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Bernanke defends AIG bailout in court

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Bernanke defends AIG bailout in court Associated Press - 9 October 2014 15:36-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Corporate legal affairs, Government aid for industry, Legal proceedings, Financial crisis, Trials, Lawsuits, Government and politics, Central banking, Corporate news, Economic policy, Economy, Government business and finance, Government policy, Law and order, Financial markets, Banking and credit, Financial services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Ben Bernanke, Maurice Greenberg, David Boies, Timothy Geithner, Henry M. Paulson Jr., George W. Bush Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep Associated Press - 9 October 2014 13:59-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, Jay-Z, Toledo, Ohio Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke

AP Business News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke Associated Press - 9 October 2014 15:49-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, State taxes, Beverage manufacturing, Earnings reports, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, State governments, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news People, Places and Companies: Indra Nooyi, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke Associated Press - 9 October 2014 15:49-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, State taxes, Beverage manufacturing, Earnings reports, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, State governments, Food, beverage and tobacco products manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Earnings, Financial performance, Corporate news People, Places and Companies: Indra Nooyi, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The latest developments on same-sex marriage

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
The latest developments on same-sex marriage Associated Press - 9 October 2014 15:37-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, State courts, Court decisions, National courts, Marriage, Weddings, Civil unions, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Courts, Judiciary, Government and politics, State governments, Legal proceedings, Law and order, National governments, Occasions, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Anthony Kennedy, United States, Nevada, Las Vegas, Idaho, Cincinnati, South Carolina Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Hospital: No signs of Ebola in Dallas-area officer

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Hospital: No signs of Ebola in Dallas-area officer Associated Press - 9 October 2014 13:43-04:00 News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions, Health People, Places and Companies: Dallas, Texas Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep Associated Press - 9 October 2014 13:59-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, Jay-Z, Toledo, Ohio Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

History of the Jeep Wrangler and its predecessors

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
History of the Jeep Wrangler and its predecessors Associated Press - 9 October 2014 15:34-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Automobile manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Toledo, Ohio Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

FBI exhumes body in Ten Most Wanted search

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
FBI exhumes body in Ten Most Wanted search Associated Press - 9 October 2014 13:26-04:00 News Topics: General news, Homicide, Search and rescue efforts, Police, Violent crime, Crime, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: John Walsh, Scottsboro, Alabama Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Senator wants federal probe of St. Louis shooting

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Senator wants federal probe of St. Louis shooting Associated Press - 9 October 2014 14:17-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Police, Government and politics, State legislature, Law enforcement agencies, Legislature, State governments People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, Jay Nixon, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police: Shots fired at 'L' train in Chicago

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Police: Shots fired at 'L' train in Chicago Associated Press - 9 October 2014 15:58-04:00 News Topics: General news, Rail transportation industry, Transportation and shipping, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business People, Places and Companies: Chicago Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Braley tries to curb opponent's appeal to women

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Braley tries to curb opponent's appeal to women Associated Press - 9 October 2014 13:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, State legislature, Marketing to women, Campaigns, Government and politics, Legislature, Veterans, State governments, Targeted marketing, Marketing and advertising, Corporate news, Business, Elections People, Places and Companies: Bruce Braley, Michelle Obama, Tom Harkin, Cecile Richards, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Iowa Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Supreme Court inaction leaves gay couples in limbo

AP US News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:10pm
Supreme Court inaction leaves gay couples in limbo Associated Press - 9 October 2014 05:38-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Couples, Same sex marriage, Marriage, United States Supreme Court decisions, Supreme courts, Weddings, Relationships, Lifestyle, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, National courts, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary, Occasions People, Places and Companies: South Carolina, Greenville, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deb: Life into Story

49 Writers - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:00am


Whenever I hear the latest update on the ebola outbreak, I think of Don Rearden. I can’t help it. In his novel The Raven’s Gift, he wrote about the devastation brought on by a deadly disease that spins out of control. Sure, his book is fiction, and at that time he wrote it, he was thinking bird flu, but the parallels between fact and fiction are a little uncanny.
On a less dramatic scale, I’ve seen a similar tension between fact and fiction play out involving a plot point in my first novel A Distant Enemy. Nearly two decades ago, I wrote a set-up that involved intentional fishing during an emergency closure in Southwest Alaska. In the last few years, a similar scenario had played out in a very real conflict over changes in salmon harvest more drastic than any I’d dared to imagine. Arrests and court battles followed. Decisions were reached, but the battle is far from over.
It would be nice to think that when it comes to such things, we authors are smart and savvy and maybe even a little prophetic (oh lottery numbers, please make yourselves known!). But really, the whole thing boils down to this: in fiction, our material is life as it’s lived and known and hidden and dreamed.
Not that our task is easy. Our own lives infuse our work with power even as “real life” gets in the way. We face hard choices about what constitutes truth. And sometimes what we think we know is only a smattering of what’s required of us to get it right on the page, which means research—lots of it, even for stories.

As author Peggy Shumaker so aptly puts it, "the whole truth is never available to us." And yet somehow in our work, we wrestle with the facts of who we are - the things we can face and the truths we aren't ready for yet. The unknown always feels bigger than the known.

Then there are the practical matters of whose stories we tell and what right we have to give voice to anyone, along with the fine points of perspective and the tension between getting the facts right (whatever form "right" may take) and staying true to the narrative as well as the extent to which we live the facts of our work as opposed to drawing on the experiences of others.
The intersection of fact and fiction makes for great conversation among writers. Tomorrow we’re headed to Soldotna to share that discussion with local readers, writers, and seekers, along with the just plain curious. One and all, you’re invited to “Fact and Fiction: Life into Story,” a reading and book talk hosted by the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase Series in conjunction with 49 Writers.

And wait, there’s more: Don and I couldn’t be happier to announce that Seth Kantner (Ordinary Wolves, Pup and Pokey, Shopping for Porcupine) will be joining us for this lively discussion. We hope you’ll be there too: 7 pm, at KPC’s McLain Commons. Admission is free, with book sales and signing to follow. The next day, Don and I will be teaching workshops on character and point of view. For the workshops, preregistration is required; head on over to the 49 Writers website to get all the scoop.
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb Vanasse has authored more than a dozen books. Her most recent is 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. Portions of this post have been published previously.
Would you like to write a guest post relevant to Alaska’s literary community? Email 49writers (at) gmail.com or debvanasse (at) gmail.com.
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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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