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Louisville, KY, United States

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Past articles by Brett:

Birthday cakes that were more scary than celebratory

Decorated cakes usually mark a celebration of a milestone - a birthday, anniversary or graduation - and are designed to be happy, fun and memorable. Social media doesn't let some bakers forget their most off-the-mark attempts, when lovable cartoon characters turned into horror villains and pop stars become something out of a Steven King novel. Many of the efforts are from home bakers, but even… → Read More

Tennessee gas station pushes back at comedian Kathy Griffin

The store, notorious for provocative signs and slogans, drew the attention of Shell Oil, whose gas was sold at the pumps. The Tennessean reported that Shell de-branded the outlet, meaning the Lewis Country Store can no longer advertise or sell the oil giant's gas or products. The store's Facebook page features pictures of Trump, pro-Trump slogans and even a few questionable memes. [...] it's one… → Read More

VP Mike Pence will visit NASA, but Twitter is having none of it

Vice President Mike Pence's scheduled visit to NASA in Houston on June 7 drew a pro-science response from Twitter, which was having none of the climate change-denying politician's move.. Whenever a politician travels anywhere high profile, political motives are suspected. Pence, a Republican, has been an outspoken opponent of scientific findings on climate change and has questioned the deadly… → Read More

Lost toddler found in Mexico, believed to be American

After a frightening discovery, Texas police officers are trying to identify a small boy found alone in Juarez, Mexico, who they believe is an American citizen. The El Paso Police Department is looking to determine the boys full identity and his citizenship status. The child is described as Hispanic, 3'tall, weighing 40 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes, and a birthmark above the left… → Read More

Birds nests and power line workers are making for a bad combination

Birds nests and power line workers are making for a bad combination. [...] the popular pet has taken a liking to the tops of Austin Energy poles, making life difficult for the birds, utility workers and conservationists. Travis Audubon Society member Jordan Price called the treatment of the Monk Parakeets, a popular pet not native to Texas, cruel and said other cities, including Dallas, have… → Read More

20 years later, still no sign of girl who vanished

Prasek, who was 12 when she disappeared the week before Christmas in 1997, apparently never showed up at Knox Middle School in The Woodlands and hasn't been seen since her mom left home that day at 7:30 a.m. SHOOTING RAMPAGE: 8 killed, one arrested after killing spree in Mississippi Anyone with information may contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office or the Center for Missing and Exploited… → Read More

When world leaders went for a stroll, Donald Trump hitched a ride

[...] as other world leaders at the G7 conference in Italy this past week took a stroll through the streets of Taormina, Sicilly on Saturday, Trump hitched a ride on a golf cart. [...] again, Trump also campaigned as the "healthiest president ever," so a short walk through the beautiful streets of Sicily shouldn't have been a problem, right? Scroll through the gallery above to see how Twitter… → Read More

Where's Obama? 5-year-old Texan's question goes viral

A 5-year-old girl from Texas can't get her mind around Donald Trump as president and wants to know where Barack Obama is. From the front seat, Taylor's mom explains that the president can only serve for two terms. The girl's mother starts to explain that more people actually voted for Clinton - by about three million votes - before stopping short of describing how the Electoral College works.… → Read More

A senator who hates Ted Cruz more than life itself

The former Saturday Night Live writer doesn't try to even soften his feelings about Cruz in a chapter called Sophistry, one of those words you see only in college and means to use fallacious arguments, typically with the intention to deceive. Oh, and that chapter is dedicated strictly to Cruz, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Franken is a frequent Cruz… → Read More

Small wall: Trump's budget request would build fragments of barrier

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised a "big, beautiful wall" between the U.S. and Mexico and that our southern neighbors would foot the bill. The Dallas Morning News reported that the $1.6 billion Trump is seeking for a border wall in his budget proposal would build about 60 miles of new barrier in Texas along with 14 miles of replacement fencing near San Diego. Congress turned up its… → Read More

A 'Dr. Frankenstein' patents way to identify cartel killing remains

A Juarez doctor known as "Dr. Frankenstein" has patented a way to identify long-buried bodies left by the drug cartels in Mexico. → Read More

Texas judge on leave after questions arise about her citizenship

A Texas judge is on leave while she sorts out the issue of her citizenship. → Read More

President Rock? Don't discount the idea

With talk of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson running for president in 2020, an all-celebrity death match for the White House could take shape. → Read More

In Texas, even possession of a sex toy is regulated

There are some laws you just have to wonder who they were meant to apply to. → Read More

Police: Officer may have offered to exchange ticket fixes for nude photos

Baytown Police are conducting an internal investigation into the officer. → Read More

Could Donald Trump have prevented the Civil War? The public doesn't think so

A poll shows that Donald Trump's supporters think he can do many things, including prevent a war. The rest of America isn't so enthused. → Read More

Crane accident during Houston Apple store construction leads to multi-million verdict for workers

A crane accident during construction of an Apple store in Houston resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict. → Read More

Aryan Brotherhood members plead guilty to turning on their own

Members of the notorious Texas prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood aren't known for being talkative about each other's deeds. → Read More

Jim Parsons, partner make Big Bang while in New York

Houston's own Jim Parsons and his long-time partner, Todd Spiewak, made a Big Bang in New York on Saturday night. → Read More

At this church, loving thy neighbor may have been taken literally

Officials in Tennessee say a swingers club throwing sex parties - run by a family - posed as a church. → Read More