The Daily Populous

Thursday January 30th, 2020 morning edition

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Scotland’s Parliament voted Wednesday to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence, a move intended to increase political pressure on the British government as the UK leaves the European Union.

Lawmakers in the Edinburgh-based legislature voted 64-54 to call for holding a referendum "so that the people of Scotland can decide whether they wish it to become an independent country.”.

A binding referendum can’t take place without the British government's agreement, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson this month turned down the Scottish government's request for one on the independence question.

Johnson argues that a 2014 plebiscite, in which Scots rejected independence, was billed as a once-in-a-generation vote and should stand.

Britain as a whole voted narrowly in 2016 to leave the EU, but voters in Scotland opted by a large margin to remain.

"We stand just two days from losing our EU membership and all of the rights that go with it,” said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Scottish lawmakers also voted to keep the European Union flag flying outside the Scottish Parliament after Brexit. »

Michigan inmate serving 60-year sentence for selling weed requests clemency

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Michigan inmate serving 60-year sentence for selling weed requests clemency Michael Thompson has been in prison since 1996 for selling weed to an informant.

A Michigan man serving a 60-year prison sentence for selling marijuana to an informant is taking a second chance to ask for clemency from the governor.

Michael Thompson, now 68, who has been in prison in the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan, is serving a 40 to 60 year sentence for selling marijuana to an informant. »

MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson files for Chapter 7 and stock falls to zero

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In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company, which shuttered MoviePass back in September, said board members Prathap Singh, Gavriel Ralbag, Muralikrishna Gadiyaram and Joseph Fried have tendered their resignations, leaving the company with no remaining board members.

Parthasarathy Krishnan has resigned as the Interim chief executive and Robert Damon has resigned as interim chief financial officer.

Before launching MoviePass, Helios and Matheson was a small data-analytics company. »

Dolly Parton's The Buddy Program

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The program launched in 1991 as an effort to decrease the dropout rate in Sevier County.

In the early 1990s, there was a dropout problem in Sevier County schools.

Over 30% of all students never graduated a decision which not only crippled their own lives but made it increasingly difficult for Sevier County to prosper. »

Conservative Pastor Says Jesus Would Have 'Beat The Crap' Out of John Bolton

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The preacher suggested on Twitter that Bolton was a traitor deserving of physical punishment for not remaining loyal to Trump.

The preacher also claimed that Jesus Christ would have launched a violent attack on Bolton over the alleged betrayal.

Right-wing pastor Rodney Howard-Browne wishes that he had physically attacked John Bolton when he had the chance and says that Jesus would have "beat the crap out of him." »