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It's official: 3rd Cup in 6 seasons marks Hawks a dynasty

AP Sports News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:10pm
The stars and the scrubs alike took a spin with the Stanley Cup before it finally wound up in Joel Quenneville's hands. The Blackhawks coach wouldn't have it any other way. 2015-06-15T23:21:00-04:00 2015-06-16T03:21:37-04:00

Prosecutors outline case against Phoenix man in Texas attack

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:55pm
Prosecutors outline case against Phoenix man in Texas attack Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:55-04:00 News Topics: General news, Legal proceedings, Assault and battery, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Intelligence agencies, Law and order, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Elton Simpson, Nadir Soofi, Phoenix, Arizona, Texas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Billionaire who shaped Las Vegas led life behind scenes

AP Business News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:29pm
Billionaire who shaped Las Vegas led life behind scenes Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:29-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Hospitality and leisure industry, Hotel operators, Mergers and acquisitions, Movie industry, Obituaries, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Ownership changes, Corporate news, Entertainment industry, Media and entertainment industry People, Places and Companies: Kirk Kerkorian, Steve Wynn, Sheldon Adelson, Harry Reid, Elvis Presley, Las Vegas, Nevada, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

6 killed in California balcony collapse during a party

AP Top news - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:22pm
6 killed in California balcony collapse during a party Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:22-04:00 News Topics: General news, Structural failures, Municipal governments, Accidents and disasters, Engineering, Accidents, Local governments, Government and politics, Technology People, Places and Companies: Enda Kenny, Ireland, Berkeley, San Francisco, California, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

6 killed in California balcony collapse during a party

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:22pm
6 killed in California balcony collapse during a party Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:22-04:00 News Topics: General news, Structural failures, Municipal governments, Accidents and disasters, Engineering, Accidents, Local governments, Government and politics, Technology People, Places and Companies: Enda Kenny, Ireland, Berkeley, San Francisco, California, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Trump elbows into 2016 race

AP Politics - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:02pm
Trump elbows into 2016 race Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:02-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, Reality TV, Rock music, Campaigns, Political parties, National elections, Elections, Television programs, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Music, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Neil Young, Bernie Sanders Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Trump elbows into 2016 race

AP Business News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:02pm
Trump elbows into 2016 race Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:02-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, Reality TV, Rock music, Campaigns, Political parties, National elections, Elections, Television programs, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Music, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Neil Young, Bernie Sanders Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Judge awards Beastie Boys $668,000 in legal fees after trial

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:01pm
Judge awards Beastie Boys $668,000 in legal fees after trial Associated Press - 16 June 2015 21:01-04:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Hip hop and rap, Rock music, Legal proceedings, Trials, Celebrity legal affairs, Court decisions, Lawsuits, Law and order, Celebrity Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Forecast has crews battling Alaska wildfires on high alert

AP Alaska News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:53pm
Forecast has crews battling Alaska wildfires on high alert Associated Press - 16 June 2015 20:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, Wildfires, Transportation, Fires, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, Weather, Nature reserves, Wildlife, Wildlife management, Forestry, Environment and nature, Environment, Natural resource management, Land management, Land environment People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Kenai, Anchorage Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Prosecutors fight for Eric Garner grand jury record secrecy

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:49pm
Prosecutors fight for Eric Garner grand jury record secrecy Associated Press - 16 June 2015 20:49-04:00 News Topics: General news, Legal proceedings, Death of Eric Garner, Race and ethnicity, Crime, African-Americans, Juries, Law and order, Events, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Eric Garner, Daniel Pantaleo, New York City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Irish students killed on balcony were with cultural program

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:15pm
Irish students killed on balcony were with cultural program Associated Press - 16 June 2015 20:15-04:00 News Topics: General news, Student exchange programs, Structural failures, Accidents and disasters, International students, Education, Social affairs, Accidents People, Places and Companies: Berkeley, San Francisco Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter never revealed murderous plan

AP US News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:12pm
Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter never revealed murderous plan Associated Press - 16 June 2015 20:12-04:00 News Topics: General news, Violent crime, Legal proceedings, Crime, Court decisions, Shootings, Law and order People, Places and Companies: James Holmes, Colorado Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alaska Shorts: "Cold Comfort," excerpted from Cold Spell by Deb Vanasse

