A surprising spike in the number of Alaska children in foster care appears rooted both in a heroin epidemic as well as a more aggressive response by a state agency to reports of endangered children, state officials say.
Lisa Demer
A car hit and killed a man who was crossing East Fifth Avenue near Merrill Field Saturday night, police said. This is at least the third pedestrian death on that block in the past year and a half. 
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Two people were injured by gunfire at a South Anchorage party Sunday morning, with Anchorage police asking anyone with information on the people responsible to come forward.
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After dealing with her mother's death, her husband's illness and a devastating fire, the beloved Alaska musher needs the Iditarod more than ever.We AlaskansDebra McKinney
The ailing defending champion pulled out of the Carmacks checkpoint at about 4 a.m. Sunday.  Before long two other former champs, Allen Moore and Hugh Neff, were giving chase. Dog MushingCasey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
In the past year, a coalition of Anchorage churches has stepped up efforts to find solutions for what they say is a critical shortage of detox beds outside of emergency rooms in the city.AnchorageDevin Kelly
“Blonde Indian” is so Alaskan, so personal, yet it is also the most literary of books in that it reads like a prose poem.  I wasn’t the only one squirming in my seat and covering my eyes, when author Ernestine Hayes relentlessly read Young Tom’s drunken monologue, delivered as he drowned.      We AlaskansHeather Lende

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2 boaters found dead Saturday in Southeast Alaska

Alaska State Troopers say no foul play is suspected in the deaths of two men whose bodies were discovered on Southeast Alaska beaches Saturday after an apparent boating accident.Alaska Dispatch News

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  • Justice Antonin Scalia, whose transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court, was found dead on Saturday at a resort in West Texas, according to a statement from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. He was 79.

     

  • Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and an intellectual leader of the conservative legal movement, died Saturday, and his death set off an immediate political battle about the future of the court and its national role.

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After dealing with her mother's death, her husband's illness and a devastating fire, the beloved Alaska musher needs the Iditarod more than ever.Debra McKinney

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