Posts by Dylan Stableford

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

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 hrs 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 3 hrs 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 hrs 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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.

  • Bill O'Reilly declares victory in the 'War on Christmas'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Bill O'Reilly, who has become Christianity's General Patton in the so-called “War on Christmas," declared victory on Wednesday.

    “We won the war," O'Reilly said on his Fox News show after learning that a recent Pew survey found 72 percent of Americans say Christian symbols like Nativity scenes should be allowed on government property.

    According to the poll, conducted earlier this month, 44 percent support the public displays whether or not symbols of other faiths are included.

    “It isn't a mythical war on Christmas," the “O'Reilly Factor" host continued. “It's real, and we just won."

    O'Reilly continued his victory speech in an appearance on NBC's “Late Night With Seth Meyers."

    “I might have just fulfilled my last obligation on earth," O'Reilly joked.

    Perhaps O'Reilly will tune in.

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  • Misspelled sign may have cost principal her job

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    A principal has been reassigned after a misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside a New Jersey school.

    The message on the sign above the entryway to Paterson’s Public School Number 20 included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards.

    The errors drew the ire of school Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook.

    “At first I didn’t believe it," Teague told CBS New York. "I thought it was Photoshopped or something."

    When Teague found out it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook.

    "How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the administration can't?" Teague wrote. "We must be held to a higher standard.”

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  • Cigar lovers take to Twitter to celebrate change in U.S.-Cuba policy

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    Lovers of Cuban cigars are celebrating the news that the loosening of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba means authorized American travelers will be allowed to return with up to $100 of alcohol and tobacco products.

    "That can include cigars," a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday before President Barack Obama announced a historic easing of sanctions against Cuba and the start of talks that may lead to restoring full diplomatic relations between the two countries — and put an end to the 53-year U.S.-imposed trade embargo.

    “Today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world,” Obama declared at the White House.

    But Twitter users were particularly excited about the cigar development.


  • Jerry Garcia's letter to Vogue cover model going up for auction

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    A rare handwritten letter by the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to a Vogue cover model is going up for auction.

    In the two-part letter, postmarked June 22, 1982, Garcia, who met the model at a party in New York City in 1980, thanks the unidentified woman for sending him postcards from Europe, then clumsily explains why it took him so long to respond.

    “Thank you really for sending that postcard, I feel like it’s sort of our first ‘official’ communication somehow," Garcia writes. "I’ve been hoping we could get together ever since we first met at Al’s that winter nite so long ago (sigh)... I hope it doesn’t seem like I’ve been avoiding you, although I admit I’ve kind of been waiting for the opportunity (that is, the ‘right’ opportunity) for us to meet in some kind of neutral context that would be comfortable and relaxed and free of any pressure.

    In a second part of the note, written on letterhead from New York's Hotel Parker Meridien, Garcia continues:

    The legendary frontman touches on everything from the invasion of the Falkland Islands to the birth of Prince William to fear of performing acoustic.