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UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:00am
UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed Associated Press - 9 October 2014 14:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, Health, Government and politics, Ebola virus, Disease outbreaks, Development banking, Economy, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, General news, Public health, Banking and credit, Financial services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Ernest Bai Koroma, Ban Ki-Moon, Alpha Conde, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Jim Yong Kim, Christine Lagarde, West Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:00am
The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies Associated Press - 9 October 2014 13:22-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Lifestyle, Technology, Parenting, Relationships, 3-D technology, Sculpture, Flour and baked goods manufacturing, Entertainment and media technology, Visual arts, Arts and entertainment, Food manufacturing, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Woody Allen, Barack Obama, New York Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:00am
Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke Associated Press - 9 October 2014 10:17-04:00 News Topics: Business, State taxes, Beverage manufacturing, Earnings reports, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, State governments, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news People, Places and Companies: Indra Nooyi, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Harris' attorney says woman was 'sexual aggressor'

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
Harris' attorney says woman was 'sexual aggressor' Associated Press - 9 October 2014 12:42-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Criminal investigations, College football, Crime, Law and order, General news, College sports, Football People, Places and Companies: Treon Harris, Gainesville, Florida Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Goodell: Arbiter decides if he testifies on Rice

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
Airline delays, cancellations rise from last year Associated Press - 9 October 2014 12:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Travel, Lifestyle, Air travel disruptions, Transportation People, Places and Companies: United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NFL owners' meetings focus on personal conduct

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
NFL owners' meetings focus on personal conduct Associated Press - 9 October 2014 03:13-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Sports team and league operation, Sports transactions, Sports team ownership changes, NFL football, Sports governance, NHL hockey, Sports industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Business, Sports business, Professional football, Football, Professional hockey, Hockey, Men's hockey, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Roger Goodell, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Dwyer, Robert Mueller, John Mara, Terry Pegula, Ralph Wilson, Buffalo, New York Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St Louis Cardinals built with homegrown players

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
St Louis Cardinals built with homegrown players Associated Press - 9 October 2014 03:32-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete compensation, Sports transactions, MLB baseball, MLB World Series, Sports team and league operation, Free agency, Baseball, Minor league baseball, Professional baseball, Sports business, Men's sports, Events, Sports industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Business People, Places and Companies: Matt Carpenter, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Adams, Albert Pujols, Mike Matheny, Sean Doolittle, Dayton Moore, James Shields, Wil Myers, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Jhonny Peralta, Randy Choate, Pat Neshek, Michael Wacha, Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal, Tony Cruz, Sam Freeman, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, St. Louis, Kansas City, San Francisco Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Arizona, Ole Miss, Miss St, TCU back in spotlight

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
Arizona, Ole Miss, Miss St, TCU back in spotlight Associated Press - 8 October 2014 17:27-04:00 News Topics: Sports, College football, College sports, Football People, Places and Companies: Rich Rodriguez, Dan Mullen, Mike Leach, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Dak Prescott, Charlie Strong, Terrel Hunt, Will Muschamp, Auburn, Mississippi, Waco, Alabama, Starkville, Arizona, Dallas, Washington, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Brain injury expert faults NFL concussion deal

AP Sports News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
Brain injury expert faults NFL concussion deal Associated Press - 8 October 2014 16:37-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Athlete contracts, Athlete injuries, Head injuries, Sports medicine, Sports team and league operation, Legal settlements, Traumatic brain injuries, Athlete health, NFL football, Alzheimer's disease, Lawsuits, National courts, Psychology, Diseases and conditions, Sports transactions, Sports business, Injuries, Health, Sports industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Business, Legal proceedings, Law and order, Professional football, Football, Neurological disorders, Seniors' health, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary, Science People, Places and Companies: Anita B. Brody, Philadelphia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Stocks sink yet again, dragged down by energy

