Society & Culture

A society is a group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Societies are characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent of members.
  • Police: Teenage Shooting Suspect Was Dating Victim's Sister
    CBS Pittsburgh

    Police: Teenage Shooting Suspect Was Dating Victim's Sister

    WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — A 17-year-old suspect is behind bars after a shooting in Wilkinsburg over the weekend. The shooting happened along Penn Avenue just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, the 17-year-old suspect is claiming self-defense. Police identify him as Robert “Tre” Cook of Wilkinsburg, and say he was dating the victim's sister. Investigators say Cook and the 19-year-old victim were in an ongoing feud in which the victim allegedly pointed an AK-47 at Cook earlier this year. Cook told police he moved out of the area after the incident because he was concerned for his safety. But over the weekend, Cook said he was walking down Penn Avenue when the victim passed

  • Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march
    New York Post

    Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

    Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of protests that arose this week over a perception that city officials were not adequately investigating the rape accusations. The demonstrations have become known as the “glitter protests” after marchers doused the city's police chief in pink glitter. The deputy director of artistic patrimony at the National Fine Arts Institute, Dolores Martínez, said at the base of the statue that officials were assessing the damage to the Angel and other points in the capital that protesters attacked.

  • Sisters throw birthday parties for teens struggling with homelessness

    Sisters throw birthday parties for teens struggling with homelessness

    Two sisters are helping homeless teens gain normalcy by celebrating their birthdays. Chelsea and Kayla Hage gather gifts for homeless teens who have never had a  birthday party. "No one was helping with this problem that was happening in the world," said Chelsea. The sisters are throwing them a party.

  • San Jose: Man pleads no contest to murdering Oakland firefighter in 2017

    San Jose: Man pleads no contest to murdering Oakland firefighter in 2017

    SAN JOSE — With his trial approaching, a man pleaded no contest Monday to murdering a newly graduated Oakland firefighter as he and other academy mates left a brewery near Japantown two years ago in an unprovoked attack. Oliver John Juinio, 29, a San Jose resident and Philippine national, entered the plea in a San Jose courtroom packed with family and friends of slain firefighter Jake Walter, as well as about 20 members of the Oakland Fire Department, including Chief Darin White and Deputy Chief Melinda Drayton. In addition to first-degree murder with a gun enhancement in Walter's killing, Juinio also pleaded to attempted murder for wounding one of Walter's academy mates in the late-night attack,

  • New York police officer sacked over choking of black death man
    The Punch

    New York police officer sacked over choking of black death man

    A US police offer was sacked Monday for putting a black man in a banned chokehold just before his death five years ago in a case that fueled nationwide protests. New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters Daniel Pantaleo was dismissed from the force over the death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July 2014. The incident stimulated “Black Lives Matter” protests which called for police to be held accountable for the deaths of unarmed African-Americans in custody or facing arrest. Pantaleo's sacking comes after NYPD Deputy Commissioner and departmental administrative judge Rosemarie Maldonado recommended earlier this month that he be fired. Pantaleo was suspended pending the decision

  • Pickens County Sheriff's Office investigating death of boy found unresponsive in Easley home
    The Greenville News

    Pickens County Sheriff's Office investigating death of boy found unresponsive in Easley home

    The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a juvenile boy who was found unresponsive at an Easley home Monday morning.  The boy was found inside 158 Rusty Lane in Easley. Deputies were called at about 11:58 a.m. and went to the home. EMS and fire department personnel performed CPR on the boy at the scene. He was then transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.  There were no weapons found at the scene, deputies said.  "The prayers of the entire sheriff's office are with this family and I hope that people will respect their need for privacy as they deal with this tragedy," Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said in a prepared statement.  The Pickens County Coroner's

  • Andrew Harper: 20-year-old man charged with murder of police officer
    The Independent

    Andrew Harper: 20-year-old man charged with murder of police officer

    A man has been charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper, the officer who died while investigating a burglary in Berkshire.Thames Valley Police said 20 year-old Jed Foster has also been charged with theft of a quad bike in relation to the incident.Nine other suspects aged between 13 and 30 have been released on bail.Chief crown prosecutor Jaswant Narwal, said: “Following the death of PC Harper in Berkshire, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Thames Valley Police to charge Jed Foster, 20, with murder and the theft of a quad bike.“We will offer to meet with PC Harper’s family to explain the basis of the decision we have made following a lengthy review of the evidence available.”“May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Foster are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”More follows…

  • Man charged with mayhem after a hammer attack at Framingham shelter
    The MetroWest Daily News

    Man charged with mayhem after a hammer attack at Framingham shelter

    FRAMINGHAM — One man was left with a severely mangled and bloody face on Saturday after another resident of a Merchant Street shelter beat him with a hammer, a prosecutor said in Framingham District Court on Monday. Police arrested Dane E. Howard, 54, after the 8:06 p.m. at 3 Merchant Road, prosecutor Dylan Krasinksi said during Howard's arraignment. When police arrived at the shelter, they were greeted by a bloody scene and a severely injured victim. The victim, a 57-year-old man, was a resident of the shelter, as is Howard. “The victim was holding a rag to his head and there was blood pouring out from around his head and mouth,” said Krasinski. “The officer asked him to move the rag and the

  • Aarey drink driving case: 19-yr-old accused gets bail
    Hindustan Times

    Aarey drink driving case: 19-yr-old accused gets bail

    Two months after a 19-year-old was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and running over a businessman in Goregaon (East), the Dindoshi sessions court granted him bail on Monday. Sudhanshu Sabu was arrested by the Aarey police on June 17. The sessions court had rejected an earlier plea as the investigation was still underway. The accused then approached the high court (HC), which asked him to approach the sessions court again. “As we submitted the charge sheet in July, the accused was granted bail by the sessions court,” confirmed Nutun Pawar, senior police inspector, Aarey police station. The court also observed that the accused had to appear for his exam, said police.

