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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The Robert Morris programme serves to demonstrate the increasing esteem in which competitive gaming, or “eSports”, is held

Nerds are the new jocks: US university offers athletics scholarships to skilled video game players

The private college in Chicago wants to attract competitive, tech-savvy but non-sporty students and has received hundreds of inquiries

Postcard from... Los Angeles

The low skies of Los Angeles are latticed with power lines. They criss-cross every intersection, weighing down telegraph poles with far more miles of wire than in any British city. But I’ve rarely found an incentive to look up. Until recently, when I began to notice an odd sight while my car idled at red lights: all over town, there were stuffed toys hanging from the lines, as if a lynch mob had been trawling LA for teddy-bear victims.

Lucas with two stormtroopers

Lightsabers at dawn in battle for Star Wars museum

Three cities are fighting to host George Lucas’s collection of art and franchise memorabilia

Gang bust: A red-hooded Crip is led away during last week’s raids

Gang dragnet sweeps up 72 of LA's hard-core Crips

For more than two decades, a street gang known as the Five Deuce Broadway Gangster Crips has terrorised the territory it calls its own in South Central Los Angeles, while profiting from the sale of drugs to vulnerable, homeless addicts in the city’s blighted Skid Row district. But this week, 50 suspected members – almost one third of the entire gang – found themselves behind bars following a major bust by the FBI and LAPD.

American Apparel fires Dov Charney: Founder let go after ‘misconduct’ inquiry

Board votes unanimously to remove him and says company is ‘larger than any one individual’

Postcard from... Los Angeles

When the first goal hit the back of the net, the crowd in the bar went wild. When the equaliser came there was a collective, resigned sigh. Their team is not expected to progress far in this World Cup but, all the same, they dare to dream. No, not the United States, but South Korea – some of whose supporters I joined on Tuesday in a bar near Wilshire Boulevard at the heart of LA’s Koreatown.

Demonstrators protest in the streets following the federal government's approval of the Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada’s pipeline through paradise: Concerns about an oil spill drive huge opposition against planned exports to China

First Nations, environmentalists and political rivals are arraying against Prime Minister Stephen Harper – but he insists the $7bn project is necessary for national security

Marcus Wellons will be the first inmate put to death in the US since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April

Death penalty returns to the US following April's botched lethal injection

Georgia has become the first state to recommence executing death row inmates since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April fanned the flames of the death penalty debate in the US. Convicted murderer Marcus Wellons was this week denied a final plea for clemency by the state’s parole board. Wellons, 59, was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 1989 rape and murder of his 15-year-old neighbour, India Roberts, in Atlanta.

Barack Obama has compared action to cut carbon emissions to the space race

Obama challenges global warming sceptics

US President Barack Obama has criticised climate change deniers in Congress while challenging young people to change the “status quo” on global warming, during an address on Saturday to the graduating class of the University of California, Irvine.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago sports the businessman’s new 20ft-high sign

It’s magnificent: Donald Trump defends ‘tasteless’ 20ft Chicago sign

Donald Trump said he had received tweets and letters in support of his huge new sign

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