May 22, 2020 No. 20-17 JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s job count was down 13.1 percent in April from the same month last year, a loss of 42,200 jobs. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 12.9 percent, up from 5.2 percent in March. The comparable U.S rate rose from...
As Anchorage continues to see a sharp uptick in new COVID-19 cases, two important components of the city’s public health resources are maxed out. The city is scrambling to train new contact tracers and expand testing facilities.
Today's selection from -- Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall. As of November 2014, there are 5,253 known comets. The word "comet" comes from a Greek word that translates as "wearing long hair." Some are believed to contain components of DNA and RNA: "Comets originate well beyond Jupiter in the outer regions of […]
Today's selection -- from The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman. The songs of birds, and the purposes of those songs, are seemingly infinite. Some birds start to learn songs while still in the egg: "Bird songs and calls range from the odd comical cluck and rattle of the willow ptarmigan and the soft piping voice […]
There’s no other way to title our current reality. Science doesn’t care what your political beliefs are. Nor your religious beliefs. It doesn’t care what propaganda you listen to and believe in. COVID-19 is a virus. I am utterly baffled about what people thought was going to happen when we “opened up” given we had […]
Our students have compiled research in three topic areas. Below are the links to their research tables that can be downloaded for searching and viewing. For a state-by-state review of Mandatory Reporter laws, click here. For a state-by-state review of Background Check laws, click...
Our students spent the summer working on the inaugural project of the LDICP. Through their extensive research, massive databases of information on state statutes regarding the abuse of children ave been created and will be posted here as their work is finalized. Here are...
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Here are four new literary agents actively seeking clients. Mariah Nichols is interested in adult and young adult fiction with genres including thriller, upmarket, romance/rom-com, horror, family drama, science fiction/paranormal, and women’s fiction. She is also wanting to represent nonfiction in categories such as cookbooks, memoirs, self-help, lifestyle, and […]
an early long weekend a couple of hours drive and miles away it’s time to have a three generation light show/jump on the beds/stay up late kind of end to the day tonight we fly. — “it is not the jumps you made in your life, but mostly the jumps you haven’t made that are […]
It’s the birthday of the American actor, dancer, singer, songwriter, playwright, and producer George Michael Cohan (1878-1942). His parents were traveling vaudeville performers, and George and his sister Josephine grew up on the stage as part of the family act. Cohan wrote hundreds of songs, including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Over There,” “You’re a […]
I’ve been thinking about hair lately. Supposedly, it’s our crowning glory. Whether your hair is long or short, thick or thin, straight or curly, sleek or frizzy, or balding on top, we all have or had it at one time, or still do. I think of this song as I write this. It tells it […]
Three centenarians were asked the secret of their longevity. With simple grace and wisdom they give us an insight into the optimism and humor that sustain them. as they each share what is most important to them. They exemplify the value of listening to and learning from the lessons of one's own life as they […]
Throughout the years of working on Positively Present, I've discovered that one of the most essential aspects of living a positive and present life is this: keeping an open mind. This sounds much easier than it is, so I created a digital workbook to explore what I believe are the necessary steps needed to truly […]
If you've ever written, or tried to write, fiction, you've learned something very important.Writing fiction is easy—until you try it.Years ago, I read something Jack Bickham wrote in his book, The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes.This pithy guide to better writing is an excellent resource that doesn't overwhelm someone trying to improve the narrative […]
Progressive Rock Through the AgesBy: Stewart BrennanProgressive Rock is one of several experimental genres that evolved out of Rock n Roll in mid 1960’s. It was a purely creative genre that carried at its initial core, reflections of morality, philosophies, political views and the social economic conditions of the times.The genre had a wide range […]
"Jacqueline Cochran was looking for WASP. They told me I would have to be interviewed and they would contact me when they came to the Wichita area. But I didn’t wait for that. I went down to Houston for my interview, to speed things up. And I think that’s one of the smartest things I […]
"My first flight was with a barnstormer at the age of five. I loved it! I also tried to 'fly' out of the barn loft with an umbrella. This was less than successful..." WASP Jean Terrell McCreery, 44-10 The indomitable Marguerite Jean Terrell Moreo McCreery has "...slipped the surly bonds of Earth. And danced the skies on […]
The recent posting of Gridlock at Logan Circle Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, helped to shed some light on this previously unidentified overhead image of Logan Circle in the City. Dating to about the same period in the early 1950s, this photo gives us another perspective of the rotary located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of...
Duke University located in Durham, NC hosts the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History collection which focuses on 20th Century history of marketing. Part of the collection contains images of automotive billboards and advertisements, and for today’s feature we have included a selection of seven billboards. The lead image was taken on June...
Stock footage might not sound too sexy or fun, but hear me out, because this is an easy one to start and doesn’t require any start up funding. In fact, you can start with your smartphone camera. Ready? You Ready Are You Ready GIF from Youready GIFs What is stock footage and how does […]
As you might expect, I’m searching for a book. I probably read it in the 1978 to 1980 time frame, so publishing occurred before that. It is possible I read the book as late as 1982, but I don’t think … Continue reading →
New Kindle and Audiobook Releases, Sales and Freebies Updated almost daily Are you in our FB Group, Ana’s Attic After Dark? Welcome to July! I think I am starting to get my reading mojo back! Yay! I have been reading a little more paranormal lately, it helps me escape from reality a little more. I […]
Washington, D.C., 1924. "Flat spare tires are numerous around Washington these days due to the youthful football players who have found an easier way to inflate the pigskin than using their lungs. 'Billy' Friel shown inflating his football." 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.
