Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Sheriff's deputy shackled elementary school students who had disabilities, federal lawsuit alleges

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 16 hrs ago

    A Kentucky deputy sheriff restrained two elementary school children with disabilities using handcuffs, shackling their arms behind their backs and causing them pain and emotional trauma, a new federal lawsuit alleges.

    According to the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Children's Law Center and law firm Dinsmore & Shohl in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Monday, Kevin Sumner, a Kenton County deputy sheriff and school resource officer in Covington, restrained the 8-year-old boy once and 9-year-old girl twice in three separate incidents last fall.

    A video released by the ACLU shows an officer, identified as Sumner, shackling the boy, identified as S.R. in the lawsuit, with handcuffs clasped around his biceps inside the vice principal's office at the school.

    "You don't get to swing at me like that," Sumner can be heard telling the crying third grader as he is handcuffed. "You can do what we ask you to or you can suffer the consequences."

  • Darren Wilson opens up a year after Michael Brown’s death

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 22 hrs ago

    A year after fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., Darren Wilson says he and his wife and baby daughter have to be careful when they go out.

    “We try to go somewhere — how do I say this correctly? — with like-minded individuals,” Wilson told the New Yorker for an extensive profile published online Monday. “You know. Where it’s not a mixing pot.”

    The 29-year-old former Ferguson police officer, who received death threats following the 18-year-old’s death on Aug. 9, 2014, lives in relative seclusion on the outskirts of St. Louis.

    Wilson, who was not indicted in Brown’s killing, told the magazine’s Jake Halpern he hadn’t reflected much on who Brown was because he had been preoccupied with the waves of protests in Ferguson and the civil lawsuit Brown’s parents filed against him in May.

    “You do realize that his parents are suing me?” Wilson said. “So I have to think about him.”

    He added: “Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point. Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all.”

    But Wilson said he has not read the report.

  • Colbert's first 'Late Show' promos feature Mitt Romney, puppies

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 22 hrs ago

    CBS aired the first official promos for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Sunday, offering a brief glimpse of what the former Comedy Central star and faux conservative talk-show host has planned for his late-night network television debut.

    Colbert promises “fascinating conversations” with celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who appears in one of the promos.

    “Wow, you do a great Mitt Romney,” Colbert says.

    “I am Mitt Romney,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee replies.

    “That’s it,” Colbert jokes. “Stay in character.”

    In another, the comedian shows off his Charlie Rose trapper keeper in back to school style.

    The new Colbert promos come just days before the end of Jon Stewart's nine-year run as host of “The Daily Show.”

    Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” late last year, takes over “The Late Show” on Sept. 8. But he's been releasing a steady diet of teasers on his personal Twitter feed, where Colbert has been having “lunch” with his 8.5 million followers.

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  • Tom Brady: 'I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    Tom Brady blasted the NFL’s decision to uphold his four-game suspension related to last season’s so-called deflate-gate controversy, saying neither he nor anyone in the New England Patriots organization did anything wrong, and that the league has “zero evidence of wrongdoing.”

    “I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision,” Brady said in a statement posted to Facebook Wednesday morning. “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.

    “Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past six months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ‘probable’ that I was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct,” he continued. “The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused.”

    He added: “Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January.”

  • Bill Cosby: New York Mag cover features 35 of comedian’s accusers

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    New York Magazine has published an explosive cover story chronicling the stories of nearly three dozen women accusing Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault.

    The cover itself features 35 of the 46 women who have come forward publicly. The magazine said it spent six months interviewing each of Cosby’s accusers separately, “and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath.”

    Joyce Emmons, a former comedy club manager who was allegedly assaulted by Cosby in the late 1970s, gave this account:

    Jewell Allison, whose alleged assault occurred in the late 1990s, recalled a similar encounter:


    “He then said, and I will never forget this, he said, ‘Look at the glow on your face,’” Allison told Yahoo News.

    In a 2005 deposition for a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand, Cosby described her as having “a glow,” too.

    Louisa Moritz, a 69-year-old actress, was allegedly assaulted by Cosby in 1971 inside a “Tonight Show” dressing room before they both were scheduled to appear.


