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Australian 'Prisoner' star avoids jail for child sex abuse

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:38pm
Australian 'Prisoner' star avoids jail for child sex abuse Associated Press - 20 August 2015 23:38-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Television programs, Entertainment, Child abuse, Celebrity, Crime, Sexual abuse, Crimes against children, Violent crime People, Places and Companies: Australia, Melbourne Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Obama Iran deal gains Democratic backing heading toward vote

AP Politics - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:57pm
Obama Iran deal gains Democratic backing heading toward vote Associated Press - 20 August 2015 22:57-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Nuclear weapons, International agreements, Legislature, Weapons inspections, Political parties, Executive vetoes, Weapons of mass destruction, International relations, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Political organizations, Legislation People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Honda, Rosa DeLauro, Jerrold Nadler, Bob Corker, Yukiya Amano, United States, Israel, Iran, Middle East, District of Columbia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US warns Yemenis in dire need following attack on key port

AP Politics - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:49pm
US warns Yemenis in dire need following attack on key port Associated Press - 20 August 2015 22:49-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, War and unrest, General news People, Places and Companies: Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi, United States, Yemen Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

What the secret agreement between Iran and the UN says

AP Politics - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:39pm
What the secret agreement between Iran and the UN says Associated Press - 20 August 2015 22:39-04:00 News Topics: General news, Nuclear weapons, Weapons inspections, Weapons manufacturing, Weapons of mass destruction, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Government and politics, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Yukiya Amano, United States, Iran, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran

AP Politics - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:37pm
Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran Associated Press - 20 August 2015 22:37-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Jerrold Nadler, United States, Iran, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Augustus Brown Pool Fall Schedule

Parks and Recreation News Items - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:04pm
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From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Character Reins

49 Writers - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 6:20am

When we are convinced by qualities of character we cannot entirely reconcile, we are in the presence of mystery.
~Catherine Brady
Recently I re-read Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, one of the finest American books of the past few decades. Some will disagree heartily; in fact, such was the prevailing attitude when Robinson completed the manuscript. In an interview published in The Paris Review, Robinson says that though her friend’s agent offered to represent Housekeeping, she warned it might be difficult to place. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux picked it up, but the editor warned it might not get reviewed.
Why the muted prospects? For one, the book lacks some of the basics fiction gurus preach, especially when it comes to character. The narrator, who goes unnamed for some time, speaks in first person but with omniscience, especially in the beginning. She exhibits none of the spunk or pluck that we’re told readers crave, unless you count her sheer survival in the face of circumstance. Quirky, yes, we’ll give her that, but not in a way that most of us would care to emulate. She and her sister are passive characters. What do they want? We’re not sure, not at first anyhow. Their motivation? Nothing conventional.
Hurray for Anatole Broyard, who did review the book, wanting to make sure it got noticed. It went on to win the Pen/Hemingway Award. If it had been up to me, it would have won the Pulitzer, too, but as often happens, that was awarded Robinson for the her next book, which is good but not nearly as finely wrought as Housekeeping.
How does Robinson, in defiance of conventional wisdom, grace us with a story of three utterly unforgettable women, plus a handful of intriguing “ghosts” whose influence lingers? 
As it turns out, passive characters aren’t the kiss of death, necessarily. Using as an example “A Cautionary Tale” by Deborah EisenbergRobin Romm points out that some of the best fiction features passive protagonists, defined by Romm as full characters who aren’t in charge of the action of the story as opposed to characters that aren’t fully developed.  Passive characters, she says, benefit from latent desires that they haven’t acted on yet.  Fierce protagonists, on the other hand, can alarm or exhaust the reader, and they may not be capable of the same revelations as the more reticent protagonist. In fact, it’s the pressure to act that brings interest to the acting.  The trick, Romm says, is that even a passive character will have an intriguing way of judging the world, and of course the passive character doesn’t stay passive: a moment of complicated crisis makes us rethink them.  
These principles are applied to full effect in Housekeeping. Ruthie and Lucille aren’t in charge, and neither are they fully developed. Their latent desire – the attention of their last relative, Sylvie – emerges well into the story. Through the retrospective, semi-omniscient first person narrative, Ruthie offers revelation after revelation from her intriguing perspective. We feel with her the growing pressure to act, building to a moment of complicated crisis that makes us rethink not only the characters but also what we consider as “normal.”
Though traditional heroes may be easier to work with, I’m drawn to the passive protagonist, which means I have to maintain a certain vigilance regarding latent desires, revelations, the pressure to act, complications. I also pay a good deal of attention to what I call character “reins,” my acronym for the ways even the most passive characters can grow into themselves, by way of their regrets; their expectations; their insights, intentions, and instabilities; their needs; and their speculation. 
Try This: What does your character regret? What does she expect? What insights, intentions, and instabilities have you discovered in her? What does she need? In what ways does she speculate?
Check This Out: If in the stranded-on-an-island scenario the book genre were craft, I’d choose Catherine Brady’s Story Logic and the Craftof Fiction, hands down. The chapter on Dynamic Characterization alone is worth several readings.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Poems wanted for Poetry OmniBus Competition

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:30pm

The ninth annual Poetry Omnibus program is now accepting entries from Juneau residents for the 2015 competition. Winning poems will be read at a to-be-announced celebration and then displayed on Capital Transit buses for a full year.

The deadline for submissions is October 15. There are two age categories: fifth through twelfth grades and adults over 18 years old. Poems can be on any subject, but must be suitable for public display and not exceed ten lines. One poem may be submitted for free and additional poems may be submitted for $3 each. Entry forms, which contain complete rules and instructions for submitting, are available at local public libraries, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, and the Canvas Community Art Studio.

Questions may be directed to juneaupoets_AT_gmail.com


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Categories: Arts & Culture

At Least One Kidney

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:46pm

a token
or two
scavenged from
the wild

gone feral
friday
night

two hours
pacing dark
tide creeping
beach bisected
by creeks
ribbons of
black ice

come
morning
a whole
frozen liver
at least one
kidney
on the
rug

saturday
sickday
deer fur
hide
signs
of what’s
to come

monday
i know
a leash could
prevent this
the hours
wondering
what will
be brought back
if he will
even come
back

lunacy
the wild one
nearly feral
for so long

he always
comes back
this time
with a four
point buck

its head
at least
frozen tongue
sticking out
of ice clenched jaw

the dog
i share the bed
with sometimes
gnawing
spinal column
pearls
ribbons
of nerve
and thawed
flesh

i put
the dog
inside
take up
the heavy
coal shovel
and with the
toe of my
boot, rock
the death
head into
the shovel’s flat blade
go to the garage
and dump
it in the bottom
of the trash
can


Filed under: events, glimpses, picture as poem, Poetry
Categories: Arts & Culture

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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Categories: Arts & Culture

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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Categories: Arts & Culture

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