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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Woman wills shares to charity
Lillian Roberts doesn't have much. But what she has, she's sharing. Two years ago, the nonprofit Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul helped the 48-year-old, terminally ill, formerly homeless, three-quarter Tlingit move into a low-income apartment...

Police & Fire
Juneau Police, fire officials and state troopers reported

Around Town

SEACC asks court not to rehear Kensington case
Environmental groups that sued the U.S. government over the Kensington gold mine asked the court Friday not to rehear the case.

Clarification
In Thursday's Business Digest, a brief discussed DOWL Engineers' acquisition of Toner-Nordling & Associates.

Photo: Estonian journalists visit Juneau
Peter Metcalfe, center, leads a three-man television crew from Tallinn, Estonia, on a walking tour of downtown Juneau on Friday.

Photo: Race Around the Breaker
Sam Skaggs, foreground, chases Matt Kirchhoff, center, and Adrian Slater on Saturday during the Juneau Rowing Club's Race Around the Breaker at Aurora Harbor.

Judge: District won't pay damages in Bong Hits case
The Juneau School District announced late Friday what officials described as the end of the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" lawsuit, saying that U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled in favor of former Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Deborah Morse and the School District over a request for damages.

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Alice Vavalis
Longtime Juneau resident Alice Jackson Vavalis died Oct. 12, 2007, in Juneau. She was 91.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Political correctness - or is it the truth?
It is unfortunate that "The Edge of Darkness" is a little-remembered film. In one riveting scene, the schoolteacher of a Norwegian fishing village confronts the Nazi officer in charge of the occupation forces.

My Turn: Winter driving near Sunny Point construction
In the Juneau Empire on Oct. 5, Steve Wolf prepared an article titled "Coming Highway Disaster" detailing concerns about winter driving on Egan Drive near the Sunny Point construction zone.

Empire editorial: Oil tax must be measured against global competitors
Gov. Sarah Palin deserves credit for facing what some lawmakers still refuse to admit: Alaska's oil tax system needs revisiting.

Couple to walk and paddle from Seattle to Aleutians
Erin McKittrick and Bretwood "Hig" Higman arrived in Juneau last week on day 124 of their 4,000-mile, human-powered trek.

Juneau hosts an array of winter birds On the Trails
Along with the seemingly endless fall rains come some winter visitors that are welcomed by birdwatchers and trail-walkers. A common one is the slate-colored junco.

Out&About

Spying on nests
On a night-time beach, a wolverine discovers a black oystercatcher's nest, a simple bowl scraped into the gravel. Glowing with a ghostly luminescence, the wolverine breaks open and eats all three eggs, leaving the empty shells.

Legislator: Ban toxic flame-retardant compound
All of us are only too painfully aware that the chemicals that make our life easier are the same that often poison us.

Backpack transmitters and GPS implants
Researchers have equipped 20 black oystercatchers with small backpack VHF radios, and another 14 with surgically implanted transmitters that broadcast the birds' movements as they migrate.

Fagerstrom upholds JDHS family tradition
Alex Fagerstrom fulfilled a dream in more ways than one Saturday when the Juneau-Douglas football team beat South in the large-schools state semifinals.

Chan wins first-ever girls' singles state championship
Juneau-Douglas High School's Ling Chan won the first-ever girls' singles state championship on Saturday in Anchorage.

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.

All-Railbelt Conference football teams
Prep Football

Vengeance is the Bears'
Faifo Levale answered his phone before Saturday's large-school semifinal game against South Anchorage High School and heard an oh-so-familiar voice on the other end.

Alaska Digest
Flags to be lowered to honor Native leader; Two charged in vehicle fires set by fireworks; Alaska counterfeitersentenced in Chicago; Alaska Airlines now flying to Hawaii

Sentencing for Papa Pilgrim delayed
A judge granted a delay in the sentencing of the man known as Papa Pilgrim, who faces a 14-year sentence after pleading no contest to charges of rape, kidnapping and incest.

Friends, former colleagues, write letters of support for Anderson
Letters of support have been filed by friends and former colleagues of former state Rep. Tom Anderson on the eve of his sentencing on federal corruption charges.

Legislative ethics police under fire
The Alaska Legislature's ethics police, operating in secrecy when they operate at all, appear to have been ineffective while corruption infiltrated the Alaska Legislature in recent years.

Judge finds FBI agents lawfully searched Vic Kohring's office
A magistrate judge rejected a request to throw out evidence obtained in a search of former state Rep. Vic Kohring's legislative office, finding that the search by FBI agents was lawful.

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