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News Roundup: September 5, 2014


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Local News

Gubernatorial candidates Bill Walker and Byron Mallott joined forces this week, creating a “Unity ticket” in hopes of defeating Gov. Sean Parnell in November. [Alaska Commons]

Juneau is ranked #8 on a list of cities with the highest concentration of millionaires, with 904 high rollers making up 7.6% of the city’s population. [Kiplinger]

Alaskan musician Bryson Andres was featured in the San Francisco Globe for using a looping pedal to make his one violin sound like an entire orchestra. [SF Globe]

Alaskan freelancer Donna Freedman shares why she voluntarily slashed her salary by 58% at age 55. [Get Rich Slowly]

A Los Angeles nonprofit worked with the U.S. Department of State to bring sacred Chugach and Chilkat artifacts back home through clandestine bids at a Paris auction house. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Newly declassified federal documents reveal that during the Cold War, the U.S. government recruited bush pilots, fishermen, and other Alaskans to be part of a covert military intelligence network if Alaska were invaded by the Russians. [Associated Press]


In the Courts

The Alaska Division of Elections has violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide sufficient information about candidates and ballot initiatives to Yup’ik and Gwich’in speakers. Additional claims that the state intentionally violated Native language speakers’ constitutional rights are still pending, but the federal judge wanted to ensure that the election situation is remedied before November’s election. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was found guilty of 11 counts of public corruption, and his wife was found guilty on 9 counts of corruption and obstruction. [Washington Post]

BP was found to be “grossly negligent” in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which could expose BP to up to $18 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act. [Consumerist] In related news, Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion in a settlement deal for its role in the spill. [Al-Jazeera]

Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was upheld this week, the first time any court has upheld such a ban since the Supreme Court weighed in last year. [New York Times] However, on the same day the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld earlier decisions overturning similar bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. [CBS]

A court in Colombia granted limited adoption rights to same-sex couples, a groundbreaking move for LGBT rights in the country. [Al-Jazeera]


Strange Animals

A Portland emergency animal hospital found 43.5 socks in the stomach of a Great Dane. The story has picked up traction recently because the sock-loving Dane won the hospital $500 in a “They Ate WHAT?” contest, which will help low-income people cover their vet bills. [Consumerist]

A team of Russian “space sex geckos” unfortunately did not survive their 44-day space voyage, which was designed to study how zero gravity affects reproduction. [Moscow Times]


Everything Else

Researchers have finally discovered what causes massive rocks to spontaneously move across Death Valley – and no, it’s not aliens. [Phys.org]

A new Denny’s restaurant in New York City’s financial district has classed up its menu with a $300 “Grand Cru Slam,” featuring a bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon alongside its standard breakfast fare. [Consumerist]