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.
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
In comments submitted by three state commissioners on the proposed Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine in British Columbia near Southeast Alaska, the state expressed concern but stopped short of calling for a Canadian EPA-style "panel review."Pat Forgey
The attack comes amid a summer of similar threats to dogs -- and people -- in and around Nome, some of which have left dogs dead and resulted in musk ox shot “in defense of life or property.” (With video) Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
A preliminary investigation indicates that a cyclist who was critically injured in a Midtown bicycle crash with an SUV on Thursday was attempting to cross Benson Boulevard when traffic had a green light, the Anchorage Police Department said Friday.Nathaniel Herz
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
As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.Richard Mauer
Democrats and Republicans warily backed President Barack Obama’s limited airstrikes against Sunni militants, but nobody -- aside from Sen. John McCain and a few fellow hawks -- demonstrated an appetite for deeper involvement.
The first trucks from a long-stalled Russian convoy said to be carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday, apparently without the consent of the Ukrainian government and unaccompanied by Red Cross escorts, as had been earlier agreed upon.