The Daily Populous

Monday June 26th, 2023 morning edition

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Russian intelligence services threatened to harm the families of Wagner leaders before Yevgeny Prigozhin called off his advance on Moscow, according to UK security sources.

The analysis offers clues into the mystery of why Prigozhin, the Wagner Group leader, called off his mutinous march on Moscow on Saturday just hours before reaching the capital.

The Kremlin said on Saturday that Prigozhin would head to Belarus in exchange for a pardon from charges of treason.

It also remains unclear if Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, is set to be demoted or fired, as Prigozhin demanded.

On Sunday, the Russian MP Andrey Gurulyov, a prominent Kremlin propagandist, said there was “no option” but for Prigozhin and another high-profile Wagner figure to be executed.

The Kremlin didn’t withdraw any units to defend Moscow against Wagner fighters but Prigozhin called for regular army soldiers to desert.

Meanwhile, members of Russia’s convict army have issued threats against Prigozhin, claiming he betrayed them by abandoning the Kremlin coup attempt. »

U.S. court blocks Florida law restricting drag performances

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A U.S. judge on Friday blocked a new Florida law restricting drag performances, the third time this month that federal courts have enjoined laws backed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that concern gender or LGBTQ matters.

Hamburger Mary’s, an Orlando bar and restaurant that presents drag show performances, comedy sketches and dancing, filed the lawsuit in response to the law that DeSantis signed in May.

In both of those cases, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida cited 14th Amendment guarantees to equal protection under the law. »

A man and his stepson die after hiking in Big Bend National Park in 119-degree heat

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Two people died Friday after hiking in extreme heat at Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, the National Park Service said in a news release.

“The Marufo Vega Trail winds through extremely rugged desert and rocky cliffs within the hottest part of Big Bend National Park.

The Big Bend National Park’s Communications Center received a call requesting emergency assistance at about 6 p.m., the park service said. »

Australian earless dragon last seen in 1969 rediscovered in secret location

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The Victorian grassland earless dragon, Tympanocryptis pinguicolla, has now been rediscovered in the state, according to a joint statement issued by the Victorian and federal Labor governments on Sunday.

The last confirmed sighting of the dragon was in the Geelong area in 1969.

It’s such exciting news that the Victorian grassland earless dragon has been rediscovered. »

Greg Abbott Duped by Fake News Story Mocking Garth Brooks

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On Sunday, social media users mocked Abbott after he was duped by a satirical website and tweeted about a fake news story.

The above photo captured by Newsweek shows Governor Greg Abbott's now-deleted tweet on the fake Garth Brooks story.

"Greg Abbott posts a fake item from the 'Dunning Kruger Times' written by 'Flagg Eagleton – Patriot,'" he tweeted. »