Saturday, October 2, 2004

Oakland sets up dramatic finish
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ichiro Suzuki got his 256th hit to move within one of George Sisler's record, but Bobby Crosby homered in the ninth inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Cubs suffer damaging defeat at hands of Reds
CHICAGO -- Javier Valentin doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 12th inning and the Cincinnati Reds played spoiler again, sending the Chicago Cubs to a crushing 2-1 defeat Thursday.

Indians pitcher shot
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Indians pitcher Kyle Denney won't complain about having to dress like a cheerleader again. The white go-go boots that went with the outfit might have prevented a bullet from seriously injuring his leg.

Homer, Seward ballots offer many choices
As voters head to the polls Tuesday to elect assembly candidates and determine the fate of borough propositions, those in the cities of Homer and Seward also will decide local elections.

Kenai candidates run mud-free race
Candidates for the Kenai City Council got one more chance to try to convince voters why they're the best choice to represent the city Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon.

Merck recalls major arthritis drug, Vioxx
TRENTON, N.J. -- Vioxx, the blockbuster arthritis drug heavily promoted on TV and taken by tens of millions of people, was pulled from the market by its maker Thursday after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Implant promises to prevent strokes caused by irregular heartbeat
WASHINGTON -- A tiny tent-like device implanted into the heart appears to block strokes caused by a common irregular heartbeat, sealing off a spot where dangerous blood clots form, German and U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

Reversing childhood obesity requires wide-ranging effort
WASHINGTON -- Schools, food makers, government agencies and families themselves must work together to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity, a panel of scientists said Thursday.

Hikers finish trek of West Coast Trail
BORDER FIELD STATE PARK, Calif. -- A pair of hiking pioneers touched the rusting fence at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday just as the sun was sinking toward the Pacific Ocean, completing the first known continuous trek of the 1,800-mile trail down the nation's Pacific coast.

Kenai, SoHi resume rivalry
Northern Lights Conference Championship. Hosting a playoff game instead of traveling to Fairbanks in October. Bragging rights. Once again, it's all going on the line in the Kenai Central-Soldotna football game.

Infected moose meat safe to eat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hunters have been showing up at the Department of Fish and Game with moose meat or organs infected with tapeworms but officials say the parasites should not harm people.

Changes in environmental regs detrimental to Alaska
1. Over the years, Alaska's clean water regulations have been developed piecemeal and, in some cases, conflict with each other.

Propositions 3, 4 would affect more than expected
I am a Nikiski resident, and I am employed in the Nikiski construction industry. I also have three kids, ages 16 and under. We are all very proud of what we have out here in Nikiski, but there is a small group of people who would like to see Propositions 3 and 4 pass. I don't believe they really understand the consequences of these propositions. All of the current existing programs, as well as future programming are at stake.

Law enforcement expansion not needed in Nikiski area
I first came to Nikiski in 1979. I became a property owner here in 1989 and have resided here ever since. The community has evolved from boomtown to a sparsely populated residential area, with most subdivisions having lots of an acre or more. Our population has grown substantially since my early days running National Bank of Alaska's branch in the Nikishka Mall, but we're still a close-knit community; we know one another out here pretty well.

Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center gets new director
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a new director for the second time in a year.

DNA points to Starkweather
Based on testing of a swab taken from the victim's left breast, the Alaska crime lab was unable to exclude Justin Starkweather as the source of DNA found on the sample, a forensics expert told jurors in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

Power outage hits Soldotna, Sterling
Power went out for about 3,300 Homer Electric Association customers from Soldotna to Sterling on Thursday afternoon when an electricity transmission line came apart and fell into the Moose River near the Sterling Highway.

Propositions pose questions about community, safety
An improvement in the quality of life or an expansion of government?

Idaho's tallest peak a rewarding climb
MACKAY, Idaho -- There's something about big mountains.

Women's climbing class boosts confidence
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Lisa Fountain likes to rock climb. But her boyfriend doesn't know that -- he just knows she doesn't want to climb with him.

Oregon town becoming a Mecca for mountain bikers
OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- If you build it, they don't necessarily always come. And Oakridge, 30 miles southeast of Eugene with a mountain biking trail system that comprises its Field of Dreams, is wondering why.

Around the Peninsula
Vision screening offeredDeadline for basketball registration todayUnited Way fund-raiser plannedFish and Game Advisory Committee to meetSoldotna Middle shares news

Kenai volleyball tops Homer
The Kenai Central volleyball team picked up a Northern Lights Conference victory in Homer Thursday. The Kardinals topped the Mariners 25-13, 25-20 and 25-20.

SoHi's Goldstein looks to defend state title
Several plot lines will converge Saturday on the 5-kilometer Tsalteshi Trails course as Skyview High School prepares to host the state cross country championships.

Patriots try to tie consecutive wins record
One reason the New England Patriots win is they truly believe Bill Belichick's coaching homilies.

Tiger plays through pain at American Express Championship
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods pursed his lips and cursed under his breath as he stood over his first tee shot, feeling spasms in his back and knowing the sharp pain that was coming with each shot.

Photo feature: Drying rack
A soggy-wet bull caribou keeps his eyes on a small group of cow caribou browsing nearby in Kenai on Thursday afternoon.

Species that get too large may be more vulnerable
WASHINGTON -- Being the biggest dog may pay off at feeding time, but species that grow too large may be more vulnerable to extinction, new research suggests.

What's going on at the refuge these days?
"Do you think we got any good pictures of bears?" I said excitedly to my fellow biologist. We were chit-chatting as we stood in line at Fred Meyer on our way back to the office from a day in the field. I had just dropped off several rolls of film to be developed and was waiting to pay for the previous batch of pictures.

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