The Daily Populous

Monday November 5th, 2018 morning edition

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LEWISVILLE — Beto O’Rourke is bullish on the record turnout for early voting, going so far as to not only project victory, but also plan for his first term as senator.

“If this continues, we win,” O’Rourke said Friday after a rally in Lewisville.

“I feel very good about our prospects, not just on Election Night, but on being able to deliver for the next six years that follow on every priority, from health care to education to immigration to criminal justice reform.

Texas is going to be the leader that this country has been waiting for.”.

The El Paso Democrat’s underdog campaign against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz hinges on an above-average turnout from Texas voters known for their apathy.

Democratic Party voter turnout is usually low during midterm elections, which has resulted in a 24-year drought in statewide contests.

But over 12 days of early voting in this midterm, participation has crushed records, particularly in Dallas County, where O’Rourke needs an oversized turnout to beat Cruz. »

Natalie Portman Thought ‘Black Swan’ Was Going to Be a Docudrama, Admits She Was ‘Completely Surprised’ by the Final Cut

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"It was an amazing wake-up call that film is a director's medium," Portman told Vanity Fair about watching Darren Aronofsky's horror-thriller.

“When I saw the final cut I was completely surprised by what the movie was like.

I thought we were shooting something like almost documentary style, and then I watched it and it was an over the top thriller,” Portman said. »

Ukraine activist Kateryna Handzyuk dies after acid attack

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A prominent Ukrainian anti-corruption activist has died, three months after she was injured in an acid attack.

In September, the activist - who also campaigned against Russian-backed separatism - posted a video in which she urged Ukrainians to fight rampant corruption.

The death of the activist on Sunday triggered an avalanche of reactions on social media in Ukraine, with many users expressing shock. »

Jehovah’s Witness parents refuse blood transfusion despite court order

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This despite a high court order instructing that the 5-year-old, who suffers from sickle cell anaemia be given the blood transfusion if necessary.

Ngetar said despite the court order, the boy had not been given the transfusion.

She said that through their interpreter, the parents were advised on the necessity of the blood transfusion. »