Yale University Press mines data from Soviet archives
Documenting the crimes of the Soviet Union has been a project that Jonathan Brent has been preparing for all his life.

New large-print titles at local public libraries
New large-print titles at the Juneau Public Libraries include "Lisey's Story," by Stephen King, "Suite Francaise," by Irene Nemirovsky, and more.

Richard Wilbur looks back on rare life of a happy poet
Poetry is not literally in the air as you drive through the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, but as the temperature cools and your cell phone loses its signal, a certain space does open up in your mind, a swell of rhythms from an older and calmer time.

Keeping kids in class
When I was reading the Empire article about raising the age for legally dropping out of high school, I thought back to when I was in high school.

Christmas wasn't over for everyone
Although I live in Sitka, my daughter lives in Juneau, and I was somewhat amazed to have her tell me that the one day Juneauites are given to dispose of their Christmas trees for free was the day before Russian Christmas.

Who has right to stop happiness?
I'm a seventh grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School. I see that you have been discussing gay health insurance.

Photo: Shove off
Gail Wilcox brushes the snow off a friend's fishing boat tied up Thursday in Aurora Harbor.

More trouble for defendant in homicide case
A Juneau woman who pled guilty Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide in the traffic death of a University of Alaska Southeast student faces an unrelated charge of felony theft.

APOC fines Senate president
The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Thursday found state Senate President Ben Stevens in violation of financial reporting requirements but cut his recommended fine in half to $5,000.

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

Juneau a 'true Western town'?
Maps of Alaska put Juneau in Southeast, but it's really the true West.

Photo: Get your motor runnin'
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, sits on his scooter Thursday in his office at the Capitol. Seaton and other lawmakers are busy unpacking and setting up their offices in preparation for the start of the 25th legislative session next Tuesday.

Setting a course for the next generation of students
Educators, school board members, teachers, parents and students are taking a look beyond the next new school building and trying to figure out what students will actually be learning there in years to come.

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


Photos: Dzantik'i Heeni Science Fair
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Aurora House held its annual Science Fair Thursday morning.

Parsnips: A treasure trove of nutrition
Although today we can buy virtually any fresh vegetable even in the dead of winter, in the time before refrigeration people's options were much more limited.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Rhys Coffee
"I will definitely keep playing the violin. My mom and Dad won't let me quit; they say, 'You have gotten too far to quit!' Sometimes I don't like practicing, but I like playing violin most of the time."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Partnerships for Families and Children
The Partnership is a group of 16 non-profit and state agencies who work collaboratively to promote a seamless web of support services and increase broad based community support for young children and their families.

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors Digest
St. Vincent de Paul dedicates housing units, Learn to Ski Weekend held Jan. 27, 28 & Public invited to DeArmond reception

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: donating to Breakfast Club, covering our Montessori event & coming together on my behalf

Mary Lee Choate
Juneau resident Mary Lee Choate, 77, died Jan. 2, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage.

My turn: Not worth the high court's time
It's a puzzlement. The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case from Alaska that didn't deserve its attention.

Alaska editorial: Lessons to be learned from efforts to tie up ANWR
It hasn't taken long for opponents of opening a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy development to take advantage of the opportunity presented them by the arrival of a Congress controlled by Democrats.

Crimson Bears fall to Notre Dame 68-58
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys cut an 18-point deficit to 4 with six minutes remaining, but fell 68-58 to Notre Dame Academy (Va.) on Thursday in the first round of the Alaska Airlines Tournament at West High School.

Bears crush Wolverines 69-40
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls flew out to a 30-point first-half lead and crushed South Anchorage 69-40 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the three-day East Tournament.

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.

Congressional delegation's reaction to Iraq plan mixed
Alaska's all-Republican congressional delegation gave a mixed reaction to President Bush's proposal to boost U.S. troops in Iraq by 21,500.

Palin names 3 more to cabinet
Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday named three more members to her administration, including Labor Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop, Deputy Labor Commissioner Tara Jollie and Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer.

Pioneer pilot Ruth Jefford dies at 92
Ruth Jefford, a noted violinist and Alaska's first female commercial air taxi pilot, has died at 92.

Northwest Digest
KTOO to launch new stations today, Waldenbooks to close three Alaska stores, Judge allows class action in Costco case & Tribes sue over trust fund management

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Two entities will work together on gas line
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority and the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority have signed a formal agreement to work cooperatively on developing a natural gas pipeline.

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