Random Musings from Alaska
By William M. Tsutsui, Hendrix College president & history professor: A Civilian’s Introduction to Our Armed Services
By Paul Szoldra: There’s A New ‘Father And Son Served In Afghanistan’ Puff Piece, And Boy Is It Depressing
By Jeff Schogal: Here’s Why The Ejection Seat Failed During That Fiery B-1B Lancer Emergency Landing
By Amy Perry U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee: Face of Defense: Army Doctor Describes His Rise From Poverty to Follow Dreams
By Navy Seaman Nolan Pennington, Navy Recruiting District Dallas: Face of Defense: Sailor Finds Balance as Navy Recruiter
By Shannon Collins DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Air Force Recruiters Learn About Innovations for Next-Gen Special Ops Airmen
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn, 121st Air Refueling Wing: Patriot North Exercise Prepares Military, Civilian First Responders
Photos By Air Force Master Sgt. Stephen D. Schester: Airmen Clear Acres to Build Camp Kamassa
On This Day
1942 – World War II: During the Beisfjord massacre in Norway, 15 Norwegian paramilitary guards help members of the SS to kill 288 political prisoners from Yugoslavia.
The Beisfjord massacre (Norwegian: Beisfjord-massakren) was a massacre on 18 July 1942 at Lager I Beisfjord (German for “Beisfjord Camp No.1”, Norwegian: Beisfjord fangeleir) in Beisfjord, Norway of 288 political prisoners. The massacre had been ordered a few days earlier by the Reichskommissar for Norway Josef Terboven.
Born On This Day
1915 – Roxana Cannon Arsht, American judge (d. 2003)
Roxana Cannon Arsht (July 18, 1915 – October 3, 2003) was an American judge. She was the fifth woman to be admitted to the bar in the U.S. state of Delaware, and the first to hold a judicial position in the state’s history. After retiring, she took part in a philanthropic career until the end of her life. Arsht received several awards for her work, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in 1986.
Roxana Cannon was born in Wilmington, Delaware, at Second and Adams streets, to Samuel and Tillie Statnekoo Cannon. Her father was an immigrant from Russia, and emphasized the importance of education. After attending public schools across Wilmington, she received a bachelor of arts degree from Goucher College, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a degree in law in 1939; she was one of two women to graduate in her class. Cannon passed the Bar in 1941, but was unable to find a job, which became even more difficult when she married fellow lawyer Samuel Arsht. She became a mother of two daughters, and focused her attention on working for the reproductive rights of women, including through her involvement in the development of Planned Parenthood’s Delaware office.
She began working for Delaware Family Court in 1962 in a volunteer master position. Nine years later, the Governor of Delaware Russell W. Peterson appointed Arsht as a judge in Delaware Family Court, making her the first woman to hold a judicial position in the state’s history. She retired from the position in 1983, and started a new job in philanthropy. Arsht and her husband contributed $2 million to the campaign towards the construction of Arsht Hall on the primary campus of the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (now called Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). She was the first women to serve on the Medical Center of Delaware’s board between 1993 and 1997, and was a trustee of the Christiana Care Health System for nearly 30 years. Before the death of her husband, she donated $2.5 million in support of the construction of the Roxana Cannon Arsht Surgicenter. She died at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on October 3, 2003.
Arsht was a role model for woman practicing law, and created a precedent which allowed others to follow. She described herself as “gutsy, independent and not afraid to challenge the status quo” and was considered one of Delaware’s most influential women in the past half-century. She received numerous awards which included the First State Distinguished Service Award, the Josiah Marvel Cup, the Trailblazer Award, and was granted recognition from the National Conference for Community and Justice. In 1986, Arsht was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.
By Gary Price: University of Wyoming Libraries Receives Grant to Digitize Stereograph Images of Wyoming Including Yellowstone National Park
By Victoria Kim: Judge lifts controversial order requiring the L.A. Times to alter article about an ex-Glendale cop
By Rina Raphael: The struggle to be New Mexico’s 1st Native American congresswoman
By Jessica Leigh Hester: The Dazzlingly Colorful Atlases That Brought the Night Sky Within Reach Detailed maps of the heavens weren’t just for scholars.
