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FDA tells food industry to phase out artificial trans fats

AP Health News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:57pm
FDA tells food industry to phase out artificial trans fats Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:57-04:00 News Topics: Business, Health, Government and politics, Trans fats, Food manufacturing, Food and beverage manufacturing regulation, Healthy eating, Heart disease, Heart health, Nutrition, Diet and exercise, Lifestyle, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Government regulations, Cardiovascular disease, Diseases and conditions Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mother of Oklahoma man testifies at child sex abuse trial

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:57pm
Mother of Oklahoma man testifies at child sex abuse trial Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:57-04:00 News Topics: General news, Child abuse, Sexual abuse, Trials, Legal proceedings, Crime, Crimes against children, Violent crime, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Kenya, United States, Oklahoma, Nairobi Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Latest: Warriors build another double-digit lead

AP Basketball News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:56pm
The Latest: Warriors build another double-digit lead Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:56-04:00 News Topics: Sports, NBA basketball, Athlete injuries, NBA Finals, Men's sports, Men's basketball, Professional basketball, Basketball, Athlete health, Events, NBA Playoffs People, Places and Companies: Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, David Blatt, Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Andre Iguodala, Steve Kerr, Kevin Love, Kelly Olynyk, Jerry West, Cleveland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Latest: Warriors build another double-digit lead

AP Sports News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:56pm
The Latest: Warriors build another double-digit lead Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:56-04:00 News Topics: Sports, NBA basketball, Athlete injuries, NBA Finals, Men's sports, Men's basketball, Professional basketball, Basketball, Athlete health, Events, NBA Playoffs People, Places and Companies: Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, David Blatt, Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Andre Iguodala, Steve Kerr, Kevin Love, Kelly Olynyk, Jerry West, Cleveland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tropical Storm Bill moves into Texas with more flood threats

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:53pm
Tropical Storm Bill moves into Texas with more flood threats Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, Weather forecasts, Weather, Tropical Storm Bill 2015, Storms, Floods, Disaster planning and response, Tropical storms, Emergency management, Accidents and disasters, Events, Tropical cyclones, Natural disasters, Government and politics, Hurricanes People, Places and Companies: Josh Earnest, Texas, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Houston, Arkansas, Oklahoma Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP sources: Hill leaders to brief lawmakers on health care

AP Politics - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:52pm
AP sources: Hill leaders to brief lawmakers on health care Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:52-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Healthcare industry regulation, Government subsidies, Legislature, Supreme courts, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Government regulations, Government aid for industry, Economic policy, Economy, Government policy, National courts, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Australia says US has little time to save Asia-Pacific deal

AP Business News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:45pm
Australia says US has little time to save Asia-Pacific deal Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:45-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, International trade, Free trade, Trade regulation, Legislation, Government and politics, Legislature, Trade agreements, Economy, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Government regulations, Trade policy, Economic policy, Government policy, International agreements, International relations People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Australia, China, Canberra, United States, East Asia, Southeast Asia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Prosecutors outline case against Phoenix man in Texas attack

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:45pm
Prosecutors outline case against Phoenix man in Texas attack Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:45-04:00 News Topics: General news, Legal proceedings, Assault and battery, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Intelligence agencies, Law and order, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Elton Simpson, Nadir Soofi, Phoenix, Arizona, Texas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wambach's goal gives US a 1-0 win over Nigeria

AP Sports News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:11pm
Wambach's goal gives US a 1-0 win over Nigeria Associated Press - 16 June 2015 22:11-04:00 News Topics: Sports, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, Women's sports, Women's soccer, Athlete injuries, Soccer, Events, Athlete health, International soccer People, Places and Companies: Abby Wambach, Birgit Prinz, Marta, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux, Nigeria, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Latest: Cavaliers cut into Warriors' lead in 2nd quarter

AP Sports News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:57pm
The Latest: Cavaliers cut into Warriors' lead in 2nd quarter Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:57-04:00 News Topics: Sports, NBA basketball, NBA Finals, Men's sports, Men's basketball, Professional basketball, Basketball, Events, NBA Playoffs People, Places and Companies: LeBron James, Klay Thompson, Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Timofey Mozgov, David Blatt, Kevin Love, Kelly Olynyk, Jerry West, Cleveland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alaska Shorts: "Cold Comfort," excerpted from Cold Spell by Deb Vanasse

