Friday, August 6, 2004

Brown ramps record to 9-1
NEW YORK Kevin Brown threw four-hit ball over eight shutout innings to beat Barry Zito, and newly signed John Olerud went 3-for-3 with a two-run double on his 36th birthday in the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Braves hang on to beat Astros
HOUSTON John Thomson pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, Chipper Jones had a pair of RBI singles for Atlanta, and the Braves beat the Houston Astros 5-4 Wednesday for their 10th victory in 12 games.

Hafner leads Indians to victory
TORONTO Travis Hafner homered twice, went 4-for-5 and tied a career high with six RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians ended a four-game losing streak with a 14-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Prior back on right track for Cubs
DENVER Mark Prior pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight by completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 5-1 victory Thursday.

Fathers look for more flexibility at work
NEW YORK When John Beatrice was a boy, his father quit his job with a big accounting firm and started his own business so he'd have more time with his family. Years later, Beatrice found himself in a similar situation, but with an important difference: A flexible work arrangement at Ernst & Young has allowed him to keep his job without sacrificing time with his kids.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleClasses offered to nonprofit groups

Circle resort reopens after long closure
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Arctic Circle Hot Springs reopened after being closed for nearly two years because of a dip in tourism and a slowed economy.

College students increasingly become on-campus entrepreneurs
In between classes, working out at the gym and volunteering as a reserve police officer, Lance Larson spent five to six hours each night on his Web hosting business in his college dorm room.

Sarbanes-Oxley may be discouraging earnings manipulation
NEW YORK (AP) Are investors better off than they were two years ago?

Veronica's Coffee House expands in Kenai's Old Town neighborhood
From the outside, Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai looks remarkably like an enchanted cottage a lost traveler might happen upon in the woods in some fairy tale. Which is appropriate, considering many of the coffeehouse's customers discover the place by accident, while out for a stroll.

Savers need new strategies as U.S. Treasury stops issuing Series HH Savings Bonds
NEW YORK (AP) For years, Americans who invested in U.S. Savings Bonds had a safe haven if they didn't want to cash in their maturing securities and pay taxes on their earnings the Series HH bonds.

Seeking silver
Anglers hoping to plant their feet, arch their backs and hold on to their rods with white knuckles as a silver bullet takes off with their lure will have to wait a few more days, but it won't be long now.

Crescent quest
The hiking trails of the Kenai Peninsula are like potato chips: It's tough to stop after just one.

Handsome book reveals Bering Sea secrets
Sea Grant's recent book, "The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands: Region of Wonders," offers readers a deluxe armchair cruise to one of the world's roughest and remotest places.

Art Briefs
Pottery on saleKids' art workshops plannedLogo contest announcedArt funding awards offered

Ralph Fiennes to play bad guy in 'Harry Potter' film
LOS ANGELES He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been named.

Thrilling play breaks historic stereotypes
In any play, the director is faced with certain challenges, including getting the cast to remember their lines and stage directions, finishing all the set building and decorating projects or at least getting them completed to the point where the audience won't know the difference and getting people to come see it.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Popular oddball talent portion no longer part of Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. One aspiring Miss America took her trained pigeons up on stage. But when a stage light blew, according to pageant lore, the surprised birds flew off stage, raining droppings on the audience.

Knowles supporters should have spoken up sooner
Like most Alaskans, I applauded Tony Knowles when he declared he would oppose any outside ads on his behalf. And, like many Alaskans, I was extremely disappointed when Lisa Murkowski refused to make the same promise.

Embryonic stem cell research not all it's touted to be
John Kerry and Ron Reagan have garnered cheers and headlines recently for criticizing the Bush administration for its limits on federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Those cheers and headlines, though, have been built on misinformation. One prominent scientist, in fact, D.G. McKay of the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, has called the notion that embryonic stem cells will provide an antidote to Alzheimer's disease a "fairy tale."

Wagoner wants record made clear
Let's clear the air from Jerry Ward's $130,000 smoke machine (Letters, Joan Szepanski, 8-4-04). First of all, if you have any questions about my record, call me at 283-4930. I'm not afraid to debate the issues or explain my votes.

Government pay increases should mean increased service
Great. Our "conservative" borough assembly just made government bigger by cutting their government brethren a fat pay raise. What are the chances they reform property tax by hitting up the untold millions in exempt property for their fair share? What are the chances they cover this new expense by making a leaner, more efficient government?