  • Passengers post oxygen mask selfies as plane makes emergency landing

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 12 days ago

    A United Airlines flight en route to Los Angeles from Denver was forced to make an emergency landing in Grand Junction, Colo., when several passengers complained about low cabin pressure shortly after takeoff, causing the pilot to deploy oxygen masks from the plane's ceiling.

    "After receiving reports of multiple ill customers, our crew deployed the oxygen masks and elected to divert to Grand Junction," Jennifer Dohm, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told Yahoo News. "Medical personnel met the flight upon arrival, and we'll fly our passengers on a new aircraft to Los Angeles."

    The Airbus A320 carrying 150 passengers and six crew members took off at approximately 8:25 a.m. from Denver International Airport, according to, landing in Grand Junction just over an hour later.

    The aircraft is being inspected "to determine if there were any technical issues," Dohm added.

    Several passengers, including WWE wrestler Sheamus, posted photos of themselves wearing the oxygen masks to social media.

  • Buzz Aldrin shares memories of Apollo 11 moon landing on Twitter

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 14 days ago

    Monday marks the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin — who, along with Neil Armstrong, made mankind's first successful moonwalk on July 20, 1969 — is sharing his memories of the history-making mission on Twitter.

    It's the 46th Anniversary Apollo 11 moon landing. Mankind's first small step-The next giant leap will be #Mars #GYATM

    As I made my way down the ladder I partially closed the hatch. Being careful not to lock it on my way out. #Apollo11

    Aldrin, who served as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11, tweeted several of the iconic photos Armstrong took of him. Armstrong is visible in the reflection on Aldrin's visor.

    The 85-year-old space legend retweeted the New York Times' July 21, 1969, cover.

    "Travolta taught me some dance moves," Aldrin tweeted.

  • Rachel Dolezal: ‘I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 14 days ago

    Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who resigned last month after being accused of lying about her race, doesn ’ t think she deceived anyone by representing herself as black.

    “I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody,” Dolezal told Vanity Fair. “ If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African-American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”

    In June, Dolezal’s biological parents, who are white, disclosed that their daughter is white but had been posing as a black woman, sparking an ethics investigation at the NAACP and touching off a national debate over racial identity.

    Dolezal resigned as president of the organization’s Spokane, Wash., chapter, but refused to apologize.

    “ Yes, ” Dolezal replied.

  • Black officer helps white supremacist suffering from heat at KKK rally

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 15 days ago

    White-supremacist groups and African-American demonstrators clashed in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, resulting in at least five arrests and seven people taken to hospitals as tensions — and temperatures — flared following the recent decision to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.

    But it was the powerful image of a black police officer assisting a man wearing a black T-shirt bearing a swastika and struggling in the heat that resonated online.

    In the photo, the officer, Leroy Smith, is seen holding the arm of the unidentified protester as he helped him up the stairs and out of the sun. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Columbia hit a high of 98 degrees Saturday.

    The image was uploaded to Twitter by Rob Godfrey, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s deputy chief of staff. And it quickly went viral.

    not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down.

    The photo has been retweeted nearly 3,000 times.

  • Shootings at Chattanooga military facilities leave 4 Marines, gunman dead; act called 'domestic terrorism'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 18 days ago

    Shootings at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday, left five people dead, including four Marines and the lone gunman, officials said.

    The shooter was later identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, and it was revealed late Thursday by SITE, a widely read website that tracks Islamic terrorism, that he maintained a blog where he wrote “Islamic-focused” posts that were entered as recently as three days ago.

    An FBI official told Yahoo News, "there is no reason to question the authenticity" of the blog with the pro-jihad entries. The official said it is actively investigating whether the shooter may have contacts with ISIS through social media, but currently has no evidence of that.

    In a July 13 post, Abdulazeez wrote that “life is short and bitter” and that Muslims should not let “the oppourtunity to submit to Allah…pass you by,” the website said in an email sent to subscribers.

    Late Thursday night in a Chattanooga press conference, FBI officials maintained that there is no threat to the general public following the shooting, which left local officials and residents reeling.