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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



Activists stage #TackleHomelessness protest at SF Super Bowl City Special

San Francisco - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered just outside San Francisco's glitzy Super Bowl City on Wednesday to protest the forced relocation of homeless residents ahead of the nation's most popular sporting event.

Obama wants more girls, kids of color to learn computer science

Washington - Citing a Benjamin Franklin quote asserting that "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest," President Barack Obama on Saturday launched an initiative to get more children—especially girls and minorities—to learn computer science.

Ex-Guatemalan army officers face civil war sex slavery charges

Two former Guatemalan army officers who served under the US-backed military dictatorship that committed genocide against Mayan peasants during a 36-year civil war will be tried for crimes against humanity, including rape and sexual enslavement.

Is San Francisco pushing aside the homeless for the Super Bowl? Special

San Francisco - As the Bay Area rolls out the welcome mat for Super Bowl 50, many of San Francisco's homeless residents are feeling anything but welcome in their own city as they claim officials are pushing them aside to keep them hidden during the big event.

Planned Parenthood cleared, activists indicted over videos

Houston - In a surprise twist, a Texas grand jury has cleared Planned Parenthood of misconduct related to the alleged sale of fetal body parts and has instead indicted the activists who recorded the undercover videos that prompted the investigation.

Op-Ed: It's November 2016. Bernie Sanders just won. Now what? [Part 2]

Being elected president means never having to live up to all, or even most, of your campaign promises. Being elected the first socialist president means facing unprecedented challenges that could make breaking plenty of those promises all but inevitable.

Op-Ed: Sanders surges on strength of anti-corporate message [Part 1]

Why has Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who was relatively unknown just a few months ago, won over so many progressive voters, seriously threatening Hillary Clinton just as another relatively unknown liberal senator did back in 2008?

U.S. ambassador blasts 'legal double standard' in Palestine

Tel Aviv - The US ambassador to Israel has sparked outrage and recrimination in the Jewish state after accusing its officials of having two standards of law and justice—one for Jews, the other for Palestinians—in the occupied West Bank.

United Methodist Church bans investment in 5 Israeli banks

The pension board of one of the largest Christian sects in the United States has blocked investment in five Israeli banks that "sustain illegal occupation of Palestinian lands."

European court: Private messages at work can be read by employers

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that employers may view workers' email and instant messages sent during business hours.

Dr. David Newman accused of ejaculating on drugged patient's face

New York City - A doctor at a prominent New York City hospital is under investigation after a patient alleged he masturbated and ejaculated on her face while she was sedated on morphine.

Lawyer: 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir in Germany

Regensberg - More than 200 children were allegedly beaten, starved and sexually abused over a period of four decades at a German boys' choir run by the brother of former pope Benedict XVI.

Police fatally shoot 12-year-old girl during Penn. eviction

Duncannon - A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl was fatally shot by police after her father allegedly pointed a rifle at officers during a Monday morning eviction.

White House asks Silicon Valley for help fighting Islamic State

San Jose - Senior Obama administration officials met with leading Silicon Valley executives and asked for their help combating Islamic State recruitment and propaganda efforts on social media sites.

India: Children rescued from alleged torture at Christian shelter

Meerut - The owner of a shelter for underprivileged children in Greater Noida, India has been arrested and accused of the torture and forced Christianization of minors in his care.

Texas: Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland indicted for perjury

Hempstead - The Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black Lives Matter activist who was later found dead in a jail cell, has surrendered to police after being indicted for perjury.

Maine Gov. LePage: Drug dealers 'impregnate young, white girls'

Bridgton - Maine Governor Paul LePage raised eyebrows and ire on Wednesday night when he said that New York drug dealers with names like "D-Money" often "impregnate a young white girl" while in the state selling heroin.

Paiute Indian leader to Oregon militia: 'This is still our land'

Burns - Paiute Indian leaders and tribal members have condemned the armed militia occupation of Oregon land which they have called home for thousands of years.

Marco Rubio calls for sanctions against Venezuela's Maduro

Washington - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday accused Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of "undermining democracy" and called for sanctions against those in his regime who are "suffocating democracy."

Op-Ed: As gun debate heats up, social media fans flames of fanaticism

San Francisco - As President Barack Obama announced unilateral executive action to curb what he and many observers call an "epidemic of gun violence," social media users on both sides of the gun control debate continued to ratchet up their polarized rhetoric.
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