Susanna Leighton is a freelance writer and editor based in Southeast Michigan. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Susanna holds degrees in speech pathology and human services. She is a former special education teacher, an avid lover of all things science, and a steadfast supporter of justice and equality for all. She is currently working on her first book of personal essays entitled, 'A Day Leighton, A Dollar Short.'

Dental Care May Have Exposed Vets to HIV, Hepatitis

After willfully failing to follow proper infection control procedures over the course of a year, a dentist who provided care to hundreds of veterans at Wisconsin’s Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center has put those he treated at potential risk for developing HIV and Hepatitis B and C. This latest development follows the center’s already tarnished

Church Shooter Dylann Roof to Represent Self at Trial

In what many view as an attempt to avoid the death penalty, Charleston, South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof, a self-proclaimed white supremacist who confessed to the brutal massacre of nine people at a predominantly black church in June of 2015, has been granted the right to represent himself in court, at his request, by a

Massachusetts Hospitals Cited for Failing to Report Deaths

A recent report released by the FDA indicates over a dozen hospitals nationwide, including three in Massachusetts alone, have been cited for failing to report patient injuries and deaths due to faulty medical devices. The FDA inspected 17 hospitals over a two-year period as part of an improved attempt to ensure problems such as these

Mom Charged With Injecting Son’s IV With His Own Feces

A woman in Indiana has been accused of tampering with her 15-year-old son’s IV while he was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The mother, identified as 41-year-old Tiffany Alberts, told authorities she had been injecting her son’s own feces into his system in order to get him moved from

Good Samaritan Shot to Death in Walmart Parking Lot

What began as a quick stop at a San Antonio, Texas Walmart to buy an outfit for an annual holiday lighting ceremony quickly turned into a devastating nightmare for the family of Isidro Zarate after the man was shot to death in the store’s parking lot. While circling the lot as his wife went inside,

Local Restaurant Sorry For Hosting Alt-Right Dinner in D.C.

On Friday, November 18, Washington D.C.-based Italian restaurant Maggiano’s Little Italy unintentionally hosted a banquet for members of the alt-right (translation: Neo-Nazi) collective known as the National Policy Institute, who were there to celebrate Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler. And this, folks, is what it’s come to. Having lied and hidden (as white supremacists are

Woman Weighing 69 Pounds Wins Right to Starve to Death

A Morris County, New Jersey woman who suffers from severe anorexia and weighs a mere 69 pounds may not be force-fed, as ruled by a superior court judge on Monday, November 21. The 29-year-old has been a psychiatric patient at the state’s Greystone Park facility since 2014 upon having been found unconscious in a hotel

Dassey’s Dreams Dashed Again; Emergency Appeal Filed

In what comes as another crushing blow to ‘Making A Murderer’ defendant Brendan Dassey, who was ordered to be freed by 8 PM on Friday, November 18, by a federal judge, his much anticipated release has been blocked once again by a federal appeals court. Dassey’s original conviction was overturned by magistrate William E. Duffin

Gretchen Carlson Talks Sexual Harassment on 20/20

On Friday, November 18, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson appeared on ABC’s 20/20 for a sit-down interview with Good Morning America host Amy Robach to discuss her alleged experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace, which Carlson stated have been a staple throughout her entire professional career. Though not permitted to discuss the details

Justice for Bobbi K: Gordon Ordered to Pay $36 Million

After being found liable in the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston and former New Edition singer Bobby Brown, Nick Gordon has been ordered by a judge to pay $36 million to her estate in response to the wrongful death civil suit filed against him by surviving members