Friday, January 9, 2004

Rose's rant: New book shows a belligerent Rose only a bit apologetic
NEW YORK (AP) Defiant, belligerent and only occasionally apologetic, Pete Rose blames his accusers and his medical conditions for the problems that got him kicked out of baseball.

'...That was part of his charm'
They shared a World Series title and a place in the heart of a tough old town, and on the day Tug McGraw died, he and Pete Rose wound up sharing space in the newspapers, too.

Rose craves forgiveness
NEW YORK Pete Rose is an angry man.

Boomers in search of a good night's sleep are willing to splurge on beds fit for a queen
NEW YORK (AP) Don and Edna Kaplan are usually frugal people. They're careful shoppers who keep an eye out for bargains. But they didn't hesitate to plunk down $6,000 for a luxurious, handcrafted mattress from Sweden when they started having trouble sleeping.

State plans day-use activity fees
Hunting and fishing guides, recreational businesses, air taxi services and tourism companies who take clients onto state land are now being asked to pay a yearly registration fee to the state for day use activities.

Workers should seek promotions, raises as economy improves
NEW YORK (AP) The nation's economic recovery is deepening, and even the hard-hit industrial sector is showing signs of renewed life. So maybe it's time at last to begin your campaign for a promotion or a raise.

Investors bet big on nanotech, VoIP
NEW YORK (AP) Investors are once again jumping into stocks they think will be linked to the next big thing.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleGroup sponsors grant writing workshopIncorporation workshop scheduledWells Fargo raises $197,845 for nonprofits

Financial hardship, need for health insurance spur people to keep working
NEWTON, Kan. Sometimes life just doesn't turn out according to plans. At least that's one of the few things Hugh Long knows for sure.

Golden years look less bright for retirees
CHICAGO They're doing what financial experts say every young person should be doing, even in small amounts. They are twenty-somethings, saving for that far-off, almost unimaginable time known as retirement but not the way their parents did.

Not all cacti are creatures of the desert: Think Canada
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) It's easy to get stuck on cactus, particularly if you have a bare patch of yard where nothing wants to grow.

Stabenow mystery keeps fan guessing
Thirteen is a lucky number for fans of Dana Stabenow's mystery novels.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Dance classes slatedSubmissions for artist roster wantedPainting group to meetCommunity choir holds rehearsalsPratt Museum closed for maintenanceArtists soughtKids' art classes offeredAlaska photographers wanted for show

Exhibit at KPC showcases photographers' artistic sides
Using the term "blurred" in conjunction with photography is typically not considered a good thing, but "Rarefied Light," the annual statewide juried photography show, is not a typical photography exhibit.

Volunteers, businesses make Junior Achievement a success
Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank all of our sponsors in the last year and years previous. Junior Achievement reaches over 21 classrooms each year, teaching on the basics of economics, business and personal finance.

American Legion says thanks
All the veterans from American Legion Post No. 18 in Ninilchik would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and employees of Peak Oilfield Services in North Kenai for moving, at no charge, our new post building from North Kenai to Ninilchik.

Many people contribute to happy holiday season
Thank you for the Christmas cheer and friendship on behalf of the teachers, staff and students at Kenaitze Head Start. So many people in the community have given to our children this holiday season. Thank you for making a difference for our families.

Anchor River projects get help
Community Rivers Planning Coalition and the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank the Kenai River Sportfishing Association for its support of interpretive signage in the Anchor River Watershed.

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank serves Christmas dinner to about 70
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank board of directors and staff, I would like to thank all the generous contributors to our organization during 2003.

Why didn't DOT look locally for equipment rescue job?
Is the state Department of Transportation a separate branch of government that is exempt from the kind of budget controls we've heard so much about?

Officer Watson's death felt by community in Michigan
I learned of Kenai Police Officer John Watson's death a few days ago in our local newspaper. Without seeming hysterical, I need to say that a large hole has formed in my heart.

Thank you, John Watson
Thank you, John:

Teams are busiest when there aren't races every week
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. As his team unloaded its tools after the final race of the 2003 season, crew chief Ryan Pemberton decided his team needed a break.

Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth, the newly-crowned NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, had a busy off-season. He took time out of his test session to talk about the demands of being a champion, the work on his new Ford Taurus, the proposed change in the point system and the upcoming season.

