Inside the case that rocked the vampire community: Timothy Vafeades, who has a history of domestic violence, is charged with holding a relative captive in his truck for 6 months.
As the world’s preeminent transgender fang maker will tell you, aficionados of the undead are generally better behaved than the accused kidnapper and sex abuser known as the Vampire Trucker.“Most are less proactive,” says the artificial fang producer, who goes by the professional name Dnash. “I don’t see a lot of these people putting people in the back of the car and taking them into the woods and biting them.”The Vampire Trucker, 53-year-old Timothy Vafeades of Utah, acquired his nickname along with worldwide attention because he christened his company Twilight Express Trucking and was found to possess fang dentures when he was arrested earlier this month.
The new commissioner of the NYPD will do many of the same things for which the old commissioner has been criticized. Politics change. Policing, not so much.
I recently asked a cop who’s been with the New York City Police Department for three decades what he thought might change now that Commissioner Ray Kelly is leaving and Bill Bratton is coming back to the position he held in 1994 and ’95. Would there be fundamental changes in the way Kelly’s department fought terrorism? Would there be an end to the way cops stop, question, and frisk people on the street?Small groups of protesters in New York City already are asking that question, and they don’t like what they see.
The year’s most surprising, consequential, and transformative figure wasn’t Pope Francis, he’s no revolutionary. But the NSA leaker, dark as his revelations may be, is all those things.
Francis is an extraordinary human being and an extraordinary pope. But to be Planet Earth’s person of the year, to be extraordinary is not enough.You must be superlative—the year’s most surprising, most consequential, most transformative figure alive. And by that standard, the only possible standard, Pope Francis is not the person of the year. That is a title that can only belong to Edward Snowden.Many people do not want this, or this kind of thing, to be true, but it is—whether measured by scope of change, depth of change, or something even deeper.
In the year since Newtown, at least 24 school shootings have claimed at least 17 lives, according to a Daily Beast investigation. Has anything really changed?
In the year since 20 first-graders were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, another school shooting has taken place in America every two weeks on average.These events aren’t necessarily the types of tragedies that come to mind when one thinks of “school shootings”—madmen in fatigues roaming school hallways, strapped with automatic-style guns, murdering indiscriminately—nor do they receive the media attention of such mass shootings. But they can be similarly traumatizing for students and staff, and they have led to at least 24 injuries and 17 deaths over the past year, The Daily Beast has found.
Persistent hard work on Capitol Hill and a new push from the White House are moving the shuttering of Guantanamo a lot closer to reality.
Are we closer to closing Guantanamo? It’s beginning to look that way.Earlier this week the Republican-led House and the Democratic-led Senate reached a compromise as part of an annual defense policy bill that would make it easier to transfer detainees from Guantanamo to foreign countries willing to take them. And while many in the press interpreted the news as evidence that Gitmo was here to stay, the bipartisan deal was actually a watershed moment in the long saga.
In the wake of the Obama selfie firestorm from Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, a commonsense guide to taking selfies.
I’m old enough to remember when Selfies at a Funeral was a thing. It was a Tumblr, to be precise, so buzzworthy and relevant that by November 13, it was featured on Good Morning America. The site still exists, but on December 10, 2013, it took its own life: “Obama Has Taken A Funeral Selfie,” reads the final post, “So Our Work Here Is Done.”How did we get here? It wasn’t quite a selfie that POTUS snapped, and it wasn’t exactly a funeral, but still: roping in the Danish and British prime ministers for a snap at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service? It’s one thing to snag the Pope for a quick groupie, but this is ridiculous.
Saddled with billions in debt, there's no good reason the city shouldn't sell its art collection worth as much as $866 million.
If you really want to make jaws drop in polite conversation, don’t waste your time suggesting that bankrupt Detroit merely stiff its pensioners and creditors harder than John Holmes did his costars in 1976’s Tell Them Johnny Wadd Is Here. Instead, suggest that the city unload its little-seen yet high-valued art collection hiding in plain sight at The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).Don’t get me wrong: In its attempts to deal with an estimated $18 billion in debt, Motown will absolutely be giving out buzzcuts worthy of an Army barber to everyone who has ever drawn a paycheck from City Hall or was stupid enough to lend it money.
As the idea of commercial drones edges closer, one Colorado man is pining for the right to shoot them down. The problem—he’s got his facts wrong, and his small town is fighting back.
As Amazon works to launch a fleet of delivery drones, one man in Colorado is making it his mission to shoot them down—legally. Philip Steel, whom Stephen Colbert has deemed a “courageous patriot,” has never seen a drone. But he’ll be ready when he does. In the next few years, Steel postulates, commercial drones will be Enemy No. 1. Hovering a few feet in the air, they’ll watch, record, and analyze Americans’ every move. Call yourself a non-smoker on your health insurance? A surveillance drone will soon prove you wrong, he says.
The shocking revelations of the New York City Police Department’s report on ‘lessons learned’ from the September terrorist attack in Kenya.
You say the word “Nairobi” and the place sounds just about as far away as it is. But if you look at pictures and plans of its Westgate Shopping Mall, where terrorists slaughtered 67 people last September and wounded 200, you feel like you’ve been there before in many cities in America, and many times. There’s the multiple levels built around an open atrium, the glistening escalators, the cafés, the boutiques selling jewelry, shoes and clothes.
Joey Wylie broke hearts in New York when he saluted the coffin of his father, a firefighter who had died in his very first blaze. Now 24, he’s following in his father’s footsteps.
When five-year-old Joey Wylie saluted the flag-draped coffin of his firefighter dad outside a Queens church in early 1995, mourners immediately thought of John John doing the same at President Kennedy’s funeral.Joey’s dad, firefighter Tommy Wylie, had been a full-fledged member of the FDNY for only a few days when he was fatally injured at his very first blaze. He died five days later as seemingly the whole city was praying for a miracle.“If daddy’s in heaven, what’s in the box we keep following?” Joey asked on the way from the funeral to the cemetery.
With serious concerns that Amazon's 'Prime Air' would infringe on privacy, The Daily Beast's Abby Haglage explains why the drones are a recipe for disaster.
As Washington chewed over the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, the Treasury Department announced a walloping drop in red ink. Turns out government didn’t need a “grand bargain” to get its fiscal house in order.