About 40 people attended the opening of what is expected to be a month-long hearing in which four men convicted of a 1997 murder will argue that they should be declared innocent and set free.

Dermot Cole
OPINION: We can lives and money if we help the victims of childhood sexual abuse heal and recover - otherwise we'll perpetuate a cycle of misery.Marcelle McDannel
OPINION: Forget-Me-Not 's work for homeless shows us that one person can become an agent for change -- and can inspire a community to do more than pass by and ignore those who may need help.E.J.R. David,Ali Marvin
OPINION: Anchorage's anti-discrimination ordinance will not do anything for the LGBT community that has not already been done for women, African-Americans and other races or groups that faced discrimination, including Christians, the elderly, and the disabled.
OPINION: Determination to build a road from King Cove to Cold Bay smacks of more than medical reasons.Bill Cox
OPINION: Gov. Walker seems determined to undo the progress made so far on moving Alaska's gas to market.Rep. Mike Chenault
OPINION: If we allow the destruction of an Alaska salmon stream so an outside outfit can ship coal to China, we've lost it. Shannyn Moore
OPINION: The Anchorage Assembly's passage of the LGBT rights ordinance was not a civil rights victory but an arrogant act against the will of the voters. Paul Jenkins
OPINION: At a time when Anchorage is trying to figure out its economic future, we've got an international conference of economic developers in town. Let's take advantage.Bill Popp
Like countless other projects inserted into the capital budget over the last 35 years, Wilson's grants received no critical review by other legislators or the executive branch. Dermot Cole