Weekend Best Bets
Two comedies are your best bets for entertainment this weekend. "Noises Off" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," two entertaining and upbeat theatrical productions, wrap up in the next few days. Catch them while you can.

Where's the money?
I'm really upset. My father used to give regularly to a big name charity till he read about how the president of that charity was taking a one year vacation trip around the world.

Support United Way
The Boys & Girls Club of Juneau was very fortunate to be a recipient organization of the United Way Day of Caring on Oct. 6. With the support of UAS Chancellor John Pugh and Lynn Johnson, volunteers Paul Kraft, Greg Wagner, Charles Lindley, Tonya Irving, Dan Buck, Jennifer Scott, Marissa Olson, and Val Joyce donated their time to paint walls and trim at the Boys & Girls Club.

Re: the latest wisdom from the left
As if we don't have enough leftists sharing, caring and being frightened here in Juneau already, we can thank the Jesuits for importing one more, in the form of My Turn writer Jackie Forster and her heart.

Just don't do it
Dan Travis' view on the review process in Juneau (Tuesday's Empire) is one that needs to be repeated to make sure that everyone understands it.

Reconsider handguns
Wednesday's front-page picture of sixth-graders learning to use handguns in their Floyd Dryden classroom was startling, to say the least. Have we gone mad? Have we already forgotten the horrifying images from Columbine, Santana, Jonesboro, Springfield, and Bethel? Guns should be kept off school grounds, even if they are unloaded.

Due to a reporting error, a Thursday Empire article on mail delivery problems incorrectly explained federal support for flights to Yakutat.

Around Town

Poll mixed on managing cruise tourism
A second city tourism poll shows support for more destination and independent travel to Juneau, but mixed opinions on how to address cruise ship tourism.

Convicted sex offender gets 5 years
A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting two children aged 2 and 7 and was sentenced to five years in prison and mandatory sex offender therapy.


Woman shot outside mall
A local business owner is in stable condition at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today after being shot in the head Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Nugget Mall, police said today.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Theatre in the Rough: a collaboration
When Katie Jensen and Aaron Elmore were growing up, they wanted the same thing. They wanted to be forest rangers. They didn't plan on being Hamlet and Joan of Arc. They never dreamed they'd form a husband-and-wife theater company, produce Shakespeare and build a reputation as a powerhouse team of consummate theater artists with Theatre in the Rough.

Montoya is named teacher of the year
Juneau's teacher of the year has been named the top teacher in Alaska. Harborview Elementary kindergarten-first grade teacher Vivian Montoya was presented the award by Gov. Tony Knowles today in Anchorage during the Association of Alaska School Boards convention.

Local Briefs
Veterans honored in Sunday events; Student symphony performs Saturday; Wharf project gives ships more room; More students showed up in Juneau

Neighbors Briefs
Pioneers' Home honors veterans; Llanto named to Dean's List; Bluescast to film infomercial; Diversity group to hold conference

Photo: Boy Scouts plant tree
The Webelos Scouts of Den 9, Pack 6, planted a Serviceberry Tree on the UAS campus as part of their Forestry and World Conservation awards.

Stay safe on airplanes by being alert on airplanes
"These are the best of times, and the worst of times." We have heard this statement before. Who would have expected the discomfort and concern that Americans are feeling. We are shaken to our very foundations by a faction of hate that we never thought would touch us in our person.

Karlson, Lott to wed
Christa Dawn Karlson of Juneau will marry Ervin George Lott, Jr. of Juneau on Monday Nov. 12 at Northern Lights Church in Juneau at 5:00 p.m.

Kindness spreads after Sept. 11
Have you noticed that in many ways the world in which we live is a kinder world? Since Sept. 11, a wave of kindness has swept across the United States, including our own community. Even now as we find ourselves a nation under siege and waging war on other people, our local communities are experiencing continued acts of kindness.

The case of Ashcroft v. Oregon
Whoever pretends to have ready answers to the dilemma of doctor-assisted suicide most likely has not had to confront the reality of a loved one being too sick to live, yet not quite sick enough to die. It's a dilemma that is nearly as hard on the family and society as it is on the patient.

Juneau rallies to beat Palmer
Things were looking bleak for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team when the Palmer Moose scored the first eight points of their opening-round match Thursday night in the Class 4A state tournament at West Anchorage High School.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 10

Juneau grapplers take on large ACS tourney
Although its season is more than halfway over, the Juneau-Douglas High School varsity wrestling team will see its first big test today through Saturday at the Alaska Christian Schools tournament in Anchorage.

Petersburg, Craig fall in Class 3A openers
The Petersburg Vikings are notorius for their slow starts in high school volleyball tournaments this season, usually finding a way to win the tourney by coming back through the losers' bracket or winning as the second-seeded team.

Fairchild, Russell inducted into Hall of Fame
Brett Fairchild and Brett Russell were inducted into the Juneau-Douglas High School Football Hall of Fame during the Crimson Bears' annual awards ceremony at the Juneau Christian Center on Nov. 2.

Juneau swimmers ride wave to state
Throughout the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive team has been gradually building a wave of success. And today, the Crimson Bears hope the wave doesn't break too early as they swim preliminary rounds of the 2001 State High School Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Kennicott dispute may be close to settlement
The state of Alaska reportedly faces a comparably minor payment to a Mississippi shipyard in a long-running dispute about construction of the ferry Kennicott.

State Briefs
AFN Elder of the Year a busy man; Beistline nominated to U.S. court; Former DMV clerk pleads to thefts

LeConte delayed; service rescheduled
The state ferry system has canceled the published sailings of the LeConte from today through Nov. 14 so a shipyard can make improvements required by the Coast Guard, state officials said today.

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