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Mayor Dan Sullivan and members of the port project team unveiled another new design for the Port of Anchorage on Friday, taking a simpler approach to fix what the municipality started years ago. But less than a third of the projected $485 million price tag is currently covered. 
Tegan Hanlon
A dose of economic reality was the takeaway message as Gov.-elect Bill Walker and running mate Byron Mallott's three-day transition conference began Friday night in Anchorage, a gathering of Alaskans from across the state notable for its diversity. 
Alex DeMarban
Alaska's governor-elect, Bill Walker, will be sworn into office in the state capital, leading to sighs of relief in Juneau, which is still smarting from former Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to be inaugurated in Fairbanks.
Pat Forgey
A 56-year-old Fairbanks man imprisoned there on weapons charges since last October now stands accused of asking an unidentified person to murder federal officers.
Jerzy Shedlock
On the hunt for holiday meal inspiration? Look no further. Here's a collection of fall treats from our favorite Alaska food writers.
Victoria Barber
Using $3,200 of his own money, microbiologist Johan Hultin, then 72, traveled to Brevig Mission to collect buried samples from Alaska Natives who died during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed an estimated 20-40 million people. ScienceNed Rozell
The world’s most acidic ocean waters are found in the winter in the Bering Sea, according to 40 years of measurements. But its acidification appears to be increasing less quickly than that in the rest of the world’s ocean waters.EnvironmentYereth Rosen
A giant Pacific octopus named Dot laid thousands of eggs this fall at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, but that means her days are numbered. WildlifeMegan Edge

Culture

Chris Thompson: Black Friday creep, Thanksgiving and a Christian ethic

One key factor weighing against people of faith is consumerism. Consumerism appears to be destroying our national holiday celebration of Thanksgiving and has successfully destroyed the true spirit of Christmas.Chris Thompson

Arctic

Warmer winter weather brings hazards but can benefit caribou

Unseasonably high temperatures across Alaska have raised concerns about flooding, early river breakup and now, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder

Adventure

Sharpen your blades: Backcountry skating in Southcentral Alaska doesn't get much better

Ice-covered lakes are not unusual this time of year in Alaska. What is unusual is the lack of snow on top of the ice, leaving backcountry skaters such as Anchorage’s Kevin Turinsky a little gaga. “Yesterday, we went to Nancy Lake, and the conditions were just sublime," he said.   Brian Brettschneider

Nation/World

  • Medical experts at Yale University had called for drastic measures to help Adam Lanza in the years before he shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

  • President Barack Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.