Woody the Steller sea lion dies at Alaska Sealife Center

SEWARD — A 22-year-old Steller sea lion that was one of the original residents of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward was euthanized Monday.The center… Continue reading

Around town for Tuesday, Nov. 10

Moon Walk Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wells Fargo Dimond Park Fieldhouse. For ages 1-14. Fee is $12 per child, multi-kid discount available.Valley Toastmasters… Continue reading

In this Nov. 24, 2014  photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

In first, global temps could average 1.8 degrees higher

STOCKHOLM — This year is on track to be a record 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the 19th-century average, hitting a symbolic milestone in the… Continue reading

In this Nov. 24, 2014  photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

In tougher tests, Juneau students beat state average

Although approximately two-thirds of Alaska students did not “meet standards” according to a tough new grading scale, Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley said the low… Continue reading

Russel S. Griffin, appears in court for his first sentencing hearing in February 2015. He was sentenced Monday to serve 25 years in prison for sexually abusing two Juneau girls in 2010 and 2011.

Abuser gets 25 years for harming two girls

The first time Russel S. Griffin appeared in court to be sentenced for sexually abusing two preteen girls in Juneau, it didn’t go well.The 50-year-old… Continue reading

Russel S. Griffin, appears in court for his first sentencing hearing in February 2015. He was sentenced Monday to serve 25 years in prison for sexually abusing two Juneau girls in 2010 and 2011.

Juneau Assembly passes marijuana zoning ordinance; restricts cultivation in residential areas

On Monday night, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly seemed to take a ping-pong approach to zoning rules for marijuana businesses.There was a lot… Continue reading

Thief steals $3K worth of art from AMHS office

Alaska State Troopers were notified Thursday of the theft of more than $3,000 worth of art prints from the Alaska Marine Highway System office in… Continue reading

Soldotna man pleads guilty in dog beating death

A Soldotna man charged with animal cruelty changed his plea to guilty and accepted a lesser charge from the state on Friday.During a hearing at… Continue reading

Local teacher takes home top prize

As a student in the Juneau public school system, Amy Jo Meiners had her first lesson in the art of teaching while watching a fourth-grade… Continue reading

2 Americans among 5 killed in rare Jordan police shooting

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian police captain opened fire Monday on instructors at an international police training center in Jordan’s capital, killing at least five… Continue reading

In this Oct. 20 photo, Carolyn Reilly, bottom center left, and her husband, Ian, bottom center right, and their children, clockwise from bottom left, Jonas, Elliot, Evelyn and Joy pose for a photo as they display their signs protesting the proposed natural gas pipeline at their home in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

Keystone off the table, but pipeline fight builds

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising… Continue reading

In this Oct. 20 photo, Carolyn Reilly, bottom center left, and her husband, Ian, bottom center right, and their children, clockwise from bottom left, Jonas, Elliot, Evelyn and Joy pose for a photo as they display their signs protesting the proposed natural gas pipeline at their home in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

Polarized politics dictated Keystone call

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline has exposed an endlessly polarized Washington, and likely hardened its divides.Obama is… Continue reading

In this photo taken Oct. 19, children stand near the sea wall built by the Senegalese government to help stop rising water levels from destroying homes in Rafangue Village, Saloum Delta in Senegal.

Senegal’s islands on frontline of climate change

DIAMNIADIO ISLAND, Senegal — The place where Fatou Faye’s kitchen once stood is now outlined with short branches of mangroves, a small and perhaps futile… Continue reading

In this photo taken Oct. 19, children stand near the sea wall built by the Senegalese government to help stop rising water levels from destroying homes in Rafangue Village, Saloum Delta in Senegal.

Float lodge planned for eastern POW

A Ketchikan man has applied for permission to build a floating lodge at Cholmondeley Sound on the eastern side of Prince of Wales Island.The Alaska… Continue reading

A mature bald eagle keeps watch for silver salmon at the mouth of Steep Creek at Mendenhall Lake on Monday.

Photo: Glacier guard

A mature bald eagle keeps watch for silver salmon at the mouth of Steep Creek at Mendenhall Lake on Monday.… Continue reading

A mature bald eagle keeps watch for silver salmon at the mouth of Steep Creek at Mendenhall Lake on Monday.

Police & Fire for Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in… Continue reading

Wealth may give advantage for getting organ transplants

ORLANDO, Fla. — You can’t legally buy hearts, kidneys or other organs but money can still help you get one. Wealthy people are more likely… Continue reading

In this Nov. 30, 2006 photo, people watch through glass as a killer whale swims by in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego.

SeaWorld says it will end orca shows in San Diego by 2017

SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld will end orca shows at its San Diego park after visitors at the tourist attraction made it clear they prefer seeing… Continue reading

In this Nov. 30, 2006 photo, people watch through glass as a killer whale swims by in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego.
New York Police Department officers investigate a shooting at a subway station entrance at 35th Street and Eighth Avenue Monday in New York.

3 shot, 1 dead, in Manhattan subway entrance

NEW YORK — An argument that began inside a midtown Manhattan McDonald’s early Monday erupted in gunfire at the steps of a nearby subway entrance… Continue reading

New York Police Department officers investigate a shooting at a subway station entrance at 35th Street and Eighth Avenue Monday in New York.
Pallbearers carry the casket of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis to the grave site at Beaumont Cemetery in Beaumont, Mississippi on Monday. Jeremy Mardis, a 6-year-old autistic boy, was killed and his father wounded when marshals opened fire on their vehicle in Marksville, Lousiana on Nov. 3.

Lawyer: Body cam showed no threats as police killed boy

MARKSVILLE, La. — A police body camera recorded the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy with his hands up and posing no threat as police… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2015
  • By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and REBECCA SANTANA
  • Nation-World
Pallbearers carry the casket of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis to the grave site at Beaumont Cemetery in Beaumont, Mississippi on Monday. Jeremy Mardis, a 6-year-old autistic boy, was killed and his father wounded when marshals opened fire on their vehicle in Marksville, Lousiana on Nov. 3.