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Friday, January 25, 2002

Alaska staff returns to cleaned up U.S. Senate buildings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After a $14 million cleanup to eradicate anthrax spores, staff members for Alaska's U.S. senators moved back into the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday for the first time in three months.

Moderate earthquake occurs near Yakutat
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake occurred Thursday about 30 miles northeast of Yakutat in Southeast Alaska, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer.

Fairbanks representative injured in car accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Rep. Joe Hayes was hospitalized Tuesday night after a two-vehicle accident in Juneau.

Mining company says Donlin Creek gold deposit could be state's largest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California-based mining company has doubled its estimate of the size of a gold deposit in Western Alaska, making it possibly the largest in the state's history.

Some hunters go to great lengths to display their trophies
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Walk into Bill Waugaman's living room and you feel as if you should be paying admission.

Carrs-Safeway to continue support of Great Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carrs-Safeway will continue its support of the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament through 2005, even though the Shootout's future remains somewhat uncertain.

Lobbyist testifies about how redistricting plan got approved
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lobbyist for a group that successfully promoted a new state redistricting map testified Thursday she sought support from the Knowles administration, but was disappointed by the response.

Guard commander travels to Washington, D.C. seeking security funds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Maj. Gen. Phil Oates, commander of the Alaska National Guard, said he's not sure how much money Alaska may get to help with new anti-terrorism security measures.

Man dies of injuries suffered in accident Sunday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pedestrian struck by a car Sunday afternoon has died of his injuries.

Bill would provide $12 million to market salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduced a bill Friday to put $12 million into salmon marketing over the next five years.

Board of Game orders predator control plan for area near Skwentna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game on Wednesday ordered the state Department of Fish and Game to draw up plans to reduce the number of bears and wolves in the area surrounding Skwentna.

NTSB investigates wrong-way takeoff by China Airlines plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating an incident early Friday in which a China Airlines plane took off in the wrong direction and on a taxiway instead of a runway.

Salmon, tourism marketing money fails -- for now
JUNEAU (AP) -- An attempt to piggyback help for the tourism and salmon industries onto an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lobbying bill failed Wednesday.

Man arrested at airport with pound of cocaine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Los Angeles man was arrested early Friday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport after he was found to be carrying more than a pound of cocaine, Alaska State Troopers said.

House approves adding verse to state song
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House agreed unanimously Wednesday to add a verse honoring the contributions of Alaska Natives to the official state song.

Coast Guard goes to aid of two fishing boats in Gulf of Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- Conditions appeared to be easing slightly early Friday for two Washington state fishing boats after the crews reported a danger of capsizing in stormy weather, Coast Guard officials said.

Child care providers ponder state licenses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Home child-care provider Karen Muehlenkamp has already decided she will become state licensed.

Municipal League calls on Legislature to devise a plan this year
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's municipal leaders have called on the Legislature to devise a long-range fiscal plan this year to close the state's budget deficit.

Army cancels missile launching project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Even before they were officially announced, the Army canceled a series of 20 missile launches targeting state lands in the Brooks Range with hazardous liquid-fueled rockets and clusters of 40-pound dummy payloads screaming like bullets at 1,000 feet per second.

Olympic torch winds way through capital city
JUNEAU (AP) -- With snowplows clearing the way, about 50 Alaskans ran, walked, wheeled and paddled the Olympic flame through the capital city Thursday -- the first time the torch has come to Alaska.

Trident's South Naknek plant to remain closed this summer
NAKNEK (AP) -- Trident Seafoods won't be opening its plant in South Naknek this summer, the company announced Thursday.

House plan to set aside $6 million for tourism, none for salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to set aside $6 million to help Alaska's tourism industry market the state to vacationers is slated to be introduced in the state House.

Board of Game tightens laws restricting wolf hybrids
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game is taking a new approach to enforcement of state laws that prohibit owning or selling wolf hybrids.

Processors say new state regulations slow to help geoduck fishery
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The state has adopted new regulations aimed at aiding the geoduck clam fishery, but processors say the new rules are not helping as much as expected.

Nulat man sentenced for murdering brother
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man convicted of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of his brother last April was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison.

Anchorage activist files for lieutenant governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Anchorage activist who is backing an initiative to create a natural gas pipeline authority has announced he's running for lieutenant governor.

Counterfeit money show up in Soldotna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Someone with a color printer apparently has been passing off rough-looking counterfeit bills at Soldotna restaurants and stores, according to the city's police department.

Jacksonville on cross-country cab ride gets mental evaluation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A woman taking a round-trip taxi cab ride from Jacksonville to Alaska has been stopped by police in Northern California for a mental evaluation.

