Saturday, November 13, 2004

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'"

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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