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A new ad from conservative group Americans for Prosperity accuses Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of “not showing up for his job,” missing more votes last year than 80 percent of his colleagues. We checked to see if that was true.
Nathaniel Herz
An errant forklift and a hidden can of pepper spray forced the evacuation of the thrift store chain's East Anchorage location Thursday.
Tegan Hanlon
A bicyclist was struck and critically injured by an SUV at Benson Boulevard and A Street on Thursday afternoon. Witnesses said the cyclist attempted to pedal through moving traffic.
Nathaniel Herz
Jim West, Alaska weapons connoisseur and star of Animal Planet’s “Wild West Alaska,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to four misdemeanor hunting violations, bagging thousands of dollars in fines and two workweeks of community service.
Jerzy Shedlock
During a Thursday morning hearing in Anchorage, Christopher Brandon Lee waived his rights to fight extradition to California, where he’s accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin.
Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who killed as many as 21 women, died Thursday at an Anchorage hospital. Many of the his victims were never identified and their bodies were never found.Crime & JusticeLaurel Andrews,Kyle Hopkins
Inspiration could be T. Preston Pollard’s middle name if it weren’t already Preston. Among the doors that have opened to him as a result of his skateboarding career, perhaps the most unexpected is that of motivational speaker.CultureMike Dunham
OPINION: Appointing a special representative for the Arctic Region is a response to Alaskans’ demand for greater attention to the Arctic, and it reflects the importance that the U.S. places on the Arctic.CommentaryNils Andreassen
Discounted admissions. Free shows. Piglets. Dinosaurs. Gluten-free treats. Here's your inside look at the 2014 Alaska State Fair, from getting there  to getting around and getting the best value for your dollar.CultureMike Dunham

Voices

Don't end AQR's #UAAmazing story after 32 years of telling

OPINION: After decades performing at the highest levels of its craft and attracting a steady stream of national accolades, Alaska Quarterly Review should not be considered as a possible cut in UAA's 2014 Prioritization Process.Don Rearden

Sports

Hockey homecoming: Aces sign Summerhays, Currier

Rookie goaltender Steve Summerhays of Anchorage will begin his pro career in earnest with the ECHL champs, and he'll be joined by forward Tyler Currier of Anchorage, Summerhays' friend and a former Seawolf.Doyle Woody

Culture

Kim Sunée: Whether sugared or savory, lefse is a welcome treat

These past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed watching crowds take full pleasure in the local farmers markets, buying everything from gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and Alaska oysters to breakfast radishes, snow apples and more. Kim Sunée

News & Politics

AK Beat: Mat-Su hopes to settle, rather than sue, over ferry grant

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly hopes to reach a settlement with the Federal Transit Administration over the $12.3 million the agency says the borough owes for grant funds spent on the never-used ferry Susitna.Alaska Dispatch News

Nation/World

  • Some 10,000 mourners on Thursday buried three senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas who were killed in predawn airstrikes by Israel, the most significant blow to the group’s leadership since Israel’s operation in Gaza began more than six weeks ago.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acted illegally in May when he authorized the release of five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because he’d failed to provide lawmakers adequate notice of the exchange, the main investigative arm of Congress found Thursday.