Justices should ponder meaning of word 'bong'
Duke Marshall makes a good point in his April 16 letter to the editor, "The real meaning of 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus.'"

Words are cheap in face of tragedy
It almost takes a conscious effort to keep breathing in the face of the carnage at Virginia Tech. Words seem so cheap.

Stop eating meat for a better Earth
I am a member of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Saving polar bears and walrus pups
My suggestion for the Friends of Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other animal groups is to stop suing Alaska over wolf hunts, bear hunts and just hunts period.

End segregation of same-sex partners
I live no differently from the way my neighbors live. I eat, I sleep, I work to provide; yet because of my sexuality I am segregated, stereotyped and treated as though I'm not a citizen in my own country or a resident of the state I was born in.

It's time for us to take care of our own affairs
I am writing in response to the front page articles, "Juneau man charged with murder" and "Gunman kills 32 at Virginia campus," dated April 17.

Let the partisan bickering begin
In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, there will undoubtedly be a call for discussion of sorely needed comprehensive gun control in our country. It goes without saying that conservative supporters of gun rights will oppose any efforts to inject a little bit of sanity regarding gun control.

Don't tamper with voters' initiative
Did I hear Rep. Jay Ramras correctly? Did he actually say those who voted for the cruise ship initiative needed to learn the same tolerance as those who drop bills into the hopper and watch them get amended?

Lawmakers offer well-wishes and prayers to former colleague
Alaska politicians and lawmakers united Monday in prayer and well wishes for former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, who was rescued Monday after falling out of his boat Sunday evening near Auke Bay and spending the night on Coghlan Island.

Photo: Intersection closed
Dorothy Gould, a traffic control supervisor for Secon, sets out traffic cones and signs Monday at the Sunny Point intersection on Egan Drive.

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

Alaska police, FBI team up to combat child prostitution
Prostitution has long been a hidden problem in Alaska, and law enforcement officials are asking for more tools to protect children lured into the trade.

Senators push universal health care plan
Two newly influential state senators are proposing a potentially controversial health care plan. If adopted, it could bring health care coverage to most uninsured Alaskans.

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

Weyhrauch found alive after search
Searchers with a chocolate Lab were combing the shores of Coghlan Island on Monday when they spotted a man in a red coat and muddy pants walking toward them.

Weyhrauch expresses gratitude after ordeal
Former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch survived more than just cold water when he fell off his boat and spent the night lost on Coghlan Island.

Around Town

Palin urges revenue sharing
David Sheakley / Juneau Empire

Photo: Heaps of cod
Daniel Hurtado, a grader at Taku Fisheries, sorts through black cod and halibut unloaded Monday from the Seaview.

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

Students look to trades
Joe Eller, 17, and Alexis Ehlers, 18, both have bright prospects and clear plans for their future, and neither plan involves college.

Neighbors Digest
Foundation accepts grant applications

Let's experience our community senior centers
Close your eyes and recall your fondest memories of holiday mealtime. Smell the freshly baked biscuits, view the colorful variety of foods, hear the telling of jokes and stories, join in the laughter of friends and family.

Photos: Governor's Prayer Lunch
Over 400 people attended the annual Governor's Prayer Lunch, sponsored by the Juneau Governor's Prayer Breakfast Committee, on Sunday at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Appreciating fire heroes
From left, Fire Chief Eric Mohrmann and city Assembly members applaud Sam Thorp, Kevin Walker, Brandon Dutson, Brett McCurley, Rocky Deyette and Billy Ray in an Assembly meeting on Monday...

Living, growing involves change
Living and growing involves change. For some, change is seen as very threatening, while for others change is a welcomed reality as they live and grow.

Marjorie Ann Peters
Lifelong Alaskan resident Marjorie Ann Peters died April 1, 2007, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage of acute leukemia. She was 72.

Outside editorials: Remembering Yeltsin
He loved his people, He did all he could, Remember his reforms & Yeltsin's highs and lows

My Turn: Coeur, you did it wrong
In response to Rick Richins' My Turn of April 16, I would like to set the facts straight. Coeur Alaska has not done it right. Here is why:

My Turn: Our beloved soldiers
Over the years I have grown more and more interested in history. So much of our world has changed shape, and yet at its core, the same life still exists.

Outside editorials: On the fate of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Loyal to a fault, Little support & Failing to help cause

My Turn: The roach on the cupcake
When someone says, "Just try it! You'll like it!" or "What could go wrong?" anyone over the age of 3 knows that the proposal immediately requires closer inspection.

My Turn: Time to act against climate change
With the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change, there is no more pussy-footing around it; greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are creating ecological, economic and social challenges...

Juneau boarders catch Big Air
The 12th Annual Big Air snowboarding contest in Haines drew one of its largest-ever crowds of participants and fans Sunday - and a Juneau boarder took top honors.

Sports Digest
Joe Ayers leads B.C. past Wake Forest, Kids' Rotary Park Run canceled, Menzies wins first rifle match of the year, Sonics fire coach Hill, general manager Sund, FBI seeks author of threatening letters about cheer coverage & Manchester United wins in Champions League

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.

Juneau Parks and Recreation CoEd Volleyball Postseason Tournament Results

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.

Grizzly to grace Alaska quarter
The mighty grizzly, clutching a salmon in its jaws, beat out a sled dog team, a polar bear and a gold panner as the governor's design of choice for Alaska's state quarter.

Russian, U.S. backers push tunnel across Bering Strait
For more than a century, entrepreneurs and engineers have dreamed of building a tunnel connecting the eastern and western hemispheres under the Bering Strait - only to be brought up short by war, revolution and politics.

This Day in History
in Alaska, the nation and the world

Native women face high sex assault rates
Sexual violence against indigenous women in the U.S. has reached stunningly high rates, in part because a lack of funding for law enforcement and health care workers allows perpetrators to "rape with impunity,"...

Family helps douse first large fire of the season
A Fairbanks area family is being credited for putting out the first large Interior fire of the season.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Former Young aide charged with conspiracy
An aide to Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, accepted $30,000 worth of tickets from an influence peddler and went on a golf junket to Scotland in exchange for assisting the lobbyist, according to court papers filed Monday in the Abramoff scandal.

Alaska Digest
Fuel-laden barge nearly runs aground, Airport environmental impact statement meeting scheduled, Mother begins trial for murder of sons & Man found guilty in tourist's death

Alaska Digest
Juneau looks into DUI law revisions, Bartlett smoking ban passes city assembly, Golf course use permit extended, Miller wins bid for school upgrade, Senate prepares for next year's session, Steamship Wharf public parking closed & Campground opening delayed until May 15

Former aide to U.S. Rep. Don Young pleads guilty to accepting bribes
A former aide to U.S. Rep. Don Young pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from lobbyist Jack Abramoff in an influence-peddling scandal that has touched the White House, Interior Department and congressional Republicans.

Lawmakers look over respective ethics bills
Judiciary Committee chairmen from the House and Senate met Tuesday and discussed how to proceed with respective ethics reform bills.

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