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Heaven Is For Real

Now Playing Synopsis: A young boy suffers a near-death experience in which he claims to have visited heaven in this earnest inspirational drama based on the best-selling book of the same name. When their young son Colton (Connor Corum) enters the hospital with a life-threatening illness, devastated parents Todd (Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear) and Sonja Burpo (Kelly Reilly) are uncertain whether he will make it out of the operating room alive. But in what Colton's doctors credit as "a miracle," he survives -- and with an incredible story that seems to confirm the existence of heaven. Later, despite Colton's accurate and intimate revelations about people he has never encountered -- including his sister who died in utero and his late grandfather -- skeptics hastily dismiss any possibility that the young boy's fantastical claims could be true. Meanwhile, his astonished parents seek meaning in the alleged miracle that has turned their once-peaceful lives completely upside down. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Around Town for Tuesday, April 8

...30-7 p.m., NAMI Juneau Meeting Room, Jordan Square Bldg, 9000 Glacier Hwy #201. For individuals living with a mental illness who working toward recovery. Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month. Free. Details: 463-4251 or namijuneau@gmail...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-08/around-town-tuesday-april-8
Local
House begins to debate abortion funding bill

...It also includes what has been called a "catch-all" option: "another physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy that places the woman in danger...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-11/house-begins-debate-abortion-funding-bi
State | AK legislature
State mental health laws are a work in progress

...amounted to indefinite incarceration; for some with a mental illness, it was the end of the road.October 1962 was a turning point...State-run API was created to care for Alaskans with acute mental illness within the state; because of a lack of bed space in 2014...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-04/state-mental-health-laws-are-work-pro
Opinion
My Turn: If pot becomes legal, we'll all pay

...in Alaska have a secondary dependence on marijuana).Scientists also know marijuana is dangerous for those prone to mental illness. It can bring on psychotic breaks, and make them more serious. Would $14 million pay for additional drug, alcohol and...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-03/my-turn-if-pot-becomes-legal-well-all
Opinion
La Dolce Vita: A semester in Siena, Italy

...Oregon, who taught both of my anthropology-related classes. One was "In Sickness and In Health: A History of Plagues, Illness and Healing in Italy." The other was "Food and Culture in Italy." Both required excursions, reflections on excursions...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2014-03-30/la-dolce-vita-semester-siena-italy
Neighbors
Jesus People

Now Playing Synopsis: Jason Naumann's comedy Jesus People stars Joel McCray as a pastor who believes he has a terminal illness. With the time he has left, he forms a religious pop band in order to bridge the gap between himself and his son. Their first single becomes a surprising smash, but that does not help the band's fragile unity. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mindy Sterling, Jennifer Elise Cox, Tim Bagley, Laura Silverman Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

New bill would close loophole in gun checks for mentally ill

...That's because the state does not report any findings of mental illness to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System...bill. Alaska is one of eight states that do not report mental illness to the federal system, Pruitt told members of the House State...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-12/new-bill-would-close-loophole-gun-check
State | AK legislature
District warns parents of viral infection

...virus.According to the release, a case of B-19 human parovirus has been confirmed. Those infected often show signs of illness a week after being exposed in the form of low-grade fevers (below 101 degrees), and rashes on the cheeks and extremities...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-03-11/district-warns-parents-viral-infection
Local
My Turn: Listen to those threatened by concealed carry on campus

...non-storybook endings to that fictional scenario. Even for proficient gun owners, what experience do they have with mental illness, what knowledge do they have of campus security or the university landscape, what skill do they have in aiming for a gunmen...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-03-25/my-turn-listen-those-threatened-conce
Opinion

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