  • Reuters

    UPDATE 1-El Salvador court absolves woman accused of killing her stillborn child

    A Salvadoran court absolved a woman previously convicted of aggravated homicide after she gave birth to a stillborn child, the woman's lawyer Bertha DeLeon said on Monday, in a closely watched retrial that overturns a 30-year prison sentence. Defendant Evelyn Hernandez, 21, has already served three years of the sentence handed down after prosecutors said she had induced an abortion. The case had attracted international attention.

  • Scottish gamekeeper avoids jail over "despicable" wildlife crimes
    The Telegraph

    Scottish gamekeeper avoids jail over "despicable" wildlife crimes

    A gamekeeper who was responsible for “one of the worst wildlife crimes in recent years” has escaped a prison sentence after a sheriff said his hands had been tied by the Scottish Government. Sheriff Peter Paterson ordered 61-year-old Alan Wilson to carry out 225 hours of community service while claiming that official guidance against short term sentences had limited his options and ruled out a jail term. Wilson previously pleaded guilty to nine offences on the Longformacus sporting estate in the Scottish Borders. Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard last month that the League Against Cruel Sports was tipped off by a member of the public that snares were being operated in Henlaw Wood on the estate. A researcher subsequently found a "stink pit" containing a pile of dead animals designed to attract other wildlife. Wilson admitted shooting dead two goshawks, three buzzards, three badgers and an otter. He also pleaded guilty to using 23 illegal snares and possession of two bottles of highly toxic carbofuran pesticide. Sheriff Paterson told him yesterday that the offences merited a custodial sentence but he was unable to send him to jail as "special circumstances" had to apply to impose a short term sentence of up to a year. Wilson shot animals including badgers Credit: Arterra Instead, he ordered Wilson to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work over the next 18 months and imposed a night time curfew at his home. The court heard that the Scottish Parliament was currently reviewing the guidelines for wildlife crime, with the Scottish Government considering increasing the maximum prison sentences available to five years. The sheriff added: "If it was not for the provision against short term sentences then in my view a custodial sentence would be appropriate. The sentencing options open to me at the moment do not reflect society's views." Outside the court, Robbie Marsland, director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, said Wilson was responsible for one of the worst wildlife crime incidents in recent years. He added: ”The sheriff clearly wanted to give a custodial sentence and said so but was unable to do so  because of the inadequacy of the Scottish legislation to deal with wildlife crime.” An undercover officer for the Scottish SPCA said it was a “despicable case of serious and systematic crimes to indiscriminately remove wildlife from an estate”. He added: “The sheer volume of dead wildlife discovered is truly shocking. Some of the equipment in Mr Wilson’s possession has been unlawful for decades yet it was evident it had been recently used to trap wild animals. "We will never know the total number of animals which perished due to Mr Wilson, though had it not been for the robust intervention of Police Scotland, the Scottish SPCA and our other partner agencies, many more would have suffered and perished." Wilson’s lawyer said background reports highlighted that he had taken matters into his own hands and did not blame his employer or anyone else. A spokesman for the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association said Wilson’s behaviour was a “gross breach” of its wildlife crime policy and reflected negatively on the entire profession. He added that his membership would be terminated immediately.

  • Volunteers from `far and wide´ helping in river search for missing...
    Daily Mail

    Volunteers from `far and wide´ helping in river search for missing...

    Hundreds of volunteers have travelled from “far and wide” to help police search for a missing schoolboy who fell into the river whilst fishing with his family. Lucas Dobson slipped into the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, on Saturday afternoon while on an outdoor trip. The six-year-old's father and two other adults jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue him but he was swept away by a strong current. Kent Fire and Rescue Service and HM Coastguard have been searching for the youngster alongside volunteers who have travelled from outside the county to help. Superintendent Amanda Tillotson, of Kent Police, said: “I would once again like to thank those members of the public who are helping to

  • Coastal man who tried to steal medicine from school will serve 2 years
    Bangor Daily News

    Coastal man who tried to steal medicine from school will serve 2 years

    A Rockland man who broke into an elementary school, crashed a stolen vehicle and assaulted a jail officer earlier this spring will serve two years for those crimes. Brian Burch, 26, admitted last week to breaking into South School to steal medication, after he was kicked out of a bar in April. He reportedly smashed windows and entered through the nurse's office where student medications are kept, according to a police affidavit. Investigators believe Burch was still inside the school when police responded to the scene. They reportedly found a flashlight and bags of medications strewn inside and outside the building. Officers were initially unable to detain Burch but recovered all of the medicine.

  • Man charged in brother's death is extradited to New Jersey

    Man charged in brother's death is extradited to New Jersey

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man charged with murder in the beating death of his younger brother in an Atlantic City casino hotel room has been extradited back to New Jersey. Atlantic County prosecutors say 38-year-old John Villante was moved to the county jail on Friday. The transition was made public Monday. Villante is charged with murder in the death of his younger brother, Joseph, who was found May 28 in a hotel room at Harrah's casino. An autopsy determined the 32-year-old Philadelphia man died from numerous injuries, including blunt force trauma to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide. Villante was arrested two days later in Philadelphia. He's due to appear in court