Fairbanks man sues Corrections Department over son's suicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The father of a man who attempted suicide while being booked into the Fairbanks Correctional Center in May has filed lawsuit charging the Department of Corrections with negligence.

Interior official meets with Alaska Native leaders on trust accounts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A high level Department of Interior official met with Alaska Native tribal leaders Wednesday to hear concerns about federal management of Indian trust accounts.

Sun returns to Barrow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Barrow residents on Wednesday saw the sun for the first time since 1:41 p.m. Nov. 18.

Salmon branding proposal taking off
The commercial salmon fishing industry could get a boost from Kenai Peninsula Borough efforts to help make Cook Inlet sockeye a household name with an established seal of approval.

Marijuana, alcohol seized in Point Hope
BARROW (AP) -- North Slope Borough police seized marijuana and liquor from a home in Point Hope during an investigation last week.

New manager picked for emergency team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been chosen to lead Alaska's Type 1 Incident Management Team, one of only 16 in the nation.

Agency looks for companies interested in Norton Basin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal agency is looking for companies interested in exploring oil and gas opportunities in Norton Basin as a way perhaps to bring natural gas to western Alaska communities.

Heavy contamination found at former Sterling gas station site
KENAI (AP) -- A gasoline leak from a subsurface storage tank at a former Sterling gas station is raising concerns about the safety of drinking water in nearby wells, including one at an elementary school.

Alyeska to cut workers, spending due to flat oil production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is laying off workers and cutting spending.

For the unemployed, COBRA is way to continue health care coverage
NEW YORK (AP) -- Because most Americans depend on their employers for health insurance coverage, losing a job can also mean losing this important company benefit.

Black firms flourish in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix business climate has improved for blacks, says Marquis Scott, of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce. One of the reasons, he said, is that as the city grows, it attracts more blacks with business experience.

Baby boomers moving into investment clubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Business, marketing, real estate, entertainment -- baby boomers have set the trends in all those areas. Now they're becoming the dominant force in America's investment clubs.

Exxon Valdez oil lingering
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 13 years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, federal scientists estimate about 10,000 gallons of oil remains buried under the shoreline.

Western Business: Nonprofit organization helps Hawaii firms find local venture capital
HONOLULU (AP) -- A shortage of local venture capital has been a problem for Hawaii entrepreneurs for years. But a new group known as HiBeam appears to be doing what was long deemed impossible: It is connecting Hawaii startups to millions of dollars raised from local investors.

Workers should beware of filling 401(k) accounts with company stock
NEW YORK -- For workers, the lesson of Enron's collapse is supposed to be that they shouldn't put all their retirement eggs in one basket of stock. But that is a lesson some of the nation's biggest companies and their employees have all but ignored.

Alaska Natives battling for subsistence join in logging wars
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- For some Alaska Natives, Gravina Island equates to the Costco of traditional food. A short skiff ride from Ketchikan, the island feeds families with abundant deer, salmon, Dungeness crab and goose tongue seaweed.

Industry pursues all the anglers for fear of lost tourism revenue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska anglers may love to badmouth the nonresidents who clog the state's salmon streams every summer, but fewer visitors could mean fewer fishing opportunities for residents.

Business Briefs
New Sterling restaurant announces grand openingPipe supply company announces positions filledHomer honorees to be named at chamber mixerAlaska Pacific Bancshares announces dividendNew health center now openUnocal to hold meeting on area drilling

Volunteers fuel success of T-200 race
Like all sled dog races, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race would not be possible without the support of countless sponsors and volunteers.

Jeff King wins 6th Kuskokwim 300
BETHEL (AP) -- Jeff King won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race early Monday, for an unprecedented sixth victory in the race.

Big-name mushers taking aim at T-200
The largest and most competitive field in the 19-year history of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race will take to the trails Saturday vying for the $10,000 winner's check.

Industry pursues all the anglers for fear of lost tourism revenue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska anglers may love to badmouth the nonresidents who clog the state's salmon streams every summer, but fewer visitors could mean fewer fishing opportunities for residents.

Composting touted as untapped means of reducing waste
SEATTLE (AP) -- On a busy summer day, Ray's Boathouse serves as many as 1,400 people who flock to the waterfront seafood restaurant. It takes a lot of grub to feed that kind of crowd, but all it takes to handle the trash is one large garbage bin that's emptied only twice a week.

Catalogs bring garden dreams
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Early winter brings gardeners promises we don't fully believe, but like to dream about anyway. It's seed catalog time.

Some hunters go to great lengths to display their trophies
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Walk into Bill Waugaman's living room and you feel as if you should be paying admission.

