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Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice

AP Top news - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:05am
Flee or return: Ramadi residents face a tough choice Associated Press - 21 April 2015 16:05-04:00 News Topics: General news, Militant groups, War and unrest, Bridge construction, Heavy construction industry, Construction and engineering, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Transportation infrastructure, Transportation and shipping People, Places and Companies: Adrian Edwards, Iraq, Baghdad Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Senate Finance members defend budget proposal

AP Alaska News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:02am
Senate Finance members defend budget proposal Associated Press - 21 April 2015 16:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government budgets, State legislature, Legislature, National budgets, State budgets, Government and politics, Education budgets, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, State governments, National governments, Education, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Alaska Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller on Cannes Film Festival jury

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:00am
Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller on Cannes Film Festival jury Associated Press - 21 April 2015 16:00-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Movies, Entertainment, Celebrity, Cannes Film Festival, Film festivals, Events People, Places and Companies: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau, Pedro Almodovar, Ethan Coen, Emmanuelle Bercot, Gus van Sant, Nanni Moretti, Jia Zhangke, Jacques Audiard, France Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Latest on Boston bombing trial: Jurors cry as dad testifies

AP US News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:56am
Latest on Boston bombing trial: Jurors cry as dad testifies Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:56-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Trials, Sentencing, Legal proceedings, Boston Marathon bombing, Bombings, Crime, Law and order, Events People, Places and Companies: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Campaigning Clinton has qualms about trade deal

AP Politics - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:53am
Campaigning Clinton has qualms about trade deal Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:53-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, International trade, Trade policy, Free trade, State legislature, Trade agreements, Economy, Business, Economic policy, Government business and finance, Government policy, Legislature, State governments, International agreements, International relations, Presidential elections, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, New Hampshire, Concord, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nielsen's top programs for April 13-19

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:49am
Nielsen's top programs for April 13-19 Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:49-04:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, TV dramas, Sitcoms, Television ratings, Reality TV, Broadcast television, Television, Media Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Campaign against Yemen rebels enters new phase, Saudi says

AP Top news - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:42am
Campaign against Yemen rebels enters new phase, Saudi says Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:42-04:00 News Topics: General news, War and unrest, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi, Hassan Rouhani, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Middle East, Iran, Sanaa, United States, Gulf of Aden Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Craig library wins national award for community contribution

AP Alaska News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:39am
Craig library wins national award for community contribution Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:39-04:00 News Topics: General news, Libraries, Education, Social affairs Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Country awards help CBS dominate ratings

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:32am
Country awards help CBS dominate ratings Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:32-04:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, Award shows, Television ratings, TV news, Academy of Country Music Awards, Music awards, Television, Media, News media, Events, Music, Country music People, Places and Companies: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Brian Williams, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

For migrants used to danger, Islamic State poses new threat

AP Top news - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:31am
For migrants used to danger, Islamic State poses new threat Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:31-04:00 News Topics: General news, International incidents, Political refugees, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Libya, Israel, Tripoli, Africa, Middle East, Eritrea, Sudan, North Africa, Europe, East Africa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Agency will hunt invasive caribou on remote Alaska island

AP Alaska News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:29am
Agency will hunt invasive caribou on remote Alaska island Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:29-04:00 News Topics: General news, Science, Deer, Animals, Military facilities, Hunting, Wildlife management, Military affairs, Mammals, Military and defense, Government and politics, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Wildlife, Environment, Environment and nature, Natural resource management People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Anchorage, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

AP Top news - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:28am
US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:28-04:00 News Topics: General news, International relations, Forced labor, Trade barriers, Assault and battery, Slavery, Government and politics, Legislature, Crime, Trade policy, Economic policy, Economy, Business, Government business and finance, Government policy, International trade, Violent crime, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Abu Zubaydah, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Bangkok, United States, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Verizon defends new cable deals as media companies complain

AP Business News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:25am
Verizon defends new cable deals as media companies complain Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Technology, Television programs, Entertainment, Media industry, Television industry, Cable television services, Earnings reports, Media, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Telecommunications services, Telecommunications, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Head of movie association predicts record year at box office

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:25am
Head of movie association predicts record year at box office Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:25-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Movies, Entertainment, Box office receipts, Entertainment venue operation, Entertainment industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Business People, Places and Companies: Christopher Dodd, Clint Eastwood, Las Vegas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Christie looks beyond North American trade pact

AP Politics - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:20am
Christie looks beyond North American trade pact Associated Press - 21 April 2015 15:20-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, International trade, Free trade, Trade agreements, Political parties, Economy, Business, Trade policy, Economic policy, Government business and finance, Government policy, International agreements, International relations, Political organizations, Presidential elections, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Chris Christie, North America, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Investigators: Suspect tampered with slain troopers' guns

