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Sunday, April 4, 2004

Mets' Leiter hit in head by line drive
Al Leiter and the New York Mets got a scare when the left-hander was hit in the head by a line drive Saturday.

Retooled Red Sox, optimistic Orioles get started
BALTIMORE The first game of the 2004 baseball season on American soil features the debut of two managers, the unveiling of the Baltimore Orioles' overhauled lineup and the start of another quest by the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.

Old NASCAR guard ready to shine
FORT WORTH, Texas Move over ''Young Guns,'' some of those old NASCAR drivers aren't done yet.

Voters narrowly reject funding
A proposition to provide borough funding for cocurricular school activities narrowly failed, officials announced Friday. What that means to the future of the student programs remains to be seen, though.

Peninsula servicemen glad to be back after representing country
When Roland Rea joined the Army, he thought little of the possibility of being sent to a war zone.

DAV says services available for vets
Military veterans trying to get veteran health care and other earned benefits often find themselves bogged down in the morass known as government bureaucracy, but a group conducting its state convention in Kenai can cut through some of the muck.

Opportunity comes knocking
Employers and employees got together under one roof Friday for the annual Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair, held at the Kenai Mall.

Helene M. Rust
Kenai resident Helene M. Rust died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

Gladys Leonard
Gladys Leonard, mother of longtime Kenai area educator Betty Leonard, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in Lecanto, Fla. She was 94.

Schools need more money from Juneau
Now that Kenai Peninsula voters have said no to a measure which would have allowed the borough to fund school activities, the big questions are: What does it mean? and What next?

Election season in the air
Like professional golf, lost puppies and wintertime in Alaska, the political campaign season never really goes away. Instead, it simply hibernates for a few weeks each year, only to emerge more surly and stinky than the previous fall.

Ad campaign should be dropped; POMV plan should not be
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. officials are correct to drop their plans for a $1.4 million media campaign aimed to drum up support for a change in the way the fund is managed and dividends are calculated.

Despite grisly attack, Bush says there will be no retreat from Iraq
WASHINGTON The murder and mutilation of four American contractors near Baghdad and the grinding death toll of American soldiers put a grisly face on the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Planets make appearances this month
Even though the nights are getting considerably shorter, we'll still have a great planet show going on this month.

4-H leader recognized for hard work
A common perception of 4-H clubs is that they're all about livestock, so you must own or buy a steer, sow, goat or another animal to join.

Seward, Yale announce engagement
Melissa Seward of Mishawaka, Ind., and Robert Yale of Colombus, Ohio, were engaged Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, and plan to be married in October in Colombus.

Best, Hunt plan April wedding
Lisa Ann Best and Lance Hunt of Soldotna plan to be married Friday, April 30, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Trinity Christian Center in Soldotna.

Nenana Ice Classic grows as ice flows out of Tanana
ANCHORAGE Tom Waters saves all year to indulge in his only hobby: guessing when ice will melt.

Fields, Cordle have November ceremony
Cristel Lee Fields and Sheath Talon Cordle of Kenai were married Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, in an afternoon ceremony at First Baptist Church of Graham, Texas.

Holy whah! Some Yoopers fear their colorful dialect may be fading
HOUGHTON, Mich. Dan Junttila is a proud Yooper, spun from the same rich tapestry as the fathers, husbands, brothers and sons before him who came to America and forged a close-knit community around the copper and iron ore mines in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Davis, Presley marry in Soldotna
Deborah L. Davis and Sean R. Presley were married Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Kalifonsky Christian Center. Pastor Steve Toliver officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Dog mushing fun run, barbecue todaySoHi after-prom committee to meetPark board to discuss reduction to budgetsKPSD to display students' artworkParent organization to discuss gangsGenealogical society to meetPreschool to hold fund-raiser

My best friend
Beagles Hannah and Rudy can't resist begging for a little snack when owners Aaron and Lillian Bucholz of Kenai make toast.

For ferrets, entertainment is key
All pets require a tremendous amount of stimulation and interaction in their daily lives, and ferrets are no exception. In order to stay mentally and physically healthy, ferrets need more than just food, water, a litter pan, bedding and a bedroom. Of course, single ferrets also will need much more attention than a pair or a group of ferrets will need.

Park plagued by drugs and hookers goes to the dogs to clean up
SEATTLE (AP) A park known for open drug use and prostitution has gone to the dogs for a cleanup.

Adu makes debut
WASHINGTON Chants of ''Freddy, Freddy'' echoed throughout the stadium Saturday whenever a D.C. United player missed a scoring chance early in the second half.

Area bodybuilders earn awards at state event
A handful of residents from the central Kenai Peninsula recently made the trip to Anchorage for the 2004 National Physique Committee Alaska State Body-building, Fitness and Figure Championships and returned home with proof that the area has plenty of flex appeal.

Player, coach continue tradition of excellence for Ninilchik girls basketball
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls basketball team, which last weekend won their fifth consecutive Alaska class 2A state title, swept the individual state 1A/2A Anchorage Daily News/Alaska Media All-State awards announced Saturday.

Marbury stars as Knicks rock Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists in the New York Knicks' 86-75 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Sports Briefs
Ice Hawks suffer loss at NationalsMitchell retains interim IBF crownSerena Williams wins Key Biscayne finalKenseth takes lead just in time to win BuschBeard, Curl win awards in women's basketball

Blues make playoffs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Brian Savage scored the tiebreaking goal at 2:43 of the third period, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Saturday, clinching their 25th consecutive playoff berth.

Bynum's late layup wins game for Tech
SAN ANTONIO In an NCAA tournament full of late misses, Will Bynum made the shot that kept Georgia Tech's surprising run going.

UConn comeback nixes Blue Devils
SAN ANTONIO With a stunning end to a game that looked lost, Connecticut added another twist to an already impressive season. The Huskies proved they can win the close ones, too.

Sorenstam scrambles, stays in front at Office Depot Championship
LOS ANGELES Annika Sorenstam is where she's tough to catch in front.

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