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Friday, August 13, 2004

Yankees top Texas behind Jeter tater
ARLINGTON, Texas Derek Jeter hit a solo homer and Tanyon Sturtze pitched five strong innings in a spot start, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Griffey to miss rest of season
CINCINNATI (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right hamstring, the latest setback in a long line of injuries for the All-Star outfielder.

Padres get closer in wild-card race
CHICAGO Khalil Greene singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Thursday to move within a game of the NL wild-card lead.

Phillies pitcher Wolf tops the Rockies
PHILADELPHIA Pitcher Randy Wolf homered twice, giving him three this season, and threw seven solid innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 15-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Martinez masters Devil Rays hitters
BOSTON Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in a six-hitter for his first shutout in almost four years and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-0 Thursday for their fifth win in six games.

Can Google's IPO go?
NEW YORK (AP) This might be one thing Google's Internet search engine can't answer: What should the company do about its IPO?

Kaptain Kelmoore comes to the rescue of 20- and 30-somethings trying to understand the market
NEW YORK (AP) When business students file into Wes Seegers' derivatives and futures course at California State University at Long Beach, they almost uniformly believe their professor is playing a joke on them with the course material.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set scheduleEdward Jones representative honored

Floral department manager can make showy bouquets
It's no exaggeration to say Carroll Knutson, the new manager of the floral department at Safeway in Soldotna, has designed flower arrangements that were picture perfect or, to be more precise, moving-picture perfect.

Fire retardant traces found in salmon
SEATTLE (AP) Traces of industrial-strength fire retardant have turned up in wild and farm-raised salmon around the world, a study released Tuesday said.

Back-to-school shopping can take bite out of family budget
NEW YORK (AP) With two boys in grade school, Lisa Jackson Galloway has had to come up with a strategy to manage hefty back-to-school shopping expenses each year.

Do your boss a favor, call in sick
SYRACUSE, N.Y American workers should stop trying to be heroes and just stay home when they're sick it could be cheaper for their employers, according to a study.

Family fortune
Some anglers are lucky. Then there's the Carey family.

Book offers attractive views of Denali aviation
Bruce McAllister offers a triple treat to book lovers. He is a good writer, a wonderful photographer and an expert on aviation history.

Peninsula orchestra embarks on annual summer music fest
For all those who find it too difficult to squeeze a one-time-only concert performance into their busy weekend schedules, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival is for you. With two weeks full of performances at various times, days and locations, it's almost more difficult to avoid seeing a concert that it is making it to one.

Performers stage first show at Old Town Playhouse
It's apropos for the Kenai Performers' first show in their new location to be a kids' performance, since the group hopes to grow into their new surrounding just like the youngsters are growing into accomplished actors.

Art Briefs
Pottery on saleLogo contest announcedPoetry contest announcedFarmers' market offers arts, craftsArt funding awards offeredResource for artists announced

Up, up and away: Who can play the Man of Steel?
LOS ANGELES A powerful father from beyond the heavens sends his son on a fateful journey to Earth to become a savior for humanity.

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

Vandalism shows disregard for youth efforts, story of hope
Last Saturday evening, the cast of The Nazi Chronicles gathered just outside Soldotna to have a picture taken in front of the sign advertising the play. This gathering of dedicated young people celebrated months of hard work on the part of actors, directors and countless others spanning from Sterling to Nikiski who cooperated to bring this important story to life.

Patience, support for Live Ride raises money for MDA
Kenai Peninsula Harley-Davidson and Buell would like to take the time to thank the residents and visitors to the peninsula for their patience concerning traffic delays on the Sterling Highway on July 31. The delays were due to the hosting of the sixth annual Live Ride. This event is held every year and raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

AWG Host Society appreciates support of business, volunteers
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, I want to thank the merchants and volunteers of the Kenai Peninsula for their contribution to our presence in the Kenai Fourth of July and Soldotna Progress Days parades. We are fortunate to live in a community where the support for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games is overwhelming.

Community members pitch in to consolidate schools
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nikiski community for all of its support through the consolidation process. Over the past 12 months, we have experienced the true meaning of community. Members of Nikiski have stepped up to support the consolidation of the two Nikiski elementary schools.

