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Friday, November 12, 2004

Santana claims Cy Young
NEW YORK As joyous fans celebrated by honking car horns in Caracas, Johan Santana sounded overwhelmed. He became the first Venezuelan to win a Cy Young Award, and not only that, he was a unanimous choice.

Could baseball be ready for replay?
''They got it completely right, 100 percent,'' the New York Yankees' general manager said this week.

Showalter, Cox get honored
NEW YORK Bobby Cox and Buck Showalter were given little chance of success after payroll purges pushed out key players. Proving the predictions wrong, their teams won, anyway, and so did the managers.

Umpires' acumen keeps instant replay at bay
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. Upon further review, baseball will hold off on taking a look at instant replay.

Retail credit cards promise discounts but carry high interest rates
NEW YORK (AP) As you approach the checkout counter with your arms full of sweaters or toys or other purchases for the holidays, it's not uncommon for the sales clerk to offer you a deal 10 percent off your bill if you open a store credit account.

Google's stock soars, but why?
NEW YORK (AP) Sometimes when stocks soar, it has nothing to do with investors' genuine interest in the company's prospects. They just buy because the stock is going up.

Teaching children about money can save them from grown-up financial mistakes
NEW YORK (AP) Ask a child where money comes from and you might hear that it's printed by automatic teller machines, or that it grows on trees. But as anyone who's ever been in earshot of a check-out line tantrum knows, it doesn't take long for this confusion to stop being cute.

Habitat opens discount store
ANCHORAGE (AP) Habitat for Humanity has opened a discount store in Anchorage selling new and used building materials to benefit its cause.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedule Minority small business forum slatedBusinesses support food bankTourism council to hold raffleShellfish aquaculture conference set

Bank considers tapping Native knowledge
ANCHORAGE (AP) Indigenous people in Asian and Pacific nations have much to learn from Alaska Natives in reducing poverty and establishing firm economies, according to a retired Pacific Rim executive.

Fed pushes interest rates up for 4th time
WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve nudged interest rates up another quarter-point on Wednesday, the fourth moderate rate increase in the past five months, as Fed officials pointed to encouraging signs that the economy is finally rebounding from its summer slowdown.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Bush sleuth goes to town in mystery thriller
Anchorage writer Dana Stabenow has won critical acclaim and legions of fans with her Kate Shugak series of mystery novels. The 14th installment, "A Taint in the Blood," is now available.

'Polar Express' wrecks on graphics
People in Hollywood should never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields once said. Maybe that should be expanded to hyper-realistic computer-generated children and reindeer, too.

'The Producers' wows British critics in London
LONDON After a rough Atlantic crossing, ''The Producers'' has landed on British shores with tides of laughter and a wave of relief.

Art Briefs
Children's art workshops slatedPoetry contest being heldLogo contest announcedArt proposals wanted for Kenai River CenterVendor spaces available at arts, crafts fairGallery calls for proposalsContest for young writers announcedArt wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus

But seriously: 11-year-old is rising star
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. Didja' hear the one about the 11-year-old comic?

Chesney wins CMA album, entertainer of the year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Kenny Chesney waited 12 years to win a Country Music Association award but had less than two minutes to give his acceptance speech.

Exhibition shows off area's best
Sure it's pretty, but can it pour?

Article on Pebble mine project left questions unanswered
Very impressive! But your piece didn't answer the questions that nag Alaskans: Gobs of gold and other mineral treasures, but what will it do for Alaskans who need work? What percentage of the workers will be Alaskans? Where do Alaskans apply for work? What percentage of the profits will go to Alaskans? Why are United States citizens are treated like criminals at Canadian border and the Canadians get the riches of Alaska? And why can't Alaskans do it as well or better than the Canadians? Are there no U.S. mining companies able to develop Iliamna?

Sidewalks in Kenai need to be cleared of ice, snow
I was just driving through Kenai and wondered why the city doesn't make sure its public sidewalks are cleared. On the Kenai Spur Highway, there is no place for a person that has to walk to go except into the streets. Why is that? It's not safe. If a person is walking where the sidewalk should be, their feet are going to get really cold, due to the snow they are having to walk in. Does it cost the city that much money to make sure the sidewalks are clear?

Fjords tour sails to success, thanks to area businesses
The Kenai Fjords Fox Island cruise in Seward to benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way was once again a successful event. On behalf of the 26 agencies and local United Way board of directors, a huge "thank you" to all who attended the event and donated auction items:

NASCAR lifts ban on liquor sponsorship
NASCAR lifted its ban on hard-liquor ads on cars Wednesday, easing restrictions aimed at cleaning up the image of a sport that traces its roots to good ol' boys running moonshine through the hills of Georgia and the Carolinas.

