Fatality On Sterling Highway Today At Noon

first_imgAlaska State Troopers are expected to identify the individuals after completing their investigation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享5:15pm Update: The individuals involved have been identified as 23-year-old Steven Marshall of Soldotna and 73-year-old Thomas Varieur of Kenai.Marshall was declared deceased on scene. Next of kin has been notified. Captain Thompson says one individual was killed, the only occupant in one truck. A man in the other truck was transported to CPH in stable condition; he was the only occupant in that vehicle. Central Emergency Services Captain Josh Thompson was part of the CES crew which responded to the accident which occurred between Fred Meyer and Mackey Lake Road. He says the roads were extremely slick, but the cause of the accident hasn’t yet been formally determined. Original: Slick conditions may have contributed to a fatal head-on collision between two trucks today (Thursday) just moments before noon on the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

Misty Copeland dishes on her “Nutcracker” character

first_imgDisney(NEW YORK) — It’s safe to say it was an easy transition for Misty Copeland to become Ballerina Princess in the new Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.Copeland, who made history as the first African American female Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, says The Nutcracker ballet has always been a staple in her life as a ballet dancer.“The Nutcracker is so much a part of what we do,” Copeland tells ABC Radio. “It’s like every Christmas season, most schools throughout the world will perform the ballet The Nutcracker. But the movie’s a bit different.”She continues, “It’s not exactly the same story that happens within the ballet, but they kind of created a part for me within the story that’s based on the book.”In the film, Copeland plays the Ballerina Princess, a dancer who reenacts what happens when Clara’s mother first comes to the Four Realms. Copeland says even though the film is somewhat different than the actual ballet, dance is still an extremely important part.“They couldn’t have a Nutcracker film and not have ballet in it,” she adds. “I think people would have like boycotted it.”With the film to hit theaters tomorrow, Copeland is excited and relishes in the notion that she’s not only made history, but lived a life-long dream.“As a classical dancer that’s not really what we envision happening, like, on our path to like be a part of a film,” she says. “So, it’s just kind of like icing on the cake. It’s like amazing to be able to bring ballet to  more mainstream and to have it be something that will live on forever in a Disney film.”  The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens nationwide on Friday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Founder of Cool Moose Party in Rhode Island dies at 58

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. | Cool Moose Party founder Robert Healey, a legendary local political figure who ran for lieutenant governor on a platform of abolishing the position and who spent $36 on a gubernatorial campaign while capturing 21 percent of the vote, has died. He was 58.Known for his long-flowing beard and unconventional campaigns, Healey was an attorney who ran for either governor or lieutenant governor seven times from 1986 until 2014. He founded the Cool Moose Party in 1994 as an alternative to the two-party system that dominated state and national politics.FILE – This Oct. 30, 2006 file photo shows Robert Healey at an anti-casino rally in Warwick, R.I. Healey, who founded the Cool Moose Party and made multiple attempts to seek statewide office in Rhode Island, died Sunday night, March 20, 2016. He was 58. (Connie Grosch/The Providence Journal via AP, File)Healey was found dead Sunday night in his Barrington home, according to June Sager Speakman, president of the Barrington Town Council, and Police Chief John LaCross. A friend looking for Healey found him lying in his bed, LaCross said.The state medical examiner’s office said it is investigating the death.Healey never won a statewide election, but his quirky, anti-establishment positions frequently earned him a large minority of votes. He ran five times on the Cool Moose ticket, once as an independent and once as the Moderate Party candidate.He ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, vowing to abolish the position of lieutenant governor. He came in second with 39 percent of the votes.In his 2014 campaign for governor, spending just $35.31 on office supplies and 98 cents on postage, he once again surprised experts by garnering 21 percent in a three-way gubernatorial race, losing to Democrat Gina Raimondo.“Our outstanding performance demonstrated that people were dissatisfied with the system,” Healey wrote on his campaign blog after the election. “The real story is that there are just too many out there still willing to play the party politics game. Together we shocked the system.”Raimondo was among several members of Rhode Island’s political establishment who expressed their sadness Monday at Healey’s death.“I will miss his passion and willingness to engage in spirited debate,” she said.Healey served on the Warren School Committee before attempting his first gubernatorial run in 1986.When his fledging Cool Moose Party was coalescing in the early 1990s, Healey held a convention that attracted a wide assortment of “people in combat fatigues, guns rights people, socialists and Green Party people. It was just bonkers,” said former party activist Algernon D’Ammassa. “It ended up being a party that had a very libertarian slant.”Healey’s irreverent persona and unusual appearance helped attract media attention and appealed to disaffected voters, said D’Ammassa, an actor and playwright who now teaches at New Mexico State University.“He was prickly. A kind of mercurial guy. But also very benevolent and encouraging of people to participate in their politics,” D’Ammassa said.Healey was also an entrepreneur who at one time owned a cheese shop and other businesses. He was a fixture in the small towns of Rhode Island’s East Bay region where he lived for many decades.Speakman, who lived in the same Barrington neighborhood as Healey, sometimes invited him to speak at her political science classes at Roger Williams University.“He gave my students a sense that anyone could run for elected office,” she said. “He showed this is a system that’s open to everyone, and he held our feet to the fire.”last_img read more