Saturday, September 16, 2006

Non-fiction kids books
Here are a few of the new non-fiction books for kids, and one partly-true picture book for older readers that I just couldn't resist.

The gospel of McGowan
Well before Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was published, Kathleen McGowan believed she had been chosen to tell the "real" story of Mary Magdalene.

Hooligan's a good idea, but it's poorly executed
Hooligan certainly is generating heat. The publisher, in a serious effort to widen the demographics of Empire readers, created Hooligan to appeal to younger readers.

Brown bears shouldn't be hunted - period
Alaska's McNeil River supports the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world, protected, in part, by the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, the McNeil River State Game Refuge and Katmai National Park.

Children need to be educated about sex
I was astonished by Josh Carter's perspective in his letter to the editor of Sept. 8.

Empire should print ferry schedules
On Labor Day, I was volunteering at the Juneau Visitor Center kiosk by the downtown library. A young man asked if he could get to Bellingham, Wash., by driving from Skagway.

What's the plan after the road is built?
If the road from Juneau to the ferry link as projected is completed, what is the plan for the people who choose not to own a vehicle? I understand the current plan is to discontinue ferry service from Juneau to those towns. Will it still be possible to go on foot to Haines for the fair or to Skagway for a train ride? Will there be bus service from Juneau to the ferry link 50-plus miles away? How often will it run and how much will it cost? At the other end of the road, will there be a shelter for those without vehicles?

President Bush dares to talk about terror
The airways have been flooded these past few weeks with the words of that lunatic we call our president.

Photo: A new home
Alaska Native veterans stand Thursday in front of a series of marble stones during a ceremony recognizing the memorial's new location next to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Juneau shorelines due for cleaning Saturday
Dixie Belcher was walking around the end of Fritz Cove Road on Thursday, when she stumbled upon an old television that apparently had washed up on the beach.

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

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

Photo: What's 'The Trouble With Bernie'?
John Bushell, aka Johnny B, left, plays piano as his wife, Sharon Bushell, reads a chapter from her book "The Trouble With Bernie".

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

Hopefuls weigh in on city housing
Juneau Assembly candidates debated affordable housing and curbing the city's brain drain Thursday afternoon at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Neighbors mailbox
Juneau thanks you.

Carroll and Johnson wed
Jennifer Johnson, of Juneau, and Stephen Carroll, of Nampa, Idaho, were married April 30 at BeckenRidge Vineyards in Dallas, Ore.

Prolific rain puts a damper on berry picking
This has been a challenging year for berry pickers. There were no salmon berries, maybe because of the bitter cold snap at the end of March.

AIDS-inspired altarpiece begins U.S. tour
As the twin scourges of AIDS and unemployment ravaged their rural district, the women of the South African fishing village of Hamburg decided to fight back with the weapons they were given: embroidery needles.

Neighbors Digest
REAA and CRSA elections held Oct. 3, Two churches offer program training & UAS entrance closed Monday morning

Tupac Shakur is still a legacy
Ten years ago Sept. 13, rapper and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur died. Six days earlier, he had been ambushed on the crowded, neon-lit boulevards of Las Vegas.

10th Annual Toy Run
The Southeast Panhandlers' Motorcycle Club will make their 10th annual Toy Run at 1 p.m. Sunday departing from Marlintini's parking lot.

Unrefined salt not so bad
Salt has been used for thousands of years to make food more palatable.

Stephen Young
"I chose this instrument, because after a year of playing clarinet, I wasn't doing so great at it. So my band director at the time told me that I should switch to the tuba."

PlayStation 3 in trouble, Nintendo on schedule
News from the virtual world:

Hospice and Home Care of Juneau
Volunteer Coordinator: Debbie McBride, coordinator of Bereavement and Volunteer Services.

Video game sequels return to some of the most exciting
The video-game industry's dependence on sequels is widely regarded as a sign of creative stagnation.

FYI
Births & Marriage licenses

Alaska editorial: Big money taints politics because Alaskans allow it
Alaskans can only speculate what the FBI knows and what it is looking for in its probe of oil field services and construction company Veco Corp.

My turn: Road is a bad prescription
No one can argue with the fact that Alaska state ferries are among the safest form of travel.

JDHS faces state's top-ranked team
Expect non-stop, smash-mouth football tonight in Colony. Alaska's two best defenses square off tonight, as Juneau-Douglas High School faces the undefeated Knights.

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.

Railbelt Conference Standings
Railbelt Conference

Journal exhibit to offer glimpse of Capt. Cook
Just how Capt. James Cook could ever have imagined Cook Inlet to be a river is beyond a little puzzling, but a close read of his travel journals does offer insight into the explorer and his voyages.

Official: Five students admit involvement in school weapons plot
Five of six boys accused of planning a school massacre in North Pole last spring have admitted their involvement, a city official said Thursday.

Northwest Digest
Scientists salvaging data on sea lions, Man sentenced for heist near cop shop, Officials lobby for more timber payments & Feds announce breakup of drug ring

Site estimates Alaskans' contribution to warming
Drive a full-size pickup, take a couple of trips on board a jet to the Lower 48, and unless you live in an unheated tent, you're likely putting 37,000 pounds of carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere each year.

BP seeks OK to restart part of Prudhoe Bay for testing
Oil giant BP has asked permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to resume production on the eastern half of Prudhoe Bay so it can perform pipeline tests.

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