Busch looking forward to Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. Kurt Busch has learned a lot during his four years in NASCAR's top series. He just hopes that knowledge is enough to carry him and his Roush Racing team to a Nextel Cup championship.

Hard liquor ads hurt NASCAR's image Sports Views
Mixed messages, like too many mixed cocktails, can cause a nasty hangover.

Things going smoothly at consolidated school
Nikiski North Star Elementary School has had what Lori Manion, principal, describes as a "smooth but busy schedule" in its first quarter after consolidation. Since August, the school has hosted astronaut Billy Ophelein, author Jayne Rhyder and an average of 120 kids every morning for breakfast.

Salute to soldiers
Perhaps it was a lingering national patriotism after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, maybe a heightened awareness of current hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan or possibly the simple fact that the ceremony was moved indoors.

Sen. Stevens will lose post
WASHINGTON For two of Congress' old bulls, the lame duck session that begins next week will be the last roundup.

State's finances hinder oil, gas
Alaska's uncertain financial situation is the biggest hurdle to oil and gas development in the state, according Larry Houle, general manager of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

Committee considers fishing regs
With the Alaska Board of Fisheries set to take up Upper Cook Inlet issues in less than two months, local residents are gearing up for another round of fisheries regulation battles.

School buses bog down in snowstorm
Four school buses became stuck in the snow in turnarounds during a Tuesday afternoon snowstorm in Nikiski and the rear wheels of one bus slipped off the road.

Photo feature: Puddle jumping
Lake Street and Marine Avenue in Kenai are true to their names Wednesday afternoon following several hours of hard rain. Forecasters are calling for more rain today.

Caregivers need relief, too
So far, 262 people on the Kenai Peninsula who provide care to disabled or elderly family members know where to go when they themselves need support, but many others do not, according to the program coordinator for the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

Citizenship goes to the dogs
Being a respected member of the community is very important, a statement that is true not only for people, but for their canine companions, as well.

Young to press transportation during session
FAIRBANKS (AP) U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, will push for the passage of a new transportation bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in Alaska projects when Congress meets in a short session next week.

Basil S. Bolstridge
Longtime Sterling resident Basil S. Bolstridge died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital of complications from many health issues with his family by his side. He was 80.

World must realize security lies with American success
Many British people regard the battle beginning at Fallujah and last week's casualties among the Black Watch with dismay, even revulsion. They perceive an ugly predicament in Iraq growing worse by the day, and Tony Blair allowing hapless British troops to be dragged ever deeper into it. Here, they say, are the first fruits of the re-election of George W. Bush, an ignorant and dangerous man. Heaven help those shackled to his chariot wheels, when he really gets into his stride.

Arafat's style stood in the way of substance for his people
The ... departure of ... Yasser Arafat (has removed) the only icon that Palestinians have had since their land was transformed by the United Nations into the Jewish state of Israel 56 years ago. He reinvented himself from being a civil engineer in Kuwait, part of the six-million-strong Palestinian diaspora living in various countries but not in the independent state that it yearned to have.

From care packages to volunteer work, opportunities abound
For many years, America has been accustomed to Veterans Day celebration in honor of older vets men and women who look back 30 years or more to their service. Now, with the ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, our nation has a new group of veterans.

ANWR a good first step toward fiscal solution
Alaskans are again abuzz about the possibility that the current political climate is favorable to finally opening the coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. And with good reason.

Refuge sponsors birding hotline
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hotline for rare or interesting bird sightings. If you have spotted a rare bird or would like to hear what other bird watchers have seen recently, call 262-2300.

The blue goose:Mythical creature or enduring symbol? Refuge Notebook
Do you know what bird can be seen at every one of the 500 plus national wildlife refuges in the United States? The answer is the blue goose.

Plenty to do when the world turns white
Winter has arrived and the landscape has been cloaked under a sparkling mantle of snow as far as the eye can see. But, with the falling of the first snow, some peninsula residents start to lament about the dropping temperatures and dwindling hours of daylight.

Refuge offers snaring seminar
A snaring seminar will be offered at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Local trappers will demonstrate various methods.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas bazaar planned CGC test scheduled Auction fund-raiser set Lutefisk and lefse dinner set AMVETS to host dinner fund-raiser ABATE to hold food drive Help for commercial fishers available CPHC to meet Caregiver support group meeting slated Wallyball league forming Globetrotters to play at KCHS Soroptimist selling discount cards

Around the Peninsula
Snow removal, safety reminders issuedVeterans Day ceremony plannedMultiple sclerosis group to meetWomen voters to meet todayCollege council meeting setChildbirth film offeredGenealogical society to meetCoping with holidays workshop scheduledApplications available for light parade

Episcopal priest who acknowledged being Druid leader resigns
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (AP) A priest who was criticized by fellow Episcopalians for helping lead a Druid society is leaving his congregation.