Return to coaching was not a surprise
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Joe Gibbs didn't have to say a word Tuesday night to Tony Stewart, Greg Zipadelli and Jimmy Makar. The airplane with the Washington Redskins logo on it at Daytona Beach International Airport said it all.

Borough buyback request stands
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members who hoped to put a controversial resolution calling for a state buyback of shallow gas leases around Homer back on the table fell short of that goal Tuesday when the assembly voted against reconsideration.

College hits big 4-0
Kenai Peninsula College will celebrate its 40th anniversary today at its spring open house.

Photo feature: Blow by blow
A lenticular cloud hugs the summit of Mount Redoubt on Wednesday afternoon. Shaped like an optical lens, the clouds betray the presence of wind as it blows over rugged landscapes.

Kids aren't only learners at space center
Commonly thought of as an education site for grade-school and high-school students, the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai was pitched as a training facility for small businesses and big corporations alike during a meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Community celebrates with KPC
Food, music and lots of people: The atmosphere at Kenai Peninsula College had almost all the makings of a classic college party.

Voters to decide school activities funding
In less than three months, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will be asked whether borough property tax revenue should be used to directly fund school district cocurricular activities such as sports, music, dance, speech and other programs providing educational opportunities for students beyond the core curricula of English, history, science and math.

Cooper Landing crash kills 20-year-old man
A 20-year-old Nikiski man was killed and an 18-year-old Kenai mother and her infant son were injured in a car-truck accident on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing on Thursday morning.

Wind knocks out power, cancels flights
High winds that whipped across the central Kenai Peninsula this week caused roughly 3,200 Homer Electric Association members to lose power for about two hours Tuesday evening, as well as the cancellation of two Era Aviation flights Tuesday and Wednesday.

School board supports bills about education
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday approved two resolutions supporting education-related bills planned to go before the Legislature this session.

Not guilty plea entered for Forster
David S. Forster sat quietly as pleas of "not guilty" were entered by Superior Court Judge Harold Brown on behalf of Forster, who was arraigned on one count of first-degree murder, two counts of third-degree assault and two counts of third-degree domestic violence assault Wednesday.

Nikiski firefighters save trailer home after failed try to thaw pipes
Nikiski firefighters managed to save part of a single-family trailer home that apparently caught fire Tuesday evening as residents were trying to thaw frozen pipes beneath the structure.

Stricter meat testing will cost consumers
America's beef supply should be the world's

Separation is critical to minimizing danger from bears, other animals
Ever since grizzly bears killed and ate Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard last October, speculation has been rife about why this happened. Critics often blame Treadwell's unusually close association with bears and apparent neglect of normal safety precautions.

Mars success celebrated
Nearly two-thirds of the attempts to land on

Tighter security measures only minor inconvenience
Seconds. That's the amount of time it takes for foreign visitors to the United States to undergo tighter security measures. ...

Public process flawed in southern peninsula shallow gas leases Editorial
It's fair to ask if the outcry in the southern Kenai Peninsula over shallow gas leases is about development or public process.

Outdoor Briefs
Volunteers needed for T-200 Homer winter king tourney slated Fish stocking plan available Lodge wont open in 2004

Get out on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to beat those winter blues
My dad has a lot of those sayings, you know the ones that make you smile, or grimace or laugh out loud. When I hear someone else speak one of his phrases, it's like I only hear his voice. It doesn't mean anything coming out of their mouths.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetPhotographers guild meeting slatedGardeners lecture series to beginNew musher, skijorer day plannedPFLAG to meetSubsistence management accepting nominations

Around the Peninsula
La Leche meeting planned Kenai Eagles plan dinner Social Security reps to visit peninsula Kenai River advisory board to meet Fish stocking plan open for comment Safety day meeting planned Ski team plans fund-raiser

Chicago Catholic church joins ranks of U.S. basilicas
CHICAGO (AP) A towering church, long the heart of Chicago's Polish Catholic community, has been designated a basilica.

Fresh new year calls for work to create fresh new you
Each year we begin a fresh year. Recently I read an article about how the New Year was not new. It brings with it all the stuff of the past.

Conservative announces bid to be Presbyterians' chief executive
SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) The Rev. Robert Davis, who runs a conservative caucus in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has announced that he's running to become the denomination's ''stated clerk,'' or chief executive.

Clergy in Utah defy law that requires them to register a state gun ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Guns in the house of God? Unsurprisingly, clergy in Utah aren't fond of the idea.

