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News Roundup: August 28, 2014


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Local Politics

Amy Dembowski, a first-term Assembly member from Chugiak-Eagle River, announced on Tuesday that she plans to run for mayor. [Alaska Dispatch News]

At an event commemorating Women’s Equality Day, Sen. Mark Begich publicly responded to conservative advertisements alleging that he pays women on his staff significantly less than men. [Alaska Commons]

News Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave a rousing speech at an Alaska Black Leadership Conference event in Mountain View this week. [Alaska Commons]

Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed a bill that would have sealed court records in all criminal cases that did not result in convictions. [Daily News-Miner]



An unidentified 37-year-old man was flown to a hospital after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun at the Alaska State Fair. [Alaska Dispatch News]

A robber wielding a pellet gun and a cameraman for the TV show ‘Cops’ were both shot dead by police at a Wendy’s restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday. [Al-Jazeera]

A nine-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally killed her shooting instructor while learning to fire an Uzi sub-machine gun. [ABC]

A recently released coroner’s report from Louisiana claims that Victor White, a 22-year-old Black man arrested by police in March, shot himself in the chest in the back of a squad car while his hands were cuffed behind his back. Police initially claimed that the man had shot himself in the back, and reportedly searched him twice before the alleged suicide; few other details have been released due to an ongoing state investigation. [Gawker]


Stuff of Nightmares

A woman in the United Kingdom discovered a three-foot-wide wasp nest in a spare bedroom that is said to have contained 5,000 wasps. [Hampshire Chronicle]

Water in St. John’s Parish, Louisiana has tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, a deadly brain-eating amoeba. This is the second positive test in Louisiana in the past year. [Consumerist]

The director of Mississippi’s first LGBT center has filed a legal complaint against a Baptist school there, claiming that he was raped and sexually assaulted for three years by a teacher attempting to change his sexuality. [The Advocate]

An independent inquiry discovered that the U.K. town of Rotherham ignored, covered up, and failed to prevent the physical and sexual abuse of 1,400 children as young as eleven between 1997 and 2013. [Al-Jazeera]


Everything Else

The White House announced that 1st Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, a 22-year-old man whose actions at Gettysburg changed the course of the Civil War, will receive a very posthumous Medal of Honor – 151 years after his death in combat. [CNN]

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan took the Ice Bucket Challenge to support ALS research this week, which is ironic considering that he voted to cut $5 million in federal funding for that same research in 2011. [Blogging Blue]

A United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver was diverted to Chicago after a man used a “Knee Defender” device to prevent the woman in front of him from reclining her seat. The passenger refused to remove the device (which is prohibited by United) when asked by a flight attendant, resulting in the woman throwing a cup of water at him. [Consumerist]

Mother Jones reported this week that on the night Michael Brown was killed, Ferguson, Missouri police officers drove over flowers and candles placed by community members, and allowed a police dog to urinate on a makeshift memorial. [Mother Jones]

Burger King announced an $11 billion merger deal with Tim Horton’s, an iconic Canadian coffee chain. While the combined company will be based in Canada, the brands will remain distinct and Burger King will maintain offices in Miami, Florida. [Consumerist]


A Personal Note

A few months ago, Andrew Cray, an amazing colleague and advocate for the LGBT community, wrote a moving op-ed about the Affordable Care Act and how none of us are invincible, based on his experience with oral cancer. Andrew lost his battle with cancer yesterday, at only 28 years old and just days after getting married. We raise our glasses to him and his family tonight. [The Advocate]