Spurr rumor erupts
Contrary to rumors circulating around town, Mount Spurr is still sleeping. But not entirely soundly.

Nikiski man killed in accident
A Nikiski man died Tuesday evening from serious head injuries sustained when he lost control of the four-wheeler he was riding in Kasilof, causing the vehicle to roll over.

Photo feature: Free flying
A lone gull wings its way above the Kenai River. The gull was one of a flock feeding on the remains of fish on the banks of the river early Friday morning near the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge.

Photo feature: Leaving the lights on
The northern lights glow in the sky above Hope shortly after nightfall last weekend.

State House candidates campaign in Kenai
Three of four Republicans hoping to win their party's nomination for the Alaska House seat from District 33 in the Aug. 24 primary, along with the lone Democrat the winner will face Nov. 2, presented their visions for the state's future Wednesday at a political forum presented by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

German adds peninsula to world tour destinations
Fritz Kratzeisen was in Soldotna this week for a stop on his world tour.

Shelter idea nears finding a home
The central Kenai Peninsula may have new services for families experiencing homelessness in as little as two months.

Women race to bring awareness to domestic violence
This weekend, nearly 200 people are expected to turn out for the 17th annual Run for Women.

Power outage hits downtown Kenai
A power outage affected much of downtown Kenai for approximately 25 minutes Thursday.

Dick Mommsen
Former Kenai homesteader Dick Mommsen died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Palmer following a long illness.

Ceremony looks at old, new
ATHENS, Greece The Olympics are returning to their birthplace, putting a new twist on old traditions for the extravagant opening ceremony: The last will be first. The first will be last.

Searching for fairness in doping cases
Justice and fairness are sometimes lost in the worthy pursuit of drug-free Olympics.

U.S. Olympic wrestlers faced rough road
ATHENS, Greece America's first four female wrestlers at the Olympics are linked by a shared resiliency and a stubborn commitment to compete in a sport that hasn't exactly welcomed them.

Top Greek sprinters injured in accident
ATHENS, Greece Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were taken to a hospital early Friday after being involved in a traffic accident a few hours before they were to face an International Olympic Committee disciplinary board for failing to attend a doping test.

Heinrichs not happy with FIFA
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) The U.S. women's soccer team could lose its best scorer for an important game because of the Olympic tournament's quirky rules, and the coach wants something done about it.

Archers break world records
ATHENS, Greece South Korean archers broke three world records Thursday in men's and women's events in the ranking rounds of the Olympic competition.

The anti-Greece: Beijing too prepared
ATHENS, Greece In contrast to Athens' down-to-the-wire preparations, organizers of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing are slowing their vigorous construction timetable at the request of the International Olympic Committee though the Chinese still plan to have all venues ready a year ahead of time.

Genes could be key for future cheats
Tainted by suspicions of drug use, the Athens Games may nevertheless mark one of the last Olympics in an innocent age the days before genetic enhancement in sports.

U.S. women defeat Greece
IRAKLION, Greece The goal was classic Mia. Her assist was even better and a lot more fun to watch.

Opinions mixed on plan to appoint new 'terror czar'
First of all, let's stop calling it a czar.

Weighing out the risks
BAGHDAD, Iraq The decision to launch a major strike against militants in Najaf risks inflaming the nation's Shiite majority against the U.S. military and Iraq's interim government, even as that government tries to build support across the country.

Rudeness obstacle on campaign trail
Teresa Heinz Kerry may not have reacted ideally to hecklers along the campaign trail, but it's the hecklers who ought to be apologizing. Heinz Kerry, the billionaire wife of Democratic presidential John Kerry,

Greenspan wrong to up interest rates
Alan Greenspan is supposed to be a Republican, but don't tell that to the Bush family. The Federal Reserve Board ch

Alaska flying squirrels get around more than realized
JUNEAU (AP) With kitten-soft fur, a taste for fungus and a remarkable built-in paraglider, flying squirrels the nocturnal cousins of the familiar red squirrel are gliding through Alaska forests from Ketchikan to Fairbanks in greater numbers than previously suspected.

Freeriders take biking to new, troubling degrees
RENO, Nev. Jon Wilson, a 27-year-old downhill mountain bike racer, likes the new style called freeriding because any challenge is fair game from bombing down flights of stairs to dropping off 10-foot cliffs to riding across teeter-totters.

