Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • #WeStandWithWDBJ: TV newsrooms pay tribute to slain journalists

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Television newsrooms around the world are paying tribute online to the pair of journalists who were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday.

    WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, her 27-year-old cameraman, were conducting a remote interview for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke when Vester Flanagan, a disgruntled former employee at the station, opened fire. Parker and Ward died at the scene. Vicki Gardner, the head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back but survived.

    We love you, Alison and Adam.

    Vicki Chen, a 24-year-old investigative producer with KVUE in Austin, Texas, posed with her cameraman for a photo and tweeted along with the hashtag #WeStandWithWDBJ.

    Scores of TV journalists followed Chen ’ s lead in mourning the slain morning news crew.


  • WDBJ journalists Alison Parker, Adam Ward shot and killed during live broadcast; suspect dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    A pair of television journalists at a CBS affiliate in Virginia were shot and killed during a live broadcast Wednesday morning, and authorities said the shooter, a disgruntled former employee at the station, shot himself after crashing his car on an interstate highway.

    The suspected gunman, identified as Vester Flanagan, a 41-year-old former WDBJ-TV reporter who went by the name Bryce Williams on air, was taken into custody with "life-threatening injuries," police said. He later died.

    The victims, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, her 27-year-old cameraman, died shortly after the shooting, which occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., near Smith Mountain Lake.

    We love you, Alison and Adam.

    The gunman opened fire Wednesday morning as Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, the head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, live on the air. Gardner was shot in the back and taken to a hospital for surgery. She is listed in stable condition.

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  • Why does the U.S. lead the world in mass shootings?

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    The United States has had five times the number of mass shootings in the last 50 years than any other country, a new study by University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford finds.

    "For decades, people have wondered if the dark side of American exceptionalism is a cultural propensity for violence," Lankford writes, "and in recent years, perhaps no form of violence is seen as more uniquely American than public mass shootings."

    According to the study, presented this week at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Chicago, there were 291 documented mass shootings in the world between 1966 and 2012, with 90 (31 percent) occurring in the United States.

    The Philippines, with 18 mass shootings between 1966 and 2012, was a distant second, according to the study, followed by Russia (15), Yemen (11), and France (10).

    Why do so many mass shootings happen in America? There are several factors, according to Lankford:

    That's why mass shootings often occur at U.S. schools and workplaces.

  • #BlackMonday: What the Dow’s 1,000-point plunge looked like on Twitter

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    Wall Street went on a wild ride Monday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 1,000 points shortly after the opening bell amid news of a Chinese share sell-off before climbing more than 800 points (to -212 points) by midday.

    Wall Street in free-fall, Dow slides 1,000 points as traders ditch stocks

    Reaction to the free fall was seen on Twitter, as the hashtag #BlackMonday “the Dow” spent most of the morning trending in the United States.

    It's already a brutal day. This is what the Dow looked like shortly after the open:

    Twitter users tried their best to make light of the market meltdown.

    Stocks open for trading.

    The Dow is dropping almost as fast as Deez Nuts

    Others pointed to silver linings.

    Nor did TDAmeritrade.

  • Shaun King: ‘White man on my birth certificate is not my biological father’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago

    A prominent Black Lives Matter activist accused of misrepresenting his race has addressed the reports, saying the man listed on his birth certificate is not his biological father.

    “The reports about my race, about my past and about the pain I’ve endured are all lies,” King wrote on the website, where he is a staff writer. "I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother’s past, or her sexual partners, and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now, but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man. My mother and I have discussed her affair. She was a young woman in a bad relationship, and I have no judgment.”

    23. In essence, what is happening to me now, is like conservatives demanding Obama's long form birth certificate. It's all BULLSHIT.

    King was ready to tell it Thursday.

  • Trump pictured holding live American bald eagle in Time magazine

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo 11 days ago

    Donald Trump appears on the cover of Time magazine this week — but it’s not the cover that’s drawing the most attention. Inside, the Republican presidential frontrunner is pictured standing in his 25th-floor office in midtown Manhattan holding an eagle. Like, a real, living bald eagle — the national emblem of the United States and a bird that spent decades on the endangered species list. Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor, said the magazine flew the American bald eagle in from Texas at the request of photographer Martin Schoeller because Trump is a tough subject to shoot.

    “He’s very difficult to photograph,” Schoeller said in an interview accompanying the cover story. “If you ask him to look up a little bit, he says no or he just doesn’t do it. He literally has one angle. If I ask him to smile, he puts on a big grin and then he goes back to his Zoolander ‘blue steel’ look. And the ‘blue steel’ stays for as long as it takes to get the photograph.”

    Schoeller says the eagle idea was inspired by Trump’s trademarked campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.”

    The 27-year-old eagle — named Uncle Sam — is owned by master falconer Jonathan Wood, who traveled with the bird to Trump Tower.

  • Tinder goes on an epic Twitter rant over Vanity Fair story

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 19 days ago

    An article in the September issue of Vanity Fair — "Tinder and the Dawn of the 'Dating Apocalypse,'" by Nancy Jo Sales — takes a look at modern "hookup" culture and the impact dating apps like Tinder are having on the lives of 20-somethings.

    It begins with a scene at a bar in Manhattan’s financial district, where young Wall Street executives are "peering into their screens and swiping on the faces of strangers they may have sex with later that evening."

    Tinder and the dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”

    An investment banker identified as "Dan" compares the ritual to using the popular online food-delivery Seamless, except "you’re ordering a person."

    "Tinder sucks," the group tells Sales, but "they don’t stop swiping."

    Tinder creates experiences. We create connections that otherwise never would have been made. 8 billion of them to date, in fact.

    Just like in real life. And in the many years that existed before Tinder.

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  • Oath Keepers return to Ferguson, angering police

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 20 days ago

    A group of five heavily armed white men calling themselves the Oath Keepers arrived in Ferguson, Mo., to join protesters late Monday night, angering police who feared they would only inflame tensions a night after demonstrations on the anniversary of Michael Brown's death were marred by violence.

    “Their presence was both unnecessary and inflammatory,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters.

    Wearing bulletproof vests and camouflage gear and carrying what appeared to be assault rifles, the men appeared on the streets of Ferguson around midnight, joining protesters who questioned why they were there — and why police were not arresting them.

    Oath Keepers have shown up in Ferguson with assault rifles. Protesters led by @TefPoe telling them to get away.

    Why are there men with guns and the police are doing nothing?!!!!

    Many protesters didn't see it that way.

    Rhodes did not immediately return a request from Yahoo News seeking comment.

  • Frank Gifford's death a reminder of his biggest fan: Fred Exley

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 22 days ago

    The death of Frank Gifford on Sunday sparked plenty of remembrances of the 84-year-old who was a legendary pro football player and broadcaster. And for many, the news of Gifford ’ s passing reminded them of the late Frederick Exley, a cult author best known for “ A Fan’s Notes, ” an acclaimed 1968 “ fictional memoir ” that details his obsession with the NFL Hall of Famer.

    “ I cheered for him with such inordinate enthusiasm, ” Exley writes, “ that after a time he became my alter ego, that part of me which had its being in the competitive world of men; I came, as incredible as it seems to me now, to believe that I was, in some magical way, an actual instrument of his success. Each time I heard the roar of the crowd, it roared in my ears as much for me as him; that roar was not only a promise of my fame; it was its unequivocal assurance. ”

    Gifford died so of course I'm thinking of Exley. "He's a pro!!!!!"

    With the passing of NFL player/broadcaster Frank Gifford, as good a time as any to recommend Frederick Exley's 1968 novel A Fan's Notes.