Thumbs up, thumbs down for Monday, Feb. 10

Thumbs up to the stalemate between the Juneau School District and the teachers’ union finally ending. According to a report last week, a special meeting was held Thursday where the Board of Education approved an agreement made in January with the Juneau Education Association resulting in a new two-year contract for teachers which will increase pay and benefits. Thumbs down, however, to the fact it took roughly 18 months of contentious negotiations to come to an agreement. In the future, we hope handshakes come swifter. For details of the agreement check out: http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-02-09/jea-school-district-agree-new-c....

Thumbs up to Wearable Art 2014. More than 40 artists participated in this year’s event, themed “Technicolor,” and raised money for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. There is some serious talent in Juneau, and this past weekend of beautiful and unexpected fashion was a reminder of that.

Thumbs up to Anna E. Cramer for being named a runner-up in a winter-themed photo contest hosted by Yahoo! News and Flickr. According to a Sunday article in the Neighbors section, Cramer’s photo of Douglas Island, titled “Winter Sun,” was among four runners up. “Placid Coyote,” by David Renwald, took home the first prize. More than 700 photos were submitted for the contest. Find a link to Cramer’s photo and all the finalists in this story: http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2014-02-09/cramer-finalist-national-wi....

Thumbs down to the Ukrainian man who tried to hijack a Turkey-bound commercial airline and divert it to Sochi on the day of the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony. Yet a thumbs up to the crew, who managed to trick the hijacker and instead landed the plane safely in Istanbul where the man was subdued by security officers who snuck aboard the aircraft.

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