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Thursday, September 21 2017 @ 08:35 PM AKDT

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Net neutrality is half-dead: Court strikes down FCC’s anti-blocking rules

Tech"The Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules.

Those rules in the Open Internet Order, adopted in 2010, forbid ISPs from blocking services or charging content providers for access to the network. Verizon challenged the entire order and got a big victory in today's ruling. While it could still be appealed to the Supreme Court, the order today would allow pay-for-prioritization deals that could let Verizon or other ISPs charge companies like Netflix for a faster path to consumers.

The court left part of the Open Internet Order intact, however, saying that the FCC still has "general authority" to regulate how broadband providers treat traffic."
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Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Found in Fish Market

Nature"After his 1902 trip to Yemen, scholar and naturalist Wilhelm Hein returned with a variety of plants and animals, which he donated to the Vienna Museum. One of these specimens, a shark, sat unnoticed for more than 80 years. In 1985 it was identified as the first (and only known) specimen of Carcharhinus leiodon, the smoothtooth blacktip shark. Because no others had ever been found by scientists, Alec Moore, regional vice chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group’s Indian Ocean group, says that “some suspected it might be extinct or not a valid species.”

In 2008, during a Shark Conservation Society research expedition to Kuwait’s sharq fish market (the name is a coincidence, it means east in Arabic), Moore says that “amongst the many species of whaler shark was one which looked very similar, but different, to a couple of other species.” Later analysis revealed that although this specimen was more than 3,000 kilometers from where Hein caught his, this was a smoothtooth blacktip, the first new individual seen by scientists in over a century."
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Alaska officials warn drivers of caribou crossing Glenn Highway

Nature"After two vehicle accidents last week involving caribou within about five miles of each other along the Glenn Highway leading to the Interior Alaska community of Glennallen, Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are warning that about 10,000 caribou are wintering near a 30-mile stretch of road there and advising travelers to exercise caution."

ADF&G photo Why do the Caribou cross the road?
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Man Cited for Feeding Moose

Police Blotter On 1-12-14, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Palmer Post, cited Paul Cocker age 47 of Wasilla, for hand feeding carrots to a moose. Cocker was issued a $310 bailable citation with an optional court appearance in the Palmer District Court.
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Runaway Tortoise Found 30 Miles From Home- 6 months later

Pets and AnimalsCan a tortoise actually “run” away?

Whatever the velocity, a 100 pound tortoise lumbered 30 miles before he was found and taken in by a foster family. It took the reptile six months to cover the distance.

Earlier this month the animal was reunited with his Arizona owners, according to the Associated Press.

When taking care of the tortoise, which was renamed “Eddie,” became too much, the foster family decided to place an advertisement in the Copa Monitor, a local publication, in hopes of finding his owner, the AP reported.
“Eddie has quite the personality!” the advertisement said. “He was found as a stray and appeared to be very well taken care of, yet no one came forward to claim him. He is about 15 years old and will live another 70+ years, so a family who is committed to him for life is very, very important.”
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Man credits chihuahua, machete in repelling home invader

Pets and Animals"LAPORTE | A 62-year old LaPorte man wielded a machete to fend off the blows of a home invader early Monday.

However, it might have been his chihuahua named Charlie who kept him from being further harmed by repeatedly biting the suspect.

"If it wasn't for him he would have succeeded in doing whatever he wanted to do, because I was down," said the victim, Roman Dickt, who lives in the 1400 block of West 18th Street."
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I Spent Two Hours Talking With the NSA’s Bigwigs. Here’s What Has Them Mad

Tech"My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks on the tech industry. During the 1990s, I had been working on a book, Crypto, which dove deep into cryptography policy, and it took me years — years! — to get an interview with an employee crucial to my narrative. I couldn’t quote him, but he provided invaluable background on the Clipper Chip, an ill-fated NSA encryption runaround that purported to strike a balance between protecting personal privacy and maintaining national security.

Oh, and I was not permitted to interview my Crypto source at the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. I was crushed; I had grown obsessed with the vaunted triple fence surrounding the restricted area and had climactic hopes that I’d get inside. Instead, the meet occurred just outside the headquarters’ heavily guarded perimeter, at the National Cryptologic Museum. (I did buy a cool NSA umbrella in the gift shop.)

This time around, the NSA’s initial comeback was discouraging. The public relations person suggested that perhaps some unidentified officials could provide written responses to a few questions I submitted. A bit later, an agency rep indicated there was the possibility of a phone conversation. But then, rather suddenly, I was asked if I would be interested in an actual visit to meet with a few key officials. And could I do it… later that week?"
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Public NoticesThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), Land & Resource Management Division, has received an application from Mahay's Riverboat Service for a 5-year temporary land use permit to use borough-owned land located north of Talkeetna, AK, along the Susitna River within Section 26, T27N, R05W, S.M., Alaska. The permit would allow for applicant to provide short nature hikes in association with riverboat tours. The site has a temporary picnic shelter, toilet facility, replicas of a trapper's cabin, cache and native shelter, primitive trails and a dock. Applicant is currently using the site under a 5-year land use permit for similar river tour activities.
Supporting material is available for public inspection during normal business hours on the 2nd floor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building in the Land Management Division at 350 E Dahlia Avenue, Palmer, Alaska. Public comment is invited on this request. If you have any comments please mail or deliver them to the borough offices at the address indicated above, no later than January 19, 2014. If you have questions about this request: call Bruce Paulsen at 861-7867 between 8:00-5:00 or you can send an e-mail to: (PLEASE REFER TO MSB006879 WHEN SUBMITTING COMMENTS).
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Curiosity rover spotted by Mars orbiter

Science"A high-resolution camera mounted on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has collected imagery showing the Curiosity rover's trek across Gale Crater toward a three-mile-high mountain.

