Dylan Stableford

  • Springsteen, ‘SNL’ pay tribute to Prince

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    Bruce Springsteen opened his show in Brooklyn on Saturday night with an emotional tribute to Prince, performing “Purple Rain.”

    Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage at the Barclays Center bathed in Prince’s preferred purple lighting, leading the crowd in a singalong of the late pop icon’s most famous song.

    “Prince forever,” Springsteen told the New York crowd at the end of the song. “God bless!”

    Springsteen’s Prince tribute wasn’t the only one seen in New York on Saturday night.

    NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which was supposed to be airing reruns, instead produced a career-spanning retrospective  of Prince’s “SNL” performances in a special hosted by former cast member Jimmy Fallon.

    “Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently,” Fallon said. “But there was always something different about a Prince performance — it was special, it was an event, it was Prince.”

    NBC also shared Prince’s most recent “SNL” appearance, which never made it to air: his surprise performance at the afterparty for the show’s 40th anniversary special in February 2015.

  • What Colorado has learned from legalizing marijuana so far

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    As weed enthusiasts around the world celebrate 4/20, a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety found that emergency-room visits related to marijuana are up and pot use among young adults is on the rise — though the decreased stigma surrounding recreational cannabis is blunting its findings.

    Since becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, in 2014, ER visits related to pot use have increased by nearly 30 percent in Colorado, the study found. From 2014 to mid-2015, 956 out of every 100,000 ER visits (roughly one out of every 1,000) were related to marijuana use, compared to 739 per 100,000 from 2010 through 2013.

    Similarly, hospitalizations related to cannabis use increased from 803 per 100,000 (from 2001 to 2009) to 2,413 per 100,000 from January 2014 through June 2015.

    But such statistics come with a major caveat. According to the report: 

    Among the 143-page report’s other findings:

  • Elementary school bans boys from wearing Trump masks at talent show

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    Donald Trump’s rambling, unscripted stump speeches have been compared to political performance art. But for one Massachusetts elementary school, his face is just too offensive to be included in its talent show.

    Last week, officials at Joseph E. Fiske Elementary School in Wellesley, Mass., barred three 11-year-old boys from performing a wordless dance routine to Crazy Frog’s “Axel F” because they were planning to wear comically oversized masks of the Republican frontrunner. The so-called Bobblehead Boys — Christian Mattaliano, Marc Maggiacomo and David Maggiacomo — did a similar routine last year when they wore masks featuring the face of the school’s retiring principal.

    “The bobblehead is the act,” Maryellen Maggiacomo, the mother of Marc and David, told the newspaper.

    “They assume they did something wrong.” Laurie Mattaliano, Christian’s mom, added. “No words were spoken. It’s just pop culture. The skit took no stance in support or defamation.”

    School administrators had a different view.

    Maggiacomo vehemently disagreed.

  • Rachel Dolezal says she is writing a book about racial identity

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    Nearly a year after she was forced to resign from the NAACP after being accused of lying about her race, Rachel Dolezal says she is writing a book about racial identity — and remains unapologetic about misleading those who believed she was born black.

    “I don’t have any regrets about how I identify,” Dolezal said on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. “I’m still me, and nothing about that has changed.”

    If anything, Dolezal says, she wishes she would’ve clarified her racial identity sooner.

    “I do wish that I could’ve really owned, you know, given myself permission to really name and own the ‘me’ of me earlier in life,” she said. “It took me almost 30 years to get there. But it’s a complex issue.

    “Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism,” she added. “Race didn’t create racism, but racism created race.”

    In interviews that followed, Dolezal insisted she identified as black.

    “I definitely am not white,” she said on “Today” last June. “Nothing about being white describes who I am. That’s the accurate answer from my truth.”

  • Snowboarder's bear chase video deemed fake by many viewers

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    The snowboarder, identified as Kelly Murphy, posted the footage to YouTube on Sunday.

    In it, Murphy uses a selfie stick to film herself carving a few turns down an otherwise empty hill at Japan’s Hakuba 47 resort, singing Rihanna's "Work" as she does. As she turns, the bear can be seen and heard over her shoulder before appearing to give up the chase as she comes to a stop about a minute later.

    "OMG!" Murphy wrote on Twitter. "I was going through my snowboarding videos and I found a bear chasing me!!! I nearly got eaten!!!"

    "This was at Hakuba 47 in Japan, filmed yesterday!" she added. "Be careful people!!!"

    “I was freaking out when I saw it,” Murphy, described as a 19-year-old student from Sydney, told Australia's 9 News.