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By Niger Innis: Let’s remove the legal shield from hackers who rob us of our civil rights
By Leah Sottile: How We Made the “Bundyville” Podcast & Series How my solo project became a cross-institutional quest
By Arnie Fertig: How to Volunteer Yourself Into a New Job Skills-based volunteering builds and demonstrates your abilities to collaborate and communicate, show initiative, solve problems and provide leadership.
By Carly Stern: The German Entrepreneur Who Took the Clump out of Coffee
Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz (31 January 1873 – 29 June 1950), born Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher, was a German entrepreneur who invented the coffee filter in 1908.
Bentz was born in Dresden. Her father was a publisher.
As a housewife, Bentz found that percolators were prone to over-brewing the coffee, espresso-type machines at the time tended to leave grounds in the drink, and linen bag filters were tiresome to clean. She experimented with many means, but ended up using blotting paper from her son Willi’s school exercise book and a brass pot perforated using a nail. When the grounds-free, less bitter coffee met with general enthusiasm, she decided to set up a business. The Kaiserliche Patentamt (Imperial Patent Office) granted her a patent on 20 June 1908, and on 15 December the company was entered into the commercial register with 73 Pfennig as “M. Bentz.” After contracting a tinsmith to manufacture the devices, they sold 1,200 coffee filters at the 1909 Leipzig fair.
Her husband Hugo and their sons Horst and Willi were the first employees of the emerging company. In 1910, the company won a gold medal at the International Health Exhibition and a silver medal at the Saxon Innkeepers’ Association. When the First World War erupted, metals were requisitioned for use in zeppelin construction, her husband was conscripted to Romania, paper was rationed, and coffee beans import was impossible due to the British blockade, disrupting the normal business. During this time she supported herself by selling cartons.
Continuing expansion caused them to move their business several times within Dresden. By 1928 the demand for their products was so high that the 80 workers had to work in a double-shift system. As no satisfactory production facilities could be found in Dresden, the fast-growing company moved in 1929 to Minden in eastern Westphalia. By that time 100,000 filters had been produced.
Horst took over the company, now “Bentz & Sohn,” in 1930. She transferred the majority stake in Melitta-Werke Aktiengesellschaft to Horst and Willi in 1932, but kept a hand in the business, ensuring that the employees were cared for, offering Christmas bonuses, increasing vacation days from 6 to 15 days per year, and reducing the working week to 5 days. Bentz fostered the company’s “Melitta Aid” system, a social fund for company employees.
After the outbreak of World War II, production stopped and the company was ordered to produce goods to aid the war effort. At the conclusion of war, the workers relocated for a time to old factories, barracks, even pubs, because the surviving portions of the main factory had been requisitioned as a provisional administration for the Allied troops, a condition that held for twelve years. By 1948, production of filters and paper had resumed, and at the time of her death at Holzhausen at Porta Westfalica in 1950, the company had reached 4.7 million Deutsche marks.
The grandchildren of Melitta Bentz, Thomas and Stephen Bentz, still control the Melitta Group KG headquartered in Minden in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, with some 3,300 employees in 50 companies.
Two Nerdy History Girls: From the Archives: A Pretty, Witty Pineapple Reticule, c1800
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Anchorage Police Department: The July 4th Seward Highway Traffic Detail results are in!
By Associated Press: 5 Fairbanks inmates convicted in 2017 prison riot
By Liz Raines: Mat-Su crime prompts call for borough-funded policing
“My sense is that people want something done — and like, you know, most taxpayers, they want it done for free,” Sykes said. “And that’s not going to happen. I’ve assured people that it’s going to cost something.”
Repayment plans, interest charged?
By Tegan Hanlon: Alaska officials want medical providers to pay back millions in Medicaid payments
By Kalinda Kindle: Rising student loan interest rates, what will it mean for students
Going into effect this month, undergraduates who take out a loan with the federal government will see a 13 percent increase in interest rate compared to last year.