Scientists often use the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, camera to study the red planet's evolving geology, detecting intermittent water percolating to the Martian surface, mapping the planet's craters, mountains and canyons, and surveying landing sites for future missions.

HiRISE has also periodically imaged spacecraft already on Mars, including Curiosity, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and the Phoenix lander after it arrived in 2008. "
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Your Pet Dog Could Recognize Your Face From An Image

Pets and Animals"A dog might be a little better at recognizing its owner’s face from an image than previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Animal Cognition.

Researchers tracked the eye movements of canines to investigate whether man’s best friend was able to recognize a familiar face from an image. The team wanted to determine if dogs were able to see faces in images and whether they naturally look at familiar and strange faces differently.

The study involved a total of 23 pet dogs and eight kennel dogs, which were trained to lie still during the image presentation and to perform the task independently.

“Dogs seemed to experience the task rewarding, because they were very eager to participate,” Professor Outi Vainio, leader of the study from the University of Helsinki, said in a statement."

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Aren’t We All Just Giant Versions Of Our Domestic Feline Friends?

Pets and Animals"Cats have been man’s other best friend for thousands of years, with the first felines coming into the lives of humans at least 9,500 years ago, based on a grave unearthed in 2004 in Cyprus that contained the remains of a cat with its possible human master.

Since then, cats have spread to Egypt and throughout the rest of the world and have quickly become the most popular domestic pet in the world today, outnumbering dogs as pets by three to one.

However, while cat lovers often view their cuddly fur balls as another dependent, rather than an actual cat, those fur balls tend to look at us in a somewhat different way.

According to Dr. John Bradshaw, a British anthrozoologist of the University of Bristol, our cat friends look at us as just a larger, more docile version of themselves and has detailed his findings in a new book titled “Cat Sense,” which was recently reviewed by The New York Times."
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A bite of luxury: Kirsten and Mandy Dixon's crab cakes Benedict

Food and Drink"Chefs Kirsten and Mandy Dixon prefer to cook in the woods.

The mother-daughter Alaskan duo were recently in Anchorage but are soon headed back to their remote Winterlake Lodge for the winter season. The lakeside property lies at the entrance to Rainy Pass along the Iditarod trail and is accessible only by floatplane or boat. At the lodge, guests can try activities like dog mushing and cross-country skiing and dine on gourmet meals like seafood paella and brioche French toast made by the Dixons themselves. It's a vacation dream come true, though at $1,400 per full day and night stay, you may need to start saving your pennies now.

It was over 30 years ago that Kirsten and her husband Carl decided to take a path less traveled. Today they are the owners of two lodges, a cooking school, a home goods boutique and La Baleine Café on the Homer Spit. The chefs been featured in heavyweight cooking magazines such as Bon Apetit, Food & Wine, and Saveur, as well as the Food Network and Travel Channel."
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Dead moose cluttering up the yard? What next?

Nature"The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reports on the experience of a Big Lake family that learned first-hand about a catch-22 regarding property owners' responsibility for wildlife carcasses. And with this winter as hard as it has been on area moose, the problem may be more common than usual this spring.

A clearly starving young moose started hanging around Lucille Magee's yard in February. About a month later, her granddaughter discovered the moose's carcass about 20 feet from the house."
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What to do with a dead Alaskan moose in your yard?

Nature"So you just realized the moose that was lying in your yard for the last couple of days has rolled over and died. Who you gonna call?

Ten thousand years ago this was an easy decision. You dealt with it yourself. Or you might have hollered for a few friends to give you a hand. You might have followed an established custom or deferred to the head of the tribe or a village elder.

These days, in America at least, moose and other wild animals are owned by us all and managed by the state. People have changed too. If handed a knife and asked to field dress a moose a large number of Alaskans wouldn’t know where to begin. And most of us wouldn’t want to eat a moose that's been marinating in its own juices for a day or more. So who you gonna call?"
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Police Blotter - Suspended License

Police BlotterOn January 12th, 2014 at approximately 2:09 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop a white 2001 Toyota Corolla for moving violations near Beaver Lake Road, Big Lake. Investigation revealed Vicki L. Gearing, age 39 of Big Lake, was driving while her Alaska driver's license was suspended for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility Insurance. Gearing was issued a misdemeanor citation for DWLS and released from the scene. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.