Ward's personal campaign spending draws questions
I read with interest the article under the Peninsula Clarion's headline ("Ward spends big ...") on July 30-31, 2004, of Jerry Ward's averred campaign financing and planned spending to run for a state Senate seat.

Murkowski's prescription drug policy fails to support veterans
If you think veterans deserve our respect and gratitude, and you think they should have a choice in both medical care and prescription drugs and not have to give up the option of VA care because a non-VA doctor filled out their prescription form, then let your feelings be known at the primary election.

Huge campaign funds won't sway voter
Dear politicians,

Effort to beautiful city corner appreciated
Have you noticed the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Spruce Street in Kenai?

Wagoner's daughter sets father's record straight
I know this is long, but please take the time to read this. This is the truth about Tom Wagoner's voting record. I read with interest the letter by Ms. Szepanski.

NASCAR confirms Mexico City race
NASCAR confirmed Thursday it is heading south of the border, bringing the Busch series into Mexico City next season for the first international points-paying event in over 50 years.

Harvick in need of great Brickyard race
INDIANAPOLIS As a kid growing up in the same hometown as Rick Mears, there was no bigger goal for Kevin Harvick than someday racing at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

4-H program up to old favorites, new tricks
An archer, a violinist and a book drive for people in Papua New Guinea have little in common other than the purpose of demonstrating that 4-H Club is more than just animals.

Looking to lead? Seats open
Candidates, including a few incumbents, are beginning to line up to vie for borough and service area elected offices in the Oct. 5 municipal election, now just two months away.

Driver denies DVD was on
As the defense wrapped up its case on Thursday, Jamie Petterson testified on his own behalf, telling the jury he was looking over to get his soda and that the DVD player in his pickup was not playing when his vehicle collided with another, killing an Anchorage couple in 2002.

Photo feature: Stopping for a bite
A pair of greater yellowlegs scavenge the mud alongside Funny River on Wednesday afternoon. The birds spend their summers in southern Alaska and northern Canada and then winter in the southern states, the West Coast and Mexico.

Petitioners must get signatures to see mayor question on ballot
It's going to be up to initiative petitioners and their ability to gather sufficient signatures to place the question of whether the Kenai Peninsula Borough should abandon 40 years of precedent and switch to a manager-run government on a future ballot.

All but 8 borough schools pass adequate yearly progress test
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District made significant improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act's accountability standards this year, state officials announced Wednesday.

Helmets now required attire
Children in Kenai soon will have to wear bicycle helmets or their parents may have to pay.

Council members vie for mayor seat
Two members of the Kenai City Council want to take the next step.

School board OKs top job contract
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday approved a continued three-year contract for Superintendent Donna Peterson.

Fish and Game extends clam farm ban comment period
Fish and Game Commissioner Kevin Duffy has extended the deadline for public comments regarding a proposal to lift the 3-year-old ban on clam farms in the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat areas.

Kenai man formally charged in Tyonek murder
The 31-year-old Kenai man arrested in connection with a killing in a Beluga tavern July 26 was formally charged with first-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

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Warren 'Russ' Bahl
Longtime Sterling resident Warren "Russ" Bahl died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at his home in Sterling. He was 60.

Letters should not contribute to dirty campaign season
Most citizens will tell you they don't like mud-slinging political campaigns. They want candidates to talk about the issues and what they will do if elected to office not what their opponent didn't do or won't do. They want to hear what candidates will support, not just what they oppose or what those currently in office have done wrong.

Heightened terror warnings draw suspicion, concern
It was easy to find officials at the Democratic convention last week who were darkly convinced that George Bush was about to spoil John Kerry's Boston party with a well-timed scene-stealer in the war on terror.

Borough, city seats way to get involved
Plenty of opportunity awaits those who want to make a difference in this place they call home.

First rock face-off
ANACORTES, Wash Where do you go next?

August days can start out looking like summer, end up more like fall
August on the Kenai Peninsula is bittersweet like strong coffee with a hint of chocolate, a mixed bag of goodies with a few sour apples thrown in, languid on the surface but with dangerous undercurrents.

