Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • 'The Wire' creator David Simon denounces Baltimore riots

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 hr ago

    As riots raged in Baltimore, the creator of HBO's "The Wire" denounced the violence and looting in the city that served as the setting for his series.

    "First things first," David Simon wrote in a blog post Monday afternoon. "Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed. And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city. Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard. All of that is true and all of that is still possible, despite what is now loose in the streets."

    The riots broke out hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the black man who died this month while in police custody. At least 15 police officers were hurt during the clashes, police said. According to the mayor's office, there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests.

    Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will.

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  • Nepal earthquake: Videos capture avalanche, aftershocks and aftermath

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    Newly released video footage taken during and in the aftermath of Saturday's deadly earthquake in Nepalshows just some of the terror felt by millions there.

    Yahoo for Good: Contribute to Nepal disaster relief

    Harrowing footage captured by German climber Jost Kobusch shows climbers on Mount Everest scrambling to take cover from a massive avalanche that swept through a base camp on the world's tallest mountain.

    “The ground was shaking from the earthquake," Kobusch wrote on YouTube. "And as soon as we saw people running we were running ourselves to save our lives."

    Officials say at least 17 people, including three Americans, were killed in the avalanche. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed more than 3,700 people and injured more than 6,300, Nepali officials said Monday.

    Other video shows some of the powerful aftershocks that rocked Tibet, shaking buildings and roads.

  • New Jersey doc, Google exec among Nepal earthquake victims on Everest

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    A Google executive-turned-mountain climber and New Jersey doctor working at a Mount Everest base camp were among three Americans killed in Saturday ’ s devastating earthquake in Nepal.

    Marisa Eve Girawong, a 28-year-old doctor from Edison, N.J., died in an avalanche that struck the base camp area after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people, including more than a dozen on the world ’ s highest mountain.

    Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering confirmed Girawong ’ s death on its website.

    “ It is with deep sorrow and profound grief that we can confirm the loss of our Everest/Lhotse base camp doctor, ” Madison co-founder Kurt Hunter wrote in a blog post entitled “ Our hearts are broken. ”

    She completed her medical training at John Stroger Hospital of Chicago and was in the process of completing a second master’s degree in mountain medicine at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, her bio said.

     

    Google is committing $1 million to earthquake response efforts, he added.

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  • South Dakota: At least we're not Mars!

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    "Why die on Mars when you can live in South Dakota?"

    That's the question posed in a new ad unveiled last week by the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development.

    The goal of campaign — developed by a Sioux Falls ad agency — is to remind the more than 200,000 people who applied to be prospective astronauts on the first trips to Mars that the planet is a cold, barren wasteland bereft of oxygen located 141 million miles from Earth. South Dakota, on the other hand, is a lot closer, and has plenty of breathable air.

    "We think Mars has what South Dakota wants — thousands of people lining up to live there," Pat Costello, commissioner of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, told CNN Money. "So we decided to have a little fun with it."

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota has an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent — one of the lowest in the country.

    Enter ... Mars.

  • Coyote attacks in New Jersey: Police urge parents to keep children inside after dens discovered near school

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Police in New Jersey are warning parents to keep their children and small pets inside after a series of coyote attacks and sightings and the discovery of two dens near a local school.

    On Monday, a coyote was captured and later killed after officials in Norwood, N.J., say it attacked a police car.

    "The coyote started to attack a police car," Norwood Police Chief Jeff Krapels told WABC-TV. "We called New Jersey Wildlife and they said that's not normal behavior for the coyote."

    Warning: An aggressive coyote has just attacked the tires of a police car on Villa Ct, behind the NORWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL

    After a search of the area, police located the coyote behind a Norwood home. A wildlife officer shot and wounded the animal, police said, and it was later killed and taken to the state laboratory to be tested for rabies.

    During their search, officials discovered two dens, including one that "has a tunnel towards the school."

    Unfortunately, two dens have been found near the school and it is unknown if our Summit Street problem has been solved.

  • CBS News defends decision to show sarin gas attack on '60 Minutes'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    CBS News is defending its decision to air a video showing a 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria, for which no one has yet been held accountable, on Sunday's "60 Minutes."