By Derek Minemyer: KRSA fails to halt pink salmon hatchery production in Prince William Sound
By Michelle Therriault Boots: This 17-year-old may be the youngest person ever to open a store in Alaska’s biggest mall
By Scott Gross: Walker signs Alaska workplace smoking ban
By Steve Edwards: It’s midsummer, and the local farmers markets are hopping
By Heather Hintze: Price, space push new homes to Mat-Su
By Jack Carney: Anchorage Assembly sends potential pot shop back to community council
By Becky Bohrer, Associated Press: Democratic candidate for U.S. House seat doesn’t live in Alaska
By Dave Leval: ABL fan’s favorite seat is left-field choice
By Christine Cunningham: Somewhere on Johnson Pass, a free lunch awaits
RRANN Nursing Camp Nursing Camp program at University of Alaska Anchorage focusing on educating Alaska Native and American Indian youth of Alaska interested in a nursing career.
Dr. Hardesty on Second-Line Maintenance Therapy for Ovarian Cancer
By Kalinda Kindle: Seniors from fifty to ninety are getting up and getting fit at Anchorage Senior Activity Center.
By Julia O’Malley: Tell us what you remember about Alaska’s Blockbuster days
Edible Alaska: Making use of your fresh-grown root veggies
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Memphis style ribs
Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven.”
“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.”
“Pain changes your life forever. But so does healing from it.”
“There’s no such thing as what you ‘should’ be doing with your life.”
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Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
by Ryan Holiday (Author)
A stunning story about how power works in the modern age–the book the New York Times called “one helluva page-turner” and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as “riveting…an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read.” Pick up the book everyone is talking about.
In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel’s sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn’t consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private.
This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker’s CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker’s demise was not incidental–it had been masterminded by Thiel.
White Heat: A Novel (An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery)
by M. J. McGrath (Author)
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, White Heat is the first book in the gripping Edie Kiglatuk Mystery Series, with “an Arctic setting so real it’ll give you frostbite” (Dana Stabenow, author of A Cold Day for Murder)
Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from her community’s Council of Elders. While Edie is leading two tourists on a hunting expedition, one of them is shot and killed. The Council wants to call it an accident, but Edie and police sergeant Derek Palliser suspect otherwise. When the other tourist disappears, Edie sets off into the far reaches of the tundra for answers.
A stunning debut novel, White Heat launches a formidable new series set amidst an unforgiving landscape of ice and rock, of spirit ancestors, and never-rotting bones.
Lexie Starr Cozy Mysteries Boxed Set (Three Complete Cozy Mysteries in One) (A Lexie Starr Mystery)
by Jeanne Glidewell (Author), Alice Duncan (Editor)
Join widowed library assistant and amateur sleuth Lexie Starr on her first three encounters with mayhem, murder, and a potential suitor.
Book 1: Lexie Starr accidently discovers that her new son-in-law may be guilty of murdering his first wife. Then Lexie’s daughter, Wendy, disappears.
Book 2: At the Grand Opening of a local B&B, the Historical Society’s president is found murdered in the inn’s grandest suite, and Lexie, much to the owner’s chagrin, horns her way in on the investigation.
Book 3: Lexie Starr has converted her boyfriend’s B&B into a haunted house for Halloween. But when a young college student is found truly dead in the makeshift coffin in the parlor, Lexie fears for her boyfriend’s business and sets out to solve the murder.
Born to be My Baby (Canyon Creek, CO Book 1)
by Lori Ryan (Author), Kay Manis (Author)
USA Today calls Ryan and Manis, “the ideal romance-writing duo.” Find out why with book one in this sexy, heart-warming new series. Born to be My Baby can be read as a standalone book, but you’ll want to read them all!
She didn’t want him home any more than he wanted to be there …
Ben Sumner left the suffocating small town of Canyon Creek, Colorado ten years ago, and never looked back. His father’s death has brought him home, only to discover his parents have leveraged the family land to build their dream lodge. His mother could lose everything if Ben doesn’t find a way to meet the terms of a steep loan.
