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News Roundup: June 12, 2014


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The Anchorage Museum became an official Smithsonian Affiliate, which means an increase in access to Smithsonian resources, new exhibits, and additional scholarship opportunities. [ANCHORAGE MUSEUM]

We love home grown stuff. Produce. Clothes. Talent. Now, we can add condoms to that list. [ALASKA DAILY NEWSPATCH]

Meet Viviana Flores. Her middle name is Awesome. Well, not yet, but her mother is seeking name change approval from a court in Juneau. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]

On the heels of another report listing Anchorage among the most dangerous cities to live in, outreach workers are reporting an increase in gang activity. Gang members are recruiting at-risk youth on the street. [KTVA]

Speaking of people who have been arrested before, Vic Kohring is running for Senate. [KTVA]

Oh, by the way, did you happen to catch the new study ranking Alaska seventh overall on a list of the most corrupt states? Huh. Wild. [FORTUNE]


The Lower 48.

Video may have killed the radio star, but a new study by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business finds that the Internet did not kill the newspaper industry. [MEDIABISTRO]

An Oklahoma company had had enough of school shootings. And by that, I mean that they’ve given up trying to stop them. Instead, they’ve developed a kevlar “Bodyguard Blanket” designed to protect children from disasters. Stop, drop, roll, duck, cover, and grab your blankie. Our kids must feel so safe. [MY FOX LA]

Tired of getting duped into believing the quackery that surrounds us on a minute-to-minute basis? Lifehacker put together some red flags for pseudoscience that we should all be wary of. [LIFEHACKER]

Everyone’s been yammering about the Supercomputer that passed the Turing Test, tricking people into believing they are communicating with a fellow human being. Cooler heads would prefer everyone to remain calm, and say the claim is bogus. [TECHDIRT]

Glenn Burke was an unremarkable Major League Baseball player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics during the late 70’s. But his story is both amazing and a reminder about how professional sports have treated the LGBT community. [SLATE]

Rachel Benke is a seventh-grade student in San Antonio, Texas, who has suffered epileptic seizures since birth. For the last four years, a service dog named Taxi has assisted her while attending school. This year, the school made sure to make mention of her companion when yearbook time rolled around. Good on you, Northside Independent School District. [KHOU HOUSTON, TEXAS]


Happy Pride Week!

This week is a celebration of LGBT Pride! Alaska has a full docket of events over the weekend, culminating in the Equality March this Saturday at 11 A.M. The march will start at Snow City, head down K Street, and end up at the Delaney Park Strip, where the Pridefestival will take over.

A full list of events can be found at AlaskaPride.org.

Alaska Commons unequivocally supports full and equal rights for all citizens and for the third year will be hosting a booth on the park strip. Please stop by and say hello!

Photo by ZD Roberts
Photo by ZD Roberts