Saturday, April 17, 2004

Phillies get first victory in Citizens Bank Park
PHILADELPHIA Mike Lieberthal hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday, rallying the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds for their first win at Citizens Bank Park.

Yankees-Red Sox show resumes today
BOSTON Thought baseball's best rivalry couldn't get more intense? Think again.

Chicago notches sweep of Royals
CHICAGO Magglio Ordonez hit a one-out home run in the the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday and a three-game series sweep.

Baseball honors Jackie Robinson
NEW YORK As a boy, Bud Selig went to Wrigley Field to watch a rookie named Jackie Robinson. More than a half-century later, the memory still sticks with the commissioner.

Investors' focus solidly on jobs
NEW YORK (AP) What a one-track mind investors seem to have lately. They're clamoring for any updates on the health of the job market, while they're willing to discount almost everything else.

Buffett even tangled in push for corporate reform
NEW YORK (AP) Shareholders used to relish the chance of having Warren Buffett involved in the companies that they invest. Now, some seem to be ready to show him the door.

Bad knees, yen for exercise lead boomers to cycling; Lycra optional.
NEW YORK (AP) It's a sound dreaded by baby boomers the creaks and pops that can emanate from knees after years of running, skiing and other strenuous exercise.

Hooligan return to Alaska waters
JUNEAU Spring is here, and along with it comes a parade of events along the coast of southeastern Alaska that prepares many species for the months to come. One of those events is the annual spring-spawning runs of eulachon that occurs in numerous rivers, from March until May.

Eulachon should hit Kenai River soon
Eulachon, also known as hooligan, generally enter the Kenai River in large schools in mid-May, often chased by seals, sea lions and beluga whales.

Support for D.A.R.E. program benefits entire community
The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 13 years to teach fifth-grade students the D.A.R.E. program at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai.

Recent letter writer wrong about military pay, benefits
Regarding John Carrico's recent letter:

Media helps make stockcar team a reality
ATLANTA Michael Holigan knew if he was going to make his stock car team a reality, he'd have to do it bigger and better than anyone else.

2004 NASCAR Busch schedule and standings
Feb. 14 Hershey's Kisses 300, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)

New boss happy with Spencer
Jimmy Spencer earned the nickname ''Mr. Excitement'' early in his racing career for his hard-charging, rough-and-tumble driving style.

Ford team working on new cylinder head
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Ford has been working overtime since NASCAR approved a new cylinder head for the 2004 season. Robert Yates Racing, which builds engines for Ford teams on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, hopes to have the new cylinder head, which is supposed to give the Taurus more power, ready in the next month.

The business side of racing
MARTINSVILLE, Va. The cost of racing and a lack of sponsorship put Brett Bodine out of business. Now his job is to help steer others from the same fate.

Advance Auto Parts 500 (Race No. 8 of 36)
Where: Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.

Kerry Earnhardt again strives for racing stardom
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kerry Earnhardt says it without hesitation or bitterness: He didn't get the same breaks in his racing career as half brother Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Coming home, Sadler hopes to ride the momentum
MARTINSVILLE, Va. A second career victory has encouraged Elliott Sadler to think about more than just winning races.

Photo feature: Facing tax deadline
Brandy deLeon gingerly thumbs through tax forms at the Kenai library yesterday afternoon. Librarians said there were less people coming in at the last minute than in previous years.

Home Show slated for this weekend
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will sponsor the 25th annual Home Show this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Warringtons' efforts earn recognition
Richard and Mary Warrington have spent years working to increase awareness of brain injuries.

CAP stays ready for emergencies
The Kenai Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will hone its search and rescue skills with three separate practice operations around the Kenai Peninsula this weekend.

Precautions reduce risk of identity theft
A recent security breach on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Web site has caused concern for several teachers whose Social Security numbers may have been available to the general public.

Soldotna says no to tax plan
The city of Soldotna on Wednesday officially joined the chorus of municipalities in opposition to a proposed statewide sales tax.

