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Nurse in Italy tests positive for Ebola; was in Sierra Leone

AP Health News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:10am
ROME (AP) — Italy's health ministry says a nurse who came to Italy from Sierra Leone last week has tested positive for the Ebola virus. 2015-05-12T09:46:00-04:00 2015-05-12T13:46:48-04:00

Angels give closer Huston Street $18M for 2 additional years

AP Sports News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:10am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Huston Street had little desire to go back on the free-agent market this winter when he has already found a home with the Los Angeles Angels. 2015-05-13T22:48:00-04:00 2015-05-14T02:48:04-04:00

On Writing the Hard Stuff

49 Writers - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:00am


You know those people you never see often enough, but when you do get together, it’s like you found a little piece of yourself you’d misplaced?
That’s how I felt enjoying a cup of tea with Heather Lende. We talked about family, writing, and her new book, Find the Good. One of the things I love about Heather is that she’s the same in person as she is on the page—heartfelt and wise and full of hope. Without trying, she makes you believe in your better self.
And yet as she’s quick to point out in the pages of her new book, it’s in death that she finds her inspiration: For years, she has written obituaries for the small-town newspaper in Haines, Alaska. “Bad doings bring out the best in people,” she says in her book. Or as she explains to her granddaughter, who wonders aloud where the stars come from, it’s darkness that brings out the light.
In an odd way, it’s not all that different from what I heard author Chris Abani say recently, his idea that noir is the only actual genre that exists in fiction anymore, the only way in which novelists can wrestle with the trauma of industrialization.
Applied to my work, the term noir makes me squirm. It sounds bleak, hopeless, cynical—and I’m none of those things.
But there’s no denying what lands on the page: A boy whose anger spirals toward self-destruction. A family that lands in the wilderness for all the wrong reasons. A mother and daughter who dance like boxers around the other’s longings and needs, obsessions filling in where they feel most powerless against their hurts. In the novel I’m drafting now: a young man’s senseless death; his mother’s anguish; anger fueled by racial hurts and injustice, the stuff that fueled recent riots in Baltimore.

I can’t explain why I’m drawn to the hard stuff. The difficult questions. The stakes that spill over from individual lives to touch us all. The violence, the injustice. I can only believe as Heather does, that bad things draw out the best in us, that darkness leads the way to the light. 
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored sixteen books. Her most recent are Write Your Best Book, a practical guide to writing books that rise above the rest; What Every Author Should Know, a comprehensive guide to book publishing and promotion; and 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. 
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Q&A: The Taliban in Afghanistan

AP Top news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:56am
Q&A: The Taliban in Afghanistan Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:56-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Peace process, Diplomacy, International relations People, Places and Companies: Ashraf Ghani, Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan, Kabul, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rdio offers new $4 per month hybrid streaming tier

AP Technology News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:48am
Rdio offers new $4 per month hybrid streaming tier Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:48-04:00 News Topics: Business, Technology Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Malaysia turns away 800 boat people; Thailand spots 3rd boat

AP Top news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:47am
Malaysia turns away 800 boat people; Thailand spots 3rd boat Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:47-04:00 News Topics: General news, Political refugees, Human rights and civil liberties, Religion and politics, Humanitarian crises, Government and politics, Regional cooperation, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Religious issues, Religion, International relations People, Places and Companies: Prayuth Chan-ocha, Ban Ki-Moon, Malaysia, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Indonesia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Post-Oscar, Mo'Nique practices work-life balancing act

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:46am
Post-Oscar, Mo'Nique practices work-life balancing act Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:46-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Movies, Entertainment, Talk shows, Work-life balance, Television programs, Workplace culture, Careers, Business, Lifestyle, Self-improvement People, Places and Companies: Mo'Nique, Queen Latifah, Isaiah Washington, Lee Daniels, Hollywood Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Obama convenes Camp David summit with Gulf state leaders

AP Top news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:41am
Obama convenes Camp David summit with Gulf state leaders Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:41-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Summits, International agreements, International relations, War and unrest, Royalty, General news, Celebrity, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Mohammed bin Nayef, Queen Elizabeth II, United States, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, District of Columbia, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nepal's prime minister: 'We were not prepared' for 2nd quake

AP Top news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:23am
Nepal's prime minister: 'We were not prepared' for 2nd quake Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, 2015 Nepal earthquake, Natural disasters, Disaster planning and response, Earthquakes, Homelessness, Accidents and disasters, Municipal governments, Monsoons, Government and politics, Building collapses, Events, Poverty, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Local governments, Storms, Weather, Structural failures, Accidents People, Places and Companies: Nepal, South Asia, Kathmandu Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Gunfire, explosions in Burundi capital amid coup attempt

AP Top news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:16am
Gunfire, explosions in Burundi capital amid coup attempt Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:16-04:00 News Topics: General news, Coups d'etat, Constitutions, International relations, National governments, War and unrest, Government and politics, Army, Armed forces, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Pierre Nkurunziza, Jakaya Kikwete, Burundi, Bujumbura, East Africa, Tanzania Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP Interview: EU border chief warns of migrant surge

AP Top news - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:15am
AP Interview: EU border chief warns of migrant surge Associated Press - 14 May 2015 12:15-04:00 News Topics: General news People, Places and Companies: Europe, Greece, Turkey Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Agnes Called It “Brainwashing”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:32pm

Clipping a little girl’s fingernails

To ensure a young girl to become a good weaver, in the olden days, her fingernails were clipped and woven into the Chilkat robes.  The late master Chilkat weaver Jennie Thlunaut’s daughter, Agnes Bellinger  called this “…kind of like a brainwashing…”  This method was to encourage a straight and narrow path for the girl to grow up to be a strong, talented woman of good character.  Agnes said “You can use this method for anything you want your child to become…”

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
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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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