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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
Infamous Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen died Thursday morning at an Anchorage hospital, according to the Department of Corrections. He had been in declining health for the past year, according to a press release.
Laurel Andrews
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
The site is designed to give a snapshot of construction activity and special events around the city that could affect traffic flow. 
Devin Kelly
I think the best lives, like George Edwards' and Richard Dauenhauer's, are both dreamed up and really true, don't you?VoicesHeather Lende
On the first day of school, a veteran Anchorage elementary school teacher talks about education challenges, what motivates her year after year and first-day jitters. EducationMarc Lester
The lead-in to the GOP primary for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat has already racked up an unprecedented $15 million in spending. But the real campaign is only just starting: No fewer than five groups independent of the candidates have announced or disclosed new campaign spending this week aimed at influencing the results of the general election.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.PoliticsRichard Mauer

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

Latest Aces signings: Goalie Summerhays, forward Currier, both of Anchorage

The Alaska Aces on Thursday announced two more signings, both locals: rookie goaltender Steve Summerhays, fresh out of Notre Dame, and second-year foward Tyler Currier, the former Seawolf.Doyle Woody

Culture

Noted Alaska historian, linguist Richard Dauenhauer dead at 72

Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham

News & Politics

AK Beat: Mat-Su hopes to settle, rather than sue, over ferry grant

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

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.