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Driver Indicted In Mt. Ballyhoo Crash That Claimed Lives of Two Unalaska Teens

Prosecutors have filed felony charges against the Unalaska teenager who was behind the wheel in last year's fatal car crash off Mount Ballyhoo. An Anchorage grand jury indicted 19-year-old Dustin Ruckman on Friday for allegedly causing the deaths of passengers Karly McDonald, 16, and Kiara Renteria Haist, 18. Ruckman was indicted on two counts of manslaughter, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, and one count of reckless driving. On May 9, 2019, McDonald and Renteria Haist died after...

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Unalaska Schools Host 'Drive-Bye' Summer Sendoff

In past years, on the final day of school, teachers and staff at Unalaska City School and Eagle's View Elementary Achigaalux would come dressed in their finest summer-vacation-themed attire as they'd bid farewell to their students with high-fives, hugs, and warm wishes of a relaxing and productive summer. However, as is the case for many events this spring, the occasion looked starkly different from years past. Because schools have been closed to students since March due to the coronavirus...

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Manhattan's district attorney will not prosecute protesters arrested for breaking the city's curfew during the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance made the announcement Friday, saying the previous policy allowed people to have the low-level offenses dismissed within six months.

This is part of a series looking at pressing coronavirus questions of the week. We'd like to hear what you're curious about. Email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

What risks are there in attending a protest rally?

Modelers say it's difficult to assess how the protests will influence COVID-19 infections. But it's clear that a key ingredient for transmission is present at many of these rallies: close contact.

OK America, we see your sourdough starters, and your Duolingo sessions and your new cross-stitch hobby, and we raise you a Doorway to Imagination.

That's the backyard branch and wood art piece that David North built with all his social distancing-created free time.

His niece Kimberly Adams, a correspondent for the public radio show Marketplace, tweeted about it.