Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Case closed on fugitive sex offender
The state of Alaska last week closed the case of a fugitive sex offender from a prominent California political family who was found dead this summer in Argentina after an international manhunt.

Initiative challenges abortion rights
The Alaska Department of Law has questioned the constitutionality of a ballot initiative that would recognize fetuses as legal persons, but that hasn't precluded Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell from his duty to approve the vetted petition for signature gathering.

Correction
A C1 story in Sunday's Juneau Empire about the Glory Hole's holiday charity drive transposed podiatrist Dr. Ahn Lam's first and last names.

Medical-themed coffee shop opens near the hospital
A new coffee bar and deli behind the Juneau Bone and Joint Center opens today, but don't be confused if the baristas look like nurses.

Assembly OKs updated plan for pedestrians, bikes
An updated city plan a year in the making calls for a bikeway across Juneau, paved shoulder lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, bike lanes on Glacier Highway and crosswalks in Lemon Creek among its 18 priorities.

Juneau woman collects formal wear for troops
Juneau resident Char Boehm couldn't sleep one night, so she went to her computer to read the Juneau Empire. That's when she learned the Armed Services YMCA at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks was accepting donated gowns and accessories for military spouses to wear to banquets.

Forum addresses Middle East peace
Is peace in the Middle East an oxymoron or a real possibility? That was one of questions local residents were given the opportunity to explore Monday evening during the first of a two-day Middle East forum hosted by the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Photos: Trashin' Fashion
Designers create original pieces of clothing using only trash bags, duct tape and items found in the trash.

Photo: Halloween decorations vanish
Amanda Baker, an employee of The Canvas, cleans off a Halloween-themed window painting Monday from the business's Seward Street windows.

National Native American Awareness Month Gordon Jackson
Age: 62

Photo: Ruffling a few feathers
A bald eagle ruffles its feathers Sunday next to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

National Native American Awareness Month Joe Kahklen
Joe Kahklen

Police & Fire
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Protection from financial predators
The following editorial first appeared in the Seattle Times:

No one has sure fix for 'too big to fail' dilemma
In the ideal world of economics, firms that take excessive risks go bankrupt, their competitors pick up the pieces and the economy marches on. Some call it "creative destruction." In the real world, certain financial institutions are so big and so interconnected that their collapse - no matter how richly deserved - threatens plain old destructive destruction. Government steps in, with taxpayer money, to prevent that.

Disarray undermines Obama in Afghanistan
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Obama administration should stop handling Iran with kid gloves
Iran's rejection last week of the Obama administration's proposal for a deal over uranium wasn't the end of nuclear negotiations with that nation. But it was a serious setback to diplomats who have been trying to solve the Iranian nuclear problem - and it raises doubts about whether the regime is even capable of striking a compromise with the outside world.

Surviving shoulder season
Every U.S. city has a nickname - an alias, a sobriquet, a slogan that captures the essence of an entire metropolitan area in just a few short words. Think "The Big Apple," "The Big Easy" or "Skankorage."

Reflections on black beauty and hair
An open letter to African-American women: It's about the need to be beautiful, I know.

Keeping Veterans Day alive
Two months ago, Jacksonville, Fla., was threatened with cancellation of its 2009 Veterans Day parade after the City Council cut the parade's funding. Only a firestorm of protests from the city's residents restored the parade.

Can the 10th Amendment save the US?
Does the U.S. Constitution stand for anything in an era of government excess? Can that founding document, which is supposed to restrain the power and reach of a centralized federal government, slow down the juggernaut of czars, health insurance overhaul and anything else this administration and Congress wish to do that is not in the Constitution?

Four people injured in crash on Egan Drive
JUNEAU - Four people were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle accident on Egan Drive near Twin Lakes. Alcohol may have been a factor, police said.

Outage blocks ferry reservation system
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System's online reservation portal remains unavailable following a server outage that disabled the system last week.

School district begins swine flu vaccinations
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest school district has started offering swine flu vaccinations.

Palin won't speak at Iowa group's event
DES MOINES - Former Gov. Sarah Palin won't headline a social conservative group's annual meeting next month in Des Moines, but the organization says she expressed interest in speaking before the group later.

Fishing boat sinks in Sedanka Pass
ANCHORAGE - Authorities said a fishing vessel with 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board sank as it was being towed through Sedanka Pass.

Train strikes, kills 72-year-old woman
ANCHORAGE - The 72-year-old woman struck and killed by a coal train near the Rabbit Creek rifle range has been identified.

Rural subcabinet takes third tour
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell's Rural Action Subcabinet is on the move again.

Kodiak man charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE - A 39-year-old Kodiak man has been arrested by police in Anchorage on eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

ACS names chief operating officer
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. on Monday announced the appointment of Anand Vadapalli as chief operating officer for Alaska Communications Systems, a new position reporting to ACS President and CEO Liane Pelletier.

Ex-Anchorage officer convicted of sex abuse
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage police officer Sammy Cohen was convicted of 16 child sex abuse and pornography charges. All involved his daughter when she was 14.

Seward coal dust lawsuit announced
SEWARD - Three environmental groups say they plan to sue over coal dust pollution in Seward.

Anti-abortion initiative seeks signatures
ANCHORAGE - Anti-abortion activists are sponsoring an initiative that would declare a fetus a legal person.

Swope returns to city manager position
JUNEAU - Rod Swope is returning to work today as Juneau's city manager after six months' leave.

Names submitted for vacant House seat
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Democratic Party has sent three names to Gov. Sean Parnell as suggested replacements for state Rep. Richard Foster of Nome who died earlier this month of a heart attack.

Eyes on state, future
As the season winds down toward what is sure to be a climactic finish, four senior Juneau-Douglas volleyball players say they will cherish their time with the team.

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Bootleggers warned of stiffer penalties
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is getting tougher on people who illegally bring alcohol to rural communities.

Tongass wars flare after decision on Logjam timber sale
ANCHORAGE - Conservation groups and the U.S. Forest Service have fought for decades over management of the country's largest national forest. The wrangling has gone on for so long it has a name: The Tongass Wars.

Renovated terminal opens at Anchorage International Airport
ANCHORAGE - After more than a decade of work, the multimillion dollar renovation of Anchorage's international airport is complete.

Swan shot by arrow can't fly
ANCHORAGE - A trumpeter swan that was shot with an arrow earlier this year was left behind when its flock flew south for the winter.

Fairbanks group tackles homelessness
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks group plans to develop a long-term plan to ease homelessness in the community.

Photo: Urban moose
A bull moose crosses the road Friday in Anchorage.

Officer killed, trainee hurt in Seattle shooting
SEATTLE - Few clues have emerged from a drive-by shooting that left a nine-year veteran Seattle police officer dead and a trainee injured on Halloween night.

Convention center draws more dollars than expected
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's new convention center exceeded expectations in its first year with about 220,000 people walking through its doors.

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