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Alaska News Reporter and Marijuana Advocate Quits On-Air In Dramatic Fashion: WATCH

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In a bid to help drum up support for Alaska's Ballot Measure 2 - which would legalize recreational pot use in the state - Anchorage news reporter Charlo Greene announced on-air that she would be quitting her broadcast job to devote all her energy to the green cause. 

“Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f--k it, I quit.”

Watch the segment and a video of Greene explaining why she quit, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: language)

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Alaska Supreme Court Implements Survivor Benefits for Gay Couples

AlaskaGay marriage is not legal in the state of Alaska, but on Friday the state's Supreme Court made a major decision the state's fight for equality.

The court ruled the case of Harris v. Millennium Hotel, and their verdict ensures same-sex couples in Alaska are now offered the same survivor benefits as their straight counterparts. The ruling extends the scope of the state's workers’ compensation law, which requires employers to provide benefits to the spouse of a person who dies from a work-related injury.

Now everyone will have their day in court.

The case of Harris v. Millennium Hotel was filed by Lambda Legal, on behalf of Deborah Harris, who was seeking survivor benefits after her partner Kerry Fadely was killed by a disgruntled former employee at her place of employment, Anchorage’s Millennium Hotel.

(h/t Lambda Legal)


Alaskan Seaplane Has a Close Encounter With a Surfacing Whale: VIDEO

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In the remote town of Angoon, Alaska, Thomas Hamm shot this impressive footage of a seaplane coming this close to landing on top of a whale.

Luckily, the pilot was able to pull up at the last second and avoid collision, but not before the whale surfaced and cleared its blowhole – drenching the plane’s windshield.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Alaska Files Brief Arguing That 'as a Sovereign State' It Has Right to 'Define and Regulate Marriage'

In an official brief in the May 12 lawsuit Hamby v Parnell filed in the U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska has stated that the five plaintiff couples have had none of their constitutional rights violated and therefore no legal justification for their goal.

AlaskaAlaska’s Department of Law, arguing on behalf of Gov. Sean Parnell, claim that the lawsuit raises a political question rather than a legal one and that under the amendment “Alaska has the right as a sovereign state to define and regulate marriage.”

In 1998, Alaskan voters passed a constitutional amendment to define marriage as existing only between one man and one woman. Plaintiffs in the May 12 challenge argued that the amendment clashes with a guarantee of due process and equal protection provided by the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit aims to have out-of-state same-sex marriages recognized in Alaska and to provide for same-sex marriage in the state.

Plaintiff Matthew Hamby argue that he and and his husband took a stand because “it's important to us that our family is recognized by the State of Alaska and that we have the same rights and privileges as others."


Here's What It's Like When a Massive Bear Comes to Hang Out With You: VIDEO

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Drew Hamilton, a tech worker at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, recently shared an incredibly close encounter with an Alaskan Brown Bear at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

The area is well-known as the world's largest gathering place of brown bears (there is even a webcam from which you can view it at certain times of the year), however, Hamilton probably wasn't counting on getting this close to one, even if his stomach may have already been stuffed with fish.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Hamilton's bear does seem a lot less hungry than this bear or this bear.

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Alaska Thunderf*ck's Music Video For 'Your Makeup Is Terrible' Is A Feast For The Eyes: WATCH

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Remember "Red for Filth," the fragrance from RuPaul's Drag Race season five finalist Alaska Thunderf*ck? The hilarious commercial made an impression, and RuPaul laughed harder at one line than any other: a foxy Alaska looks stunned as a member of the pit crew whispers in her ear, "Your makeup is terrible!"

Clearly Alaska decided to capitalize on a good thing, and now we've got a wacky, wild, and stunning music video for a song of the same name. Watch as the queen appears both in and out of drag, with incredible makeup designs that no one would dare read (for filth). 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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