49 Writers - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:00am


Mass BalanceThe sum of accumulation and loss 
IN THE MINERVA Jones Bible Study, shapes sliced through God’s word like cookies cut from dough. Squiggly lines for actions. Rectangles for results. You yourself got a star, while God, three in one, was contained in a triangle. A short, chipmunk-faced woman, Minerva wore at her neck a bright orange scarf that fluttered as she click-clacked in high heels across the video screen. You had only to apply the right shapes, Minerva promised, and every truth of God would come clear.If Minerva Jones were to step out from the screen, Lena would suggest she take a load off, the way she herself did every morning, settling into the wide, creaky-springed chair in her bedroom, her leather-bound Bible winged across her lap. Most mornings, a wisp of steam would rise from her coffee, folding and unfolding on itself like the northern lights that shifted across a winter sky, confounding the whole notion of shape.
Once the steam disappeared, Lena’s coffee would be the right temperature to drink, neither too hot nor too cold. In her last video lesson, Minerva had applied triangles, rectangles, squiggles, and stars to show how Jesus despised the lukewarm. Given the Lord’s preference for extremes — hot or cold — Lena suspected the glacier would suit him fine. She pictured Jesus up on the ice, which she could see from her window, white on white, a study in peace and cold and proportion.
Minerva, however, would put the glacier in a box shape. Who needed ice when a whole world, an entire universe even, was contained in the book that rested across Lena’s lap? Minerva Jones was the sort of woman Lena should want for her boys, a Proverbs 31 woman, of noble character, blessed with eager hands that brought food from afar, a woman who laughed at the days to come.
In her workbook, Lena copied verses from the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs, squiggling purple lines under the bringing and laughing and spinning and sewing done by a woman of honor. From a clutch of colored pencils, she chose a red one to box in the results, as Minerva directed: a little rectangle each to contain confidence, blessings, praise. Still, Lena wasn’t convinced. The women she actually hoped for, for her sons, were women like Darla — funny, irreverent Darla, who didn’t have to sit in a special chair, the way Lena did, to recall who she was, beneath what everyone expected of her.
With a blue pencil, Lena attacked a verse out of Psalms: I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from my fears. Dutifully, she formed red boxes and purple triangles and green stars and blue squiggles. But the shapes failed to make clear how the Lord could hear someone seeking, or how fear might be delivered, wrapped up like a package. These were Lena’s chair-thoughts, reflections on the ways God made no sense.
Her habit was to displace these blasphemies by reflecting on memories of small things: A ladybug creeping up a thin blade of grass, its dotted wings a curved, protective shell. The tiny fingernail of a newborn child, thin and translucent. The gentle, rolling laughter of Lena’s sister, Judy, before the river swept her away.
At the familiar creak of the front door, Lena skewed her chair away from the window. After thirty-eight years, she’d grown large with the ice, and in certain ways, cold. She envied how the glacier sat, barely moving, day in and day out. She shut her Bible and pushed herself out of her chair. 
At age twenty-one, our very own Deb Vanasse was dropped by a bush pilot on a gravel runway in middle of the Alaska wilderness. No roads, no houses, no cars, no people — only a winding brown slough and tundra spread flat as prairie. She had come not for adventure but to live, an isolating but evocative experience that has inspired many of her sixteen books. Between her mountain home and a glacier-based cabin, she continues to enjoy Alaska’s wild places. Library Journal calls her “one of Alaska’s leading storytellers.”
“Grabs you from the opening line and won’t let go,” says Publishers Weekly of Vanasse’s novel Cold Spell. From that novel, Lena Preston has proven a favorite among readers. Decades ago, she and her husband Walter homesteaded near Alaska’s Resurrection Glacier, tying up access so that those who want to see the ice up close must pay a fee to travel past the Prestons’ gift shop and through their campground.
In Cold Spell, each chapter is titled after an aspect of glaciers. Although Lena plays an integral role in the novel, chapters from her point of view were cut from the final version. Featured here is one of those chapters, “Mass Balance.” To read more of the excerpt, download a free copy of the Alaska Sampler 2015.

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Categories: Arts & Culture

2 starts

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:37pm

2 starts, both fall into the item cat <far from profound>

</end speculation>

order of operations

i’m perpetually taking things apart
that I put together prematurely
always skipping what seem like
poorly written instructions
that turn out to be essential

maybe i should look at this deck
like a math problem
maybe this life too
I should be working backwards
reverse engineering a solution
based on the idealized finished product
rather than working fast forwards
then four steps backwards when
it becomes clear
i cannot drill pilot holes
for lag screws
for rail posts
once the deck boards are in place

in place(s) though
frequently out of place

i’m the guy in the fuzzy GIF
never quite dropping my hammer
on the head of a hard to reach
nail

___

mirror mirror

am I seeing?
is that me or the idea of me?
is that reflection, misshapen by cheap laminated plastic
a document?
a curated [framed] representation {abstract}
of what I think I am?
certainly easier to put that on display
hang that idea of me on a white gallery wall
than to take the actual me (whoever/whatever/wherever)
that is
and place me out of place in that place
where people seek to see art representing place

 


Filed under: absurdity, experiments, glimpses
Categories: Arts & Culture

Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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