Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Tom Brady: 'I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 15 hrs ago

    Tom Brady blasted the NFL’s decision to uphold his four-game suspension related to last season’s so-called deflate-gate controversy, saying neither he nor anyone in the New England Patriots organization did anything wrong, and that the league has “zero evidence of wrongdoing.”

    “I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision,” Brady said in a statement posted to Facebook Wednesday morning. “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.

    “Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past six months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ‘probable’ that I was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct,” he continued. “The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused.”

    He added: “Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January.”

  • Bill Cosby: New York Mag cover features 35 of comedian’s accusers

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    New York Magazine has published an explosive cover story chronicling the stories of nearly three dozen women accusing Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault.

    The cover itself features 35 of the 46 women who have come forward publicly. The magazine said it spent six months interviewing each of Cosby’s accusers separately, “and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath.”

    Joyce Emmons, a former comedy club manager who was allegedly assaulted by Cosby in the late 1970s, gave this account:

    Jewell Allison, whose alleged assault occurred in the late 1990s, recalled a similar encounter:

     

    “He then said, and I will never forget this, he said, ‘Look at the glow on your face,’” Allison told Yahoo News.

    In a 2005 deposition for a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand, Cosby described her as having “a glow,” too.

    Louisa Moritz, a 69-year-old actress, was allegedly assaulted by Cosby in 1971 inside a “Tonight Show” dressing room before they both were scheduled to appear.

     

  • Passengers post oxygen mask selfies as plane makes emergency landing

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 days ago

    A United Airlines flight en route to Los Angeles from Denver was forced to make an emergency landing in Grand Junction, Colo., when several passengers complained about low cabin pressure shortly after takeoff, causing the pilot to deploy oxygen masks from the plane's ceiling.

    "After receiving reports of multiple ill customers, our crew deployed the oxygen masks and elected to divert to Grand Junction," Jennifer Dohm, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told Yahoo News. "Medical personnel met the flight upon arrival, and we'll fly our passengers on a new aircraft to Los Angeles."

    The Airbus A320 carrying 150 passengers and six crew members took off at approximately 8:25 a.m. from Denver International Airport, according to FlightAware.com, landing in Grand Junction just over an hour later.

    The aircraft is being inspected "to determine if there were any technical issues," Dohm added.

    Several passengers, including WWE wrestler Sheamus, posted photos of themselves wearing the oxygen masks to social media.

  • Buzz Aldrin shares memories of Apollo 11 moon landing on Twitter

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 days ago

    Monday marks the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin — who, along with Neil Armstrong, made mankind's first successful moonwalk on July 20, 1969 — is sharing his memories of the history-making mission on Twitter.

    It's the 46th Anniversary Apollo 11 moon landing. Mankind's first small step-The next giant leap will be #Mars #GYATM pic.twitter.com/c2ADqSN72G

    As I made my way down the ladder I partially closed the hatch. Being careful not to lock it on my way out. #Apollo11 pic.twitter.com/F6q9W5S0ef

    Aldrin, who served as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11, tweeted several of the iconic photos Armstrong took of him. Armstrong is visible in the reflection on Aldrin's visor.

    The 85-year-old space legend retweeted the New York Times' July 21, 1969, cover.

    "Travolta taught me some dance moves," Aldrin tweeted.

  • Rachel Dolezal: ‘I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 days ago

    Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who resigned last month after being accused of lying about her race, doesn ’ t think she deceived anyone by representing herself as black.

    “I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody,” Dolezal told Vanity Fair. “ If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African-American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”

    In June, Dolezal’s biological parents, who are white, disclosed that their daughter is white but had been posing as a black woman, sparking an ethics investigation at the NAACP and touching off a national debate over racial identity.

    Dolezal resigned as president of the organization’s Spokane, Wash., chapter, but refused to apologize.

    “ Yes, ” Dolezal replied.

  • Black officer helps white supremacist suffering from heat at KKK rally

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 days ago

    White-supremacist groups and African-American demonstrators clashed in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, resulting in at least five arrests and seven people taken to hospitals as tensions — and temperatures — flared following the recent decision to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.

