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News Roundup: July 11, 2014


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Alaska News.

Thousands of preserved hadrosaurid footprints have been discovered in a floodplain in Denali National Park. Fish and Game has yet to announce plans for trapping. [IFLSCIENCE]

Love the strip clubs but hate that nagging lack of motion under your feet? Some creative entrepreneurs in Kodiak have converted a Bering Sea crabbing boat into a floating strip club! Make sure to bring plenty of ones and Dramamine. [ABC27]

Alaska Dispatch, new owners of the Anchorage Daily News, have spent the week merging the two sites. They’re going with “Alaska Dispatch News,” to keep the benefits of the familiar ADN brand. Since the merger, Alaska Commons has taken to calling them the Alaska Daily Newspatch. And we’re sticking to it. [ALASKA DAILY NEWSPATCH]

“There’s in-store grilling and Asian takeout, crisp lettuce and organic eggplant, LED lighting and muted earth tones.” This does not sound like a store in Bethel. Welcome to the new Swanson’s. [ALASKA DAILY NEWSPATCH]

With the prospect of Alaska becoming the third state to legalize recreational marijuana use, Governor Parnell has decided to worry about that later. [MODESTO BEE]


National News.

It’s Friday! Here are some depressing factoids about the nation’s increasing income inequality problem. Did you know Alaska’s median income dropped 23.5 percent in the last 60 years? We should do something about that. But, instead, let’s stare at charts. [WASHINGTON POST]

Over a year after the Supreme Court allowed marriage equality to resume in California, the state has finally caught their laws up. The old definition of spouse now reads as a contract between “two persons.” Out with the old, in with the justice. [LA WEEKLY]

So, you own a Hummer. Or one of those trucks that give Airbuses a Napoleon Complex. However do you push yourself to the next level of obnoxious? This is how. [HUFFINGTON POST]

Why is the south more socially conservative? Why are the coasts liberal? A new study featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers a theory of “tightness-looseness” to explain the cultural phenomenon. [MOTHER JONES]

In the wake of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision (which you can read about here), three major national organizations have dropped their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Citing the concern that the religious exemptions now include virtually any corporation that deems itself religious, the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders announced that they are over it. [THE BILERICO PROJECT]


Everything… Else.

In response to various locales installing spikes on the ground to ward off the homeless, a Canadian firm is doing the opposite. They’re turning Vancouver benches into homeless shelters. Because that seems like a better idea that FREAKING SPIKES. [FAST COMPANY]

More than 60 Nigerian women and children abducted by “Islamic extremists” two weeks ago have managed to escape. Officials might recommend they avoid Murrieta, California. [MASHABLE]

Esther Honig is a freelance journalist with one question on her mind: What does beautiful look like? So, she took an untouched photo of herself and sent it all over the world, and asked Photoshoppers to make her beautiful. The refurbished responses ranged from artistic to disturbing. At the end, I’m left with my own conclusion: She’s pretty hot to begin with and the rest of us need to get the hell over Barbie. [BUZZFEED]

No, you’re not weird. To ten percent of the population, cilantro just tastes horrible. It’s genetics. [REASON I AM HERE]

Advertisements in Newsfeeds, that review of breakfast that your uncle posted last year showing up as “Most Recent,” and all the creepy thought control experiment — most people would like whoever is going to invent the thing that replaces Facebook to hurry up and invent it already. But until then, Huffington Post has some tongue in cheek suggestions on how to break up with Facebook. I read it on Facebook. [HUFFINGTON POST]

Zack Danger Brown wanted to make a potato salad. But he needed some cash for materials. So, he did what anyone would do and took the request to Kickstarter. He’s going to have to make a lot of potato salad now. [GAWKER]

Flight stranded on the tarmac? No worries. “Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the U.S., but your captain is not cheap…. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.” [MASHABLE]