Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • 'Burn this b---- down!' Michael Brown's stepfather criticized for reaction to grand jury decision

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 12 hrs ago

    Michael Brown's stepfather is being criticized for appearing to incite a crowd of protesters shortly after learning of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer, in the fatal shooting of his unarmed stepson.

    When the grand jury's decision was announced Monday, Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, stood silently on the hood of a car, surrounded by protesters, seemingly letting the news that Wilson would not be charged in her son's killing soak in.

    "I have been living here my whole life, I have never had to go through anything like this," McSpadden said. "None of you know me, but I don’t do nothin’ to nobody. Anybody say so, they’re a liar. They’re a damn liar."

    McSpadden, overcome with grief, broke down and was comforted by Brown's stepfather, Louis Head, who climbed on top of the car, turned to the crowd and repeatedly shouted, "Burn this b---- down!"

    At a press conference in St. Louis on Tuesday, Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump was asked about Head's inflammatory comments.

     

  • Giuliani slams 'racial arsonists,' calls Ferguson grand jury's decision 'correct'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 17 hrs ago

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was "correct" and the only one they could have reached in the racially charged case.

    "I believe it was a correct verdict," Giuliani said on CNN Tuesday. "In fact, I think it was the only verdict the grand jury could reach."

    The longtime mayor and former U.S. attorney argued that there was no evidence of probable cause, and no chance that a prosecutor could secure a conviction in the case.

    "As a prosecutor, you couldn't possibly have won that case," Giuliani said. "They would've been destroyed at trial by a halfway competent defense lawyer, because of all the inconsistencies."

    On Tuesday, Giuliani did not back away from his comments.

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  • Extremely rare for grand jury not to return indictment, statistics show

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 18 hrs ago

    The grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the fatal shooting Aug. 9 of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., was historic for many reasons, including the fiery protests that erupted in its wake. It was also historic in that it is rare for a grand jury not to return an indictment.

    In the more than 162,500 cases prosecuted by U.S. attorneys from 2009 to 2010, grand juries voted not to return an indictment in only 11, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics — equivalent to one in 14,759 cases, or 0.0068 percent.

    However, the figures are not directly comparable, as Ben Casselman writes on FiveThirtyEight.com. The Michael Brown case was heard in state, not federal, court.

    It nevertheless remains extremely unusual, legal experts say.

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  • Men run 540 miles to join Ferguson protests

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    As America braces a decision by a grand jury in the killing of Michael Brown, two men from Atlanta arrived in Ferguson, Mo., over the weekend, running more than 540 miles through rain, sleet and snow to get there.

    The men, Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills, say they decided to run in order raise awareness for the racial injustice and police brutality exposed by the case.

    "I had a reason to run," said Hall, a 28-year-old artist and videographer, in an interview with NBC News. "Not to run from my problems, but to run towards a problem and run for the problems of the world and the problems of America and what's going on now."

    "Statistically, it seems like in our community [black men] are incarcerated for doing nothing," Mills said. "We want to go against the grain and not be another statistic, and we wanted to inspire other people to do the same."

  • Mitt Romney leads GOP field in New Hampshire by 19 points: poll

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    Mitt Romney has said repeatedly he has no interest in running for president in 2016. But if a new poll of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire is any indication, he may want to reconsider.

    According to the results of a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm survey released Monday, Romney leads all other possible GOP contenders by nearly 20 points. The 2012 GOP nominee would get 30 percent of the vote in the key battleground state, the poll found. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is second, at 11 percent, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in third at 9 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fourth at 8 percent. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate in 2016, is tied for sixth with just 5 percent of the vote — or roughly the margin of error (+/- 4.9 percent) of the poll.

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

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 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 5 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.

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

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 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 5 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 6 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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