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Saturday, April 10, 2004

Casey, Acevedo lead Cincinnati to win over Chicago
CINCINNATI Sean Casey had three hits, including a two-run double, and Jose Acevedo pitched six solid innings Thursday to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 5-3.

Tigers open 4-0
DETROIT Fernando Vina scored the go-ahead run on Brad Thomas' wild pitch in a five-run seventh, and the Detroit Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win their home opener 10-6 over the Minnesota Twins Thursday and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1985.

Juneau's Bentz has successful major league debut with Expos
MIAMI Jim Abbott made Chad Bentz's road to the major leagues a little easier. Bentz grew up watching Abbott play without a right hand and always believed he could do the same. He proved it Wednesday night.

Parents can teach their children a lot about personal finance
NEW YORK (AP) One of the most important skills parents can teach their children is how to manage money. And, fortunately, life often provides plenty of opportunities to do so.

Boomers are much like younger adults online
NEW YORK (AP) When Barbara Sloan needs directions to a friend's house, she doesn't consult the Rand McNally map sitting in the car.

HEA candidate encourages questions from member voters
Questions for HEA Members:

Don't take dividends away from military
This is in response to the letter about out-of-state residents losing their permanent fund dividends.

Allegations against priest bear further investigation
Last week, I was among the many dismayed by an allegation of sexual misconduct by my dear, departed friend and spiritual mentor, the Rev. Robert J. Wells.

HEA board needs independent leadership, not union reps
The HEA board election will most likely already be decided by the time this appears in print but everyone should know what has happened at Homer Electric. I'm sure many of you are wondering why the HEA board elections have turned high profile and very competitive.

Racing Facts
Racing Facts for Pepsi 300 for the NASCAR Busch Series (Race No. 7 of 34)

Elliott Sadler
FORT WORTH, Tex. It took three years for Elliott Sadler to back up his first win on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with a close victory over Kasey Kahne last Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Is expansion in the works for Nextel series?
ATLANTA Expansion to the regular season, including races on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, remains a way for stock car racing to keep up with demand from major markets to expand their presence on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Gordon's not winning so what's the matter?
[EDNOTE]ATLANTA Jeff Gordon hasn't been oblivious to the rumors and criticism about his slow start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. In fact, he agrees with most of it.[EDNOTE]

Groups discuss work toward healthy community
Bounding to the fore like a gazelle wearing winter boots a mediator for the Kenai Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue practiced what she was about to preach about respecting others to resolve conflict.

Identity theft threatens teachers
Social security numbers belonging to several Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees inadvertently were posted to the World Wide Web, putting the school workers at risk for identity theft, the district announced Monday.

Group gearing up for games
With the experience of traveling to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Canada behind them, area organizers for the Kenai Peninsula's 2006 Games have settled into the business of preparing locally for the event.

The hunt is on for eggcellent activities
Every spring, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies awake from their year-long hibernation, go forth and multiply, until they become as inescapable as death and taxes.

Asset to ash family loses home
The McCurdy family used to live in a two-story log home with a basement. For nearly a month now, the family of four has been living in a shack behind the charred pit where their house used to be.

Whopper eyesore irritates council
A dilapidated Buick Riviera is causing a whopper of a problem for the city of Kenai.

Aaron L. 'Cutty' Sarks
Aaron L. 'Cutty' Sarks died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Phoenix. He was 73.

Gas prices not as bad as could be
Reports that a leading analyst doesn't expect the price of gasoline to fall any time soon probably are not what Alaskans want to hear as the summer vacation season approaches. Few things upset the people, and make politicians nervous, like a sharp and sustained rise in gasoline prices.

10 years later: Rwanda inaction was U.N. failure
Yesterday, on the 10th anniversary of the worst episode of racially motivated killing since World War II, the United Nations, which ignored the massacre when it occurred, sponsored a function in Geneva to discuss how to respond to such events in future. At that event, the Secretary General Kofi Annan proposed a plan of action to prevent them.

Canoe carved by Seattle students arrives in Hydaburg
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Haida war canoe made by Native students at a Seattle school has arrived in Hydaburg.

Boarder gets new outlook on life after fall
JUNEAU There's an old Taoist saying about a thousand-mile journey beginning with one step. For 32-year-old Russian expatriate Pasha Chernyakov, that step was a hard fall.

Fowled up
JUNEAU (AP) A bird beak deformity first recorded among black-capped chickadees near Anchorage has been increasingly seen in crows in Southeast Alaska, broadening an already mysterious phenomenon.

Alternative therapy for winter blues
Waiting for the snow to melt seems to have given birth to quite a few eccentric hobbies here on the Kenai Peninsula.

When it comes to fire management, several options are available
In my last Refuge Notebook article I wrote about the Alaska Interagency Wildland Fire Man-agement Plan (AIWFMP) and how it provides a fire management fram

Around the Peninsula
Wagoner to hold public meetings Knowles to speak on peninsula Genealogical society to meet Garden brunch scheduled Master gardeners to finish lecture series

U.S. Catholicism expects to add 150,000-plus adult converts this Easter
WASHINGTON (AP) America's Roman Catholic parishes expect to more than 150,000 new adult members to join the church this Easter season, the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Evangelism estimates.

First Catholic university in 40 years has conservative values and big plans
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) The nation's first new Roman Catholic university in four decades, Ave Maria University only has 122 students now. But its leaders are aiming high.

Episcopal Church's leader explains disputed gay policy to world panel
LONDON (AP) Answering to a panel working to close a rift in Anglicanism over homosexual clergy, the leader of the Episcopal Church said his denomination has accepted gay clerics and an openly gay bishop because it is open to varying scriptural views on the issue.

LA couple suing IRS to win deduction for religious school tuition
LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal tax case quietly working its way toward trial could have financial implications for many families, as an Orthodox Jewish couple sues the Internal Revenue Service to try and win a deduction for their children's religious education.

Mormons celebrate church's continuing growth
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reached a world membership of just under 12 million last year, a Mormon conference was told. The church is the fifth largest U.S. denomination, with 5.3 million members.

Church briefs
Gospel sing starts Easter services Holy Week services listed Good thief to speak Weekend begins with Communion service Group to perform resurrection story Good Friday service tonight Sonrise service slated Community Easter service planned Matrix plans egg hunt, Easter drama Womens Aglow plans events Anniversary celebration planned Sterling Bible class begins Clothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Peninsula cagers enjoy last hurrah
If the high school basketball season were a series of family portraits, the annual Kenai Peninsula All-Star Games would be the goof-off picture at the end where players simply do whatever they want.

A tear and a smile
AUGUSTA, Ga. Back-to-back birdies brought out that boyish smile in Justin Rose. The loss of his longtime looper brought a tear to Tom Watson. A suspect swing made Tiger Woods look as vulnerable as ever.

Lightning strike Islanders
TAMPA, Fla. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 30 shots, and Tampa Bay shut down the New York Islanders to take the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series opener 3-0 Thursday.

Mavericks beat Jazz for sixth straight win
DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Antawn Jamison added 25, sending the Dallas Mavericks to their sixth straight victory and 50th of the season 117-94 over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Denver, Maine advance to Frozen Four championship
BOSTON (AP) Lukas Dora scored the game-winner with 11:35 left Thursday as Denver rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Minnesota Duluth 5-3 in the NCAA hockey semifinals and advance to the Frozen Four championship game.

Knicks are in, but can they compete?
NEW YORK Not since Luc Longley manned the middle and Glen Rice was griping about playing time have the New York Knicks been a playoff team.

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