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On the evening of April 9, 2017, a revenue passenger was forcibly removed by law enforcement from United Airlines flight 3411 at Chicago-O’Hare, bound for Louisville. United announced that it needed four seats for airline staff on the sold-out flight. When no passengers volunteered after being offered vouchers worth $800, United staff selected four passengers to leave. Three of them did so, but the fourth, a doctor named David Dao, declined as he said that he had patients to treat the following morning. He was pulled from his seat by Chicago Department of Aviation security officers and dragged by his arms down the aisle. Dao sustained a concussion, broken teeth, a broken nose, and other injuries. The incident was captured on smartphone cameras and posted on social media, triggering an angry public backlash. Afterwards, United’s chief executive officer, Oscar Munoz, described Dao as “disruptive and belligerent”, apologized for “re-accommodating” the paying customers, and defended and praised staff for “following established procedures”. He was widely criticized as “tone-deaf”. Munoz later issued a second statement calling what happened a “truly horrific event” and accepting “full responsibility” for it. After a lawsuit, Dao reached an undisclosed settlement with United and airport police. In the aftermath, United’s board of directors decided that Munoz would not become its chairman and that executive compensation would be tied to customer satisfaction. Following this incident, passenger complaints increased by 70 percent.

This bear couldn’t break into a pot shop’s dumpster — so it took the whole thing

Bud Depot employee nicknames the bear Cheeseburger ‘because of all the good food he’s been trying to get’

When a Colorado black bear was unable to pry open a dumpster behind a cannabis shop, the animal made off with the whole thing instead.

Surveillance footage from The Bud Depot in Lyons., Colo., caught the hungry creature bursting through a locked fence door to access the garbage bin.

After trying in vain to get through the dumpster’s metal locks, the bear stands up on its hind legs and carefully drags it through the fence door and out into the alley for several metres before finally giving up.

“Seeing the video of that definitely blew my mind,” Bud Shop employee Nikko Garza told As It Happens guest host Megan Williams.

Garza says he’s seen the bear — or at least one like it — around the area a few times in the small mountain town.

Usually, he said, it goes for the nearby restaurant dumpster, because The Bud Depot keeps its trash behind a locked fence.

But this time, he said, the bear burst through the door like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. 

“But I imagine he’s a lot friendlier,” he said. “Instead of running toward you, he’ll run away.”

Garza has nicknamed the bear Cheeseburger “just because of all the good food he’s been trying to get.”

“He loves this grease trap back there,” Garza said, referring to the restaurant’s dumpster. “He loves just rubbing up against that.”

And it’s a snack the bear was after at the Bud Depot too. Garza confirmed it wasn’t trying to score the shop’s weed supply.

“I imagine he could probably smell something from the shop, but as far as the dumpster goes, we don’t have any cannabis products in there.”

The animal ran off, but Garza says he’s spotted another bear, or possibly the same one, once more since the dumpster incident.

Local wildlife officials say they are keeping an eye out for more.

It’s Time to ‘See Them Aliens’: The Area 51 Raid Is Underway

Big day today: Across the country, agitated swarms of concerned citizens have assembled to force the government’s hand on issues of immediate importance. To be clear: I’m not talking about the Global Climate Strike, although given the urgency of the goal there — hammer the must-act-yesterday nature of the climate crisis into diplomats’ brains ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit — I can see where you might think that. No, I’m talking about a strange happening unfolding in Nevada, where hundreds of extraterrestrial enthusiasts have descended upon a mysterious desert military base.

“Yes, friends, it’s finally time to “see them aliens.” The big Area 51 raid is happening now, and it looks every bit as unhinged as we ever could have hoped.

Area 51 raid? Sorry, huh?
Back in June, a California Man named Matty Roberts made what he thought would be a hilarious joke: a Facebook event inviting any and all interested parties to “storm Area 51” on September 20, because “they can’t stop all of us” from barging in if we “Naruto run” as a unit.

They,” in that equation, seemed to refer to the United States Air Force, which uses Area 51 as a base; “all of us” would appear to mean anyone who clicked attending, a digital army that quickly ballooned to roughly 2 million people. This was, as you might imagine, a more enthusiastic response than Roberts anticipated. “I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere,” Roberts told CNN affiliate KLAS-TV in July. “I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house, and it got a little spooky from there.”

Why Area 51?

Because if you believe the rumors-slash-conspiracy-theories, Area 51 is where the government conducts tests on the bodies of dead aliens and on their wrecked flying machines. The government has classically gone out of its way to keep Area 51 off the public’s radar, which naturally only makes people more curious about what goes on in there.

Got it. So did people actually show up?

Oh hell yes, although not millions of them. CBS estimates turnout to be somewhere in the “hundreds,” basically a lot of people doing this:

The itinerary changed after Roberts realized his joke had taken on a life of its own. Instead of storming the base, the crowds would peaceably assemble for a music festival called “Alienstock” in nearby Rachel, Nevada, a tiny town with a single motel.

Roberts planned to put on the event with the help of his original co-host, Brock Daily, and a woman named Connie West. According to the New York Times, however, Roberts and Daily abandoned ship over concerns that Alienstock would turn out to be “FYREFEST 2.0,” and directed their followers to a Bud Light-sponsored event in Las Vegas instead. Still another gathering — Storm Area 51 Basecamp in nearby Hiko, Nevada — beckoned believers to two days of alien talks, starting today.

Early this morning, about 100 people reportedly gathered at the gates of Area 51, drawing law enforcement to the scene. Based on on-the-ground footage posted to Twitter, this cohort was small but jazzed: One person blasted “The Final Countdown,” an Arrested Development-famous tune by the band Europe, from a boombox. Meanwhile, a few amped dudes chanted “clap them cheeks,” apparently a reference to aliens’ preferred methods of human testing: the anal probe.

Mick Akers

@mickakers

A guard and a dog showed up from inside of the gate of Area 51.

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Mick Akers

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