The Daily Populous

Wednesday March 8th, 2023 morning edition

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Elon Musk has apologized after publicly scoffing at a Twitter employee’s uncertainty about whether he had been laid off in a recent round of cuts and speaking dismissively of the employee’s disability in a series of tweets Monday night.

It was based on things I was told that were untrue or, in some cases, true, but not meaningful,” Musk tweeted Tuesday.

Earlier, Haraldur Thorleifsson, an Iceland-based Twitter senior director, tweeted at Musk that access to his computer had been cut off nine days earlier, when Twitter reportedly laid off some 200 employees.

But, Thorleifsson said in his tweet, “your head of HR is not able to confirm if I am an employee or not.”.

When Thorleifsson provided a list of his tasks in response, Musk appeared to cast doubt on several points.

Musk threatened to bail on the deal, then completed the acquisition only to proceed with multiple rounds of layoffs.

“Next up though is finding out if Twitter will pay me what they owe me per my contract. »

Alligator believed to have been stolen from a zoo more than 20 years ago returns to same zoo

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An alligator believed to have been stolen from a Texas zoo more than 20 years ago has been returned to the zoo it was allegedly taken from.

It is alleged that the volunteer stole either an egg or young alligator hatchling decades ago, put it in her pocket and kept it as a pet.

Employees from the zoo, which is in New Braunfels near San Antonio, traveled about 50 miles to the woman's house to retrieve the alligator. »

CT math teacher arrested after making 5th-grader faint while demonstrating chokehold

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A staff member at a school in Norwalk, Connecticut was arrested after a fifth-grade student lost consciousness after she demonstrated a chokehold.

NORWALK, Connecticut -- A staff member at a school in Connecticut was arrested after police say a fifth-grade student lost consciousness when she demonstrated a chokehold maneuver.

"They were demonstrating jujitsu moves to some of the students in the class who had volunteered to do that," Lieutenant Joseph Dinho of Norwalk Police said. »

China says US should change attitude or risk conflict

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"The United States' perception and views of China are seriously distorted," said Qin, a trusted aide to President Xi Jinping and until recently China's ambassador in Washington.

"It regards China as its primary rival and the most consequential geopolitical challenge.

"We aim to compete and we aim to win that competition with China but we absolutely want to keep it at that level.". »