The Daily Populous

Thursday December 15th, 2022 day edition

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The House passed a bill Wednesday that would remove from public display at the U.S. Capitol a statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which defended slavery and denied the citizenship of Black Americans.

Roger B. Taney (1777-1864), chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The measure directs the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library to remove Taney's bust, which sits inside the entrance to the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol, and replace it with a bust of Thurgood Marshall, the court’s first Black justice.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. David Trone, both D-Md., introduced the legislation in March 2020.

The House overwhelmingly passed it a few months later in a 305-113 vote, but it did not advance in the Senate.

A statue of Taney, who lived in Maryland, was removed from Maryland's State House grounds in 2017.

Congress in recent years has taken similar action to remove other statues from the Civil War era. »

Ukraine's Zelensky Urges "Complete Isolation" Of Russia In 2024 Olympic Games

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Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday Russian athletes should face "complete isolation" and not be welcomed back at the 2024 Olympic Games.

Zelensky told International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach that he strongly opposed moves by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete at the 2024 Paris Games provided they do not participate under their countries' colours or flags.

Zelensky told Bach he was disappointed with the presence of the president of the Russian Olympic Committee at the IOC summit on November 9. »

Naughty Dog’s Next Game Is Reportedly The Last of Us Part 3

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According to this source, Neil Druckmann is currently working on The Last of Us Part 3 which is in production at Naughty Dog.

We already know that one of the projects that are currently in development at Naughty Dog is a multiplayer faction standalone release.

The first game was remade for the PS5 and it is also set to launch on the PC in March 2023. »

The Indiana law that lets citizens shoot cops

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Police officers in Indiana are speaking out against a new law that gives citizens the right to use deadly force to protect themselves against a public servant who oversteps his authority.

Tim Downs, president of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, says the law (signed in March by Gov. Mitch Daniels, but only now getting national attention) might give people the impression that they can shoot police with impunity.

They say it's wholly unnecessary, as Indiana was not exactly being marauded by rogue cops. »