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Snowboarder claims skier pushed him off chairlift

Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 5:34 PM
Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 9:48 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Snowboarder claims skier pushed him off chairlift
Ski lift in Aspen, Colorado. (File photo / Getty) (Doug Pensinger)

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A trip to an Aspen, Colorado, skiing mountain went left when a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift, according to the snowboarder's claims.

The Aspen Times reported that Seth Beckton was on a chairlift preparing to snowboard at the Aspen Highlands.

Beckton said in a colorful Facebook post that he made small talk with the skier next to him while they took the chairlift up the mountain. The pair spoke about the fresh snow on the grounds and Beckton said he made a comment to the skier about getting good powder shots.

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The snowboarder then said the skier asked, “Are you making fun of me?” but Beckton could not tell if he was kidding or not because he could not see his face. Beckton said he replied, “Not really — but maybe,” in an effort to playfully respond.

Then Beckton claimed the skier responded by saying, “If you think that’s funny, do you think this is funny?” and pushed Beckton 20 to 25 feet to the ground. Because of a “large pocket of snow,” he was not injured.

Beckton thinks the skier took offense to the comment, pushing him off the chairlift was his response.

Beckton said the incident happened around 9:30 a.m.

“I honestly thought I was dead,” Beckton said. "because I didn’t know where we were (within the lift path). It’s not cool to think anyone would do that."

“I was really (shaken) up,” he said. “I was like, ‘Was that a joke? Did that really happen?’ Because I wasn’t hurt, I wasn’t super-outraged. I didn’t want to let it ruin my day. I decided to continue on my way.”

But when Beckton told his friends, he said their reaction prompted him to report it later in the day.

“This is not the kind of behavior we want on our mountain,” Jeff Hanle, spokesman for Aspen Skiing Co., said. “We will do our best to find the person.”

Hanle said it would have been easier to find the skier if Beckton had reported the incident earlier.

Deputy Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said officers are investigating the incident and working with officials at the skiing mountain.

Wife listens to entire 4-hour rescue of big-rig driver after interstate crash

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 8:28 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 8:04 PM
By: Ken Lemon - WSOC

WSOC has learned that Jackson Musyoka, of Flower Mound, Texas, is the driver who was trapped for nearly four hours inside his tractor-trailer Thursday on Interstate 85.

Firefighters and rescuers worked in the heat and in poison oak for hours to save Musyoka, who officials said lost his leg in the crash.

They feared he would die, but reassured him the whole time that he would be OK.

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WSOC learned Musyoka’s wife was on the phone with him when the crash happened.

"That was the worst ever, just to hear all of that," Tyshell Musyoka said, adding that her husband looked down for a brief moment while driving and when he looked back up the truck was swerving. 

"I heard the tumbling and everything.  Then it got silent for a minute and then that's when I started hearing him screaming for help," she said. 

He had no idea his wife was still on the phone, listening and worrying, until rescuers arrived. His wife heard their voices. 

"The way they were doing him it pretty much eased my mind," she said.

Tyshell Musyoka couldn't hear everything, but she heard rescuers asking for room just as they got him free. J's ackson Musyokacell phone battery died before they took him out. She didn't get to hear them taking him up to a waiting helicopter.

"I just want to say, Thank you so much,'" Tyshell Musyoka said. 

Tyshell Musyoka said her husband is weak, but in good spirits.

Police are still not sure what caused the 18-wheeler to go off the interstate.

Fireman shares his rescue story

Fireman Alex Hardee worked side-by-side with other rescuers.

"Four hours for me. That’s a first,"  Hardee said. "That’s the longest that I have probably been a part of," Hardee said.

Authorities said the trucker’s leg was so badly damaged, paramedics considered amputating it on the scene.

Hardee climbed into the rig in full turnout gear on a blistering hot day.

"Your body temperature, no matter how much you sweat, you can’t drink enough water," Hardee said.

Fire crews took turns so that they didn't overheat, going up and down a steep hill.

Cables from a large wrecker kept the truck from sliding further down hill.

"We have a job to do. We signed up to do this. We trained for this," Hardee said, adding for four hours firefighters and police focused on the trucker trapped inside.

"Keeping him abreast of the steps were taking to extricate him. Just more or less talking to him and keeping him calm," he said.

They had to remove the floor of the rig to pull him out. Hardee helped to take him back up the hill to a waiting medical helicopter.

"We were excited. We were glad that he was out. Then we got right back into the mode of, ‘We got to get him out of here,’" Hardee said.

They saved his life, but the damage to his leg was too severe. Doctors at the hospital amputated his leg. One officer said it’s still a success and that in 29 years he has never had rescue last so long and have the patient survive.


Jackson and Tyshell Musyoka Aug 26, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Parents say school slavery game is demeaning

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:28 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:10 PM
By: Tom Regan - WSB-TV

            Parents say school slavery game is demeaning

A slavery educational activity game is no longer part of the lesson plan at a Cobb County school and the teacher responsible is now facing disciplinary action.

Delores Bunch-Keemer knew something was wrong when her 10-year-old granddaughter came home from Cheatham Elementary School Tuesday afternoon.

"She was very concerned. I could see the expression on her face," Bunch-Keemer told WSB

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The teacher who conducted this interactive learning activity says she was simply doing it to try to engage her fifth-grade students in the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad.

But it apparently had some unintended consequences.

