About two dozen people gathered near the Capital School and Terry Miller Legislative Office building on Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Attendees held candles and talked about the children who were killed on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Among other topics, they also discussed the propensity for gun-related violence and the lifting of an assault weapons ban that occurred eight years ago.
Local organizer Larry West says he got the idea for the event from the website MoveOn.org which called for similar vigils around the country on Saturday.
Adam Lanza, 20, is believed to have shot twenty children and seven adults — including his mother — before turning the gun on himself as officers converged on the school on Friday.
- A man suspected in the robbery of a Best Western employee has been arrested. Keith Joseph Nelson Jr., 20, was arrested Wednesday night.
- Representatives of Ketchikan High School’s volleyball team came to the Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday with a long list of complaints, including gender bias, alleged violations of Title IX, and objectification of the athletes involved in volleyball.
- Young says he sympathizes with the 9/11 victims, but says the law allowing them to sue Saudi Arabia threatens national security and the safety of Americans deployed abroad.
- For the first time since February, the statewide temperature index for Alaska dipped below normal earlier this week.