49 Writers - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:00am


Mass BalanceThe sum of accumulation and loss 
IN THE MINERVA Jones Bible Study, shapes sliced through God’s word like cookies cut from dough. Squiggly lines for actions. Rectangles for results. You yourself got a star, while God, three in one, was contained in a triangle. A short, chipmunk-faced woman, Minerva wore at her neck a bright orange scarf that fluttered as she click-clacked in high heels across the video screen. You had only to apply the right shapes, Minerva promised, and every truth of God would come clear.If Minerva Jones were to step out from the screen, Lena would suggest she take a load off, the way she herself did every morning, settling into the wide, creaky-springed chair in her bedroom, her leather-bound Bible winged across her lap. Most mornings, a wisp of steam would rise from her coffee, folding and unfolding on itself like the northern lights that shifted across a winter sky, confounding the whole notion of shape.
Once the steam disappeared, Lena’s coffee would be the right temperature to drink, neither too hot nor too cold. In her last video lesson, Minerva had applied triangles, rectangles, squiggles, and stars to show how Jesus despised the lukewarm. Given the Lord’s preference for extremes — hot or cold — Lena suspected the glacier would suit him fine. She pictured Jesus up on the ice, which she could see from her window, white on white, a study in peace and cold and proportion.
Minerva, however, would put the glacier in a box shape. Who needed ice when a whole world, an entire universe even, was contained in the book that rested across Lena’s lap? Minerva Jones was the sort of woman Lena should want for her boys, a Proverbs 31 woman, of noble character, blessed with eager hands that brought food from afar, a woman who laughed at the days to come.
In her workbook, Lena copied verses from the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs, squiggling purple lines under the bringing and laughing and spinning and sewing done by a woman of honor. From a clutch of colored pencils, she chose a red one to box in the results, as Minerva directed: a little rectangle each to contain confidence, blessings, praise. Still, Lena wasn’t convinced. The women she actually hoped for, for her sons, were women like Darla — funny, irreverent Darla, who didn’t have to sit in a special chair, the way Lena did, to recall who she was, beneath what everyone expected of her.
With a blue pencil, Lena attacked a verse out of Psalms: I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from my fears. Dutifully, she formed red boxes and purple triangles and green stars and blue squiggles. But the shapes failed to make clear how the Lord could hear someone seeking, or how fear might be delivered, wrapped up like a package. These were Lena’s chair-thoughts, reflections on the ways God made no sense.
Her habit was to displace these blasphemies by reflecting on memories of small things: A ladybug creeping up a thin blade of grass, its dotted wings a curved, protective shell. The tiny fingernail of a newborn child, thin and translucent. The gentle, rolling laughter of Lena’s sister, Judy, before the river swept her away.
At the familiar creak of the front door, Lena skewed her chair away from the window. After thirty-eight years, she’d grown large with the ice, and in certain ways, cold. She envied how the glacier sat, barely moving, day in and day out. She shut her Bible and pushed herself out of her chair. 
At age twenty-one, our very own Deb Vanasse was dropped by a bush pilot on a gravel runway in middle of the Alaska wilderness. No roads, no houses, no cars, no people — only a winding brown slough and tundra spread flat as prairie. She had come not for adventure but to live, an isolating but evocative experience that has inspired many of her sixteen books. Between her mountain home and a glacier-based cabin, she continues to enjoy Alaska’s wild places. Library Journal calls her “one of Alaska’s leading storytellers.”
“Grabs you from the opening line and won’t let go,” says Publishers Weekly of Vanasse’s novel Cold Spell. From that novel, Lena Preston has proven a favorite among readers. Decades ago, she and her husband Walter homesteaded near Alaska’s Resurrection Glacier, tying up access so that those who want to see the ice up close must pay a fee to travel past the Prestons’ gift shop and through their campground.
In Cold Spell, each chapter is titled after an aspect of glaciers. Although Lena plays an integral role in the novel, chapters from her point of view were cut from the final version. Featured here is one of those chapters, “Mass Balance.” To read more of the excerpt, download a free copy of the Alaska Sampler 2015.

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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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