Sunday, October 31, 2004

Historic postseason ends in ecstasy for Boston
There was steely ace Curt Schilling standing steadfast on the mound, blood seeping through his sock like some scene out of ''The Natural.''

Red Sox fans jam streets, celebrate end of jinx
BOSTON Confetti rained down and the ''Hallelujah Chorus'' resounded through city streets Saturday as grateful fans embraced the World Series champion Boston Red Sox during a jubilant parade that even went afloat on the Charles River.

NASCAR events now feature two races within one race
HAMPTON, Ga. Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and the other eight contenders in NASCAR's championship chase can't afford any major slip-ups at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The dirt: Polluted soil still an issue
When Chevron closed its Nikiski plant in 1991, it left behind soil contaminated with spilled gasoline and other petroleum products, a polluted condition that an ongoing wastewater treatment program is attempting to rectify.

Day trip turns into dangerous ride
Experienced Tustumena Lake boaters know to give the Kenai Peninsula body of water an extra measure of respect and use added caution when crossing, because of the extreme chop and waves often kicked up by sudden strong winds.

Photo feature: On the fly
Victoria Cannady waits for her mother, Michelle, to fix her broken wings before flitting off in pursuit of sweets at the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula's "trunk or treat" event in Kenai on Friday night. Bridget Grieme and her son, Marek, at left, joined the Cannadys and a lot of other folks at the Halloween happening.

James E. Dedrick Sr.
Former Alaska resident James E. Dedrick Sr. died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at his home in Medford, Ore., after a long illness. He was 75.

Marshall Eugene Copelin
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Marshall Eugene Copelin died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at his home in Arrey, N.M. He was 63.

Incumbents offer best opportunity for state's future
The long campaign season is almost over. It's time for voters to take what they've heard and read and make some tough decisions.

Lessons from an old dog make sense for everyday living
About a month ago, our oldest dog, Chester, gave my husband and I quite a scare.

Here's how presidential candidates might look back on victory
WASHINGTON A triumph by President Bush on Tuesday, a victory for Democratic Sen. John Kerry. Take your pick. With the morning after still days away and the race still tight, here's a look ahead at how each candidate might hope to look back.

Growers offer colorful options to pumpkin fans
MADISON, Wis. For purveyors of pumpkins, there's more to life than orange.

Costume prices getting more scary each year
PITTSBURGH Long gone are the days when Halloween costumes were cobbled together with old clothes, sheets or a costume-and-mask combination from a discount store.

Around the Peninsula
'Monster Factory' held todayLibrary meeting canceledBazaar, bake sale setSwim team registration beginsBazaar fund-raiser scheduledFoundation accepting Lifeline fundsRoad maintenance meeting setChildbirth classes scheduled

Select Halloween treats that don't deliver nutritional tricks
ATHENS, Ga. It's heeeere the costumes, the jack-o'-lanterns, the cool crisp weather and the candy oh, the pounds and pounds of sweet, delicious candy to be had this Halloween!

A devil's Sabbath: Sunday Halloween troubles some
NEWNAN, Ga. Across the Bible Belt this Halloween, some little ghosts and goblins might get shooed away by the neighbors and some youngsters will not be allowed to go trick-or-treating at all because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

Be afraid then enjoy the rush of relief when it's over
INDIANAPOLIS Many teens, and some a bit older, will be spending this Halloween visiting a creepy, ghoul-filled haunted house, or watching a gory, horror flick. They'll say they love to shiver in fear and scream in terror.

After Halloween sweet for costumer
FAIRBANKS Tara Maginnis doesn't look forward to Halloween so much as the day after it.

Stynsberg, Quick wed in Washington
Heidi Stynsberg and John Quick of Kirkland, Wash., were married Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Belle Chapel in Snohomish, Wash., Bryce Johnson officiated.

Parker, Douthit to marry
Sarah Cathrine Parker and Alexander Nathaniel Douthit have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.

Photos wanted!
Pet photos either can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet's and owner's names, owner's address and phone number must be included. E-mailed photos will not be accepted. Only photos with an address written on the back will be returned.

Shelter gives boy a new buddy
When Sybille Castro and her family moved to the Kenai Peninsula from Virginia five weeks ago, it was in many ways a dream come true, except for one thing the move was hard on her 7-year-old son, Nicasio.

Breeders' Cup title zapped up
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas Bobby Frankel had a simple explanation for Ghostzapper's record-setting win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

Kenai netters top Palmer, fall to Colony
The Kenai Central volleyball team split a pair of Northern Lights Conference games at home Friday and Saturday.

Panthers finish perfect at home
The Skyview High School volleyball team finished the regular season undefeated on its home court, beating Northern Lights Conference rivals Kodiak and Wasilla on Friday and Saturday.

North Carolina shocks No. 4 Hurricanes
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. When it mattered most, when Miami needed one defensive stand to force overtime, the Hurricanes simply couldn't do it.

Night golfers entertain foxes at Kodiak course
KODIAK Voices in the dark: ''Can you see the break?'' ''No.''

Homer, Kenai net wins
Area hockey teams opened up play at the Soldotna Sports Center for the season Saturday night, with Homer and Kenai registering victories.

Clippers release former Anchorage hoops star Langdon
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have released former Anchorage high school basketball standout Trajan Langdon.

Holmgren will simplify things to try to stop Seattle slide
SEATTLE Things should get easier this week for Matt Hasselbeck and the slumping Seattle Seahawks.

SoHi drops pair of home matches
The Soldotna volleyball team finished up its regular season with a pair of Northern Lights Conference losses at home Friday and Saturday.

Lions rebuild Millen's name with solid start
As recently as a year ago, the question seemed to be when Matt Millen would be fired as president of the Detroit Lions, not if.

Singh seizes the lead at Innisbrook with round of 67
PALM HARBOR, Fla. The final full-field event of the PGA Tour is supposed to be all about money. Maybe it's only fitting that the guy with the most of it Vijay Singh is in control at the Chrysler Championship.

SoHi girls still tops in region
The Soldotna High School girls swimming and diving team was able to come up with something extra in the Skyview High School pool Saturday, edging Homer to win its sixth straight Region III title.

Bulldogs remain unbeaten
The Nikiski girls volleyball team continued its dominance this weekend with Southcentral Conference wins against Grace Christian on Friday and Heritage Christian on Saturday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Jumping from sports to politics
The knees, hips and ankles are still holding up.

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