The Daily Populous

Friday October 14th, 2022 night edition

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A jury spared Cruz from the death penalty Thursday for killing 17 people at a Parkland high school in 2018, sending him to prison for the remainder of his life.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A divided jury spared Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz the death penalty Thursday for killing 17 people at a Parkland high school in 2018, sending him to prison for the rest of his life in a decision that left many families of the victims angered, baffled and in tears.

“We went through all the evidence and some of the jurors just felt that was the appropriate sentence,” Thomas said.

“Our justice system should have been used to punish this shooter to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Just days after the shooting, Cruz’s defense had offered that he plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

Gordon Weekes, Broward County’s public defender, said his team’s success in getting Cruz a life sentence is not something they will celebrate. »

Kremlin says its goals in Ukraine can be achieved through talks

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LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Thursday that the goals of Moscow's "special military operation" in Ukraine were unchanged, but that they could be achieved through negotiations.

"The direction has not changed, the special military operation continues, it continues in order for us to achieve our goals," Peskov was quoted as saying.

Peskov added, however, that he did not see any prospects for talks with the West in the near future because of its "hostile" attitude towards Russia. »

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott donates $15m to help provide glasses to farmers in developing countries

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Scott’s donation to VisionSpring is believed to be the largest single private donation towards helping solve the problem of uncorrected blurry vision which leaves hundreds of millions of people in poverty.

We need many more philanthropic investors, along with governments, companies and NGOs to join in bringing the wonder of clear vision to everyone.”.

Her ex-husband, the world’s second-richest person with a$136bn personal fortune, has not signed up to the Giving Pledge. »

California Man Fined $1,000 for Drawing Lines on Maps

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Ryan Crownholm, an entrepreneur in Los Angeles, is fighting the state of California for giving him a fine of $1,000 for drawing maps.

The board’s language—that anyone who “depicts the location of property lines” and features within those lines needs a license—is broad and vague.

It could be interpreted that anyone who’s ever drawn a map in California without a license is breaking the law. »