Sunday, June 22, 2003

Juneau teen with heart transplant dies
JUNEAU (AP) Ray Bradley has lost 15 family members, including his father and brother, to a genetic heart ailment. But the hardest loss came earlier this month when his teenage daughter Chrysantha died of cardiac arrest.

Man ordered to pay restitution for illegal dig
SPOKANE, Wash (AP) A Spokane man must pay $5,000 for digging in an archaeological site near the Spokane Indian Reservation, a judge has ruled.

Wildfire burns near trans-Alaska pipeline
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A wildfire north of Livengood shot high flames across the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and the Dalton Highway, but fire and pipeline officials said Friday the blaze does not pose a danger to the line.

Wildfire crews brace for increased activity
ANCHORAGE (AP) Crews battling a large wildfire near Delta Junction were bracing themselves Saturday for possible increased fire behavior, with dry and warmer weather predicted for the weekend.

Man who led Glenn Highway chase convicted of weapons possession
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla man who led police and state troopers on a dash down the Glenn Highway two years ago was convicted in federal court Thursday of illegally having weapons at the time.

Russian River Sanctuary Area opens to fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) Fishing for red salmon is allowed again at the Russian River Sanctuary area.

Ketchikan man accused of raping acquaintance
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Ketchikan man is accused of trying to rape a woman, authorities said.

Two earthquakes rock Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two earthquakes struck Kodiak within hours of each other.

Anger management: Stevens meets the Hulk
WASHINGTON (AP) Around the Capitol, Sen. Ted Stevens is known as a man with a temper, a reputation he fuels by donning his Incredible Hulk tie for political battle.

Convicted pipeline shooter gets more another sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) Daniel Lewis, who was convicted of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, has drawn another sentence on a related conviction.

Juneau abuse counseling center to close
JUNEAU (AP) A counseling center devoted to treating people for violence and substance abuse will close at the end of the month.

Woman sentenced to year in jail over health club thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 29-year-old woman accused of stealing money, credit cards and jewelry, mostly from Anchorage health club patrons, has received a one-year sentence.

Crews fight fire on recycling lot
FAIRBANKS (AP) Power was shut off in much of South Fairbanks on Thursday as firefighters battled a fire that burned through an abandoned lot full of paper and plastic recyclables.

Doctor and wife sentenced for fraudulent billing
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage doctor and his wife have been sentenced on federal health care fraud convictions.

Moderate earthquake jolts the Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) A moderate earthquake shook the Aleutians early Friday afternoon.

Anchorage community activist dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) Randy Smith, a longtime Anchorage community activist, has died at age 56.

Former St. Marys altar boys suing Catholic church
JUNEAU (AP) Four men who served as altar boys at the Catholic church in St. Marys in the 1970s are suing church authorities, saying they were molested by a now-dead priest.

North Pole city employee indicted on theft charges
NORTH POLE (AP) A city of North Pole utilities supervisor accused of using an employee to help build his house has been indicted on charges of felony theft.

Attorney General opinion helps bear market losses
JUNEAU (AP) Attorney General Gregg Renkes issued a legal opinion on Friday that could help Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend recipients weather future bear markets.

Teen indicted in death of friend
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Palmer teenager who fatally shot his best friend in February has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Jobless rate drops in May
JUNEAU (AP) A pickup in seasonal jobs caused Alaska's unemployment rate to drop three-tenths of a percent in May to 7.1 percent. The comparable national rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent.

Phillies pull out extra-inning triumph over Red Sox
PHILADELPHIA Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt connected for a two-run homer in the 13th inning Saturday, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Twins beat rain to beat Eagles
The American Legion Twins baseball team managed to squeeze in six innings of baseball between downpours Saturday, defeating the West Anchorage Post 1 Eagles 1-0 in a rain-shortened game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Peninsula women plan trip to Swaziland
The women sitting around Renee Duncan's living room Wednesday night didn't look much like typical mission workers.

Harry Potter fans fill Soldotna store anticipating new release
The long wait is finally over for wizards and witches eager to read the next magical installment of the Harry Potter series.

DHSS makes efficiency new goal for future
At $1.6 billion, it is the most expensive in the state's budget, but the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is about to embark on a new course aimed at delivering a better product more efficiently and at less cost.

Family fun event brings out crowd, despite rain
Despite the looming clouds in the sky, the rain held off for much of the day in Nikiski, allowing the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun to proceed according to plan Saturday.