Kickass Sidekicks: Murder Mysteries With Detective Duos
by Julie Smith (Author), Adrienne Barbeau (Author), Tracy Whiting (Author), Shelley Singer (Author), Rob Swigart (Author)
DOUBLE TROUBLE, DOUBLE FUN!
Who is Holmes without his Watson, Scully without her Mulder? Half the fun of a witty, fast-paced mystery is watching two wildly different kinds of detectives duke it out verbally while puzzling out a nearly impossible solution. Especially if they happen to be attracted to each other. In these five, some are, some aren’t, but in each case, these dynamic duos complete, complement and—often—thoroughly infuriate each other. (In the friendliest possible way, of course.) Double detectives, double fun at less than half the normal price!
Editor’s Note: These are all full-length novels, not short stories, and, in the great tradition of The Omnibus are a collection of themed books, meant to showcase partners working together, not to introduce first novels in a series. Many of these are mid-series–but they in no way depend on the rest of the series. Simply enjoy as stand-alones!
They’d be Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito if this were a movie. In Louisiana Lament, they’re P.I.s Talba Wallis and Eddie Valentino. Talba’s a young, African-American, computer-brilliant, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and a noted poet by night; Eddie’s pushing seventy, white, hopelessly tech-challenged, and pretty much burned out. Somehow, they make it work—with Talba’s tech-and-street smarts, and Eddie’s old-school hard-earned savvy, they even complement each other.
MAKE ME DEAD
How can you go wrong with a 500-year-old vampyre movie star and her mortally attractive crush—a macho, all too human L.A. cop, on a jaunt to New Orleans in this adventure. A flaming hot combo to begin with, but spiced up with author Barbeau’s sassy writing, it’s a treat for cozy and paranormal fans alike. Because, as always in a Vampyres of Hollywood mystery, the biting wit is sharper than a nip from a passing vampyre—humor, wit, and satire are what this engaging series is really all about.
THE 13TH FELLOW
American Professor Havilah Gaie has always seen herself as “an academic version of Pam Grier’s characters: smart, quick on their feet, loyal with a keen sense of purpose.” Now she’s got a chance to suit up for action because suddenly she’s a witness in a murder—in Provence. Havilah’s at the center of the mystery, and so is Thierry Gasquet, a dashing French agent who doesn’t care much for amateur detectives. Who resists a dashing French agent? Hint: It’s a lot of fun watching Havilah try.
SPIT IN THE OCEAN
Ex-Chicago-cop Jake Samson and his ever-sharp Watson, Rosie Vicente, hired by a bank to find out who made an unauthorized withdrawal, blow into a coastal California town as a savage storm is approaching. It was quite a bank job–the vault emptied out, not a shot fired. In fact, it resembled a burglary more than a bank job, but when you rob a sperm bank, that’s sometimes all it takes. Need we say Jake and Rosie have a ball!
THE DELPHI AGENDA
Papyrologist Lisa Emmer and her cohort, a mysterious banker named Steve, unravel of secrets of ancient history mixed in with a chilling conspiracy that brings to mind the best of Dan Brown. What’s going on: The Inquisition is back! And this time they have technology. An action-packed and very exotic international thriller!
Bloggers & Authors
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You Can Bet Your Bottom Dollar I Did My Research
by Tracy L. Ward
If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “Canadian history just isn’t that interesting,” I could retire a very wealthy woman. It seems, in comparison to the oft romanticized aspects of American history (a rebellion for liberty from British rule, a civil war to free the enslaved and multiple presidential assassinations) any history Canadians have been a part of feels downright yawn worthy.
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By Ian Hutson: One misty, moisty, very sad morning – a stroll along the Middlewich #narrowboat #england
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Chuck Wendig Terrible Minds: Awkward Author Contest 2018: Winner, And Now It’s Your Turn – We’ll keep voting open till Wednesday, July 25th.