Posts by Dylan Stableford
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News13 hrs ago
Twenty-five years after being separated at birth in South Korea, twins Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier were reunited the way most 20-somethings reconnect with distant friends and family members: through Facebook.
Their story is the subject of a new book, “Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited,” and a documentary, "Twinsters," that was funded by the pair through Kickstarter.
Bordier, who was adopted and raised as an only child in Paris and Belgium, was studying in London when a friend stumbled upon a photo online of Futerman, an American actress who looked exactly like her.
“I didn’t think she could be my twin," Bordier told the New York Post. "But the resemblance was so strong that I thought she might be related to me to a lesser degree — like my cousin or something.”
Bordier's curiosity was further piqued when she discovered they shared the same birthday.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News17 hrs ago
More than 30,000 people took part in Sunday's Beijing Marathon, according to its organizers. But with some runners wearing protective masks and race officials handing out 140,000 sponges “to clean skin that has been exposed to smog," backlash has been growing over the decision to hold the event in the toxic haze.
According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing’s Air Quality Index — which measures micrograms per cubic meter of fine particulate matter — topped 400 on Sunday, well above the 300 "hazardous" threshold officials say poses a health risk and usually indicates people should "avoid prolonged or heavy exertion."
“They are trading their lives for the run,” one user wrote on Weibo, China's largest social media platform, according to the paper.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News18 hrs ago
An outgoing Tennessee state senator is not going away quietly.
Jim Summerville, a 66-year-old Republican from Dickson, was arrested twice over the weekend over incidents involving his neighbor, police said.
On Friday, police said, Summerville was arrested and charged with stalking neighbor Cecilia Donaven. He was later released on bail.
Summerville, whose term in the Tennessee Senate is up later this year, was arrested again Saturday on assault charges after allegedly leaving jail and threatening Donaven. This time he was released on $10,000 bond on the condition he would stay away from Donaven.
Donaven told WSMV-TV that Summerville has repeatedly harassed her, thrown toilet paper at her home and shined flashlights in her windows and at people coming in and out of her house.
"Every minute I'm in this house, he's watching me," Donaven said. "Every minute, he wants to see what I'm doing."
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News19 hrs ago
Shortly after joining Twitter, Monica Lewinsky received a standing ovation on Monday, vowing to put an end to cyberbullying.
In what was billed as her first-ever public address, the former White House intern — whose relationship with President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment — told attendees of Forbes' inaugural "Under 30" summit that she was "the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet" as a result of the 1998 sex scandal.
“I was Patient Zero,” Lewinsky, now 41, said, according to Forbes. “There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then. But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded. Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media.'”
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News20 hrs ago
The family of Ebola-infected Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is defending her from critics who say she was careless in traveling to Ohio knowing she might have been potentially exposed to the deadly virus — and traveling back after developing symptoms.
Vinson, 29, is one of two Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurses to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who later died from the disease. Vinson and 26-year-old Nina Pham, the other nurse who contracted Ebola, were among 77 hospital workers who treated Duncan before his death.
"We are troubled by some of the negative public comments and media coverage that mischaracterize Amber and her actions," her family said in a statement on Sunday. "To be clear, in no way was Amber careless prior to or after her exposure to Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan. She has not and would not knowingly expose herself or anyone else."
On Monday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Vinson shouldn't have been allowed to fly.
"It was a mistake and we apologize," Jenkins said.
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News3 days ago
With health officials around the world scrambling to stop the Ebola outbreak, it's worth taking a look back at how the deadly virus was first discovered.
In 1976, Peter Piot, then a 27-year-old microbiology student in Belgium, was studying infectious diseases when the lab he was working in received a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had died in Zaire.
"It came with a question mark, 'Yellow fever or not?'" Piot told the Wall Street Journal. "So we isolated the virus and to our big surprise, when we looked at the virus under our electron microscope, it was something completely different than what we had expected."
Piot sent the sample to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, which confirmed it was indeed a new virus.
Piot and his colleagues then traveled to Zaire to study what he called "an epidemic of unknown origin and transmission."
"It was really frightening," Piot said. "You ask, 'Is this transmitted by mosquitoes? By food? By water?' ... you try to see, 'What is the pattern?'"
- Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News3 days ago
A Texas nurse who has Ebola indicated she "felt funny" and spent extra time resting during a visit to Ohio in the days before she was diagnosed in Dallas, a CDC official said Friday.
Amber Joy Vinson, 29, who was diagnosed with Ebola this week, didn't experience typical symptoms of Ebola at the time of her trip to Ohio on Oct. 10, the CDC's Dr. Chris Braden said. But health officials can't rule out the possibility that her illness began last Saturday, or possibly earlier.
Vinson, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had treated the Liberian man who died of Ebola. The timing of her symptoms is important because people infected with Ebola aren't considered contagious until they have symptoms.
Before returning to Dallas Monday, Vinson's family said she called Texas health officials who relayed her symptoms to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She was running a slightly elevated temperature — 99.5 degrees — but since it fell below the 100.4 reading for a fever, she was allowed to travel, her family said.
Sen. Rand Paul criticized the Obama administration's handling of Ebola on Thursday, accusing the White House of misleading the public over the way the deadly disease is transmitted.
"I think from the very beginning they haven’t been completely forthright with us," the Kentucky Republican said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics from New Hampshire. "They’ve so wanted to downplay this, that they really I don’t think have been very accurate in their description of the disease."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola can only be spread if an infected person’s bodily fluids enter the mucous membranes or an open wound of another person.
But Paul said U.S. health officials have misled Americans into thinking Ebola is similar to AIDS in the way it is spread.
Nina Pham, one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was moved to a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland on Thursday evening.
Pham, a 26-year-old critical-care nurse, was diagnosed with Ebola on Sunday after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who last month became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
Pham and Amber Joy Vinson, the other nurse who contracted Ebola, were among 76 hospital workers who treated Duncan before his death.
Vinson, 29, was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Wednesday.
The Atlanta and Bethesda facilities are two of four in the United States specially equipped to handle Ebola.
Pham released a statement showing her support for the staff at Texas Health Presbyterian:
Ambulance drivers in Monrovia, Liberia's Ebola-ravaged capital, are being inundated with calls from desperate families asking them to pick up their sick loved ones.
The New York Times' Ben Solomon spent a week on the road with one, Gordon Kamara, who picks up between 15 and 30 Ebola patients a day, on average.
"It never stops,” Kamara said from the seat of his ambulance, one of about 15 servicing a city of 1.5 million. "I don't rest, even when I go to bed."
According to the World Health Organization, there have been at least 4,249 reported cases of Ebola in Liberia, and 2,458 deaths, making it the hardest-hit among West African countries affected by the outbreak.
"I'm tired of seeing people getting sick," said Kamara, who moved his family, including his fiancee and six children, to a separate house to protect them from the virus. "Every morning, I pray. I pray that one day Ebola will go."