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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
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
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. "This world is better without him," said Glenn Flothe, an Alaska state trooper instrumental in Hansen's arrest. Many of the killer's 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
Broken windows and stolen Spam are just a few of the casualties of a widespread bear break-in problem in Northwest Alaska this summer. A poor berry season might be part of the reason.WildlifeSuzanna Caldwell
The city of Bethel has hired an Anchorage lawyer to represent it in any cases that arise from last week’s officer-involved shooting and an earlier incident that resulted in a witness complaint of police brutality.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

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

News & Politics

Bethel hires Anchorage lawyer to address police cases

The city of Bethel has hired an Anchorage lawyer to represent it in any cases that arise from last week’s officer-involved shooting and an earlier incident that resulted in a witness complaint of police brutality.Lisa Demer

Arctic

Cultural ties may help prevent suicide, experts say

Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.Yereth Rosen

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.