Saturday, September 27, 2003

Red Sox clinch AL wild-card berth
BOSTON The Red Sox are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1999, looking for their first World Series title in quite a bit longer.

Marlins rub out Phillies
MIAMI Juan Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs, and the Florida Marlins clinched a tie for the NL wild-card berth with an 8-4 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night that eliminated the Phillies from postseason contention.

Investors should stay cautious as technology funds sizzle again
NEW YORK (AP) Jacob Internet Fund was one of the hottest stock funds during the dot-com boom. Now, it's sizzling again up nearly 104 percent since January.

TRAVEL STRESSES: Business travel takes its toll sometimes when you're safely back at the office.

Boomer empty-nesters help push growth of pet health care
NEW YORK (AP) Diane Benson, 53, had always adored the family dog, Pepper, a black Labrador who would excitedly greet her on the driveway when she came home. But their bond grew particularly strong after her kids grew up and moved away.

Conservation can help reduce energy costs as fuel prices rise
NEW YORK (AP) OPEC's decision Wednesday to cut crude oil production comes at a bad time for consumers just at the start of the winter home-heating season.

Mushing season under way
The snow may not be flying yet, but that hasn't stopped peninsula mushers from getting under way with the training season.

Republican women support opening ANWR to exploration
What a wonderful experience to hear hundreds of women cheering in support of the opening of the ANWR!

Bush not only one who has made claim about weapons in Iraq
Here is a question for those Americans who say President Bush is lying about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: Does it not seem odd that President Clinton and the United Nations also said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

Bin Laden in Alaska? Tabloid says it's true
JUNEAU -- The Weekly World News tabloid claims to have found the world's most-wanted terrorist. Osama bin Laden is occupying a love nest in Alaska.

Firefighters to hold competition Saturday
A firefighters' competition will be held at noon Saturday at the Kenai Municipal Airport Operations Facility as part of the Alaska Fire Chiefs and Firefig

Checks spark dreams, debates
Margo Reilly's family won't feel the $443.20 drop this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks took over the previous year.

Candidates quizzed during forum
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member John Davis did not appear at Wednesday's candidate forum, giving his opponent, Dan Chay, an unchallenged hearing before a small crowd of voters who gathered at the borough administration building in Soldotna.

CES creates new positions to better handle its workload
As the workload of Central Emergency Services grows and the department strives to be the best combination full-time and volunteer on-call department in the state, several new officer positions have been created.

Edward O. King
Soldotna resident Edward O. King died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 77.

New way to manage permanent fund deserves attention
An estimated 598,813 Alaskans will be $1,107.56 richer next month, thanks to the state's sacred, golden cow: the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Too many clowns vying for opportunity to be California's ringmaster
Last weekend, the Emmy Awards featured a skit in which comedian Darrell Hammond impersonated Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bit was funny at first, but it quickly lost pu

Every dollar counts
Esther Bower, 10, left, and Maggie Dunlap, 9, install a sign near Sandy Beach in Sitka Tuesday. The girls were concerned about the welfare of sand dollars and decided to start a campaign to inform the public.

After bear relocation, McGrath moose calf survival rate up
FAIRBANKS (AP) The summer survival rate of moose calves around McGrath is about 20 percent higher this year than it was the previous two years.

Mauling victim binds wounds with duct tape
WASILLA (AP) A hunter bitten by a grizzly bear bound some of his wounds with duct tape, then rode his all-terrain vehicle to his pickup truck and drove himself to the hospital.

Refuge to dedicate trail Saturday
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will dedicate a new trail at the visitor center on Ski Hill Road

Exhibit showcases best of wildlife photography
HOMER The silhouette of two caribou, their movement temporarily stilled in a triple-layered scene by artist James Brady, took the lead in alaskaWILD 2003, a 33-piece juried exhibit coordinated by the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers.

Refuge intern reflects on busy summer of fieldwork and travels
Serving as an intern at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offered me the opportunity to come up to Alaska for the summer and fall months.

