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Caitlyn Jenner could face manslaughter charge for crash

AP US News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:42pm
Caitlyn Jenner could face manslaughter charge for crash Associated Press - 20 August 2015 21:42-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Television programs, Entertainment, Automotive accidents, Criminal investigations, Homicide, Crime, Transportation accidents, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, Transportation, Law and order, Violent crime People, Places and Companies: Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Kardashian Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP PHOTOS: Deadly Washington wildfire rages on

AP US News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:35pm
AP PHOTOS: Deadly Washington wildfire rages on Associated Press - 20 August 2015 21:35-04:00 News Topics: General news, Wildfires, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Fires People, Places and Companies: Washington Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NKorea warns of war after exchange of fire with South

AP Top news - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:28pm
NKorea warns of war after exchange of fire with South Associated Press - 20 August 2015 21:28-04:00 News Topics: General news, War and unrest, International relations, Land mines, Evacuations, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Park Geun-hye, John Kirby, South Korea, North Korea, Pyongyang, Seoul Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NYC names hotel as source of deadly Legionnaires' outbreak

AP Health News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 in the Bronx, city Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said Thursday. 2015-08-20T11:15:00-04:00 2015-08-20T15:15:11-04:00

Carter 'at ease' and ready for radiation treatment on cancer

AP Health News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer showed up in four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is "at ease with whatever comes." 2015-08-20T09:28:00-04:00 2015-08-20T13:28:45-04:00

Rand Paul: a humanitarian in Haiti, a pit bull in 2016 race

AP Health News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — Even while fighting blindness in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere this week, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul intensified political attacks against rivals in both parties, vowing to continue pressing billionaire businessman Donald Trump in particular as the Kentucky senator embraces the role as the GOP's leading pit bull. 2015-08-19T23:18:00-04:00 2015-08-20T03:18:26-04:00

Woods opens Wyndham with best round in 2 years

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods wasted no time getting comfortable at the Wyndham Championship. 2015-08-20T11:58:00-04:00 2015-08-20T15:58:03-04:00

Rain washes out 4 games at Little League World Series

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — All four games at the Little League World Series were washed out Thursday, setting up a delayed start with all 16 teams in the tournament playing on Friday. 2015-08-20T11:57:00-04:00 2015-08-20T15:57:04-04:00

Djokovic rallies to win at Cincy; injured Bencic withdraws

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic smacked his racket on the court after losing serve, seemingly headed for another unexplainable defeat at the tournament that has eluded him. In the end, he stopped fuming and started playing like the best. 2015-08-20T12:43:00-04:00 2015-08-20T16:43:29-04:00

Decision on Pistorius' release may take up to 4 months

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:10pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A review board has up to four months to decide whether and when Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison into house arrest, a spokesman for South Africa's justice ministry said on Thursday. 2015-08-20T07:49:00-04:00 2015-08-20T11:49:34-04:00

From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Character Reins

49 Writers - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 6:20am

When we are convinced by qualities of character we cannot entirely reconcile, we are in the presence of mystery.
~Catherine Brady
Recently I re-read Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, one of the finest American books of the past few decades. Some will disagree heartily; in fact, such was the prevailing attitude when Robinson completed the manuscript. In an interview published in The Paris Review, Robinson says that though her friend’s agent offered to represent Housekeeping, she warned it might be difficult to place. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux picked it up, but the editor warned it might not get reviewed.
Why the muted prospects? For one, the book lacks some of the basics fiction gurus preach, especially when it comes to character. The narrator, who goes unnamed for some time, speaks in first person but with omniscience, especially in the beginning. She exhibits none of the spunk or pluck that we’re told readers crave, unless you count her sheer survival in the face of circumstance. Quirky, yes, we’ll give her that, but not in a way that most of us would care to emulate. She and her sister are passive characters. What do they want? We’re not sure, not at first anyhow. Their motivation? Nothing conventional.
Hurray for Anatole Broyard, who did review the book, wanting to make sure it got noticed. It went on to win the Pen/Hemingway Award. If it had been up to me, it would have won the Pulitzer, too, but as often happens, that was awarded Robinson for the her next book, which is good but not nearly as finely wrought as Housekeeping.
How does Robinson, in defiance of conventional wisdom, grace us with a story of three utterly unforgettable women, plus a handful of intriguing “ghosts” whose influence lingers? 
As it turns out, passive characters aren’t the kiss of death, necessarily. Using as an example “A Cautionary Tale” by Deborah EisenbergRobin Romm points out that some of the best fiction features passive protagonists, defined by Romm as full characters who aren’t in charge of the action of the story as opposed to characters that aren’t fully developed.  Passive characters, she says, benefit from latent desires that they haven’t acted on yet.  Fierce protagonists, on the other hand, can alarm or exhaust the reader, and they may not be capable of the same revelations as the more reticent protagonist. In fact, it’s the pressure to act that brings interest to the acting.  The trick, Romm says, is that even a passive character will have an intriguing way of judging the world, and of course the passive character doesn’t stay passive: a moment of complicated crisis makes us rethink them.  
These principles are applied to full effect in Housekeeping. Ruthie and Lucille aren’t in charge, and neither are they fully developed. Their latent desire – the attention of their last relative, Sylvie – emerges well into the story. Through the retrospective, semi-omniscient first person narrative, Ruthie offers revelation after revelation from her intriguing perspective. We feel with her the growing pressure to act, building to a moment of complicated crisis that makes us rethink not only the characters but also what we consider as “normal.”
Though traditional heroes may be easier to work with, I’m drawn to the passive protagonist, which means I have to maintain a certain vigilance regarding latent desires, revelations, the pressure to act, complications. I also pay a good deal of attention to what I call character “reins,” my acronym for the ways even the most passive characters can grow into themselves, by way of their regrets; their expectations; their insights, intentions, and instabilities; their needs; and their speculation. 
Try This: What does your character regret? What does she expect? What insights, intentions, and instabilities have you discovered in her? What does she need? In what ways does she speculate?
Check This Out: If in the stranded-on-an-island scenario the book genre were craft, I’d choose Catherine Brady’s Story Logic and the Craftof Fiction, hands down. The chapter on Dynamic Characterization alone is worth several readings.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Chilkat Prayer

