Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • trolls Ted Cruz's presidential campaign

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Sen. Ted Cruz launched his candidacy for president on Monday, tweeting a 30-second video to his 394,000 Twitter followers just after midnight — hours before a formal announcement at Liberty University.

    I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!

    But those looking to for more information on the Texas Republican and his platform were out of luck. The domain — which was reserved by an Arizona lawyer before Cruz's political ascension— currently encourages visitors to support President Barack Obama and immigration reform.

    Cruz's official campaign website,, seemed to be working fine Monday morning.

    Many, though, applauded Cruz for not using a teleprompter.

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  • New Hampshire lawmaker opposes fourth graders’ bird bill with antiabortion rant

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    A class field trip to the state legislature to see how a bill becomes a law turned into a different kind of lesson for a group of New Hampshire fourth graders.

    The students from Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls, N.H., appeared before the state’s Environment and Agriculture Committee to propose a bill — H.B. 373 — that would have designated the red-tailed hawk as the New Hampshire state raptor. But somehow the debate turned to abortion and Planned Parenthood.

    The bill came out of committee with a 10-8 “ought to pass” recommendation and headed to the House floor, where several legislators mocked it as a waste of time.

    “We have little time to invest in this topic,” Rep. Christy Bartlett (D-Concord) said during her remarks opposing the bill. “The red-tailed hawk is a beautiful bird, but it’s ubiquitous. I’m not trying to be mean … but this is a prime example of being swayed against our better judgment. … We need your help to stay focused on issues of more importance this year.”

    DeBlois also blasted Groen.

    Groen, though, defended his comments.

  • Car crashes, comes to rest on railing above river

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    A 17-year-old who lost control of his car is lucky to be alive after it came to rest on a railing above a river, police in New Hampshire say.11

    The driver, Colin Malone of Nashua, N.H., was traveling on the Hudson Connector in Nashua at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when his Honda Accord struck a snow embankment, flew through the air and came to rest on the railing of the Sagamore Bridge. The rear part of the vehicle was suspended in the air above the Merrimack River.

    Malone escaped the crash without injury, New Hampshire State Police said, but was issued a citation for failing “to keep his vehicle within the roadway markings.”

    The New Hampshire Trooper’s Association posted photos of the teetering wreck on its Facebook page — which has become something of a hub for bad-driver shaming.

    Last month, the group shared a photo of the scene of a one-vehicle crash in which acar wound up inverted in the snow on the side of the road.

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  • McCain to Obama on Netanyahu: ‘Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ripped President Barack Obama on Sunday over the administration’s response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory.

    “The president should get over it,” McCain said on CNN’sState of the Union.” “Get over it — get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President. It’s time we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region.”

    Last week, Obama said that he is concerned about Netanyahu’s comments during the campaign opposing the creation of a Palestinian state.

    “We continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long-term security of Israel,” Obama told the Huffington Post Friday. “Given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible.

  • Jeb Bush meets, gets dissed by Ludacris

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 days ago

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was thrilled to bump into rapper Ludacris at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday.

    “I just came to see Ludacris,” Bush joked before a speech to state lawmakers, according to the Washington Post.

    The likely Republican presidential candidate then tweeted a photo of his unlikely encounter with the hip-hop star, who earlier was recognized by the state House for his charitable work through the Ludacris Foundation — which has donated more than $1.5 million to youth programs across the country.

    Never thought @Ludacris would be my opening act! His foundation does great work

    The rapper, though, didn’t exactly return the pleasantries.

    When asked by reporters which Bush was his favorite, Luda — who ripped President George W. Bush as “mentally handicapped” in his 2008 song “Politics” — reportedly said, “The one outside.”


  • Lab technicians who braved blizzard to fetch newborns' blood tests hailed as heroes

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 days ago

    Massachusetts lab technicians who drove through a blizzard to fetch samples of newborn babies' blood for analysis are being hailed as heroes by the family of one sick baby.

    Charlene Salvi’s baby, Juliana, was born in January with a severe milk allergy called galactosemia, Boston’s WCVB-TV reports. Juliana was screened for the rare genetic disorder at the hospital, but test results had yet to come in when her parents brought her home, and Juliana soon became ill.

    “Unknowingly, we were feeding her milk, because she’s a baby,” Charlene Salvi told WCVB-TV. “Basically, it was poisoning her.”

    According to the report, UPS had postponed deliveries due to the snow, so Melody Rush and other technicians with the New England Newborn Screening Program, drove through the blizzard to fetch newborns' blood for testing and analysis.

    Juliana, now 8 weeks old, is doing well, her parents said.

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  • Stephen A. Smith: 'What I dream is that for one election ... every black person in America vote Republican'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago

    ESPN host Stephen A. Smith says that if every African-American voted Republican for one election, it would send a strong message to the GOP that their vote is important.

    “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith said Tuesday during an appearance at Vanderbilt University, according to audio published by

    During the 2012 presidential election, an overwhelming 93 percent of black voters supported President Barack Obama, while just 6 percent voted for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

    “Black folks in America are telling one party, 'We don’t give a damn about you,’” Smith said. “They’re telling the other party, ‘ You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘ disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb, the other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest[s].”

    Smith later apologized.

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  • #JusticeForMartese: UVA arrest sparks calls for justice online

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago

    As more than 1,000 students gathered at the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night to demand justice for Martese Johnson, a black undergrad who appeared bloodied during an arrest outside a bar in Charlottesville, thousands of others joined in the rally online.

    Johnson, a 20-year-old Italian and media studies major at UVA, was charged with obstruction of justice without force, and public swearing or intoxication early Wednesday. The arrest was captured on video and in photos that showed the third-year student calling the Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who arrested him "racists."

    According to the Associated Press, the agent who made the arrest said Johnson "was very agitated and belligerent." According to his lawyer, Johnson, who has no criminal record, needed 10 stitches to his head.

    Outraged Twitter users expressed support for Johnson with the hashtag #JusticeForMartese.

    Roots drummer Questlove was among them.

    As was Russell Simmons.

  • Mesa shootings: 1 dead, 5 wounded; alleged gunman captured

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago

    Police in Mesa, Ariz., said they have captured an alleged gunman suspected of killing one person and wounding five others — one critically — in a shooting spree that rattled the Phoenix suburb Wednesday.

    Aerial footage showed police leading a man in handcuffs and shackles and wearing a white bodysuit away from the apartment complex where he was caught.

    Officials said the suspect was found in a vacant condo, where police used a Taser to apprehend him.

    On CNN, Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh called the arrest “a positive outcome to a very challenging morning.”

    The shooter was initially described as a white male in his late 30s or early 40s, wearing a black T-shirt and either black pants or black shorts, and having large tattoos on his neck and face.

    The suspect’s name was not immediately released, but according to KPNX-TV, police sources identified him as Ryan Giroux, a 41-year-old who spent more than six years in prison for aggravated assault.

    According to court records, Giroux was sentenced in July 2007 to seven and half years in Arizona state prison after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated assault. Details of that case weren't immediately known.

  • Pentagon 'loses track' of U.S. weapons in Yemen: Report

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago

    The ongoing unrest that forced the United States to close its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, last month also has caused Pentagon officials to admit that they’ve lost track of $500 million in military equipment, including helicopters, Humvees and ammunition, that it donated to the country, The Washington Post reports.

    U.S. officials told the newspaper that they fear the “small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies” may have slipped into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaida:

    “We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” an unnamed legislative aide on Capitol Hill told The Washington Post.

    According to the newspaper, this is what is presumed missing: