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U.S Population Over Last Decade Grew at Slowest Rate Since 1930s, House Seats Shift

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The Census Bureau has recently reported that U.S population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression.

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  • The Census Bureau reported the U.S population rose to 331,449,281 last year. This is a 7.4% increase over the previous decade that was the second slowest in history. Researchers say the decrease is the result of the combination of an aging population, slowing immigration, and the scars of the Great Recession more than a decade ago. They believe this caused many young adults to delay marriage and families.
  • The release of last year’s population count sparked the new allocation of congressional seats. Places such as Texas and Florida saw enough population growth to add more congressional seats. Colder climates such as New York and Ohio saw slow growth and lost seats in the House of Representatives. For the first time in 170 years, California is losing a congressional seat, the first time since its statehood. State population figures, known as the apportionment count, determine the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year.
  • The new data released on Monday will be used by state legislatures or independent commissions to redraw political maps to account for shifts in population. Texas is now the second-most populous state in the country and added two congressional seats. Florida and North Carolina each gained one seat in the House of Representatives. States losing seats include Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
  • Texas, Florida, and Arizona all have a considerable Latino population which accounts for about half of their growth. Overall, the numbers from the data confirm that the country’s growth is stalling. Many demographers predicted this low level of growth considering the slow down of immigration which was halted during last year’s pandemic. Population booms bring new burdens such as increased traffic, rising home prices, and strains on infrastructure.

The original deadline for turning in the census number was December 31st, but it was pushed back to April due to pandemic challenges.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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