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Mr. Pokee the traveling hedgehog is taking the internet by storm

Meet Mr. Pokee, the self-proclaimed “world’s cutest adventurer.” He’s not your average social media pet, he’s a 3-year-old African pygmy hedgehog. Just scrolling through Pokee’s Instagram reveals all the fun places he gets to go, and let’s just say we are very jealous of this well-traveled, spikey little dude.

dailymail.co.uk
Family of young cancer survivor bombarded with abuse by Twitter trolls because they thanked Eric Trump for donating $16.3 million to the hospital that cured their little boy
Zach, from Memphis, was diagnosed with cancer aged four and years later is in remission after treatment at St Jude's Hospital, to which Eric Trump donated millions through his foundation.

A cancer-suffering boy’s family was bombarded with abuse after thanking Donald Trump’s son Eric for donating $16.3 million to his hospital.

Zach, from Memphis, was diagnosed with cancer aged four and years later is in remission after treatment at St Jude’s Hospital.

His aunt Sherrie Hopper discovered that Mr Trump donated millions to the hospital and thanked him on Twitter for helping save Zach’s life.

‘Eric Trump Thank you for your commitment to St Jude. This St Jude family is eternally grateful,’ she wrote on Twitter on June 27.

The next day, Mr Trump retweeted her post with a note detailing his foundation’s history of support for the pediatric hospital.

'St Jude is the best cause in the world! It has truly been one of the most important and meaningful missions of my life,’ he wrote.

Ms Hopper said she, Mr Trump, and even St Jude were immediately bombarded with angry messages and tweets.

Many accused her of making up Zach’s story to make the Trump family look good, or refused to believe Mr Trump donated the money.

One even accused her of being a 'Russian bot’ spreading misinformation and others alleged Mr Trump stole money from his foundation.

Ms Hopper made a video showing Zach to 'prove he was real’ and expressed her shock at the abuse she received just for thanking a donor.

'The hate that has come out is unreal,’ she said.

'Now you’re going to attack a charity? You’re going to attack a St. Jude family? Someone who went through hell for four years? Come on, now,’

'They have no boundaries, no conscience, they will just hide behind the keyboard and it’s just ok to be nasty and hateful to people.’

'Well, it’s not. We already went through hell, we don’t need you. We don’t need this.’

Mr Trump also commented on the abuse they received, adding 'sadly, nothing is off limits for some’.

Ms Hopper said the abuse continued for almost two weeks afterwards and she regretted starting it off by thanking Mr Trump.

'I don’t care what you say to me. The hospital should have been left out of the crazy replies. St. Jude should be Sacred. Why can’t people just be kind to one another?’ she said on Sunday.

Richard Shadyac Jr, president of St Jude’s fundraising organization, wrote a letter to Mr Trump in December 2016 thanking him for his support.

'We are expanding our lifesaving work and are working to push cure rates even higher in this country and around the world, while improving the lives of survivors by developing and advancing treatments that reduce side effects,’ he wrote.

'We are only able to do this because of the support provided by donors and supporters like you.’

Zach, now cancer-free, plans to run in a fundraiser race to collect donations to help other sick children at St Jude.

ibtimes.co.uk
Woman kills pregnant teen and raids her womb to pass off baby as her own
Aline Roberta Fagundes mixed tranquilisers in the victim's drink and removed the child by conducting a crude C-section.

“A Brazilian woman has been arrested for murdering an eight-month pregnant teenager and taking her baby from her womb, police said on Tuesday (5 December).

Aline Roberta Fagundes confessed that she lured the 18-year-old student Gabrielle Barcelos Silva to her house in the city of Uberlandia on the pretext of gifting her baby clothes.

Fagundes, 38, first mixed tranquilisers in her drink and then removed the child from the womb by conducting a crude C-section, the Mirror reported.

She then called the emergency services claiming that she had given birth to a baby girl on the street.

She also smeared Silva’s blood over herself to make it look like she had delivered the girl.

But the medical staff at the hospital that treated her and the baby became suspicious and called the police.

Fagundes admitted that she had committed the murder to gain access to Silva’s baby after she had a miscarriage earlier this year. Police said Fagundes’ partner had threatened to leave her after the miscarriage.

