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James Varney

James Varney

James Varney is a national correspondent for The Washington Times. A graduate of Wesleyan and the Columbia Journalism School, he spent decades with The Times-Picayune, including a 5-year stint as the paper's Latin America correspondent and two embedded tours with the Army and the Marines in Iraq in 2003. He was a member of the New Orleans-based reporting team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Hurricane Katrina coverage in 2006. In sports, he covered both LSU's national championship in 2007 and the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He can be reached at jvarney@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by James Varney

In this Friday, June 5, 2020, photo, protesters fill the streets around Jackson Square in the French Quarter in New Orleans, to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd who died after he was restrained by Minneapolis police on May 25 and broader issues of police brutality. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

New Orleans cop busted for deeming protesters 'animals'

One day after a person was shot near a rally downtown, a New Orleans detective has been stripped of his badge for alleged social media posts labeling protestors "animals" and saying he would run over them with his car or shoot them. Published June 13, 2020

Hip-hop artist and activist Raz Simone (right) has emerged as a leading figure of Black Lives Matter in the self-declared "Capitol Hll Autonomous Zone" in Seattle. (Associated Press)

Polarizing hip-hop artist rises in Seattle's rogue Capitol Hill neighborhood

In a battle for control of six blocks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood that has caught the attention of even President Trump, hip-hop artist Raz Simone has emerged as a leading figure of Black Lives Matter and radical leftist activists who say they are now in charge in the enclave. Published June 11, 2020

FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, Texas hairstylist Shelley Luther hugs barber Karl Manke as she speaks during a news conference outside of Karl Manke's Barber and Beauty in Owosso, Mich. His license was suspended last week by Michigan regulators for cutting hair in his shop. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Michigan barber wins reopen case at state Supreme Court

The Michigan state supreme court sided with a 77-year-old barber Friday night, ruling his shop could open despite prolonged shutdowns of wide swaths of the economy ordered by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitner. Published June 5, 2020

Barber Karl Manke clips people's hair at the top of the Michigan state capitol steps in Lansing last month. Mr. Manke is taking his lawsuit to continue to cut hair during the pandemic to the state Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

Barber takes pandemic haircut lawsuit to Michigan Supreme Court

A now-famous Michigan barber is taking his case to cut hair during the coronavirus pandemic to the state Supreme Court, as the Justice Department weighs in on the side of other businesses suing against the strict COVID-19 lockdowns there. Published June 3, 2020

Graffiti is show on the damaged base of a Confederate memorial that was removed overnight in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The city took down the more than 50-foot-tall obelisk following protests over the police death of George Floyd and a night of vandalism in the city. Demonstrators used rocks, hammers and paint to deface the monument. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Police sergeant killed, Confederate monuments down as protests spread in Alabama

As protests across Alabama continued this week, one law enforcement official was killed and the state's attorney general has filed suit against the city of Birmingham after vandals there apparently followed the advice of a university professor and went after a Confederate monument that the city then removed. Published June 3, 2020