A review of last night’s meeting of a CBJ Assembly committee that focused on residents’ objections to the USA Patriot Act that was passed by Congress in 2001. Then, attorney Mary Alice McKeen reviews a few of the provisions that some say can lead to the erosion of a citizen’s civil liberties. Related Link: SF Chronicle: FBI Checking Out Americans’ Reading Habits
- The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.
- High schoolers tackled a serious topic at this year's annual student government conference: gun violence at school. They listened to a presentation from an organization called Sandy Hook Promise learned about their peers efforts to prevent gun violence on campus.
- Visitors to military bases who don’t have compliant IDs will have to be accompanied by military personnel, which the leaders say will be impractical.
- Southeast Alaska’s independent ferry system is working its way out of a ridership slump. Numbers are up on the Hollis-to-Ketchikan route.