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Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28pm
Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act Associated Press - 10 April 2014 19:37-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Race and ethnicity, Human rights and civil liberties, African-Americans, Voting rights, Racial and ethnic discrimination, Legislature, Laws, Legislation, Voting, Social issues, Social affairs, Discrimination, Elections People, Places and Companies: Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, John Lewis, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Austin, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28pm
Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act Associated Press - 10 April 2014 16:00-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Race and ethnicity, Human rights and civil liberties, African-Americans, Voting rights, Racial and ethnic discrimination, Legislature, Voting, Social issues, Social affairs, Discrimination, Elections People, Places and Companies: Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, John Lewis, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Austin, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reflecting on progress, Obama honors civil rights

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28pm
Reflecting on progress, Obama honors civil rights Associated Press - 10 April 2014 12:44-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Human rights and civil liberties, African-Americans, Race and ethnicity, Voting rights, Presidential elections, Vietnam War, Voting, Social issues, Social affairs, National elections, Elections, Events People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Luci Baines Johnson, George H. Bush, George H.W. Bush, United States, Austin, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reflecting on progress, Obama honors civil rights

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28pm
Reflecting on progress, Obama honors civil rights Associated Press - 10 April 2014 10:38-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Presidential elections, Human rights and civil liberties, African-Americans, Race and ethnicity, Voting rights, Voting, National elections, Elections, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Luci Baines Johnson, George H. Bush, George H.W. Bush, United States, Austin, Houston, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reflecting on progress, Obama honors civil rights

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28pm
Reflecting on progress, Obama honors civil rights Associated Press - 10 April 2014 04:32-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Human rights and civil liberties, African-Americans, Race and ethnicity, Voting rights, Presidential elections, Voting, Social issues, Social affairs, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Luci Baines Johnson, George H. Bush, George H.W. Bush, United States, Austin, Houston, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:26pm
House passes Ryan budget with big cuts Associated Press - 10 April 2014 18:24-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, National budgets, Government budgets, Access to health care, Legislature, Personal spending, National taxes, Veterans affairs, Seniors' health, Political parties, Legislation, Bills, Medicare health plans, Government-funded health insurance, Economy, Medicare, Seniors, Veterans, Appropriations, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Government finance, Government business and finance, National governments, Health issues, Health, Personal finance, Government taxation and revenue, Military affairs, Military and defense, Political organizations, Personal health insurance, Personal insurance, Government programs, Health care policy, Government policy People, Places and Companies: Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, Jay Carney, Thomas Massie, Chris Gibson, Frank LoBiondo, Patty Murray, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:26pm
House passes Ryan budget with big cuts Associated Press - 10 April 2014 12:41-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, Access to health care, National budgets, Government budgets, Personal spending, Elderly welfare, Legislature, Health care reform, Seniors' health, Political parties, Healthcare industry regulation, Legislation, House elections, Government-funded health insurance, Medicare health plans, Baby Boomers, Medicare, Seniors, Medicaid, Appropriations, Health issues, Health, Government finance, Government business and finance, National governments, Personal finance, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Political issues, Health care policy, Government policy, Political organizations, Industry regulation, Government regulations, Elections, Government programs, Personal health insurance, Personal insurance, Generations, Demographics People, Places and Companies: Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, Thomas Massie, Chris Gibson, Frank LoBiondo, District of Columbia, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:26pm
House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts Associated Press - 10 April 2014 10:59-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, Personal spending, National budgets, Government budgets, Elections, Elderly welfare, Legislature, Health care reform, Seniors' health, Political parties, House elections, Healthcare industry regulation, Medicare health plans, Government-funded health insurance, Baby Boomers, Legislation, Medicare, Seniors, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Appropriations, Personal finance, Government finance, Government business and finance, National governments, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Political issues, Health care policy, Government policy, Health, Political organizations, Industry regulation, Government regulations, Personal health insurance, Personal insurance, Government programs, Generations, Demographics People, Places and Companies: Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts

AP Politics - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:26pm
House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts Associated Press - 10 April 2014 03:27-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, National budgets, Personal spending, Government budgets, Elections, Elderly welfare, Health care reform, Seniors' health, Legislature, Political parties, House elections, Medicare health plans, Healthcare industry regulation, Government-funded health insurance, Medicare, Baby Boomers, Legislation, Seniors, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Appropriations, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, National governments, Personal finance, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Political issues, Health care policy, Government policy, Health, Political organizations, Personal health insurance, Personal insurance, Industry regulation, Government regulations, Government programs, Generations, Demographics People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Katie Eberhart: Digressive Travel

