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Thursday, August 11, 2005

White Sox take two of three from Yanks
NEW YORK — Juan Uribe slid in under catcher Jorge Posada's tag to score a disputed run in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1 Wednesday.

Cubs lose eighth straight game
CHICAGO — Ryan Freel homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds sent the Chicago Cubs to their eighth straight loss with an 8-2 romp Wednesday.

Orioles brace for Palmeiro's return to field
BALTIMORE — On the eve of Rafael Palmeiro's expected return from a 10-day suspension for steroid use, the Baltimore Orioles got a glimpse of how his presence will affect the clubhouse.

Alou: 'I feel bad about people being fired'
ATLANTA — While saying he regrets the firing of three radio station employees, San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou wouldn't back down Wednesday from his condemnation of racially tinged comments directed at him and his players.

Burnett blanks Arizona
MIAMI — A.J. Burnett threw a three-hitter to win his career-high fifth straight start, and even added an RBI single to help the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Contreras beats former team
NEW YORK — Jose Contreras pitched shutout ball against his former team, and the Chicago White Sox got home runs from Paul Konerko and Tadahito Iguchi in a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the New York Yankees.

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From the Bookshelf: Bear attacks inspire hair-raising tales
Alaska, in the popular imagination, is famous for magnificent wilderness. But wilderness has infamous dangers, as well, none more lurid than bear maulings. The idea of becoming dinner for something enormous and hairy taps into a primal terror.

Art Briefs
Art workshops offered Art scholarship contest held Watercolor workshops planned Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Rasmuson awards open for application Editors Day scheduled in September Artists in Schools open for applications

On a different note ...
Ever wonder what a cornamuse was? How about a shawm, rackett or schreier-pfeife?

Scouted trip worth every cookie
Studio 2B Girls No. 618 would like to thank the following for providing a memorable destination trip to Cooper Landing on July 13-16. Thank you, Gabe, our river-rafting guide with Alaska Rivers Company, for being so charming, funny and cute. The scenic float was fun, too.

Reader shares view on chemical usage
With misleading and inflammatory language, ACAT recently announced its ballot initiative drive to burden all Alaska school districts and every licensed daycare in the state with expensive new requirements on chemical usages.

Merit Inn, Arness will be missed
Joe Arness and the Merit Inn deserve enormous appreciation and gratitude for their willingness to provide housing for many homeless people and families in Kenai.

Trail of 'fun' no fun for those following it
I am responding to the paper's write up regarding all the trash from people doing their annual fishing on the Kenai beaches (Clarion, Aug. 5).

Records plus tax bad for camel
New all-time record fuel prices, plus new all-time record high sales tax rates, plus new all-time record high fishing charter rates being set for next year equals a new all-time high record low forecast for next year's tourism season.

Community gives seniors a taste of success
The Sterling Area Senior Citizen's Inc. say thank you to all the wonderful folks who made their annual June barbecue a big success. Generous donations were received from Rickie Bowen, Maria Howarth, Fred Meyer, Soldotna Animal Hospital, Suburban Propane, Gloria's Hair Salon, Bing Brown's, Mom and Dad's Grocery, Sadler's, Cook's Tesoro, Moose River Auto and RV, Martin Mines, Alaska Hair Lines, Odies, The Dollar Store, Blockbuster Video, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Instant Replay Sports, Old Gray Mare, Charlotte's, Sundog Screen Print, Sugar Magnolia's, Donna's, Malfunction Junction, George and Jan Elser, Bill and Shirley Lowe, NorthCountry Fair, Coffee Concepts, Froso's, Radio Shack, Columbia Paint, The Hair Force, Felicia's Salon, Sonoma Florists, Wilderness Way, Harley-Davidson, Sterling Tool Rental, Suzie's Cafe, The Reel Cup, Jitters, Barker's Wood Products, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Top Video, K and K Enterprises, Naptown Cafe, Thompson's Corner, Radio Shack, Homestead Jewelers and Gifts, Beemun's Variety, Peninsula Furs, Sterling Carving Club, Magpye's and Spenard Builders Supply.

Cup champion Busch leaving Roush Racing
Reigning Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch is changing teams, moving from Roush Racing to Penske Racing South. The only question is when.

