Sunday, October 10, 2004

Yankees top Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- For Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees, Minnesota proved to be little more than a speed bump, barely slowing them down on their race to meet the Red Sox.

Boston's Ortiz gains popularity
BOSTON -- David Ortiz has yet to steal a base for the Red Sox. He's unlikely to score from first on anything but a homer. For him to triple, something pretty awful has to happen to at least two outfielders.

Astros beat Braves
HOUSTON (AP) -- A couple of new Killer Bs have the Houston Astros one win away from ending 43 seasons of playoff failure.

Avoid falling behind, get working now
The following fall gardening tips come from "An Alaska Gardener's Fall Checklist," a publication put out by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. It is available at the Extension office on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

These animals need trimming, not training
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- The whimsical green elephant has stood in these gardens for nearly a century, getting a trim every few weeks to look his very best.

Fall's the time to prepare for spring
Leaves have fallen, flowers have died back and the grass no longer needs to be mowed seemingly every other day. Even so, this is no time for gardeners to give up their green thumbs for the year.

Kardinals finish Seward's season
The steady rain that began falling in the the second half of Saturday's small-schools state semifinal football game was about the only thing Seward High School fans were able to cheer as the Kenai Central Kardinals advanced to their third straight state championship game with a 48-0 win.

Soldotna subdues Eielson
The stars aligned Saturday for Soldotna High School's football team. In a game where everything clicked, the Stars beat the host Ben Eielson High School Ravens 34-20 and earned a berth opposite archrival Kenai for the state small-schools championship showdown.

Stewart knocks NASCAR over Earnhardt's penalty for cussing
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Tony Stewart took a verbal swipe at NASCAR on Saturday, insisting friend and competitor Dale Earnhardt Jr. should not have lost points for cursing during a live TV interview last weekend.

CPGH Inc. adds funds for program
The Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors agreed to put up $10,000 to help the Community Action Coalition obtain a $25,000 matching grant for the Communities That Care program.

Studies show state fish have low levels of contaminants
Alaska's world-famous seafood continues to live up to claims that it is hauled from some of the cleanest waters in the nation and is free from contamination levels anywhere near numbers that should raise public health concerns, according to test results from state and private fish monitoring programs.

Drill tests Nikiski rescuers
At approximately 2:40 p.m. Friday afternoon, two men plunged off the side of Agrium's North Kenai dock and into the murky, frigid waters of Cook Inlet. Within seconds, an alarm on the dock sounded, and soon a call had been placed to 911.

Floyd J. Gonzales
Kachemak City resident Floyd J. Gonzales died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 81.

More days to fish or hike -- or think about it -- would be nice
Now that summer is over, I find myself spending a lot of time thinking back on how I could have done things differently. I should have done more hiking. I should have gone camping more. I should have taken a road trip to Denali.

Bush vs. Kerry: Round No. 2
WASHINGTON -- President Bush smirked and winked and chuckled to himself. He jumped from his stool, chopped at the air and interrupted the debate moderator. As he fought to keep his emotions in check in a testy, personal debate with Sen. John Kerry, the president asserted, ''That answer almost made me scowl.''

Voters carefully pick borough services they want to pay for
What messages can be derived from the results of Tuesday's municipal election?

Riding elephants on a journey back through the eras
CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- Hand-feeding a hungry elephant is an unnerving experience. At the first whiff of a banana, its leathery gray trunk snakes out, probes the air and sucks it from your hand with a squelch. It is like shoving fruit into a wet vacuum cleaner nozzle.

Maize maze craze: Something corny going on
CORINNA, Maine -- This time of year, farms around the country advertise hayrides, pumpkin- and apple-picking, and mazes made from corn grown as high as an elephant's eye.

James Hotel echoes with legends, history
CIMARRON, N.M. -- The door to room No. 18 at the St. James Hotel is padlocked and never rented out.

Around the Peninsula
Guitar lessons offeredFish and Game advisory to meetChildbirth film offeredComprehensive plan update meetings setHospice training setSocial Security reps to visit area

Doggy dorm
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Since coming to Stephens College, Abbey Road is making friends with her energetic personality, intense eyes and uninhibited kisses -- especially when the little dog is thrown a slobber-slick tennis ball.

My best friend
Elkie, an 18-month-old miniature schnauzer, belongs to Maria and John Henry.

Chemistry Lab: Dog searches for mercury
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Clancy's not a drug-detection dog, but he sure has a way with chemicals.

Americans dominate World Short Course event
INDIANAPOLIS -- The United States piled up four more victories at the World Short Course Championships on Saturday night, although the American women lost a thrilling medley relay final to Australia's world record-setting team.

U.S. soccer team tops El Salvador in World Cup qualifier
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Thanks to Brian McBride and Eddie Johnson, the United States can advance to the finals round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup with a victory over Panama next week.

Eagles are living up to hype created by Kearse, Owens
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb is off to the best start of his career, Terrell Owens leads the NFL in touchdown catches and Jevon Kearse has been a dominant force on defense.

UAA tops Grant MacEwan
The University of Alaska Anchorage hockey team topped Grant MacEwan College in an exhibition before 2,200 fans at the Soldotna Sports Center Saturday night.

Oklahoma shuts out rival Longhorns
DALLAS -- Adrian Peterson ran for 225 yards and made many big plays when No. 2 Oklahoma needed it most, helping the Sooners grind out a 12-0 victory over No. 5 Texas and stretch their winning streak in the storied rivalry to five straight.

Colony girls, Kodiak boys take Mat-Su Invitational
Holding the Mat-Su Invitational swim meet in Soldotna had Stars head coach Sohail Marey seeing green Saturday.

Olympian helps out Bulldogs
The host Nikiski High School volleyball team improved to 12-0 with a wins over Southcentral Conference opponents Houston and Anchorage Christian Friday and Saturday, and visiting Olympian Jeff Nygaard has a pretty good idea why.

Patriots take different path to win streak
Of the six NFL teams that have won 18 straight games (including playoffs), the New England Patriots have by far the lowest margin of victory.

Justice delayed is justice denied for high profile athletes
Rafael Furcal obviously didn't learn much from his first drunk driving arrest because he got sauced and did it again. Jamal Lewis claims he learned a lot from his case and, besides, he makes $6 million a year and really doesn't need to make cocaine deals anymore.

Lehman leads Michelin
LAS VEGAS -- Tom Lehman has a love-hate relationship with the long putter that sometimes makes its way into his bag. Lately, he's been finding a lot more to love about it than ever before.

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