The Daily Populous

Wednesday June 10th, 2020 morning edition

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Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., the only African American driver in NASCAR's top series, called on the stock car racing association to ban Confederate flags at its events.

It starts with confederate flags," Wallace told CNN's Don Lemon on Monday.

Wallace wore a black T-shirt with the words "I Can’t Breathe/Black Lives Matter" to Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway to acknowledge the country's social unrest.

NASCAR, which once embraced Confederate symbols and has roots in the South, has a checkered racial history.

NASCAR began asking fans to stop bringing Confederate flags to races in 2015, after Dylann Roof killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

Wallace told CNN that in the past, he had not been bothered by the flag.

"We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR to have those conversations to remove those flags. »

Bubba Wallace wants Confederate flags removed from NASCAR tracks

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Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser discuss whether they can see NASCAR placing a ban on confederate flags at its events.

"My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags," Wallace told CNN on Monday.

"After all this country has gone through in the last three months, I think Bubba Wallace's thought of removing Confederate flags from NASCAR events is an idea whose time has come,'' he said. »

Raccoons take to the streets of Germany

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The black and white furry creatures were first spotted skulking around German cities such as Hamburg, Munich and Berlin in the 1960s.

It seems the raccoons want a better quality of life, according to Ulf Hohmann, a raccoon expert and biologist at Göttingen University.

Although hunting raccoons is allowed in some German states, in many others, such as Berlin, killing the critters is strictly forbidden. »