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APNewsBreak: Indiana enlists NRA to train Guard on firearms

AP US News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:33am
APNewsBreak: Indiana enlists NRA to train Guard on firearms Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:33-04:00 News Topics: General news, Military facilities, Military reserves, State governments, Lobbying, Military and defense, Government and politics, Armed forces, Political issues People, Places and Companies: Michael Pence, Dan Gross, Indiana, Tennessee, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Newcomer to Koch scene, Bush competes for tea party support

AP Politics - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:31am
Newcomer to Koch scene, Bush competes for tea party support Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:31-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, 2016 United States Presidential Election, State governments, Government spending, Political parties, National elections, Elections, Fiscal policy, Economic policy, Economy, Business, Government business and finance, Government policy, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Jeb Bush, David H. Koch, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, John Kasich, George W. Bush, Carly Fiorina, United States, Ohio, Columbus, Beaumont Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ashley Madison faces $578M Canadian class-action lawsuit

AP Business News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:31am
Ashley Madison faces $578M Canadian class-action lawsuit Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:31-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Class action lawsuits, Lawsuits, Legal proceedings, Corporate lawsuits, Computer and data security, Hacking, Extramarital affairs, Law and order, Corporate legal affairs, Corporate news, Computing and information technology, Technology, Technology issues, Sex in society, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Ontario, Canada, Toronto Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies

AP Business News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:30am
Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:30-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Economic growth, Economic outlook, Economy, Financial crisis, U.S. dollar, Currency markets, South African rand, Chinese yuan renminbi, New Turkish lira, Thai baht, Oil and gas industry, Financial markets, Energy industry, Industries People, Places and Companies: China, Peru, Brazil, Turkey, Tokyo, East Asia, South Africa, United States, Kazakhstan, Latin America and Caribbean Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Petersen says he informed Baylor's Briles about player

AP Sports News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:27am
Petersen says he informed Baylor's Briles about player Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:27-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Sexual assault, Violent crime, Women's sports, Court decisions, Crime, College football, Legal proceedings, Law and order, College sports, Football People, Places and Companies: Chris Petersen, Art Briles, Sam Ukwuachu, Waco, Texas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

'They're in everything': Bug outbreak irks California towns

AP US News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:26am
'They're in everything': Bug outbreak irks California towns Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:26-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Science, Small business, Travel, Lifestyle, Insects, Entomology, Deserts, Weather, Animals, Zoology, Biology, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Afghan ties with Pakistan sour as Taliban gain strength

AP Top news - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:25am
BC-FBC--Schedule,13th Add Associated Press - 22 August 2015 01:29-04:00 Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Things to know about Ashley Madison breach: Who's affected?

AP Technology News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:19am
Things to know about Ashley Madison breach: Who's affected? Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:19-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Lifestyle, Government and politics, Technology, Extramarital affairs, Divorce rates, Divorce and separations, Sex in society, Social issues, Social affairs, Demographics, Family issues People, Places and Companies: United Kingdom Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Officials ID bodies found after Alaska slide as 2 brothers

AP Alaska News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:19am
Officials ID bodies found after Alaska slide as 2 brothers Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:19-04:00 News Topics: General news, Weather forecasts, Weather, Search and rescue efforts, Landslides and mudslides, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Sitka, Anchorage Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Bid by B.B. King's daughter to get medical records denied

AP Entertainment News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:13am
Bid by B.B. King's daughter to get medical records denied Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:13-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Celebrity deaths, Celebrity People, Places and Companies: B.B. King, Las Vegas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day

AP Business News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:12am
Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:12-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock indices and averages, Financial markets, Stock markets, Economy, Financial crisis, Currency markets, Chinese yuan renminbi, Oil and gas industry, Japanese yen, Stock prices, Energy industry, Industries, Leading economic indicators People, Places and Companies: Alexis Tsipras, China, United Kingdom, East Asia, United States, Europe, Greece Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UNESCO chief: IS systematically destroying heritage sites

AP Top news - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:07am
UNESCO chief: IS systematically destroying heritage sites Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:07-04:00 News Topics: General news, Cultural preservation, Archaeology, Christianity, Militant groups, Cultures, Social affairs, Science, Religion, War and unrest People, Places and Companies: Syria, Damascus, Middle East, Iraq Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military strike

