November 23, 2010

Happy Tues. Still very icy here. It sprinkled all night and the ice on the roads has thickened in places to an inch, with water pooling on top. AST advises stay put if you do not absolutely have to be someplace. UAF and the FNSB are closed today, as are all SOA and borough offices. The water is coming off our roof as if it was (a) spring. Very strange for November 23. The movie review in today’s New York Times is the following: “A. O. Scott looks at the collapse of moral authority in “The Ice Storm.”” I guess that means we can expect some interesting police reports soon.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. I remember sitting at my desk in a morning class at Pleasant Hill High School in 1963 when the principal announced over the “loudspeaker” that the president had been shot in Dallas, Texas. That turned out to be a crazy decade in America, with other assassinations (Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr.) by zealots who knew better than the rest of us. The zealots are still with us. There were also riots over the war in Vietnam (“Whoopee, we’re all gonna die!”), race riots, political mayhem, and the police riot at the Chicago Democratic National Convention when police officers in uniform beat dirty hippies and newsmen in the streets. National Guard reserves shot students on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio and at Jackson State University in Mississippi. President Tricky Dick Nixon capitalized on the disorder and extended the war for six long years and hundreds of thousands of dead and maimed US military, to say nothing of the people of Vietnam. We seem not to have learned much since those days.

In the Police Report we have some interesting items—


• Tiffany D. Edwards, 22, of North Pole, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault after she allegedly punched and kicked her boyfriend and his mother Friday in North Pole. She also was charged with first-degree criminal trespass because the homeowner told Alaska State Troopers earlier in the month she did not want Edwards at the home, according to charging documents.

• Martin Thomas Keane, 26, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly hit his girlfriend in the mouth and choked her Thursday morning in the 3200 block of Adams Drive. He also was charged with interfering with the report of a crime involving domestic violence after he allegedly pulled a telephone cord out of the wall when the woman called 911.

• Rex Lukas, 31, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend Friday.

Must be the weather.

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