The Daily Populous

Thursday August 31st, 2023 day edition

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One of the reporters who works at the small Kansas newspaper that was raided by authorities earlier this month filed a federal lawsuit against the police chief Wednesday.

Deb Gruver believes Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody violated her constitutional rights when he abruptly snatched her personal cellphone out of her hands during a search where officers also seized computers from the Marion County Record’s office, according to the lawsuit.

Cody didn’t immediately respond to an email or text message from The Associated Press on Wednesday seeking comment.

He has said little publicly since the raids other than posting a defense of them on the police department’s Facebook page.

Gruver said in a statement that by filing her lawsuit “I’m standing up for journalists across the country.”.

After the search of the newspaper office, officers went on to search the home Meyer shared with his 98-year-old mother.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into the newspaper’s actions, but it hasn’t provided any updates on its investigation. »

A Texas judge has declared unconstitutional a law championed by Gov. Greg Abbott that limits the power of Democrat-led cities

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A Texas judge declared a law that prevented cities from passing some local ordinances unconstitutional.

The law, championed by the Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, effectively limited the power of Democrat-led cities.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, a Republican, signed a bill into law in June that prohibited cities from passing certain local ordinances. »

Slightly higher times: Biden administration moves to loosen weed restrictions

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The health agency wants the drug moved from Schedule I to Schedule III under the CSA, potentially the biggest change in federal drug policy in decades.

Schedule III drugs are categorized as having “moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.”

"It is regrettable that the Department of Health and Human Services move now appears to be a nod to those monied interests.". »

Meta says it has disrupted a massive disinformation campaign linked to Chinese law enforcement

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Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta on Tuesday said it had disrupted a disinformation campaign linked to Chinese law enforcement that the social media company described as the "largest known cross-platform covert influence operation in the world.".

Meta began looking for signs of a Chinese influence operation on its own platforms after reports in 2022 highlighted how a disinformation campaign linked to the Chinese government targeted a human rights nongovernmental organization.

Meta researchers were able to link this latest disinformation network to a prior influence campaign in 2019, code named Spamouflage. »