Meanwhile, Fagundes’ 14-year-old son had arrived home to find Silva’s body wrapped in a mattress and kept in the backyard. He also found blood stains inside the house and called the police.

The police were able to put the pieces of the ghastly crime together after the calls from the hospital and the boy.

Fagundes confessed that she had targeted Silva, who lived in the same neighbourhood, after she came to know that the teen was pregnant. She had googled the internet on how to perform a C-section and had cut the victim open with a stiletto knife.

She alleged that her partner knew about her plan and had helped her get rid of the body. The unnamed 34-year-old man was later arrested but he claimed innocence. Police are yet to confirm if the partner was involved in the crime in any way.

The baby is said to be stable and is undergoing special care after.

In a similar incident, a woman from New York has been jailed for a total of 40 years after killing an expectant mother in order to snatch the unborn child from her womb.

Ashleigh Wade was convicted of killing her childhood friend Angelikque Sutton in New York, on 20 November 2015. The child, named Jenasis, miraculously survived the ordeal.”

latimes.com
When wives beat their husbands, no one wants to believe it
Abused men have faced widespread biases from police, judges and social workers.
By Cathy Young

During the recent Trump administration domestic-abuse scandals, most of the attention has been focused on former staff secretary Rob Porter. Porter resigned after both his former wives publicly accused him of assault — with a photograph as corroboration, in one instance. But a second case involving speechwriter David Sorensen, who also quit over allegations of past spousal violence, is far more complicated: Sorensen asserts that in his first marriage, he was the abused spouse. His claim raises an important issue — one that, unfortunately, has been overshadowed by the moral train wreck of Donald Trump’s White House.

Sorensen’s ex-wife Jessica Corbett told the Washington Post she revealed her abuse to the FBI in 2017. She reiterated her accusations in a television interview. Yet Sorensen has at least some evidence on his side: A statement he posted after his resignation is accompanied by several cellphone photos from 2015 and 2016 of minor cuts, scrapes and bruises on his face, neck and chest. There is no proof these were inflicted by Corbett, but, assuming the dates on the photos were not doctored, the fact that Sorensen documented the injuries has some significance.

Sorensen’s posted records also include a screenshot of text messages in which Corbett says she was justified in slapping him in response to his name-calling, and of messages with a friend of Corbett’s who called her “high strung” and said she had admitted to slapping Sorenson. Corbett has confirmed that she “slapped Sorensen a number of times after he called her a vulgar term.”

But Sorensen asserts that there was more to it than slaps. He claims Corbett repeatedly hit and punched him, and that she once blocked his way and grabbed him by the crotch while trying to stop him from leaving the house. She also threatened to accuse him of violence when she did not get her way, he says.

Sorensen, quoted in the Post, calls the exposure of his marital troubles “an opportunity to highlight the grossly underreported and unacknowledged issue of female-on-male domestic violence.” Whatever the truth of his experience, Sorenson is correct about the issue itself.

Partner violence by women is one of the most contentious subjects in social science. The first large-scale study of domestic abuse, the 1975 National Family Violence Survey conducted by the late University of New Hampshire sociologist Murray Straus and his colleague Richard Gelles (now at the University of Pennsylvania), found that similar numbers of women and men admitted to assaulting a spouse or partner in the previous 12 months. The researchers were skeptical initially, assuming most female violence had to be in self-defense, though in many cases the wife was the self-reported sole perpetrator. Later surveys showed that in mutually violent relationships, women were as likely as men to be the aggressors. These findings have been confirmed in more than 200 studies.

Critics have challenged the methodology of much of this research because it focuses on couple conflict and omits post-separation attacks. Yet two major federally backed surveys using different methods — the 2000 National Violence Against Women Survey by the National Institute of Justice and the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey by the Centers for Disease Control — found that about 40% of those reporting serious assaults by current or former partners in the past year were men, and most of their attackers were women.

Female-on-male violence is often assumed to be harmless, given sex differences in size and strength. Yet women may use weapons — including knives, glass, boiling water and various household objects — while men may be held back from defending themselves by cultural taboos against harming woman. David Nevers, an Illinois man who went public about his experience as a battered husband 20 years ago, suffered serious, documented injuries — burns, cuts and a broken nose — despite being four inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than his then-wife.

