Juneau Symphony presents a ghoulish gala
Symphony music is not all about dead people - even when it comes to Halloween, said Juneau Symphony resident composer William Todd Hunt.

'Rocky Horror' to show at pre-Halloween bash
Multitudes of cult-classic movie fans and Halloween enthusiasts are preparing to rock on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Rocky Horror Halloween Bash.

Logo contest seeks artists
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Alaska Area Health Education Center invite artists to submit logo designs for the Alaska AHEC program.

Christmas carolers needed for opera production
Juneau Lyric Opera is searching for performers to sing in its Christmas concerts.

Last Sunday Salon Series of season slated for Nov. 2
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will welcome back Adam Tendler for a Sunday afternoon of "Talk, Tea and Tones" featuring John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes."

What's Happening

Men's Crisis Center promotes cleanup
I'm a "member" - if you want to call it that - of the Men's Crisis Center. It was surprisingly easy to get hooked up with the group; I found if you've got half a mind to join, that's all you need.

Hats off to Palin for SNL appearance
Hats off to our Gov. Sarah Palin. She may never be considered for the Ms. Encyclopedia Britannica 2008 knowledge pageant, but she's a first class gambler.

Doll was hard-working on commission
Andrea Doll is my choice for the state House in the upcoming election.

Mysteries of the sea (cucumber)
Erik Satie described the sea cucumber, or holothurian, in his 1913 score for "Dried-out embryos," ostensibly to help the pianist play more convincingly:

Allen Marine to close Juneau store
One of Juneau's biggest marine sales and service stores is closing this month.

School Board hears Montessori complaint
The Juneau School Board heard a public complaint Tuesday from parents of current and would-be Montessori students who are upset that Juneau School District is holding open six spots for the Montessori elementary program, while 30 students are kept on a waitlist.

Students take aim at gun safety
Sixth-grader Adrienne Sypeck fired a gun for the first time Wednesday.

Early, late voting both possible
Early voting began Monday in Alaska, and State Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said the turnout already appears strong for the hotly contested presidential election between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

House hopefuls look to protect the capital
Candidates for Juneau's Mendenhall Valley seat in the Alaska House of Representatives both agree that fighting a capital move will be a major focus of whoever wins the seat.

Photo: Strong winds
The tips of spruce tree broke off in high winds Wednesday and landed on a home on Gee Street in the Mendenhall Valley.

Adventures in echinoderm-eating
Millions on the planet, mostly in Asia, consider it a delicacy. But the author's first attempt at cooking the echinoderm known as trepang, beche-de-mer ("sea grub" in French), sea cucumber and sea slug garnered mixed reviews.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire, and state police reports will be published in Thursday's Empire.

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A story in Tuesday's Empire gave an incorrect party affiliation for former Rep. Pete Kott of Eagle River. Kott served in the Legislature as a Republican.

'Payne' is simple, confusing
A t the very least, I hoped watching "Max Payne" would clear up the confusion that the trailers had left me with. Have you seen the preview? It's sort of like a music video with lots of slow-motion gun play, and a voice-over from a character talking about "Max Payne" and the "devil's army" and God wanting something else to remain hidden. Yeah, like I said, confusing.

Kingsley, Cruz deliver in 'Elegy'
In "Elegy," Ben Kingsley plays David Kepesh, an erudite, 60-something literature professor who reviews plays for The New Yorker, writes books on the origins of American hedonism and likes his women young. When he sets out to seduce one of his former students, a Cuban woman named Consuela (Penelope Cruz), we're made to understand she will simply be another conquest, a way for him to amuse and pleasure himself for a spell, appease his still-raging virility and, at his ripe old age, remain engaged "in the carnal aspects of the human comedy."

'Missing' about 1973 Chilean coup

Little Black Raincloud Co. not so new on the scene
Walking into the back room at Doc Water's Pub the mood is relaxed. The tones roll over the air like an ocean swell. The music is gentle and the lyrics thought-provoking.

Sound Bites
Of Montreal, 'Skeletal Lamping' ★★★ ½

Class with the eyeglasses
Linda Augustine's fifth grade Harborview Elementary School class collected 191 pairs of old and unused glasses by Oct. 8 to win the contest sponsored by the Juneau Lions Club, Mendenhall Flying Lions and the Juneau-Douglas School District.

Consortium to host open house for patient housing project
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host an open house for its new $3.45 million patient housing facility at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the facility located across Tongass Drive from the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. Light refreshments will be served.

Let's talk about pollution control
Pollution control for Christians? Some of you may think that at last I am becoming relevant. Here I am, jumping on the bandwagon for ecology. I wouldn't want to disappoint you, but there are, as you may know, many kinds of pollution.

Hospital opens its front door
JUNEAU - A ceremonial ribbon cutting hosted by Bartlett Regional Hospital staff and executives and local government representatives, marks the "opening of the front door to your community hospital," said Chief Operating Officer Debbi Lehner. Bartlett will host its official community open house celebration from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

Forest Service to sponsor Fall Fun Fest at the glacier center
JUNEAU - To celebrate autumn and Halloween, the U.S. Forest Service will host a Fall Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Juneau resident shares chicken crockpot recipe
October is all about crockpot recipes! Send in your favorites and let us share them with our readers.

Don E. Scofield
Former Juneau resident Don E. Scofield died Oct. 17, 2008, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 72.

Robert Williams
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Double O" or "Somebody" Williams died Sept. 13, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was 65.

