Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • 18-year-old artist draws amazing hyperrealistic portrait of Morgan Freeman

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    Jack Ede is not a photographer, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his portrait of Morgan Freeman.

    The 18-year-old British artist spent 137 hours over two weeks drawing a hyperrealistic sketch of the 77-year-old actor.

    "I am a huge fan of Morgan Freeman," Ede told Yahoo News. "I always wanted to draw him but I never had time due to commissions, so I eventually just made time."

    Ede, who works as a self-employed artist from his Sleaford, Lincolnshire, home, documented his progress on Instagram, letting thousands of followers in on the process.

    "After 2 hours of endless frustration caused by a million measurements and a million mistakes I've finally managed to sketch the outlines and structure of this piece," Ede wrote on Nov. 5. "I'm glad that's done but I've come to the conclusion that this will be at least 200-250 hours of work and will probably take me until after Christmas to complete as I'll be doing commissions and other drawings as well. This is really gonna test my patience."

    Lambert documented his work in a time-lapse video:

  • Buffalo digs out: 17 photos that show the insane snow removal effort

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    How do you dig out from underneath nearly six feet of snow?

    Residents of upstate New York are asking themselves just that, after more than 65 inches of snow fell in the Buffalo area this week. Snowbound social media users have been documenting the massive snow removal efforts in photos and videos.

    The State has assembled 1,275 personnel & 658 pieces of heavy equipment including 463 plows to address snow removal. pic.twitter.com/SzlW6gdHVt

    Rte. 33 in Buffalo. #lakeeffect RT @PrevalWGRZ: Quadruple plow system hitting the 33. pic.twitter.com/wgMn93B2yO

    More incredible photos from the Buffalo snow storm http://t.co/6dprchZYxo pic.twitter.com/6aenqiswpi

    Workers race to rescue western New York before next wave of snow: http://t.co/YbVSscRuMe pic.twitter.com/NUIDgtwk0o

    Hardware store owners in the Buffalo area reported an unprecedented run on shovels.

    Here's why:

  • In just released footage, Cosby refuses to talk about rape allegations, asks that responses be 'scuttled'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    During an on-camera interview earlier this month, Bill Cosby was asked about long-circulated rape allegations that have recently resurfaced.

    "No, no, we don't answer that," Cosby said during the Nov. 6 interview with the Associated Press in Washington, where the 77-year-old was promoting an exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art that features art he's collected. "There's no response."

    Cosby, seated next to his wife, Camille, was also asked if people who are familiar with Cosby's fatherly, on-air persona "should believe anything differently."

    "There's no comment about that," Cosby said. "And I'll tell you why. I think you were told ... I don't want to compromise your integrity, but we don't, I don't talk about it."

    Following the interview, Cosby requested that the question and his responses be scrubbed.

    "Now, can I get something from you? None of that will be shown?" Cosby asked.

    "I can't promise that myself," Brett Zongker, the interviewer, replied. "You didn't say anything."

    Cosby has long denied the allegations.

  • Obama's executive action on immigration: What we know so far

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    In a prime-time address to the nation Thursday, President Barack Obama will announce his intention to issue an executive action on immigration that sidesteps Congress and could spare as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants living illegally inside the United States from deportation.

    "What I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system better," Obama said in a video message posted to Facebook.

    According to administration sources cited by the New York Times, Associated Press and others, here are some of the things the president is expected to lay out:

    • He will likely extend deportation protections to parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for five years.

    Administration officials told the Times that the president’s actions were designed to be “legally unassailable." But some Republicans beg to differ.

    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman agreed.

  • 'Ready for Hillary' ready to end when Clinton announces 2016 decision

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    Ready for Hillary, the super-PAC that launched in late 2012 to urge Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, is coming to an end, Politico reports.

    Founded by former Hillary Clinton staffer Adam Parkhomenko, the grass-roots group will wind down when the former secretary of state announces her decision — which most expect to be a declaration of her candidacy — early next year.

    The super-PAC has been described by some as a "shadow operation" for Clinton's would-be campaign — a characterization its creators dismiss.