Editor fired from North Carolina Catholic newspaper
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The longtime editor of the N.C. Catholic, published by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, has been fired after an article ran that included criticism of the church.

College students' missions convention draws 19,000
URBANA, Ill. (AP) Some 19,000 college students, young adults and others converged on the University of Illinois campus for five days to consider foreign missionary careers, hear inspirational speakers and study the Bible.

After lawsuit, materials from other faiths added to Georgia Ten Commandments display
WINDER, Ga. (AP) In the wake of a lawsuit over separation of church and state, materials from various religions are on display near a disputed Ten Commandments plaque at the Barrow County courthouse.

North Carolinians hope church effort will help struggling students
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) To help close the racial achievement gap among public school students, an after school program launched this week is turning to a proven source of empowerment for the black community: the church.

Synagogue leases space to Muslim school in novel arrangement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Congregation Beth T'Fillah of Overbrook Park is a smallish synagogue, surrounded by houses on a nondescript street in a middle-class neighborhood. With a gift shop and an auditorium, a study for the rabbi and a sanctuary for the members, it looks like a typical house of Jewish worship.

Putin praises churches' contributions as Russians mark Christmas
MOSCOW (AP) On the eve of Wednesday's Russian Christmas, President Vladimir Putin praised the nation's Christian churches.

Church Briefs
Winter Bible study scheduled Missionary pastor to speak Week-long conference planned Matrix Church meets Sunday Womens Bible study begins Bible study starts Thursday Clothes2Go open Wednesdays College students missions convention draws 19,000

Area trail conditions
Tsalteshi Trails Kenai Nordic Trails Nikiski Community Trails Trails behind Nikiski pool Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trails Baycrest Ski Trails McNeil Canyon Ski Trails Lookout Mountain Exit Glacier Road Mile 12 Ski Trails

Weather throws trails for a loop
The trails are ready if the users are willing.

Left out: Some coaches miss out on jobs because their teams are too good
Joe Gibbs was hired. Tom Coughlin, too. Dennis Green is on the verge of signing, and Jim Fassel is rumored to be next. Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Lovie Smith get interviews and not much else.

Rockets rout Knicks
NEW YORK A chorus of ''Fire Chaney'' chants echoed through Madison Square Garden on a night that was supposed to be all about Stephon Marbury's home debut and Jeff Van Gundy's return.

Rally faces new threat on old route
DAKAR, Senegal Braving the motorcycle-swallowing dunes, the bone-crunching crashes and the occasional camel in the road, drivers of the Paris-Dakar rally faced a new threat Wednesday: terrorism.

Pats defense faces titanic test
In one of the best games of the NFL's regular season, the Tennessee Titans went to Foxboro on Oct. 5 and lost to the New England Patriots 38-30.

Late surge lifts Kardinals
The Nikiski High School boys basketball team battled back from a 16-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but Kenai Central was able to put together a late run and claim the victory, 67-53, in the opening round of the SoHi Tipoff Tournament Thursday at Soldotna.

Bruins stretch unbeaten run to four games
BOSTON Patrice Bergeron scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 2:52 remaining to help the Boston Bruins extend their unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-1 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boucher notches fourth straight shutout in Coyotes win
WASHINGTON Brian Boucher became the first NHL goalie in almost 55 years to record four consecutive shutouts, making 27 saves in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-0 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Wasilla to host adult hockey tournament MicMacs take to ice Friday Nikiski hockey floors Kenny Lake

Iverson paces Sixers
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers reached 100 points for the first time in nearly two months, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 100-80.

Green signs with Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Dennis Green, one of the winningest NFL coaches in the 1990s, agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday to guide the struggling Arizona Cardinals.

No. 3 Arizona rips Bears
TUCSON, Ariz. Hassan Adams had 19 points and nine rebounds, and No. 3 Arizona broke away early and coasted to a 95-75 win over California on Thursday night.

Homer girls turn tables on Soldotna
What goes around comes around -- and then some.

Gibbs returns to coach Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. In a bid to return to their heyday, the Washington Redskins reached into their past with a most stunning move: Joe Gibbs is coming back.

No. 10 Louisville routs Southern Mississippi
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Nate Daniels scored 15 points and Otis George tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Louisville to a 76-42 victory over Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central to host wrestling tourneyVolunteers needed for Tustumena 200

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