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July 05, 2005

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photoKetchikan: Fourth of July Parade: Winners Announced Photos by CARL THOMPSON - The judges for the 2005 Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Ketchikan Greater Chamber of Commerce, were challenged with difficult choices this year in selecting the best of the best. However, they accomplished their mission and their results have been announced.

The 2005 Fourth of July Parade judges were chosen from various Ketchikan senior service organizations including Pioneers of Alaska, the Pioneers Home, Alaska Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Senior Center. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

Alaska: Melting ice will wreck polar bear populations By DOUG O'HARRA - Polar bears are facing slow elimination over the next century as their vast frozen habitat melts away, according to a report by a panel of the world's top experts on the subject.

If warming Arctic climate continues to erode sea ice, as predicted by many climate scientists, the expert panel says, the iconic white carnivores will be driven ashore or onto increasingly smaller floes in their endless feast-or-famine hunt for seals to eat.- More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

National: Activists gear up for Supreme Court battle - For Tim Stanley, the battle was officially engaged at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

He was crossing John Ireland Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., when his cell phone rang with news that Sandra Day O'Connor had decided to call it quits. Within minutes, Stanley had 500 "rapid responders" ready to make a little noise. There were 100,000 doors to knock on, senators to call, petitions to gather, plans to finalize for a rush-hour "visibility" event. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

National: Even on cooler days, a parked car can be a killer By LEE BOWMAN - The interior of a closed, parked car can rapidly heat up to life-threatening levels if parked in the sun, even on cooler days, a new study by California researchers shows.

Their report, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics, showed that a car interior can heat up by an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour, regardless of how cool the outside air might be. And 80 percent of the temperature rise occurred in the first half hour. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

Medical: Does manganese inhaled from the shower represent a public health threat? - A new analysis based on animal studies suggests that showering in manganese contaminated water for a decade or more could have permanent effects on the nervous system. The damage may occur even at levels of manganese considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

"If our results are confirmed, they could have profound implications for the nation and the world," said John Spangler, M.D., an associate professor of family medicine. "Nearly 9 million people in the United States are exposed to manganese levels that our study shows may cause toxic effects." - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005



letter Providing for Alaska: Capital Budget Works for Alaskans by Kevin Meyer - Monday
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Marsha Mercer: Ten Commandments tour Washington - The last thing anyone would call the nation's capital is the Holy City. Cynics assume that politicians give God short shrift - except in election years.

But in its grand architecture and treasured spaces, this federal city is anything but Godless. Surprisingly many sculptures, statues and monuments commemorate Biblical figures and invoke the deity. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

Martin Schram: The Pentagon's evolving war theory - Once it was one of those Pentagon plans that Senate Armed Services Committee elders never mentioned in public. Because, as a stunned young reporter discovered ages ago, they didn't even know about it.

Now it is splashed big-time atop Page One of The New York Times, where concerned senators and even would-be evildoers can read all about it.

It is the Two-Wars Theory, the strategy underlying all Pentagon budgeting - that America's military must be capable of fighting and winning two wars simultaneously. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

Paul Campos: Americans are healthier and wealthier, but not happier - Imagine that 50 years from now the average American family will have an income of $140,000 a year (in 2005 dollars). Suppose further that, in 2055, average life expectancy will have reached 85, and the typical 50-year-old will look and feel like a 35-year-old does today.

In such a society, most of what we now call poverty will no longer exist, and people will live significantly longer, healthier, more affluent, and safer lives than they do today. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

Bonnie Erbe: Conservatives threaten Armageddon on court nominee - Welcome to Conflagration Central, otherwise known as Washington, D.C. We unfortunate denizens are beyond exhausted from observing repeat rounds of the low state of American politics' never-ending series of bar brawls. We will be all the more drained after we observe the pending battle between the fire-breathing, over-reaching, power-drunk far Right-ies and the limp, listless Left-ies. That, as each side seeks to destroy the other over the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

It's come down to this in American politics: Do you want venal, overt prevarication or do you want inept, feckless incompetence? The former is today's GOP. The latter are today's Democrats. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

Dale McFeatters: The top secret pisco sours - A key goal in any democracy and certainly in ours is openness and transparency in government. Sadly, we're rapidly going backwards in that regard.

In its annual report to the president, the federal Information Security Oversight Office, which is charged with ensuring that government classifies as secret a minimum amount of information, reports that 15.6 million documents were classified secret last year, up 10 percent from the year before and double the number in 2001. - More...
Tuesday - July 05, 2005

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