The Daily Populous

Monday August 16th, 2021 night edition

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A petition to recall and remove Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has reached its target of 35,000 signatures, with coronavirus cases continuing to climb in the Sunshine State.

The petition, which was started by Cameron White, criticizes the Republican governor's stance towards COVID-19, as well DeSantis making it difficult to file for unemployment benefits.

"Governor Ron DeSantis and former governor Rick Scott have made filing for unemployment in Florida impossible.

They care more about showing low unemployment numbers than they do if Floridians have enough to eat," the petition reads.

Florida is witnessing some of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in the United States as the Delta variant rapidly spreads.

According to the data, as of August 7, Florida reported 20.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents in that age group.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis PAC raised more than $4 million in July, according to campaign finance records. »

Afghan President Ghani relinquishes power, Taliban form interim gov't

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani relinquished power as Taliban fighters entered Kabul on Sunday and sought the unconditional surrender of the central government.

Ghani urged government forces Sunday to maintain security in Kabul, after the Taliban paused their sweeping advance on the outskirts of the capital, causing widespread panic.

On Saturday, Ghani vowed to prevent further bloodshed, as Taliban fighters closed in on Kabul after routing his armed forces over the past 10 days. »

EA warns Battlefield 2042 playtesters who break NDA they may be banned from final game

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EA has issued a start warning to those playing the Battlefield 2042 technical playtest this weekend: break NDA and face a potential ban from the final game.

Predictably, gameplay footage leaked online, which EA yesterday scrambled to pull offline.

And finally: "Break the rules, expect to lose access to both the technical playtest, future EA tests, and potentially access to 2042 itself when it releases. »

7-year-old dies from rare brain-eating amoeba tied to California lake

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A child infected with an extremely rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a Northern California lake died in a hospital, his family confirmed Friday.

David Pruitt, 7, of Tehama County, died from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, on August 7, said his aunt, Crystal Hayley.

It said the boy was likely infected in a lake in Tehama County but didn't identify the boy or say where he got infected. »