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News Roundup: August 1, 2014

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Alaska

Remember back in high school when the teacher would allow you one index card full of notes to help on a test? I do. I learned how to write in type 8.5 font. Turns out, I could have a future writing contract bids for the state. [ALASKA DAILY NEWSPATCH]

Alaska Brewing Company is hitting the east coast! That means we can start drinking at socially acceptable hours east coast time, right? [DBUSINESS]

The Food Bank of Alaska needs food. Due to reductions in food assistance and expiring unemployment benefits, they’re seeing a spike in users. [ALASKA PUBLIC]

Allakaket has a troublesome dump that never was lined, meaning toxic components of electronic waste, used batteries, etc., can end up in the water supply. The village with a population just over 100 has taken to recycling. [NEWSMINER]

Fairbanks will go without Alaska Public Radio. KUAC Manager Keith Martin announced that they’d be ditching the network at the end of August. [ALASKA DAILY NEWSPATCH]

More bad news for the University of Alaska — this time for UAS. Declining enrollment numbers are going to mean shuttered facilities and lost jobs. But how about that new Anchorage sportsplex, amiright? [JUNEAU EMPIRE]

 

Outside

Don’t leave creepy porcelain dolls outside of young girls’ houses. Even if it is intended as “a kind gesture. Just don’t. It’s, well, creepy. [WASHINGTON POST]

What’s worse than dolls? Ebola. Definitely Ebola. And the virus making a terrifying comeback. [QUARTZ]

The consistently annoying People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a deal to residents of Detroit, where the cash strapped Motor City has taken to charging for public water. PETA claims it will pay outstanding water bills for people who commit to going vegan for a month. I’ll go thirsty, thanks. [METRO TIMES]

A heartfelt goodbye to one of the most hated places in Washington DC. CityLab’s Kriston Caps bids audieu to the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover building. [CITYLAB]

This week in “Reasons to stick with Jameson,” the artisan whiskey industry has been caught red handed. That uber expensive drink you felt all special about dumping money on? Probably came from a large factory in Indiana. [THE DAILY BEAST]

Thank you for your decades of awesomeness, author-and-comedian David Sedaris. Here’s your waste truck. [WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES]

Be careful how you click. Especially if you live in Spain. Lawmakers have proposed a “link tax.” If passed, media outlets in Spain would have to pay each time they do things like link to a story they’re referencing. (See what I did there?) [BOING BOING]

A social media specialist at a Utah language school reports that he was fired for writing about homophones. He says his boss was afraid readers might think he was writing about “gay sex.” Also, you’re dumb. [GAWKER]

 

Science!

Whales have a rough go of it. After commercial whaling threatened whale populations all over the world, a ban was enacted in 1986. But their numbers haven’t recovered like they should have. And ships might be one of the culpable culprits. [THE CONVERSATION]

The truth is out there. And astronomers might have heard some of it. Strange bursts of radio activity are being picked up by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Nothing has been ruled out. Keep a towel handy. [NPR]

Property rights… in space! The U.S. House is entertaining a bill that would establish property rights for minerals and resources extracted from asteroids. It’s a bipartisan bill. Because you pretty much have to clear orbit to find points of agreement. [SPACE POLITICS]

Ground teams restore contact with orbiting geckos. I can’t add to that headline. [SPACEFLIGHT NOW]

 

And one last thing…

Anwar Newton decided that Comic-Con — the world’s largest comic book convention held annually in San Diego — wasn’t exciting enough. So, he added shrooms. What followed was an existential crisis, as captured through a series of text messages to his girl friend. And it is awesome. [DEATH AND TAXES]