The Daily Populous

Wednesday August 9th, 2023 day edition

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Ohio voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal that would have made it considerably harder to amend the state constitution in a major win for reproductive rights and democracy advocates in the state.

The result means that Ohio will keep its current process for amending the state constitution in place.

Issue 1, the proposal under consideration, would have made both of those steps harder.

It would have required voters to collect signatures in all 88 counties and then required a supermajority of 60% to pass it.

It was the first time since 1926 that Ohio voters cast ballots on a proposed constitutional amendment in August.

Republicans, who control the state legislature, rushed the measure to the ballot in an effort to make it harder to pass a referendum to protect abortion rights that’s set for this fall.

We thank Ohio voters for doing their homework and for going out to vote ‘no’ on Issue 1,” said Rachael Belz, CEO of Ohio Citizen Action, which worked to reject the amendment. »

Thermal imaging reveals hidden gas seeping from 32 Aussie sites

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You've probably seen thermal imaging cameras used in the Predator movie series to locate people hidden in the South American jungle.

Using optical gas imaging it was possible to reveal the infrared energy emitted by methane as it is released into the atmosphere.

They reported seeing gas escape from 100 sources at 35 industrial sites which they described as “alarming levels of climate-damaging gas pollution”. »

Concerns over sex content leads Florida schools to pull Shakespeare

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Three years later, some Florida school districts are shying away from Shakespeare, along with other classic and popular materials.

“Taking Shakespeare in its entirety out because the relationship between Romeo and Juliet is somehow exploiting minors is just absurd.”

History lessons: Florida leaders in the Central Conference of American Rabbis raised concerns that Florida government leaders are trying to obscure important lessons about slavery, Florida Politics reports. »

Larian's boss worried Baldur's Gate 3 had peaked in early access, so its massive 800K concurrent player launch was 'way, way beyond' expectations

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Vincke said that he "held his heart" during the launch, hoping that millions of players didn't run into a progress-blocking bug of some kind.

"I don't want to have that anger over me, but it's part of the risk of making these very large RPGs," he said.

Their last game, Divinity: Original Sin 2, had peaked at just over 90,000 concurrent players. »