News archive from 9 April 2015

Beloved giant agave, 81, dies in Michigan greenhouse

Beloved giant agave, 81, dies in Michigan greenhouse

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Our friend the giant agave is ready to head off into that great garden in the sky. University of Michigan horticulturists chopped down a 20-foot flower stalk this morning off the celebrity plant, which finally flowered last June...

 
AB asks folks to drink beer -- any beer

AB asks folks to drink beer -- any beer

For all the money that the beer giants spend each year eager to brand their own brews, this new digital campaign is a head-scratcher: "Let's Grab a Beer." Not let's grab a Bud. Or a Bud Light. Or even a Coors. Just an unbranded "Let's...

 

Alaska House passes bill to remove online court records when charges are dismissed

JUNEAU -- The Alaska House on Wednesday easily passed a bill to revoke the public’s access to online court records in cases in which charges have been dismissed or a defendant was found not guilty. Former Gov. Sean Parnell last year vetoed a broader...

 
South Carolina shooting sheds doubt on police

South Carolina shooting sheds doubt on police

The video of a South Carolina police officer shooting a black man in the back as he ran away gives victims of police misconduct new ammunition to overturn common assumptions about police brutality, but families of victims and civil rights advocates...

 
Anchorage mayoral race: An ode to the fringe

Anchorage mayoral race: An ode to the fringe

By now the votes in the Anchorage municipal election have all been cast and the results are being interpreted. It's likely that two of Anchorage’s brightest will compete in a runoff election to be our next mayor. However, it also ushers out the...

 

House panel advances bill creating Alaska marijuana control board

JUNEAU — A bill to create a marijuana board moved forward in the House on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee advanced a new version of a bill to create a board to help regulate the commercial marijuana industry. It now goes to House Finance for...

 
NRA sings the praises of Music Row partnership

NRA sings the praises of Music Row partnership

NASHVILLE -- Five years ago when executives at the National Rifle Association wanted to reach a younger demographic, Nashville's signature music genre fell in the crosshairs. "It's no secret," said Vanessa Shahidi, director of NRA Country...

 
NRA sings the praises of Music Row partnership

NRA sings the praises of Music Row partnership

NASHVILLE -- Five years ago when executives at the National Rifle Association wanted to reach a younger demographic, Nashville's signature music genre fell in the crosshairs. "It's no secret," said Vanessa Shahidi, director of NRA Country...

 
'No Kardashian Parking' signs pop up in L.A.

'No Kardashian Parking' signs pop up in L.A.

Los Angeles based artist Plastic Jesus placed multiple 'No Kardashian Parking' signs around Los Angeles. Morgan Manousos (@MorganManousos) explains the artist's motivation. Parking in Los Angeles has never been easy. But for one famous family in...

 
Anchorage mayor runoff: Berkowitz, Demboski get ready for round 2

Anchorage mayor runoff: Berkowitz, Demboski get ready for round 2

With the runoff in the Anchorage mayor’s race less than a month away, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski didn’t spend too much time celebrating their first- and second-place finishes in the city election Tuesday night.  By Wednesday morning, the...

 

On television in Anchorage

MONDAYSOCCER                Channel 6 a.m.    MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting KC*    FS1 41 3 a.m.    MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers*    Root 36 11 a.m.    English: Manchester at Crystal Palace     NBCS 39 BASEBALL                Channel 9...

 

House passes bill to expand Palmer Hay Flats refuge

A bill that would add nearly 3,000 acres to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge passed the state House on Thursday and now goes to the Senate for approval. The refuge created in 1975 consists of 28,800 acres and runs from the Glenn Highway near the...

 

ASAA board mulls further football shake-ups

The always evolving Alaska gridiron landscape is likely to see more changes in the coming years, with the addition of a new Mat-Su high school and a proposed shake-up of the large-school football conferences looming as potential game-changers.   With...

 
YouTube will let users go ad-free for a fee

YouTube will let users go ad-free for a fee

LOS ANGELES — YouTube will soon give viewers the option of paying a monthly fee to skip ads. On Wednesday, the online video service sent a letter to its most-popular content creators asking them to sign off on new contract terms to allow for the...

 
Anchorage mayoral runoff: Berkowitz, Demboski get ready for Round 2

Anchorage mayoral runoff: Berkowitz, Demboski get ready for Round 2

With the runoff in the Anchorage mayoral race less than one month away, May 5, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski didn’t spend too much time celebrating their first- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the city election Tuesday night.  By...

 
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