Friday, September 8, 2006

Former Clinton aides write book
In Washington these days, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., is making a name for himself as the architect of his party's spirited campaign to retake control of the House. In "The Plan," a new book he has co-written with Bruce Reed, Emanuel sets out to prove he is not the dog about to catch the car he has chased his whole life.

Spadea's diary, 'Break Point,' opens the curtain on pro tennis circuit
In 13 seasons on the professional tennis tour, Vince Spadea never managed to fulfill the promise he once showed as a top junior player in the early 1990s. But the years spent whacking balls against the game's superstars at tournaments from Melbourne, Australia, to New York have bestowed him with a few credentials of note: nearly $5 million in career earnings, unrivaled status as the best aging white rapper on the ATP tour and a unique vantage point for revealing "the inner workings of a pro player's mind," as proclaimed by the dust jacket of his book, "Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player."

Spadea's diary, 'Break Point,' opens the curtain on pro tennis circuit
In 13 seasons on the professional tennis tour, Vince Spadea never managed to fulfill the promise he once showed as a top junior player in the early 1990s. But the years spent whacking balls against the game's superstars at tournaments from Melbourne, Australia, to New York have bestowed him with a few credentials of note: nearly $5 million in career earnings, unrivaled status as the best aging white rapper on the ATP tour and a unique vantage point for revealing "the inner workings of a pro player's mind," as proclaimed by the dust jacket of his book, "Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player."

Former Clinton aides write book
In Washington these days, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., is making a name for himself as the architect of his party's spirited campaign to retake control of the House. In "The Plan," a new book he has co-written with Bruce Reed, Emanuel sets out to prove he is not the dog about to catch the car he has chased his whole life.

Newest picture books at the public libraries
There are plenty of picture books for parents to share with their little ones at the Juneau Public Libraries. Here's a sample of some of our newest titles.

Business Digest
Meeting to focus on balancing work, life

Ignorance is always the best policy
To what depths of depravity and immorality can the Empire sink to?

Limits on river gatherings illogical
We had a town meeting on Aug. 28 in Wrangell to discuss the possibility of a 12-person limit for private-party gatherings on the Stikine River.

Juneau's ugly side
All of Juneau should be disgusted by those who perpetuate hate and intolerance.

Hooligan goes too far
I agree with Sue Miller's comments in her Sept. 1 My Turn.

Bad articles better than no free press
It seems to me that there are an awful lot of people claiming to own your publication.

Spending less due to new cruise ship tax
I would like to comment about Alaska's new "do-not-visit," $50-per-person tax on cruise ship passengers.

We need to support the Jewish community
Most of the time I am really proud to live in Juneau, and I have strong, positive feelings about my community.

Note to Juneau: Get over yourself
OK, OK, here we go again.

Choose protection for clean water
With the current weather and ample rainfall, it is hard to remember that clean water is the scarcest commodity in the world for human beings.

Dangerous crosswalk
Yes, we now have our tax dollars spent on fancy lights in the pavement, newly painted crosswalk stripes on the pavement, and expensive controls to activate warnings for both drivers and pedestrians at Douglas Highway and Cordova Street.

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

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

Candidates for mayor square off
Making Juneau an affordable place to live was at the center of a debate between the city's two mayoral candidates Thursday afternoon at the Prospector Hotel.

Images from another time: The play's the thing

Photo: One last look for fish
A 20-year-old female black bear looks for salmon along Steep Creek on Thursday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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

Photos: Extreme Beach Bums
Cecile Elliott tries out a skim board in Mendenhall Lake on Thursday while being filmed for the Travel Channel's "Extreme Beaches" television program.

Voters asked to extend tax Oct. 3
City officials say $106 million to $125 million in services would be lost over five years if voters don't renew the 3 percent sales tax in October.

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

Iraqi civilian to speak about country's condition Friday
Rana Al-Aiouby, like many in Iraq, saw her life dramatically change after the United States began a bombing campaign in her country in 2003.

