Raid: FBI Special Agent Wade Dudley removes boxes from the office of Senate President Ben Stevens on Aug. 31, at the state Capitol in Juneau. Federal agents raided the offices of at least seven lawmakers as search warrants were executed in Anchorage, Juneau, Wasilla, Eagle River and Girdwood, according to FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez.
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Rare homicide: Jason Michael Coday of Vernal, Utah, top, makes his first courtroom appearance on Aug. 7 in Juneau. Coday was charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 4 fatal shooting of a 26-year-old painting contractor who was working on the Fred Meyer store expansion.
Soggy summer: Audrey Prather, 5, spins rain off her umbrella Aug. 8 as her brother, Zach Prather, 12, fishes in Fritz Cove. It rained more often than not during the spring and summer in Juneau - 109 out of 153 days from April through August - setting a weather record.
Crowded primary: The Republican candidates for governor - John Binkley, below left, Sarah Palin, and then-Gov. Frank Murkowski - listen to a question during a debate aired Aug. 17 from Juneau. Palin won the Republican primary with 51 percent of the vote. Palin went on to win the governorship against former-Gov. Tony Knowles in November.