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Emily Russo Miller

Southeast man wanted online, but not in real life

By: Emily Russo Miller | Blog:

About two weeks ago, a flier from the U.S. Marshal Service District of Alaska — complete with the agency’s official seal — began popping up on Juneau Facebook groups with pictures of James Arthur Mavromatis on it.

In one picture, Mavromatis is wearing a black turtleneck and smiling. The other picture is a mugshot, and he’s wearing an orange jumpsuit and decidedly not smiling.

Emily Russo Miller

Bicyclists still wanted for Be Safe, Be Seen project

By: Emily Russo Miller | Blog:

Juneau police said Tuesday that 48 bicyclists have signed up so far to participate in a new bike safety project called Be Safe, Be Seen. That means they are still looking for 52 more volunteers.

The project's organizers want 100 local bicyclists, who are regularly cruising on the roads, to sign up to bike around with lights on their handlebars and tires for the next three months. The volunteers will then be asked for feedback about whether it made them feel more visible to motorists on the roadways. Motorists will also be interviewed.

Randi Spray

Rainy Day Reads: Ignoring my reading list

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

I have an ongoing list of which books I’m going to read next. It exists only in my head and it’s not very trustworthy. It looks like this:

1.) Currently reading: “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy

2.) Next Up: Something for my year of reading foreign, probably “In Praise of Hatred” by Khaled Khalifa

3.) The next book in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series

Randi Spray

Rainy Day Reads: Making us wait

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

 The internet tells me there won’t be a “Game of Thrones” book in 2015. This makes it officially four years of waiting for the sixth book, “Winds of Winter.”

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Randi Spray

Reading Foreign: Portugal/Pessoa

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

I don’t know about you, but I often forget about Portugal.

Randi Spray

Rainy Day Reads: What makes women dangerous?

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

What makes women dangerous? Is it sex? Insanity? The ability to beat you to a bloody pulp? Is the ability to wield power with grace and decisiveness? The ability to achieve their nefarious goals sneakily and without detection?

Katie Moritz

Juneau's drug-sniffing dog won't be trained on pot

By: Katie Moritz | Blog:

Hi, readers! Long time, no blog. In a recent story I wrote about the state's drug-sniffing dogs needing replacement in the light of marijuana legalization in the state (it's one of my favorites; read it here: http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-30/pot-puppies-get-pink-slip), I failed to mention Juneau's own drug-detecting canine.

Randi Spray

Year of Reading Foreign: Forgetful People

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

I recently read two books with amnesiacs for main characters, and the one I liked best did not win the Nobel Prize.

“Missing Person” seems to be the big novel by Patrick Modiano, the French author who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. If big can be used to describe this 168-page work called “Rue de Boutiques Obscures” in the French.

Randi Spray

Travels with Harry: In the backpack

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

By Sarah Cannard

Thirteen. I’m pretty sure that’s how many times I’ve read the third Harry Potter. Why the third? The third I read first when I was 12, obviously not fully grasping the importance of a chronological series at the time. While waiting feverishly for the next installments, I naturally read and re-read what was available.

Randi Spray

Travels with Harry: Relying on my French

By: Randi Spray | Blog:

A couple of months ago, I realized that I only owned the Harry Potter series in French. There’s a good reason for this.

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