Sunday, August 1, 2004

Astros' Oliver helps his squad post shutout of Cincinnati
CINCINNATI Darren Oliver (3-3), acquired from Florida on July 22, made his first start for the Astros and allowed only Adam Dunn's single in five innings, setting up an 8-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Former Giants outfielder says he got drugs from Bonds' trainer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A former San Francisco Giants outfielder told a federal investigator that he obtained performance-enhancing drugs from the trainer for Giants slugger Barry Bonds, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Guillen's extra-inning homer beats Mariners
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Anaheim Angels a stunning 9-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Sox deal Garciaparra to Cubs
In a dizzying flurry of deals, the Boston Red Sox sent star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs in a blockbuster, four-team swap right before Saturday's trade deadline.

Giambi diagnosed with benign tumor
NEW YORK (AP) Jason Giambi spent a few anxious months wondering why he felt so fatigued. The New York Yankees first baseman finally has an answer and hope for a full recovery.

Companies strive to work out more than kids' thumbs
NEW YORK Some of the new video games on the market make children move more than their thumbs they get the kids off the couch and get them to exercise.

Hot potato: Growers plan to advertise new 'low-carb' spud
SPUDS, Fla. For dieters, potatoes have been scorned, rejected and castigated the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables, they get no respect.

Study: Exercise important for bones in young women
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Got exercise?

Johnson has little use for new points system
LONG POND, Pa. Sometimes, Jimmie Johnson lets his mind drift to how he could be building on his Nextel Cup points lead, not worrying about fighting for it over the last 10 races.

Passenger agrees to testify in Petterson murder trial Monday
The state attorney general on Friday granted immunity to a key witness in the murder trial of Erwin "Jamie" Petterson Jr., the Kenai man charged with causing the death of an Anchorage couple in a 2002 car crash on the Seward Highway.

4 dead: Crash kills Kenai man
A Kenai pilot and three passengers died in a plane crash on the western side of Cook Inlet shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

Speeding pickup crash leaves 5 hurt
Two people were medevaced to Anchorage, and three others were injured in a pickup truck crash on Swan Lake Road in Sterling early Friday morning.

Quick-thinking son saves dad
July 19 began like any other fishing day for longtime Clam Gulch resident and drift boat fisher Ron Russell and his son, Jess. It would soon turn into a life and death struggle for Ron, and the outcome would rest on Jess' ability to think and act under pressure.

Ground broke for Homer clinic
Officials and members of the Seldovia Village Tribe, along with dignitaries from as far away as Washington, D.C., were in Homer for Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the tribe's new medical clinic.

Photo feature: In the name of science
Skilak Glacier merges into the Skilak River as seen from the air earlier this month. The river of ice is one of many coming out of the Harding Ice Field, where ice thickness has dropped by about 70 feet since the 1950s, according to research conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

District warehouse catches fire
A fire that broke out Thursday in a warehouse owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been determined by fire investigators to have been caused by the spontaneous combustion of discarded cotton rags soaked with linseed oil.

Chris Copple
Kenai resident Chris Copple died Friday, July 30, 2004, in a plane crash in Kustatan. He was 43.

Miners' victory spoils Oilers' fun
One proved to be a lonely number indeed Saturday, as the Peninsula Oilers earned a 1-0 win and yet still found themselves one win short of the postseason.

Kerry gets tough at convention
BOSTON Reminding Americans he has been tested in combat, John Kerry last week sought to ease doubts about whether he's tough enough to be commander in chief. He also tried to exploit President Bush's troubles with Iraq, a growing liability for the White House.

Voters have duty to get informed before election
On the heels of the summer's prime fishing season comes election season. It's hard to tell which is slimier.

Some Kenai reds fair trade for quiet weekend in Anchorage good deal
At the risk of losing my Kenai Peninsula pass, I must report a pleasant encounter while dipnetting alongside a group of Anchorageans or Anchoragites or whatever folks from Alaska's largest municipality are called.

Around the Peninsula
Volleyball camp slatedKCHS cross country to beginCar wash fund-raiser setBaby-sitter course offeredNominating petitions availableSocial Security reps to visit areaFox Island cruise fund-raiser set

Leiter, Freeman announce engagement
Brittany Leiter of Soldotna and Robert Freeman of Apopka, Fla., got engaged Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in New York City and plan to be married Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Gary Leiter will officiate.

Hinsley, Crandall announce wedding date
Denver residents Lauren Hinsley, formerly of San Jose, Calif., and Harly Crandall, formerly of Soldotna, plan to be married Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Peninsula glaciers give climate clues
Along the Kenai Peninsula's spine lies an ice-age no-man's land few people ever see. Vast tracts of snow gleam year-round, punctured by jagged horns of rock, and blue rivers of ice tumble from the frozen highlands.

Jenckes, Toomey plan nuptials
Julie Rene Jenckes of Kenai and Andrew Charles Toomey of Pecatonica, Ill., announce their plans to be married Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Minter Garden in Harrison, B.C.

King, Hagelund plan Saturday wedding
Willow King and Kelly Hagelund plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony on the dock at Kenai Landing, formerly the Ward's Cove cannery in Kenai.

Lost dog tale has happy ending
Gina Samuel of Kenai had one of her worst fears come true when her miniature greyhound named Jenny got out and ran away while Samuel was unloading her car at her father's house two weeks ago.

My best friend
Jatt the cat relaxes in the sink. Jatt belongs to Myrna Choat of Kenai.

Gibbs opens first 'Skins camp in a dozen years
When Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs arrived at his first training camp in 12 years on Saturday, his players were waiting for him and so were a few thousand fans.

Singh leads Buick
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Vijay Singh had a lot of company at the top of the Buick Open's All-Star leaderboard.

Sports Briefs
Calling all Kenai volleyball playersKenai Golf Course to host PGA Junior ClinicKenai starts swim practice Aug. 10Nikiski volleyball tryouts start Aug. 9Kenai cross country starts MondayMorales takes decision over HernandezClijsters to miss U.S. OpenLawyer calls courtroom apology 'insulting'Davenport jams right knee, advances

Tyson could be done
So this is how it all ends for Mike Tyson. Broke and bloodied, fighting in the same arena where Muhammad Ali made his pro debut 44 years ago, Tyson is knocked silly by the kind of British heavyweight he used to frighten into near paralysis merely by stepping into the ring.

U.S. tops Puerto Rico without Iverson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Reunited, and it feels so ... familiar.

Rising costs bring questions about value of Olympic games
ATHENS, Greece By almost any measure, the Olympics flunk basic economics.

Guevara leads East past West
WASHINGTON Freddy Adu didn't have a problem sitting on the sideline during the first half of the MLS All-Star game.

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