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Speaking at the annual convention in Anchorage late Friday morning, Rep. Don Young, 81,  said his personal feelings about the topic -- because of the loss of a family member by suicide -- “may have caused me to mangle some of my statements and comments, (and) that’s caused this uproar."
Dermot Cole,Alex DeMarban
The day Alaska Dispatch News published excerpts from a recording of Gov. Sean Parnell’s “town hall” with National Guard troops from which the public and media were barred, an official notified Army Guard members that “new guidance” from the Army bars soldiers from taking their smartphones and tablets to their military workplace.
Richard Mauer,Jill Burke
A new app launched this week in Anchorage connects homeowners with snowplow services -- and it appears to be receiving a warmer welcome than did the ride-sharing service with which it shares some similarities.
Sean Doogan
The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a Fairbanks judge misinterpreted the word “may” in the grand jury clause in the Alaska Constitution. It reinstated a five-count indictment against a woman charged with sexual abuse of a minor.
Dermot Cole
Four men accused of raping a homeless teenage girl in an Eagle River apartment in March 2013 have all pleaded guilty to felony coercion, a charge filed Wednesday during a routine status hearing that replaced the state’s original indictment.
Jerzy Shedlock
A gubernatorial debate at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Friday highlighted differences between the two leading candidates on Medicaid, the Pebble prospect and, perhaps most importantly, their choices for lieutenant governor. Governor's Race 2014Alex DeMarban
OPINION: Alaska's roll call of Republican women leaders gives the lie to Democrats' supposed "war on women." CommentaryDrue Pearce
The U.S. Senate race in Alaska turned into a battle Friday over the candidates’ views on the issues facing Alaska Natives and rural residents, as Republican challenger Dan Sullivan sought to show the audience at the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention that his record on those issues could match his opponent’s.Senate Race 2014Nathaniel Herz
Contrary to a recent Washington Post report, flying in Alaska is not as simple as having a modern map loaded on a handheld GPS.Bush PilotColleen Mondor


Is flag football getting too rough?

Anchorage coaches and officials are trying to strike a balance between competition and collisions in girls' flag football. Matt Tunseth


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


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