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Bob Hallinen
About 130 players turned out on Saturday at the newly-christened Bonnie Cusack Memorial Outdoor Rink Center at the Chester Creek Sports Complex for the Fifth Annual Anchorage Christmas Classic, a 32-team, double-elimination three-on-three tournament that featured some of Anchorage’s best hockey talent. 
Yereth Rosen
Clam shells found in the Beaufort Sea floor during a 2010 mapping mission belong to a genus previously unknown to science, according to a new study. The clam shells date back more than a million years.
Devin Kelly
More than 1,000 people jumped into the frigid waters of Goose Lake in Anchorage for a good cause on Saturday, part of this year's Polar Plunge event that organizers expected would raise more than $400,000 for Special Olympics Alaska.
Bob Hallinen
The Alaska Aces defeated the Bakersfield Condors 5-2 on Friday at Sullivan Arena.
Jerzy Shedlock
Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison on Friday for killing 20-year-old Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken driving accident last June. 
Yereth Rosen
The Shell contractor that broke environmental and marine-safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season was sentenced on Friday to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, to serve four years’ probation and to undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program. 
Bob Hallinen
The ghost of Anchorage Christmases past is recycled in an ambitious outdoor art installation that makes use of gaudy holiday street decorations from the boom years.
Alaska Dispatch News
A group of Anchorage firefighters is taking it off -- at least some of it -- for a good cause.
Megan Edge
Two unrelated black bear cubs are getting acclimated to life in captivity and to one another at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage before being shipped to a new home in Texas. Until their 2015 departure, the zoo will be allowing the public to view the duo. 
Sean Doogan
Inspectors with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service made an unusual discovery at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in September: more than 200 live baby turtles.
Lisa Demer
Dozens of volunteer searchers from three Western Alaska villages and the hub of Bethel traveled Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, by snowmachine, four-wheeler and truck to a dangerous open hole on an offshoot of the Kuskokwim River, looking for three travelers feared dead under the ice. 
Alaska Dispatch News
More than 300 students walked across the stage during UAA's first graduation in the Alaska Airlines Center on Sunday. It was the first graduation on campus since 1987, and first fall graduation in almost 30 years.   

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