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Ramadan rush: Mega-rich shoppers descend on London

AP Business News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:16pm
Ramadan rush: Mega-rich shoppers descend on London Associated Press - 27 June 2014 06:16-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Islam, Ramadan, Luxury shopping, Luxury goods retail, Shopping, Travel, Religion, Social affairs, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle, Retail industry, Retail and wholesale, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Louis Vuitton, United Kingdom, London, Europe, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police: Shia LaBeouf removed from Broadway theater

AP US News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:13pm
Police: Shia LaBeouf removed from Broadway theater Associated Press - 27 June 2014 06:13-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Celebrity, Theater, Entertainment, Performing arts People, Places and Companies: Shia LaBeouf, New York City Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

EU leaders clash over limits on budgets and debt

AP Business News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:09pm
EU leaders clash over limits on budgets and debt Associated Press - 27 June 2014 06:09-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government budgets, Economy, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Elio Di Rupo, Europe, Belgium Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Summer Reading Program Book Review Winners

Juneau Public Library Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:48pm
Each week throughout the summer, the Juneau Public Libraries, in collaboration with the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries and local businesses, award young readers various prizes for writing book reviews about their favorite summer reads. During the third week of this fun Summer Reading Program activity, the Juneau Public Libraries received 86 different book […]
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Last Teen Manga Club meeting of the season

Juneau Public Library Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:54pm
Friday, June 27th, at 5:00pm at the Zach Gordon Youth Center What would you like to see at the Teen Manga Club in he fall? Come to the meeting and let us know!
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Alaska Shorts: The Great Alaskan, by Leigh Newman

49 Writers - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:00am

Leigh NewmanThe Great Alaskan
In the largest state in the Union, a state built on gold rushes and oil pipelines, 90-pound king salmon and 20-pound king crabs, a lot of things come prefaced by the phrase Great Alaskan. There's the Great Alaskan Salmon Bake and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and the legendary 8.6 Great Alaskan Earthquake and, of course, a species of larger-than-life male citizen, who shall be referred to from here on out as the Great Alaskan Dad.
Some identifiers: The Great Alaskan Dad flies his plane on floats in the summer and on skis in the winter. He hunts for caribou, moose, wild sheep, wild goats, geese, and ducks, plus fishes for halibut, salmon, and trout. No matter where he goes, his outfit remains the same: falling-down hip boots, patched wool pants, drugstore sunglasses with Polaroid lenses for spotting fish underwater, and a Stearns life jacket with a red plastic tag that reads PULL-IN-THE-CASE-OF-AN-EMERGENCY, which has never been pulled, despite his frequent, always almost fatal emergencies. A buck knife — the blade stained with dried unidentified blood and slime — dangles from a lanyard somewhere on his person.
At one time or another, he has suffered from an unforgettable — for all involved — case of beaver fever, a violent lower-intestinal disease caused by drinking downstream from an active lodge. At one time or another, due to a plane crash or bad planning, he has had to live — for days, in the bush — off tasteless ancient Pilot Bread and a jar of powdered Tang.
The Great Alaskan Dad can sew on his own buttons, patch his own waders, repack his own shotgun shells, and repair his own boat motor, even as the boat is filling with water in the middle of the ocean. The Great Alaskan Dad can land a Piper Cub on a 150-foot-long gravel bar, which is technically impossible according to all aviation authorities. He can outrun a grizzly bear by running very fast or at least faster than his hunting buddy (which, by the way, according to a Great Alaskan Dad, is the only way to survive a grizzly bear, so don't curl up, play dead, and make yourself into a human meatball like those dopey forest rangers advise) with a hundred pounds of freshly dressed moose on his back. He can make a fire out of wet green wood, in the middle of the winter, just as the blizzard starts, using his last match, which he strikes with his fingers nearly — but not totally — paralyzed by frostbite. He can — and will — also defend the veracity of the above three claims to the point of shooting saliva across the room, should any family member dare challenge the few overly extravagant or Jack Londonesque details therein.