Kenai group hires lawyer
A contentious issue that has been debated in Kenai City Council meetings and work sessions for the past several months may be discussed in court, as well.

Stanley B. Porter
Former Alaska resident Stanley B. Porter died Friday, June 20, 2003, at his daughter's home in Watertown, N.Y. He was 66.

Stage set for high court showdown
WASHINGTON Republicans and Democrats are digging in for a pitched battle over a presidential nomination that hasn't been made for a vacancy that doesn't exist.

Gov. Murkowski right to admit two wrongs
When you make a mistake and correct it, you turn a wrong into a right. That's exactly what Gov. Frank Murkowski did twice last week.

Home Depot offers spot of good news
It's not the equivalent of a Prudhoe Bay oil discovery or even a new pocket of natural gas in Cook Inlet, but the news that Home Depot will open for business at the site of the old Big Kmart store is certainly welcome.

Bond flick stoops to new lows
In response to the latest James Bond movie installment, "Die Another Day," I say, why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?

Old Orchard Beach sheds bad image
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine For decades, this beach town has been known for honky-tonks and earsplitting Harleys. Now, officials want to put a lid on excessive noise and freewheeling drinking to make way for a family-friendly tourist town.

Sanctuary owners make a mission of saving animals
As Tim Colbath steps outside his Nikiski home, he is warmly greeted by a motley crew of characters, most of which have had a hard knock in life to say the very least.

Old prison cells now hosting willing visitors
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. Inside Jackson County's impregnable 1859 limestone jail, outlaws including Frank James and Cole Younger heard the ominous clang of heavy steel doors and sometimes the sharp creak of the indoor gallows creating an immediate vacancy.

Travel Briefs
Glass flag is window into museumHotels offer spa treatments that sound tasty

Dinosaur museum strives to keep alive 'labor of love'
DICKINSON, N.D. Larry and Alice League are the founders, curators, cashiers and janitors of a bare-bones operation.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team holds tryoutsChamber lunch includes specialistWetland photo contest held

Dog gone: Deciding pet custody
AMARILLO, Texas Child custody, home ownership and financial matters are typically the big issues addressed in divorces, but what about Rover and Mittens?

My best friend
Bonny Prince Charlie, an 8-month-old Cairn terrier, helps out with the dishes around his house. He belongs to Dick and Katie Troeger of Soldotna.

Intrigue in NBA draft starts at pick No. 4
NEW YORK ''With the first relatively surprising pick of the 2003 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors select ... .''

Woods drops six back in rainy Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. Tiger Woods playfully slapped a ball at Shigeki Maruyama's feet and planted himself next to leader Briny Baird on the driving range.

Neilson, hockey's well-traveled coach, dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Roger Neilson, a Hall of Famer who was the head coach of eight NHL teams and established one of the longest resumes in league history, died Saturday. He was 69.

Lewis saved by the blood
LOS ANGELES Vitali Klitschko was bloodied but still willing. He had given Lennox Lewis all he wanted and more, yet after six rounds he sat bleeding on his stool as a ring doctor ended his chance of becoming heavyweight champion.

Tyson arrested after hotel fight
NEW YORK Mike Tyson was released from a Brooklyn police precinct Saturday afternoon, hours after his arrest on assault charges following a brawl with two men outside a hotel.

Brazil cruises; U.S. squad falls to world champs
LYON, France Even after last year's World Cup, there's still a big gap between the United States and the soccer powers.

Sports Briefs
Homer players get all-Region III honorsLocal athletes compete at Special OlympicsTracy takes second pole of season

Pittsburgh trades for top pick, selects Fleury No. 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Pittsburgh Penguins can only hope they have half the success with their latest No. 1 pick as they did with their last.

What can Agassi still accomplish at Wimbledon?
WIMBLEDON, England There was a time when Andre Agassi could do without the All England Club, its traditions and, especially, its courts.

Jacobs takes 1,500 crown for 12th time
STANFORD, Calif. On a day dominated by youngsters, including teenage sprinting sensation Allyson Felix, the ageless Regina Jacobs put on quite a show Saturday at the U.S. track and field championships.

Kupets wins first title at nationals
MILWAUKEE No matter how well she did at other meets, Courtney Kupets always seemed to wind up in the same place at nationals.

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