Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ex-British prime minister's wife signs publishing deal
Cherie Blair has signed a book deal to write about her life as a leading British human rights lawyer and the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, her publisher said Wednesday.

Chapter books at the public libraries include 'At the Firefly Gate'
Chapter books for the chapter book crowd are available at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Education or political manipulation?
Vacations are great. Sometimes the only downside is missing out on important news that's released when you are gone.

Putting an end to Alaska corruption
Sheila Patterson (Sept. 14 Empire) says we've robbed Sen. Lisa Murkowski of a house on the Kenai. What we've done is put a stop to the political corruption that is blatantly obvious in Alaska - money for votes, promises of jobs, the enrichment of politicians' relatives with state and federal tax dollars.

Fluoride proponents cite press releases
A My Turn piece promoting fluoridation by Lee and Sherie Dye claims fluoridation opponents are wrong about facts and science. But in their two examples, it is the Dyes that have the facts just plain wrong.

Water related deaths and autopsies
My brother, Mark Jackson's body was found on Douglas Island on May 19. I agree with Juneau Police Sgt. Campbell that families deserve to know how and why their loved one died.

Woman stabs man in the chest and leg after argument
A 25-year-old Southeast Alaska man is expected to recover from a collapsed lung after he was stabbed Wednesday night by a 25-year-old Juneau woman in a Glacier Highway apartment.

Around Town

Talking trash and capital creep
Candidates for the Juneau Assembly divided on strategy for growing the economy, fighting capital-move attempts and taking care of our trash, at a Thursday election forum.

Hunt continues for missing boater
U.S. Coast Guard helicopters flew Sitka divers to town on Thursday afternoon to search for the body of 58-year-old Juneau resident Al Kegler about 30 feet off the north coast of Lincoln Island.

Photo: From the ground up
Matt Euteneier, a mason for Coogan Construction, installs split-face block Thursday on the side of Thunder Mountain High School in the Mendenhall Valley. The school is scheduled to open in fall 2008.

Tax Division collects $26.6 million from cruise fees
The state Tax Division has collected $26.6 million this year from a new $46 per cruise-ship passenger fee that Alaska voters approved last fall, the division's director announced during an update to the Southeast Conference on Wednesday.

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

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Fawcett, Bird play FASD awareness event
As part of the first annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness event, Native American flutist Morgan Fawcett and well-known contemporary Native American violinist Arvel Bird performed a concert Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to those who provided love, support after Karl passed

Photo: Edith Carter tree, plaque dedication
Friends of longtime Juneau resident Edith Carter dedicated a tree and plaque in her memory on Sunday in Capital Park downtown.

Coté, Herrera wed
Jesse D. Coté and Anthony Herrera were married on Aug. 4, 2007, in Lancaster, Calif.

FYI

When summer vacations go south, sometimes the poop hits the floor
I was flying alone on Alaska Airlines with my two toddlers. I was cursing myself for seating myself close to the bathroom, forgetting about the unpleasant smell. I soon realized the stinky odor wasn't coming from the bathroom - but from my child.

Pets of the week
Jerry, Boomer are suave,not spastic, and lookingfor permanent homes

Photo: Rotary scholarship
Romie Moskito shows the $10,000 scholarship check he received from Glacier Valley Rotary Club President Eric Forst during a lunch Wednesday at the Juneau International Airport. Funds for the scholarship came from the Juneau Duck Derby held on Sept. 8 at Riverside Rotary Park.

The whole onion: Seeking peace through selflessness
There is a story from "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky about an old woman and an onion.

Fluoride and the 'Oops' factor
I'd like to write about Juneau's favorite topic - the great fluoride debate of 2007 - but please wait until you reach the last paragraph.

Recognitions

Artist in the spotlight: Kristina Paulick
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.

Neighbors Digest
'Lift Up Your Eyes' worship retreat to take place Sept. 27-29; Poetry Omnibus calls poets for publication in public buses; SEARHC clarifiesprocedures for medical services in Ketchikan; SEARHC awards injury prevention mini-grants to five Southeast towns ... and more

Robert Lynn Poe
Robert "Bob" Lynn Poe died Aug. 31, 2007, in his home. He was 55.

John T. Cass
Former Juneau resident John T. Cass, a resident of Seaview, Wash., died Sept. 15, 2007. He was 81.

My Turn: Fluoride will lose; science has failed us
Pro-fluoride advocates are fighting a losing battle trying to convince the Juneau populace that it is wise to add fluoride to the city water supply.

Outside editorial: Don't let Ground Zero be defiled by the enemy
No. No. No. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be allowed to defile Ground Zero, must be stopped from exploiting this hallowed landmark, this tragic product of a fanaticism cousin to the demons in Ahmadinejad's soul.

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 heading to Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity tennis team travels to Anchorage this weekend for a preview of what to expect next month at the Alaska state championship tournament.

Pete Kott apologizes for language, but proclaims innocence
A former state legislator on Thursday apologized to jurors for foul language the FBI secretly caught him spouting in wiretaps and a hidden camera while investigating him on corruption charges.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Wayward bear enters Amalga Street home; City museum will start its winter hours; State museum shifts to winter hours Sept. 25; Search continuesfor missing hiker; Slowing seismic activity at Pavlof Volcano

Series of tuition hikes continues for Alaska's university system
Tuition at University of Alaska campuses will continue rising for at least the next two school years, according to a unanimous board of regents decision Wednesday.

FBI spied on Ted Stevens as part of sting
The FBI, working with an Alaska oil contractor, secretly taped telephone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens as part of a public corruption sting, according to people close to the investigation.

Advocacy group helps mom find body of missing daughter
Law enforcement didn't help Mary Weir track down her missing daughter this spring. On her own, she found her daughter's picture on the Internet and connected her to Jane Doe 17-05 in San Bernardino County, Calif.

Photo: Clipped wings
The wings are dismantled from a Curtiss JN-4 biplane Tuesday in the Fairbanks International Airport terminal in Fairbanks. The plane is being moved for display at Eielson Air Force Base.

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