'An Evening Without Sinatra'
Don't let the title be deceiving, "An Evening Without Sinatra," is anything but. The musical comedy, put on by the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School theater department, is packed from opening number to finale with favorites from Ol' Blue Eyes, as well as jazz and ragtime era classics and several songs written by Nikiski English drama teacher Joe Rizzo.

Former governor entertains with 'More Tales'
From the laughter sparked by the dedication page to the moist-eyed smile shadowing the closing paragraph, the reader can't escape being pulled into the swirling rhythm of former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond's newest book.

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

Plays sought for Prince William Sound conference
The Prince William Sound Community College Last Frontier Theatre Conference, featuring Edward Albee and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Playwright Award, is preparing for the 10th annual Last Frontier Theater Conference, June 15-24.

Art Briefs
Lip sync contest applications availableBeer poems sought for contestArt festival looking for musicians, vendors

Photo feature: Beetle Bears
Bear sculptures from beetle-killed spruce fill the back of peninsula artisan and wood carver Ken Flowers' truck. He said proceeds from the sale of his art is the mainstay of his family.

Fords get spoiler change for Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ford wanted a major shakeup in the rulebook for next month's Daytona 500; Chev rolet argued its longtime rival didn't need any help.

In the Spotlight: Ricky Rudd
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Mike Skinner works to have knee ready for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A month after a surgeon rebuilt Mike Skinner's left knee, he was swinging a hammer at his house and a golf club on the driving range.

Photo feature: Doing time for a cause
Rob Neiderhauser, assistant manager of Safeway, does his time in "jail" during Thyrsday's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association lockup fund-raiser at the Peninsula Steak House in Soldotna. Jailbirds had to raise $1,000 in "bail" before they were allowed to return to their jobs.

School board testimony highlights
Following are samples of comments made at the Monday school board meeting regarding upcoming contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the unions representing its teachers and support staff:

Joint exploration project strikes pay dirt
Working together can be a gas. Marathon Oil Co. and Unocal Corp. found this out Tuesday afternoon when a joint exploration in Ninilchik struck pay dirt, producing a significant natural gas discovery.

Gas leak raising concerns in Sterling
Groundwater around a former Sterling gas station is heavily contaminated with gasoline apparently leaked from a subsurface storage tank, state environmental inspectors said Friday.

Assembly move fuels annexation controversy
By a 5-to-4 margin, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to add a triangular section

District confronts bleak financial forecast
Even as employees gathered Monday to ask the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for more pay, school board members and administrators got bad news dimming hopes for raises.

Soldotna doctor featured on cable
Dr. Katy Sheridan of Peninsula Medical Center in Soldotna will be featured on the Lifetime channel's series "Women Docs" at 7 p.m. Sunday.

School board hears employee contract woes
Hundreds of people crowded into the Borough Building Monday evening to request more pay for school employees. The problem is, no one knows where such money might come from.

Bush proposes military increase
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday proposed the biggest increase in military spending in 20 years, nearly $50 billion more next year, and said America ''will not cut corners'' in the war against terrorism.

Taliban headquarters attacked
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Army Special Forces attacked a Taliban headquarters north of Kandahar, killing a number of fighters and taking 27 prisoners, U.S. officials said Thursday. One American soldier was wounded in the attack.

Mayors call for fiscal plan this year
JUNEAU -- Alaska's municipal leaders have called on the Legislature to devise a long-range fiscal plan this year to close the state's budget deficit.

Rex C. Wells
Former Kenai resident Rex C. Wells died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, of natural causes at his son's home in Basin City, Wash. He was 79.

Herbert 'Herbie' Baker
Heritage Place resident Herbert "Herbie" Baker died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, in Soldotna. He was 84.

Barbara (Anselem) Foster
Kasilof resident Barbara (Anselem) Foster died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 83.

Oilers Corner
Reilly to return to Oilers

SALT LAKE 2000: Olympics overcome scandal to become America's Games
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Olympics scarred by scandal and tinged with fear opens with a proud new label in a city dominated by Mormons and mountains: America's Games.

2002 Winter Olympic Daily Schedule
Schedule by day

Learning to say 'cheese' -- often
Nothing more slippery than a conference table could determine who gets spots on the U.S. teams for women's bobsled and men's short-track speedskating.

SALT LAKE 2000: Rising stars could make it a golden Olympics for U.S.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Get ready for a red, white and blue Olympics.

Olympic torch winds way through capital city
JUNEAU (AP) -- With snowplows clearing the way, about 50 Alaskans ran, walked, wheeled and paddled the Olympic flame through the capital city Thursday -- the first time the torch has come to Alaska.

