Sunday, October 3, 2004

Bowa fired as Phillies manager
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Larry Bowa's fiery personality made him a fan favorite during his playing days in Philadelphia. It also helped cost him his job as manager. Bowa was fired by the Phillies on Saturday, a day before the end of yet another disappointing season.

Suzuki sets new record for hits
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki called it the highlight of his career, the most emotional he has ever been.

Dodgers clinch postseason spot
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are finally back in the playoffs.

Angels grab AL West title from Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels capped a stirring comeback with one final rally, and now they're champions of the AL West for the first time in 18 years.

Peninsula readies for flu season
Public nurses on the Kenai Peninsula are gearing up for the coming flu season, getting ready to puncture the arms of hundreds of residents hoping to escape this year's viral malady.

Information and tips about the flu
Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Illness usually begins one to five days after exposure and lasts two to seven days.

Kenai takes second straight NLC championship
Rain streaming off a freshly-shorn Mohawk haircut, his uniform covered in mud, grass and blood, Kenai Central captain Michael Scheffert summed up Saturday's annual Kenai-Soldotna clash nicely.

Skyview ends on high note
The Skyview football program took a big step forward under first-year coach Phil Sheridan Friday, as the host Panthers came from behind in the final minutes to defeat Homer 14-13 in Northern Lights Conference action.

Job rate rises in first half of 2004
More people held jobs on the Kenai Peninsula during the first six months of 2004 than during any equivalent period ever, and the overall size of the available labor force grew, according to an analysis of the economy by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Development Division.

Victim testifies in assault trial
Jurors in the Justin Starkweather trial in Kenai Superior Court saw the victim for the first time Friday as she was called to the witness stand and she identified her jewelry box, which was found under the defendant's bed the day after she was brutally attacked in 2002.

Candidates debate Nikiski propositions
Two propositions on Tuesday's ballot are at the center of the race for a seat on the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board.

Experience does count in assembly, school board races
Incumbency should not ever mean automatic re-election to any office. In this year's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and school board races, however, incumbents hold an edge over their opponents.

Times change, so do people
As I look back to a time when I was 19 years old, I recall being very decided about political and cultural choices -- for awhile.

Democrats prepare for unknown
WASHINGTON -- In the presidential campaign's closing weeks, Democrats are bracing for an ''October Surprise,'' an event so dramatic it could influence the election's outcome. The capture of Osama bin Laden, for instance.

Armstrong, Day to marry at Elmendorf
Dana Armstrong, formerly of Soldotna, and Staff Sgt. Gerardo Day of Anchorage plan to be married Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at the Green Lake Chalet on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Rural students leave village life in high school in search of greater opportunities
This fall, a group of Port Graham students packed up their be-longings, said goodbye to their families and left the village of their childhood in pursuit of education.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to hold nutrition classesWomen health screenings availableBasketball association plans meetingSeward Fish and Game AC sets meetingKPC seeks council membersSeniors plan dinner, auctionGuitar lessons offeredHomer Fish and Game advisory to meet

Morse, McClure plan ceremony
Kasi Morse and Rane McClure have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Nikiski Nazarene Church. Pastor Henry Haney will officiate.

October offers great evening viewing
This may be the month of the year for observing, at least as far as special events are concerned.

Women knit for fun, tradition and cash
ANCHORAGE -- Frances Degnan has been a member of the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Cooperative for nearly all of its 35 years, giving her the opportunity to knit and access to cash to pay her utility bills.

Bridal Fair planned
ANHC presents the Bridal Fair to feature itself as a setting for wedding ceremonies and to bring together vendors who offer wedding services.

Help for the litter leery cat
Is your feline friend finicky about using the litter box? Maybe it's time to draw a line in the sand.

My best friend
Twelve-year-old Miss Bird is very helpful to her owner, Curt Nyquist of Kenai. During the day she is an office assistant and at night she moonlights with her master's degree in mousing.

Photo feature: Seahawk spirit
Seward High School senior Stephen Pichotta cheers his school's boys cross country team to a win in the 1-2-3A event Saturday at the state championships held at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

Kenai volleyball rolls past Stars
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team used a week away from competition to make themselves stronger both physically and mentally, and the results paid off Friday as the Kardinals defeated the visiting Soldotna Stars in four games in a Northern Lights Conference match.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls take meet
Kenai Central's Landon Mishler (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and Christopher Hall (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) each won two individual events and helped the Kenai 200 freestyle relay team to a win as the Kards beat Soldotna and Skyview at the Kenai Invite Double Duals meet at Kenai Central High School.

Seahawks secure final GLC playoff spot
The Seward football team wrapped up second place in the Great Land Conference Saturday with a 15-8 victory over Nikiski in Seward.

Goldstein keeps pouring it on
Ari Goldstein reigned in the rain Saturday, once again dominating the field to repeat as the state class 4A cross country champion.

Prison possible for Lewis
ATLANTA -- Lawyers for Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis are negotiating a plea deal in his drug conspiracy case that would allow him to serve jail time in the offseason, a source close to the case told The Associated Press on Saturday.

McKeon returning to manage in 2005
PHILADELPHIA -- Jack McKeon will return to manage the Florida Marlins in 2005.

Everyone fears 'The Big One' at Talladega
''I think everybody says this race is pivotal because there's usually a big wreck here,'' said Jeff Gordon, who enters Sunday's EA Sports 500 -- the third race of the title chase -- as the Nextel Cup leader by one point over Kurt Busch.

Els takes lead by two strokes
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Ernie Els is finding a quick cure for his season of major disappointment.

Seward's dreams come true at state
Sometimes, said Seward High School cross country coach Dan Marshall, the magic just happens.

Trinidad knocks out Mayorga in eight rounds
NEW YORK -- Felix ''Tito'' Trinidad's return to the ring was a knockout success.

Northwestern springs upset on Ohio State
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Noah Herron scored on a 1-yard run in overtime and had two other touchdowns, and Northwestern backed up its pregame trash talk with a 33-27 upset victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday night.

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