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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Patient Sara Romano, right, selects some medical marijuana at the Berkeley Patients Group clinic in California

Marijuana legalisation: 'Free weed for the poor' decree by Berkeley council

Californian college town orders medical marijuana to be given to patients on low income

Sam talking to reporters afterwards about the coming season with Dallas

American Football: Michael Sam - the Gay Dallas Cowboy who Christians don't want to play

Talk of Michael Sam, the NFL's only 'out' player, dominates the new season
Empty airline seats

Ban reclining seats on flights? I'm leaning that way...

When that seat lurches back, an old lady knitting is suddenly no sweeter than white van man
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (third left)

Bob McDonnell found guilty: Former Virginia governor and his wife convicted on corruption charges

Sentencing for the couple has been set for 6 January 2015

Anonymous users of 4Chan posted what they claimed to be intimate images of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence

FBI investigates 4Chan for posting hacked nude celebrity photos

For years, its infamous “random” message board has featured a stream of graphic images of sex and violence, but it has taken the posting of private photographs allegedly purloined from around 100 celebrities to put 4Chan under the legal spotlight.

Actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyongío Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyongío and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama

Matthew McConaughey and his son Levi at the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Matthew McConaughey signs advertising deal with Lincoln Motor Company and joins host of A-list actors selling cars

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ star is continuing a recent Hollywood tradition

The South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller

California students arrested over plot to massacre staff and classmates at Pasadena high school

The boys, aged 16 and 17, planned to acquire and use automatic weapons, knives, bulletproof vests and explosives

James Foley's car was stopped by armed men in Syria's Idlib province. Rebels searched for him without success

'An extraordinary son, journalist and person': James Wright Foley's mother pays tribute

Diane Foley implores Isis militants 'to spare lives of innocent hostages'

James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer

Isis jihadist group says it will execute second journalist and warns US President second journalist could be executed

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam