The Daily Populous

Friday February 21st, 2020 morning edition

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Fearing that the widow of John Lennon might use it for occult purposes, the surrealist master sent a blade of dried grass when she asked for some hair.

The story has come to light in recollections by Amanda Lear, a French singer, actress and model, who met Dali in the mid 1960s and remained close to him until his death aged 84, in 1989.

"Throughout his life, Dali could never resist the lure of a cheque," Miss Lear, now in her 60s told France's VSD magazine.

"Once he even sold a hair of his moustache to Yoko Ono.

She went on to explain that "Dali thought that Yoko Ono was a witch and might use it in a spell.

He didn't want to send her a personal item, much less one of his hairs.

So he sent me to the garden to find a dry blade of grass, and sent it off in a nice presentation box. »

Roger Stone Is Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison

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So, too, she said, did the Justice Department and U.S. attorney’s office, which brought the case, and the jurors who heard the evidence.

In his remarks in Las Vegas, Mr. Trump made clear he was not satisfied with the outcome of the case.

“I fear you know less about the case, saw less of the testimony and exhibits than just about every other person in this courtroom. »

Washington state takes bold step to restrict companies from bottling local water

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On Monday night the state senate passed a bill that would ban new permits for water bottling operations.

The move was hailed by water campaigners, who declared it a breakthrough moment in the fight against the privatization of such a valuable public asset.

“Washington State is carving the path towards a groundbreaking solution,” said Mary Grant, the director of Food & Water Action’s public water for all campaign, in a statement. »

Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email

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A lawyer for Assange in London on Wednesday cited the pardon offer from Rohrabacher during a court hearing on the U.S. government’s request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

Dana Rohrabacher at the "From Russia With Trump" panel during the Politicon at Pasadena Convention.

Rohrabacher also emphasized in the interview that he only wanted “truthful” information from Assange and never suggested that he “lie.” »

'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater,' a video game that defined a generation, gets its own documentary

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Later this month, he’ll be in a public place where every person in the room should know his face: the Mammoth Film Festival.

On Tuesday, Hawk announced on Instagram that Pretending I’m a Superman, a documentary about the immortal Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series, will be premiering at the festival on February 29.

Aside from Hawk and Mullen, the film features interviews with Steve Caballero, Chad Muska, and many more involved in the popular video game series. »