The Daily Populous

Monday June 26th, 2023 night edition

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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.

In Friday’s decision, U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell of the Middle District of Florida granted an injunction preventing the state from enforcing a law that bans minors from attending "obscene live performances," calling it too broad.

The judge refused to dismiss the law entirely, meaning the underlying lawsuit challenging it will go forward.

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.

“Florida already has statutes that provide such protection (from obscene performances).

On Wednesday, another judge struck down a Florida rule and a statute that banned state Medicaid payments for transgender healthcare.

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. »

Most unionized US rail workers now have new sick leave

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Last year railroads came under fire for not agreeing to paid sick leave during labor negotiations.

Norfolk Southern said all of its unionized workers are now covered by sick leave agreements.

Five days will be considered paid sick days with the ability to convert two additional paid leave days for use as paid sick time. »

Wagner Group mercenaries can attack Kyiv from Belarus territory – Former Chief of UK's General Staff

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General Richard Dannatt, Former Chief of the General Staff of the UK, believes that Ukraine should beware of a possible attack on Kyiv by the Wagner Group mercenaries led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who left for Belarus after the rebellion attempt.

Details: The fact that Prigozhin left for Belarus by agreement with the self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko "is a matter of some concern" for the former chief of the General Staff of the UK.

Later, the Kremlin announced that the criminal case against Prigozhin would be closed and he would "go to Belarus". »

Trump quietly changes political fundraising site to funnel funds toward legal woes

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Former President Donald Trump is diverting more donations from political supporters to fund his mounting legal costs as multiple court cases put an increased strain on his resources.

Disclosure text on the Trump presidential campaign’s WinRed digital fundraising platform now specifies that 10 per cent of political contributions will go to his legal battles via the Save America PAC.

With the campaign’s new fundraising split, that would mean around $700,000 that could be put towards his legal defence if donations were made through WinRed. »

U.K. says Russia "likely" training dolphins in Ukraine's occupied Crimean peninsula to "counter enemy divers"

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London — British military spies on Friday said Russia appears to be training combat dolphins in the annexed Crimean peninsula to counter Ukrainian forces.

"Imagery shows a near doubling of floating mammal pens in the harbor which highly likely contain bottle-nosed dolphins.".

A retired Soviet colonel told AFP at the time that Moscow even trained dolphins to plant explosive devices on enemy vessels. »