The Daily Populous

Saturday June 19th, 2021 morning edition

image for Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman to throw first pitch at Nationals game

U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman is set to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Friday's Washington Nationals game against the New York Mets.

Goodman, an Army veteran, was praised for his quick thinking after a viral video showed him luring rioters to chase him up a staircase and away from the Senate floor.

But in the aftermath of the riot, Goodman became an unwitting focal point of a months-long political battle over how to recognize officers who defended the Capitol that day.

The House ultimately passed a bill Tuesday that would award four medals to honor the officers from all law enforcement agencies who protected the Capitol January 6.

Smoke fills the walkway outside the Senate Chamber as Doug Jensen and members of a pro-Trump mob face off with U.S. Capitol Police officers on January 6.

Prosecutors have said Jensen, who wore a "Q" shirt at the Capitol, is a self-proclaimed "religious" adherent of the conspiracy theory "QAnon."

The Nationals announced Goodman's ceremonial role last week, noting the Friday home game would also promote the Neighborhood Heroes Fund, a program that supports first responders and is managed by Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber. »

UK's Conservatives suffer defeat in 'blue wall' seat

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LONDON (AP) — In a surprising result, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been easily defeated in a special election for a seat that it has held for decades.

Sarah Green, the Liberal Democrat candidate, picked up around 57% of the vote and won a seat the Conservatives have held since it was created in 1974.

“This Conservative Party has taken people across the country for granted for far too long,” Green said Friday. »

‘Potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years’: scientists on the scorching US heatwave

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Among the 40 million Americans enduring the triple-digit temperatures are scientists who study droughts and the climate.

So right now is a really important time for scientists to communicate with the public that climate change is here, and climate action matters.

Whatever people believe in, they know it’s really hot, and the climate is changing – and they don’t like that. »

Joe Biden Cancels $3 Billion Worth of Student Debt

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Joe Biden has cancelled almost $3 billion worth of student loans since his inauguration in January of 2021.

Biden has moved forward with his campaign promise to cancel student loans in increments, and has already canceled a total of $2.8 billion in debt — with more plans forthcoming.

Before Biden took action on student loans, there was already a law in place that canceled the student debt of those whose institutions had closed or committed fraud. »

All upcoming weapon and Agent price changes in VALORANT

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Riot Games has tweaked the price of almost every Agent and weapon in VALORANT for the upcoming Episode 3 release.

The latest build displays changes to every Agent in VALORANT, excluding Killjoy.

Alongside these Agent and weapon changes for VALORANT, Riot Games is moving the story forward. »