The Daily Populous

Saturday April 17th, 2021 night edition

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Simon & Schuster has said that it will not be distributing a book by one of the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor, after a small publisher whose books are distributed through S&S announced the book to widespread criticism.

The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy is by Sgt Jonathan Mattingly, a Louisville, Kentucky, officer who shot Taylor and was wounded in the raid on her home in March last year.

Mattingly is still employed by the Louisville Police Department and was the first officer to enter Taylor’s apartment after midnight on 13 March 2020, as part of a narcotics investigation.

Mattingly fired at least one of the six shots that hit Taylor, according to an FBI ballistics report, but not the one that killed her.

In September, he was cleared by a grand jury, alongside another officer who fired the lethal shot, Detective Myles Cosgrove.

Hours later, after widespread criticism and campaigns to complain to S&S head office, the publisher issued a second statement distancing itself from Mattingly’s book.

“Like much of the American public, earlier today Simon & Schuster learned of plans by distribution client Post Hill Press to publish a book by Jonathan Mattingly,” the publisher said. »

Florida's new ban on transgender students in sports would allow schools to subject minors to genital inspections

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Under a new ban on transgender students in sports passed by Florida’s House of Representatives, schools would have the power to subject students to “physical examination” if their gender is disputed.

In cases where a student’s “biological sex” is disputed, the law authorizes schools to require health examinations or documentation from the student's personal health care provider.


How A 17-Year-Old Craigslist-Swapped An Old Phone For A Porsche

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Click to viewAlthough Oritz's story isn't the first time we've seen Craigslist-swapping writ large, it's the first one we've seen that doesn't include any outside help.

You may remember Kyle MacDonald, who famously created a website to document his attempt to trade one red paperclip for a house.

Had we been Steven, we'd probably have stopped there, as it doesn't get much better than an old Ford Bronco. »

More than 200 travellers fined for refusing to quarantine in hotels after landing in Canada

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He's one of hundreds of international travellers who have taken issue with Canada's hotel quarantine requirement, designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

CBC News interviewed two travellers, including Desharnais, who say they defied the rules for safety reasons and have yet to receive a fine.

He said he grew concerned about checking in to his quarantine hotel after taking the hotel shuttle bus from the airport. »

China Backs Away as Philippines and U.S. Send Impressive Fleet to West Philippine Sea

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In a surprising move, the Philippines sent its strongest response yet against China’s expansion into the West Philippine Sea.

Not since 2012 has the Philippines moved its naval forces to the West Philippine Sea to challenge China’s militarization of the area.

The Philippines sent four of its most advanced warships to the West Philippine Sea to challenge China’s increasing activities at Julian Felipe Reef. »