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News Roundup: June 27, 2014


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Who says the internet is just cute kitten photos and poorly-researched arguments with complete strangers? An online learning program launched this week that will revive the Eyak language, whose last native-born speaker died five years ago. [Alaska Public Media]

Representative Don Young got a shout-out this week from the House ethics committee for his frequent trips to hunting lodges, most of the time with the bill footed by lobbyists. Young’s attorney added his own special flavor to the response. [Anchorage Daily News]

Kids ages 6-15 can meet two Seattle Seahawks linebackers during the fourth annual Play 60 event July 8 at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. There’s nothing snarky to add to that statement, it sounds like a fun event for the kids. [Anchorage Daily News]

A “10 Alaska Stereotypes That Are Completely Accurate” list has been making the rounds this week. Like most Alaskans, you’ll find seven items you agree with and grind your teeth at the other three. [Movoto Blog]

More than 75 U.S. and Canadian scientists have sent a letter to President Obama asking for a policy to preserve what remains of America’s old-growth forest, including Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. [Juneau Empire]

The Alaska Supreme Court issued a three-page order on Monday saying the Bristol Bay Forever voter initiative can go forward. The measure doesn’t mention Pebble but would require the Legislature to approve any big mine within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve, a salmon-producing watershed. [Anchorage Daily News]


In a nice change from how the homeless are generally treated in most of the country, a woman in San Francisco wants to make sure homeless people in the Bay Area have a chance to get free showers. [CBS SF Bay Area]

In the 1930s, the city of Oakland, California tried to rid itself of the scourge of pinball and officially outlawed the game. That law was overturned this week. Play on, Oakland! [Gawker]

In more positive news, Google is putting $50 million toward Made with Code, a initiative geared toward training more girls to learn to code. [Mashable]

This Really Happened

A vocal activist for greater gender equality within the Mormon Church, was excommunicated for her alleged apostasy. No better way to show the world that your church is ready to move forward into the 18th century, gentlemen. Nice job. [Jezebel]

Another moment of national pride: one anti-immigrant group has started an “Underwear for Illegals” campaign that asks Americans to send dirty underwear to undocumented immigrants and top politicians in order to stop the “new surge of illegal immigrants crossing America’s borders, enticed by promises of immigration reform amnesty.” [Think Progress]

Actor Gary Oldman gave a profanity-laced interview to Playboy magazine, asserting that a double-standard in Hollywood allows liberals to get away with politically incorrect humor while conservatives can’t. But Oldman’s publicist would like to clarify that the actor isn’t a bigot. After all, name-calling is just tacky. [Variety]


A recent study shows early birds become less ethical late at night, and night owls are more likely to be dishonest early in the morning. Basically, no one is trustworthy, so let’s all take a nap. [Smithsonian]

A Chinese hospital in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, has introduced a new machine that makes sperm donation even easier- an automatic sperm extractor.Just going to let that one stand on its own… [I Fucking Love Science]