I took this scene of Main Street in Johnstown, PA on the afternoon of September 6, 1959. The event was a part of the 1959 annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society that included a tour of the city's remaining five streetcar lines. All were slated for conversion to trolley bus the following June. […]
I submit this photo for the 60th Anniversary of the end of an American institution, the small city streetcar. Shorpy followers will have undoubtedly noticed that a great many of the early 20th Century streetscape photos show the ubiquitous streetcar which in those days was people's primary means of transportation. The occasion here was the […]
In reply to People's Rapid Transit: 1936: Based on the curved bay on the building behind the bus this is the same location as the previous bus image. It appears that the bus in the previous image is still there and just visible behind the foreground bus.
We can all find ourselves in unfair situations, whether that is something that has happened to a loved one or a friend, or even to ourselves. During the time it can feel like the world is against you and that you have nowhere to turn, but you do have the option to fight and take […]
Silicones are made from silicon, a naturally-occurring element that is abundant in sand. However, in order to make silicon available for industrial processes, it’s heated to very high temperatures and reacted with fossil-fuel derived hydrocarbons.1 This may explain why some people who are sensitive to petrochemicals may react to silicones. In order to make […]
Polyethylene is the most widely produced commodity plastic and it is primarily used for packaging. Some common forms of polyethylene are: Low-density polyethylene LDPE is a flexible material that is used in food storage bags, trash and grocery bags, toys, and housewares. The plastic recycling code of LDPE is #4.1 High-density polyethylene HDPE has high strength […]
The African winds are blowing Sahara desert dust across the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of the United States. Some see this as a terrible nuisance. Some see it as a health risk (which it definitely can be). Others–like me–see this as a garden gift from the heavens. Or universe. Why? Because the dust blowing […]
A new study has discovered that bumblebees actually bite plants to induce flowering so they can get to the business of pollinating. “In a sense, the bees are signaling, Hey, we need food. Please speed up your flowering, and we’ll pollinate you.” It’s an incredible discovery. Bees can actually force plants to flower up to […]
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 3, 2020 is: stentorian \sten-TOR-ee-un\ adjective : extremely loud Examples: "'Let it Be' … was uncannily similar to 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' not only in sentiment, but even to its churchy flavor. 'They're both very gospely songs,' [David] Wills says. 'I think 1968 was a very […]
There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, with some recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to […]
The A.V. Club on Music, shared by Alex McLevy to The A.V. Club
It’s been almost 30 years since Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead hit theaters, but the movie is still almost as popular as ever. It’s not only getting a reboot; fans still covet the clothes from the General Apparel West runway show and tell antsy bosses they’re “right on top of that, Rose!” Who can […]
Marah Eakin on Film, shared by Marah Eakin to The A.V. Club
Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That’s why we’re scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to…Read more...
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In the opening 15 minutes of Ju-On: Origins, we see a man in a car with a young girl in the passenger seat, both of them listening to a taped interview show about supposedly supernatural occurrences. The girl gets scared and ejects the tape. Suddenly the camera pulls to a long shot as the man […]
Alex McLevy on TV Club, shared by Alex McLevy to The A.V. Club
FOOL-PROOF and only 4-ingredients! So hearty and rustic with the most amazing crust + fluffy, soft, chewy inside. Seriously, SO GOOD. Guys, please say hello to my COVID baby. Yes, that’s exactly right. My bread baby. My bread baby I made every single week starting in March. My first loaf was…well, it wasn’t the prettiest […]
Everyone’s favorite Swedish meatballs with pasta noodles tossed right into that cream sauce goodness. So heavenly, so good. Is there anything better than Swedish meatballs? The answer to that is yes. And that is Swedish meatballs with perfectly cooked elbow macaroni stirred into that heavenly cream sauce gravy. I know. It’s mind-blowingly-fantastic. Now if elbow […]
Quinoa Salad. I can hear you now. Kwin-what? A highly nutritious and gluten free seed, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is originally from the Andean region of South America. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavor that makes it a great substitute for rice or couscous. Quinoa is packed with nutrition; it’s an exceptional source of protein, containing […]
As we jump from June to July during the most bizarre summer ever due to Covid19, I had a very good week. After four months of quarantine, I drove to NY state for a visit with my son and daughter in law. Although I stayed overnight and we maintained some social distancing, I returned home […]
WASHINGTON — Top U.S. commanders believe they have tentative White House approval to leave just over 4,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond November, delaying a full American pullout until after the presidential election. The plan, worked out at a meeting between Pentagon and White House officials ...
David S. Cloud and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party the North had stopped the novel coronavirus from making inroads in the country, state news agency KCNA said on Friday. "We have thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and ...
Picture of the day Cathedral-Basilica of Mary, Queen of the World, Montreal, Canada. The construction of the cathedral, ordered by Ignace Bourget, began in 1875 in order to replace the former Saint-Jacques Cathedral which had burned in 1852. The building is a scale model of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome and the new church was […]
Picture of the day Cusheon Lake is the third largest lake of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. This picture was taken from a pier on a public beach by Cusheon Lake Road in the early morning, about 2 hours after the sunrise