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News Roundup: May 8, 2014


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Alaska lawmakers love to repeat the refrain about there being no such thing as cheap energy. Boston’s Resolute Marine Energy begs to differ, and they’re coming to Yakutat. [National Geographic]

Thanks to a UAA student, the Yu’pik language now has its own spell check software. Said every UAA professor: “No more excuses.” http://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/05/08/uaa-student-breaks-ground-with-yupik-spell-checker/

In the market for a new house, but having trouble finding that perfect, giant, secluded igloo mansion? This abandoned igloo hotel might be just the ticket. Just add $300,000. [Gizmodo]

Oh, and who said planes don’t grow on trees? Well, okay, they still don’t. Monsanto is probably working on that. But one Wasilla pilot, and his Taylorcraft airplane, managed to wind up 40 feet in the air, perched atop a birch tree earlier this week. Only in Alaska. [Alaska Dispatch]

State health officials would really like Alaskans to wrap it up. For serious. [Anchorage Daily Newspatch]

State Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and several other legislators presented East High with a Legislative Citation, honoring the school after it was named the most ethnically diverse high school in America by the U.S. Department of Education. [Alaska Business Monthly]

The Alaska NAACP would like Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan to apologize, after he compared union membership to slavery during a lieutenant governor candidate forum on Monday. Sullivan isn’t budging, saying he was referring to “economic slavery” (which union membership is not), not slavery slavery. You can also see our coverage here, here, and watch the video here. [ABC News]


The Lower 48

Beside using a quote from a sci-fi classic in an inappropriate context, New York state Senate candidate Jim Coughlan directed an inappropriate tweet at MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry. Half-assed apologies ensued. [NewsOne]

In an unrelated (but kind of related?) statement, Florida governor and former-Republican Charlie Crist said racism is a “big reason” why he left the Republican party. Where did he get that impression?


News of the Weird

A clever/cheap/probably-nightmare-customer has found a loophole in the Publix grocery chain’s policy to get over 300 free rotisserie chickens. Do we need to add that she’s from Florida? [Jezebel]

Let’s hear it for the sound of silence: a enterprising band in Los Angeles raised $20,000 by getting fans to listen to an album of silent tracks while they slept, earning incremental royalties through Spotify. [Gawker]

Remember how your high school science teacher tried to get you to memorize the periodic table? Now you have further justification for not remembering all of your elements. [I Fucking Love Science]

Marshfield, Massachusetts has finally overturned its ban on arcade games in public places and businesses, which passed in 1982. Is it possible this was the inspiration for Footloose? [Gawker]

In those-aren’t-tears-I-just-have-something-in-my-eye news, a family that lost their dog after Superstorm Sandy recently found him in a local SPCA shelter. [Jezebel]

Remember those toe-condom shoes that were all the hipster rage? Turns out, they’re not good for you. Aesthetically or healthwise. The manufacturer is paying for that now. [Deadspin]