The Daily Populous

Sunday July 11st, 2021 day edition

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A Texas man who received widespread attention after standing more than six hours in line to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary has been arrested on illegal voting charges after casting a ballot while on parole.

Hervis Rogers, 62, was arrested on Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting, a second-degree felony that carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison.

Rogers was one of the many voters in the city of Houston who waited hours in line to cast their ballots during Super Tuesday in March 2020.

He became the overnight face of Texas’ battle over voting access after emerging from a polling center at a historically Black college around 1:30 a.m.

Andre Segura, an attorney for the ACLU of Texas who is representing Rogers, said his client did not know he was ineligible to vote.

Our laws should not intimidate people from voting by increasing the risk of prosecution for, at worst, innocent mistakes.

We will continue to fight for justice for Mr. Rogers and will push back against efforts to further restrict voting rights.”. »

Matt Damon Passed on Avatar Despite Being Offered 10% Of Profits

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Jason Bourne star Matt Damon turned down the lead role of James Cameron’s sci-fi film Avatar due to scheduling conflicts and passed on a staggering amount of money.

During his Cannes Film Festival masterclass, Damon discussed declining Cameron’s offer to play the lead role in the 2009 blockbuster despite the generous money offer he would have received.

“I was offered a little movie called Avatar, James Cameron offered me 10% of it,” says Damon. »

Jimmy Carter, wife Rosalynn celebrate 75 years of marriage

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PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter on Saturday turned to his wife Rosalynn and thanked her for 75 years of marriage, telling her that she’s always been right for him.

Rosalynn Carter, sitting by his side, recounted how she didn’t care for dating young men while growing up and never thought she’d get married.

The two met in Georgia when Jimmy Carter, at the time a young midshipman, was home from the U.S. Navy Academy. »

US Wipes Out $55.6M in Loans Owed By Misled Students

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The Education Department said Friday it will forgive $55.6 million in loans owed by former students of three for-profit schools that took advantage of them with misleading representations.

Marinello Schools of Beauty misrepresented the type of instruction offered at its schools, and Court Reporting Institute misstated how long it would take to complete its program, the department said.

Borrower defense lets people receive full or partial forgiveness of their student loans if their schools misled them or engaged in other misconduct. »