The Daily Populous

Sunday September 8th, 2019 evening edition

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A North Carolina court on Tuesday struck down the state’s legislative voting maps, reasoning that the current maps “do not permit voters to freely choose their representative.”

The court’s decision hinged on evidence acquired from the computer records of Thomas Hofeller, the recently deceased GOP operative and godfather of modern-day gerrymandering, who spearheaded the state’s efforts to redraw voting maps.

While the full cache of more than 70,000 files remain under court-ordered seal until at least September 17, they were obtained by The New Yorker and appear to show that Hofeller unconstitutionally used race data of the voting populous to design the maps, according to a report Friday.

“North Carolina Republicans said that the maps discriminated based on partisanship but not race.

The files also revealed that Hofeller provided similar data-driven gerrymandering advisory services in several other states, including Texas, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Florida, which could lead to similar constitutional challenges to those states’ legislative voting maps.

While North Carolina Republicans have persistently denied that the line was drawn to dilute the voting power of the majority minority population, Hofeller’s data appear to show otherwise.

He also collected similar data that tracked the race, voting patterns, and addresses of tens of thousands of other North Carolina college students. »

Bianca Andreescu Wins First Career Grand Slam at US Open

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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu continued her summer of victories by winning her first career Grand Slam title at the 2019 US Open.

Andreescu, though short of experience in Grand Slam finals, played like a confident veteran, and followed up her home Rogers Cup title in Canada with a maiden slam a few weeks later in New York.

Andreescu has a lot to look forward to as a top 10 WTA player and new Grand Slam champion. »

The Humans With Super Human Vision

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Our powers of color vision derive from cells in our eyes called cones, three types in all, each triggered by different wavelengths of light.

Every moment our eyes are open, those three flavors of cone fire off messages to the brain.

Living among us are people with four cones, who might experience a range of colors invisible to the rest. »

Tyler Perry uses his private plane to deliver supplies to the Bahamas

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Actor Tyler Perry is doing what he can to help the people in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands.

According to TMZ, the movie mogul is using his own personal seaplane based in Nassau to deliver relief supplies to the Abaco Islands.

TMZ says his plane made at least 2 trips on Thursday and is hoping to send several more as recovery efforts continue. »

‘Joker’ Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Roman Polanski Takes Runner-Up Prize

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Todd Phillips’ dark supervillain origin story “Joker” has come up trumps at the Venice Film Festival, taking the Golden Lion from a jury headed by Argentine auteur Lucrecia Martel.

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Whether the film achieves critical consensus or not, the top prize in Venice validates the artistic legitimacy of an unusual commercial-prestige crossover item, and will significantly bolster “Joker’s” awards-season strategy. »