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Woman ‘Butchered’ by Bedbugs Sues Disneyland Hotel

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A not-so-happy happening at the Happiest Place on Earth: A woman is suing over bedbugs at the Disneyland Hotel. Ivy Eldridge, whose lawsuit names the Walt Disney Co., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the hotel itself, says she was bitten by bedbugs while staying at the California hotel with family in April, the Los Angeles Times reports. Photos provided by her lawyer show what appear to be welts and bites on her shoulders, neck, back, and ears; per TMZ, which makes the requisite A Bug’s Life joke. Eldridge says she needed medical attention for a rash that covered her entire body.

The suit says Eldridge “endured many sleepless nights and much emotional and mental distress, coupled with other physical conditions associated with severe mental and emotional distress.“ But a Disney rep says such occurrences “are extremely rare.“ Eldridge’s lawyer, whose firm is named MyBedBugLawyer, Inc., has won large verdicts in other bedbug cases. “The Frontier Tower housed the unsuspecting family who believed the Disneyland Hotel would be a safe and sanitary place to stay,“ says a statement on the firm’s website. “Ivy and her family woke the following morning, covered in bites.“ It says Eldridge in particular was “absolutely butchered.“

Canaan Valley Resort opening tubing and skating park for Thanksgiving weekend

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Canaan Valley Resort State Park is starting the winter season early this year by opening its tubing and ice skating areas during the Thanksgiving weekend on November 22-25.

“We’re excited to be opening our snow park for a weekend of Thanksgiving family fun,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager at Canaan Valley Resort. “After a day of tubing and skating, we invite our guests to spend the night at our beautiful lodge. It’s a great place to relax for a few days during the holiday break, enjoy a delicious meal and reconnect with loved ones.”

The resort’s 1,200 feet long tube run is the longest in the Mid-Atlantic and features a “magic carpet” lift that zips riders back to the top of the hill. The tubing park will be open 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 22; 2-4 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, November23, and Saturday, November 24; and 8-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. The outdoor covered skating rink will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the last session on November 25, the tubing and skating park will be open on weekends until the opening of Canaan Valley Resort’s ski areas in mid-December.

Canaan Valley’s high elevation in the Allegheny Mountain makes a perfect climate for snow sports. The resort, which has 160 rooms and 23 cabins, is a world-class, four-season vacation destination and offers many seasonal and family-friendly activities and dining options. To learn more about lodging specials and deals and to make a reservation, visit www.canaanresort.com or call 304.866.4121.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park visitors also are invited to send digital photos of their winter festivities to ‘CommerceSocialMedia@wv.gov’.

Airline Worker Takes Nap, Then ‘Slips Through the Cracks’

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United Airlines was plagued with canine passenger problems earlier this year. This time it’s American that’s making headlines, and it involves a human—an apparently drunk one. USA Today reports on a baggage handler said to be in his mid-20s who had an interesting flight on board a Boeing 737 flying from Kansas City to Chicago after he fell asleep early Saturday in the plane’s cargo hold. It didn’t catch anyone’s eye that he’d disappeared from the airport ramp; he was found when the plane touched down at O’Hare around 7:30am, and he got to have a sit-down with the FBI, Chicago cops, and the US Attorney’s Office. He admitted to authorities he’d been drinking the night before; police say he was still intoxicated when he went to work, per CBS Chicago.

The airline reports the worker wasn’t hurt and that the cargo hold was pressurized and had heat. “We are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries,“ an airline rep says in a statement. An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor tells USA Today that baggage handling can be an exhausting job, and that naps in between lugging luggage aren’t uncommon. Supervisors are supposed to keep tabs on workers after they load or unload planes, but “sometimes they slip through the cracks,“ he adds. Although this worker has been suspended from his duties, he wasn’t charged by police, and he made his way back to Kansas City on another flight—this time, presumably, in the plane’s cabin.

Titanic II Will Sail Same Route as Original

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The makers of the Titanic II aren’t boasting about it being “unsinkable”—but they do promise it will have much better iceberg-detection technology than the original, along with plenty of lifeboats. Blue Star Line Cruises says the replica ship, which was delayed for years by a financial dispute, will make its maiden voyage in 2022, USA Today reports. The company says the ship’s maiden voyage will be from Dubai to Southampton, followed by a journey across the Atlantic, retracing the route its doomed predecessor followed in 1912.

The replica, which will cost an estimated $500 million to build and is being made in China instead of Belfast, is going to have 2,400 passengers and 900 crew, almost exactly the same number as the original, and a very similar cabin layout. Blue Star Line says that after the maiden voyage, the ship will undertake world cruises for the rest of 2022. “The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits,“ Blue Star Line chairman Clive Palmer tells MSN.

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