The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 13rd, 2021 evening edition

image for Taliban fighters execute 22 Afghan commandos as they try to surrender

The victims were members of an Afghan Special Forces unit: their executioners, the Taliban.

After a fierce battle to hold the town, they the commandos had run out of ammunition and were surrounded by the Taliban fighters, witnesses said.

The Taliban posted a video three days after the fighting in Dawlat Abad, showing the seizure of military trucks and weapons.

The Taliban told CNN the videos showing the commandos being shot were fake and government propaganda to encourage people not to surrender.

A Taliban spokesman said they were still holding 24 commandos who had been captured in Faryab province but provided no evidence.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense denied the Taliban was holding the commandos and told CNN they were killed.

Afghan security personnel stand guard as Afghan security forces fight the Taliban in Kandahar on July 9. »

Escort services and strip clubs don't increase sex crimes

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The role of entertainment establishments (strip clubs, escort services, adult bookstores, and adult movie theaters) in communities is controversial.

The crime data includes hourly information on crimes observed by the police, including sex crimes.

The researchers find no negative effects on bordering precincts, indicating that sex crimes are not moving to other nearby areas. »

Maine among first states to make school meals free for all students

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Now Maine and California have became the first states to announce plans to continue free meals in 2022-23 and beyond.

Making school meals free for all students could dramatically improve access to healthy food for thousands of Maine children.

According to the Maine Department of Education, about 38 percent, or 65,000 students, are currently eligible for free or reduced price meals. »