Slideshow: July 4th in Douglas, Alaska

Lavall Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, is comforted by her cousin Alfonzo Hill as she speaks with the media in February. Hall, who was schizophrenic, was fatally shot by police officers earlier this year.
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Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

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In compiling a database of fatal police shootings, The Washington Post took an extra step — finding details about the mental health of the deceased. Reporter Kimberly Kindy relates what she learned.

A detail from the historic pole donated to the Totem Heritage Center by its carver, Tsimshian artist David Boxley. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

A historic Tsimshian symbol of cultural revitalization is restored, donated to Ketchikan museum

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Restoration of the pole means the history and significance of an event that began the Tsimshian renaissance will be preserved for generations to come.

Participating Whale SENSE companies display an orange flag on their vessels. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

With Whale SENSE, Juneau whale watch companies commit to a higher standard

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Seven whale watching companies in Juneau are the first in the state to participate in a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes they go above and beyond federal and state viewing guidelines.

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This picture was taken early June, after Ofi and some friends gathered for dinner around a first king salmon of the season.
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Bristol Bay elder, Alaska Native leader dies at 75

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Olson was a Bristol Bay fisherman, and was the longtime president, CEO and chairman of the board of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation.

Teacher Theressa Phillips reads to the toddler class with Assistant teacher, Brina Compton and teen worker, Kallie Caples looking on. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)

In Petersburg, childcare shortage leaves parents hanging

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There is not enough child care in Petersburg. One of the preschools, the Petersburg Children’s Center, has a waiting list of 45 kids. A planned expansion could help drop that number.

Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, spent two days in Juneau speaking to lawmakers. She is campaigning across the country for Erin’s Law -- House Bill 233 in Alaska -- which would require schools to implement sexual abuse education. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

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Programs funded by the grant would be required to undergo a periodic third-party evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the program.

A severe case of ichthyophonus in a Yukon Chinook filet. (Photo courtesy of

Infected salmon just another problem for Yukon subsistence fishermen

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As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen are expressing frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and now potentially infected fish.

About 70 people gathered in Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall to hear from Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)

Southeast trollers frustrated with low king salmon quota

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Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share of an abundance of kings. The state of Alaska has been locked in a fight with its neighbors to the south over how many fish the fleet can catch.

Wade Hampton was a Confederate general and senator from South Carolina. HIs son-in-law was a territorial judge in Western Alaska and named the census district for him. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Census area no longer honors Confederate general

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Gov. Bill Walker wrote Wednesday to the Census Bureau to begin the process of changing the name from the Wade Hampton Census District to Kusilvak Census District.

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Avian flu hasn’t reached Alaska birds yet, but it could

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The largest avian influenza outbreak to hit the poultry industry in history has spread across the lower 48 U.S. states and Canada, but Alaskan flocks have not yet been affected.

Tobacco use drops in Alaska as e-cigarettes surge

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Tobacco consumption in the state has dipped to its lowest point since the latest available records in 2001.

Coast Guard suspends Alaska search for overboard crew member

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Footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket at 4:16 a.m. Thursday.

Underwear thief gets 90 days in jail

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The man who broke into homes and stole women’s underwear will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Marijuana board holds first meeting, wants laws changed

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Alaska’s newly appointed Marijuana Control Board has proposed four changes to state marijuana laws.

Report: Polar bears’ fate tied to reversing global warming

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If humans don’t reverse global warming and stop the loss of sea ice, it’s unlikely polar bears will continue as a species.

State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

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The canceled grayling program makes up 11 percent of the fish that the Fairbanks hatchery planned to stock next year. The decision also removes grayling production at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage.

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During the Revolutionary War, many loyalists were treated brutally --€” like the tarred and feathered man in this print. When the war wrapped up, loyalists often found they had to fend for themselves, or flee.
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What Happened To British Loyalists After The Revolutionary War?

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Not everyone celebrated when the British surrendered at Yorktown. About a fifth of all colonists remained loyal to the Crown; for them, the American victory spelled exodus and, often, more violence.

American Library Association volunteers in Paris on Feb. 27, 1919.
Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives

When America’s Librarians Went To War

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During the world wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.

St. Laurentius, a polish Catholic church in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, was closed in March amid fears that it would collapse. Since then, the community has pushed back to save the historic building.
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In Philadelphia’s Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

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The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city’s oldest Polish church, but it’s facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.

Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, dropped by the StoryCorps studios to reminisce about Yvette's father, Roy, a Medal of Honor recipient whose daring rescue mission in Vietnam cast ripples into his later life as a father.

For A Medal Of Honor Recipient, Wounds Of War Lingered Into Fatherhood

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Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez led a mission to save eight soldiers in Vietnam — and nearly died in the process. Decades later, his daughter recalls a father who believed honor wasn’t won, but earned.