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Paris council clears way for 2024 Olympic bid

AP Sports News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:10am
Paris took a decisive step toward a bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday when the city council approved a resolution in favor of bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years. 2015-04-13T04:11:00-04:00 2015-04-13T08:11:44-04:00

A-Rod, Yankees break out for 14-4 win over Red Sox

AP Sports News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:10am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez has had some startling success early in his return from a yearlong suspension. 2015-04-12T21:05:00-04:00 2015-04-13T01:05:25-04:00

James Hinchcliffe wins wet Indy GP of Louisiana

AP Sports News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:10am
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — James Hinchcliffe is getting used to partying in New Orleans. 2015-04-12T15:50:00-04:00 2015-04-12T19:50:44-04:00

French network's broadcasts hacked by group claiming IS ties

AP Technology News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:10am
French network's broadcasts hacked by group claiming IS ties Associated Press - 9 April 2015 17:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Technology, Social media, Hacking, Terrorist attacks, TV news, Defense electronics and systems manufacturing, Terrorism, Malware, Online media, Media, Technology issues, War and unrest, News media, Television, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Software, Computing and information technology People, Places and Companies: France, Paris, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week

AP Technology News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:10am
Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week Associated Press - 9 April 2015 16:37-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Personal finance, Technology, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Television industry, Streaming media technology, Laptop computers, Smartphones, Consumer electronics, Cable television, New products and services, Computer hardware manufacturing, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Industries, Media industry, Media and entertainment industry, Internet technology, Computing and information technology, Entertainment and media technology, Personal computers, Computer hardware, Mobile phones, Television, Media, Products and services, Corporate news, Information technology People, Places and Companies: United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Review: New MacBook brings iPad's minimalism to laptop

AP Technology News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:10am
Review: New MacBook brings iPad's minimalism to laptop Associated Press - 9 April 2015 12:32-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Personal finance, Technology, Computer hardware, Laptop computers, Consumer electronics, Computer displays, Personal computers, Tablet computers, Computer components, Computing and information technology Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears

AP Business News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:07am
New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears Associated Press - 13 April 2015 17:07-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, Government regulations, Energy and utilities regulation, Oil and gas industry, Oil spills, Oil and gas exploration and extraction, Pollution, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Energy industry, Industries, Environmental concerns, Environment, Environment and nature, Industrial accidents, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news People, Places and Companies: Raul Grijalva Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears

AP US News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:07am
New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears Associated Press - 13 April 2015 17:07-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, Government regulations, Energy and utilities regulation, Oil and gas industry, Oil spills, Oil and gas exploration and extraction, Pollution, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Energy industry, Industries, Environmental concerns, Environment, Environment and nature, Industrial accidents, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news People, Places and Companies: Raul Grijalva Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

House Finance introduces Medicaid reform bill

AP Alaska News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:05am
House Finance introduces Medicaid reform bill Associated Press - 13 April 2015 17:05-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government-funded health insurance, Medicaid, Government and politics, Legislation, State legislature, Government programs, Legislature, State governments People, Places and Companies: Fairbanks Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ex-guards to get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

AP Politics - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:03am
Ex-guards to get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings Associated Press - 13 April 2015 17:03-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Homicide, Sentencing, Trials, Violent crime, Crime, War casualties, National courts, General news, Legal proceedings, Law and order, War and unrest, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Royce C. Lamberth, United States, Baghdad, Iraq Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

HBO scientology film proves popular for network

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:59am
HBO scientology film proves popular for network Associated Press - 13 April 2015 16:59-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, Television ratings, Scientology, Religious scandals, Documentaries, Movies, Crime, Television, Media, Religion, Social affairs, Religious issues, Social issues, General news People, Places and Companies: Robert Durst, Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Black bear family roams Alaska neighborhood looking for food

AP Alaska News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:52am
Black bear family roams Alaska neighborhood looking for food Alaska Dispatch News - 13 April 2015 16:52-04:00 News Topics: General news, Oddities, Science, Animals, Bears, Wildlife, Mammals, Environment, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Anchorage, Alaska Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Box office top 20: 'Furious 7' speeds to $59.6 million

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:40am
Box office top 20: 'Furious 7' speeds to $59.6 million Associated Press - 13 April 2015 16:40-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Movies, Entertainment, Box office receipts People, Places and Companies: Carl Icahn, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP Interview: Hezbollah leader blasts Saudi strikes in Yemen

AP Top news - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:37am
AP Interview: Hezbollah leader blasts Saudi strikes in Yemen Associated Press - 13 April 2015 16:37-04:00 News Topics: General news, Militant groups, War and unrest, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Ali Khamenei, Bashar Assad, Beirut, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iran Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

US stock market slips in light trading

AP Business News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:29am
US stock market slips in light trading Associated Press - 13 April 2015 16:29-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Precious metal markets, Gold markets, Natural gas markets, Motor fuel markets, Gasoline markets, Heating oil markets, Oil and gas industry, Stock indices and averages, Economy, Gold mining and refining, Passenger airlines, Brent crude markets, Construction materials manufacturing, Crude oil markets, Financial markets, Leading economic indicators, Metal markets, Commodity markets, Energy markets, Refined petroleum product markets, Energy industry, Industries, Stock markets, Precious metals industry, Metals and minerals industry, Materials industry, Airlines, Transportation and shipping, Industrial products and services, Construction and engineering People, Places and Companies: United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran

AP Top news - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:15am
Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran Associated Press - 13 April 2015 16:15-04:00 News Topics: General news, International incidents, Nuclear weapons, International agreements, Sanctions and embargoes, Defense electronics and systems manufacturing, Weapons manufacturing, Nuclear proliferation, Government and politics, Weapons of mass destruction, International relations, Foreign policy, Government policy, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Political issues, Weapons proliferation, Weapons administration, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov, Josh Earnest, Benjamin Netanyahu, Russia, Moscow, Tehran, Israel, Iran, Middle East, United States, Ukraine Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

From the Archives: Deb: Start and Stuck

49 Writers - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00am
“We think before the writing, and afterward. But during the writing, we listen.”Madeleine L’Engle
Lynn Freed had a problem most writers would die for: upon publication of her second book, her editor and agent were clamoring for the next one.  Not a sequel, her agent insisted, but something new, something fresh.
Freed had nothing.  Well, not exactly nothing.  She had a place, a bungalow she had visited as a schoolgirl in South Africa, overlooking the Indian Ocean.  The place still felt real to her, after all the years that had passed, real in the magical way that writers love.  And she had an idea, that in this bungalow a character would find herself truly at home.
So she began, as she describes in her essay “False Starts” (Writers Workshop in a Book: Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction) . She set a woman named Anita on the bungalow’s veranda and wrote a few lovely paragraphs describing how she looked out at the sky and the ocean.  Then she came to a dead stop.  She began again, this time after imagining Anita’s mad sister had been banished to the bungalow.  The mad woman proved a distraction - this Freed discovered when her project again stalled.
As Freed aptly puts it, “Fiction has an odd way of both failing the tentative and resisting hot pursuit.” But she had begun, so she pushed on. She ditched the mad woman and returned to Anita on the veranda, wrote a couple of chapters, grew bold enough even to read them at author events. “Dying to know what happens,” kind readers would say to her afterwards.  “So was I,” Freed admits.
No matter how she began, the story stalled. Two years, and she’d written forty pages.  Four years, and the agent and editor stopped asking.  
Forced to write, students spend a lot of time staring at a blank screen or page, complaining they don’t know how to begin.  But real writers know how to begin.  We set out eagerly, finger to keyboard, pen to page. Then all too often, like Freed, we stall.
We stare at the place we got stuck.  What next? What next? What next? We tweak what we’ve written, twist options around in our brains, and still we get nowhere.  Frustration mounts, circling vulture-like with the pressure to produce something, anything, to get past the stuck point.  The project gets canned, shelved, stuck in a drawer unless like Freed we’re too compulsive or stubborn to let go.
But here’s the thing about stuck points: they’re invariably useful when we work through them, or more precisely, when they force us back to the beginning, not to tweak it but to pull up and out of the stall by forcing the issue of why we started the blasted thing in the first place, because what prompts us to start a story or poem can with irksome fickleness lead us astray. Yet if we dig through and under and around our starting point, be it a place or a voice or a character or an idea, if we allow for the messy mushing together of experience and imagination – composting, Ursula LeGuin calls its – we will find our way through, sometimes at the place we got stuck but more often back at the beginning.
Freed eventually landed at the Bellagio Study Centre in Italy.  Five weeks to write, to work on “a book of fiction,” which was all she could at that point say confidently about her project.  A little mix-up: her computer wouldn’t be available for two weeks.  So she started all over. Completely. She got out her notebook and wrote “Untitled” at the top of the page.  Then, she says, “I had to lie down and sleep for the rest of the day.” 
Whether it was the paper and pen or the time that had passed or the easing of external pressure to produce this particular book, the story broke loose.  It turned out to be a sequel after all, Ruth Frank from Freed’s previous book, with a lost cause of a lover and a father she thought had died but hadn’t, a story about place and displacement. The Bungalow ended up a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, beginning not with a woman or a verandah but a victim of murder.
My students hear this often: Writing is a recursive process of discovery.  Stuck points shove us back to where we began. They force us outside the circle to consider how we got there and why. They push us up and out, to try something new.  Posing as failure, stuck points offer hope.
And may we all be as candid as Lynn Freed in sharing our failures, which when we’re writing invariably accumulate faster than our successes.
Try This:  Stuck or not, return to your beginning.  Rewrite it completely, with a place or a scene or a character you hadn’t envisioned.  The idea isn’t to make use of this reworked start (though you might), but rather to see how it illuminates your project.
Check This Out: Writers Workshop in a Book: Squaw ValleyCommunity of Writers on the Art of Fiction, edited by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez .  This collection of faculty essays convinced me to apply for Squaw Valley, one of the most helpful and delightful weeks I’ve ever spent as a writer.  As Richard Ford says in his introduction to the book, at Squaw they put wonder on display. What better way to teach writing?

Deb cross-posts at www.selfmadewriter.blogspot.com.
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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