Overall, studies find that female-on-male assaults account for 12% to 40% of injuries from domestic violence. Men also make up about 30% of intimate homicide victims, not counting confirmed cases of female self-defense. The 1998 killing of actor/comedian Phil Hartman by his wife, Brynn, who then committed suicide, is just one notable instance of a domestic murder in which the perpetrator with a history of violence was a woman.

Discussions of female-on-male abuse have been met with extreme hostility from feminist academics, activists and commentators. Scholars studying the subject have been attacked as apologists for misogyny. Battered women’s advocates tend to explain away female violence as almost entirely defensive, despite evidence to the contrary. One reason for this attitude is solidarity with women as victims; another is the dogmatic view that battering is an expression of patriarchal power.

Abused men have faced widespread biases from police, judges and social workers, who tend to assume that the man in a violent relationship is the aggressor and to trivialize assaults by women. Much of this prejudice stems from traditional sexism: Battered men violate stereotypical expectations about manliness. Yet feminists perpetuate such sexism when they deny the reality of male victims and female abusers. Equality should include recognizing women’s potential for abusive behavior.

Sorensen may well be an abused man with a compelling story. Of course, neither he nor Corbett should be considered guilty based on accusation alone. The claims on both sides should be fairly investigated — without political bias or sexist bias.

mirror.co.uk
Whistleblowers silenced for trying to expose UK's worst child sex abuse scandal
One schoolgirl fell pregnant six times in four years in Telford, Shropshire, where there were up to 1,000 grooming victims over 40 years - including at least three who were murdered
By Nick Sommerlad

Two whistleblowers were punished for trying to expose Britain’s worst child abuse scandal which affected up to 1,000 girls for 40 years, the Mirror can reveal today.

A Labour MP last night joined calls for a public inquiry after girls as young as 11 were lured from families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, continues today.

Three were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal.

As our case histories show, many were ignored after reporting rapes to police.

But, despite similar high-profile cases in Rochdale and Rotherham, authorities in Telford ­did nothing for years to stop the horrific abuse network exposed yesterday by The Sunday Mirror.

Hundreds of victims have been failed. Police even told one victim they had destroyed evidence of her rape claim after they tried to contact her.

A council-commissioned report told how social workers knew of the child sex crimes in the late 90s. And in 2016, whislteblowing police chaplain Keith Osmund-Smith was suspended after passing papers to the Mirror.

We asked police what was done about allegations of abuse in the 150-page report and they said they had not been ­properly logged.

A second whistleblower employed by Axis Counselling – a charity helping sex abuse victims – was forced to leave her post after speaking out.

Notes of her disciplinary meeting show officials admitted she had done nothing wrong but feared funding from authorities would be cut if she kept expressing views about the lack of action over the scandal by the council and police.

The majority of Axis Counselling’s funding comes from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion – who has opposed calls from an MP and the Sunday Mirror for a Rotherham-style inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford.

In September 2016, Tory MP for Telford, Lucy Allan, called for an inquiry after an abuse victim told her that many of the worst offenders had not been ­prosecuted and still lived in the area.

The same month, Tory Campion and nine others on the Labour-run council wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, saying the inquiry was not necessary.

The whistleblowers’ concerns came on top of complaints from victims who were ignored or treated like criminals.

Becky Watson, 13, died in a car crash described as a “prank”. But she had suffered two years of abuse by an Asian grooming gang.

Her mum Torron Watson said she repeatedly told police Becky was being abused and named suspects.

But, she said: “Girls like Becky were treated like criminals.”


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Florida survivors defy clear backpack rule
The measures were introduced after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in February.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, adorned their bags with signs, badges and slogans protesting against the measures.

Seventeen people were killed in the shooting on 14 February.

The attack led to an extensive social media campaign, culminating in a national march for tighter gun control.

But students have argued that the new bags will not prevent future attacks and infringe their privacy.

The rules about the clear rucksacks, which were provided free to students, came into effect on Monday as classes resumed after the spring break. Other security measures announced last month include mandatory new ID badges for students, with plans also in place for airport-style metal detectors.

A number of security breaches were reported in the weeks following the killings.  The gunman’s brother was charged with trespassing on the school grounds and three students were arrested - two for carrying weapons and one for making threats on social media.

Students have raised a number of doubts about the transparent backpacks.


So they care more about privacy than safety?????