The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 21st, 2021 evening edition

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ApiJect Systems Corp. positioned itself as the company that would make the difference between a stumbling rollout and delivery of lifesaving vaccines.

Moderna didn't respond to a request for comment, and Johnson & Johnson declined to comment.

ApiJect spokesperson Steve Hofman said the land in North Carolina has been cleared and graded for construction.

The Trump administration also approved a Defense Production Act loan for ApiJect of up to $590 million.

In all, the administration awarded the company nearly $1.3 billion in loans and contracts last year.

The FDA would have to determine that storing vaccine in ApiJect's syringe didn't cause problems, such as corroding the syringe's plastic.

And ApiJect syringes could still play a key role in getting vaccines to Americans, especially if booster shots are needed. »

TIL that our own stomach has to constantly secrete mucus to stop itself from being digested by our own stomach acid. Without that mucus, our stomach acid would eat through our stomach’s lining.

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Gastric mucus is a gel-mucous barrier secreted by epithelial cells and glandular cells in the stomach wall.

Mucus is secreted by the stomach epithelial cells, but the mucus is mainly secreted from foveolar cells, found in the necks of the gastric pits.

Mucus-secreting cells are the most abundant cell type in the stomach, giving indications of how important mucus is to the functioning stomach. »

April 20,2021 Derek Chauvin trial verdict

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George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd (left) with Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump.

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial was "so much of a relief" after spending night after night awake and concerned about the outcome of the case.

Crump recounted the family "all said George Floyd would've said 'we just won the championship -- tell them in Houston (Floyd's hometown) we coming home with a W.'". »

Feds Track Down Capitol Rioter With Facial Recognition Hit On His Girlfriend's Instagram

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FBI Stephen Chase Randolph was arrested in a U.S. Capitol riot case that was built off of a facial recognition search.

Federal authorities arrested a suspect in the U.S. Capitol riot in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, on Tuesday after they used facial recognition programs to find an image of him on his girlfriend’s Instagram page.

Facial recognition tools have played a big role in the Capitol riot investigation and have been used by online sleuths to identify potential suspects. »

OJ Simpson says Derek Chauvin 'deserves' to be convicted for George Floyd's death

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He is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the May 25, 2020 death of Floyd.

The trial came after nearly a year of protests and riots over video footage showing Chauvin pinning his knee on Floyd's neck.

Years later, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and other charges and was released from a Nevada prison in 2017 after nine years. »