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Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:14

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.

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Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 11:12

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet's outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.

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Shipping company using drones in the Arctic

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:38
Shipping company using drones in the Arctic A Montreal company is using unmanned aircraft to scout out ice conditions, thus helping ships avoid trouble and extra expenses. April 15, 2014

Canada’s Northwest Territories cuts northern allowance for staff in Arctic communities

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:38
Canada’s Northwest Territories cuts northern allowance for staff in Arctic communities The territorial government is paying a smaller premium to public employees working in remote towns. April 15, 2014

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:26

Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is an air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

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Photos: Alaskans capture stunning views of the 'blood moon'

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-15 10:21
Photos: Alaskans capture stunning views of the 'blood moon'

Much of Alaska got to witness the first full lunar eclipse of 2014 Monday night, and in locations where the skies were clear, a stunning "blood moon" hovered in the heavens.

April 15, 2014

An unlikely romance, ‘Parfumerie’ opens Friday

Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-15 09:16

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Sitka Community Theater producer Shannon Haugland, and performer Ira Snelling, discuss this weekend’s opening of Parfumerie, a 1937 Hungarian play which is better known in its Hollywood adaptation You’ve Got Mail. Snelling plays George Horvath, a senior clerk who develops an unlikely romance with junior clerk Amalia, played by Rhiannon Guevin. Performances 7 PM April 18, 19, and 20. (Sitka Performing Arts Center, $10/8 in advance at Old Harbor Books.)

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Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-15 09:08

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Jury returns partial verdict in Yakutat cold case homicide. IFA chief updates Ketchikan chamber on summer ferry season. Legislature considers dropping controversial high school qualifying exam. New president named for Tlingit and Haida Central Council.

Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:47

Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.

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Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:43

Back in the day — say, up until about a decade or so ago — the big news on April 15 was always about last-minute filers lining up at post offices as the clock ticked down. Now? It's a different story.

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Museum Report

Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:34

Ann Froeschle and Anita Maxwell speak about the upcoming “Wilderness” exhibit and final classes for the season.   Museum041514

WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:24

The safety message is described as a "sort of cross between a Ricky Martin video, mixed with Devo's 'Whip It' and a heaping spoonful of Robert Palmer's 'Simply Irresistible.' "

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TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:20

People who took a stand against a proposed tax-filing change were part of a grass-roots campaign orchestrated to help Intuit, according to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:06

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:50

Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.

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AK Beat: FBI looking for Anchorage bank robber

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:29
AK Beat: FBI looking for Anchorage bank robber The FBI is looking for a bank robber who they say walked into an Alaska USA branch in Anchorage Monday and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.April 15, 2014

Confessions of a Book Addict & Moose The Movie

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:00

By Toni Massari McPherson -

I think I am ready to give up my books. There, I said it. Now, if I can just follow through. When it comes to books, I am a bit of a hoarder. I have boxes stashed under beds, in closets and in the crawl space. And yes, it was because I was deprived as a child.

In rural North Carolina where I grew up, books were scarce. No book stores or libraries in town. The book mobile that came once a month always seemed to carry the same selection. I should know; I read most of them. Books were always on the top of my birthday and Christmas lists. If I liked a book, I would read it over and over until it fell apart or the library discarded it. Granted this was a while ago, but the dread of being bookless seems to be a permanent part of my DNA.

You’d think working at the library would help me move past this childhood trauma. Instead, it exacerbated it. See, I was put in charge of the annual Friends of the Library book sales 10 years ago – a job that requires, among other things, sorting hundreds of books. As you might imagine, it was akin to giving a sugar addict a key to the Hersey’s Chocolate Factory.

Thanks to the low prices of book sale books, my personal collection has grown to ridiculous levels. Books I finish go back to the library for the sale. However, even by reading three or four books a week, I can’t keep up. My appetite for books has definitely outgrown my space for storing them.

A couple weeks ago, a guy called wanting to drop off his mother-in-law’s books for the Spring Book Sale on May 3 and 4. Sure, bring them by, I told him. Two truckloads later, around 120 carefully labeled boxes containing a couple thousand books sat in the sorting area. I felt like I was looking in a mirror at a possible future me…scary.

So I’m releasing most of my collection to the shelves of the book sale. Setting my books free, so they can go home with you. For just $3 for hardbacks and a couple bucks for paperbacks – half price if it’s Sunday – you can get your hands on one of my “must reads.” Stop by Loussac Library on Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 12-4 pm, and, with just a little bit of money, you can start a library of your own.

“Tundra” Cartoonist Makes “Moose” the Movie

Popular “Tundra” cartoonist Chad Carpenter is going to be in Loussac’s Wilda Marston Theatre on Saturday, April 19th at 2 pm to talk about cartooning and about his latest project: “Moose,” a creepy and funny, family film. And, oh yeah, it’s important to know this film is NOT animated – it is live action.

Chad is a funny guy, and very creative. His comic strip started in the Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 2, 1991. For the first 15 years, it appeared only in Alaska papers. Today, his strip appears in 600 papers including several in other countries.

Still, producing daily comic strips has a way of stripping away ideas, so Chad takes on challenging projects as a sideline to keep his creative juices flowing. The concept of the latest, “Moose,” was born during a winter drive to Fairbanks. Chad fantasized about what movie he would make. His mind leapt from thought to thought like he was jumping on rocks to cross a creek.

Had to be funny, family-friendly and creepy. Creature films were creepy but what creature? Carnivores had been done, but what about a herbivore? A moose. Not scary enough. How about a moose standing upright? Not scary enough. How about a half moose (head) and half man? That would be both funny and creepy… By the time Chad got to his brother Darin’s house, the idea was fleshed out: an ancient homicidal moosetaur would terrorize the small Alaska village of Gangrene Gulch. Darin started working on the script.

Last year, the Carpenters put the concept on Kickstarter to see if they could raise $50,000 to produce it. By their deadline, more than $62,000 was raised.

“It was kind of scary,” Chad said. “All along we had been through the steps never dreaming it would actually get film. Now all of a sudden, we had the money, but we had nothing in place to begin the production.”

The brothers decided to ask for help from fellow Alaskans and the resulting support has been overwhelming. All the items on their “need to rent or borrow” list have been donated from a red lava lamp to an SUV to a warehouse to build sets. The production staff and the actors are all onboard – and are all volunteers. Filming is scheduled for June and July, mostly in the Valley.

“This has become a project that belongs to a whole lot more people than the Carpenter brothers,” Chad said. “It is so much more rewarding to work on a creative project with all these people helping to energize it. Without the support of the community, it could never have happened.”

Watch for premieres in early 2015. Keep updated at http://www.moosethemovie.com/

Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:10

Italy's former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.

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Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:09

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings of one year ago. A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion.

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Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:06

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

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