Saturday, September 13, 2003

Sheets, Brewers defeat Astros
MILWAUKEE Ben Sheets once again beat Houston as the Milwaukee Brewers stopped a six-game losing streak, beating the NL Central-leading Astros 5-3.

Sport takes a moment to remember
Sports marked the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with moments of silence and poignant reminders, from American flags on the greens at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic to the names of victims displayed on the scoreboard at Tampa's Tropicana Field.

U.S. Treasury to stop issuing HH Savings Bonds
NEW YORK (AP) Americans are about to lose a tool many have used to manage their U.S. Savings Bonds in retirement.

Spitzer case bolsters reason to maintain state regulation
NEW YORK (AP) New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's latest corporate crackdown offers convincing evidence for those who argue that state regulators' powers shouldn't be curbed.

NYSE still not leading by example
NEW YORK (AP) First, it's revealed that New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso is getting a payout totaling $139.5 million, and that raises many eyebrows.

Consumer Reports magazine recommends 5 cars for teen drivers
Consumer Reports magazine recommends five cars two used and three new for parents in the market for vehicles for their teenage drivers.

Family bonds during caribou hunts in Kenai Mountains
Jose Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher, hunter and author of the book "Meditations on Hunting," wrote: "One does not hunt in order to kill, on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted."

People with drug abuse problem need medical help, not jail time
This is in response to your article titled "Marijuana ruling puts police on hold."

Coal-bed methane development raises property tax questions
Coal-bed methane development has attracted considerable attention recently, as Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su Valley residents discover the lands beneath their property have been quietly leased for this new wave of development.

Plans for hospital expansion will not meet future demands of area
The Central Peninsula General Hospital board would like to build the largest traffic problem in the city with a hospital expansion that will never meet the future needs of the residents on the Kenai Peninsula.

Business contributions will help build more peaceful community
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court and the Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue are collaborating on a Youth Mediation Project and have recently finished refurbishing a mediation room in the old Kenai courthouse.

All not perfect in Alaska; judicial system in need of major repairs
Recently, I was asked to fulfill my obligation as an Alaskan and report to jury duty.

Mountain View problem solvers appreciate community's support
The Mountain View Elementary Future Problem Solving (FPS) team would like to thank the following businesses, clubs and individuals for their donations to help enable our Kenai junior team to represent Alaska at the FPS International Conference in Connecticut this past summer:

Homer makes homecoming visit to SoHi
Soldotna comes into Saturday's 2 p.m. homecoming game against Homer fresh off runaway victories against Skyview and Nikiski, while the Mariners come into the game fresh off a mistake-filled 16-13 loss to Kodiak.

Painting new life together
Cynics may say romance is dead these days, but they are wrong -- it has been driving around the western United States in a motor home for the last 10 years.

Huber resigns as head of sportfishing group
After more than four years on the job, Soldotna's Brett Huber has resigned as executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

On peninsula, residents give gift of life
If the best way to combat terror is to demonstrate the ability to help and support others, Kenai Peninsula residents showed Thursday that they're ready to fight.

Denali Commission grants target health-care services
The level of medical services on the Kenai Peninsula got a boost this week as the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced that local hospital and long-term care facilities were in line for major grants through the Denali Commission.

Sue L. Friese
Longtime Soldotna resident Sue L. Friese, known to many as "Grandma Sue," died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2003, after a brief illness at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 88.

Tragedy of FAS can be prevented Editorial
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the nation has debated whether the attacks could have been prevented.

NASA exhibit expands horizons of residents Editorial
Imagine airliners in space. Hotel resorts on the moon. Research stations on Mars. Space travel that's as routine, affordable and safe as today's commercial air flights. Asteroid mining. Solar electric power beamed from space. On demand human access to space.

College grads paddle from Minnesota to Hudson Bay
ST. PAUL (AP) Three male college graduates. A summer to kill. A yen for adventure.

Judge's adventure gives wall its name
FAIRBANKS In the first copy of the first newspaper to be published in Fairbanks, there was a short notice of another original undertaking.

Black spruce forests spreading onto muskeg peatlands
I have long puzzled about the diffuse halos of small black spruce trees that surround many lakes and muskeg areas on the Kenai Peninsula.

Big halibut landed off St. Paul Island
ANCHORAGE What might be the largest Pacific halibut ever documented was pulled from the Bering Sea off St. Paul Island on Sept. 5 by the crew of the fishing boat Miss Mary.

Around the Peninsula
Womens conference set to begin Community council meeting planned Youth programs accepting applications Ben Stevens to speak at Soldotna chamber Marketing workshop scheduled Residents sought for CPHC board KCHS to raffle off quilt Disaster response meeting slated

Church Briefs
Youth rally tonight Native fellowship meets tonight Church to mark 25 years Unitarians resume Sunday schedule Concert planned for Sunday Womens Aglow celebrates anniversary Volunteer to share experience Evolution debate to air in Homer Conference planned for Sept. 21 Fall festival announced Friendship closet open Wednesdays

Black Muslim leader sends message with resignation from group he founded
CHICAGO (AP) Imam W. Deen Mohammed, one of the country's most influential black Muslim leaders, wanted to send a message when he resigned as head of the group he has led for almost 30 years.

The Jonathan Project not publicized but worthwhile
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret project during the World War II, designed to develop the atomic bomb. The power released by this bomb brought WWII to an abrupt end, saving the lives of thousands of military personnel.

Hallucinogenic tea likely to gain religious exemption, appeals court rules
DENVER (AP) A federal appeals court decided that a New Mexico church's use of hallucinogenic tea is likely to be protected under freedom of religion laws.

Religion writers in Atlanta and Russia win top honors
SEATTLE (AP) A reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a Russia-based freelancer won top prizes in the annual Religion Newswriters Association contest, and The Dallas Morning News religion section was honored for the seventh time in the past nine years.

Retired minister translates the Bible into Lakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) Jerry Yellowhawk, a member of the Cheyenne River tribe and retired Wesleyan minister, now spends much of his time at a computer translating the Bible into Lakota, a dialect of the Teton Sioux tribe.

Orthodox church wants government to scrap planned mosque near Athens airport
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The Greek Orthodox Church wants the government to stop plans to build the first new mosque in Athens in two centuries, saying an Islamic structure near the international airport would give visitors a wrong impression.

South Korean firm designs mobile phone for devout Muslims
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Hoping to expand its market share among the world's 1.1 billion Muslims, South Korea's LG Electronics Monday unveiled a new mobile phone with an electronic compass to show the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

World Orthodox leader wants Turkey to change rules for electing his successors
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians, has called for Turkey to change its requirement that only Turkish citizens can become patriarch, citing dwindling numbers of those eligible to succeed him.

Dalai Lama's U.S. tour will conclude with a significant closed-door meeting
NEW YORK (AP) The 14th Dalai Lama is simultaneously the exiled monarch of Tibet, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning statesman and Buddhism's most renowned world leader aspects that are all evident during his current U.S. tour.

Episcopal Church's head warned Philadelphia bishop not to defrock outspoken priest
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The national leader of the Episcopal Church privately appealed to Bishop Charles Bennison Jr. against removing a priest who opposed recognition of same-sex couples, court documents show.

Soldotna, Homer swimmers resume battle for Region III
Once again, the Soldotna swimming and diving team has enough talent to stay afloat after major losses to graduation.

Patriots, Eagles face off
New England or Philadelphia HAS to score this week.

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