Three Top Stories from Home and Away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Talking Heads
In Spain, the Catalonian separatist movement heats up following strongly repressive steps from Madrid-based governance.
Incensed Catalonia parliament called Madrid ‘reassertion’ efforts a “de facto coup d’etat” while Spain central leadership responded to the BBC with reflective accusations against the Catalonia parliament.
The Catalan government, led by President Carles Puigdemont, points to the majority ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum on independence it held on 1 October. Of the 43% of Catalans said to have taken part, 90% voted in favour of independence, it said.
At present, Spain’s Constitutional Court has banned a Catalonia shift to independence.
NATIONWIDE – From the Grassy Knoll
U.S. President Donald Trump has said he plans to allow the opening of a trove of long-classified files on the assassination of former president John F Kennedy, reports BBC US & Canada Service.
The files are scheduled to be opened by the U.S. National Archives on Oct. 26, but the president is entitled to extend their classified status.
Kennedy was shot dead by a sniper Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Since then, National Archives has released most documents related to the assassination, but a final batch remains under lock and key.
Congress ruled in 1992 that all JFK documents should be released within 25 years, unless the president decided the release would harm national security.
The archive contains more than 3,000 previously unreleased documents, and more than 30,000 that have been released before but with redactions.
Trump tweeted to say he would allow the release “subject to receipt of further information”.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Sewage Smell Draws Supreme Court
At Palmer, the state’s highest court traveled to Colony High School Wednesday to hear oral arguments in the appeal of a case involving a developer who built homes next to a Fairbanks septage hauler’s farm and later sued over the stench arising from his fields.
The Alaska Supreme Court made its first foray to the Valley this week via an unusual program aimed at educating students about the state’s judicial system.
The Colony event, part of the Supreme Court LIVE outreach program that turns schools into impromptu courtrooms, also marked the five justices’ first pilgrimage to Mat-Su, after visits to schools in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka and Barrow since the program began in 2010.
Alaska Dispatch News reports the case to apparently mark the first state Supreme Court review of an appeal involving the state’s right-to-farm law.