The Daily Populous

Tuesday January 10th, 2023 morning edition

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Police in Newport News, Virginia, provided new details Monday about the shooting of an elementary school teacher allegedly by a 6-year-old student.

The shooting, which police say "was intentional," took place at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Friday, Jan. 6.

The teacher, identified as 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner, was teaching a lesson when the child drew the weapon, Police Chief Steve Drew said a a news conference.

The teacher "took a defensive position" and held up her hand, Drew said; the bullet passed through her hand and entered her chest.

Police said the gun was legally purchased by the child's mother.

An unidentified female school official entered the classroom and restrained the child, police said, while Zwerner sought help in administrative offices.

Police say they received a call about the shooting at 1:59 p.m., and the first officers arrived on the scene five minutes later. »

Republicans Signal Cuts To Social Security, Medicare With New House Majority

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House Republicans are making clear that they intend to seek cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare with their new majority in the 118th Congress.

Republicans don’t plan to alter benefits for current Social Security and Medicare recipients, according to Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas).

Democrats are likely to oppose those changes, as well as any cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and an ensuing standoff could result in another government shutdown. »

Lab-grown retinal eye cells make successful connections, open door for clinical trials to treat blindness

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Retinal cells grown from stem cells can reach out and connect with neighbors, according to a new study, completing a “handshake” that may show the cells are ready for trials in humans with degenerative eye disorders.

They coaxed human skin cells reprogrammed to act as stem cells to develop into layers of several types of retinal cells that sense light and ultimately transmit what we see to the brain.

“But after being grown in a laboratory dish for months as compact clusters, the question remained — will the cells behave appropriately after we tease them apart? »

The Satanic Temple dedicating 'largest satanic gathering in history' to Boston mayor, will require masks

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The Satanic Temple is dedicating the "largest satanic gathering in history" to Democratic Boston Mayor Michelle Wu after the group wasn't allowed to deliver a satanic invocation at Boston City Hall.

The Satanic Temple said it is dedicating the event to Wu "for her unconstitutional efforts to keep TST out of Boston’s public spaces."

The Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit in 2021 after multiple requests to deliver a satanic invocation at Boston City Hall were denied. »

The Long War in Ukraine

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So far, Washington and its allies have appropriately focused on the immediate tasks of helping Ukraine and avoiding escalation.

Meanwhile, the West was able to deliver, with suprising resolve and unity of purpose, a punishing economic blow to Russia.

In a long war strategy, the West will need to reinforce such contacts, even if there are very few points of agreement with Russia. »