The Daily Populous

Tuesday September 29th, 2020 morning edition

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A Texas sheriff who starred on the controversial reality show “Live PD” was arrested Monday on evidence tampering charges in the case of a Black man who died in police custody.

Ambler’s death – and the questions over the destroyed "Live PD" footage – ignited a controversy that led to the cancellation of the hit A&E show in June.

Former Williamson County general counsel Jason Nassour is also accused of destroying the recordings “with intent to impair their ability as evidence” in the investigation of Ambler’s death.

Chody and Nassour were indicted on a felony evidence tampering charge and released on a $10,000 bond, officials said.

But the deputies, James Johnson and Zach Camden, remain under investigation by Austin police and Travis County prosecutors.

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said a grand jury will be empaneled in Travis County in October to begin hearing evidence related to the destruction of evidence there.

The grand jury will hear evidence related to Ambler’s death beginning next year, she said. »

YouTube celebrates Deaf Awareness Week by killing crowd-sourced captions

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Today's the day YouTube is killing its "Community Contributions" feature for videos, which let content creators crowdsource captions and subtitles for their videos.

In one of Google's all-time, poor-timing decisions, YouTube is killing the feature just two days after the International Week of the Deaf, which is the last full week in September. »

Multiple 'water bodies' found under surface of Mars

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Several liquid bodies have been found under the south pole of Mars, according to a major new study.

The discovery was made using MARSIS, or the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding, which is onboard the Mars Express spacecraft sent by the European Space Agency to orbit around Mars.

The instrument sends radar pulses that can penetrate the surface and ice caps of Mars. »

'Crying Nazi' Christopher Cantwell found guilty of extortion in rape threat case

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Christopher Cantwell, known for his involvement in the violent "Unite the Right" 2017 rally in Virginia, was found guilty Monday in a case related to a rape threat and extortion using the online messaging app Telegram.

Prosecutors said Cantwell sent a series of threatening messages because he believed members of an online group called the “Bowl Patrol” had been harassing him online.

Cantwell sought the leader of the group, someone who went by the name “Vic Mackey,” and harassed an unidentified individual for the information. »

Spain's Supreme Court rules food delivery riders are employees, not freelancers

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MADRID: Spain's Supreme Court ruled on Sept 23 that riders for Barcelona-based food delivery app Glovo were employees, not freelancers, in a case that could clear the way for so-called gig economy workers to demand formal labour contracts and benefits.

The ruling by the country's top court follows two previous cases heard in regional courts, one involving Glovo and the other its rival Deliveroo.

Glovo had argued it was merely an intermediary between restaurants and delivery riders, who were self-employed. »