Natural gas coming to Ninilchik
Though the resource apparently is abundant enough to generate drilling activity by major energy players literally next door, the small Cook Inlet coastal community of Ninilchik has no access to natural gas.

Swiss poachers run into snag
Each year, anglers flock to the Kenai Peninsula, hoping to fill their freezers and cans with some of the hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon that swim up the Kenai River.

Cooper Landing seniors smiling
A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday celebrated a major step forward in a long-range, multiphased Cooper Landing senior housing construction project that one day will serve independent seniors as well as those needing full-time nursing care.

Tesoro, KPB spat continues
After a dispute that has cost the Kenai Peninsula Borough $60,000, Tesoro may have to pay the borough more taxes this year than it originally hoped. And the issue isn't resolved yet.

Life's a beach
Katie Biegert stakes a claim to a quiet piece of beach on the shore of Cook Inlet on Wednesday afternoon to spend time with a book in the sun. Forecasters are calling for sunny weather to continue through the weekend.

Man sought by feds killed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — A 20-year-old man being sought on federal drug charges was gunned down early Tuesday in a drive-by shooting in South Anchorage.

Whooping cough hits 10 in Soldotna
Ten people in Soldotna, including five at Heritage Place nursing facility, have come down with confirmed cases of pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough."

Trooper: Watch not suited for Sterling
Members of the Sterling Community Coalition Group were told by Alaska State Troopers that a Neighborhood Watch would not be effective in the rural community.

Merit Inn to close
Citing bad business, the Merit Inn in the city of Kenai will shut down Sept. 1, leaving the city with 60 less hotel rooms.

Governor needs change of altitude on jet purchase
The feds said no. The Legislature said no. But Gov. Frank Murkowski insisted on yes, insisted that the state and its chief executive need jet transport.

Energy bill has benefits, but not enough
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speaks for many critics when he says the energy bill that just passed Congress is ''simply an exercise in corporate welfare, full of subsidies and targeted tax breaks.''

Around the Peninsula
Homer immunization clinics set Weed pull scheduled Kenai immunization clinics slated Agency appreciation picnic planned Historical society to meet Dog training seminar set Keeper plans appreciation party Bridge project to be discussed EMS benefit dinner set

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts set Garage sale fund-raiser slated CPHC board meeting slated KPC plans one-day closure School hosts open house Home-school group meeting planned First aid, CPR classes offered Refuge hosts films, nature walks

Kenai Golf Report: Sun shines on Chrysler tournament
What a perfect four days of weather for the Chrysler Golf Championship. I was out there on Thursday and Saturday and couldn't believe the great weather. And the course was in the absolutely best condition ever.

United States' Clay earns decathlon gold
HELSINKI, Finland — Bryan Clay looks too small to be the ''world's greatest athlete.'' Tianna Madison seems too young to be a world champion.

Jamal Lewis returns to Ravens
Jamal Lewis was back at Baltimore Ravens training camp, talking about ''moving forward'' and looking fit enough to do it — through linebackers.

Singh only cares about winning
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Vijay Singh showed up without an entourage, virtually unnoticed as he walked down a road next to the practice range at Baltusrol and onto the far end of the tee box. Only when he passed a dozen players did the fans packed into the bleachers realize it was the defending PGA champion.

'Batman' Jackson splashes to victory in 400-meter hurdles
HELSINKI, Finland — Batman didn't let a little rain slow him down.

Eagles' Reid sends Owens home
Andy Reid made sure Terrell Owens won't be distracting the Eagles for at least a week — by sending the All-Pro wide receiver home.

Rogers reinstated
NEW YORK — Kenny Rogers was reinstated Tuesday when an arbitrator ruled that commissioner Bud Selig went too far by suspending the Texas pitcher for 20 games and fining him $50,000 for shoving two cameramen.

Birch Ridge Report: Second summer arrives
A couple of weeks ago I was pretty sure it was time to update my winter wardrobe. I was ready to mention the looming shopping deadline for — get ready — CHRISTMAS! But just when those dreary, dark and dank thoughts started closing in, the sun came out and I was once again applying sunscreen to my newly shaved legs. (Okay, the picture got a little ugly, but perhaps you should acquire a more flexible imagination, what?)

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