The Daily Populous

Sunday August 2nd, 2020 evening edition

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Portland police are scrambling to respond to 15 homicides in the city so far in July.

That’s the most killings in one month in more than three decades, they said.

So far this year, 24 people have died in homicides in Portland.

There have been a total of 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019, according to the Police Bureau.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell on Thursday said he’s very concerned about the heightened violence and is pulling officers from patrol to the detective division to help work on follow-up investigations.

He noted that the bureau was forced to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team at the direction of the City Council.

The 34-member team was disbanded July 1 as a result of budget cuts to police units that have targeted a disproportionate number of black people in traffic stops. »

Elon Musk claims his mysterious brain chip will allow people to hear previously impossible sounds

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Elon Musk has revealed more details about his mysterious brain-computer interface startup, claiming it will allow people to hear sounds that were previously beyond their range.

Neuralink's brain chip technology could also help restore movement to someone with a fully severed spinal cord, according to Musk.

The ultimate aim is to provide a direct connection between a brain and a computer, using a "sewing machine-like" device to stitch threads to an implanted brain chip. »

Melbourne placed under stage 4 coronavirus lockdown, stage 3 for rest of Victoria as state of disaster declared

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Sweeping new restrictions, including a night-time curfew, have been imposed across Melbourne under stage four restrictions and regional Victoria will move to stage three restrictions from Thursday.

Seven people have died from coronavirus in Victoria in the last 24 hours, taking the state's death toll to 123.

Melbourne is now under stage four restrictions, while the rest of the state will return to stage three restrictions from Thursday. »

Wilford Brimley, 'The Thing' and 'Cocoon' Star, Dead at 85

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Wilford Brimley, the legendary character actor who starred in several great films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, died on Saturday.

Sources close to Brimley said he was recently in an intensive care unit at a hospital on dialysis and was sick for several days.

Brimley was born Anthony Wilford Brimley in Salt Lake City on Sept. 27, 1934, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps before he became an actor. »

Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand donate $2.5 million to three organizations to combat Black voter suppression

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(CNN) Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are donating $2.5 million toward fighting Black voter suppression.

The Black Voters Matter organization will receive $500,000, according to a statement by the Jordan Brand.

The commitment is part of a $100 million, 10-year pledge that Jordan and the Jordan Brand announced on June 5 to "impact the fight against systemic racism." »