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Saturday, May 4, 2002

Worker douses small fire at North Pole refinery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A worker is credited with quickly dousing a small fire that broke out at the Williams Alaska Petroleum refinery in North Pole.

Senate turns down Alaska history requirement
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate on Thursday blocked an attempt to require Alaska high school students to learn Alaska history.

$3 million grant launches aviation safety program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration is funding a new aviation safety project in Alaska.

Conference committee on energy bill has ANWR supporters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Even senators who support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say the issue is dead, but Sen. Frank Murkowski insists there's good news this week in the selection of the committee charged with crafting the final energy bill.

House passes income tax plan, takes up alcohol and dividends
JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide income tax and a plan to use millions in permanent fund earnings passed the House on Thursday as part of a proposal to close the state's deficit.

Chena River sees 'classic' breakup
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Chena River was littered with huge chunks of ice Thursday after what hydrologists called a ''classic'' breakup.

Boater gets lost in Prince William Sound in new vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard launched a search this week for an Anchorage man who took a friend out for a ride in his new pleasure boat and got lost in Prince William Sound.

Matanuska-Susitna school superintendent will stay on
PALMER (AP) -- Pat Chesbro will stay on as head of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District despite demands for her resignation from unions representing many district employees.

Workers at Juneau businesses busted for selling tobacco to minors
JUNEAU (AP) -- Workers at four Juneau businesses have been cited for selling cigarettes to minors, authorities said Thursday .

North Pole man enters plea in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man who faced multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor on charges he molested his daughter has reached a plea agreement in Superior Court and will not go to trial.

Gas pipeline would be economic windfall for Yukon, study says
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- An Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline would greatly boost the Yukon both before and after construction, according to an economic analysis commissioned by the Yukon government.

Mulder says he will run against Lisa Murkowski
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Rep. Eldon Mulder, co-chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee, will seek re-election, he said Thursday.

Retriever that stood by dead lodge caretaker put to death by new owner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Buddy, the black Labrador retriever who drew national attention for his loyalty, is dead.

Seattle outfielder hits four home runs, including two in one inning
CHICAGO -- Mike Cameron was always known as the guy who took away home runs.

Companies seek to cater to weakening boomer vision
NEW YORK (AP) -- Richard Isoldi never had vision trouble before, so when reading became a bit difficult he postponed seeing an eye doctor for two years. The 46-year-old Houston banker now has reading glasses, but wears them as little as possible.

High-tech incubator Idealab fights for survival
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Big-dreaming entrepreneur Bill Gross once personified the giddiness of the Internet economy as he hatched both clever and kooky startups at Idealab, his business incubator.

Variety of mortgages, both fixed-rate and adjustable, available for home buyers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Borrowing money to buy a home can be a nail-biting experience because it's the biggest financial transaction many people make in a lifetime.

Sosa powers Cubs past Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Sammy Sosa homered in consecutive at-bats, giving him four in two games, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 Thursday to end their season-high five-game losing streak.

New ergonomic tools give gardeners more power and pleasure
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Maybe they should print this warning on seed packets: ''Gardening can be hazardous to your health.''

Antibiotic slows Lou Gehrig's disease in mice
An ordinary antibiotic slowed the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease in mice, suggesting a potential new approach for treating people, researchers report.

Gene therapy making comeback after French success
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Companies pursuing gene therapy cures are quietly regaining lost momentum and claiming vindication after experiments in France apparently helped rid four ''bubble boys'' of their immune deficiency diseases.

Sodas, burgers and supplements raise the risk of dehydration, experts say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What athletes take in may dry them out. Fast foods like hamburgers and carbonated drinks such as sodas can wind up causing dehydration, experts say.

Income tax passes House
JUNEAU -- A statewide income tax and a plan to use millions in permanent fund earnings passed the House on Thursday as part of a proposal to close the state's deficit.

KRSA director, 2 others OK'd by panels
Brett Huber, a controversial figure on the area fishing scene, moved one step closer Wednesday toward becoming a member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Photo feature: Family affair
Photo by M. Scott Moon Donovan Smith holds his father's hand in prayer during a recognition of the National Day of Prayer held Thursday at the old courthouse building in Kenai. Speakers led prayers for America, emergency workers and reconciliation. Those in attendance also sang "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace."

Complaint alleges that late, improperly filed bid should not have been awarded contract in latest round of sales
A Kasilof logging company says a competitor was handed an unfair advantage during a recent timber sale when the Kenai Peninsula Borough violated its own bidding rules.

