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How this Grand Theft Auto stream is highlighting US gun crime

How this Grand Theft Auto stream is highlighting US gun crime

Technology
We hear a lot about how video games are to blame for violence, but how about a video game project that highlights violent gun crime in American society?That's what Professor Joseph DeLappe is trying to achieve with his Grand Theft Auto livestream, Elegy.Elegy is a "hacked" version of Grand Theft Auto 5 which you can find on games streaming platform, Twitch.In it, non-playable characters (NPCs) do nothing but shoot each other dead.But there's more to the action on screen than senseless violence. The stream is connected to American gun crime deaths from 2018. Every NPC killed in the stream represents one US citizen who has died this year in a shooting incident.The stream resets at midnight and the ...
EastEnders special to air real stories of knife crime

EastEnders special to air real stories of knife crime

Entertainment
EastEnders is to broadcast an episode featuring accounts from relatives of real-life victims of knife crime.It's part of the soap's ongoing knife crime storyline, which saw character Shakil Kazemi stabbed and killed by a gang in an episode in May.The true stories will be incorporated into an episode next month centring around the funeral of Shakil.The accounts will be told by the relatives themselves in what is a first for the soap. The soap's knife crime story line was written to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of former star Brooke Kinsella's brother.EastEnders executive consultant John Yorke said the need to include the real-life stories became apparent when the show's researchers spoke to the families about the challen...
Man fined for hate crime after filming pug's 'Nazi salutes'

Man fined for hate crime after filming pug's 'Nazi salutes'

Technology
A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined £800.Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as "Sieg Heil" by raising its paw.The clip was viewed more than three million times on YouTube.Meechan, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, was sentenced at Airdrie Sheriff Court after being found guilty of committing a hate crime last month.He had denied any wrong-doing and insisted he made the video, which was posted in April 2016, to annoy his girlfriend.But Sheriff Derek O'Carroll found him guilty of a charge under the Communications Act that he posted a video on social media and YouTube which was grossly offensive because it was "anti-Semitic and racist in nature" and was aggravated by religious pr
Millionaire cough scandal: 'The most British crime of all time'

Millionaire cough scandal: 'The most British crime of all time'

Entertainment
James Graham's latest play, Quiz, tells the story of what the playwright describes as the "most British crime of all time" - the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal of 2001.Charles Ingram, a former British Army major, was accused of cheating his way to the jackpot on the ITV show by conspiring with his wife, Diana, and another contestant, who would apparently cough when the correct answer was mentioned.Ingram maintained his innocence throughout his court trial. Now, West End audiences are (literally) being asked to decide for themselves whether or not he was guilty - by voting via a keypad at the end of both the first and second half."I think quizzes and game shows are fascinating, they're a very British obsession and I love that," Graham tells BBC News."But I think the story ab...
Brooke Kinsella helps EastEnders with knife crime story

Brooke Kinsella helps EastEnders with knife crime story

Entertainment
Former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella is to work with the soap on a storyline about knife crime, 10 years after her brother was stabbed to death.Ben Kinsella was killed by three youths on a London street in 2008.The new plot will see Shakil, played by Shaheen Jafargholi, and Keegan, played by Zack Morris, attacked."I commend the EastEnders team for choosing this storyline to portray the realities of knife crime," said Brooke, who played Kelly Taylor from 2001-2004.A spokesman for the show said viewers would see the "wide reaching ramifications of knife crime... as everyone attempts to comprehend the gravity of what has happened on their doorstep".Kinsella started the Ben Kinsella Trust to educate young people on the dangers of carrying knives after her brother was fatally stabbed."It i...