When Jason Pavlige and James Hodges—police officers in Michigan—pulled over a family for a traffic violation, they decided to take a different route than just slapping the driver with a ticket. The report was called into the police when a woman was spotted holding a 10-month-old in her arms in the passenger seat instead of in a car seat. The officers talked to the family and found out they didn’t have enough money to buy a car seat, so Hodges left Pavlige with the family and went to buy one. Then they helped the family install the seat. “The father was, I think, almost in shock,” Hodges told Good Morning America. “They didn’t say much but were just very appreciative.” The incident happened back in February, but only came to light recently when a Walmart employee called the police station to share the story ... Discuss
A photo taken in a Syrian refugee camp has recently gone viral, showing the heartbreaking toll the years-long civil war has taken on the nation’s children. In the image, a terrified 4-year-old girl puts her hands in the air as an act of surrender at the sight of a photographer’s telephoto lens. The war has displaced millions, killed hundreds of thousands and has left many young children with the constant reality of war, guns and violence. The Turkish photographer, Osman Sağırlı, told the BBC, “I realized she was terrified after I took it and looked at the picture, because she bit her lips and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or smile when they see a camera.”
For those who have screeched into a McDonald’s at 10:35 am, yearning for a combination of egg, sausage and fast-food biscuit, only to find out it would be another 24-hours before your cravings could be satisfied, we have good news: Your cries have been heard. Your suffering is not in vain. Starting this fall, McDonalds will start testing all-day breakfast service in select locations. Though the handful of restaurants experimenting with 24/7 Egg McMuffins are only in the San Diego area, the move is the first sign that the round-the-clock breakfast revolution is upon us ... Discuss
Boko Haram continued their savage campaign of village raids in northern Nigeria, decapitating at least 23 people over the weekend. According to some reports, members of the radical Islamic group used chainsaws in the attack. Late Friday evening, when most people in the Buratai village were sleeping, Boko Haram militants stormed the area, burning homes and murdering people who were trying to escape. At least 32 people were also injured in the attack.
Recently, Boko Haram and ISIS formed an alliance, with the Boko Haram leader pledging his allegiance to the fellow radical Islamic group based in Syria and Iraq. Late last week, Human Rights Watch issued a report, saying that Boko Haram had killed at least 1,000 people in 2015 alone, as their campaign of abductions, village raids, mass murders and suicide bombings spreads to nearby countries. On Friday—a day before presidential elections in the country—the Nigerian military announced that it had captured Boko Haram’s headquarters in the town of Gwoza ... Discuss
A horrifying case is emerging from a San Francisco jail, where public defender Jeff Adachi says four police deputies forced prison inmates to fight "gladiator-style" and placed bets on who would win. Adachi says the deputies staged “outrageously sadistic scenarios that sound like they’re out of ‘Game of Thrones,'” promising hamburgers to the winner and says inmates were “threatened with Mace, handcuffed beatings, and transfers to dangerous housing quarters if they refused to fight.” Inmates were also threatened with tasering if they sought medical attention for any injuries sustained in the fights, the inmates say.
Deputy Scott Neu, one of the deputies accused of orchestrating the fights, allegedly told the inmates that "anything goes ...Just don’t punch the face so no one can basically see the marks. But anything goes, other than the face.” Neu had been previously accused of forcing inmates to perform sexual acts. That case was settled out of court. But new lawsuits allege that Neu forced inmates to gamble with their food, clean up human waste and vomit without protective gear.
All the deputies involved in the case are white—the inmates in question are not. Adachi says at least two bailiffs knew about the fights, but didn't say anything. Neu and others have been transferred to administrative roles, and the San Francisco County Sheriff's Office has asked the Department of Justice to oversee an investigation. Discuss
There has been a lot of information floating around about the unspeakably disturbing case of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors believe deliberately crashed Flight 4U9525, killing all on board. It's difficult to separate fact from speculation right now, but here's what is known. Lubitz had a psychiatric condition that he kept hidden from his employer. Several doctors' notes were recovered from Lubitz's home in Germany—including one that was shredded—but it remains to be seen what clues, if any, they'll reveal about the motives for his act of mass murder. In fact, Lubitz's psychiatric state had been evaluated by a German hospital twice in the past two months.
There has been no clear proof of any political or religious motivations for Lubitz (early reports that Lubitz may have converted to radical Islam are very dubious). Despite the natural human desire for some sort of clear narrative, this is one instance in which the evil and terror just may not fit into any neat box. Discuss