Countdown to the Salt Lake Olympics
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Some environmentalists say the Salt Lake Organizing Committee could have done a lot more to make the games environmentally friendly, but instead they settled for middling goals. SLOC spokeswoman Diane Conrad Gleason rejects the criticism and says: ''We met our commitments and we raised the bar on the environment compared to other games.''

2002 Winter Olympic Sport Schedule
Schedule by sport

SALT LAKE 2000: Birth of an Olympic event
On a summer day in 1995, Stew Flaherty was working out at his gym in Westerville, Ohio, when something unusual happened. Two women struck up a conversation about bobsledding.

Speedskater Ohno can focus on his medal prospects
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Apolo Ohno is headed for the Olympics, where he could win as many as four gold medals.

A record 10 Alaskans headed to Olympics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five Alaskans were named to the U.S. Olympic Cross-country Ski Team Monday, bringing to 10 the number of Alaskans headed to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City next month.

Illegal immigrants in U.S. doubled in 1990s
WASHINGTON -- The number of illegal immigrants in the United States more than doubled during the 1990s, Census Bureau estimates show.

State's fiscal woes mean hard decisions for elected officials
With some major issues facing Alaska state government, it will be a year of tough decisions for legislators. Perhaps the biggest challenge lies in resolving the state's financial worries.

Sponsors, volunteers make Tustumena 200 all about community
Many distinctly Alaska images are conjured by sled dog racing -- the barking of excited dogs r

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Letters to the Editor
Advisory group's representative selection process is flawed

Crashing through the snow
The Sunday driver may not always be looked upon as an outdoor enthusiast, but when you live in Alaska, even a leisurely roadway romp through the woods in your vehicle can offer adventure.

A place where wildlife photography's not so wild
SANDSTONE, Minn. (AP) -- Standing in the kitchen of his spacious log home on the scenic Kettle River, Lee Greenly leafs through a book about Minnesota's wild wolves.

Snowshoeing comeback -- easy to learn sport requires little equipment
McCALL, Idaho (AP) -- It's a beautiful winter day. A thick morning fog has lifted and exposed a gleaming sapphire sky. A meadow of brilliant white snow looks as inviting as cake frosting and begs to be tracked up.

Kicking -- the habit
After a six-year wait, Peggy Arness finally found a way to start getting her kicks just before Christmas this year.

Man finds way to ice fish without stepping on ice
OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) -- Brian Wilson is a fish out of water. He likes to scuba dive when he is not fishing. He can't stay away from the lake, even if the ice is too thin to walk on.

Nest adds new member to Kenai Peninsula bird list
This past summer a bird species was found breeding on the Kenai Peninsula for the first time.

Around the Peninsula
Refuge to hold fun day Town and Gown banquet slated Local group to train mediators Unocal to hold public meeting Minerals Management Service to hold meetings Tobacco Alliance offers cash for teens to quit Ministries to hold fund-raiser for Nicaragua

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski blood drive scheduledCribbage tournament continuesSnaring seminar to be offeredHealth center now accredited for mammographyFish and Game requesting shellfish permitsTalent show applications available

Boston Archdiocese changes course, says all old cases of abuse must be reported
BOSTON (AP) -- Reversing a long-standing policy, Cardinal Bernard Law of the Archdiocese of Boston said he will require clergy to report even past allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Pope denounces violence; religious leaders pray for peace
ASSISI, Italy -- Declaring that religious people must repudiate violence following the Sept. 11 attacks, Pope John Paul II led an extraordinary assembly of patriarchs and imams, rabbis and monks Thursday in this historic hilltop town in praying for peace.

True success is in the heart
The fast paced, high-demanding expectations of the world today place great pressure on companies and individuals to be successful. The business world is continually evaluating the success of its endeavors.

Goldstein is named executive director of American Jewish Congress
NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Goldstein, director of national affairs with the American Jewish Congress, has been named executive director, succeeding Phil Baum, who is retiring.

Survey indicates England's church leaders favor Wales prospect as new archbishop of Canterbury
LONDON (AP) -- Archbishop Rowan Williams of Wales is the favorite among delegates to the governing synod of the Church of England to be the new archbishop of Canterbury, a survey by The Times showed.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College appoints new president
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz has been named president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa.

On a new continent, congregation to rebuild wooden synagogue burned by Nazis
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- A gem of Jewish architecture that was lost in the Holocaust could soon rise again -- half a world away from where it originally stood.

