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If you could ask Vladimir Putin one question, what would it be? Submit it to Russian National Central Television's woman in Alaska, and the Russian leader may answer it in his annual, sit-down Q-and-A.

Alex DeMarban

At any given day at Southside Gym in Anchorage, Alaskan powerlifters who compete in the Special Olympics can be found working out, trash-talking and joking around. 

Tara Young
The idea behind “American River Renegades” was to feature people who make their living along the water. For PJ Simon, a Koyukon Athabascan who grew up at the foot of the Brooks Range, that means subsistence fishing and hunting. Alex DeMarban
Joel Isaak's love for working with live materials comes from a desire to pursue the historical materials and processes used by his Athabascan ancestors. But Isaak credits the European part of his heritage for the realization of art’s power to express emotion and to communicate.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans
From Irwin Ravin's pivotal 1972 arrest to the trooper claiming a superhuman sense of smell, and everything in between, take a look at Alaska's colorful, criminal and confusing relationship with marijuana over the past four decades.Megan Edge,Laurel Andrews
From Fairbanks to Homer, travel companies are opening early to welcome Alaskans before the crowds arrive, and the packages are priced right -- but you might have to act fast.Scott McMurren
Chicken soup with matzo balls, lovingly known by my Jewish friends as "Jewish penicillin," is traditionally served as part of the Jewish holiday Passover meal, which falls this year between April 14 and April 22, but it does a body good no matter what time of year.Kim Sunée
A state economic trends report says that the beer industry is bubbling in Alaska, but brewers say there is a lot for lawmakers to change if they want the momentum to continue.Megan Edge
Quillwork was a popular style for decorating Athabascan garments until Europeans introduced glass beads in the mid-1800s. Now, two Athabascan artists and an art conservator are recreating the ancient art of quillwork.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans
This week, there was a devastating lack of Sarah Palin in "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," and everything felt a bit less amazing.Maia Nolan-Partnow



Lawmakers should end Alaska courts' experiment in public shaming

OPINION: The rationalization for keeping dismissed criminal charges public is the very reason they need to be kept confidential: Too many people are not willing to believe that someone charged with a crime can be innocent. But hundreds of people are acquitted or have their cases dismissed each year.Marcelle McDannel