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New law tells states to seek 'normalcy' for foster children

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:00pm
New law tells states to seek 'normalcy' for foster children Associated Press - 7 April 2015 13:21-04:00 News Topics: General news, Foster care, Recreational sports, Child welfare, Human welfare, Laws, Legislation, Social issues, Social affairs, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Legislature, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Mike Carroll, Florida, Washington, Oregon Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Defense attorney: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez witnessed killing

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:30pm
Defense attorney: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez witnessed killing Associated Press - 7 April 2015 18:27-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Homicide, Violent crime, Trials, Legal proceedings, Celebrity legal affairs, Juries, Crime, NFL football, Law and order, Celebrity, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Professional football, Football People, Places and Companies: Aaron Hernandez, Boston, Fall River Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Davis returns to Orioles after suspension

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:30pm
Davis returns to Orioles after suspension Associated Press - 7 April 2015 18:19-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Sports transactions, MLB baseball, Sports business, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Chris Davis, Buck Showalter, Steve Clevenger Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Carlos Carrasco, Indians finalize $22 million, 4-year deal

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:30pm
Carlos Carrasco, Indians finalize $22 million, 4-year deal Associated Press - 7 April 2015 19:11-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Athlete contracts, MLB baseball, Sports transactions, Sports business, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Chris Antonetti, Cliff Lee, Kevin Youkilis, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Cleveland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Badgers' Ryan not first to let emotions run hot after loss

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:30pm
Badgers' Ryan not first to let emotions run hot after loss Associated Press - 7 April 2015 16:15-04:00 News Topics: Sports, Men's college basketball, Men's basketball, College basketball, Basketball, College sports, Men's sports People, Places and Companies: Bo Ryan, Eric Olson, P.J. Carlesimo, Nigel Hayes, Roy Williams, Lute Olson Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

White SC officer charged with murder for shooting black man

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
White SC officer charged with murder for shooting black man Associated Press - 7 April 2015 18:46-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Homicide, Police brutality, Violent crime, Crime, Law and order, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Violence People, Places and Companies: Charleston, South Carolina Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Utility removed stolen electric meter before 8 were poisoned

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
Utility removed stolen electric meter before 8 were poisoned Associated Press - 7 April 2015 17:44-04:00 News Topics: General news, Electric utilities, Utilities, Assault and battery, Housing rental, Poisoning, Industries, Business, Energy industry, Violent crime, Crime, Residential real estate, Lifestyle, Diseases and conditions, Health People, Places and Companies: Maryland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cakes bake tension between gay rights, religious objections

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
Cakes bake tension between gay rights, religious objections Associated Press - 7 April 2015 18:18-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Elections, Gays and lesbians, Discrimination, Christianity, Religion and politics, Religious discrimination, Sexual orientation discrimination, Religion, Gay rights, State legislature, Baking, Religious issues, Flour and baked goods manufacturing, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Legislature, State governments, Cooking, Food and drink, Lifestyle, Food manufacturing, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Colorado, Denver Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Jurors end 1st day of deliberations in marathon bombing case

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
Jurors end 1st day of deliberations in marathon bombing case Associated Press - 7 April 2015 17:30-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Legal proceedings, Sentencing, Boston Marathon bombing, Juries, Bombings, Court decisions, Crime, Law and order, Events People, Places and Companies: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Judy Clarke, Boston Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Power station problem in Maryland causes outages across DC

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
Power station problem in Maryland causes outages across DC Associated Press - 7 April 2015 16:37-04:00 News Topics: General news, Power outages, Electric utilities, Leisure travel, Travel, Evacuations, Service outages, Utilities, Industries, Business, Energy industry, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Josh Earnest, Barack Obama, Maryland, District of Columbia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

California water board says February savings were worst yet

AP US News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:59pm
California water board says February savings were worst yet Associated Press - 7 April 2015 16:44-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Small business, Droughts, Water utilities, Water conservation and preservation, Coastlines and beaches, Water use, Weather, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Utilities, Industries, Environmental conservation and preservation, Environment, Environment and nature, Water management, Water environment, Natural resource management People, Places and Companies: Jerry Brown, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

From the Archives: Andromeda: Why Do You Write What You Write?

49 Writers - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:00am
Here is why Peter Selgin, author of By Cunning and Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers, writes:

"I write fiction for the same reason some people believe in God, to give meaning and order to life, or at least to give it some shape here and there. I'm uncomfortable with chaos and disorder. ... Lives are messy things, events loosely (if at all) related, some momentous, most trivial, strung along the thread of time. We dig through the pile of events, hoping to unearth a solid premise or theme or any hint of meaning, and end up with a handful of irrelevant details and long digressions. ... To the shapeless chaos of life the fiction writer brings order."

Selgin also quotes Samuel Beckett: "To find the form that accomodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now."

Finding patterns. Creating meaning. Distilling the mess of existence and the information overload of our present cultural moment into something that can be examined, questioned, and perhaps better understood. Those are the main reasons I write, too.

To those I'd add: To learn more about human nature. To practice empathy (easier on the page, sometimes, than in life) and to have a chance to live multiple lives. And to remind myself to keep trying to participate more in life, to be an observer of detail; to notice, marvel, appreciate (these were the things that drew me into writing -- especially nonfiction writing -- in the first place.)

That's my very short, uncrafted, bloggy version. In response to MFA assignments, I've written personal "Why I Write" manifestos twice this year, and I raise the topic here not to tell you what my full answers were, but to share the observation that just putting it down on paper was an enriching exercise worth doing.

Also helpful to me was writing specifically, "Why Do I Write What I Write." In my case, I became an accidental historical fiction writer nearly a decade ago, and up until last year, I still thought it was something I was trying to move away from. (Why historical fiction? Why any subgenre at all?) But reading a spate of literary historical novels this year, and writing responses to them, and writing down my own thoughts about how I fell into this genre, have solidified things for me. I am fascinated with the past. I believe that stories set in the past, especially stories with difficult political, philosophical, or moral themes and questions are better-suited to guiding both writer and reader past what we think we know (we are skilled at defending our presumptions when a story is set in a familiar place and contemporary time) and toward the uncomfortable and challenging unknown. So, although I will continue with other genres, I can finally drop the "accidental" part in my own self-identification. I often choose to write historical fiction, and I understand now why I do it.

Journalling about these thoughts in a private way is probably the most helpful form of this exercise. Sharing can be helpful, too. Last year, I attended a workshop where, on the very last day following the workshopping process, we all free-wrote the "Why I Write" exercise and shared it. The results were enlightening and inspiring. I assumed we'd all have the same things to say. Not at all. Furthermore, what each writer said about their motivations shed new light on the fiction pieces that we'd already workshopped. The experimental writer whose work was, in at least a few places, just one hair away from being indecipherable wanted to write to change and disrupt the world, to force people to see things in new ways, to create chaos rather than tame it, or something along those lines. And I realized: yes, her piece did achieve that. It rattled and challenged all of us, and we were the better for it. Her writing and her reasons were very different from my own, and that's all right. I was glad I didn't read her "reasons" first. A story or essay should stand on its own. But I was also glad to know more about her process, and to feel greater confidence that she had achieved what she meant to achieve.

What are your reasons for writing in general? For writing the particular kind of pieces you write? Of course, you know we'd love a few sentences here, just to get a sample of the diverse reasons out there. But personally, I also hope you'll consider writing some longer notes for your eyes only, to track your evolving path as a writer.
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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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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