Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a pile of trash'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 23 hrs ago

    The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain black teenager Michael Brown a "pile of trash in the middle of the street" after it was destroyed.

    Timothy Zoll, the Ferguson police public information officer, told the Washington Post that he wasn't sure the destruction of the memorial on Christmas night amounted to a crime.

    "I don't know that a crime has occurred," Zoll said, according to the paper. "But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?"

    When asked about the remarks, Zoll told KMOX-TV that the Post had misquoted him.

    Zoll was placed on unpaid leave pending "disciplinary proceedings." According to city records obtained by Yahoo News, Zoll been with the department for 12 years and earns an annual salary of $50,960.

  • What's the deal with Festivus?

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    “ Seinfeld ” fans around the world gathered to air their grievances on Tuesday in celebration of Festivus, the holiday created by Frank Costanza on the popular 1990s sitcom, which has since become real annual tradition for thousands of people.

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was one of them.

    “ Christmas is a time for joy, ” the Republican senator wrote on Twitter. “It is not a time to air grievances. That's what #Festivus is for. ”

    Christmas is a time for joy. For sharing blessings w/family & friends. It is not a time to air grievances. That's what #Festivus is for.

    The alternative gathering calls for a metal pole instead of a tree, the airing of grievances ( “ You gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year, ” Frank Costanza explains) and the “ feats of strength ” — a father-son wrestling match that concludes the oddball holiday, dubbed a “ Festivus for the rest of us. ”

  • Southwest plane clips wing after colliding with American Airlines jet at LaGuardia

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    A Southwest Airlines plane ’ s wing collided with an American Airlines plane as it was taxiing on the tarmac at New York ’ s LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday, airline and Port Authority officials said.

    The Southwest plane, en route to Denver, “ came in contact with another aircraft that was awaiting a gate ” at approximately 11 a.m. ET, Southwest said in a statement to Yahoo News. There were no injuries reported, and it is not clear how the collision occurred.

    The 143 passengers and five crew members aboard the Southwest flight safely deplaned the aircraft and were bussed back to the terminal.

    Arí Isaacman Astles, a growth strategy editor at the New York Times, was one of them.

    NYPD is here and according to the pilot an investigation is already underway regarding the clipped wing....

    .@SouthwestAir plane I was on had its wing clipped; impact with @AmericanAir plane; unclear who is at fault @ LGA

  • O’Reilly: New York Mayor de Blasio ‘should resign’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    A vacationing Bill O ’ Reilly called into his own Fox News show on Monday to blast New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “ villain, ” as City Hall ’ s relationship with the New York City Police Department continues to deteriorate in the wake of Saturday ’ s fatal shootings of two police officers. During the 6-minute rant, O ’ Reilly called for de Blasio ’ s immediate resignation.

    “ He is an anti-police individual, ” O ’ Reilly said. “ He ’ s been anti-police his whole career. Who ’ s his best friend? It ’ s Al Sharpton — a racial provocateur, an anti-cop individual who is de Blasio ’ s best friend. That says it all.

    O ’ Reilly, whose grandfather was a member of the NYPD, applauded the officers who turned their backs on the mayor outside the hospital where their fellow officers were pronounced dead.

    “ Good for them. Good for them, ” O ’ Reilly said. “ This is an individual who should resign today. Today. ”

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  • 'Scary snowman' returns to scare the sugarplums out of holiday shoppers

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    It's become an annual tradition: A man, dressed as a snowman, stands motionless until unsuspecting passersby approach, then jolts them with a sudden movement.

    Freaky, Frosty the Snowman's evil twin, has been at it since 2011, pranking everyone from Times Square revelers to beachgoers on the Jersey shore.

    In the latest installment, Freaky returned to Cambridge, Mass., for the second year in a row. Fittingly, he was stationed outside an ice cream shop, ready to "terrorize" pedestrians.

    "Everybody, they get scared at first and then laugh at themselves,” Jay Lichtenberger, one of the pranksters behind Freaky, told Boston Magazine. "They realize how silly it is. Boston has a great sense of humor."

    The snowman scared plenty of passersby, including joggers, students and selfie-takers. Freaky even turned down a cash tip from an impressed driver.

    At one point, a woman hit on the man behind the suit.

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  • NYT to Obama: Appoint prosecutor to investigate Cheney for torture

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    On the heels of the Senate Intelligence Committee's blistering report on the CIA's brutal handling of prisoners after 9/11, the New York Times is calling for a criminal investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration for conspiring to commit torture and other crimes prohibited by federal and international laws.

    "Americans have known about many of these acts for years," the Times editorial board stated on Monday. "But the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any lingering doubt about their depravity and illegality."

    In a recent appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cheney refused to call some of the tactics, including involuntary rectal feeding, torture.

  • NYPD chief doesn't support officers turning their backs on mayor

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    After a video of NYPD police officers turning their back on New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio went viral over the weekend, the city's police commissioner, Bill Bratton, says he does not support "that particular activity."

    The officers were waiting at a Brooklyn hospital where two cops were taken after being shot in their patrol car by a gunman officials say was seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island.

    "I don’t support that particular activity," Bratton said on NBC's "Today" show Monday. "I don't think it was appropriate, particularly in that setting, but it's reflective of the anger of some of them."

    The city's top cop said it's clear Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of "some officers" amid heightened tensions between city hall and the police union, whose leader, Patrick Lynch, blasted de Blasio after the shootings.

  • 13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on Facebook

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    In a pair of a heart-wrenching Facebook posts, the son of one of the two NYPD officers killed in Saturday's apparent ambush paid tribute to his slain father.

    "This is the worst day of my life," Jaden Ramos, the 13-year-old son of Rafael Ramos, wrote.

    "Today I had to say bye to my father," Jaden continued. "He was their [sic] for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It's horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad."

    Jaden's Facebook posts have been shared more than 8,000 times.

    Police say Rafael Ramos, 40, and his partner, 32-year-old Wenjian Liu, were killed Saturday as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn by a gunman who earlier in the day had announced on social media that he planned to kill two "pigs" in retribution for the recent U.S. police killings of two unarmed black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

    Hours earlier, police say, Brinsley warned on Instagram that he would be "putting wings on pigs today."

  • Obama, de Blasio blasted over NYPD cop slayings

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and other officials took to Sunday-morning talk shows to condemn Saturday's slayings of two NYPD police officers in Brooklyn by a gunman who authorities say announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

    Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly placed the blame on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for fanning the flames of antipolice anger during the protests earlier this month.

    "I think when the mayor made statements about that he had to train his son — who is biracial — to be careful when he's dealing with the police, I think that set off this latest firestorm," Kelly said on ABC's “This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "And quite frankly, the mayor ran an antipolice campaign last year when he ran for mayor."

    On CBS' "Face The Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham said de Blasio had "undercut his cops" with his comments, but did not blame the mayor.

    "We have a violence problem," Brooks said.

  • Obama speaks on North Korea's 'cyber vandalism,' not being 'rolled' by Putin, and closing Gitmo

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    In what is expected to be his final interview of the year, President Barack Obama addressed a wide range of topics on CNN, including North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures, Cuba, Russian President Vladimir Putin, race relations in America, and the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay — a facility he says he will do everything to close.

    “I'm going to be doing everything I can to close it," President Obama told Candy Crowley in a interview that aired Sunday. "It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We're spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”

    The Pentagon said on Saturday that four Afghan prisoners held for more than a decade at Guantanamo have been sent home. Obama vowed to close the facility when he took office in 2009.

    President Obama was also asked about last week's historic easing of sanctions against Cuba and the start of talks that may lead to restoring full diplomatic relations between the two countries.