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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Clemens, Houston shut down Cards
HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens isn't done yet, and neither are the Houston Astros.

Soldotna's Mabeus completes solid year in minors
Chris Mabeus, a Soldotna High School graduate and an alumnus of the American Legion Twins baseball program, recently completed his fourth season of professional baseball with the Oakland Athletics organization.

Bonds again linked to steroid use
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig expressed concern Saturday about fresh allegations that Barry Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 and said they are further cause for a tougher policy on steroid use to avoid tarnishing the game.

Yanks circle bases, Sox circle wagons
BOSTON -- The Yankees kept circling the bases, battering Boston's beleaguered pitching staff. By the time the long, long night ended with a devastating 19-8 romp over the Red Sox, the dreaded New Yorkers were just one game away from a shocking sweep.

Punk rock yoga making a scene
SEATTLE -- The guitarist plugs in his amp, and the yoga instructor strips off her baggy skull-patterned boxers to reveal black bike shorts.

Obesity surgery may cure diabetes, other ills
CHICAGO -- Obesity surgery helps patients do more than shed weight -- it often cures their diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, researchers say.

Study: Chubby babies, lean teens have higher risk of breast cancer
The way a girl grows during adolescence and even in the womb may play an important, if murky, role in her risk of breast cancer later in life, a study suggests.

Kardinals thunder to three-peat
Boom. For the past three years, the Kenai Kardinals have been powered by an unrelenting running game that has relied heavily on handing the ball off to running back Dakota Craig. So late in the fourth quarter, tied 14-14 with archrival Soldotna, where do you think Kenai turned?

Brown bear hunt closes
The 2004 Kenai Peninsula fall brown bear season was certainly short, but it's too early to tell how many hunters will think it was sweet.

Johnson sweeps Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson thought he needed a victory to jump back into contention for the Nextel Cup championship.

Hearing in the works for Soldotna
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold a public hearing on the Kenai Peninsula before its regular meeting on upper Cook Inlet finfish regulations, which is scheduled for Jan. 17-29 in Anchorage.

Winter Games committee likes what it sees
With a year and a half to go before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games come to the Kenai Peninsula, Games organizers acknowledge there's a lot of work left to do. But following a visit from international observers from around the arctic this week, it appears as if plans for the Games are on the right track.

Starkweather sentencing set for February for attempted murder
A Kenai jury found Justin Starkweather guilty on all counts Friday in the 2002 sexual assault and attempted murder of a 46-year-old woman in her home near West Poppy Lane.

Fish and Game group gets earful on inlet policies
Frustration over the state's fishing policies in Cook Inlet got a thorough airing Wednesday evening during a discussion between the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee and representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Sherman Bruce Pritchard
Kenai resident Sherman Bruce Pritchard died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at his home after fighting a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 83.

Adopting animal means more than being swayed by pretty face
At a time in my life when my home is fast approaching being an empty nest and as I begin to lighten years of clutter and prepare to move on, I go and adopt a 3-year-old.

'Man, it's a mean political season'
WASHINGTON -- Virginia car-service driver Cecil Rust glances at the rearview mirror and asks his passenger, ''Why is politics so mean now?'' Halfway across the country, Angela Warren of St. Louis says she will skip her first presidential election out of disgust -- ''There's so much hate.''

POMV proposal limits spending, protects dividends
With Alaskans' 2004 permanent fund dividends safely deposited in bank accounts and with the general election less than three weeks away, it's a good time to resurrect debate over how the Alaska Permanent Fund is managed.

Bartolini, McElmurry marry in Anchorage
Angela D. Bartolini and Earl L. McElmurry were married in an afternoon outdoor ceremony Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at O'Malleys on the Green in Anchorage.

Around the Peninsula
Artist's reception held todayHospice training setHealthy Communities meeting slatedAwards banquet scheduledCandidate forum slatedChildcare workshops offeredTrapper orientation set

Jenckes, Toomey marry in Canada
Julie Jenckes and Drew Toomey were married Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in an afternoon ceremony at Minter Gardens in Harrison, British Columbia, Canada. Barton Priebe officiated.

Juneau library tech helps keep memory of 'China Joe'
''Hi Chung. China Joe. Friend and benefactor of the prospector during the early days of the gold rush to the northland. He lived by the golden rule. 1834-1917.''

Nikiski men strengthen interests in Scottish Highland Games
On a crisp, overcast fall afternoon not long ago, two large men stepped onto a damp and dusky Nikiski field. Dressed in the same battle garb worn by able-bodied Scotsmen when Robert the Bruce won independence for his people on the fields of Bannockburn in the year 1314, these modern gladiators set out to continue a Celtic tradition older than golf and as beloved as haggis.

Can we keep the cat, mom?
Tara, a 2-year-old Bengal cat owned by Marnie Bartolini of Soldotna, is curious of other creatures -- especially this cow moose and calf.

Patrons shelling out for turtle art
HARTFORD, Conn. -- When Koopa paints, he gets down and dirty.

Pet snake escapes, to dismay of neighbors
Baby had been missing since Thursday and reappeared Monday when the smell of rabbits became too much to resist. Berg used the bunnies as bait.

Mariners sweep Skyview quad
Seniors Kendra Lucas and Vanessa Williams helped lead the home Panthers to a second-place finish at their last home quad meet with strong showings in individual and relay events Saturday at Skyview High School.

Els stays on course for World Match Play title
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Defending champion Ernie Els beat Padraig Harrington 5 and 4 Saturday to stay on course for a record sixth World Match Play title.

Soldotna netters take bronze pool
The Soldotna High School volleyball team won its pool Saturday at the Dimond-Service volleyball tournament in Anchorage, defeating Lathrop in the championship game.

Badger fumble recovery shocks Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Scott Starks returned a fumble by Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton 40 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes to lift 10th-ranked Wisconsin to a 20-17 win over No. 5 Purdue on Saturday.

Yao rested, ready to take on Sacramento again
BEIJING -- Yao Ming is refreshed.

Ketchikan football team ends six-year skid
KETCHIKAN -- If coaches Blaine Ashcraft and Richard Cropp have anything to say about the future of Ketchikan High School football, this season will have been a building year and not a fluke.

Hockey-mad Canada braces for long winter
MONTREAL -- Instead of the beloved Canadiens, rock bands Van Halen and Incubus will be playing soon at the Bell Centre. ''Hockey Night in Canada'' -- must TV viewing for fans from Newfoundland to Yukon -- has been replaced by a triple bill of Hollywood films, starting off with Disney's ''Dinosaur.''

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