The Daily Populous

Sunday August 29th, 2021 morning edition

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(WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gave a dire warning for state residents to take all necessary precautions and prepare for the potentially catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Ida during a news conference around 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

Edwards said Hurricane Ida, which is forecast to intensify to a powerful Category 4 storm before making landfall along the state’s southeastern coast Sunday, Aug. 29, will be the strongest storm to hit anywhere in the state since the 1850s.

The governor said intense wind gusts of up to 110 mph could be felt all throughout southeast Louisiana, as far north as the Mississippi state line, and as far west as Lafayette.

He acknowledged Hurricane Ida will be making landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Flash flooding from Hurricane Ida throughout southeast Louisiana is a real concern, according to the governor.

He said eight to 16 inches of rainfall is expected Sunday through Tuesday, with the potential for higher totals locally.

Edwards also warned residents who were evacuating from coastal areas and New Orleans to go farther north than Baton Rouge and farther west than Lafayette. »

Harvard University’s new chief chaplain is … an atheist

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Harvard University, originally founded with a mission to educate clergymen in order to minister to New England’s early Puritan colonists, has a new chief chaplain.

As Harvard University’s new chief chaplain, Epstein will coordinate activities of over 40 chaplains from more than 20 different religious, spiritual and ethical traditions.

Although the appointment of an atheist as president of the university’s chaplains may seem unorthodox, many Harvard students attest to the influence that Epstein has had on them. »

Tate Reeves Says Mississippians 'Less Scared' of COVID Because They 'Believe in Eternal Life'

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that he believes religion may be driving his state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, Reeves noted the state's recent COVID-19 surge may be stabilizing, noting plateauing hospitalization rates, WJTV reported.

The state has started sending additional staff to overwhelmed hospitals, and Reeves said this would add nearly 1,000 hospital beds in the state. »

2 Black men say they were handcuffed while trying to return a TV. Now they're suing Walmart.

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The men said a routine trip to the store resulted in police being called on them on suspicion they stole the television.

Stewart and Richardson allege they were falsely imprisoned and discriminated against because of their race, the lawsuit said.

“Officers could have mistaken the situation and, as Black men, they could have been shot, injured or permanently disfigured,” the filing said. »

MAGA influencer challenging for AOC’s seat in Congress joined Capitol riot: report

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One of the members of that mob, according to a new investigation from fact-checking site Snopes, was Tina Forte, a Republican congressional candidate who is challenging the New York Democrat for her seat in the House in 2022.

“We’re going to the capitol, and we’re going to fight for Trump,” she wrote.

The MAGA influencer has a huge following online, including more than 222,000 Twitter followers alone, so this content was likely seen by tens of thousands of people, if not more. »