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Saturday, August 14, 2004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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,

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 .

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

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.

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.

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

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