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Alaska News August 24, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Alaska inmate escapes prison van through window, found in abandoned car
By Chris Klint: Troopers: Wasilla man’s child sex abuse spans decade
By Mary Simton: Suspected shooter on skateboard sought in Midtown
By Matt Tunseth Alaska Star: City parks director warns of ‘smash-and-grab’ thieves
By Daniella Rivera: Rape suspect remains on house arrest for now
By Chris Klint: 2 accused of attempted murder at Anchorage Jail
By Joe Vigil: Homeless man accused of beating woman with 2×4 arrested
By Kyle Hopkins: He admitted punching a homeless woman while on duty. The Nome Police Department hired him back.
By Rebecca Palsha: Hazing vs. Sexual assault: APD continues its investigation into what happened between Dimond High School football players

“Sexual assault is termed as an unclassified felony which is the highest level of felony in the state of Alaska,” said Richard Payne, a former prosecutor in the Palmer District Attorney’s Office.

By Derek Minemyer: Dimond High football player speaks out for the first time
If the team is allowed to continue the season, the player says coaches will be increasing their presence in all locker rooms.

The mother of the player asked for ASD and APD to hurry up and conclude investigations, so the team can get back on the field.
By John Thompson: Dimond High parents question ASD’s ‘no-tolerance’ policy
By Jack Carney: Dimond High football mom says seniors getting death threats
By Jill Burke: Woman accused in federal drug conspiracy released on bail
By Cameron Mackintosh: 52 attorneys general urge congress to close loophole in federal drug laws
By Associated Press: Alaska Coast Guard station receives plane in fleet upgrade
By Annie Zak: ACLU of Alaska and group supporting Dunleavy sue state over campaign sign crackdown
Anchorage unveils new homelessness council, plan
By Anchorage Daily News: Coming up: First week of the Alaska State Fair; a film festival that’s for the dogs
KTOO’s David Purdy speaks with Maria Downey about the changing nature of the Mendenhall River near Brotherhood Bridge in Juneau.

Alaska News August 23, 2018

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: SWAT called to Midtown home for suicidal man with warrants
By Leroy Polk & Associated Press: UPDATE: Pizza robbery, shooting suspect arrested, police say
By Associated Press: Alaska investigates cause of oil found at old spill site
By Chris Klint: Suspect sought after break-in at Russian Jack greenhouse
By Daniella Rivera: Teen indicted for ‘accidental’ shooting of his girlfriend
By Chris Klint: 1 of 3 sought after Wasilla stabbing in custody
By Michelle Therriault Boots: School district suspends Dimond High football for a week amid hazing investigation
Channel 2 asked her again Wednesday, what is the terminology around this investigation?

“Frankly, the first time ‘hazing’ was used was by your TV station in asking me a question, and I responded that ‘of course we take hazing seriously, and any misconduct.’” Bishop went on to classify the incident as serious misconduct, instead of hazing.

A mother of one of the alleged victims confirms her son spoke to STAR, Standing Together Against Rape. STAR Executive Director Keeley Olson says at the very least, the allegations constitute hazing.

“Hazing does include all levels of torture and abuse and humiliation, and it sounds like that is exactly what happened in this case,” Olson said.

Hazing (US English), initiation ceremonies[1] (British English), bastardisation (Australian English), ragging (South Asia), or deposition, refers to the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group including a new fraternity, sorority, team, or club.[2]

Hazing is seen in many different types of social groups, including gangs, sports teams, schools, military units, and fraternities and sororities. The initiation rites can range from relatively benign pranks, to protracted patterns of behavior that rise to the level of abuse or criminal misconduct.[2] Hazing is often prohibited by law or prohibited by institutions such as colleges and universities because it may include either physical or psychological abuse. It may also include nudity or sexual assault.

By Jack Carney, Derek Minemyer: Hazing or Sexual Assault: Parents, PTA, STAR sound off on Dimond High Football allegations
By Chris Klint: Parents: No seniors involved in Dimond football sex abuse allegations

By Daniella Rivera: ‘He needs help’: Stabbing victim hopes assailant will receive treatment
By Heather Hintze: Deadliest year on KGB Road in a decade
By Associated Press: World’s biggest shipping firm to test Arctic crossing
By Annie Zak: Trustee in PenAir bankruptcy case seeks sale of company’s assets
PenAir’s creditors with the 20 largest unsecured claims are owed more than $9 million, according to a court document from August last year, when the company filed for bankruptcy protection.

“In candor, the creditors know they’re not going to get anything out of this,” said McHale.

