Brian Thomas

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The fake Facebook profile I could not get removed

I’ll never know why the kids did it, but there it was: Sleazy, horrifying, and I was powerless to get it taken down<p>Susan Arnout Smith<p>February 2, 2011 1:39am (UTC)<p>I've been a writer a long time, but chances are, you don't know my name.<p>I've written thrillers, been an essayist for NPR, won the Stanley …

The Secret Story of How the NSA Began

Congress was surprised to find that a federal intelligence agency they'd scarcely heard of was bigger and more powerful than one that they'd created.<p>In 1982, James Bamford published <i>The Puzzle Palace</i>, an unprecedented journalistic look at the National Security Agency. This is an opportune moment to …

Can the Elite MegaTower Save the City? - IGN Plays SimCity - IGN Video

Will property values rise or will the mayor crumble when a pristine MegaTower comes to Audrey Dracres?

Mexican teenage assassin to soon live freely in Texas

MEXICO CITY — He admitted being a salaried killer for a drug cartel, the kind of assassin who preferred slashing his victims' throats.<p>On Tuesday, after serving three years behind bars, he was released from a Mexican detention center and was on his way to the United States — where he would soon live …

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Colorado school board member recommends “castration” for transgender kids

<b>Delta County School Board Member Katherine Svenson (YouTube)</b><p>“There would have to be castration” in order to pass a transgender students’ rights law, the board member said<p>Katie McDonough<p>November 26, 2013 11:20pm (UTC)<p>A Colorado school board member for the Delta County school district argued during …

'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

There are a few variations, but this is generally how "the knockout game" works: A teenager, or a bunch of teenagers, bored and looking for something to get into, spies some unsuspecting mark on the street. They size up the person, then walk up close to their target and — BLAM — punch him or her as …

CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan 'unmasked' by Imran Khan's party

The political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan claims to have blown the cover of the CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan as part of an increasingly high-stakes campaign against US drone strikes.<p>The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party named a man it claimed was head of the CIA …

Walmart To Put 1 Million-Plus People To Work On Thanksgiving

More than 1 million people will be spending part of Thanksgiving Day at Walmart -- and they won’t be looking for deals.<p>The company estimates that more than 1 million associates will staff Walmarts around the country during Thanksgiving, according to an email sent to reporters Wednesday. That’s …

Yale University Professor Found Dead In Jail

Samuel See had been taken to a detention facility over the weekend after being arrested following a domestic dispute with his partner. See had been treated at a local hospital for a cut above his eye, according to the Associated Press.<p>Both See and his partner had mutual protective orders against …

Colorado lawmaker resigns in face of recall over gun control vote

<b>Evie Hudak (AP/Ed Andrieski)</b><p>Colorado state Sen. Evie Hudak is the third lawmaker to face a recall after a controversial gun control vote<p>Elias Isquith<p>November 27, 2013 7:07pm (UTC)<p>Rather than possibly lose a recall vote, and thus tip the balance of the state Senate from Democratic to Republican …