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Lighter shade of pale
Nars Gel Fraicheur makeup, from artist-to-the-stars Francois Nars, comes in four geographically monikered shades, one which hits a little too close to home. The first three -- Antilles, Monte Carlo and St. Moritz -- are very, very tan. But the fourth -- Alaska -- is Geisha white. May we suggest the next release include several local variations -- Mildew, Moss and Muskeg?
Even inmates have a sense of humor. Local attorneys tell us that the Lemon Creek Correctional Center is known to its residents as Club Limon, pronounced with a Spanish accent.
Give a round of applause to the final speaker in the Pillars of America Freedom series. Dr. Benjamin Carson, an East Coast neurosurgeon, gave his lecture fee to a good cause: the Sonia Carson Scholars Fund, named after his wife. Because he tired of seeing giant sports trophies in schools where he spoke, he founded the fund to honor the brains as opposed to brawns. Thousand-dollar scholarships go to smart students who also demonstrate humanitarian qualities. And their school gets a big trophy.
Seat with a view
The scenery is spectacular and so is the architecture. So says Fine Homebuilding magazine, which recently featured two photos of the out-the-road bathhouse of Juneau's Joel Bennett and Luisa Stoughton. The cedar, Japanese-inspired structure ``adjacent to a Pacific Ocean beach'' includes a sauna, bathroom and laundry. The pictures are part of a spread titled ``Outbuildings That Work.'' Presumably, the plumbing does too.
Cursed out by the best
Newsmen and women get grief from all sorts of sports. But Empire sportsguy Charles Bingham carries the distinction of being dissed by a champ. During the '95 Great Alaska Shootout, he interviewed Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight after his team almost lost to UAA. Bingham had the honor of being the first to ask a question after Knight finished reaming his players. Guess the result.
We're not sure how they lassoed 'em, but women bus drivers from around the state took top honors in what's called The All-Alaska Bus Roadeo. Sue Weatherby and Jenny Laub of Anchorage and Linda Farmer of Fairbanks won firsts in the contests, which involved driving an obstacle course, inspecting a bus and completing a safety quiz. Some Juneau folks also placed: Glenn Kramer and Kelly Herrington. Officials said they might steal a line from the Iditarod and print up T-shirts saying ``Alaska: Where Men are Men and Women Win the Bus Roadeo.''