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
NFL teams are cranking up the jams Associated Press - 9 October 2014 11:55-04:00 News Topics: Sports, NFL football, Professional football, Football People, Places and Companies: Richard M. Sherman, Richard Sherman, Lil Wayne, Ozzy Osbourne, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Julius Thomas, Jeff Fisher, Calvin Johnson, John Fox, Tim Lelito, Nate Irving, Travis Frederick, Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Malik Jackson, Colorado, Denver Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Finance officials face global economy under threat

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
Man tries to rob dry cleaner armed with hypodermic Associated Press - 9 October 2014 09:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, Robbery, Theft, Crime Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
4 say psychiatrist inappropriately touched them The Intelligencer - 9 October 2014 08:42-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Doylestown, Philadelphia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed Associated Press - 9 October 2014 12:09-04:00 News Topics: Business, Health, Government and politics, Ebola virus, Disease outbreaks, Development banking, Foreign aid, Economy, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, General news, Public health, Banking and credit, Financial services, Industries, International relations People, Places and Companies: Ernest Bai Koroma, Ban Ki-Moon, Alpha Conde, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Jim Yong Kim, Christine Lagarde, West Africa, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Airline delays, cancellations rise from last year

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:30am
Airline delays, cancellations rise from last year Associated Press - 9 October 2014 12:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Travel, Lifestyle, Air travel disruptions, Transportation People, Places and Companies: United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deb: Life into Story

49 Writers - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:00am


Whenever I hear the latest update on the ebola outbreak, I think of Don Rearden. I can’t help it. In his novel The Raven’s Gift, he wrote about the devastation brought on by a deadly disease that spins out of control. Sure, his book is fiction, and at that time he wrote it, he was thinking bird flu, but the parallels between fact and fiction are a little uncanny.
On a less dramatic scale, I’ve seen a similar tension between fact and fiction play out involving a plot point in my first novel A Distant Enemy. Nearly two decades ago, I wrote a set-up that involved intentional fishing during an emergency closure in Southwest Alaska. In the last few years, a similar scenario had played out in a very real conflict over changes in salmon harvest more drastic than any I’d dared to imagine. Arrests and court battles followed. Decisions were reached, but the battle is far from over.
It would be nice to think that when it comes to such things, we authors are smart and savvy and maybe even a little prophetic (oh lottery numbers, please make yourselves known!). But really, the whole thing boils down to this: in fiction, our material is life as it’s lived and known and hidden and dreamed.
Not that our task is easy. Our own lives infuse our work with power even as “real life” gets in the way. We face hard choices about what constitutes truth. And sometimes what we think we know is only a smattering of what’s required of us to get it right on the page, which means research—lots of it, even for stories.

As author Peggy Shumaker so aptly puts it, "the whole truth is never available to us." And yet somehow in our work, we wrestle with the facts of who we are - the things we can face and the truths we aren't ready for yet. The unknown always feels bigger than the known.

Then there are the practical matters of whose stories we tell and what right we have to give voice to anyone, along with the fine points of perspective and the tension between getting the facts right (whatever form "right" may take) and staying true to the narrative as well as the extent to which we live the facts of our work as opposed to drawing on the experiences of others.
The intersection of fact and fiction makes for great conversation among writers. Tomorrow we’re headed to Soldotna to share that discussion with local readers, writers, and seekers, along with the just plain curious. One and all, you’re invited to “Fact and Fiction: Life into Story,” a reading and book talk hosted by the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase Series in conjunction with 49 Writers.

And wait, there’s more: Don and I couldn’t be happier to announce that Seth Kantner (Ordinary Wolves, Pup and Pokey, Shopping for Porcupine) will be joining us for this lively discussion. We hope you’ll be there too: 7 pm, at KPC’s McLain Commons. Admission is free, with book sales and signing to follow. The next day, Don and I will be teaching workshops on character and point of view. For the workshops, preregistration is required; head on over to the 49 Writers website to get all the scoop.
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored more than a dozen books. Her most recent is Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. Deb lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier. Portions of this post have been published previously.
Would you like to write a guest post relevant to Alaska’s literary community? Email 49writers (at) gmail.com or debvanasse (at) gmail.com.
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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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