The Daily Populous

Monday December 14th, 2020 morning edition

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A DC pastor spoke out Sunday after watching far-right demonstrators vandalize property at a historic Black church in the nation's capital this week.

Those protesters vandalized two signs at the church.

One of them, a Black Lives Matter sign, was ripped down and burned as a crowd cheered around it.

The sign belonged to Asbury United Methodist Church at 11th and K streets Northwest.

Noting “an apparent rise in white supremacy,” Asbury’s lead pastor said she watched on Twitter as demonstrators who participated in Saturday’s MAGA gatherings destroyed the BLM sign.

Trump's infamous tear-gassing of protesters at Lafayette Square so he could conduct a photo opportunity at the church.

RELATED: DC Episcopal bishop: 'I am outraged' by President Trump church visit. »

Study finds that by age 3 kids prefer nature's fractal patterns

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“Unlike early humans who lived outside on savannahs, modern-day humans spend the majority of their early lives inside these manmade structures,” Robles said.

The study, led by Robles, published online Nov. 25 in the Nature journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communication.

In it, her team explored how individual differences in processing styles may account for trends in fractal fluency. »

White House Officials Who Completely Mismanaged The Pandemic Will Be Among The First To Get Vaccinated

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The New York Times and Bloomberg first reported that high-ranking White House officials who work closely with Trump are scheduled to receive shots of the vaccine — prioritized for healthcare workers and nursing home residents — within days.

The White House confirmed to BuzzFeed News that senior administration officials were going to receive vaccinations to ensure that the government can continue to operate during the pandemic and to build the public trust in the vaccine.

However, the White House did not provide details on how many staff members would be getting the doses and when. »

The war on cocoa: Hershey Co. accused of not upholding sustainability efforts in West Africa

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"Manipulation of the Futures market at the expense of Farmers' incomes should be denounced in the strongest terms," the cocoa regulators wrote.

ET): An earlier version of this article included a statement from a Hershey spokesman saying the company purchased some cocoa from West Africa.

The spokesman said Hershey purchases a “substantial" amount of cocoa from West Africa, though for competitive reasons would not discuss the specifics of the company’s cocoa purchases. »

Heat at 25: Still the Best Crime Thriller of the Modern Era

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Tom Jolliffe looks back at Heat which turns 25 and remains the best crime thriller in the modern era….

Heat is arguably the finest example of this from his canon, and certainly one which holds up to repeat viewings.

Perhaps studio oversight, or a withdrawn campaign, but Heat was largely ignored by almost every major award ceremony. »