In addition, although he might not bring this up around the campfire, the Great Alaskan Dad has invented a diaper out of alder leaves and garbage bags when all the Pampers that the Great Alaskan Mom packed happened to fall out of the raft. The Great Alaskan Dad has piloted a plane, while his airsick Great Alaskan Child projectile-vomited inside the fur-lined hood of his parka. And he has — not mythically or romantically or hyperbolically in the least — grabbed that same child's belt loop or leg right before that child fell into a raging stream or fell out of the flying plane or slipped off the boat or wandered off a cliff or tumbled down the crevasse of a glacier or ate the poisonous blue berries that were not blueberries or sauntered directly into the path of a black bear with two newborn cubs.
Where all this experience might not help him, though, is in the land of toothbrushes and crustless peanut-butter sandwiches, recommended daily vitamins and monsters under the bed. In short, the world of domestic survival, which is where my Great Alaskan Dad and I land the first summer after my parents’ divorce.
It’s June, the first week of salmon-fishing season. For the past six months, I’ve been away from Anchorage, Alaska, where I grew up, in order to relocate with my mother to Baltimore, Maryland, her childhood home. The first day I am back up North, I find out that Dad has moved from our old house by the mountains into a new house across town. The house is big and sunny and filled with lots of wall-to-wall beige carpet — but no furniture.
It’s eight o’clock at night. “Time for bed,” Dad says. He rolls out two identical down bags — bags designed to keep you warm in temperatures up to forty below — on the beige carpet. I hop in my bag, crumple up my jeans for a pillow. The sky through the windows is a blazing, sun-heated white. We have no blinds or curtains.
“Shut your eyes,” he mumbles.
I shut my eyes. But I am eight years old. I squirm. I hum. I kick Dad, whispering, “I can’t sleep. Can you sleep?”
“Tell your brain it's nighttime. Your brain will believe anything, if you say it over and over...”

Leigh Newman was raised in Alaska by a Great Alaskan Dad...and in Baltimore, Maryland, by A Great, Former Alaskan Mom, moving back and forth between her two parents. As child, she learned to fish, hunt, curl up and play dead in the case of curious black bears, and throw up artfully in the hood of a parka while flying in a single prop plane. As an adult she regularly teaches that same skill set to her two boys. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Real Simple, O The Oprah Magazine, Bookforum and many other publications. This excerpt comes from her memoir Still Points North: An Alaskan Memoir (Dial Press), forthcoming in softcover from Shorefast Books. You can read more from Leigh Newman in the Alaska Sampler 2014, a free eBook.
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Accepting movies for summer JUMP

JUMP Society - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:29am
Download this awesome poster! You’ll never get bad advice from three adult men wearing pug shirts, so go ahead and submit your short film for the JUMP 2014 Summer Film Fest! Deadline is July 10 or so. Screening at the Gold Town Nickelodeon July 17-20. See the guidelines and submission form for more info.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Hannah Lindoff’s Book Signing

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 6:01pm

An illustration by Nobu Koch and Clarissa Rizal in Hannah Lindoff’s children’s book “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast”

Juneauite author Hannah Lindoff first children’s book “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” is hot off the press.  Illustrated by artists Nobu Koch and Clarissa Rizal, both Hannah and Clarissa will be doing a book-signing the weekend of “Celebration” at 11am on Friday, June 13th at the Juneau Public Library.  Come on by and buy a copy of the book!

Categories: Arts & Culture

Doggone If She Flipped For A Cat Skan

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:46am

Clarissa heads into the cat skan to check for internal bleeding…

The assessment after the bike accident (that happened on May 12th) revealed that my front brake system on my bike had gone awry causing the brakes to clamp down on the front tire which hurdled me over the bike, bouncing me on the cement street and hit my head on the curb!  At the urgency of my youngest daughter, she took me to the emergency room to make sure I had formed no blood clots or bleeding on the brain.  (And do you know how many thousands of dollars that cost!?)

To her relief, I was clean of harm…BUT my body suffered multiple bruises and I had sprained both hands/wrists badly, especially my left hand…I have not been able to do anything with my left hand except that although still painful, I can at least WEAVE!  Slowly but surely I can weave as long as I take breaks to not cause additional strain.

I ice-packed the sprain the first four days to reduce the swelling.  In addition, to assist with the brusing and a speedier recovery, I used the famous “Skookum” salve made by Harlena Warford in Hoonah, Alaska that you may buy on line from www.gutsuwu.com.  I swear by this product.  I applied this salve to all my bruised areas and to my bruised brow and face; it was amazing to see and feel the results!

And for continual circulation and support, I used my trusty “Incredibrace” for both wrists—I travel with these companions; they have been life-savers over the past year!

I am reminded every day how precious an artists hands are!

X-raying painful hand/wrist for broken bones!—there were none!

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