The bid procedures still need approval. Markham said he plans to file an amended motion that will be heard in court Aug. 29 and he anticipates the judge will grant the motion then.
By Shawn Wilson: Valley Wall of Honor moves to new Wasilla site
By Leroy Polk: Spenard community celebrates return of neon palm tree, still has work to do
By Leroy Polk: Fred Meyer shoppers, say goodbye to plastic bags, as Kroger latest to plan transition
By NBC News, KTUU Staff: VIDEO: Whale gets personal with whale watchers in Southeast Alaska
43rd Season for Valley Performing Arts

Alaska News August 22, 2018

By Leroy Polk: 3 men sought in 3 Wasilla incidents, including stabbing, ‘nearly crushing’ an officer with a car
By Daniel Kirby: APD: Repeat car theft suspect arrested after crashing stolen vehicle into tree
By Cameron Mackintosh: Echo Terry testifies against child abuse allegations in ongoing jury trial
By Chris Klint: APD officer missed gun during suspect search
By Sean Maguire: Dimond High School football holds meeting to address sexual abuse allegations
By Michelle Therriault Boots: Anchorage police investigate alleged Dimond football hazing

What’s good is that a young person told a parent, and the parent quickly reported. Shame is a powerful emotion, and these kinds of incidents may go undiscovered until it’s too late. The victims may then become perpetrators later, and the cycle continues.

I hope the adults involved will deliver appropriate punishment but will also do all that it takes to educate these young people. We desperately need comprehensive sexuality education in our schools and society. Human sexuality is a complex phenomenon–beautiful and powerful and potentially very harmful because of its power. The shame surrounding sexuality–don’t talk about it and it will not exist attitude–opens a way for hazing and even for sexual abuse at the highest levels of the church. Many will feel a desire for retribution, understandable, but we also need something more constructive and productive. This could be a teaching and learning moment. Let’s work to break the cycle.
By Shannon Ballard: Paradise Inn palm tree returns to Spenard
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By Beth Bragg: 2019 Iron Dog snowmachine race is a go, organizers say
By CBS News: Women, Alaska Natives more likely to have disabilities

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Alaska News August 21, 2018

By Heather Hintze: Devin Peterson sentenced to 6 years for role in Grunwald murder
By Chris Klint: Bail set for 2 charged in Royal Suite Lodge fire
By Zaz Hollander: Would-be robber fired at restaurant employees pursuing him, police say
Sexual abuse!
By Derek Minemyer: ASD: Dimond HS hazing incident being investigated
By Mary Simton: Suspect wanted for illegally dumping fish guts
By Rachel D’Oro, Associated Press: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal, feds find
By Associated Press: Village gets another moose hunt along with a new generator after extended outages
By Zaz Hollander: Three dead in boating accident on Kuskokwim River
By Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News: Lost for 3 days near Haines, 74-year-old pastor walked, prayed and admired the stars
By Becky Bohrer Associated Press: In Tuesday primaries, Alaskans choose candidates for governor, US House, Legislature
By Ariane Aramburo: Wonder Park Elementary pep rally didn’t dissapoint
By Matt Tunseth: “Every day I wake up happy”: 2 Alaska grads return to mentor the next generation of band musicians
By Multimedia Journalist Shawn Wilson: King Tech High School offers full-time education this school year
By Heather Hintze: Newly signed legislation legalizes seed trading in Alaska
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: The Glacier Pilot

Alaska News August 20, 2018

By Daniella Rivera: Man charged in crash involving stolen truck
By Mary Simton: 4 rescued by Air Guardsmen at Knik Glacier
By KTVA Web Staff: Shooting suspect arrested after fleeing police
By David Gutman and Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times: He was a jokester who complained about his job, but friends are still baffled by his fatal airplane heist
By Associated Press: Ketchikan shipyard building Alaska ferries expects to lay off up to 80 workers

By Victoria Taylor: Cremated remains of historic Alaskan actor set to return home
By Alex DeMarban: New cultural center unveils thousands of Yup’ik artifacts rescued in race against climate change
By Patrick Enslow: Tiny but mighty: Pediatric cancer survivor conquers illness, half-marathons to raise awareness
By Beth Bragg: Record book takes a beating and Old Glory flies at Anchorage RunFest
By Dave Leval: Former Seahawk Kelly Herndon soars again in Anchorage
By Charles Wohlforth: He makes mysteries of the real grit of Arctic crime
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Alaska News August 19, 2018

