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Until Sunday's 10 p.m. newscast, there were Charlo Greene and Charlene Egbe.

The former was a West High graduate who grew up to report for KTVA Channel 11 News under the screen name "Charlo Greene."

The latter was a passionate marijuana legalization advocate and a listed owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, a medical marijuana dispensary operating in a gray area of the law.

Sunday night, the two joined in spectacular fashion when Greene quit her job live on the air with a colorful expletive and the announcement that she was, in fact, the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club -- which she'd just finished reporting on...

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Guy Merculief, killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday morning in Anchorage, was not the first member of his family to be run down on the streets of Alaska's largest city by a stranger.

First there was Caroline Merculief, his niece, who died in 2001 after being beaten and run over by a car outside a Russian Jack apartment building, her family said. She was 25. A 20-year-old man was later convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death...

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Days after a family night out that was supposed to be no more exciting than a karaoke session at an Anchorage Chinese-food restaurant, Willie Popoalii still has two bullets in him.

The 35-year-old Popoalii, his wife and four other family members were shot early Sunday morning on a downtown sidewalk as they walked to an establishment police called the “Kodiak Bar & Grill” in a news release, though according to its owners it is not a bar but instead an 18-and-over, after-hours dance club with no liquor license.

Popoalii was shot three times in the arm and back. Doctors were able to remove one bullet...

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The trial of a former Glennallen dentist accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a female colleague too drunk to consent began Wednesday with opening arguments that laid out two scenarios of the night in question.

In one, prosecutors said Kevin Brent Shedlock, now 44, took sexual advantage of a woman he worked with when she was “vulnerable, vomiting and unable to stop him” after hours of drinking wine and tequila while staying at an Anchorage hotel for a 2013 work conference.

Defense attorneys contend the sex was "brought about by alcohol" but mutually consensual, and that the woman’s regret and fear of Glennallen’s rumor mill led her to report the encounter as a sexual assault...

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An Anchorage woman was arrested early Sunday after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the chest at a South Anchorage park, police said.

Police arrived at a reported domestic violence incident at Taku Lake Park, off East 76th Avenue, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

Alison DelaRosa, 22, had stabbed her boyfriend in the chest with a knife, according to Shell.

He was taken to an area hospital. Shell did not know his condition Sunday evening.

DelaRosa was charged with first degree assault, Shell said.

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The Alaska Air National Guard rescued three people from the remote site of a plane crash north of Mount Susitna late Saturday. No injuries were reported.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was notified that an emergency locator beacon had been activated in the area of Beluga Mountain, according to a release from the Air National Guard.

The coordination center used beacon registration information to determine that the emergency signal was linked to a Piper Super Cub that had taken off from Anchorage on a trip to the Beluga Mountain area...

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Six people were wounded, one critically, in an early morning shooting Sunday outside a downtown after-hours club, Anchorage police said.

Officers were called to the Kodiak Bar, 225 E. Fifth Avenue, at 4:25 a.m. for a reported shooting, the police department said in a news release.

Victims told police that a group of family and friends were standing outside the Kodiak when an argument between one person and two suspects led to gunfire.

Six people were hit. According to police, Jonah Silva, 20, received a life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen. As of Sunday evening, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said, he was still believed to be in critical condition...

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On a Tuesday in late July, three teachers waited at the baggage claim of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport amid cruise tourists and North Slope workers. None had yet set foot on Alaska soil outside the airport.

Soon, they would be headed north of the Arctic Circle to classrooms in villages accessible only by plane or boat.

The first to arrive were Grace Haejin Cho and Christina Price, two enthusiastic, 20-something best friends from suburban Denver with fresh teaching degrees and lots of duffel bags. Each had secured a job teaching elementary students at the only school in Buckland, an Inupiat village of 416 people 75 miles southeast of Kotzebue...

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A jailed former Kiana schoolteacher agreed in a Kotzebue court hearing Wednesday to return to Missouri and answer charges he sexually abused his adopted child there.

Owen Melvin Miller, 42, was beginning his second year as a high school language arts teachers at the Kiana school, east of Kotzebue in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, on Aug. 29 when he was called into the principal’s office and arrested by an Alaska State Trooper. Miller was wanted on a Missouri warrant for statutory rape, sodomy, child molestation and incest charges...

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Should Anchorage sixth-graders attend elementary or middle school?

The Anchorage School District is holding a series of community discussions next week as it tries to answer that question.

Currently, seven of Anchorage’s 10 middle schools enroll students in grades seven and eight.

At three middle schools -- Begich, Clark and Mirror Lake -- students grades six through eight attend.

But as the district prepares to renovate aging middle school facilities, it needs to make a decision about whether schools should be remodeled to fit sixth-graders in the future, or whether those students should stay in elementary buildings...

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