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News Roundup: September 26, 2014


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MyHouse is a nonprofit providing job assistance, access to health care, clothing, food, showers, and laundry for young Alaskans and some teens. The Mat-Su youth center is celebrating its first year of operation with a public event today. Check it out and bring your check book. [Alaska Dispatch News]

There is nothing good about this sex trafficking and extortion story, but you should still read it. Because we own it. [VICE]

When the New York Times asked Camilo Mora, a geography professor at the University of Hawaii, about the best places to live according to climate change models, Mora advised people to look north to the future. “Alaska is going to be the next Florida by the end of the century. (Nooooooo!) [New York Times]

Sexual assault and harassment disproportionately affect LGBT Alaskans, including on UA campuses across the state. The University of Alaska Anchorage school newspaper is trying to get word out on the resources available to at risk students, and asking Seawolves to step up. [The Northern Light]

The internets have been raging in response to a proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to start requiring permits for photographers snapping pics in wilderness areas. Alaska photography phenom Carl Johnson would like everyone to take a deep breath and took a calm look at what’s actually going on. [The Mudflats]

The U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office will be paying a visit to the state’s UA campuses next month. UA is on a list of institutions around the country being investigated for possible violations of sexual violence complaints. [KTOO]

Swipe. Click. Vote absentee. That’s how easy Stephen Mell wants it to be for his tech-tethered peers registering…” And that’s all I can tell you about it, because I’m stuck behind a pay wall. [Juneau Empire]


Lower 48.

Attorney General Eric Holder will be resigning, after nearing six years at the post. He’ll stay on until his successor is found, which could end up leaving him the third longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history. [Politico]

The U.S. Census finally is changing its rules to include gay and lesbian families. Caveat: the Census Bureau only counts those who are legally married. Which is, at least for now, still a bit troublesome in Alaska. [Advocate]

Let’s say a fire fighter disagrees with a particular religion. Let’s say Islam. Should he or she be allowed to opt out of saving a mosque from a fire? No. And he or she shouldn’t be allowed to opt out of driving the firetruck in a Providence, Rhode Island gay pride parade, as ordered to do as part of the job. A judge said so. And she was right. [Queerty]

A Pennsylvania high school newspaper’s editorial staff decided to ban use of the word “Redskins,” which — aside from sports fans’ apologia — seems fairly logical. The school’s administration has dug in their heels, to surprising and shameful lengths. [The Daily Dot]

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Especially, and horrifically, the sample size of babies exposed to tuberculosis in an El Paso hospital. What the hell, Texas?! [Jezebel]

And while we’re talking about the Lone Star State, a Texas school district has pulled several award-winning books — from the likes of Sherman Alexie, Toni Morrison, Jeanette Walls, and others — from the shelves. The reasons ranged from worries over anti-capitalist messages, to gay characters, to spotlighting the working poor. For serious. [Jezebel]

Some police protect and serve pizza, too. [Consumerist]

Ferguson, Missouri has played host to new waves of violence. Protesters took to the streets after a makeshift memorial for slain youth Michael Brown was destroyed. [MSNBC]

CVS Health publicly admitted that the pharmacy chain had illegally charged about 11,000 women  a co-pay for their birth control. [San Diego 6]


Thinking Big.

I hated school. Had my lesson plan revolved around a time traveling professor stuck in the past and relying on me to get home. That sounds more important than homework. So, there’s a good chance a pilot program in Germany is worth several looks. [Forbes]

Emma Watson is freaking awesome. Click that. [The Independent]

A lot of people are sick of Facebook. The ads. The data mining. The experiments. The why-is-there-a-three-year-old-post-in-my-most-recent-feed. Many wish that the thing that’s inevitably going to pop up and render Facebook obsolete would get of its butt and go about doing that. A new “Anti-Facebook Social Network” says its (at least almost) ready to step up to the plate. It’s called Ello, and it alleges it’s in beta testing. I’ll believe it when I see it. [Motherboard]