    That includes hiring a staff of 29, recruiting 35,000 volunteers, raising more than $10 million in donations and merchandise sales, attracting more than 3 million Facebook fans and building an enhanced voter list comprising Clinton's legions of supporters — all of which will be given to her campaign, should she decide to run.

    But many believe her candidacy — and eventual nomination — is inevitable.

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  • Racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is 'staggering,' study finds

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    As Ferguson, Mo., braces for the decision by a grand jury that is considering whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager — which sparked protests over alleged police bias — there is evidence the St. Louis suburb isn't alone when it comes to racial disparity.

    According to USA Today — which compared arrests reported by local police departments to the FBI in 2011 and 2012 with data from the 2010 U.S. census — at least 1,581 police departments arrest black people at a higher rate than Ferguson, where blacks are arrested nearly three times more than people of other races. (The FBI does not track arrests of Hispanics.)

    That includes police departments in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and St. Louis. The St. Louis County Police Department arrested black people (113.7 per 1,000 residents) at more than three times the rate of nonblacks (32.4).

    [Interactive: Compare arrest rates across America]

  • Families of Newtown victims celebrate births of new children

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Nearly two years after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the parents of two of the victims are celebrating the births of new children.

    On Monday, Francine and David Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son Benjamin was one of the 20 children killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, announced the birth of Matthew Bennett, who was born late last week. Matthew, at 8 pounds, 8 ounces, is said to be happy and healthy.

    The Wheelers, who have another son, Nate, told "CBS This Morning" that the birth of Matthew has brought “light and joy” into their lives.

    Dr. Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, the parents of 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim Avielle Richman, recently celebrated the birth of a daughter, Imogen Joy, the Connecticut Post reported Saturday.

    But some parents, including Richman and Hensel, say they are still suffering, as the outpouring of support in the wake of the shootings was disorganized and inconsistent.

  • Snowstorm pummels Buffalo: Incredible scenes captured in photos, time-lapse video

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    A massive storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow in upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding hundreds of motorists — and a women's college basketball team — on highways. The governor declared a state of emergency. Officials say at least five people have died as a result of the storm — one man who was found trapped in his car, another pinned underneath a car, and three from heart attacks while shoveling. Another 2 feet of snow is expected to fall on Thursday.

    A time-lapse video, captured by Jason Holler and Joseph DeBenedictis (above), shows the epic storm moving into the area.

    Members of the Buffalo Fire Department were seen carrying one patient through deep, blinding snow to a hospital.

    Meanwhile, snowbound Buffalo-area residents have been sharing incredible photos and videos of snowdrifts, snow squalls and snow walls.

    Take a look at what Troopers were up against earlier today on the NYS Thruway. pic.twitter.com/lm8NGOe99y

  • The Jaden and Willow Smith interview gets mercilessly mocked on Twitter

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    If you read the New York Times T Magazine's joint interview with Jaden and Willow Smith — the first time the teenage children of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith had ever been interviewed together — and thought "Who do these kids think they are?" you weren't alone.

    The responses from the aspiring 14-year-old and 16-year-old musicians were so self-aware, they seemed befitting of subjects well beyond their combined 30 years.

    OK!

    The pair were asked what types of things they covet.

    The famous Hollywood siblings were also asked about not going to school like other kids their age.

    Not surprisingly, reactions to the interview on Twitter ranged from bemusement to fear.

    This Jaden/Willow Smith interview is parody. I will not be convinced otherwise. http://t.co/9CjLGWHep7

    Slightly terrified of Will Smith's kids, who appear to be kinds of higher beings. "Our learning will never end" http://t.co/1rHN4q4mo9

  • 'All right, all right, all right': Parrot does Matthew McConaughey impression

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    From Matt Damon to Anne Hathaway, there have been plenty of people who've proven they can do Matthew McConaughey impressions over the past few years. But there had been no known parrots parroting the Oscar-winning actor — that is, until now.

    Einstein, better known as the Talking Texan Parrot, has become famous for hers, picking up McConaughey's trademark "All right, all right, all right" line from "Dazed and Confused" while watching the 45-year-old's acceptance speech during the 2014 Academy Awards, where he won Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club."

    The video of the 17-year-old African gray parrot mimicking the "Interstellar" star has been viewed nearly a half-million times on YouTube.

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