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What do reality TV, Zora Neale Hurston and "The Help" have in common? On the surface, not much. But if you’re Jervette R. Ward, a recently arrived English professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, each is an avenue into a topic she cares deeply about -- the black female experience.

Kathleen McCoy
A Twitter hoax Tuesday had parents calling the Anchorage School District in fear the deadly virus had made its way to Anchorage. Police and school officials worked quickly to quash the rumor. Megan Edge
This study, the first of its kind, is considered exploratory. But as the three researchers see it, high depression rates attached to a group discouraged over its ability to obtain good health care information is significant. It suggests many APIs simply aren’t getting help they need and deserve.Kathleen McCoy
The University of Alaska is one of 64 institutions of higher education nationwide the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating or auditing for compliance with Title IX, the law that guarantees gender equity in education.  Michelle Theriault Boots
When interviewing for a job, buying a car, or even shopping for a dress at Nordstrom, most of the world sees the deal as a win-lose scenario, a seller’s market, a price tag set in stone. Not Jeffries, a professor of business administration at UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy.Kathleen McCoy
Nearly 250 people crowded into the school commons to hear the latest on the long-proposed project that has pitted the School District against residents of a nearby subdivision who worry about increased traffic, noise and bright lights that they say will come with the stadium. Tegan Hanlon
Enrollment at University of Alaska campuses continued to decline this fall, extending a pattern traced in part by university officials to better job opportunities, the cost of living and a drop in the number of public high school graduates in Alaska.Dermot Cole
With $10-a-gallon heating oil common in Alaska’s rural communities, this technology, called a masonry heater, might be the path to sustainable energy costs and high-quality heat.Kathleen McCoy
Addressing hundreds of students, faculty members and staff Friday in Fairbanks, UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers said even if a tuition hike had been approved by the regents, the school would have no alternative but to prepare for another round of budget cuts. Dermot Cole
Less than a year after the declaration of the Legislature's "education session," half of the 106 candidates for state office who received a questionnaire from a grass-roots group focused on Alaska education issues did not respond.Alex DeMarban