Snowboarder claims skier pushed him off chairlift

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 9:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 9:48 PM


            Snowboarder claims skier pushed him off chairlift

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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.

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:59 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:59 AM


            DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield and at least one first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:




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Cousins is arguably one of the top big men in the NBA today, and pairing him with Anthony Davis and standout guard Jrue Holiday makes a serious trio in New Orleans.

The move to trade Cousins comes on the heels of the Kings making public proclamations to keep the disgruntled center.

Here’s what Yahoo! reported led to eventually trading the center:

“Two incidents in particular – an expletive-laced remark Cousins made about Golden State after Sacramento’s overtime win over the Warriors on Feb. 6 and the astonishing 17th technical foul this season, and resulting one-game suspension, against New Orleans on Feb. 12 – have caused Ranadive to have serious concerns about tethering the franchise to Cousins long term.”


Whether Cousins remains in New Orleans following next season, the last on his current contract, remains to be seen.

'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM


            'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Thousands of protesters are expected to spend their day off Monday to take to the streets in protest of President Donald Trump.

The “Not My Presidents Day” rallies are planned in several cities, including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, according to NBC News.

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“While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people,” Nova Calise, one of the organizers of New York event, told USA Today.

Sparked by plans for a Presidents Day demonstration in Los Angeles, organizers collaborated for about three weeks to plan their own.

"We want to fight the entirety of the administration," Laura Hartman, Chicago rally coordinator, told NBC News.

Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:35 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:35 PM


            Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Washington D.C. is getting ready to say goodbye to adorable panda Bao Bao. 

Bao Bao was born in August 2013 and is part of the National Zoo's partnership with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

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“There is a loan agreement,” National Zoo animal keeper Marty Dearie told FOX DC. “Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, her parents, are here on loan, and that loan agreement stipulates that any cub we have is required to go to China. They can stay here up until they are four years old. She is three and a half years old. It is right in the perfect time for her to head back.”

It's a long flight to China for Bao Bao - 16 hours total. Since she loves bamboo, caretakers are arranging to take 50 pounds of it, along with sweet potatoes and apples.

The zoo has planned a week of celebratory events to say goodbye to Bao Bao. 

Germany bans talking doll, citing security concerns

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM


            Germany bans talking doll, citing security concerns

Blue-eyed, blond and unassuming, a talking child’s doll is susceptible to hackers and could be used as a surveillance device, German officials say.

The “My Friend Cayla” doll can talk and answer questions, it can also be used to collect personal information by recording private conversations through an insecure Bluetooth connection, according to the Federal Network Agency, which enforces a surveillance ban in Germany.

"The Cayla doll is banned in Germany," Jochen Homann, agency head, said in a release. "This is also about protecting the weakest members of society."

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The toy uses voice recognition software and can by synced to the Internet through a smartphone or other electronic device.

Because of its history under fascist and communist rule, Germany has strict laws protecting citizens from data collection.

While the toy has been removed from shelves in Germany, the company still has a website for sales of the doll in Germany. The toymaker has not released a statement on the ban.