AP Politics - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:05am
White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military strike Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:05-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, War casualties, Police, War and unrest, Law enforcement agencies People, Places and Companies: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Massachusetts, Iraq, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ronda Rousey will fight former boxer Holly Holm on Jan. 2

AP Sports News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:05am
Ronda Rousey will fight former boxer Holly Holm on Jan. 2 Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:05-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Women's martial arts, Mixed martial arts, Women's sports, Martial arts People, Places and Companies: Ronda Rousey, Dana White, Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Yemen's president calls for cease-fire and rebel withdrawal

AP Top news - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 8:02am
Yemen's president calls for cease-fire and rebel withdrawal Associated Press - 21 August 2015 16:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Diplomacy, Militant groups, War and unrest, Sanctions and embargoes, Cease fires, Humanitarian assistance, International relations, Government and politics, Foreign policy, Government policy People, Places and Companies: Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Sanaa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for August 21

49 Writers - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:00am
Our autumn schedule of classes is now live! Are you interested in writing thrillers? Lyrical language? Spiritual writing? How about writing about love? Maintaining your social media network? How about just needing to jumpstart your writing? Want to work on reflection in personal essays or maybe the use of scene in fiction and nonfiction? There are many different classes available online and in Anchorage, Juneau, and Haines. Check it out and register at the 49 Writers website

49 Writers is seeking two "blitz team" volunteers, one to hang fliers in six Eagle River locations and one to hang fliers in five Spenard locations. Fliers arrive by mail to be posted two to three weeks in advance of our signature events. Willing to help? Email 49writers (at) gmail.com.
Woosh Kinaadeiyí, a local nonprofit organization committed to diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice, will host a BBQ and a poetry slam on Friday, August 21st at Sandy Beach. The event will be held from 5:00-9:00pm. An open mic and poetry slam will commence at 6:30pm. Participants can sign up to read at 6pm. Poets and performers of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Attendees are encouraged to bring food to share. The event is free and open to the public
Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us scheduled for Oct. 3 -11. We would like to invite everyone to sign up by clicking the participation form on the right side of the website at www.alaskabookweek.comOnce you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon. This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration--and provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!We would also like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly celebration.
For questions or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE
On Tuesday, September 8 at 7pm, Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson will be be part of a Crosscurrents event at the Anchorage Museum - The Engaged Muse: Politics, Poetry and Narrative - What do these strange bedfellows have in common? Isn’t politics, like sex, verboten at the dinner table or in polite society? If you think of Canadians as passive or “nice,” Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes are a couple of writers who don’t hesitate to write about social and political issues, without letting content overwhelm their art and without becoming ideologues or partisans. Join these writers and moderator Jeremy Pataky for this live, on-stage discussion.

Meet authorZoe Ferraris presented via teleconference on Thursday, September 17th, 7:00pmat the Innovation Lab in the Lousasac Library.Zoë Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi- Palestinians. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf won the LA Times Book Award. That novel and its follow-ups, City of Veils and Kingdom of Strangers, have been international bestsellers, publishing in over forty countries. A new children’s book, The Hunt for the Pyxis, will be published this summer. It is the first of a trilogy for mid-grade readers.For more information contact Stacia at mcgourtysa@muni.org  Event address: Z.J. Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali Street Anchorage, AK 99503
Nature and Travel Writing ClassAnchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a 12-week nature and travel writing class beginning Sept. 16, in the Sierra Club office downtown. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers. The cost is $240. To sign up for this Wednesday night class (7 to 9:30 p.m.), or for more information, contact Sherwonit at 245-0283 or akgriz@hotmail.com. Further information about the teacher is also available at www.billsherwonit.alaskawriters.com.
Anchorage Museum has posted their Schedule of Programs for July and August. Visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/media for the full list of events. Below are some of the highlights. To confirm details and dates, call the Marketing and Public Relations Department at (907) 929-9227.
Promote your book at the National Federation of Press Women Annual Conference, September 10 – 12 at the Captain Cook Hotel Anchorage. Alaska Professional Communicators will provide at no charge an opportunity for authors to sign and sell their books. Attendees, conference speakers, and APC members can sign up for a place at the authors' tables on both Fri., Sept. 11, 3:45 - 4:30 PM and Sat., Sept. 12, 4:00 - 4:30 PM. Contact Lizzie Newell at lizzie-n@gci.net to let her know the name of your book(s). We will provide attendees a list of participating authors and their books.
Poetry Parley will be on hiatus for July and August. Starting September 20th at Hugi-Lewis Studio, Parley will kick off a new season with readings from 10 (plus) local poets. There will be no marquee poet. Send a note to poetryparley@gmail.com  if you want to be considered. We will hold a few slots for new readers.
Events at the UAA Bookstore
Local Library Events
Book Signings