    The paper even elaborated on the video's "plausibility":

    But plenty of others were just as quick to call bull on the bear chase.

  • Twitter executive live-tweets and live-streams SWAT standoff outside his L.A. home

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    People who live in Los Angeles are used to watching police pursuits live on television — they just usually aren’t able to watch them from their bedroom window.

    But that was precisely the case for Nathan Hubbard early Monday, when a SWAT team rolled into his Pacific Palisades neighborhood in pursuit of a male suspect who crashed a stolen car, fired on police and then holed up in his neighbor’s garage.

    Hubbard, a Twitter executive, and his family had just returned home from a family trip from Africa when he heard gunshots outside his daughter’s window around 2:00 a.m. local time.

    And Hubbard promptly began live-tweeting and streaming the standoff on Twitter and Periscope.

    Full on police helicopter chase and multiple gunshots in the alley behind my house in Pacific Palisades. Police all over the scene. @LAPDHQ


    According to Hubbard, he heard a car crash with police helicopters overhead, then two sets of gunshots.

    SWAT teams approaching the garage

    Shots fired - sounds like gas


  • Starbucks apologizes to man who received ‘diabetes here I come’ message on cup

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 mths ago

    A 16-ounce white chocolate mocha has 470 calories and 59 grams of sugar when made with 2% milk and topped with whipped cream, according to Starbucks. But it isn’t supposed to come sprinkled with snark.

    The Seattle-based coffee chain has apologized to a Florida man who says he ordered a white chocolate mocha and received an unwelcome message printed on the cup’s label: “DIABETES HERE I COME.”

    Action News Jacksonville reports that the incident occurred at Starbucks’ Palencia Village location in St. Augustine on Friday morning.

    A @Starbucks customer tells me he's hurt by the message he received on his coffee cup. Details on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/hNMeC6ysRJ

    It’s the second time in a week a Florida Starbucks has made national news.

  • EgyptAir hijacking suspect reportedly asked for meeting with ex-wife

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 mths ago

    The hijacking of an EgyptAir plane by a man claiming to be wearing a suicide vest stoked fears of terrorism on Tuesday, coming one week after the deadly attacks in Brussels. But according to initial reports, the hijacker apparently told hostage negotiators he was trying to get in touch with his ex-wife.

    The alleged hijacker, identified as 59-year-old Seif Eldin Mustafa, told the crew of the Cairo-bound plane he was wearing a suicide belt shortly after takeoff in Alexandria, forcing it to land in Larnaca, Cyprus. According to the state broadcaster in Cyprus, Mustafa, an Egyptian national and former army officer, had a four-page letter in which he demanded the release of female prisoners in Egypt and asked for a meeting with his ex-wife.

    According to the New York Times, the woman, who lives in Cyprus, “visited the airport and helped persuade him to surrender.”

    When asked if the hijacking involved a woman, Anastasiades quipped, “Always, there is a woman.”

  • Pez apologizes for Easter egg hunt 'chaos'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 mths ago

    The Pez candy company has apologized for an Easter egg hunt that descended into chaos at its factory over the weekend when overzealous parents ignored the start time and rushed the field.

    "We would like to sincerely apologize to each of our guests," Pez said in a statement following Saturday's event. "This was not something created to frustrate or make people angry. We only wanted to do good for the local community."

    According to the company, the Easter egg hunt drew hundreds of people to the fields outside its Orange, Conn., facility.

    Organizers said they placed more than 9,000 eggs on three separate fields for the children and intended on having staggered start times for different age groups.

    "[They] rushed the field and took everything," Pez general manager Shawn Peterson told WFSB-TV, "kind of like locusts."

    Few, it seemed, did.

  • Eddie Izzard completes 27 marathons in 27 days

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 mths ago

    Eddie Izzard ran an ultramarathon on Sunday to fulfill his quest to complete 27 marathons in 27 days in honor of the late Nelson Mandela.

    "It's been the hardest thing I've ever done," Izzard told the BBC in Pretoria, standing under a statue of Mandela, who spent 27 years before becoming the first black president of South Africa.

    The 54-year-old actor and comedian raised more than 1 million pounds for the U.K.-based charity Sport Reliefover his 27-day, 707-mile journey.

    It almost didn't happen. A health scare following his fourth marathon forced Izzard to take an unscheduled rest day — meaning he needed to do two on Sunday. (He technically did just one — a run the equivalent of South Africa's 56-mile Comrades Marathon — in 11 hours and 50 minutes.