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.
  • Miami Herald

    Local prosecutor not a fan of vacating pot convictions

    Local prosecutor not a fan of vacating pot convictions In mid-August, nearly 60,000 people could ask courts to strike low-level marijuana possession convictions from their criminal records under a new law. But Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic thinks it's a bad idea, and his office may oppose any applications to vacate convictions that were handed down in Yakima County. "Individuals in Yakima County can call an attorney, and we can discuss it," Brusic said. "But we are not going to agree to it just because it is legal now. When they were convicted, they were breaking the law." But a prominent Yakima defense attorney said the new law will allow people to be able to apply for jobs or

  • Dunedin man faces DUI charge after driving wrong way on U.S. 19, police say
    Tampa Bay Times

    Dunedin man faces DUI charge after driving wrong way on U.S. 19, police say

    A Dunedin man was arrested early Friday morning after police say he was impaired while driving the wrong way on U.S. 19 in Clearwater. According to Clearwater Police, 60-year-old Anthony Tucker was seen by an officer driving north in the southbound lanes, south of Gulf to Bay Boulevard, around 3:30 a.m. shortly after Largo Police officers issued a bulletin warning of a wrong-way driver. Officers attempted to alert and stop other motorists while trying to pull Tucker over, police said. Tucker, however, refused to pull over. He continued driving even after officers deployed stop sticks, police said. Tucker came to a stop near Countryside Boulevard when he couldn't pass a large flatbed tow truck,

  • Two Charged After Man Found Dead In Queensbury Yard

    Two Charged After Man Found Dead In Queensbury Yard

    Two people have been charged in connection with the death of a Queensbury man. The Warren County Sheriff's office says 25-year-old Jesse James Breault of Glens Falls was charged with second degree murder. Ashley Nicole Bell, age 29, also of Glens Falls, was charged with hindering prosecution in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence in the second degree. The body of 36-year-old Christopher J. Goss of Queensbury was found with mulitple stab wounds to the torso early Friday morning in a yard.

  • Shooting at New Jersey bar leaves 10 injured
    CBS News

    Shooting at New Jersey bar leaves 10 injured

    At least 10 people were injured overnight during a shooting at a bar in Trenton, New Jersey, authorities said Saturday. Police said they were notified of gunfire around 12:25 a.m. Saturday outside the Ramoneros Liquor & Bar. Police discovered several victims inside and around the bar. Five men and five women were transported to local hospitals, said Capt. Stephen Varn, a Trenton police spokesperson. One victim was critically wounded and taken into emergency surgery, Varn said. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Trending News Closs Kidnapper Sentenced Abortion Law Blocked New Abortion Ban Aid Bill Blocked At-large councilman Jerell Blakeley said on Facebook: "This kind of carnage shouldn't

  • Juvenile justice reform bill eases Measure 11

    Juvenile justice reform bill eases Measure 11

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon narrowly approved expansive changes to the way it sentences juvenile offenders in what's a reversal of tough-on-crime policy passed by voters a quarter of a century ago. House lawmakers just barely pushed the measure late Thursday night through the chamber and onto the governor's desk, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. Among other things, it ensures young offenders aren't sentenced to life without parole and establishes pathways for early release and rehabilitation. "For those in our system who can be redeemed, we should be focusing on the hope of the future, not the mistakes of the past," said Rep. Marty Wilde, a Democrat from Eugene and former deputy district attorney.

  • The Charlotte Observer

    Dallas' police chief launches summer jobs program for teens

    Dallas' police chief launches summer jobs program for teens The police chief in Dallas has announced a youth jobs program meant to give children something to do during high-crime summer months and better connect officers to underserved areas. Chief U. Renee Hall said the DPD to You(th) initiative will focus on students from schools with higher rates of crime and arrests, The Dallas Morning News reported . Hall noted that she was raised in "a very unsupported" area of Detroit, Michigan, but never felt restricted. She attributed it to being able to depend on her mother, police officers and other mentors that kept her focused on her potential. "I want to make sure I am in a position to give that

