Tim Walker

Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.

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Postcard from... Ottawa

Food trucks fill three whole city blocks in Ottawa at a festival to celebrate a single local speciality. In the UK we would call it what it is: chips, cheese and gravy. But in bilingual Canada this fast-food favourite has a French name: Poutine.

Security is seen outside The Theatre at Ace Hotel before the premiere of the film “The Interview” in Los Angeles, California

Sony hackers invoke September 11 attacks in warning to 'The Interview' moviegoers

The group warned that people should stay away from places where 'The Interview' will be shown

The main cell block at Alcatraz which was closed permanently in 1963

How Alcatraz escapees got stuck between the Rock and a hard place

Historic tidal patterns suggests raft used in infamous 1962 prison break never made land

Grim second life of the 'breastaurant': The oft-loathed sector is booming in the States thanks to Hooters, Twin Peaks and Tilted Kilt

The last time Hooters made the news in Britain was when it shut up shop in Cardiff after a barrage of protest and disinterest. But in the States, the 'breastaurant' sector is expanding. So what gives?

Barack Obama's first date with wife Michelle to be turned into a film

Needless to say, the President's day out with his future First Lady, perusing the cultural sites of Chicago, was a success. They married in 1992

A member of the clergy is part of the protest outside Ferguson police station

A post-racial society? What does it really mean to be black in America in 2014?

When the US elected its first black president six years ago many liberals hailed Barack Obama’s entry to the White House as the beginning of a post-racial society. However, Tim Walker discovers that little has changed

Chimpanzee Tommy at his home in Gloversville, New York

Lawyer for Chimpanzee loses appeal claiming animal deserved basic 'human rights'

Lawyer claimed Tommy, a 40ish year-old chimp, was so similar to humans that he and his species deserved basic human rights.

Thousands of protesters gathered in Times Square to demand justice over the death of Eric Garner, following the news that the police officer who restrained him will not be charged

Eric Garner 'chokehold' death: History repeats itself as another grand jury decides not to indict police officer involved in killing of unarmed black man

In July, Eric Garner died in New York after a police officer restrained him in a chokehold. The whole incident was filmed. But, like in the similar case in Ferguson, Missouri, the officer won’t be charged

Attorney Gloria Allred (second from left) with alleged victims of Bill Cosby; 'Chelan', Beth Ferrie and Helen Hayes

Bill Cosby allegations: Lawyer representing three women claiming sexual assault says she has 'lost count' of number of alleged victims

Three women retold their stories of alleged sexual assault at a press conference

Scott Panetti gunned down his parents-in-law 15 years ago

Scott Panetti: US appeals court grants stay of execution for mentally ill death row inmate

Mr Panetti was first diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic by army doctors in 1978

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