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With no end in sight to ongoing lawsuits over the botched Port of Anchorage makeover, city officials are asking the Anchorage Assembly for permission to spend up to another $1.5 million on lawyers and legal fees.  Tegan Hanlon
State prosecutors have dropped two sexual assault charges against John Giacalone, an Alaska Regional Hospital security guard who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl who’d been alone in the hospital’s emergency department waiting room.Jerzy Shedlock
Three people, including a 22-year-old woman who is still on the run, have been charged with felony sexual assault of a man at an East Anchorage hotel, police say.Jerzy Shedlock,Kyle Hopkins
Cynthia Franklin, municipal prosecutor since 2011, has been chosen to head the state agency that regulates alcohol in Alaska. If marijuana is decriminalized, she might also lead the effort to regulate pot.   Devin Kelly
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
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. Marc Lester
The school year began Wednesday with the Anchorage School District down 75 positions, mostly from maintenance and administration departments. But all but three of the dozens of teachers who received layoff notices this spring were back in the classroom.Michelle Theriault Boots
Five Anchorage men were charged in connection with four robberies this spring, according to indictments filed Aug. 12. One of the men was also arrested in a brawl last week in South Anchorage, which sent two teens to the hospital. Megan Edge

More than 10 years after the project began, a stalled makeover for the Port of Anchorage is expected to move forward -- thought it's not clear exactly what that will look like.

Tegan Hanlon
Burgerfi, a Florida-based franchise that brands itself on hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats, craft beer and wine selections and decor that includes recycled furniture, is preparing to set up shop in the Midtown Anchorage mall, next to the SteamDot coffee shop. Devin Kelly

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