Evangelical Lutherans choose theologian to run homosexuality study
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Rev. James M. Childs Jr. starts work Feb. 1 as director of a four-year study of homosexuality ordered last year by an assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Sterling pastor turns author to publish book for Christians
Lee E. Scaggs of Sterling has published a book titled, "Enter God's Rest." The author's goal for the book is to see Christians set free from the bondage of guilt, shame, self-condemnation and the judgements of others. It reveals how to be at peace and rest, "by grace through faith."

Despite Putin's welcome, Russian Orthodoxy's leader again opposed a papal visit
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has repeated his fierce opposition to a visit to Russia by Pope John Paul, citing Roman Catholic activity in the region. He said he wouldn't meet the pope if he decides to come.

Religion Briefs
Anniversary celebration planned Clothing ministry open Saturday Conference begins Saturday New entrance dedicated at service Evening praise service to begin Russian minister to speak in Soldotna Well Springs Ministries meetings set

Population survey stresses the dominance of Christianity and Judaism in the United States
NEW YORK (AP) -- Religions other than Christianity and Judaism are much smaller than often estimated in the United States and ''have hardly transformed the religious landscape'' as some claim, a new study maintains.

Asian archbishop says U.S. Episcopal splinter group seeks souls, not schism
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Saving souls, not dividing America's Episcopal church, is the goal of the Anglican Mission in America, according to an overseas clergyman who sponsors the young movement.

New 'Lord of the Rings' film wins Tolkien more Christian fans
LONDON (AP) -- Besides capturing readers' imaginations and thrilling moviegoers, the fantasy epic ''The Lord of the Rings'' has won high praise from religious groups for what they see as Christian values in the story.

Not just for muscleheads: Health clubs cater to seniors and other niches
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- Gyms aren't just for muscleheads anymore.

As icy trails abate, subzero wind chills set upon area trails
The poet Charles Bukowski wrote, "agony sometimes changes form but it never ceases for anybody." The same goes for worries when it comes to cross-country skiing.

Telemark's popularity gaining on the slopes
WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) -- ''Free your heel, and let the telemark set you free,'' a telemark skier yelled from Mary Jane's Galloping Goose lift as a group of novice telemarkers inched down a green run.

Sprewell, Knicks grab hold of win
TORONTO -- Latrell Sprewell had 35 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as the New York Knicks ended their eight-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Jordan strikes for 40 points
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 16 of his 40 points in the second half as the Washington Wizards handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their 11th straight loss, 94-85 Thursday night.

Ninilchik boys, girls sweep Lumen Christi
The Ninilchik High School boys and girls basketball swept visiting teams from Lumen Christi Thursday in nondistrict play.

Tyson apologizes -- sort of -- for actions
NEW YORK -- Saying he's not ''Mr. Politically Correct,'' Mike Tyson made an apology of sorts Wednesday for his part in a news conference melee that could deny him a license to challenge Lennox Lewis.

Williams back in hospital
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Ted Williams, slowed by a series of strokes and congestive heart failure in recent years, was back in the hospital Thursday with a high temperature and low blood pressure.

Ninilchik repels Raiders
The Ninilchik High School boys and girls basketball teams posted wins over the visiting Unalaska Raiders Wednesday.

Boozer dumps in 28 as Blue Devils drop Boston College
BOSTON -- Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with 28 points and Duke opened a 29-point first-half lead in coasting to an 88-78 victory over Boston College.

Tyson never disappoints those expecting his worst
People who expect the worst from Mike Tyson are never disappointed.

Capriati to defend Aussie Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending champion Jennifer Capriati regained control after a shaky second set and advanced to the Australian Open final with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 victory Thursday over Kim Clijsters.

Predators deflate Flyers in OT
PHILADELPHIA -- Nashville's Denis Arkhipov hammered in a rebound at 1:16 of overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday, snapping the Flyers' home unbeaten streak at eight games.

Fresh crop of coaching geniuses makes its mark on the NFL
ST. LOUIS -- Lovie Smith, genius. Jim Johnson, genius. Mike Mularkey, genius. Boy, that word gets thrown around in the NFL.

No. 3 Terrapins topple No. 21 Demon Deacons
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Juan Dixon and Steve Blake each scored 19 points Wednesday night to lead No. 3 Maryland to an 85-63 victory over No. 21 Wake Forest, the Terrapins' sixth straight win over the Demon Deacons.

Rangers thump Northeast-leading Bruins
NEW YORK -- Theo Fleury capped an eventful 24 hours with a goal and three assists, and Jeff Toms scored a career-high three goals and added an assist in the New York Rangers' 8-4 victory Wednesday night over the Boston Bruins.

To feed or not to feed -- local hunters decide
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Snow falls. Some folks salivate over weekend powder days. Others calculate water content, potato acreage and wheat yields. Larry Orme and Kent Marlor dwell on deer and elk.

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