Trek continues across Canada
CASSIAR HIGHWAY, British Columbia He's made friends with moonshiners, worn out two pairs of boots and lost about 70 pounds. But the most important thing about former Juneau resident Kevyn Jacobs' journey is that he's still walking.

Money lacking for Pacific Crest Trail
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) For the first time in six years, there's a danger that no money will be coming from Congress to protect additional sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in the coming year.

Around the Peninsula
Animals available for adoption Refuge to dedicate new trail Fall cleanup scheduled Auction fund-raiser set for Sunday Historical association meeting slated Preschool skills program offered Pets, people fund-raiser race slated Resident needed for fair board Boys and Girls Club plan open house

Buddhist monks, attempting to meet, accuse Vietnam of harassment
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) The Vietnamese government has denied charges that police harassed and intimidated monks into foregoing a meeting called by leaders of a banned Buddhist group.

Hallmark offers greeting card for major Muslim holiday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Hallmark has created its first greeting cards for the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Jewish High Holy Days arrive as American Jews confront challenges to their future
A once-a-decade study of American Judaism released this month found Jews are better-educated and wealthier than the average American and have reached the highest levels of professional achievement.

Georgian president, in Vatican flap, promises new religious freedoms
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) President Eduard Shevardnadze announced that Georgia planned to enact a wide-ranging law extending religious freedoms, a week after scrapping an accord sought by the Vatican to protect Roman Catholics.

America is a notably harmonious country in religion, argues analyst Alan Wolfe
Boston College social analyst Alan Wolfe has written three upbeat books contending that despite those angry headlines and allegations of ''culture war,'' America is a unified rather than a quarrelsome country.

Church Briefs
Fall festival announced Native fellowship meets tonight AWANA clubs begin Friendship closet open Wednesdays

Milwaukee Catholic priests forming alliance
MILWAUKEE (AP) About 80 priests of the Milwaukee Roman Catholic Archdiocese have voted to form an alliance meant to serve as a support network and independent voice in the church.

Religious leaders ask, 'What would the governor drive?'
SALEM, Ore. (AP) Religious leaders from across Oregon have asked state officials to replace more than 11,000 state vehicles with more fuel-efficient models.

Problem can be solved by prayer, meditation, action
Prayer forms the foundation of individual spiritual life in most religions. The outward forms of prayer are many and varied, but at its core, all prayer seeks to establish a connection between the human soul and a higher power. This is seen as the primary purpose behind prayer.

Nebraska airs it out
HATTIESBURG, Miss. Here's a switch. Nebraska went to the air when it needed to put away Southern Mississippi.

Area runners ready for state competition
Soldotna's Ari Goldstein and Katie Franzmann will be among a pack of Class 4A runners looking to take advantage of the graduation of Kris Smith Saturday at the state cross country meet in Palmer.

Give refs a break
Hey high school sports fans -- more specifically, those fans who have taken to screaming at referees for every call when their team is being beaten -- please do just one thing for me:

Titans at Steelers ... or is it the Oilers at Pittsburgh?
When the NFL realigned, it split up Pittsburgh and Tennessee, a good old AFC Central rivalry dating back to the days when the Titans were the Houston Oilers.

Kenai, SoHi to battle for NLC title
To the winner goes the Northern Lights Conference title, the conference's top seed in the small-schools state playoffs and a first-round home game next week.

A must win for the Eagles; an important game for the Bills
Neither the Philadelphia Eagles nor the Buffalo Bills are in the best of moods, especially the offensive units Philadelphia has scored just 10 points in two losses and the Bills gained only 118 yards in their loss in Miami last week.

U.S. beats up Nigeria behind prime Hamm
PHILADELPHIA Mia Hamm was unstoppable for the second straight World Cup game, scoring two early goals, then setting up one in the second half as the United States routed Nigeria 5-0 Thursday night.

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