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An old bug

Now and then, there is news that has nothing to do with violence, or politics or the fate of the world. In this case it is about a bug, a flea-like insect about 2 millimeters long, a new species of snow scorpionfly that has been around since the Jurassic period, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth’s […]

Again, the mud.

An eighth-grader was rescued this week from mud at Anchorage’s Ship Creek as the incoming tide rose to his waist. The ending could have been tragic, but the boy, fishing at Ship Creek alone, was rescued by the Anchorage Fire Department. Firefighters tied a rope around him and managed to help him get loose. . […]

EPA steamroller

If you had any doubt the Environmental Protection Agency is looking for just about any way to block possible development of the massive Pebble Prospect before an application can even be filed, a recent flap in Illiamna should clear it up. The agency has just closed the public comment period on its second assessment of […]

Rolling Stone

Now and again, the media actually surprises us with their extraordinary lack of sensibility and good sense. Take, for instance, Rolling Stone’s cover featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The issue, with a story titled “Jahar’s World,” has interviews with friends, teachers and cops. It is to hit the newsstands Friday, even before the wounds […]

Stand your ground

Attorney General Eric Holder says stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he or she is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.” “There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is […]

The new boss?

We are confused. Why is a sitting U.S. senator telling a private consortium how to run its affairs? One would think that is a little out of the realm of her senatorial duties. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was far out of bounds when, in a letter to Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., Anglo American PLC and the […]


We join those with cooler heads in urging calm and reflection in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder and manslaughter charges in the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin. We also hope the Justice Department will abandon any plans it may have for a civil rights case against Zimmerman. Its own FBI, after all, […]

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