The Daily Populous

Monday October 31st, 2022 evening edition

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[1/5] Demonstrators gather in support of affirmative action as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider whether colleges may continue to use race as a factor in student admissions in two cases, at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. October 31, 2022.

The justices heard nearly three hours of arguments in the UNC case before turning to the Harvard dispute.

Blum's group said UNC discriminates against white and Asian American applicants and Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants.

The cases give the court an opportunity to overturn its prior rulings - including one as recent as 2016 - allowing race-conscious admissions policies at colleges and universities.

The court in 2016 upheld a University of Texas race-conscious admissions policy, but has shifted rightward since then.

Strawbridge asked the Supreme Court to overturn a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that held that colleges could consider race as one factor in the admissions process because of the compelling interest of creating a diverse student body.

The court first upheld affirmative action in college admissions in a 1978 ruling that held that actions to achieve diversity were permissible but racial quotas were not. »

GOP bracing for Trump indictment soon after Election Day

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“A couple of weeks after the election, I assume that Garland will indict Trump,” said one veteran Republican aide, expressing a sentiment shared by several other GOP aides and strategists.

An indictment could actually galvanize and reunify Republicans around him,” the aide said, predicting the Republican backlash to an indictment would be stronger if Garland brings an indictment later in the 2024 election cycle.

GOP aides and strategists warn there’s a risk of political violence in response to any indictment against Trump. »

4 men plead guilty to conspiring to rape drugged wives after exchanging wife-sharing fantasies

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The court heard that the men met their respective accomplices online as early as 2010, on the forum Sammyboy and other platforms for wife-sharing fantasies.

The court heard that the men discussed various wife-sharing fantasies, exchanged details of their sex lives and would share explicit images and footage.

They agreed to use a sedative to sedate their wives, so that other men could rape them. »

Developer claims ‘many’ studios are asking Xbox to drop mandatory Series S compatibility

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Microsoft’s entry-level console Xbox Series S is limiting the potential of new-gen games, a developer at indie studio Bossa Studios has argued.

At $300 / £250, the Xbox Series S console is significantly cheaper than the $500 / £449 Series X, thanks to lower specs than target 1440p gaming instead of native 4K.

Despite the criticism from some developers, Series S was estimated to have outsold the more powerful Xbox Series X in several key markets during the consoles’ first year. »

Heavy Russian barrage on Ukraine, no water for much of Kyiv

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People fill containers with water from public water pumps in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A massive barrage of Russian cruise missile and drone strikes hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities early Monday, knocking out water and power supplies in apparent retaliation for what Moscow alleged was a Ukrainian attack on its Black Sea Fleet . »