Blog Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Eagles of Death Metal frontman speaks out for first time since Paris attacks

    Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has spoken publicly for the first time since the deadly Paris terror attacks, recalling the horror he witnessed inside the Bataclan concert hall as three gunmen opened fire, killing 89 people during the Nov. 13 massacre.

    "Several people hid in our dressing room," Hughes told from Venice., Calif., in an interview that will air on the website later this week. "And the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them — except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket."

    The assault on the Bataclan was the deadliest of six coordinated attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris. Among those killed inside the venue were the band's merchandise manager and three staffers from its record label.

    "People were playing dead, and they were so scared," an emotional Hughes said. "A great reason so many were killed was because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people.”

    That was

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  • Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

    ‘Can you hear me now?’

    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been living in asylum in Russia after blowing the lid on the U.S. spy agency’s controversial domestic surveillance program, has joined Twitter.

    The 32-year-old fugitive published his first tweet from his verified Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

    “I used to work for the government,” his Twitter bio reads. “Now I work for the public.”

    Snowden — who has appeared in online interviews conducted using video links since fleeing the United States in 2013 — was encouraged to join Twitter during a recent interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    “You kind of need a Twitter handle,” Tyson told Snowden during the interview, which was posted Friday. “So like @Snowden, maybe? Is this something you might do?”

    “That sounds good; I think we’ve got to make it happen,” Snowden replied. “You and I will be Twitter buddies. Your followers will be the Internet,

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  • Rachel Dolezal: What black leaders are saying about her racial identity

    Black leaders and prominent African-American media figures are weighing in on the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who resigned after being accused of lying about her race.

    “I identify as black,” Dolezal told NBC's Matt Lauer on the “Today” show Tuesday.

    “I definitely am not white,” she said in an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie later in the day. “Nothing about being white describes who I am.”

    Montel Williams, the former daytime talk-show host and father of four biracial children, slammed Dolezals deception.

    “The truth is she lied,” Williams wrote in a Facebook post. “I hope she gets the help she so clearly needs. This isnt trans-race as much as its sans-honesty.”

    He elaborated in a guest column published by

    While she was living as white, Dolezal sued Howard University for discrimination based on the fact she was a white pregnant woman. Then while she was living as black, she reported numerous hate crimes which law enforcement
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  • New videos capture moment Nepal earthquake struck

    Newly released video footage of Saturday's deadly earthquake in Nepal captures the moment the 7.9-magnitude quake struck.

    A harrowing video taken by a tourist in Bhaktapur shows people in an ancient square scrambling to avoid debris falling from a building.

    Footage from a Kathmandu traffic camera shows motorists and cyclists slow down at a busy roundabout and dozens of people spill into the street as the earth shakes. A large monument in the center of the roundabout was toppled, though no one appeared to be injured.

    Closed-circuit television footage from inside a Kathmandu department store shows shoppers frantically trying to flee.

    And a video taken by a Turkish tourist captures the quake from a balcony, showing birds circling and dust rising in Kathmandu. Oddly, a potted plant on the balcony's ledge did not fall.

    Officials say the earthquake killed more than 5,800 people. That figure does not include the 19 people killed on Mount Everest in an avalanche that was triggered by the

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  • Baltimore teenager smacked by 'hero mom' says he's learned his lesson

    But should we be celebrating her?

    The Baltimore teenager who was smacked by his angry mother during Monday's riots — a moment seen in a video that quickly went viral — says he learned a lesson from his public shaming. But some are questioning the celebration of her tactics.

    In a pair of interviews, Michael Singleton described the confrontation.

    "I was just like, 'Oh, man. What is my mother doing down here? Why would she be down here?'" Singleton told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "But when I heard, 'Put that brick down,' I was like, 'Oh, that's my mother.'"

    On Tuesday, Toya Graham, the 42-year-old single mother of six, told CBS News that she didn't want to see her only son become "a Freddie Gray," the 25-year-old who died in police custody earlier this month.

    "I felt as though my friends were down there," the 16-year-old said of his decision to join the rioters. "A couple of my friends had been beaten by the police, killed by the police. So I felt as though I needed to go down there, show my respect."

    "I was so angry with him

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  • One of Jon Stewart’s biggest regrets as ‘Daily Show’ host: Not pushing Donald Rumsfeld harder

    Donald Rumsfeld on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2011. (Comedy Central)Donald Rumsfeld on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2011. (Comedy Central)

    Jon Stewart doesn’t have many regrets as he approaches the end of his 16-year run as host of “The Daily Show.” But he does have one: not pushing Donald Rumsfeld harder when he had the chance.

    The former secretary of defense appeared on “The Daily Show” in 2011 for an interview, which the comedian says he squandered.

    “He just went into the general gobbledegook,” Stewart told The Guardian. “‘Mnah mnah mnah, well, you have to remember, it was 9/11 mnah mnah.’ I should have pushed, but he’s very adept at deflecting.”

    Rumsfeld, who was on the show to promote his memoir, “Known and Unknown,” dodged Stewart’s questions about faulty U.S. intelligence leading up to the Iraq War.

    “The intelligence always is never perfect,” Rumsfeld said. “You have to question it.”

    According to The Guardian, Stewart looked “genuinely crushed” while reflecting on the exchange.

    “That interview with Rumsfeld went s---ty, but it’s still just an interview,” Stewart said. “He’s the one who has to live with the

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  • John Oliver grills Edward Snowden over potentially harmful NSA leaks

    ‘You have to own that,’ comedian tells former spy agency contractor

    John Oliver sat down with National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” for a wide-ranging interview that was funny and, at times, surprisingly tense.

    Oliver, who flew to Moscow to conduct the interview, grilled Snowden on the leaked documents.

    “How many of those documents have you actually read?” Oliver asked Snowden.

    “I have evaluated all of the documents that are in the archive,” the 31-year-old former CIA systems administrator said. “I do understand what I turned over.”

    “There’s a difference between understanding what’s in the documents and reading what’s in the documents,” Oliver countered. “Because when you’re handing over thousands of NSA documents, the last thing you’d want to do is read them.”

    The comedian and former “Daily Show” correspondent pointed out that Snowden’s actions led to the disclosure of sensitive information beyond the NSA’s controversial government surveillance program, including the revelation that the

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  • French officials cast doubt on purported video of Germanwings flight’s final moments

    Footage is ‘real,’ Paris Match and Bild editors say; police official calls it a ‘fake’

    Two European newspapers are standing by their reports that a cellphone video showing what happened inside a Germanwings plane during the final seconds of ill-fated Flight 9525 was found among the wreckage, even as French officials cast doubt on its authenticity.

    The Paris Match and Bild newspapers claim to have jointly obtained the footage, which was reportedly discovered at the crash site. Paris Match said the 14-second video captures the chaos of the plane’s final moments:

    The scene was so chaotic that it was hard to identify people, but the sounds of the screaming passengers made it perfectly clear that they were aware of what was about to happen to them. One can hear cries of “My God” in several languages. Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. Towards the end, after a heavy shake, stronger than the others, the screaming intensifies. Then nothing.

    But a French police official told NBC News

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  • #JusticeForMartese: UVA arrest sparks calls for justice online

    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

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

    Three-hour manhunt in Arizona ends in arrest

    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.”

    Giroux (Arizona Dept. of Corrections)Giroux (Arizona Dept. of Corrections)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

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