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Ken Shepherd

Ken Shepherd is a universal-desk editor and digital writer covering entertainment and social-media news developments. An alumnus of the University of Maryland, he previously served as managing editor for NewsBusters.org and as a staff writer for the Business & Media Institute. You can reach him at [email protected].

Articles by Ken Shepherd

In this undated file publicity image released by PBS, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." (AP Photo/PBS, File)

Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Sherlock' actor, urges Britons to vote 'no' on Brexit

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, perhaps best known for his role playing the title character in the BBC's "Sherlock" series, joined more than 200 other British entertainment figures in an open letter published Friday urging British voters to vote for remaining in the European Union in the June 23 referendum. Published May 20, 2016

This photo released by TriStar Pictures, AFFIRM Films/Provident Films shows Patricia Heaton in a scene from the family comedy, "Moms' Night Out." The movie releases in theaters nationwide Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/TriStar Pictures, AFFIRM Films/Provident Films, Saeed Adyani) ** FILE **

Facebook treatment of Patricia Heaton highlights bias problem: conservative blog

Coming on the heels of a meeting of leading conservatives and Facebook executive Mark Zuckerberg regarding concerns over political bias at the social media site, the conservative blog Hot Air alerted readers Thursday to a fresh incident it said illustrates that the problem is deeper-seated than anyone at the San Francisco-based company admits. Published May 20, 2016

Phil Mickelson hits from a sand bunker on the eighth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 13, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Phil Mickelson caught up in SEC insider-trading probe

Phil Mickelson finds himself ensnared in a federal insider-trading investigation, Business Insider's Bob Bryan reported Thursday morning, although it appears federal officials believe the professional golfer had no knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing in question. Published May 19, 2016

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks during a news conference after the team's NFL football rookie minicamp Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

90 percent of Native Americans OK with 'Redskins' team name: poll

Despite a concerted "national movement to change the football team's moniker," a new poll finds that 90 percent of Native American respondents said it "does not bother" them that the NFL's Washington football franchise is nicknamed the Redskins. Published May 19, 2016

In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner poses for photos at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Hugh Hefner named as co-defendant in new Bill Cosby sex-assault lawsuit

Hugh Hefner has been named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging the publisher's negligence enabled a 2008 drugging and sexual assault of a Las Vegas dancer by beleaguered comedian Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion. Published May 17, 2016

Kim Kardashian attends the 20th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 16, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) **FILE**

Kim Kardashian accused by Iranian government of being secret agent

The Iranian government is convinced that Kim Kardashian is an enemy of the state, with the photo-sharing social media app Instagram being her weapon of choice, according to IranWire.com -- a news site which "seeks to empower Iranian citizen journalists by creating a forum in which young Iranians can discuss national and local news." Published May 17, 2016