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Man urinates on other JetBlue passengers

An Oregon man faces charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Rubin, 27, was arrested early on Sept. 11 after JetBlue Flight 47 arrived at Portland International Airport, KOIN-TV reported.

A police report says passengers and airline employees told officers Rubin had been sleeping for most of the flight. About 30 minutes before landing, they said, he stood up and began urinating through the crack between the seats in front of him — and onto the passengers sitting there.

The report says he lost his balance and fell backward, splashing urine on passengers, seats and luggage.

The cabin remained pretty calm, said Suzanna Caldwell, an Alaska Dispatch News reporter who happened to be sitting two rows in front of Rubin.

It’s not like anyone was screaming. I didn’t even realize anything had happened until the flight attendants came up to me and told me police were going to come onboard,” she told the Anchorage newspaper for a story on its website.

Caldwell, who said she was not urinated on, said officers had to wake up Rubin when they got on board since he appeared to have fallen asleep again.

An officer then began interviewing passengers.

At one point, the officer was like, ‘Who got peed on?’ Caldwell said.

Rubin spent about five hours in jail and was released on his own recognizance. He faces charges of criminal mischief and offensive littering.

Rubin did not immediately respond to a message seeking comments.

Bristol Paln slams ‘liberal media’ for coverage of her brawl, says she didn’t even break a nail

Sarah Palin showed the world her “mama grizzly bear” side last week when she called out CNN anchor Carol Costello for ridiculing daughter Bristol Palin.

Costello aired an audio recording of Bristol Palin explaining a Sept. 6 drunken brawl involving the Palin family. In the recording, Palin detailed the tussle outside of an Anchorage home, during which she allegedly pummeled a man she accused of pushing her sister Willow Palin to the ground.

Costello described the recording as “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.”

Sarah Palin took umbrage with that description.

 “What happened on the night in question wasn’t funny,” Sarah Palin wrote on Facebook. “It was humiliating and frightening. My kids aren’t proud of what happened, nor are they seeking sympathy by playing the victim card — that’s why they haven’t commented on this for weeks.”

Costello later apologized for what she said via Politico. Sarah Palin questioned why Costello didn’t apologize to her audience on CNN

Bristol Palin broke her silence concerning the incident on Oct. 22, when she took to her faith-and-motherhood blog to damn the media for once again spreading what she called “rumors” about her family and to explain what really happened on the evening in question.

“I’ve finally decided to comment about the situation. Instead of listening to all the people who weren’t there — people who claim they heard this from their cousin/brother/sister-in-law/step-daughter/long lost little brother — let me tell you what actually happened,” she wrote.

According to Bristol Palin’s account, the fracas was intentionally begun by a young man who wanted to “get famous” by mixing it up with Alaska’s highest-profile family act. She acknowledged taking some swings at a man who pinned her to the ground after calling her a slut and a c**t. 

But Palin went on to say that she couldn’t have hit the man very hard because a manicure she’d received earlier in the day remained intact throughout the ordeal.

She dismissed the coverage of her behavior as the latest example of liberal media bias.

She wrote:

“Here’s the thing.  Violence against women is never okay …  Even if that violence occurs against conservative women.  Imagine for a second the outrage that would happen if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pushed by some guy.  Had she tried to defend herself, the liberal media would’ve held her up as some feminist hero.

But it wasn’t Chelsea.

It wasn’t Hillary.

It wasn’t someone they liked or someone they agreed with.

It was a conservative.”

No charges were filed in connection with the incident. You can read the entire blog post here, but you’ll have to scroll down a few items to find it.

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Palin family reportedly involved in drunken brawl

Police are investigating a fight that broke out at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Police responded to a report late last Saturday, Sept. 6, of a verbal and physical altercation involving about 20 people outside a home in south Anchorage, according to Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.

Castro said she wouldn’t discuss specifics about which Palin family members were involved. She said no one wanted to press charges and no arrests were made at the time of the incident.

Sarah Palin reportedly attended the party along with her husband Todd Palin, who was celebrating his 50th birthday.

The case remains under investigation.