Windy Point burn provides food for through, and for moose, hares
It has been five years since I visited the 1994 Windy Point Burn south of Tustumena Lake, and the vegetation has grown up dramatically. Doghair-thick stands of birch saplings 5 to 8 feet hig

Around the Peninsula
SMS registration slatedKenai Public Health Clinic offers immunizationsInterfaith shelter meeting plannedMultiple sclerosis group to meetDepression seminar slatedTriathlon slatedRedoubt plans open houseFlag football slatedDonor appreciation event scheduledPublic comment on aquatic farming extended

Around the Peninsula
Refuge hosts new films, nature walks Soroptimist golf tourney set WRCC annual run planned Final cowboy shooting match scheduled Farmers market open Saturdays Motocross racing slated KPBA plan picnic

Go with the flow: God's actions must be passed on
Well it happened again! The tub is clogged and water is standing in the bottom.

Christian youth group meets in unconventional place: at Hooters
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) Voices hush around the patio table as Rick Lamborn poses his first discussion question during a Christian youth group meeting at a popular restaurant.

A British Muslim expert renders the Quran in modern-day English
When M.A.S. Abdel Haleem was a youngster in Egypt all the boys in his school were required to memorize the entire Quran and were tested annually to make sure they maintained this knowledge.

New Southern Baptist president wants 1 million baptisms a year
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) As the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Rev. Bobby Welch says he will travel to all 50 states to push his goal of baptizing 1 million people a year.

Church Briefs
Family fishing tourney Saturday Sabbath celebration planned Bible study schedule announced Womens prayer group to meet Family worship offered

U.S. Roman Catholic ordination class older, more educated
WASHINGTON (AP) Men who became American Roman Catholic priests this year were older and better educated than previous ordination classes, and more of them came from other countries, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.

Hospital 'johnny' redesigned because of complaints from Muslim women
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Maine Medical Center has redesigned its hospital gown after discovering that Muslim women accustomed to being fully covered were skipping appointments to avoid wearing the immodest garment.

Promise Keepers founder planning alliance with Messianic Jews
DENVER (AP) Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney has reportedly been planning a new initiative for strengthening ties between evangelicals and Messianic Jews a move that could damage relations between conservative Christians and Jewish leaders.

White House faith-based director vows to fight restrictive local government
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) The head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives says he'll fight local governments that block federal funding of religious groups.

Giants pick Warner over Manning for now
Kurt Warner will start ahead of Eli Manning in the New York Giants exhibition opener.

Theismann leads class into College Hall of Fame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Joe Theismann was at Los Angeles International Airport when he learned he made the College Football Hall of Fame. He was told the news by former Notre Dame sports information director Roger Valdiserri .

Bryant prosecutors ask judge for delay in case
DENVER Prosecutors have asked the judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case to put the trial on hold indefinitely, saying courthouse gaffes have crippled the chances of seating an unbiased jury and suggesting the accuser is not ready to testify against the NBA star.

Tomlinson close to contract extension
Clinton Portis didn't remain the NFL's richest running back for long. He's about to be overtaken by San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson.

Prep football set to kick off
In the final game of last year's small-schools football season, the Kenai Kardinals ran ragged over the Eielson Ravens, dishing out a 46-0 defeat in the championship game.

Baltimore ruins Mora's first game
BALTIMORE Reserve tight end Daniel Wilcox caught two touchdown passes, and the Baltimore Ravens spoiled Jim Mora's head coaching debut by cruising to a 24-0 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Sports Briefs
Gavenus, Peters win runMets place Piazza on 15-day disabled listGiambi eager to return to Yankees

Pro golfers tame Whistling Straits
HAVEN, Wis. So much for Whistling Straits leaving everyone in dire straits.

Birch Ridge Report: Golf's quick learners
In 1885, a gentleman by the name of John M. Fox took a trip to Scotland. Of his many souvenirs, there was one he freely offered to his friends back home the game of golf. By 1886, the first Amateur Golf Championship tourna

Racing Lions to hold city race
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division will hold their fifth motocross and quad city race of the year Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway.

Runners set to go
The cross country season gets started on the peninsula today with the Nikiski Class Races.

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