Around the Peninsula
Car wash fund-raiser todayMultiple sclerosis group to meetSoroptimists plan golf tourneyWRCC to host annual runFlag football slatedDonor appreciation day scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Lawn sale fund-raiser planned Refuge hosts new films, nature walks Sen. Murkowski to visit peninsula KCHS class reunion planned Farmers market open Saturdays Historical society to meet Motocross racing slated Vision workshop set

Focus of Catholic sexual abuse suits now includes nuns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church has focused primarily on molestation by priests, but in Louisville, two dozen people are now suing an order of nuns that staffed an orphanage decades ago.

Study finds widespread inequities for women rabbis in Conservative Judaism
NEW YORK (AP) Women rabbis in the Conservative branch of Judaism earn less than their male counterparts and hold fewer top jobs in synagogues, according to a new study on gender equity.

Church Briefs
Sept. 11, 2001 survivor to speak here Xtreme Bible school slated Fall Bible study schedule announced Family worship offered Thursdays

Life's work can be spectacular when God's involved
The story is told of a mother who took her boy to a Paderewski concert, wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano.

Arkansas Catholics told to give up bingo
LITTLE ROCK (AP) The Roman Catholic bishop of Little Rock has outlawed bingo in his diocese to comply with state law that deems most forms of gambling illegal.

Meeting of U.S. Greek Orthodox fuels tension between laity and hierarchy
NEW YORK (AP) The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America approved new parish rules at its national Clergy-Laity Congress last week, angering lay people seeking more influence in how the denomination is governed.

King of Tonga dedicates Methodist church in Utah
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) Utah's United Methodists had a royal visit last week.

Pope, religious leaders criticizes attacks on churches in Iraq
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II said the attacks on five Roman Catholic churches in Iraq during worship services were deplorable and he offered his solidarity to faithful there.

More Episcopal dioceses conducting blessing ceremonies for gay couples
A vote last year that seemed like a defeat for gays in the Episcopal Church has, in a twist, led to an increasing number of dioceses developing just what advocates wanted official services for same-sex unions.

Stupples fires 65 to lead Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio Karen Stupples is playing with the confidence of a champion.

'Whew!' sounds the same in any language
Whew! sounds the same in any language. On Wed-nesday, it was uttered by the 15 or so members of the U.S. men's Olympic team the second after Allen Iverson's desperation heave from just across midcourt fell through a basket in Cologne, Germany.

Birch Ridge Report: Just right at Birch Ridge Golf Course
You probably won't believe this, but I've come to the conclusion that I am what you might call a "high maintenance" golfer. You see, the weather has to be just right.

Why not let the NBA champions represent U.S. in Olympics?
Larry Brown has a problem, which means the NBA does, too. With less than two weeks left before the league's reputation goes up for grabs, too little of what the coach tells his dozen millionaires is getting through.

Team USA beats buzzer, Germany
COLOGNE, Germany Things are not looking good for the NBA stars on the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

Flutie hurt; Titans, Falcons scuffle
CARSON, Calif. Doug Flutie underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday morning and will miss about two weeks, one of the few injuries of his seemingly endless career.

Sports Briefs
Alaska loses in championship gameRacing Lions hold motocross eventChugach Challenge to take place Aug. 14

Team USA creams WNBA All-Stars
NEW YORK Despite an easy victory against the WNBA All-Stars, members of the U.S. Olympic team know they have some things to work on before the Athens Games.

Carter released by Cowboys, Brown cut by Raiders
In a shocking and unexpected development, Quincy Carter is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys after quarterbacking them to the playoffs last season.

Skyview volleyball tryouts start Monday
Tryouts for the Skyview High School volleyball team will begin Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Skyview gym. A completed physical is required to participate, and any students entering grades nine through 12 are welcome to try out.

Athletes arrive in Greece
GEORGIOUPOLI, Greece A collection of bungalows provide a stunning view of the calm, aqua water of the Mediterranean softly lapping at the sand of the Pilot Beach Resort.

Championship event gets started Saturday
Pros and amateurs will get down to business when championship play begins at the Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship on Saturday and Sunday.

Fighter pilots patrol Athens
TANAGRA, Greece Capt. Thanassis Gioules squeezed into the cockpit of his fighter jet at an air base near Athens on Thursday and prepped its weapons before taking off for combat patrol.

Sun, cigars and golf pro-am style
Sunshine, a couple cigars, a few laughs and 18 holes of free golf. Yep, the job of a sportswriter can be downright grueling at times.

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