AP Alaska News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:20am
Investigators: Suspect tampered with slain troopers' guns Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner - 21 April 2015 15:20-04:00 News Topics: General news, Homicide, Criminal investigations, Crime, Police, Violent crime, Law and order, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Fairbanks Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

From the Archives: Andromeda on Why POV matters to readers

49 Writers - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:00am
One of the first books that ever rattled my very inner core was a simple chapter book about a boy being bullied. I’ve tried for years to remember the title and author, but can’t. I was in fifth grade or so when I read it, and don’t trust my memory about the details, only about the delayed impact. The impact came after I read the second book in the series (if it was a series, rather than one book with two distinct parts): the same story told from the bully’s perspective. 
Until this point, I’d just fallen into fiction, happy to surrender to the enchantment of an imagined world, unable to stand outside and see them as “made” things, shaped by a living author. But reading this second book, it somehow became clear. The writer decided to tell the same story from the former antagonist’s point of view! What can I say? It hit me like a freight train. I read the book and understood why the bully was the way he was. The facts hadn’t changed; the perspective had. This seemed like an essential key to life. We call it empathy of course; I didn’t know that word at the time. I just knew that a book (or a series of books) was a fantastic way to achieve this effect, because it allowed you to step completely into the mind and life of another person–even the person you thought was the “bad guy.” 
As adult readers and writers, we’d say, “Well, of course.” But there was no “of course” for me. It seemed like a miracle that changed books, and changed the way I perceived the real world outside of books. I actually encountered some brief bullying around this time, from a big, sullen girl from another class who liked to push around kids, and who caught me one day standing in the center of a jungle gym. She rallied all her gigantic (okay, probably four-and-a-half-feet) thugs around the metal contraption and they taunted and pulled at my hair. The principal found out and “Barbie” and I both got in trouble–go figure–though at least we managed to avoid the infamous principal’s discipline paddle. (A bit of a sadist, that one.) 
The next time I saw her on the playground, I walked up to Barbie and said hi. We started talking. And strange but true: I left school that day with Barbie’s phone number scrawled in barely legible numbers (she wasn’t the brightest kid, I realized) on a damp little slip of paper. I never called, but she never bothered me again, either. I remember thinking that if I just tried to imagine what she was really like from the inside of her own skin then I didn’t need to be afraid of her. If the fear didn’t show on my face, I could walk up to her, and if I walked up to her and started talking, it was different from being hunted down, and something would change. And it did. 
Bullying stories rarely turn out that easy. But as a reader and a writer-to-be, that little episode meant a lot to me. Through my reading, I could get to understand a lot of Barbies –and many other people as well, including people who lived in different places or even in different historical periods. (A year later, I’d start reading books by Jane Auel, about prehistoric people living in caves who were–and weren’t–like people I knew. Mind-blowing!)
Growing up, my mother often cautioned me not to “be a mind reader” or expect her to be one, either. But in truth, we’re all mind readers. In her book Why We Read Fiction, Lisa Zunshine merges cognitive science and literary theory to suggest that reading minds–practicing it, dealing with successively greater challenges of understanding–was important in our evolutionary history and one reason we still get such pleasure today in reading novels. Fiction helps us see inside others’ minds, often many of them in a single book, tracking people’s thoughts (and quite often, errors), and even what imagined people are thinking about other imagined people, on up through many layers of mind-reading and source-tracking complexity. 
Regardless of what point-of-view a work uses, that viewpoint stretches our abilities to imagine, empathize, and practice those mind-reading skills that happen to be one of our brain’s favorite activities. It’s amazing to know what a bully is thinking–or a murderer, or a cavewoman, or a man from Mars. It’s instructive and entertaining to read a multi-generational saga told in alternating viewpoints (or recounted by an omniscient narrator), in which we get such contrasting views from siblings, parents and children, men and women. It’s inherently satisfying to view the world through even one intelligent but otherwise ordinary mind that is different from our own.
Categories: Arts & Culture

And then there was Richard Siken…

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:44am

I hope you’ll take a moment to walk with Richard through this postcard and in that moment, by which I mean a universe, you will connect your love for poetry with a love for independent publishers like Copper Canyon Press and Spork Press. Perhaps even that will lead you along a path and at the end of that path, Richard’s long awaited second poetry collection, War of the Foxes.

Please consider supporting this project.

This video says everything I’ve longed to say about why I come to poetry, why my hands too are birds becoming and unbecoming and always flying. Thanks Copper Canyon Press and Richard for this gift.


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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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