Saturday, January 3, 2004

Fund industry hopes to help customers tie their own hands for their benefit
BOSTON (AP) Resolved to improve your retirement planning in 2004? The investment industry wants to help you save more by saving you from yourself.

Inflation or deflation? For interest rates, it matters
NEW YORK (AP) No sooner did the Federal Reserve seemingly back away from its worries over deflation than new economic data revealed that core consumer prices fell this fall for the first time in 21 years.

Earnings growth expected to slow in 2004
NEW YORK (AP) Just as a surge in corporate profits fueled a strong year on Wall Street, a slowdown in earnings growth could spoil some of the fun in 2004.

Boomers' desire to stay fit as they get older provides new business opportunities
NEW YORK (AP) When Jim Schakenbach is in the mood for a workout, he often bypasses the gym in favor of an afternoon of snowshoeing near his Massachusetts home.

Death of longtime resident serves as reminder of how fleeting life is
I was heartbroken to read that Ruthie Bedwell had passed away in her home on Dec. 17.

Taxpayers should not foot bill for fishing out equipment
Does anybody find it fishy?

Aspen Hotels committed to hiring Alaskans, contributing to economy
Currently, our hotel chain is in the process of building another hotel in Anchorage.

Space available on Challenger mission
Spots still are available for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska space mission:

Salmon task force gearing up for 2004
JUNEAU -- Changes to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's funding and board of directors are among the issues the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force is considering as it prepares for the upcoming session.

Community says goodbye
The level of formality and reverence that was the hallmark of slain Kenai Police Officer John Watson's funeral Wednesday awed many area residents who had never witnessed such a ceremonial show of respect.

Officer Watson's acts of kindness provide comfort
With nearly 2,000 peace officers, emergency personnel, state officials, community members, friends and family looking on, fallen Kenai Police Officer John Watson was remembered at a ceremony Wednesday at Kenai Central High School.

Ronald Jay Swanson
Kasilof resident Ronald Jay Swanson died of cancer Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, surrounded by his family in Eugene, Ore. He was 57.

Like other nonprofits, sportfishing group uses funds to participate in public process
In a recent Peninsula Clarion article there seems to be some confusion as to the meaning of public testimony and education.

Not a clean slate: New year brings leftovers to clean up
It would be great if the new year really was a clean slate, but a look around says it just isn't so.

Snowshoes should fit both the snowshoer and the intended use
For those who love fitness, adventure and nature, snowshoeing is a perfect combination of all three. Not only is it a great way to enjoy some favorite summer destinations during winter, but unlike a lot of sports, snowshoeing is easy to learn.

Biking in a winter wonderland gains popularity
JUNEAU Dennis Travis could spend his winter nights riding a stationary bike in his garage or at a local fitness center. He'd stay fit and ready for the summer racing season, and he probably wouldn't suffer as many scrapes and bruises as he does out on the trail.

Bears make big news
Though bear maulings are rare on the Kenai Peninsula, two occurred in 2003.

Freezing week in canyon no deterrent to Wallowa woman
WALLOWA, Ore. (AP) A year after an elk hunting accident left her stranded in a remote canyon for seven nights of subzero temperatures, Mischelle Hileman returned recently to the same pine-covered mountains where she almost died.

From the Kenai Peninsula to Rota, it's a small world after all
What does Rota, a 30-square mile island in the tropical South Pacific, have to do with the Kenai Peninsula?

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit peninsula State parks advisory boards seeking members Fish stocking plan open for comment Ski team plans fund-raiser

Cowboy churches' simple message, style resonates
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Wearing a cowboy hat, boots and string tie, Harry Yates doesn't look like a typical preacher.

Church Briefs
Winter Bible studies scheduled Womens Aglow hosts Bible study

South Bend synagogue for sale
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A century-old brick synagogue that decades ago was at the heart of South Bend's once bustling Jewish neighborhood is for sale.

Akron authorities turn to religious leaders to help solve killings
AKRON, Ohio (AP) Frustrated city officials are turning to local religious leaders for help solving several murders.

Episcopal moderates, liberals struggle within conservative dioceses
Nancy Key, a lifelong Episcopalian, grew uneasy as speaker after speaker at her diocesan meeting rose to denounce the confirmation of the first openly gay bishop in the history of the American church.

German chancellor, officials differ on religious symbols in schools
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Muslim teachers in public schools should be allowed to wear headscarves, a German official responsible for foreigners' integration says.

Pope remembers victims of religious persecution
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II urged those who suffer for their faith to hold to their beliefs and not hate their persecutors.

United Methodist organization honors President Bush
WASHINGTON (AP) The United Methodist Men organization has honored President Bush for his statements of faith and national call to prayer following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Resolving to live by Christ, the Bible brings positive change
Change. It comes with time whether welcome or not.

Vietnamese monk kills himself to call for religious freedom
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) A Buddhist monk who died after setting himself on fire on Christmas Eve in the United States sacrificed his life to demand religious freedom in his native Vietnam, a Paris-based Buddhist support organization said.

Solid Senators skate to second shutout
OTTAWA Peter Schaefer scored with 5:55 remaining in the third period and Patrick Lalime recorded Ottawa's second straight shutout in a victory over the New York Islanders.

Hawkeyes finally warm up to January
TAMPA, Fla. Iowa's 45-year drought in January bowl games is over.

Capital One: Bulldogs rally to turn odd turnover into unlikely overtime triumph
ORLANDO, Fla. A big lead. A remarkable comeback. Just another Georgia-Purdue bowl game.

Ravens soar to top NFL honors
Ray Lewis is as fearsome and dependable as anyone in football, and that earned him his second Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday.

K-State questionable after alleged assault
TEMPE, Ariz. The Kansas State Wildcats considered their Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State the biggest game yet for their once-downtrodden program.

Miami squeezes out Orange Bowl win
MIAMI Florida State didn't want this rematch. Now everyone knows why.

NFL wild card teams face long odds
Both Tennessee and Baltimore have made the Super Bowl as a wild-card team, the Titans in 2000 before losing to St. Louis, and the Ravens the next year, when they won the title.

Terps trounce WVU for second time
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The rematch turned out to be a replay.

New Year's Day duels don't disappoint
PASADENA, Calif. Point made.

Englishman kicks Gophers to big win
EL PASO, Texas Englishman Rhys Lloyd kicked a 42-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to give No. 24 Minnesota a 31-30 victory over Oregon in the Sun Bowl on Wednesday.

Streaking UConn women look for record against Duke
HARTFORD, Conn. The plan is simple and the results beyond question.

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