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It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

AP US News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat Associated Press - 2 September 2014 13:20-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Travel, Lifestyle, Passenger airlines, Transportation safety, Aviation safety and security, Transportation and shipping, Airlines, Industrial products and services, Industries, Transportation People, Places and Companies: Robert Mann, United States, Florida Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

AP US News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin Associated Press - 2 September 2014 13:04-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Trials, Legal proceedings, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Detroit, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory

AP US News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory Associated Press - 2 September 2014 13:47-04:00 News Topics: General news, Trials, National courts, Legal proceedings, Law and order, National governments, Government and politics, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: Rick Perry, Eric Holder, Texas, Corpus Christi Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A guide to the trial over Texas' Voter ID law

AP US News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
A guide to the trial over Texas' Voter ID law Associated Press - 2 September 2014 13:58-04:00 News Topics: General news, United States General Election, Voter registration, Judicial elections, State elections, Voting, Legal proceedings, Local elections, Government and politics, Events, Elections, Judiciary, Law and order, General elections People, Places and Companies: Wendy Davis, Russell Davis, Greg Abbott, Texas, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

AP US News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
Silva surges ahead in Brazil's presidential vote Associated Press - 30 August 2014 19:51-04:00 News Topics: General news, Presidential elections, Economy, Government and politics, Recessions and depressions, National elections, Elections, Business People, Places and Companies: Marina Silva, Dilma Rousseff, Eduardo Campos, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury

AP US News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury Associated Press - 2 September 2014 13:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Celebrity legal affairs, Trials, Legal proceedings, Fraud and false statements, Celebrity, Juries, Political corruption, Crime, New products and services, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Law and order, Political issues, Government and politics, Products and services, Corporate news, Business People, Places and Companies: Robert McDonnell, Mitt Romney, Virginia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

AP Sports News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay must submit to drug testing for a year after pleading guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated stemming from his arrest after a traffic stop in March. 2014-09-02T14:10:45-04:00 2014-09-02T13:02:20-04:00

Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup

AP Sports News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley — breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month. 2014-09-02T14:10:45-04:00 2014-09-02T11:14:51-04:00

Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual

AP Sports News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:10am
NEW YORK (AP) — In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness — the passing of the sweat-soaked towel.  2014-09-02T14:10:45-04:00 2014-09-02T03:37:00-04:00