    "If you have young children watching right now, usually that's a good thing," correspondent Scott Pelley said at the top of the segment. "But this story is not for them."

    The report included gruesome eyewitness footage of the attack that killed an estimated 1,429 people, including more than 400 children, in the suburbs of Damascus.

    "These kinds of things happen in this world because people don't see them," Pelley said in an online interview explaining the decision to air the footage, "and don't know why of all the weapons in the world sarin is banned by almost every country on Earth. We wanted to just stop and show it to the world so people can understand the hideousness of this weapon."

    CBS is hardly the first news organization to balance graphic footage with newsworthiness.

    Television viewers were given a similar choice.

  • One of Jon Stewart’s biggest regrets as ‘Daily Show’ host: Not pushing Donald Rumsfeld harder

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 8 days ago

    Jon Stewart doesn’t have many regrets as he approaches the end of his 16-year run as host of “The Daily Show.” But he does have one: not pushing Donald Rumsfeld harder when he had the chance.

    The former secretary of defense appeared on “The Daily Show” in 2011 for an interview, which the comedian says he squandered.

    “He just went into the general gobbledegook,” Stewart told The Guardian. “‘Mnah mnah mnah, well, you have to remember, it was 9/11 mnah mnah.’ I should have pushed, but he’s very adept at deflecting.”

    Rumsfeld, who was on the show to promote his memoir, “Known and Unknown,” dodged Stewart’s questions about faulty U.S. intelligence leading up to the Iraq War.

    “The intelligence always is never perfect,” Rumsfeld said. “You have to question it.”

    According to The Guardian, Stewart looked “genuinely crushed” while reflecting on the exchange.

    In February, Stewart announced that he would step down from “The Daily Show” later this year.

  • Supervisors ordered to falsify training records for Tulsa reserve deputy: Report

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 12 days ago

    The 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an unarmed suspect after confusing his pistol for his stun gun got firearms certification for training he never received, the Tulsa World newspaper reports.

    The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department dismissed the report as rumor.

    Robert Bates was charged with second-degree manslaughter this week in the April 2 fatal shooting of Eric Harris, who allegedly tried to sell a stolen gun to an undercover officer.

    Video footage of the incident released Friday shows Harris, 44, being tackled by deputies as a gunshot is heard. Bates, an insurance executive who was assisting in the undercover operation, could be heard saying, “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” Bates told investigators he believed “there was a strong possibility Harris had a gun on him” when he attempted to deploy a Taser. But Harris was unarmed at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

  • #OneBostonDay: Boston marks 2nd anniversary of marathon bombings

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 12 days ago

    Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings on Wednesday with quiet ceremonies on what the city is calling One Boston Day.

    A group of survivors, including the family of 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard, joined Mayor Marty Walsh on Boylston Street early Wednesday to unfurl banners near the site of the bombings that killed three people and injured nearly 300 others. Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Krystle Campbell were killed in the April 15, 2013, terror attacks — the deadliest act of terrorism on American soil since September 11, 2001.

    Marathon survivor Jane Richard joins @marty_walsh for banner unveiling. #OneBostonDay http://t.co/j5BXmp3RVd pic.twitter.com/wJPsmpO2Ha

    We Never Forget #OneBostonDay pic.twitter.com/KFFgbX3CCY

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's mother: ‘My sons are innocent’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 18 days ago

    The mother of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev condemned the guilty verdict delivered by the jury in his federal death penalty trial on Wednesday, calling Americans “terrorists” and proclaiming her sons ’ innocence.

    In an interview with the website Vocativ conducted over the WhatsApp messaging application, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva insisted on the innocence of her Chechen sons, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who planted the twin bombs that killed 3 people and wounded nearly 300 others near the finish line of the 2013 marathon. She went on to say that the United States will ultimately pay for “framing” them.

    “MY SONS ARE INNOCENT, AS INNOCENT AS ALL THOSE WHO ARE BEING KILLED BY YOUR COUNTRY,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva wrote, according to the website. “TODAY THEY ARE KILLING MUSLIMS, AND TOMORROW WILL COME YOUR TURN AND HE WHO DOUBTS THIS IS DEEPLY MISTAKEN!!!!!”

    “The terrorists are the Americans and everyone knows it,” she wrote. “My son is the best of the best.”

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