49 Writers - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:00am
Walking along the Matanuska River
Laboring on yet another revision of my essay Driving the Dempster, I realized that I could not include every interesting occurrence or idea but I also could not bring myself to permanently jettison the deleted fragments.
In The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton wrote “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains. . .” De Botton argues that taking long trips by plane or train positions us to collect large ideas within a wider and less familiar space. A road-trip into the Arctic can have a similar effect.
At the MacKenzie River, we waited in a glum rain, the river slithering north toward the Arctic Ocean. The ferry pushed away from the far shore, beating against the wind and current, the engines audibly surging as the vessel maneuvered to line up with the muck of the Dempster Highway. Vehicles lurched off the ferry, tires flinging mud. When the deck was clear, we drove up the steel ramp, following the hand signals of the gaunt ferryman who expertly packed the cars and trucks onto the deck.
Travel transports me away from the “junk” drawers of normal life and writing helps anchor memories. While crafting an essay, I search my journals for suitable stories and musings, but not all the borrowed paragraphs survive an essay’s multiple revisions and re-envisioning. Sometimes, even years later, I come across deletions that were once part of an unfinished essay. Encountering these narratives brings to mind past events and experiences and I hope these accidental encounters with earlier memories reset the time-clock of forgetting.
The odd thing about saving deleted fragments in one file is that meaning developed from careful positioning and entwining into an essay is lost in the jumbled castoffs. Rereading the MacKenzie River micro-narrative, I am struck by the metaphoric possibilities of a small river ferry, a rocking deck, and a weather-beaten ferryman—yet trekking into familiar places also stirs up thoughts and ideas.
When you live somewhere long enough you hear things—rumors or wishful thinking or truth, it's hard to tell. Was there really an Alaska winter when “it never froze”? A story repeated but now rootless and undocumented, yet we remember certain times as extraordinary—like the extreme cold and high-pressure weather that grounded planes during the Omega Block in 1989 and in 2002 when winter began so slowly that, on December 1st, some men waterskied on Wasilla Lake. That year, the Matanuska River's main channel had shifted west and we walked south from the Old Glenn Highway bridge (near Palmer) along the dry middle channel. Our shoes left prints in the glacial, wind-rippled sand—sand flecked with polished, multi-hued pebbles and carcasses of salmon, the half-buried fish transformed into armatures of bones and fierce teeth tied with strips of taut skin.
While walking, we pieced together a story from logs that had once tumbled into the river, to be jostled and twirled, sometimes an obstruction but now stuck high-and-dry, barricades that slowed the wind so silt, or snow, settled into drifts. Or the lee of the log that created a refuge for small animals, or people eating lunch. We sat and leaned our backs against a smooth log that would have once been a magnificent cottonwood but had become a relic mapping climate—weather and water—over decades, or a century, the cracked gray wood curving around nubs where branches had been. Leaning against the log and relishing the mild December weather, I imagined some future moment when the river would again shift, eating into the sand, undercutting one end of this log, silt swirling into the water that might be gentle or roiling until eventually the log tips and floats onward toward Cook Inlet.
Walking along the Matanuska River—only a short drive from where I once lived—was an expedition that encompassed both the large-view possibilities de Botton mentioned and the intimacy of a familiar place. As I re-read these narrative-fragments, I see a glimmer of how I might weld on more thoughts and moments also gathered from my medley of deletions. Between recycled fragments, I’ll create diversions that show landscapes we’ve traveled but also the direction that we’re headed. After all, the arc of an unfinished essay is anything but linear; a spiral perhaps, with chambers like a nautilus shell, or a chest of (junk) drawers—some drawers open, others still stuck shut.

Katie Eberhart's chapbook 'Unbound: Alaska Poems' was published in 2013 by Uttered Chaos Press. Her poems have appeared in Cirque Journal, Sand - Berlin’s English Literary Journal, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Crab Creek Review, and other places. Katie has an MFA in Creative Writing and degrees in geography and economics. She currently lives in Central Oregon where she blogs about nature and literature at http://solsticelight.wordpress.com/
Categories: Arts & Culture

Second Friday Author Tea: Lois McMaster Bujold

Juneau Public Library Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:14am
Douglas Library, Friday, April 11th, 5:00pm. Come to the Douglas Library on Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm for our Second Friday Author Tea event. We have tea and treats, and talk about the month’s assigned author or theme. For April, we will be discussion veteran science fiction and fantasy author Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold is […]
Categories: Arts & Culture

Cuentacuentos Infantil!

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:00pm
Todos los mièrcoles a las 6:30 de la tarde en la Biblioteca Pùblica del Valle. Ayude a sus niños a estar preparados para empezar al colegio mientras se divierten con actividades para toda la familia. Como todos los programas de la biblioteca pùblica de Juneau, el Cuentacuentos Infantile es gratis y abierto a todos aquellos […]
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