Budding biologists take walk on beach
HOMER -- Beach hoppers, barnacles, gunnels and chitons, mussels, moonsnails, sea pork and tritons, tubeworms and sea stars and cockles and kelp, were found living in tide pools with almost no help. Identifying the wee critters, however, took a bit of professional expertise.

Legislators should say 'yes' to 68,000 veterans in Alaska
"When they were young, our veterans took care of America's needs. Now it's time we do our duty and take care of our veterans' needs as they grow older."

Applause
Police officers appreciate support for DARE program Community member recognizes those involved in DARE program

Legislature's lack of action on fiscal plan embarrassing , irresponsible
I have come to the conclusion that the projected Alaska budget shortfall is a ruse and not real at all. At least, that's what this anti-education, pro-lobby, do-as-little-as-possible Legislature would like us to believe -- at least until this election year is behind them.

Recreationists, landowners hope improving route will preserve it for future use
Recreational users and area landowners have given their blessing to a plan to reroute the all-terrain vehicle trail to Caribou Lake south of the Caribou Hills to higher ground.

Worker bees keep Kenai National Wildlife Refuge running smoothly
The responsibility for the Refuge Notebook articles is rotated among the different departments at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This week it lands on the administrative staff.

A cheechako's guide to getting wet
Jim Bennett helps Scott Leader complete an Eskimo roll during a two-day kayaking class at the Skyview High School pool Wednesday.

Outdoor Briefs
Informational rafting trip planned Salmon rescued after Klamath River diverted

Around the Peninsula
Sears to host fund-raising carnival WalkAmerica slated for Saturday Apple grafting workshop planned Free skate day planned Benefit auction scheduled Center to sponsor seminar on professionalism CIRCAC committee to meet MAPTS offering installer training Important notice for Soldotna garage, yard sales

Evangelical Lutherans elect new bishops in Minnesota, California
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected two new bishops: one in the St. Paul Area Synod and the other in the California-based Sierra Pacific Synod.

Billy Graham's daughter takes a slightly different approach but stays with family business
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Anne Graham Lotz says she doesn't have the gifts that made her father the 20th century's most famous evangelist.

Reform Jews reach across movement lines in seminary graduation
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York graduation ceremony for Reform movement seminarians will also feature leaders from other branches of Judaism.

Bonds offer cheap financing but sometimes controversy for religious schools
BOSTON (AP) -- When Gordon College needed millions of dollars to build a new dormitory, it joined a growing number of colleges and some private secondary schools using tax-exempt bonds to raise the money.

Presbyterians cut 43 jobs in restructuring; propose $130 million budget for 2003
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has told 43 national staff members they will be laid off immediately in a restructuring to cope with lower investment earnings and changing priorities, church spokesmen say.

Religion Briefs
Fellowship to meet Dance group to hit the floor tonight Stake conference to be held Bike blessing planned Church changes name Sports clinic, Bible school planned

State says 17-foot Jesus statue violating right-of-way laws
NEW WAVERLY, Texas (AP) -- Faith is literally getting in the way for New Waverly resident Evelyn Blazek.

Moderate Southern Baptists in Missouri form alternative convention
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- Moderate Southern Baptists in Missouri are the latest group to break away from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention.

Minister accused of plagiarism apologizes, returns
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A minister accused of plagiarism has apologized to his congregation and returned to the pulpit.

U.S. bishops seem prepared to apply 'zero tolerance' in the future, but what about priests who abused youths in the past?
Zero tolerance. One strike and you're out. America's Roman Catholic bishops are using prosecutors' catch phrases these days as they debate the best way to put a stop to the waves of clergy sex abuse scandals.

Trustees give UAB athletic department a cold splash of reality
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Six years ago, Alabama-Birmingham moved up to college football's top division with hopes of carving a niche in a football-mad state dominated by Auburn and Alabama.

Kenai downs Houston
The Kenai Central High School boys soccer team defeated Houston 4-0 in Region III competition at Houston Thursday.

Final spots awarded for Tour de France
PARIS -- Former champion Marco Pantani and 12-time stage winner Mario Cipollini failed to win wild-card places in the Tour de France on Thursday.

Hasek plays the Blues
DETROIT -- Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek credited defense and a little luck for Detroit's win.

Pistons advance
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons proved all season that they could win without Jerry Stackhouse carrying the scoring load. They did it again Thursday night, right when it really counted.

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