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Brett Wilkins

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



Choctaw activist jailed over fine found dead in Mississippi cell

Philadelphia - A Native American activist jailed in Mississippi for failure to pay a minor traffic citation was found dead in his cell earlier this month.

Mike Huckabee: Obama 'marching Israel to door of the oven'

Trailing far behind leading GOP rivals in every national poll, former Arkansas governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has invoked genocidal Holocaust imagery to criticize President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Buhari to U.S. leaders: No room for gay rights in Nigeria

Washington - Visiting Washington, DC, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari bluntly slapped down American leaders' calls to improve his country's LGBT rights record.

Matthew Fields kills wife, 2 boys, self, in Georgia mass shooting

Suwanee - A suburban Atlanta man reportedly having relationship problems shot and killed his wife and two young sons before turning the gun on himself and ending his own life on Wednesday.

'Blood Lions' exposes South Africa's canned hunting industry

A new documentary sheds light on the highly controversial but perfectly legal practice of commercially breeding lions for 'canned hunts' in South Africa.

Troy Goode, Memphis man 'hogtied' by Mississippi police, dies

Southaven - A Tennessee father of an infant son has died after being 'hogtied' in police custody after leaving a concert in Mississippi with his wife.

Hayward police officer Scott Lunger shot dead; suspect in custody

Hayward - A Hayward, California police officer was shot dead during a routine traffic stop early Wednesday morning, and the alleged gunman has been apprehended.

Unarmed man Samuel Dubose shot dead by Univ. of Cincinnati cop

Cincinnati - An unarmed black motorist pulled over for a missing license plate was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police officer on Sunday night, leaving his grieving loved ones looking for answers.

More U.S. children living in poverty now than during recession

One out of every five children in the United States lives in poverty, and more children are poor today than during the Great Recession, according to a newly-released report.

Trial of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré opens in Senegal

Dakar - Hissène Habré, the former dictator of Chad, is now on trial in Senegal for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture committed during his brutal, US- and French-supported rule.

Israeli researchers: Marijuana can heal broken bones

According to a study conducted by researchers at two of Israel's leading universities, marijuana can help broken bones heal faster, giving a whole new meaning to "joint relief."

'Mistaken identity' teen Darrius Stewart killed by Memphis police

Memphis - A Memphis, Tennessee police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager late Friday night after an arrest the victim's mother called a case of mistaken identity.

Photo of black officer helping white supremacist goes viral

Columbia - A photo of a black police officer helping a frail old white supremacist in a Nazi t-shirt at a Ku Klux Klan rally in South Carolina has gone viral.

#BlackLivesMatter activist dies in Texas jail after traffic stop

A young black Chicagoland woman pulled over by police for failing to signal a lane change died Monday in a Texas jail overseen by a sheriff fired from his previous job for racism.

South African Christian 'prophet' makes followers eat live snakes

Pretoria - The leader of a controversial South African church who previously made headlines by commanding his followers to drink gasoline and eat human hair is now ordering his flock to eat live snakes.

5,000 nude prostitutes to protest gays during Obama's Kenya visit

Nairobi - An obscure Kenyan political party is planning an eye-opening anti-gay protest during an upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama.

U.S. psychologists' torture support was literally by the book

The recent revelation that prominent American psychologists acted as architects and supporters of US military and Central Intelligence Agency torture programs has shocked many mental health professionals and observers.

Miami police officer under investigation for porn star past

Miami - A Miami police officer is under investigation for her former work in the adult entertainment industry, a career which included starring in pornographic films with a convicted rapist.

Obama pardons dozens of nonviolent federal inmates

Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 individuals imprisoned in federal lockups for nonviolent drug offenses, part of his administration's efforts to address the mass incarceration of mostly poor, mostly minority Americans.

Op-Ed: Remembering the Confederate flag, or, my first KKK rally

Barnegat - I grew up in the South. South Jersey, that is; but South Jersey in the 1970s was sometimes indistinguishable from below the Mason-Dixon line.
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