The Daily Populous

Friday January 29th, 2021 day edition

image for Memorial to John Lewis replacing Decatur Confederate monument

A memorial of the late congressman and civil rights pioneer John Lewis will replace a Confederate monument that once stood in Decatur Square.

The Confederate monument called "The Lost Cause" was erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the square, the same year the Georgia legislature ratified an amendment to prevent African Americans from voting.

In June of 2020, a judge declared the monument a public nuisance and order its removal.

SEE MORE: Crews remove Confederate monument from Decatur Square.

Now, after seven months of the space staying empty, officials said the site will be home to a memorial honoring the late Congressman John Lewis.

John Lewis at the Civil Rights Summit, LBJ Presidential Library.

Lewis, known as the conscience of the Congress, represented Georgia in the House of Representatives for more than 30 years. »

Losses on short positions in U.S. firms top $70 billion - Ortex data

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LONDON (Reuters) - Short-sellers are sitting on estimated losses of $70.87 billion from their short positions in U.S. companies so far this year, data from financial data analytics firm Ortex showed on Thursday.

Ortex data showed that as of Wednesday, there were loss-making short positions on more than 5,000 U.S. firms.

Its data also showed that estimated losses from shorting GameStop at $1.03 billion year-to-date, while those shorting Bed, Bath & Beyond were looking at a $600 million loss. »

The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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There’s some evidence that tejanos, or Mexicans in Texas, acted as “conductors” on the southern route by helping people get to Mexico.

Slaveholders knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, and the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty.

But Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free when they set foot on Mexican soil. »

Canadian couple who got vaccine meant for Indigenous people may face jail time

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A millionaire Canadian couple who secretly travelled to a remote community to receive a coronavirus vaccine meant for vulnerable and elderly Indigenous residents may now face jail sentences for breaking public health rules.

If convicted, they could serve up to six months in jail.

Streicker said he had heard that the couple had not made any attempt to apologize to the First Nation. »

Lawyer for ‘Guy with the Horns and Fur’ Offers to Bring Down Trump by Having ‘QAnon Shaman’ Testify at Impeachment Trial

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The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Watkins “said it’s important for senators to hear the voice of someone who was incited by Trump.”.

Chansley (a.k.a. Jake Angeli), 33, was “horrendously smitten” by Trump, Watkins told the AP.

Now, however, the AP said Chansley feels “let down” because Trump refused to pardon his behavior. »