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Alaska politics is a small world, with campaigns sometimes even pitting former colleagues and friends against each other. But an episode Thursday involving fermented cabbage and the state's U.S. Congressional races took the tight-knittedness to a whole new level.Alaska Dispatch News
In a warmer climate, I would be writing about fall chrysanthemums or “hardy mums” in the garden because this is the season for these beauties. When the dahlias and the Shasta and Long Island daisies fade, these lovelies start to bloom. For the next six to eight weeks, they rule. Jeff Lowenfels
Alaska Dispatch News

The Holderness family had a massive viral hit last year with their music video Christmas Jammies. Their latest hit, Kin and Moose, is a parody of Snoop Dogg’s "Gin and Juice."

Alaska Superior Court Judge Greg Miller sided with the news media Thursday, ordering Gov. Sean Parnell to release hundreds of documents related to the National Guard scandal.

Alaska’s two leading U.S. Senate candidates on Thursday night met for the last time before Election Day in a policy-focused debate on the state’s public broadcasting network.Nathaniel Herz

Cook Inlet Conference diving prelims at Bartlett High School pool on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

Zaz Hollander
Local listings for Friday and Saturday.David Lightman,Margaret Talev
Read about upcoming events in the Anchorage area.Steven Thomma
Results from Thursday's Cook Inlet Conference volleyball matches. David Lightman
Rep. Don Young criticized Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar on Thursday for bringing up House ethics violations in a televised debate for U.S. Congress, arguing that he was found not guilty because he only received a letter of reproval, not a sanction.Dermot Cole
After going 3-1-2 in its six nonconference games, UAA opens its WCHA schedule Friday against visiting Lake Superior State.

Five months after Kenai family's disappearance, police and relatives continue to search for them.

LETTERS: Hey, did you know there's an election? Look alive and read what readers have to say about the candidates and issues.
Politicians’ claims of unique powers to unlock the refuge to oil development -- and criticisms of opponents for failing to accomplish that elusive goal -- have been staples of Alaska campaign rhetoric for decades.Yereth Rosen
The UAA volleyball team got back on track after a rare loss, sweeping Western Oregon on Thursday night.Steven Thomma,David Lightman
The Kenai Police Department continues to look for leads five months after the disappearance of a young family. Meanwhile, relatives of the missing family remain consumed in grief and apprehension, searching for closure.
OPINION: Sen. Berta Gardner invites Drue Pearce to put aside partisan attacks and join the vast number of successful women who work for Alaska's future even if it doesn't score them political points.
OPINION: Kevin Clarkson, and other defenders of Gov. Parnell, are missing the big picture. Parnell's actions do not pass a "reasonable governor" test.Keith Muschinske
OPINION: It is unfortunate that Gov. Parnell continues to decline Bill Walker’s invitation for a one-hour statewide live TV debate on natural gas projects. Rather, it seems he prefers to rely on state employees to do his campaigning on this critical project.Craig Richards