Problems with concrete prolong museum renovation
After battling rain and running into a series of obstacles, contractors hope to finish installing a new roofing membrane and a high-performance waterproof coating by early October on the Alaska State Museum's front-entrance canopy.

Photo: Juneau Reigns
The Juneau Reign Juneau Soccer Club U-16 boys team, wearing red jerseys, are shown with the Mathare United U-16 boy's team from Nairobi, Kenya, wearing yellow, during their two-week tour to Scandinavia, where they played soccer at two international tournaments.

Liam VanSickle
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors Digest
Co-op nursery has openings for the fall, Douglas church holds dessert social, auction, Parks and Rec accepts comments until Sept. 29, AHFM offers two classes this weekend &: UAS literary journal open to submissions

The best solution for FASD
In February, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church caught fire.

FYI
Births & Marriage licenses

Recognitions
Scott Carrlee, formerly the Alaska State Museums' conservator, was named the museum's curator of Museum Services.

Recounting U.S.-Russia relations, Alaska's war years
On Sunday, Aug. 27 a momentous celebration took place in Fairbanks.

Mary M. Rudolph
Former Juneau resident Mary M. Rudolph, 90, died Aug. 29, 2006, near her home in Kingston, Wash.

Leon David Stuck
Juneau resident Leon David Stuck, 44, died Aug. 30, 2006, while working for the U.S. Forest Service in Yakutat.

My Turn: Sell Hooligan separately and see if it survives
Much has been written recently regarding the Hooligan section and I thought I would put in my two cents worth.

Plenty to ponder until Nov. 7
The voters of Alaska made some bold choices on Aug. 22, some of which will have far-reaching effects in the Nov. 7 general election.

Alaska editorial: Don't jump to conclusions in wake of investigation
This is a dangerous and worrisome time in Alaska politics.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers' joke not funny
The FBI's developing investigation of VECO and the state legislators the oil field services company gave money to leaves us saddened and disgusted.

Locals continue to flock to the annual Klondike road relay
They have names like the Lady GuDivas, the Slomo Sapiens and the Charismatic Megafauna. Their names run from the inspirational, such as Team Survivor, to the silly, with Fast Women ... And We Run Too.

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.

Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16
Alaska Swimming and Diving Top 16 Performances

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 football looks to rebound against Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School football teams looks to rebound at home, the cross country runners head north to Anchorage and the swimmers and divers trek to Petersburg this weekend.

Beat the Odds Race Results
Beat the odds race results

Scientists find melting permafrost may release methane
New research is raising concerns that global warming may be triggering a self-perpetuating climate time bomb trapped in once-frozen permafrost.

Alaska Digest
Judge halts lease sales in national reserve, Hunters find 7-foot mammoth tusk & Man charged with robbery between trips

Ex-BP manager invokes Fifth in hearing on spill
A former BP executive in Alaska who may have intimidated workers from speaking up about pipeline corrosion at the nation's largest oil field could not bring himself to answer questions from lawmakers about how BP's neglect led to a massive oil spill.

Palin, Knowles offer similar pipeline plans
Alaska's two leading candidates for governor presented their ideas Thursday for building a pipeline to market North Slope natural gas.

Independent Halcro attempts to grab voters' attention
In January, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro asked voters to "stop me." In May, his mock blockbuster movie ad said an "epic battle" was looming.

Alaska Digest
Man arrested in valley on sex assault warrant

Report criticizes amount of state aid for college
Alaska's investment in financial grants for higher education to students in need is low compared to other states, a national higher education advocacy group has concluded.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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

Murkowski drops plans for session
It will be up to a future governor to sign a contract for a $25 billion North Slope natural gas pipeline to Canada, Gov. Frank Murkowski's top aide said Wednesday.

Inupiaqs of Anaktuvuk Pass name mountain for Norwegian explorer
After hearing about the "inland Eskimos" of Alaska, Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad lived among them for nine months, learning the language, listening to their stories and recording their songs.

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