Church Briefs
Lutefisk, lefse dinner planned Church celebrates anniversary Womens prayer group to meet Clothing to be given away Holiday bazaar planned

Question persists after key report: Can 77 million Anglicans avoid an eventual crackup?
Is the Anglican Communion headed toward an eventual crackup? The situation doesn't look particularly hopeful, based on reaction to the work of an emergency commission whose goal is preserving the worldwide body of 77 million Christians.

United Methodists cite racism in Colorado seminary president's retirement
DENVER (AP) A United Methodist Church panel charged that ''institutional racism'' was a major factor in the retirement of the first Hispanic president of Iliff School of Theology.

Contentment comes from within not from without
"You might just as well say that 'I like what I get' is the same thing as 'I get what I like.'"

Wisconsin university considers barring religious activity from community service
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire proposal would prohibit students from counting religious activity for their required 30 hours of community service.

Survey: Most U.S. Protestant ministers believe salvation comes only through Jesus
PHOENIX (AP) A survey of U.S. Protestant pastors who actively lead congregations showed 88 percent agreed strongly that ''regardless of what other faiths believe, Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation,'' with another 5 percent agreeing somewhat.

Episcopal Church's Pittsburgh Diocese votes leeway to disregard national church
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Diocese voted overwhelmingly to amend its constitution so that it can disregard policies of the national Episcopal Church it opposes, notably the consecration of gay bishops.

Church of England said to face decision on women bishops
LONDON (AP) The Church of England remains sharply divided on whether women should be priests and soon must decide whether they should be bishops as well, a church report said.

Tainted by nationalist past, Japan's ancient religion struggles to adapt to modern times
ISE, Japan (AP) The steady crowds cross an arched bridge and follow a pebbled path into a forest of towering cypress trees, bowing before a simple gate that stands between them and the holiest place in Japan the inner sanctuary of the Grand Shrines of Ise.

Proceed with caution
LOVELAND PASS, Colo. The four skiers emerged from vehicles at the side of a highway high in the Rockies and headed up a steep, tree-covered slope into the wilderness.

Rain puts damper on early skiing
As quickly as the good skiing came, it went.

Sixers top Nets in OT
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 7.2 seconds left in regulation and Corliss Williamson scored seven of his 15 points in overtime to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-100 victory Wednesday night over the New Jersey Nets.

No. 12 Louisville blows past TCU
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville needed less than seven minutes to shake off nemesis TCU and roll to another big victory.

Nowitzki's 41 points too much for Miami
MIAMI Dirk Nowitzki scored 41 points and Marquis Daniels added 22 to help the Dallas Mavericks beat Miami 113-93 Thursday night, handing the Heat their first loss of the season and ending their franchise-record 14-game home winning streak.

State's best await perfect Bulldogs
The Nikiski High School volleyball team cruised through the regular season with an undefeated record and won the Southcentral Conference tournament title match in three games.

Crimson Bears sweep Kards
ANCHORAGE The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team had three big advantages entering Thursday's opening-round match of the Class 4A state tournament against the Kenai Central Kardinals.

Steelers look to keep rolling against Browns
Now comes the hard part for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After knocking off the NFL's last two unbeaten teams, they go on the road against a division foe and traditional rival.

West Virginia could be first into Bowl Championship Series
West Virginia could be the first team to secure a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

Paterno losing luster
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. The coaching legacy and goodwill that Joe Paterno proudly built for five decades at Penn State are slowly unraveling with each humbling loss.

Juneau's height challenges Kenai
The Kenai Central volleyball team opens up play at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament today at West High in Anchorage against Juneau-Douglas.

Syracuse destroys Northern Colorado
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Hakim Warrick had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead No. 6 Syracuse to a 104-54 victory over Northern Colorado on Thursday night in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Nikiski loses at state
The Nikiski High Scholl volleyball team played a good match to open the state 3A championships at West High School in Anchorage Thursday.

Recovery plan for orcas discussed
ANCHORAGE It's probably too late to save a small pod of killer whales whose numbers plummeted after the Exxon Valdez tanker spilled nearly 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

Biologists look for ways to save endangered birds
TUCSON, Ariz. Biologists have released more than 25,000 masked bobwhite quail in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge since 1985, when the federal government bought a ranch for nearly $9 million and booted cows from the grasslands southwest of Tucson.

Fossil indicates ancient brown bears migrated south before Ice Age
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) A fossilized jaw found in an Alberta gravel pit may have cleared up a mystery for researchers wondering how brown bears originally made it across North America.

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