    But it was the powerful image of a black police officer assisting a man wearing a black T-shirt bearing a swastika and struggling in the heat that resonated online.

    In the photo, the officer, Leroy Smith, is seen holding the arm of the unidentified protester as he helped him up the stairs and out of the sun. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Columbia hit a high of 98 degrees Saturday.

    The image was uploaded to Twitter by Rob Godfrey, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s deputy chief of staff. And it quickly went viral.

    not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down. pic.twitter.com/GoF23r3mRe

    The photo has been retweeted nearly 3,000 times.

  • Shootings at Chattanooga military facilities leave 4 Marines, gunman dead; act called 'domestic terrorism'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 13 days ago

    Shootings at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday, left five people dead, including four Marines and the lone gunman, officials said.

    The shooter was later identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, and it was revealed late Thursday by SITE, a widely read website that tracks Islamic terrorism, that he maintained a blog where he wrote “Islamic-focused” posts that were entered as recently as three days ago.

    An FBI official told Yahoo News, "there is no reason to question the authenticity" of the blog with the pro-jihad entries. The official said it is actively investigating whether the shooter may have contacts with ISIS through social media, but currently has no evidence of that.

    In a July 13 post, Abdulazeez wrote that “life is short and bitter” and that Muslims should not let “the oppourtunity to submit to Allah…pass you by,” the website said in an email sent to subscribers.

    Late Thursday night in a Chattanooga press conference, FBI officials maintained that there is no threat to the general public following the shooting, which left local officials and residents reeling.

  • Obama on Cosby: 'This country, and any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 14 days ago

    President Obama weighed in on the mounting sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby on Tuesday.

    When asked whether he would consider revoking the comedian's Presidential Medal of Freedom, Obama said there was no mechanism for doing so, and while he would not comment on specific accusations, he said that giving drugs to another person in order to have sex amounts to rape.

    "If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with them, that's rape," Obama said at the White House in response to a question about Cosby during a press briefing on the Iran nuclear deal. "This country, and any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."

    Obama's comments come on the heels of Cosby's admission that he gave Quaaludes to at least one woman he wanted to have sex with — a revelation in a 2005 deposition that was unsealed last week.

     

  • 3 injured in Brooklyn building collapse

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 15 days ago

    Emergency crews responded to a building collapse in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

    An FDNY spokesman said the department received a call reporting the collapse at 2:26 p.m. at 1438 Fulton St. It's unclear what caused the collapse, the spokesman said.

    At least three people were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, though it's unclear if they were in or near the building when it collapsed. According to CBS New York, one of those injured was bicyclist who was struck by falling debris.

    Photos and video posted to social media showed first responders arriving at the scene.

    Building just collapsed in Brooklyn; Fulton St & Tompkins Ave! Don't know if anyone was inside. pic.twitter.com/22TBfyvJoY

    Emergency crews got here pretty quick. pic.twitter.com/7IqJ3yKaoj

    One last photo before leaving the scene. pic.twitter.com/ElfquzD3d2

    Building collapse on Fulton street pic.twitter.com/tofOnxspRX

  • NASA's New Horizons approaches Pluto, sending space nerds into orbit

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 16 days ago

    Pluto, get ready for your close-up.

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to pass within 7,767 miles of the dwarf planet system on Tuesday morning, nine and a half years and roughly 3 billion miles since its launch from Earth.

    At a speed of 36,000 mph, the thousand-pound spacecraft — which is the size of a baby grand piano — will also come within 17,931 miles of Charon, Pluto’s jumbo moon.

    “We’re going to knock your socks off,” Alan Stern, the mission’s principal scientist, told the Associated Press.

    The $723 million mission, Stern said, is nearly “unprecedented.”

    According to NBC News, more than 1,000 journalists and VIPs will be in attendance at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for a Pluto watch party.

    Among them: Annette Tombaugh-Sitze, whose late father, Clyde Tombaugh, discovered Pluto in 1930.

    Her father's ashes are flying aboard the spacecraft.

    Not surprisingly, "Plutophiles" are agog.

    So how big is Pluto?