By Dave Leval: Remains returned from Korean War may include Alaskan
By Associated Press: Officials OK license for Fairbanks marijuana testing site
By Tegan Hanlon: After months of negotiating, Providence and its nurses reach a tentative contract deal
By Tegan Hanlon: Without a contract, Anchorage teachers union plans ‘walk-in’ on first day of school
By Chris Klint: Arctic Roadrunner on Arctic serves its last customers
By Chris Klint: PenAir prepares to sell assets during bankruptcy
By Loren Holmes: Find blueberries galore at the Alyeska Blueberry Festival
By Matt Tunseth Alaska Star: Healing drives Eagle River veteran’s mission to bring grieving families to Gold Star Peak
By Annie Zak: Open & Shut: A new block of businesses in South Anchorage, including Fire Island bakery
By Sean Maguire: WATCH: Alaska Greek Festival celebrates food, culture, and traditions

Alaska News August 18, 2018

By Chris Klint: Brown bears take stroll near Potter Marsh boardwalk
By Devin Kelly: JBER plans $150 million runway extension to reduce air traffic congestion
By Liz Raines: Group behind campaign ad doesn’t exist in state records
Dr. Hardesty on Bevacizumab/PARP Inhibitor Combination in Ovarian Cancer
By Scott Gross: ‘Justice for Kira:’ Owners decry dog’s Copper Center shooting
By Lauren Maxwell: Anchorage shelter offers one-stop $15 cat adoptions
“Terminus Breach” is a tower defense board game dreamed up in Alaska
By Cassie Schirm: Get out, hike and paraglide the Fishhook Trailhead
By Megan Mazurek: Mic Check in the Morning: Tayy Tarantino

Alaska News August 17, 2018

By Chris Klint: JBER paratrooper hurt in drop accident
By Chris Klint: 2 charged, 1 at large in Royal Suite Lodge fire
By Chris Klint: Woman arrested after smoking on Anchorage-bound flight
By Liz Thomas: Natural Pantry employees assaulted during robbery attempt
By Chris Klint: Troopers seek help to solve illegal caribou kills
By Steve Quinn: Federal, state and local officials meeting to talk crime
By Scott Gross: US make strides increasing presence, activity in Alaska, Arctic
By Beth Bragg: Iron Dog to decide next week whether to hold 2019 race
By Shannon Ballard: ASD nurses learning how to ‘stop the bleed’
By Becky Bohrer: Voter log changes could delay Alaska primary election results
Mat-Su kids head back to school
Mat-Su Borough School District adds new SRO position
Black bear visits FedEx airport facility, courtesy James Batman
By Megan Mazurek: Alaskan couple teaches others to live off the grid
By Daybreak Staff: Music video could score $1M to help homeless in Anchorage

Alaska News August 16, 2018

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Wasilla Police shoot man after he stabs wife, makes threats
By Daniel Kirby: Police say argument over mother led to Fairview fratricide
By Chris Klint: Man accused of herding salmon with paddle
By Chris Klint: Report describes final calls from deadly Denali crash
By Heather Hintze: Grunwald campaign plays part in jury selection
By Daniella Rivera: Illegal campaign signs spur controversy & a criminal case
By Derek Minemyer: UAA resident advisers become Alaska’s first university student overdose responders
By Jack Carney: State Officials: Narcan kits part of solution to opioid epidemic
By Cameron Mackintosh: NORAD commander calls for ‘reinvigorated’ effort to ensure military readiness in the Arctic
By Loren Holmes: Navy guided-missile destroyer visits Anchorage
By Mark Thiessen Associated Press: Shipwreck found off Alaska dates from the only WWII battle in North America
By Annie Zak, Kyle Hopkins: Alaska crime rate increased 6 percent in 2017
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Crime up in Alaska for 2017, but plan in place say state officials
By Liz Raines: State investigators: Welfare fraud low
By Jackie Purcell: Bearly any manners! Bear opens car to grab a quick snack at Mendenhall Glacier
By Chris Klint: 2 captured brown bear cubs make Alaska Zoo stop
By Renee Gross: Director of KBC to retire
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By Kari Bustamante: Rescue dogs looking for new life in Alaska

Alaska News August 15, 2018

By Chris Klint: Southcentral rattled by 4.3 earthquake
By Heather Hintze: Cellphone seizure, statements spotlighted at Johnson’s evidentiary hearing
By Joe Vigil: Police seek man accused of hitting girlfriend with 2×4
By Kalinda Kindle: APD to crack down on leaving handouts on the streets for homeless
By Steve Quinn: Sullivan closes out week-long meetings with military leaders
By Devin Kelly: Public weighs in, but no action yet on plastic bag ban in Anchorage
By Kalinda Kindle: More Alaskan parents are choosing to not vaccinate their children
By Rebecca Palsha: Andeavor prepares for a “worst case scenario” at the Port of Alaska
By Tracy Sinclare: Mapping the “San Andreas of the North”
By Zaz Hollander: State joins Alaska moose hunter in U.S. Supreme Court case — again
By Melinda Bolton: After a months-long wait, Arctic Valley gets cleared to serve beers this winter
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