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Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

AP Politics - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:01pm
Congressman wants to curb military surplus program Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:01-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Police, Law enforcement agencies People, Places and Companies: Hank Johnson, Eric Holder, Missouri Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:01pm
Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:01-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Humanitarian assistance, International relations People, Places and Companies: Angela Merkel, Sigmar Gabriel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, United Kingdom, Europe, France, Germany, Iraq, Brussels, United States, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

AP US News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:00pm
Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting Associated Press - 15 August 2014 03:00-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Homicide, Human rights and civil liberties, African-Americans, Protests and demonstrations, Police, Violent crime, Crime, Social issues, Social affairs, Political and civil unrest, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Jay Nixon, Trayvon Martin, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's disease

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:45pm
Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's disease Associated Press - 15 August 2014 02:45-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Movies, Entertainment, Parkinson's disease, Celebrity health, Celebrity, Diagnosis and treatment, Depression, Health, Diseases and conditions, Neurological disorders, Mental health People, Places and Companies: Robin Williams, Susan Schneider, Michael J. Fox, Linda Ronstadt, Muhammad Ali, Casey Kasem, Pope John Paul II, California Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson

AP US News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:36pm
Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson Associated Press - 15 August 2014 02:36-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Police, Protests and demonstrations, Violent crime, Crime, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics, Political and civil unrest People, Places and Companies: Jay Nixon, Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin, Eric Holder, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rallies honor people who died at hands of police

AP US News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:21pm
Rallies honor people who died at hands of police Associated Press - 15 August 2014 02:21-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Police, Violent crime, Crime, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Missouri, St. Louis, New York, New York City, Manhattan Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thompson, Lee share LPGA Championship lead

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:10pm
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Tall and fit with all those Instagram photos to prove it, long-hitting Lexi Thompson figured she might have an edge on the LPGA Championship's new course. 2014-08-14T15:31:00-04:00 2014-08-14T19:31:22-04:00

Browns starting Hoyer, not Manziel vs. Redskins

AP Sports News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:10pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian Hoyer has held off rookie Johnny Manziel for at least another week. 2014-08-14T14:04:00-04:00 2014-08-14T18:04:15-04:00

Tax dodgers' compound for sale after 2007 standoff

AP US News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 6:09pm
Tax dodgers' compound for sale after 2007 standoff Associated Press - 15 August 2014 02:09-04:00 News Topics: General news, Tax evasion, Crime People, Places and Companies: Concord, United States, New Hampshire Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Pigs, cows and votes: Candidates try for farm cred

AP Politics - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:52pm
Pigs, cows and votes: Candidates try for farm cred Associated Press - 15 August 2014 01:52-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Elections, State governments, Cattle farming, State legislature, Pig farming, Livestock farming, County fairs, Agriculture, Industries, Business, Legislature, Fairs and festivals, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Terry Branstad, Bruce Braley, Tom Harkin, Chuck Grassley, Chuck Hassebrook, Scott Walker, Iowa, Wisconsin Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Golden Globes group holds another starry dinner

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:50pm
Golden Globes group holds another starry dinner Associated Press - 15 August 2014 01:50-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Movies, Entertainment, Celebrity, Celebrity causes, Golden Globe Awards, Events, Award shows People, Places and Companies: Morgan Freeman, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, Jason Segel, Anne Heche, Lauren Bacall, Minnie Driver, Hollywood Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson

AP US News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:36pm
Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope in Ferguson Associated Press - 15 August 2014 01:36-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Police, Protests and demonstrations, Violent crime, Crime, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics, Political and civil unrest People, Places and Companies: Jay Nixon, Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin, Eric Holder, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alibaba film unit finds possible accounting issues

AP Technology News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:29pm
Alibaba film unit finds possible accounting issues Associated Press - 15 August 2014 01:29-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Accounting and auditing services, Accounting, tax preparation and payroll services, Initial public offerings, Professional services, Industries, Stock offerings, Corporate stock, Corporate news People, Places and Companies: Hong Kong, China Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Alibaba film unit finds possible accounting issues

AP Business News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:29pm
Alibaba film unit finds possible accounting issues Associated Press - 15 August 2014 01:29-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Accounting and auditing services, Accounting, tax preparation and payroll services, Initial public offerings, Professional services, Industries, Stock offerings, Corporate stock, Corporate news People, Places and Companies: Hong Kong, China Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Iraq: Al-Maliki steps down, gives up post to rival

AP Top news - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:17pm
Iraq: Al-Maliki steps down, gives up post to rival Associated Press - 15 August 2014 01:17-04:00 News Topics: General news, Religion and politics, Government and politics, Militant groups, War and unrest, Government transitions, Religious issues, Religion, Social affairs, Social issues, National governments People, Places and Companies: Nouri al-Maliki, Fouad Massoum, Susan Rice, John Kerry, Iraq, Baghdad, United States, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

VOLUNTEERS Rock Fish Creek!

