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Wake up!
Coffee, soda, tea and orange juice are just a few of the beverages weary morning workers drink to help wake up. For many, the daily grind begins with a noisy alarm abruptly jerking them out of a peaceful night's slumber, but for a few, waking up requires more than just coffee beans.

In the driver's seat
Jobs for auto mechanics - or auto technicians, as they are commonly referred to today - are in abundance, according to a number of experts in the field. And with technology rapidly changing, the need for skilled workers is continuously growing.

Baby talk

7 tips to improve your morning moods
Dr. Michael Perlis, director of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Sleep Research Lab in Rochester, N.Y., suggests the following tips for a better morning.

Stand up for privacy
As a liberal Democrat, I often disagree with our congressional delegation. I'm writing to applaud both Lisa Murkowski and Don Young for their steadfast support of our personal freedom against the worst excesses of the Patriot Act.

Candidate Binkley has experience, integrity
I support John Binkley as candidate for the governor of Alaska. He is one of few individuals in public service who still maintain their integrity and conviction to true democratic ideals.

Visitor charged in Friday's bank robbery
A 25-year-old Montana man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to buy a plane ticket out of Juneau with money stolen from a downtown bank that afternoon.

Photo: Checking out Downtown
An adult orca comes up for air Saturday in Gastineau Channel just off of Sandy Beach.

The struggle to live at home
A fight to live independently in her apartment is also a fight to stay alive, according to senior citizen Hazel Wearne.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Radio, school join in project
A new crop of journalists is hitting the airwaves with a fresh perspective on life in Juneau.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Rescuing Raggedy Ann
Andrew Hooton, age 7, gets instruction from U.S. Forest Service ranger David Zuniga as he tosses a life-ring to Raggedy Ann, who in turn is presented as having fallen through the "ice" Saturday during Kids Day at the Glacier program at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.


Empire Editorial: State needs to honor the court, not defy it
A court ruling that the state must provide benefits to same-sex partners now has conservatives scrambling to figure out how they can circumvent the law.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Outdoors Digest
Fish and Game offers hunter education

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Hunters take the high road
The unseasonably warm winters over the past several years have been bad for skiers, but they appear to be a good thing for the Sitka blacktail deer of Southeast Alaska. As for the deer hunters - it depends on whom you ask.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

JDHS girls sweep Sitka in Southeast opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team opened Southeast Conference play with a sweep of host Sitka.

Juneau-Douglas defeats Dimond to win Shootout
Ryan Fagerstrom scored 18 points as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team defeated host Dimond 65-60 on Saturday to win the Alaska Prep Shootout.

Bears fall short against Huskies
The Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team won its first period on Saturday but has yet to win its first game.

Committee recommends modified borough
The Advisory Commission on Local Government wrapped up its work Saturday on the issue of borough formation in Alaska, suggesting something new.

Matricide trial to be held in Craig, for now
For now, the trial of a teenage girl accused of plotting to kill her mother will be held in the tiny fishing and logging town of Craig on Prince of Wales Island.

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