EVENTS AROUND ALASKASOUTHCENTRAL, MAT-SU, KENAI PENINSULA
On Thursday, September 10, Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson will be reading at 7pm at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College. 

SOUTHEAST
This September, 49 Writers and Alaska Quarterly Review are co-sponsoring a tour that will combine live literary events in the Southeast Alaska communities of Haines and Juneau with distance programming, in pursuit of 49 Writers’ goal to serve writers across the state. These events are supported in part by a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts.

The tour will begin in Haines with a free public reading by Melinda Moustakis accompanied by local writers and musicians on the evening of September 18, 6pm, at Haines Public Library. Moustakis will teach two workshops on September 18 and 20; registration information available on the 49 Writers website at http://www.49writingcenter.org/. On September 19 at 1pm, there will be a statewide discussion of Moustakis’s book Bear Down, Bear North on the statewide Online With Libraries (OWL) system and locally at the Haines Public Library. 


In Juneau, Moustakis will teach two workshops on September 22 and 23; registration information available on the 49 Writers website at http://www.49writingcenter.org/. She will end her stay in Alaska with a CrossCurrents event on September 24 at 6:30pm at the Juneau Downtown Library. The event is entitled “Shaped by the North” and will feature writers Moustakis, Ernestine Hayes, Brendan Jones, and  photographer Ben Huff discussing how the landscape has shaped them as artists and shaped their work.

INTERIOR

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERSCONFERENCES, AWARDS, RETREATS & RESIDENCIES
The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres.  Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year. For more information, and to apply, go to :http://bit.ly/2015AKLitAwards. The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.
The Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship awards recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent. In the 2015 cycle, a select number of $2,500 fellowships will be awarded to individual artists working in visual art, including film, digital and media arts. For more information, and to apply, go to: http://bit.ly/2015BoocheverFellows. The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.
The 2016 Governor's Awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 28th. We will also continue the tradition of scheduling CHAMP Day (Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a legislative fly-in day, on Wednesday, January 27th. Please start brainstorming ideas for nominees and consider submitting a nomination! The nomination process will open in August. This year's Arts categories will be: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts & Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of previous awardees can be found at https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/pdf/Past_Recipients_GAAH.pdf.
2016 Statewide Arts and Culture Conference will take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th. We are in the process of exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening. Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing aksca.info@alaska.gov
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is conducting a survey to inform its Live. Work. Play. Initiative, which seeks to make Anchorage the number one city in America to live work and play by 2025. If you live in Anchorage and care about the arts, please take a moment to add your voice to this survey-it's just two VERY short questions! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LiveWorkPlayAnchorage
Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for schools is October 15, 2015Click here to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 
Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts May 2015. www.AlaskaWritersGuild.com
13 Chairs Literary Journal, a new literary journal publishing short stories and poetry from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and volunteers. They are currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of JBER, AK. To learn more, and to submit, email info@13chairs.com or visit 13chairs.com.
University of Alaska Press announces the release of Connecting Alaskans Telecommunications in Alaska from Telegraph to Broadband by Heather E. Hudson. The book will be available in September 2015. Cloth Price is $60.00 and it is also available in ebook.
As we all know, back-to-school time is getting close. This also means the issue of author signing is raised at the schools. Barnes & Noble has scheduled school book fairs and fundraising events and is in demand for local children’s book author presenters. If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact Renee Millner, Community Business Development Manager at 907-279-7323 or email her at crm2784@bn.com
Have news or events you'd like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) gmail.com. Your message must be received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless your event falls in the "Opportunities" category, it should occur no more than 30 days from when we receive your email.
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


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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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