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:12am

Small, self-igniting charcoal burns the natural resins on a ceramic plate upon an abalone shell — Bentwood boxes were a gift from Sister Dee

My weaving teacher and mentor, the late Jennie Thlunaut recommended that Chilkat weavers pray every morning before they go to their loom.  She said real prayer is always about “giving thanks for what we got.”  She said give thanks for everything you have in your life, and the gift that was given to you, you were chosen to receive this gift…”(she was referring to the art of Chilkat weaving).  I still listen to her words. Every day before I weave, I always say the Lord’s Prayer.  (It doesn’t matter what belief you have, as long as you give thanks, you invoke the spirit of goodness to be with you and those around you.)  In the past few years I developed a method in which I can focus on giving thanks, a ritual that I learned from growing up in the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

Almost every day since my mother’s passing on July 4, 2011, I have burned Russian Orthodox Church resins as part of my morning ritual before I begin my work.  And while I walk about my studio home with the incense burning with the gentle fanning by an Eagle feather, I say the Lord’s Prayer with the addition of my own words of gratitude.  The calmness and peace I feel when I complete this ritual invokes a blessing to begin my day.

The then priest of the St. Nicholas Church in Juneau presided over my mother’s memorial service.  It was one of the last services he had conducted before he relocated to Denver, Colorado.  (He gifted me several bags of incense that I recently used up.)  He was the last priest of the church.  If I am not mistaken, the church is no longer used for services, though I believe the church is open during tourist season.  The church was built in 1895 at the request of the Tlingit people living in Juneau.  Our mother was one of the last active members of the church until her passing.

My favorite incense to burn is the Russian Amber and the Russian Rose, along with other local resins, the dried sap collected from the Pinon tree of the Southwest and the Spruce resin of Southeast Alaska.

William and Irene Lampe model the Eagle and Raven robes by Clarissa Rizal, now displayed in the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) Hall in Juneau, Alaska – Christmas 1988

Today would have been the 60th wedding anniversary of my parents; I salute them with a prayer of gratitude…



Categories: Arts & Culture

Poems wanted for Poetry OmniBus Competition

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:30pm

The ninth annual Poetry Omnibus program is now accepting entries from Juneau residents for the 2015 competition. Winning poems will be read at a to-be-announced celebration and then displayed on Capital Transit buses for a full year.

The deadline for submissions is October 15. There are two age categories: fifth through twelfth grades and adults over 18 years old. Poems can be on any subject, but must be suitable for public display and not exceed ten lines. One poem may be submitted for free and additional poems may be submitted for $3 each. Entry forms, which contain complete rules and instructions for submitting, are available at local public libraries, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, and the Canvas Community Art Studio.

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Categories: Arts & Culture

At Least One Kidney

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:46pm

a token
or two
scavenged from
the wild

gone feral

two hours
pacing dark
tide creeping
beach bisected
by creeks
ribbons of
black ice

a whole
frozen liver
at least one
on the

deer fur
of what’s
to come

i know
a leash could
prevent this
the hours
what will
be brought back
if he will
even come

the wild one
nearly feral
for so long

he always
comes back
this time
with a four
point buck

its head
at least
frozen tongue
sticking out
of ice clenched jaw

the dog
i share the bed
with sometimes
spinal column
of nerve
and thawed

i put
the dog
take up
the heavy
coal shovel
and with the
toe of my
boot, rock
the death
head into
the shovel’s flat blade
go to the garage
and dump
it in the bottom
of the trash

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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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Categories: Arts & Culture

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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