Rubenfeld mixes Freud, Shakespeare
Jed Rubenfeld doesn't know how he got here.

Translator of 'The Iliad' completes 'The Aeneid'
For the past decade, professor emeritus Robert Fagles has kept a Barrington's Atlas on the desk in his study, open to pages showing the Greek isles, the Italian coast and the surrounding Mediterranean, a region sailed in history by many and in legend by the Trojan warrior Aeneas.

Vote for Knowles, vote for rationalism
During the Oct. 25 gubernatorial debate, Sarah Palin showed her true colors by advocating the teaching of creationism in science classes.

Why I support Benson for the U.S. House
Twenty years ago as a high school student I remember being distinctly unimpressed by my first encounter with Don Young.

Knowles unequivocally against Pebble Mine
I am voting for Tony Knowles for governor on Tuesday because he is the obvious choice for anyone who cares about fish and science - two things near and dear to my heart.

Give some thought to Knowles' legacy
For the benefit of those with short memories and those new to our great state, please give some thought to the eight years of Tony Knowles' legacy before voting.

Doll supports the Clean Water Act
It is obvious to anyone who has heard Andrea Doll speak at candidate forums that the quote by her regarding the Kensington Mine in the Oct. 31 Empire left out a key part of her position.

Oh, Carnac, what does Palin mean?
In his Oct. 26 letter to the editor, Rick Urion claims that a vote for Sarah Palin is a vote to keep the capital in Juneau because Palin supports the Juneau road project, and if we don't vote for Palin, the capital will move.

Killing an unborn child is murder
Due to the fact that it has been proven that an unborn child can feel pain, it only makes sense that a person who kills an unborn child should be prosecuted as a murderer.

Road argument has been framed by fear
In his letter of support for Sarah Palin, Rick Urion on Oct. 26 resorts to the old tactic of playing to voter's fears.

Palin will bring integrity to office
This may be one of the most important governor elections our state has experienced.

Independent Alaskans should vote likewise
Reading the Division of Elections Web site produces some interesting numbers about voter registration in Alaska.

Wanamaker deserves praise for his work
I have to take issue with the Oct. 30 letter by Patricia O'Brien, in which she accused Randy Wanamaker of not soliciting her testimony during the Lands Committee's consideration of a proposed rezoning in her neighborhood.

Send Benson to new majority in Congress
In this election, Alaska's 30-year congressman pretends his only offense is bad diction.

Vote 'Mac' Meiners for Alaska Senate
Would you prefer to be represented by someone with an understanding of the average Juneau citizen? I would. That's why I encourage you to vote for Herman "Mac" Meiners.

Knowles carries a lot of baggage
I enjoyed the Toe cartoon in Sunday's edition. After a week of vapid headline stories (business leaders flocking to Knowles), the cartoon was a welcome gem.

A vote for Elton is a vote for experience
Do you want someone who has worked in Alaska politics and government for a long time? .

Can't trust Knowles to keep promises
It is truly amazing to witness the political tap dancing of former Gov. Tony Knowles.

Palin needs to think more about ethics
After the exciting primary results, I looked forward to hearing what each candidate would have to say.

Choose wisely, don't vote for Sarah Palin
Alaska is fortunate to have two highly qualified candidates out of the three that are running for governor.

Moderate Republicans unite, vote for Palin
Sarah Palin gets my unqualified support and vote for governor.

Vote Democrat this time around
I have one simple question for your readers. Had enough?

Winter ferry schedule revised
The Alaska Marine Highway System released a revised winter ferry schedule Tuesday, in part to address the needs of the Upper Lynn Canal.

Local campaigns have sizeable war chests
Campaign finance numbers

Shorter sessions may squeeze businesses
Reining in lengthy legislative sessions is being billed as a way to save the state some money, but it may come at a high cost to some Juneau businesses.

Photo: Shining sea
A fishing boat glides Wednesday across a sparkling Auke Bay.

Candidates agree on road out of town
The top candidates for governor both support building a road out of Juneau. So why are their supporters so divided?

Business Digest
Women's group looks at online business, SEARHC hires new nurse practitioner, Zephyr restaurant opens downtown & Survey looks at Juneau businesses

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

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


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

Photo: Capitol idea
Matt Fiddler, left, and Scott MacDonald leap off the front steps Thursday of the Capitol.

Crab fishermen in a pinch after fishery closed
Southeast Alaska crabbers were feeling a pinch this week after authorities closed the red king crab fishery.

Avalanche forecasts a click away
During the high snowslide season this winter, Juneau residents will be able to look online, glance at an icon depicting the day's avalanche danger, and decide whether they want to go home after work.

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

Photo: Political compadre
Former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield speaks Thursday at Tony Knowles' campaign headquarters in Juneau.

Don Drew 1950-2006: Popular DJ, weatherman known for charisma, flair
Happy trails: Don Drew, seen here performing during the 2004 Alaska Folk Festival, was found dead in his home Wednesday.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: HAEYC-SEA
AEYC-SEA works to increase the the quality of early learning for young children through support of parents as first teachers and enrichment of early childhood programs.

