art project bid to rebuild Berlin Wall

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AFP/File / GERARD MALIE The Berlin Wall came down in November 1989 German authorities said Friday they were blocking a plan to rebuild part of the Berlin Wall for a massive film-art project in the German capital.

Citing security concerns and fire risks, Berlin city authorities said they would not grant a building permit to the "DAU" project by Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, national news agency DPA reported.

But the project sparked controversy, with critics labelling it a stunt hurtful to people who lived in communist East Germany. »