The Daily Populous

Sunday February 26th, 2023 day edition

image for This Ukrainian couple got married the day Russia invaded. It's been the longest year of their lives

Yaryna Arieva and Sviatoslav Fursin are not going to celebrate their first wedding anniversary this Friday.

The Ukrainian couple got married on the day Russia launched a full-scale attack on their country.

Most recently, US President Joe Biden was photographed there with Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky during his surprise visit on Monday.

Arieva serves as an elected Kyiv City councilor, a part-time unpaid government position that meant she was given a weapon.

He told CNN he saw a bus full of volunteers and simply jumped in, unsure where it was headed.

Back in the civilian world, the couple began volunteering, bringing food and basic supplies to liberated settlements north of Kyiv.

“We would have two hours of electricity, then five hours without electricity, then three hours of electricity, it was really demoralizing,” Arieva said. »

Tennessee’s legislature gives trans youth 1 year to detransition

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The other bill bans drag performances in any place where minors might be present.

The bill takes effect this summer and gives trans youth until March 31, 2024 to end their current medical treatments, the Tennesseean reports.

H.B. 9, the drag ban, classifies “male and female impersonators” as adult cabaret performers and bans “adult-oriented performances that are harmful to minors.”. »

High school students raise $260,000 for elderly custodian so he can retire

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Three high school seniors from Callisburg, Texas, learned that an 80-year-old janitor at their school didn't have enough money to retire, so they decided to help him out.

Most of the donations came from Callisburg students and staff, the students said.

80-year-old Mr. James flanked (from left) by high school seniors Banner Tidwell, Marti Yousko, Greyson Thurman. »

REI to stop selling clothes, cookware with 'forever chemicals'

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Sumner, Washington-based REI has announced it will stop selling items that contain "forever chemicals" used in waterproof clothing and camping cookware.

They are present in most of the waterproof clothing and cookware sold in the U.S., including at REI stores.

REI aims to have all cookware and apparel sold in its stores free of PFAS by fall of 2024. »

CIA director confirms possibility China may send lethal aid to Russia

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CIA Director Bill Burns confirmed that China is considering sending lethal aid to Russia in its war against Ukraine in an interview with CBS News on Feb. 24.

"We're confident that the Chinese leadership is considering the provision of lethal equipment," Burns said.

Burns said, however, that China has not yet made a decision on whether to send Russia lethal aid. »