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News Roundup: March 21, 2014

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Survival and Rescues

A 12-year-old in Anchorage is receiving a Spirit of Youth Award for designing a unique paracord bracelet that contains everything needed to start a fire and tie down a shelter. His handmade survival bracelets are sold at two retail stores and the Spenard Farmer’s Market. [ADN/Spirit of Youth]

Shane Leavitt might have found one of those bracelets useful when he rescued a black Lab from the icy waters of the Mendenhall River last week. Leavitt used extension cords instead. [Juneau Empire]

A 22-year-old mom in Massachusetts saved her two-year-old twin daughters from her runaway car by turning herself into a human speed bump, allowing a neighbor to jump in and rescue the girls. The mom was airlifted to the hospital with a broken leg and dislocated shoulder and hip, and is currently hospitalized and using a wheelchair. [Gawker]

 

Preservation

The National Archives plans to shut down its facility on Anchorage’s Third Avenue by the end of the fiscal year, with the records being moved to Seattle. [ADN]

A state judge overturned a 2011 Bristol Bay community initiative seeking to ban large-scale mining projects that would destroy or degrade salmon habitats, ruling that it interferes with the state Department of Natural Resources’ authority to regulate mining. [Daily News-Miner]

After years of declining numbers, the Porcupine caribou herd (best known for migrating across ANWR) has hit a record high in the latest herd count. The rebound is believed to be the result of community outreach programs by Alaskan and Canadian management authorities. [Calgary Herald]

 

Medicine and Science

The operating budget passed by the state House of Representatives last week cut a lot of things, including most of the funding for a program that helps pay off student loans for doctors working with rural or underserved communities. [ADN]

Fourteen years ago, measles was considered “eliminated” in the United States. Now there’s a “major outbreak” in New York City, attributed to campaigns by anti-vaccine activists discouraging parents from vaccinating their children. [Jezebel]

Physicists made a groundbreaking discovery about gravitational waves that helps support the Big Bang theory. Not sure what that means? You’re not alone. Here’s a video explaining it with a towel. [io9]

A physician who has testified three times against proposed toxic chemical regulations in Alaska was charged in Washington with failing to disclose that he was being paid by chemical manufacturers. If the charges stick, Dr. David Heimbach stands to lose his license. [ADN]

A Hungarian startup (now based in Austin, Texas) has designed an electric hatchback with no seats and motorcycle-style handlebars, designed for wheelchair users to drive independently. [The Verge]

 

Law, Policy, and Politics

Sometimes the headline just says it all: “‘White Man’s March’ Events Draw Smattering of Participants, Loads of Derision.” [SPLC Hatewatch]

Likewise (also, relevant): “Florida Has Never Executed a White Person for Killing a Black Person.” [ThinkProgress]

U.S. Senate hopeful and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell ditched his campaign manager and communications advisor this week, following ongoing struggles to raise money since Dan Sullivan joined the race. [POLITICO]

A talented Redditor made a map of what the United States would look like if counties were graded the way countries are based on the UN Human Development Index. [PolicyMic]

Kevin Trudeau, a former infomercial host, author, and salesman, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt after flagrantly refusing to pay fines related to a FTC settlement for false and misleading infomercial claims. [Chicago Tribune]