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An unmanned barge that broke from its tow during a severe storm has been drifting in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska's Arctic Slope since Tuesday. 
Laurel Andrews
An interfaith event Thursday night that ended with the launching of paper lanterns in support of victims of domestic violence led officials at Merrill Field to briefly reroute airplane traffic, while at least one vehicle on the Glenn Highway was hit, according to Anchorage police.  
Matt Tunseth
For the first time in their lives, as Gov. Sean Parnell, state legislators, tribal leaders and an overflow crowd looked on, Alaska Native people one by one took the microphone Thursday to speak in their Native language -- as an official state language. 
Lisa Demer
Russia says the new shipping rules for the Arctic and Antarctic, expected to go into effect in 2017, are too strict; critics say they still lack some important protections.  
James Thomson, Barents Observer
“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”Marijuana Initiative 2014Suzanna Caldwell
The Ebola outbreak is centered thousands of miles away, but that hasn't prevented some Alaska residents from showing psychological symptoms.HealthMegan Edge
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican opponent Dan Sullivan took their typical campaign themes to a new venue on Thursday, as the two squared off at a natural resources-focused debate sponsored by groups representing the mining, timber and oil industries, among others.Senate Race 2014Nathaniel Herz
OPINION: No one should be surprised that a group of Alaska reality TV fakers has been charged with receiving Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks without qualifying for them.VoicesCraig Medred

Adventure

Swearing off lead shot and its deadly legacy

Lead poisoning nearly took out the population of eagles in the Lower 48, and was a huge contributing factor of waterfowl mortality before it was outlawed for waterfowl hunting in 1991 John Schandelmeier

News & Politics

Alaska Airlines donates $1 million to Native engineering program

Middle school students from across rural Alaska will get the chance to attend a science and technology academy in Anchorage through a $1 million, three-year grant from Alaska Airlines, the company announced Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Lisa Demer

Arctic

IMO completes Polar Code environmental rules

Russia says the new shipping rules for the Arctic and Antarctic, expected to go into effect in 2017, are too strict; critics say they still lack some important protections.  James Thomson, Barents Observer

We Alaskans

Standing tall: Guardians of the Alaska totem

Hydaburg’s T.J. and Joe Young are helping lead a revitalization of totem art, one pole at a time, in Southeast Alaska. Steve Quinn

Nation/World