The Daily Populous

Sunday July 23rd, 2023 day edition

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President Joe Biden will establish a national monument honoring Emmett Till, the Black teenager from Chicago who was abducted, tortured and killed in 1955 after he was accused of whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, and his mother, a White House official said Saturday.

Biden will sign a proclamation on Tuesday to create the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument across three sites in Illinois and Mississippi, according to the official.

The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House had not formally announced the president's plans.

Thousands of people gathered at the church to mourn Emmett Till’s death in September 1955.

In Mississippi, the monument will include Graball Landing, believed to be where Till’s mutilated body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River.

The third site is the Tallahatchie County Second District Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, where Till’s killers were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury.

The monument will be the fourth Biden has created since taking office in 2021. »

Black man who says he was elected mayor of Alabama town alleges that White leaders are keeping him from position

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Instead, "the office of mayor was 'inherited' by a hand-picked successor," and that mayor then chose town council members, again without an election.

All prior mayors have been White residents, the lawsuit said, even though about 85% of Newbern's population is Black.

Braxton was elected mayor by default, making him the first Black mayor of Newbern in the 165 years since the town was founded. »

Another 10,000 IDF reservists announce they won't serve anymore

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These reservists are joining more than 1,000 Air Force reservists who made the same announcement in a letter on Friday.

"We represent some 10,000 reservists who are telling the government, the defense minister and the prime minister the responsibility is on you!

"I've served om the Air Force for 35 years," said a former fighter pilot. »

House Republicans propose planting a trillion trees as they move away from climate change denial

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When the speaker was asked about climate change and forest fires, he was ready with a response: Plant a trillion trees.

A 2019 study suggested that planting trees to suck up heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere could be one of the most effective ways to fight climate change.

Planting one trillion trees would also require a massive amount of space — roughly the size of the continental United States. »

Cocaine dumped in the sea off Florida could have 'crazy' consequences if sharks eat it, scientists find

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Sharks may be consuming cocaine dumped in the waters off Florida and it could be making them act in "crazy" ways, scientists have said.

Marine biologist, Tom 'The Blowfish' Hird, and University of Florida environmental scientist, Tracy Fanara, studied sharks off the Florida Keys to see if the drugs were having any impact on them.

The biologist admitted many different factors could be responsible for the odd behaviour and the results don't necessarily show that sharks in Florida are consuming cocaine. »