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Ken Shepherd

Ken Shepherd was a digital writer covering entertainment and social-media news developments for The Washington Times.

Articles by Ken Shepherd

Screen capture from the website for Rita's Italian Ice, taken March 17, 2020. The chain announced on March 16 that it was postponing its previously scheduled March 19 Italian-ice giveaway. (

Rita’s Italian Ice giveaway postponed due to coronavirus

Rita's Italian Ice announced Monday that it is postponing its annual first day of spring giveaway promotion "as a precautionary move" for the health of its customers. Locations themselves, however, remain open. Published March 17, 2020

In this file photo, the Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks to reporters on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 about a conference in Louisville, Ky. Rev. Mohler is among a number of Southern Baptist seminary presidents to release a joint statement on Nov. 30, 2020, condemning Critical Race Theory (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)  **FILE**

Baptist seminary acknowledges its founders owned slaves; no name changes planned

In a report released Wednesday detailing his institution's history of support for slavery and segregation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler said the school did not plan on renaming iconic campus buildings named in honor of its slaveholding founders. But a prominent evangelical black theologian and podcaster is now using the report's issuance as an occasion to call for the institution to provide "free tuition" for its black students. Published December 13, 2018

Photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a feeding female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface, in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host. Ugandan Brian Gitta, 25, has won in 2018 a prestigious engineering prize for a non-invasive malaria test kit that is hoped to become widely used across Africa. (James Gathany/CDC via AP, File)

Second case of West Nile virus reported in Maryland

The Prince George's County Department of Health Wednesday announced that jurisdiction's first reported case of West Nile virus of 2018. That announcement follows a similar announcement on Published August 1, 2018

"The Office Farewell Season" cover art image via the Internet Movie Database ( The late NBC sitcom will join the lineup on Comedy Central in 2018.

‘The Office’ to become rerun staple on Comedy Central

If you don't have Netflix and watch to binge on the American version of "The Office," Comedy Central has you covered. All nine seasons of the late NBC sitcom were scooped up by Comedy Central and will begin airing in January 2018. Published December 13, 2017

A man uses a cellphone as he passes a T-Mobile store in New York in this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

T-Mobile buys Layer3 TV, will launch service in 2018

Promising a "disruptive new TV service" to shake up the entertainment industry in 2018, T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Wednesday announced his company was buying out Layer3 TV, a streaming-video startup, CNBC reported. Published December 13, 2017