  • 800-year-old rare Quran exhibition attracts visitors in Turkey's Tokat

    800-year-old rare Quran exhibition attracts visitors in Turkey's Tokat

    An ancient manuscript of the Quran on exhibit in northern Turkey is drawing more attention and visitors during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Quran, written in 1191 for theological schools in Turkey's Anatolia region, is on exhibit at the Tokat Museum in the northern province of the same name. It is thought to be the only Quran manuscript surviving from that time, just after the Turks made Anatolia their new home. "As a handwritten artifact, it's a very important historic specimen of Anatolia," Hayati Gönültaş, deputy museum director, told Anadolu Agency. "No other museum in Turkey has such an artifact," he added. Calling the 800-year-old Quran the museum's crown jewel, Gönültaş said:

  • Woman who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape attacked in Mumbai

    Woman who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape attacked in Mumbai

    The woman who accused TV actor Karan Oberoi of raping and extorting money from her was attacked by two bike-borne men on Saturday, police said. The police also said a letter was thrown at the victim asking her to take back the case. However, no name was mentioned in the letter. Speaking to ANI, Senior police officer Oshiwara police station Shailesh Pasalwar said, “The victim has filed a complaint at Oshiwara police station that she was attacked by two unknown bikers this morning at 6.30 am at Lokhandwala back road while she was going for morning walk.” “Oshiwara police station has taken note of FIR and the investigation is underway,” he added. Meanwhile, the woman's advocate said the former was

  • Suspected Drunk and Drugged Drivers Arrested at DUI Checkpoints

    Suspected Drunk and Drugged Drivers Arrested at DUI Checkpoints

    Share this article: Three drivers were taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at DUI checkpoints in Diamond Bar and Pico Rivera, authorities said Saturday morning. In addition to a DUI arrest for alcohol at the Pico Rivera checkpoint, located at 8540 Whittier Blvd., deputies arrested one person on suspicion of being drunk in public. A total of 17 unlicensed drivers were cited and three drivers with a suspended or revoked license also received citations and one other driver was arrested on an undisclosed criminal charge, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A total of four vehicles were towed from the checkpoint, the LASD said. In

  • BEYOND LOCAL: When did gay liberation come to mean equality?

    BEYOND LOCAL: When did gay liberation come to mean equality?

    This article, written by Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University, originally appeared on The Conversation and is republished here with permission: The Royal Canadian Mint recently released a coin, “Hold onto Love,” that celebrates 50 years of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Canada. The unveiling ceremony was disrupted by a small group of LGBTQ protesters who rejected the federal government's claim that LGBTQ rights started with Canada's 1969 omnibus bill (Bill C-150). The omnibus bill modified previous Criminal Code regulations concerning some same-sex sexual acts and, for some, marks the starting point of Canada's march toward LGBTQ equality. But credit for significant

  • Fox News

    Hatchet-wielding thief backs down when store clerk pulls out gun

    Oregon authorities are seeking a would-be thief who was armed with a hatchet when he tried to rob a convenience store, only to flee when the clerk drew a gun and called 911. However, the clerk's quick thinking cost him his job, with the president of Plain Pantry in Oak Grove explaining to local station KOIN-TV that the chain has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons. He said employees are trained to de-escalate robbery situations to avoid injury, according to the station. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on Friday released surveillance video of the incident which took place April 28 at the store, seeking tips in identifying the suspect who fled empty-handed and without the 12-inch hatchet.

  • Brazil's top court rules to make homophobia a crime
    Daily Mail

    Brazil's top court rules to make homophobia a crime

    RIO DE JANEIRO, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A majority of judges in Brazil's top court has voted to criminalise homophobia in a move welcomed by campaigners concerned about a rollback in gay rights and the murder of hundreds of LGBT+ people every year. Six of 11 of Brazil's Supreme Court judges late Thursday agreed that acts of homophobia and transphobia should be treated under current anti-discrimination laws until the country's parliament passed legislation dealing with LGBT+ protection. This would make violence against LGBT+ people a crime and make it illegal to deny access to education or jobs, to refuse service in stores, or to bar LGBT+ people from public buildings. The court

  • Portia among six former labour ministers honoured
    The Jamaica Observer

    Portia among six former labour ministers honoured

    SIX former ministers of labour have been recognised by the Government for their contribution to the achievements and activities associated with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Trade Union Act, which were established 100 years ago. They are former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Dean Peart, Horace Dalley, Pearnel Charles, Derrick Kellier, and Dr Fenton Ferguson. Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented them with plaques during the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's awards banquet in Celebration of the centenary of the ILO and the Trade Union Act (1919), which was held at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday. Shahine Robinson, the labour and social security