Lizbeth Meredith interviews Stuart Archer Cohen, author of 17 Stone Angels

49 Writers - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:00am
Stuart Archer Cohen
How did you choose your first lines in the book?Part of my research in Buenos Aires was steeping myself in the expedientes of several murders committed by the police.  These were huge case files made available to me by a lawyer who was one of my sources.  They can run to several hundred pages, in Spanish, and contain the coroner’s reports, chain of evidence documentation, statements by police and witnesses, usually some photos, all covered with signatures and seals and laid out in this sort of distant, rock-solid language that would lead you to believe that it’s absolute truth.  And of course, in a department like the Bonairense, which at that time was just murderously corrupt, it can be complete fiction.  But I loved the language, the way it reduced all the horror and the very fragile human element of a murder to something matter-of-fact and emotionless.  That language really shaped the first lines, and I returned to that phenomenon a little later in the book when Fortunato is reviewing the expediente of the murder he committed at the same time that he relives those events in his head in a far less dispassionate manner.In your acknowledgements section, your reference murder victims Jose Luis Cabezas and Argentine author Rodolfo Jorge Walsh whose murders were unresolved at the time of this printing. How did you learn of them, and did these murders inspired your writing of 17 Stone Angels?I had done a lot of reading about Argentine urban guerillas of the 1970’s, which later informed my novel about insurgency in the United States, The Army of the Republic.  More specifically, Rodolfo Walsh was a famous Argentine journalist and author, whose great book, Operation Massacre, I had read.  Walsh was ambushed and murdered by a military death squad in 1977. Some of his killers were finally brought to justice decades later, after the book was written.  Operation Massacre was an inspiration because it focuses on both the human element and the bureaucratic aspects of official murder.The case of Jose Luis Cabezas was a cause celebre in the years before I wrote the book.  Cabezas was a photographer who, apparently, was kidnapped by police at the behest of a wealthy businessman/racketeer whose photo he had taken.  The mechanics of his murder closely resemble the murder in the book.  I should add that his killers were convicted just before the book came out, but nearly all were back on the street in a few years.Buenos Aires is an important character in your book. Tell us about how your own relationship with Buenos Aires began? Who helped you keep the representation of Buenos Aires factual while writing your work of fiction? Describe that process, please.I was traveling in Peru in 1984 and became friends with an Argentine I met there.  When I started doing business in Uruguay, I would stop and visit him in Buenos Aires every year for about 15 years.  He lives in a lower-class barrio in the exurbs of the city, which has a less cosmopolitan, more working-class culture than the center of the city.  Much of the book is set in that barrio, San Justo.  When it came time to do the research, I was fortunate because he had good connections with petty criminals, so I had people I could more or less trust as my guides to that world.  I hung out in some of the most down-and-out bars you can imagine and did stuff I don’t tell my kids about.  I still had to tread carefully because it’s a volatile environment, but it gave me a window into a world that doesn’t admit outsiders easily.  I still hang out with some of those people when I get down to Buenos Aires.  It’s always good to have a few disreputable friends.I read that this book was first published in the UK ten years ago, and was optioned with a movie company with Tom Cruise that never came to fruition. Tell us about how you kept your faith in this project while navigating the long and winding road toward publication in the States.
The book kept getting translated and published in new countries as the years went by, so I never really lost faith in it, as a book.  I always felt it would be published in the United States, and I’m grateful that Four Winds Press has done such an excellent job with it.  At the same time, I had other books to write and those are always more important than one that is already finished.
The movie deal was both encouraging and clarifying.  It’s a nice vote of confidence, but as soon as you get that call from Hollywood you start to see a bigger, shinier You.  I’ve been through it three times, most recently with Oliver Stone, and I still get the same sense of excitement and grandiosity.  But ultimately, you have to decide what’s real and what’s not.  I figured out pretty quickly that I wasn’t going to be a player of any sort.  The people in that game are in it 110% and they really want it.  Many of them dream of making a great movie.  I like novels better.  I like the austerity of working alone for years at a time and I like the freedom that brings.  It’s a temperament thing.  I also feel like I have a shot at writing an illuminating novel, while my chance of writing a great movie and seeing it produced is zero.   I get a big kick out of the Hollywood buzz, but it’s beneficial to the degree that I can keep it peripheral to my well-being.  Otherwise, it can be really heartbreaking.
What are you working on now?
 I am making the final corrections to This Is How It Really Sounds, a novel which St Martin’s Press is publishing in April, 2015.  It’s a huge breakthrough for me as a writer and I’m excited about it.  I’m also gathering momentum to begin a new novel about king salmon.
Anything else you would like us to know about you or 17 Stone Angels?
17 Stone Angels is my favorite of my three already-published novels.  When I wrote it I was living on my dwindling savings and I was in a pretty distressing financial situation.  My goal was to write it quickly and to not give a second thought to content or meaning.  You can sense that desperation when you read it.  I really wanted to write a cheap, shallow book, but finally, it ended up being about exactly that: the compromises we make to get by or get ahead, the fictions we create in our own lives that help us live with those compromises.  Most police thrillers are about good men getting to the truth about a crime.  This one is about a bad man getting to the truth about himself.  That’s what I think makes it worth reading, even for people who don’t read crime thrillers.  Which includes me, actually!

Stuart Archer Cohen is an American author and businessman who has written three works of fiction: Invisible World, 17 Stone Angels, and The Army of the Republic. He lives in Juneau, Alaska with his wife and two sons
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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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