Alaska blogger Amanda Coyne wrote that Track Palin, Sarah Palin’s 25-year-old son, got into a fight with the ex-boyfriend of his sister Willow. The owner of the house intervened, the Palin women began screaming, with teen mother Bristol taking several swings while Sarah Palin yelled, “Don’t you know who I am?” according to Coyne, as reported by CNN.

CNN was unable to confirm Coyne’s reporting and the network’s attempts to reach Palin for comment went unanswered.

Palin family attorney John Tiemessen was on a hunting trip and unavailable for comment.

Anchorage finds potentially uncounted April ballots

Anchorage city officials have discovered a batch of 141 ballots that potentially weren’t counted during April’s city election, when a gay rights measure failed.

Assembly Chair Ernie Hall and Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones said in a recent statement that the ballots were found in sealed bags on July 11, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The bags were supposed to only contain ballots that were already run through an optical scanner and counted. However, three bags contained some possibly uncounted ballots, along with the scanned ballots, city officials said.

Hall said the closest election was decided by several thousand votes, so 141 uncounted ballots would have no effect on any outcome.

The April 3 local election included the race for Anchorage mayor and a controversial gay rights measure. It was rife with problems, as some precincts ran out of ballots, sending frustrated voters scrambling to other locations or perhaps not voting at all if they couldn’t wait for replacement ballots to arrive.

The deputy clerk who handled Election Day duties was fired and her boss, City Clerk Barbara Gruenstein, resigned, but the fallout hasn’t stopped yet.

In an independent investigation, announced July 2, a retired Superior Court judge, Dan Hensley, blamed the mess on the city clerk’s office and the Anchorage Assembly, the Daily News reported.

The city’s election commission will be asked to review the 141 ballots in public session. The municipal attorney said the Anchorage Assembly will have to recertify the April election after the Election Commission acts, the statement said.

Hall and Jones emailed their statement to news outlets at 6:30 p.m. July 13, after city hall shut down for the weekend, the newspaper reported.

In an interview that night, Hall told the newspaper he didn’t want to notify the media about the discovery because there were still more sealed bags in the city’s vault to inspect. That inspection was concluded July 12.

“We wanted to make sure that we had everything done,” Hall said. “I only wanted to do one release. I wanted to make sure there was nothing in any other bag, anyplace.”

He and Jones further delayed notification until later July 13 because it took that much time to prepare the statement and an accompanying inventory check list, he said.

The 141 ballots were discovered “during an organizational process” begun by the clerk, officials said. Hall said the effort was part of trying to resolve what went wrong during the election and how to prevent a recurrence.

The ballots were sample ballots that were used when regular ballots ran out in several precincts.

Hall said they probably weren’t counted, but an auditing process will need to be completed to know for sure. Those precincts were not among the 15 were recounts were ordered, Hall said.

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Gay rights measure fails in Anchorage voting

Anchorage voters rejected a proposed ordinance to add legal protections for LGBT people in a chaotic municipal election fraught with ballot shortages and high voter turnout in many precincts, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

With more than 90 percent of the precincts reporting late April 3, 58 percent of voters had voted against Proposition 5, the equal rights ordinance that was far and away the most controversial and emotional component of this spring’s election.

Trevor Storrs, spokesman for the One Anchorage campaign, which advocated for passage of the measure, said, “We’re proud of a big turnout,” he said.

An unexpectedly high turnout, with some polling places running out of ballots, resulted in a large number of votes that might be on “questioned” ballots, which have to be counted by hand. The final results may be days or longer away, municipal clerk Barbara Gruenstein told the newspaper.

Reports began circulating late on election day that some precincts were running out of ballots because of heavy turnout. By 7 p.m. – an hour before polls were to close – lines were long at many polling places and extra ballots were being rushed to precincts that had run out.

Prop. 5 was the third attempt by advocates in Anchorage to outlaw discrimination against LGBT people since the city’s charter took effect in 1975, but April 3 was the first time the issue had been voted on in a municipal election. The Anchorage Equal Rights Ordinance would have amended Anchorage’s Title 5 non-discrimination code. The effort to pass it started in December 2011 when the One Anchorage campaign collected the signatures of 13,515 registered voters to place the initiative on the ballot.

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