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October 31, 2003


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Northern Lights
Mountain Point Area - Ketchikan
photo by Carl Thompson

Northern Lights photo

Northern Lights
Clover Pass Area - Ketchikan
photo by Todd Miller

We're going to
get hit again!
Second gigantic flare erupts from the sun; Expected to arrive on Halloween

Just when we thought we were through the worst of it, a second gigantic solar flare has occurred, sending another coronal mass ejection directly towards us which is expected to arrive on Halloween. The X10-class flare was detected by an orbiting GOES satellite at 3:37 p.m. EST and peaked at 3:49 p.m., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site.

"It's like the Earth is looking right down the barrel of a giant gun pointed at us by the Sun...and it's taken two big shots at us," says John Kohl, a solar astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and principal investigator for the Ultraviolet Coronagraph Spectrometer on board NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft. - Read more...
Friday - October 31, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Lt. Governor Certifies Senate Vacancy Petition - Based on a decision by Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner, Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman on Thursday certified for distribution an initiative petition entitled: "An Act relating to filling a vacancy in the Office of United States Senator." If adopted, the initiative to require a special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate would appear on the November 2004 ballot. - Read more...
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Alaska: New Rule Would Allow Destruction of Secret Pharmaceutical Pricing Information; AK Attorney General Joins Other States Urging Withdrawal - Attorney General Gregg Renkes joined 43 other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Thomas A. Scully urging them to immediately withdraw a new rule that would allow pharmaceutical companies to destroy crucial drug pricing information that could interfere with ongoing state litigation and investigations into drug pricing practices that have allegedly defrauded Medicaid programs. Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly and New Hampshire Attorney General Peter W. Heed sponsored the letter. - Read more...
Friday - October 31, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Marine security act finalized, Alaska ports made more secure - The final rule for the Marine Transportation Security Act was published in the Code of Federal Register Oct. 22. According the a USCG news release, these regulations significantly strengthen the security of our ports by requiring preventative security measures and plans to deter threats and provide a framework for response in the event of an attack. The requirements have a wide reaching affect for Alaska ports, facilities and vessels. - Read more...
Friday - October 31, 2003 - 1:00 am

Alaska: Wolves In Bullet Proof Vests Protest Killing from Aircraft - Wolf-appearing animals in bullet proof vests will be on display near the State's Board of Game meeting on Monday to protest the Governor's approval of aerial wolf killing, according to the Alaska Wildlife Alliance (AWA). - Read more...
Friday - October 31, 2003 - 1:00 am

National: Sen. Murkowski Urges Passage of 'Lucy's Law' To Aid Federal Employees - Thursday U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged passage of legislation - the so-called Lucy's Law - that would provide financial assistance to the families of currently financially unprotected federal employees in Alaska who die in the line of duty. - Read more...
Friday - October 31, 2003 - 1:00 am

Education: Class size: Counting students can count; Research shows that smaller classes can improve student performance - As leaders in local school districts and state legislatures across the country grapple with class sizes for students, research has shown that small classes can deliver lasting benefits, especially for minority and low-income students. Such findings are described in the latest issue of Research Points, published by the American Educational Research Association. - Read more...
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