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FBI exhumes body in 10 Most Wanted search

AP US News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:10am
FBI exhumes body in 10 Most Wanted search Associated Press - 9 October 2014 17:21-04:00 News Topics: General news, Homicide, Hit-and-run, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: John Walsh, Scottsboro Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New York scare house evokes city's 'bad old days'

AP Entertainment News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:05am
New York scare house evokes city's 'bad old days' Associated Press - 10 October 2014 08:05-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news People, Places and Companies: New York, New York City, Manhattan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New York scare house evokes city's 'bad old days'

AP US News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:05am
Police say mom huffed solvent while bathing son, 3 News Topics: General news, Child endangerment, Crimes against children, Crime People, Places and Companies: Corry Copyright 2014 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem

AP Business News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:02am
Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem Associated Press - 10 October 2014 08:02-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile recalls, Automobile manufacturing, Product recalls, Product safety, Products and services, Corporate news, Automobile safety, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Traffic checkpoint nets alleged Juarez Cartel capo

AP Top news - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:01am
Traffic checkpoint nets alleged Juarez Cartel capo Associated Press - 10 October 2014 08:01-04:00 News Topics: General news, Drug cartels, Drug-related crime, Arrests, Municipal governments, Crime, Organized crime, Law and order, Local governments, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, Hector Beltran Leyva, Enrique Pena Nieto, Joaquin Guzman Loera, Mexico, Mexico City, United States, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UN concerned for civilians trapped in Syrian town

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:46pm
UN concerned for civilians trapped in Syrian town Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:46-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Turkey, Syria, Geneva, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:46pm
Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:46-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Ethnic food, Cuisines, Food and drink, Lifestyle Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:43pm
Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:43-04:00 News Topics: General news, Scientific prizes and competitions, Nobel Prizes, Shootings, Human rights and civil liberties, Children's rights, Child labor, Child slavery, Political activism, Science, Events, Violent crime, Crime, Social issues, Social affairs, Child welfare, Human welfare, Labor issues, Slavery, Political issues, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Malala Yousafzai, Ali Khan, Thorbjoern Jagland, Mahatma Gandhi, India, Pakistan, Norway, South Asia, Birmingham Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Liberia leader seeks more power to fight Ebola

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:40pm
Liberia leader seeks more power to fight Ebola Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:40-04:00 News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Disease outbreaks, Medical research, Political resignations, Health, Government and politics, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Public health People, Places and Companies: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, David Cameron, Liberia, West Africa, Monrovia, Africa, Mali, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Gay couples get married in Las Vegas

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:40pm
Man sends newspaper check years after rack thefts The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) - 10 October 2014 06:15-04:00 News Topics: Oddities, Newspapers, Theft, News media, Media, Crime, General news People, Places and Companies: Lakeland Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Angry protesters yell at riot police in St. Louis

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:25pm
Cops: Woman stole $520 from jury on another trial Associated Press - 9 October 2014 14:28-04:00 News Topics: General news, Oddities, Legal proceedings, Theft, Trials, Crime, Juries, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Pittsburgh Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rival Koreas trade fire over propaganda balloons

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:24pm
Rival Koreas trade fire over propaganda balloons Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:24-04:00 News Topics: General news, International relations, Political defections, Border security, Fires, Government and politics, Military and defense, Accidents and disasters People, Places and Companies: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, North Korea, South Korea, Pyongyang Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Global stocks sink after Wall Street plunge

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:24pm
Global stocks sink after Wall Street plunge Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:24-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Economy, Stock indices and averages, Currency markets, Japanese yen, Recessions and depressions, Stock markets, Leading economic indicators, Financial markets, Euro People, Places and Companies: Mario Draghi, Hong Kong, Thailand, Germany, Southeast Asia, Europe, East Asia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

South Africa hosts second sensational murder trial

AP Top news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:20pm
South Africa hosts second sensational murder trial Associated Press - 10 October 2014 07:20-04:00 News Topics: General news, Homicide, Violent crime, Shootings, Trials, Legal proceedings, Crime, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Mohamed Nasheed, George Bizos, South Africa, Cape Town, Africa Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deb: Life into Story

49 Writers - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:00am


Whenever I hear the latest update on the ebola outbreak, I think of Don Rearden. I can’t help it. In his novel The Raven’s Gift, he wrote about the devastation brought on by a deadly disease that spins out of control. Sure, his book is fiction, and at that time he wrote it, he was thinking bird flu, but the parallels between fact and fiction are a little uncanny.
On a less dramatic scale, I’ve seen a similar tension between fact and fiction play out involving a plot point in my first novel A Distant Enemy. Nearly two decades ago, I wrote a set-up that involved intentional fishing during an emergency closure in Southwest Alaska. In the last few years, a similar scenario had played out in a very real conflict over changes in salmon harvest more drastic than any I’d dared to imagine. Arrests and court battles followed. Decisions were reached, but the battle is far from over.
It would be nice to think that when it comes to such things, we authors are smart and savvy and maybe even a little prophetic (oh lottery numbers, please make yourselves known!). But really, the whole thing boils down to this: in fiction, our material is life as it’s lived and known and hidden and dreamed.
Not that our task is easy. Our own lives infuse our work with power even as “real life” gets in the way. We face hard choices about what constitutes truth. And sometimes what we think we know is only a smattering of what’s required of us to get it right on the page, which means research—lots of it, even for stories.

As author Peggy Shumaker so aptly puts it, "the whole truth is never available to us." And yet somehow in our work, we wrestle with the facts of who we are - the things we can face and the truths we aren't ready for yet. The unknown always feels bigger than the known.

Then there are the practical matters of whose stories we tell and what right we have to give voice to anyone, along with the fine points of perspective and the tension between getting the facts right (whatever form "right" may take) and staying true to the narrative as well as the extent to which we live the facts of our work as opposed to drawing on the experiences of others.
The intersection of fact and fiction makes for great conversation among writers. Tomorrow we’re headed to Soldotna to share that discussion with local readers, writers, and seekers, along with the just plain curious. One and all, you’re invited to “Fact and Fiction: Life into Story,” a reading and book talk hosted by the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase Series in conjunction with 49 Writers.

And wait, there’s more: Don and I couldn’t be happier to announce that Seth Kantner (Ordinary Wolves, Pup and Pokey, Shopping for Porcupine) will be joining us for this lively discussion. We hope you’ll be there too: 7 pm, at KPC’s McLain Commons. Admission is free, with book sales and signing to follow. The next day, Don and I will be teaching workshops on character and point of view. For the workshops, preregistration is required; head on over to the 49 Writers website to get all the scoop.
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored more than a dozen books. Her most recent is Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. Deb lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier. Portions of this post have been published previously.
Would you like to write a guest post relevant to Alaska’s literary community? Email 49writers (at) gmail.com or debvanasse (at) gmail.com.
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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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