Snowboarder claims skier pushed him off chairlift

Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 9:22 AM
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.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 12:03 AM
Published: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 12:00 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Supreme Court justice and opera enthusiast Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a different set of robes next month, moving from her court chambers to the stage.

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On Nov. 12, the 83-year-old will perform in a non-singing role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The Washington National Opera announced her one-time, opening night role in its staging of the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. next month.

“While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show,” the opera said in a statement.

The script of the opera will be slightly altered to mention Ginsburg’s job as a Supreme Court justice. Her character has been played by a diverse set of performers, from Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to actress Bea Arthur.

Ginsburg, however, is no stranger to the stage, appearing as an extra in several operas through the years.

In 2009, she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were extras in a party scene of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” on the Washington National Opera stage, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington National Opera said she also was an extra in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 1994 and in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" in 2003.

Another Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, once made a surprise appearance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V,” playing the role of Isabel, queen of France.

Ginsburg has always had a love of the arts. According to the Washingtonian, her mother introduced her to theater at the Brooklyn Academy — “my dream place as a child.”

Ticket sales were brisk for “Daughter of the Regiment.”

“We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement,” Washington National Opera spokesman Michael Solomon told Reuters.

Evasive emu sends deputies in Florida on wild chase

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:53 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:24 PM

            Evasive emu sends deputies in Florida on wild chase

An escaped emu sent Brevard County deputies and animal control officers on a wild chase Friday night in Cape Canaveral.

The evasive emu escaped from a home on Lincoln Avenue, witnesses said.

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A viewer who called WFTV said he was walking his dog when it got loose and spooked another man's emu.

He said the emu then led deputies on a foot pursuit through a neighborhood.

Officials held up blankets and closed in on the large bird in an attempt to corral it.

An animal control officer eventually subdued the combative bird along State Road A1A.

Photos: Emu sends deputies on wild chase in Cape Canaveral [WFTV]

It was then hogtied and loaded into an animal control vehicle.

The emu was returned to its owner -- albeit with fewer feathers than it had before its escape.

Kayne West shares message on Twitter for Kim Kardashian’s birthday

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:23 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:04 PM

            Kayne West shares message on Twitter for Kim Kardashian’s birthday
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4) (Kevin Mazur)

Kayne West took to Twitter on Friday to say happy birthday to his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who turns 36 today.

“Happy Birthday babe,” West wrote on Twitter with an adorable video of moments throughout Kim’s childhood.

The last time West tweeted was on Sept. 14.

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The couple has laid low on social media since Kardashian West was held at gunpoint in Paris on Oct. 3.

Joe Biden says he wishes he could take Trump 'behind the gym'

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:03 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 10:50 PM

            Joe Biden says he wishes he could take Trump 'behind the gym'
Vice President Joe Biden exits the podium after his speech regarding cancer research, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at The Commonwealth Medical College in downtown Scranton, Pa. (Butch Comegys/The Times & Tribune via AP) (Butch Comegys)

You can always count on Vice President Joe Biden to say what’s on his mind.

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Biden addressed a crowd in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, while on a campaign stop for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday. Biden discussed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vulgar comments from the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video that surfaced earlier this month and the recent sexual assault allegations against Trump.

“Press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’” Biden told the crowd. “No, I wish we were in high school, and I could take him behind the gym.”

“What he said and did and does is the textbook definition of sexual assault,” Biden bellowed. “He said because I am famous, because I am a star, because I am a billionaire, I can do things other people can’t. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make.”

Earlier this month, Biden made an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” discussing Trump’s comments and behavior.

(h/t Mashable)