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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Food, dining & restaurants, Politics, Nightlife, clubbing, Travel



$4.9M settlement in Kelly Thomas police beating death

Fullerton - The city of Fullerton, California has agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle a civil wrongful death case stemming from the July 2011 police beating death of a mentally ill homeless man.

'White supremacists' shoot 5 Black Lives Matter protesters in MN

Minneapolis - Minneapolis police said Tuesday that three men have been arrested in connection with an apparently racially motivated shooting that left five members of the Black Lives Matter movement hospitalized on Monday night.

Video: Chicago police 'execute' teen; officer charged with murder

Chicago - Chicago police have released 2014 dashcam video footage showing an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times—including at least twice in the back—and the officer who fired the fatal shots has been charged with first-degree murder.

Anne Frank was a refugee who was denied asylum in U.S.

As the horrors of Hitler's Holocaust unfolded, growing in scope and severity, the United States and other nations failed to take action to save Jews, sending boatloads of Jewish refugees back to their almost certain deaths.

FAA Task Force recommends registration for drones over 9 ounces

A Federal Aviation Administration task force has recommended requiring owners of all drones larger than 9 oz. (250 grams) to register with the government, a move that could affect hundreds of thousands of US drone hobbyists.

Conservative columnist: 'Bomb Mecca off the face of the earth'

One of the most popular right wing websites in the United States has published an article calling for the destruction of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, to show that "our God is more powerful" than "their puny deity."

Republican lawmaker wants concentration camps for Syrian refugees

Providence - A Republican state lawmaker in Rhode Island said Islam is a religion of "murder and rape" and called for the internment of Syrian refugees in what would effectively be concentration camps.

Mayor says Japanese internment camps justify refugee rejection

Roanoke - Roanoke, Virginia Mayor David Bowers has raised eyebrows and ire by citing the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II as justification for rejecting Syrian refugees.

Trump won't rule out gov't database, IDs, for Muslims

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said that if elected he would "certainly implement" a government database of all American Muslims, and that he is open to the idea of requiring them to carry Muslim-only identification cards.

Five people, including US teen, killed in Palestinian stabbings

Tel Aviv - An American teenager was among five people killed on Thursday in Palestinian shooting stabbing, and vehicular attacks in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Remembering the Haditha massacre 10 years later

On November 19, 2005, 24 Iraqi men, women and children, from an infant to elderly grandparents, were killed in cold blood by US Marines in Haditha. Eight Marines faced charges in connection with the murders; none of them ever spent a minute behind bars.

Israel approves 454 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday the approval of the marketing of land for the construction of 454 new Jewish settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Netanyahu over Gaza flotilla raid

Madrid - A Spanish judge has issued an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and numerous other current and former government officials for their roles in the deadly 2010 military raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters.

Scalia: 'We protect gay people, so why not child molesters?'

Washington - Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has raised eyebrows and ire by comparing gays to child molesters in a lecture to Georgetown University law students.

Brutal Bay Area police beating caught on video

San Francisco - Two Alameda County Sheriff's deputies have been placed on leave following the posting of a YouTube video allegedly showing them brutally beating a suspected car thief in San Francisco last Thursday.

Wave of apparent Islamist attacks kill at least 128 in Paris

Paris - A wave of what appear to be coordinated shootings and bombings has left at least 128 people dead in Paris on Friday night.

E.U. 'settlement product' labeling requirement enrages Israel

Brussels - The European Union has issued new guidelines requiring the labeling of many products made in unlawful Israeli settlements in the illegally-occupied Palestinian territories.

Give your loved ones and yourself a holiday gift with Reveli Commissioned

It’s that time of year again. Holiday shopping season is upon us, and once again, millions of Americans will reach into their wallets for their credit cards.

Fight for 15: Low-wage workers stage day of action across America

Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers took to the streets of nearly 300 cities and towns across America on Tuesday to call for a $15 hourly minimum wage and greater collective bargaining rights.

Supreme Court makes it harder to sue police who use deadly force

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Texas state trooper who was sued after he shot and killed a fleeing suspect during a high speed chase, a decision that will make it more difficult to sue police who use deadly force during pursuits.
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