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This letter was submitted to Seward City News by Scott and Krista Smith, the sister and brother-in-law of Micah McComas. This week our family has become a reluctant, but passionate champion of the rights of victims’ and victims’ family’s rights.  On Sunday, October 1, we were informed that our son, […] The post A Letter from the Family of Micah McComas appeared first on Seward City …
10.06 / 23:44
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By Katherine Schake “Can we do it again?” is a common response of youngsters working through “The Art of Gold Panning” lesson developed by Marc Swanson for the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (KMTA). This newest lesson offers students an authentic experience panning for gold, testing metal conductivity, learning […] The post Award-Winning Alaska Curriculum Available for Primary and Secondary Students appeared first on Seward City News…
10.06 / 19:39
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Since Hurricane Maria, people in Puerto Rico have been without easy access to electricity, clean drinking water, or food. Many are still staying in shelters; some are living in the ruins of their homes. The once-lush green trees were stripped bare and uprooted. But all is not lost. There are two quintessential Puerto Rican sounds that survived: One is the plaintive song of the tiny coqui frog. The other is the improvised Afro-Puerto Rican call-and-response musical tradition known as Plena.…
10.06 / 15:46
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The State Street Corporation, a financial services company that put the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street to promote the importance of women working in corporate leadership roles, will pay $5 million after an investigation found that it underpaid female and black executives. The company denies any wrongdoing, but will pay as part of a settlement with the Department of Labor. Law360 reported on the payout earlier this week , and Bloomberg posted the text of the conciliation agreement…
10.06 / 15:46
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The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly seven-year streak of continuous job gains, but economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market. Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate…
10.06 / 15:46
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Good morning, here are our early stories: -- International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Peace Prize. -- Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive. -- Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan. And here are more early headlines: Trump's Cryptic Reference To "Calm Before The Storm". ( NBC ) Nate Predicted To Hit U.S. Gulf Coast As A Hurricane. ( NHC ) U.K. Leader Says She Has Support After Speech With Mishaps. ( BBC )…
10.06 / 15:46
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMThz7eQ6K0 In 1980, David Bowie was in the middle of a new kind of transformation. After launching himself to stardom in 1969 with his first hit single, " Space Oddity ," he spent a decade morphing from Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to Halloween Jack to The Thin White Duke — a series of characters that also emblemized radically different approaches to rock music, from sci-fi glam to stark experimentalism. By the end of the '70s, however, he d…
10.06 / 12:17
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Lo Moon seemed to come out of nowhere last year, and the trio of Matt Lowell, Crisanta Baker, Samuel Stewart have been steadily peeling back the layers ever since. What's been revealed to date is a neo-classic sound with cascading keyboard textures, rhythmic crescendos, shimmering guitars and cinematic lift. Our first taste of the band was "Loveless," a song with big sound that's as intimate as it is anthemic. Their latest single, "This Is It," maintains the seductive ambient charm and…
10.06 / 12:17
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A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday will consider a motion to delay the start of next week's high profile trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia associates. In two motions filed by one of the defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville armed standoff this week, the court-appointed attorneys for militia sympathizer Ryan Payne argue that the trial should be delayed in light of Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas at a country music concert that left 59 dead and almost 500 injured.…
10.06 / 12:17
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Last weekend's massacre in Las Vegas is only the latest reminder of the persistent gun violence in the United States. And a new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence not related to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared to those in much of the rest of the world. Take countries with the top indicators of socioeconomic success — income per person and average education level, for instance. The United States ranks ninth in the world among them, b…
10.06 / 12:17
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If you've ever called 911 to report an emergency, thank the Johnson Crime Commission. Establishing a national emergency number was just one of more than 200 recommendations the Commission offered up in a landmark 1967 report "for a safer and more just society." Two years earlier, President Lyndon Johnson had appointed lawyers, educators, law enforcement officers, social workers and others – 19 members in all — to the group officially called the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and …
10.06 / 12:17
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The City of Seward has posted its winter seasonal positions in our classifieds section. Need a job? Take a look! The post City Winter Seasonal Positions Posted appeared first on Seward City…
10.06 / 10:45
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Homer, AK – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $13.4 Million this year to 52 recipients across the country including $403,000 to Alaska’s Cook Inletkeeper, a community-based non-profit organization and major recipient of USDA’s 2017 Farmer’s Market Outreach Program (FMPP). “It’s an amazing step forward for local […] The post Alaska’s Farmers Markets are Growing appeared first on Seward City News…
10.06 / 10:45
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Please join us for a Public Reception to honor outgoing Mayor Jean Bardarson and outgoing City Clerk Johanna Kinney: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers The post Public Reception for Mayor Bardarson and City Clerk Johanna Kinney October 9 appeared first on Seward City N…
10.06 / 10:45
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  Final Election Results for October 3, 2017 Municipal Election   The City of Seward Canvass Board met today and certified the final results of the election.  They are as follows: Mayor (one seat) Dave Squires 428 Tim McDonald 83 Write ins 12   City Council (three seats) Sue McClure […] The post Municipal Election Final Results appeared first on Seward City …
10.06 / 10:45
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpVaxEJc5kk The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a group working to establish a global prohibition on nuclear weapons under international law. Last year's prize went to Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia. The decision surprised many ; peace talks in Colombia were not concluded, and it's rare for the committee to award a prize to only one half of a peace negotiation. Copyright 2017…
10.06 / 09:32
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnhovVz7NR0 At the marathon Senate Budget Committee hearing this week, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., strolled in like a man who had just quit his job and was ready to tell the boss what he really thinks. "I have difficulty putting that much energy in to discussing this budget document because this is some of the most meaningless work that we do here," Corker said with a sigh. "It has nothing to do with the chairman or the committee. It's a waste of time." Corker…
10.06 / 09:32
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Suing one's employer can be scary enough, but it's even scarier doing it alone. Many employers are increasingly requiring workers to sign agreements requiring them to resolve workplace disputes about anything from harassment to discrimination to wage theft through individual arbitration. In other words, the language does not permit them to join forces with colleagues who might have similar complaints. Whether such prohibitions on collective arbitration are legal is at issue in a trio of…
10.06 / 08:39
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Investigators in Las Vegas are sifting through evidence they've gathered from the homes of the man who sprayed a concert crowd with gunfire. They've begun to interview his girlfriend. They've learned quite a bit about Stephen Paddock's past and preparation, but there is still no explanation why he damaged and destroyed so many lives. Ken Russell is a retired wildlife biologist who lives in the same neighborhood where the Las Vegas shooter lived, in the sunny retirement community of Sun…
10.06 / 06:28
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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: During the Obama administration, many conservatives railed against the IRS. They accused the agency of going on a witch hunt against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations seeking tax exempt status. In fact, the IRS was targeting many progressive groups, too. That's the finding in a new report by the Treasury Department's own watchdog, as NPR's Peter Overby reports. PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: The scandal goes back to…
10.06 / 05:10
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