“A bit of surprise in the forecast for the weekend: a slight chance of light snow expected late Sunday night as arctic air descends on Southeast. That’ll put the brakes on what appears to be the eventual arrival of summer for the Capital City.”
Of course, that’s not true. Besides the potential absurdity of such a late-May forecast for Juneau, you may have been tipped off by a slight change in cadence or inflection in my voice. Or, if you were in the studio just now, perhaps you noticed slight change in my facial expression as I read the forecast.
Recognizing such cues is what Janine Driver does. Called the human lie detector, the former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms specialized in body language and teaching other officers how to recognize signs of deception.
Driver was in Juneau this week for the Alaska Peace Officers Association crime conference.
And, of course, to test her out, I asked Driver to do something that she’s probably been asked many times before…
Janine Driver had presentations scheduled during the Alaska Peace Officers Association crime conference that included a Friday session for the general public.
She highlighted examples of politicians and celebrities caught lying and expanded on her explanation of verbal and visual cues.
- A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives.
- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.
- Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the “capped hybrid head tax.” It's a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.
- A federal district court has sided with conservationists fighting to preserve the U.S. Forest Service's "roadless rule" that limits road building in national forests. Alaska conservationists opposed to expanded logging in Tongass National Forest hailed the ruling as a victory.