Threshold Choir gives the gift of music
Originally founded by Kate Munger, of San Francisco, the first Threshold Choir gathering was held on March 21, 2000. Choirs are now appearing in cities up and down the west coast.

Photos: Halloween highlight
Party thrown by the U.S. Forest Service on Oct. 28 at the Mendenhall Visitor Center brought many local trick-or-treaters.

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors Digest
Girl Scout Association shows 'Odd Girl Out', SEARHC open regular hours on Veterans Day & SEA Avalanche center shows snowboard film

Living and Growing: Knowing is not the same as believing
I know a great many things that I don't believe. Don't you? I know that the sun rises every day, but I can't say I believe it.

Photos: Cartoon contest honorable mentions at Dzantik'i Heeni
Kids Voting Juneau - a nonpartisan educational program that includes a civic education curriculum and gives students an opportunity to vote with their parents at the polls - announced the winners of its first political cartoon contests...

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping with Day of Caring

Grace Davis (Ramsay) Ohrbeck
Former Juneau resident Grace Davis (Ramsay) Ohrbeck, 95, died on Oct. 31 2006, in Friday Harbor, Wash. She was a member of a pioneer Juneau family.

Empire editorial: Voters have one option to protect the economy
Juneau voters have but one real choice for governor in Tuesday's general election.

My turn: Juneau would be better served by Republicans
In the 2002 gubernatorial election, Frank Murkowski captured 6,499 votes (42 percent) in the capital.

My turn: Speaking in terms Big Oil can grasp
Alaska voters decided to change who will negotiate the gas pipeline with the oil companies.

My turn: There are reasons to delay a gas pipeline
We are being inundated by advertising aimed either at the proposed natural gas pipeline or electing our new governor.

Alaska editorial: Vote 'No' on ballot measures on Tuesday
This editorial appeared in the Kenai Peninsula Clarion:

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.

Moment of truth for JDHS swimmers
It's just two days before the start of Alaska's biggest swim meet and Juneau-Douglas High School coach John Wray is not happy.

Optimism abounds for JDHS
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling coach Kris Mercer is taking a decidedly different approach to the upcoming season.

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.

Mental strength a key for JDHS volleyball
For the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team, success at this weekend's Southeast Region Tournament may not rest in powerful spikes or dramatic digs.

ASBN 2006 All-State Football Team

Photo: Enshrined in bronze
The Island Pub softball team celebrates its bronze-medal winning performance at the Huntsman World Senior Games on Oct. 19 in St. George, Utah.

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.

Board of Game chairman apologizes for remark
So sorry: Ron Somerville, Alaska Board of Game chairman, listens to testimony from Katie John during a meeting in Anchorage.

Lawmakers sue to block gas contract
State lawmakers have sued Gov. Frank Murkowski in an effort to block him from signing a natural gas pipeline contract.

Agreement to not sign gas deal on hold
Gov. Frank Murkowski has made a tentative agreement not to sign a natural gas pipeline contract before Nov. 14, but the deal has been put on hold.

Superior Court says state must come up with revised regs
A judge is refusing to give the state of Alaska more time to revise its requirements for providing same-sex benefits for domestic partners of state employees and retirees.

Alaska Digest
Police seek suspect in window shooting, Man, woman unhurt after Jeep flips, Point Bridget land exchange hearing set, Purser convicted of theft is sentenced & Alaska-based soldier killed in Mosul, Iraq

This Day in History
In Alaska the nation & the world

Critics question Murkowski 11-day trade mission to Asia
Gov. Frank Murkowski is on a trade mission to Asia and will not be around when voters select his successor next week.

Alaska Digest
Juneau men arrested for shooting at trailer, Three other men were released after being interviewed, Coast Guard rescues lost hunters, Military: Soldier killed in Baghdad, not Mosul & Gray whale skeleton takes shape in Kodiak

Federal judge asked to overturn Bush's national forest rules
Environmentalists asked a federal judge Wednesday to overturn the Bush administration's rules for managing the country's 155 national forests, arguing that the regulations illegally weaken protections for wilderness and wildlife.

Fish fried: Seafood may be done for
Clambakes, crabcakes, swordfish steaks and even humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few decades.

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

Candidates face off in final debate
All three candidates for governor said Thursday they supported the state Legislature's lawsuit against Gov. Frank Murkowski to keep him from signing his natural gas contract.

State seeks high court ruling on same-sex benefits
The state of Alaska is asking the state's highest court to review an order requiring changes in its proposal to provide same-sex benefits for domestic partners of state employees and retirees.

Photo: Last debate
Independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro, from left, Republican candidate Sarah Palin and Democratic candidate Tony Knowles participate Thursday...

Voters to decide on 2 initiatives Tuesday
Jay Ramras, a Fairbanks legislator and hotelier, says the Legislature should be run more like a business.

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