Bunch-Keemer's granddaughter and her classmates were playing an interactive game taking the role of slaves trying to escape a plantation and find freedom on the Underground Railroad.

A role of dice directed their path, escaping into the woods or getting sent back to the plantation.

Bunch-Keemer said her granddaughter wound up back at the plantation several times, and in one instance, “When going back to the plantation her teacher said they would be beaten cause they didn't like their work."

The teacher may have been trying make a dramatic point about the suffering imposed on slaves, but Bunch-Keemer said her granddaughter took it another way.

It didn’t help that she's the only African-American girl in the classroom.

“She said she went back to the plantation six times, so that consistent feeling of being degraded, and I have to be beaten when I got back to the plantation,” Bunch-Keemer told Regan.

Bunch-Keemer said she went to the elementary school and spoke with the teacher, who told her till now, she had received no complaints about the history simulation game. She then took it a step further. 

“If we did a Holocaust game, and people had to roll the dice if they were going to go in the gas chamber, do you see any similarity in that, and she didn't, that it was wrong,” Bunch-Keemer said.

"Cheatham Hill administrators were not aware in advance of the activity,"  the Cobb County school district said in a statement. "The activity in question was not an approved lesson plan. School officials are taking appropriate personnel action with the teacher."

Apple issues urgent iPhone iOS upgrade; how to protect your phone

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 6:24 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 10:54 AM
By: Debbie Lord - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Apple issues urgent iPhone iOS upgrade; how to protect your phone
Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor shows Associated Press journalists a screenshot of a spoof text message he received in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Mansoor was recently targeted by spyware that can hack into Apple's iPhone handset. The company said Thursday it was updated its security. The text message reads: "New secrets on the torture of Emirati citizens in jail." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Spyware developed by an Israeli company and used to spy on an Arab human rights activist has led Apple to issue a global upgrade for several of its products.

It is believed that three previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in Apple’s operation system were exploited by an organization called the NSO Group. The NSO Group allegedly used the three newly discovered weaknesses in iOS, Apple’s operating system, to take control of iPhone devices, including being allowed to read text messages and emails,  track calls and have access to the phone owner’s contact lists.

A  New York Times story says the software used, considered by some as the most sophisticated spyware package in the world, can also record sounds made around the phone, trace the users location and collect passwords put into the system. 

An Apple spokesperson said: “We were made aware of this vulnerability and immediately fixed it with iOS 9.3.5. We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits.”

According to a story from the Telegraph, Apple was tipped off by researchers, Bill Marczak and John Scott Railton, at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and Lookout, a San Francisco mobile security company.

The existence of the software became known when Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, began receiving suspicious text messages and asked researchers at Citizen Lab to determine if he was being hacked. He was, through his iPhone.

Once Apple was notified, the company created a “patch,” within 10 days and sent out the upgrade on Thursday.  (A patch is a piece of software designed to  update a computer program or fix a security breach).

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How do I update my iOS?

Here, from Apple, are the instructions on how to find  the latest updates and install them.

If a message says that an update is available, tap Install Now. You can also follow these steps: 

1. Plug your device into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.

2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.

3. Tap Download and Install. If a message asks to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed. 

4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.

5. If asked, enter your passcode.   

How do I keep my iPhone safe from hacks?

Here are some tips from the Telegraph, Webroot and MacWorld on how to avoid being hacked.

1. Make sure you are running the most recent iOS, and if you are not, be sure to install iOS updates promptly.

2. Activate “Find my Phone.” If you do and your phone is lost or stolen, you can wipe your iPhone clean of any personal information. There is an option on “Find my Phone” that lets  you erase any personal information even if the phone is not in your possession.

3. Avoid using unprotected Bluetooth networks and turn off your Bluetooth service when you aren’t using it.

4. Consider using a passphrase instead of a passcode. It’s harder to hack.

5. Skip autofill. It’s nice not to have to type your name and address each time, but using autofill to do it may be more of a convenience  for hackers than for you.

6. Activate the feature that will erase all information on the phone after 10 incorrect passcode guesses. It’s called “Erase Data” in the Settings section of the phone. (MacWorld warns that you should use automatic iCloud backup  if you chose this feature.)

7. Use a protected app to store pin and credit card numbers, or don’t store them on the phone at all.

8. Siri can leak data even when your phone is locked. Turn her off.

9. Don’t click on emails or texts that you don’t recognize.

Mother gives her life to save drowning child

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 5:09 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 3:51 PM
By: Zach Dennis

            Mother gives her life to save drowning child
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

A mother died in Utah on Tuesday after deputies said she dove in a lake to save her 2-year-old son, who fell off a moving houseboat.

The Denver Post reported that Chelsey Russell, 33, leapt after her son when he fell into Lake Powell in San Juan County, Utah, on Tuesday afternoon.

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According to deputies, the boy fell off of the moving houseboat and his brother was able to untie a smaller boat when it shut down, but it wasn’t in time to save Russell.

Deputies said the “conscious child was rescued from atop the mother’s chest.”  

The Denver Post said Russell was pulled from the water unconscious and CPR was administered, but she was pronounced dead after 30 minutes.

“There are no words to convey the tragedy of losing a loved one like this,” Teri Tucker, Acting Superintendent of the national recreation area, told the Denver Post. “Our hearts are with the family and friends of the victims during this time of unexpected pain and loss.”

Neither Russell nor her son were wearing life jackets at the time, according to the Denver Post. The incident is currently being investigated by the National Park Service, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and Utah State Parks.