The Daily Populous

Wednesday January 29th, 2020 day edition

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A campaign has been launched to raise awareness of how to call 999 when you are too frightened to speak out loud.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog warns it is "not true" that a silent 999 call alone will automatically bring help.

Around 5,000 of the 20,000 silent 999 calls made daily are put through to an automated system.

Callers are then led through a series of prompts and asked to press 55 to confirm there is a genuine emergency.

The system has been in operation since 2002 but police say many callers don't understand, or use it correctly.

As 55 was not pressed, the call was terminated and Devon and Cornwall Police were not notified of Kerry's call.

"Make yourself heard by coughing, tapping the handset or - once prompted by the automated system - by pressing 55.". »

Man arrested for smoking marijuana while in court for marijuana charge

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Boston, 20, was in court Monday in Wilson County, Tennessee, facing a simple marijuana possession charge, according to Wilson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Scott Moore.

But as he stood to face Judge Haywood Barry, he began expressing his views on why weed should be legalized.

And to amplify his point, he reached into his jacket and slipped out a single marijuana cigarette. »

Looking Back at the Ocean Park Library

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Content from Santa Monica Library and Santa Monica Conservancy; images courtesy of the Santa Monica Public Library Archive.

Read more about the history of the Ocean Park Library on the Santa Monica Conservancy website.

Read the Santa Monica Mirror article: 100 Years of History at Ocean Park Library. »

Beijing drugstore fined for hiking mask prices amid virus outbreak

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A drugstore in the Chinese capital will be fined 3 million yuan ($434,530) for hiking the price of masks by almost six times the online rate amid a spreading virus outbreak, the Beijing municipal market regulator said on Wednesday.

The store raised the price of a box of 3M brand masks to 850 yuan while the online price was just 143 yuan, state television said.

In the commercial capital of Shanghai, the municipal market regulator has ordered the closure of a drug store that sold sub-standard masks, the city government said. »

Eminem Earns His 10th Straight No. 1 Album

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The Eminem album, which dropped without warning on Jan. 17, earned the equivalent of 279,000 units, according to Nielsen Music, including 117,000 in album sales and 218 million streams.

That was a drop from the rapper’s 2018 album, “Kamikaze,” which debuted with a total of 434,000 units, including 252,000 in sales and 226 million streams.

If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. »