Karen Ann Foster
Juneau resident Karen Ann Foster died Oct. 8, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a short, unexpected illness. She was 51.

Timothy A. Dahl
Former Juneau resident Timothy A. Dahl died Oct. 14, 2008, in Seattle. He was 34.

Richard M. Hotch Jr.
Longtime Juneau resident Richard "Lips" M. Hotch Jr. died Oct. 16, 2008, in Juneau. He was 49.

Karen Ann Foster
Juneau resident Karen Ann Foster died Oct. 8, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a short, unexpected illness. She was 51.

Outside editorial: Blaming the bean-counters
Inevitably, perhaps, the deepening financial crisis has spawned a search for scapegoats and quick fixes.

Outside editorial: Stevens' unique rules on 'gifts'
Of all the testimony offered during the four-week corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, perhaps the most revealing came from Stevens himself when he took the stand in his own defense Monday. Justice Department attorney Brenda Morris was grilling him about a costly massage chair that had been in Stevens' Washington home for seven years, a chair given to him by a friend but never listed as a gift on the senator's financial disclosure forms.

Palin's $150,000 wardrobe amounts to foolish expense
If politicos weren't so snide and dismissive of fashionistas, the McCain-Palin campaign wouldn't be in the awkward position of having to explain the $150,000 tab for shopping trips, hairstyling and beauty makeovers for Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Cheney's rules: 10 tips for the next VP
Vice presidential power was a term of mirth in governments past. Not anymore. Vice President Cheney may be the nearest thing we have had to a deputy president.

For those who are faking it in Real America
Excuse me while I say a few words on behalf of us Fake Americans.

Bad economy is good for young resolve
I remember just a year or two ago when it felt like newspapers were the only industry facing financial catastrophe.

Juneau power outage caused by high winds
JUNEAU - Heavy winds blew a tree into a power line near downtown Juneau, causing brief power outage Wednesday.

Senator warns about falling oil prices
JUNEAU - A state senator said the downward trend in crude oil prices could have state budget writers figuring how to make ends meet next session.

State plans pike kill at Anchorage lake
ANCHORAGE - Ten years after someone introduced northern pike to Anchorage's Cheney Lake, the Department of Fish and Game is taking drastic measures to get rid of the invasive species.

Nenana boy dies in snowmobile crash
FAIRBANKS - The 15-year-old son of Nenana's mayor was killed when the snowmobile he was riding on collided with a vehicle on the Parks Highway.

Mine foes hit state for withholding papers
ANCHORAGE - Sponsors of an unsuccessful ballot measure that targeted toxic mine pollution are suing to force Alaska officials to release government records that might answer questions about Gov. Sarah Palin's efforts to nix it.

Kenai apartment fire kills 72-year-old man
KENAI - A 72-year-old Kenai man is dead after a cigarette accidentally ignited a piece of furniture and caused a fire in his apartment complex.

Five plead guilty to distributing marijuana
ANCHORAGE - Five people have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana in Alaska.

Texas senator stumps for Stevens
ANCHORAGE - A prominent U.S. senator from Texas says she wants U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to continue to be a strong voice for the military and for veterans.

Chevak girl dies in accidental shooting
CHEVAK - An 11-year-old Chevak girl has died from injuries suffered in an accidental shooting.

Biologists list threats to beluga whales
ANCHORAGE - Marine biologists say the beluga whales in Cook Inlet are endangered and now it's time to learn why.

Plea deal gives share of nightclub to feds
ANCHORAGE - The federal government is getting into the nightclub business in Anchorage.

Big second period lifts Black over Good Hardware
Ben Collman broke a scoreless tie with two goals early in the second period Sunday, as B-tier Black went on to topple Good Hardware in Juneau Adult Hockey Association action at Treadwell Arena.

Juneau Parks and Rec men's and women's volleyball standings
Oct. 19, 2008

Late-Night dining
The closing of two downtown late-night eateries in the coming days will noticeably reduce food options for Juneau's bar crowd.

State charged for Palin kids' travel costs
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

Four survivors found after boat vanishes
ANCHORAGE - Four crew members of a fishing boat were plucked alive from a life raft in frigid, stormy seas in the remote Aleutian Island chain Wednesday, hours after their vessel was reported in distress, a Coast Guard spokesman said. Three crew members died, and four remained missing.

Lawyers spar over Stevens in closing arguments of trial
WASHINGTON - Prosecutors accused U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday of "believing he was above the law" by not reporting extravagant gifts, while defense lawyers said the government skewed skimpy evidence to try and convict an honest man who was too trusting of a crooked friend.

GOP drops $150,000 on clothes for Palin
NEW YORK - Who knew looking like a hockey mom was this darned expensive?

'Stressful' deliberations begin in Stevens corruption case
WASHINGTON - With Sen. Ted Stevens' fate and possibly the outcome of his re-election race hanging in the balance, jurors in his corruption trial declared themselves stressed out after a few hours' deliberations Wednesday and went home early.

Governor to give deposition in second Troopergate inquiry Friday
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin, already found by one investigation to have abused her power, will take time from her vice presidential campaign Friday to give a deposition in a second inquiry into her firing of the state's top public safety official.

Photo: Demonstrating bravery
A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoists a rescue swimmer aboard during a demonstration Saturday in Sitka. The demonstration was part of a week-long Alaska Day celebration.

Duplicate voters found in Alaska primary
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska elections official said Wednesday that final results of the general election may not be released for up to 10 days following the discovery that more than two dozen people voted twice in the August primary.

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