The Daily Populous

Friday July 2nd, 2021 morning edition

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Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, will fly into space aboard his company's VSS Unity rocketplane on July 11 for an up-and-down test flight, beating Amazon-founder and rival Jeff Bezos into sub-orbital space by nine days.

Along with wealthy space tourists, both companies expect to fly researchers and experiments from government agencies and companies developing or testing space technology.

Neither company has said how much it plans to charge for a ride to space, but tickets are expected to cost between $250,000 and $500,000.

Even so, some 600 enthusiasts have put down deposits with Virgin for flights once commercial operations begin in 2022.

"I truly believe that space belongs to all of us," Branson said in a statement Thursday.

Branson purchased rights to the design and scaled it up to carry a crew of six.

The mishap was blamed on pilot error, and changes were made to prevent any chance of a recurrence. »

British right to repair law excludes smartphones and computers

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A British right to repair law comes into force today, requiring manufacturers to make spares available to both consumers and third-party repair companies.

However, despite claiming to cover “televisions and other electronic displays,”‘ the law somehow excludes smartphones and laptops….

The European Union introduced a right to repair law back in March, and the UK agreed prior to Brexit that it would introduce its own version. »

McCarthy threatens to strip GOP members of committee assignments if they accept an offer from Pelosi to serve on 1/6 commission

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Pelosi, who can appoint eight members to the committee, announced Thursday that Cheney will serve on the committee.

McCarthy said Thursday that it's "shocking" that Cheney would accept an appointment to the select committee and did not deny that Cheney could lose her committee assignments as a result.

"I'm not making any threats about committee assignments, but you know how Congress works," McCarthy said when asked why Cheney would lose her committee assignments over the appointment. »

A Nigerian prince says he rented out an entire NYC restaurant for his first date with his now-wife, who had no idea he was a royal

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Kunle told Insider they are planning a traditional Nigerian royal wedding ceremony, despite getting married in NYC 14 years ago.

Kunle rented out his favorite Brazilian restaurant (which has since ceased operating) for their first date a couple of weeks later.

Bulgaria's Princess Miriam says the women who wear the $5,600 tiaras she designs have no idea that she's a royal. »

Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol

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As part of a six-month investigation, The New York Times has collected and forensically analyzed thousands of videos, most filmed by the rioters themselves.

And later, they put on body armor, talk on radios, and chat with their supporters on a walkie-talkie app called Zello.

As the mob is pushed back through the east doors, their rage turns to Mike Pence, who Trump attacked earlier. »