The Daily Populous

Friday June 18th, 2021 morning edition

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(CNN) President Joe Biden said that signing legislation into law on Thursday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day -- a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States -- will go down as "one of the greatest honors" of his presidency.

"I have to say to you, I've only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of the greatest honors I will have as president," Biden said at the White House during a signing ceremony.

"I regret that my grandchildren aren't here, because this is a really, really, really important moment in our history.

By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, all Americans can feel the power of this day and learn from our history -- and celebrate progress and grapple with the distance we've come (and) the distance we have to travel," Biden said.

The President specifically noted that Opal Lee, the activist who campaigned to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday, was in attendance.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

Only a handful of states currently observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday. »

Ohio Republicans close to imposing near-total ban on municipal broadband

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Any cable provider and even many DSL lines can provide those speeds—but no one considers DSL to be modern broadband.

At the federal level, congressional Republicans have been trying to ban municipal broadband nationwide, while Democrats have tried to preempt the restrictive state laws.

The list of states that impose significant limits on municipal broadband does not include Ohio for now. »

In-brief: Miramax in search of new Bridget Jones

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• An unlikely saviour played a major role in getting Ben Affleck into an alcohol rehab centre.

Reports suggest that Charlie Sheen, one time hell-raiser and drug abuser, was put in touch with Affleck through a mutual friend.

Not only did Sheen then help arrange a room for Affleck at Promises, the exclusive rehab centre in Malibu, but he drove him there as well. »

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid First Test Review: 0–60 MPH in 1.98 Seconds*!

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Tesla granted us access to be the first independent source to test the 2022 Model S Plaid before its June 10 customer-delivery event.

The Model S Plaid features Tesla's first-ever triple-motor system, producing a staggering 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque.

The Model S Plaid zips down the quarter mile in a staggeringly quick 9.25 seconds at 152.6 mph. »