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March 24, 2005

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National: Trustees: Social Security insolvent by 2041 By Lawrence M. O'Rourke - The political fight over Social Security took on added urgency Wednesday as the retirement system's trustees reported that it will turn into a money loser in 2017 - one year sooner than previously projected.- More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

National: Battle for Canada's underground resources By Robert Collier - While Congress debates whether to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a similar battle with much higher stakes is under way in northwest Canada.- More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

National: Experts fear drive-by computer viruses By Lance Gay - Until a year ago, the concept that someone could infect a computer while just passing by seemed like a pipe dream. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

National: Kids' abuse of over-the-counter cold medicine on the rise By Alana Semuels - Sharon Smith found the empty packets of cold medicine and bottles of cough syrup in her son's room, but he told her the medications made him feel intelligent and invincible, just as he had learned from the Internet. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

National: 'Minuteman Project' drawing protests By Soniz Melendez - The FBI, American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican government, Latino activists and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang are among groups monitoring or protesting the activities of the "Minuteman Project," an Internet-driven organization planning to converge along the Arizona border beginning April 1. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

National: An Internet trail of a boy's death wish By Heron Marquez Estrada and Ron Nixon - In the last few months of his life, Jeff Weise was obsessed with death.- More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

International: Muslim keeps the keys at the holiest site in Christendom By Matthew Kalman - Every day at 4 a.m., Wajeeh Nuseibeh walks through the walled Old City of Jerusalem to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest shrine in Christendom. Most Christians believe it is the site of the crucifixion, tomb and resurrection of Jesus. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

videoScience: NASA Study Finds Soot May be Changing the Arctic Environment - NASA continues to explore the impact of black carbon or soot on the Earth's climate. NASA uses satellite data and computer models that recreate the climate. New findings show soot may be contributing to changes happening near the North Pole, such as accelerating melting of sea ice and snow and changing atmospheric temperatures. - More...
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letterHow many bridge builders live in Ketchikan? by Dave Rettke - Thursday
letter Hardships tough for minimum wage earners by Ralph Mirsky - Thursday
letterCapitol: A Better Place? by Carl Gatto - Thursday
letter Social Security? by P. J. Travis - Thursday
letter Alaska's rural kids deserve a fair crack at a quality education by Albert Kookesh & Woodie Salmon - Thursday
letter The PERS/TRS Debate Rages by Mike Kelly - Thursday
letter PIPS-burst! by Charlotte Glover - Thursday
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Will Durst's Frog Soup: Raging Moderate - Ever since I was but a tadpole I've been hammered under the weight of this urban myth about putting a frog into a pot of water at room temperature then slowly raising the flame.

Supposedly, the frog continues to acclimate itself to the heat until it finally boils to death. I have questions. First off, who goes to the trouble of boiling one frog at a time? - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Preston MacDougall: Chemical Eye on the Pill - A Penn State chemist, named Russell Marker, discovered a very inexpensive synthetic route to several steroid-based pharmaceuticals, including the birth control pill, starting from (blank). Is the answer to this fill-in-the-blank question, A, eyes of newts, B, Mexican yams, C, petroleum, or D, willow bark? - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Michael Reagan: Killing Terri - Democratic national chairman Howard Dean is on the stump trying to convince red state voters that his party has values. This leads me to ask if one of those values the Democrats supposedly champion is the death by starvation of Terri Schiavo. Is this the way they seek to prove they are the party that cares about people? - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Betsy Hart: Tragic aspects of Terri Schiavo's case - Just when is a "husband" not a husband?

There are so many tragic aspects to the Terri Schiavo case, and her husband's being allowed to act as her "husband" when he is not being a husband to her at all - and our society's apparent willingness to tolerate such things without value judgment - is one of them. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Michael Fumento: Obesity statistics, here and abroad - "French Women Don't Get Fat." That's the title of a fad diet book that's currently on the bestseller lists. It preys on Americans who haven't been to France lately, which is most of us. And like all fad diet books, it's false. I knew that already from my travels, but a just-released International Obesity Task Force report on the 25 European Union nations backs up what I've seen. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Martin Schram: Punish government liars - Our focus today is on governments that lie. Which is to say: Governments.

Also, how journalists who cover governments communicate to citizens the fact that the government has just told another lie. Which is to say: Accurately, but usually euphemistically. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Clifford May: History of Iraq war being twisted - Two years ago this week, the American invasion of Iraq was under way. Why had we gone to war? In the months leading up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, President Bush repeatedly gave his reasons.

Saddam Hussein, he said on Oct. 7, 2002, "has tried to dominate the Middle East, has invaded and brutally occupied a small neighbor, has struck other nations without warning, and holds an unrelenting hostility toward the United States." - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

Dale McFeatters: The patriotic opposition - It has taken awhile, but serious and principled opposition to renewing parts of the USA Patriot Act is growing in the form of an improbable coalition that includes some of Washington's leading conservatives, the ACLU, gun rights groups, libertarians and medical privacy activists. - More...
Thursday - March 24, 2005

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photosKetchikan: A Personal Tribute to Tom Coyne on St. Patrick's Day - St. Patrick's Day makes me think of Ketchikan's city councilman Tom Coyne and of famous author Frank McCourt. They even look a lot alike -- faces like maps of Ireland! Of course I've never met Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, but his book lays bare the bittersweet memories of his childhood. And I've interviewed Tom Coyne on several occasions and I see some of the similarities in their impoverished early years.  And they both, like everyone in the Irish land of their bloodlines, are poets at heart. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen....
Thursday - March 17, 2005

arrow It's Iditarod Race Year 33! a ghost story of the southern route

arrow Ketchikan's 'Rotary Wheel' Still Turning; Hardworking club celebrates a century

arrow Sitka's Pioneer Home Statue; Whose face is cast in bronze?

arrow L. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan

arrow ACS Bids for KPU Telecom: ACS a longtime presence

arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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