Parks and Recreation Special Events - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:23pm
Date of Event: Thursday, Aug 14 - Volunteers braved the record rainfall and overflowing banks to clean up the summer's accumulation of trash left behind on the Fish Creek Trail. A big thank you to North Douglas Homeowner's Association and Cycle Alaska for their volunteer efforts!
Categories: Arts & Culture, Outdoors

Alaska Shorts: From Cold River Spirits, by Jan Harper-Haines

49 Writers - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:00am
Jan Harper-HainesWhen the Chena River overflowed its banks in 1948, as it did nearly every spring, Fairbanks took on the appearance of a slowly moving lake. The dirty brown water, dotted with chunks of ice, logs, carcasses of dead animals, and other debris from the long winter, spread across the little river town.
Lapping steadily, the floodwater crossed First Avenue and crept up the steps of the Episcopal Church and into the Masonic Temple. It leisurely entered saloons on Second and filled stores and houses all the way down Barnette Street past Seventh.
On Garden Island, the water hesitated at the steps of the Alaska Railroad depot like a mannerly aunt unsure of her welcome. A moment later, it washed across the old plank floor, covered the benches along the walls, and reached the top of the ticket counter.
The river rose fourteen feet as it flowed into truck stop cafes and smoky dives where the only women were bleary-eyed hoostitutes.
The water appeared smooth, even languid, but its rapid undercurrents and eddies swirled with energy. The force was enough to carry away sections of wooden sidewalk and cave in cellar doors all over town. With no hesitation it entered Louise Minook Harper’s log cabin on Fifth, five blocks from the river.
A drunk wading home from the bars on Second stumbled on a washed out section of sidewalk and was swept into the river where he smacked his head on a passing log. His body was found a few days later, tangled in the flotsam of a floating tree.
That morning two other men died in a fight in the Nevada Bar over the timing of the Chena breakup. A third man, clutching the winning ice pool ticket, suffered a black eye and cracked his false teeth in the commotion. When two officers from the Territorial Police arrived, big and blustery in their uniforms, the survivor convinced them the two men had stabbed one another. This stretch of truth was heartily supported by the bartender and other none too sober patrons.
When the river receded a few days later, flood-weary residents reclaimed their homes and took stock of the damage. Whites, Natives, hoostitutes, and prominent families dragged muddied books, ruined mattresses, and unrecognizable whatall into the street to be hauled away.
The sour stench of mildew, river sludge, and dog poop gagged Louise when she opened the shed door. “Chanh na hanh!” she swore, turning her head and blinking as she propped open the door with a shovel and stood outside while the cramped space aired.
Her glance fell on Sam’s trunk in the corner. It was slimy with mud.
Holding her breath, Louise grabbed the cracked leather handle. The muck made a sucking noise as she pulled the trunk from the shed. Inside, Sam’s papers and notebooks squished at her touch. His penciled words were blurred, and those written in ink were a blue smear. Louise glimpsed the butt of a pistol wedged into one side of the trunk.
She looked around her small, muddy yard. Her house was already full of damp clothes, smelly rugs, and bedding. There was no place to dry the trunk’s contents. On top of that, the stove was filled with silt. The electricity was out and they still had no drinking water.
“The trunk is gone? Dad’s stories are gone?” Flora Jane tightened her lips to keep them from quivering. Louise glanced at her oldest daughter and sighed.
Jan (Petri) Harper-Haines is Koyukon Athabascan, Russian, Irish and Dutch-German. Her non-fiction has appeared in First Alaskans Magazine, West Marin Review, Alaskan Embers and Cirque. She is currently working on Jimmy’s Song, a novel of suspense set in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley. This excerpt comes from Cold River Spirits, a biography of Jan’s Athabascan mother and grandmother and their lives on the Yukon. It explores their rich cultural heritage and their heartrending, and often humorous, struggles to transition from a life intertwined with nature to a more fast-paced world. You can read more in the free Alaska Sampler 2014.
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