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Labor Day Weekend is nearly upon us, and that means plenty of changes at the markets. Some of this is good news, some not.

Steve Edwards
April DeLira was homeless, off and on, from the age of 11. At 15, she gave birth to a son and dropped out of high school. But two decades later, she's a resident physician at a Memphis hospital and hopes to one day give back in the way others gave to her.Megan Edge
Six young Alaskans received $1,500 scholarships at part of the Summer of Heroes program during ceremonies at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday.Mike Dunham
The dedicated corps of volunteers staffing the "Ask Me About the Fair!" program give directions to the hordes of Alaska State Fair goers looking to find everything from food on a stick to this year's popular prehistoric exhibit. Zaz Hollander
Tlingit guides thought Muir was a madman for going into the rugged country so late in the year to scramble up mountains and gaze on ice. They had to admire his toughness and passion, though. They called him “the great ice-chief.”  Nancy Lord
In the middle of endless rainfall, it was easy to recall 2013, our sunniest in 22 years living in Southeast Alaska. Somehow, we endured it. Katie Bausler
Dick Merrill has been driving park buses for 28 years. After decades of repetition, his voice, his mannerisms and even the way he waves his hands have been honed to the sharpness of a sideshow barker. Indeed, stepping into Merrill’s bus is a lot like going to a carnival.Rick Sinnott
The suicide of Robin Williams earlier this month sent staffers scrambling to find out whether or not the actor/comic had ever performed in Anchorage, like maybe back in the pipeline days. There weren't newspaper records of him stopping over in town, but a 2010 interview with Decca Aitkenhead in The Guardian suggested that movie-making in Alaska had something to do with his resumption of drinking after 20 years on the wagon.Mike Dunham
A change to this year's Farm Bill means hospitals, schools and senior care centers can start serving traditional foods in their facilities -- a welcome change, especially in rural Alaska.Suzanna Caldwell

For decades, Jim Aguiar has worked in Alaska's seafood business, and now owns the Eagle Shellfish oyster farm in Simpson Bay on Prince William Sound. He faces numerous difficulties related to the industry, but works hard to streamline his operations.

Ben Yeager | Cordova Times

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