Area volunteers earn recognition
On Thursday, First Lady Nancy Murkowski recognized the efforts of 13 of the state's finest volunteers including James "Monty" Montgomery of Kenai. "A North Slope worker, Jim dedicates his regular two weeks of R and R to helping others," according to information about the awards program. Mr. Montgomery's story is scheduled for Monday's Peninsula Clarion.

Good reasons to drill in waters off ANWR
This October, the state of Alaska will be offering leases for oil and gas exploration in state waters offshore of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge accepting YCC job applications
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for summer Youth Conservation Corps jobs. Youth 15-18 years old who live in or have lodging available in the local commuting area are eligible.

Kayak fest to return to Homer
The third annual Kachemak Kayak Fest will return to Homer for a 10-day run, from May 28 through June 6.

Denali Institute to offer seminars
The Denali Institute will ofeer 10 University of Alaska Fairbanks-accredited field seminars and teacher trainings this summer in Denali National Park. Seminars and trainings will be conducted by Alask

Snow birds: Gulls migrate a long way to summer on the peninsula
Spring has finally sprung and the first migrant birds have returned to the Kenai Peninsula. Many people would assume the first migrant species is a robin or maybe a Canada Goose. Actually, the goose is a very good guess and would net you the No. 2 spot in the migration game.

Around the Peninsula
PenDOG offers video night Food bank seeking donations Historical society to meet Little League registration deadline Saturday Petting farm available at Home Show CPGH to offer childbirth classes Preschool to hold fund-raiser Head Start to hold fund-raiser Dance fund-raiser set in Homer

City of Dearborn asked to close on Muslim holidays
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Good Friday and Christmas are city holidays. Now, with a large Muslim population living in Dearborn, local leaders of the faith are asking: Why not shut down for our holidays as well?

Polls track voting patterns of Catholics, evangelicals
WASHINGTON (AP) A survey released Monday found that U.S. Roman Catholic voters are about evenly split between President Bush and presumed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

More than half of Washington state residents pray daily, poll finds
SEATTLE (AP) The Pacific Northwest is considered the least churchgoing region in the country, but a new poll says more than half of Washington state residents pray at least once a day.

''Left Behind'' and ''The Da Vinci Code'': Facts conveyed through fiction, or fictional facts?
The lesson from this week's best-seller list is simple: God sells. But what worries some scholars is that the hottest religious books depart from traditional Christian teaching or distort the faith's origins.

Church briefs
Womens Aglow plans events Musician to perform on peninsula Anniversary celebration planned Motivational preacher to speak Sterling Bible class begins Clothes2Go open

Through God's revelation, transformations can occur
From the Baha'i perspective, religion has been the chief civilizing force in human history. Moral maturity thus comes from spiritual awareness.

Southern Baptists concerned over slow growth rate
NASHVILLE (AP) The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, grew slightly last year in members and new congregations but at a slower rate than the previous 12 months.

Running feeds Texas seminarian's body, mind, spirit
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In what he calls his ''Mother Teresa Run,'' Roger Joslin looks for the divine in the faces of everyone he meets. When ''Running With Alms,'' the Austin seminarian takes along a few dollars to help those in need.

Episcopal diocese cuts budget to offset contribution drop
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia has cut about $400,000 from its budget this year to offset a drop in donations largely from parishes upset by the denomination's first openly gay bishop.

Montreal still alive in series
BOSTON Montreal Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore was often overshadowed by Bruins counterpart Andrew Raycroft in the first four games of their first-round playoff series.

There's track, but there's no field
If the high school track season in Alaska were a sprinter, it would be known for incredibly slow starts out of the blocks followed by a furious attempt the make up time before the finish line.

Does Phil have the Zen for Ten?
For Phil Jackson, this could be the perfect playoffs. If the stars align and the earth rotates right, he can humiliate Jeff Van Gundy in the first round, de-deify Jerry West in the second round and torment Sacramento, Dallas or Minnesota in the conference finals.

Wind blows scores up at MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Cameron Beckman shot a 4-under-par 67 Thursday for the highest opening-round score for a leader in 14 years at the MCI Heritage.

Sterilized wolves live longer in the wild
FAIRBANKS Judging from what state biologists have seen, sterilized wolves appear to live longer in the wild than other wolves.

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