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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Busch the man to beat for NASCAR title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Kurt Busch has been doing everything right in his bid for his first Nextel Cup championship. He now has one big hurdle to clear entering Sunday's Ford 400.

Land leased in oil, gas pursuit
Unocal, Marathon Oil and several other oil and gas companies leased 17 tracts in the Cook Inlet region owned by the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust during a bid offering Nov. 9.

Soldotna car wreck sends 3 to hospital
Rain falling on an ice-covered Sterling Highway apparently led to a two-vehicle collision with injuries near Regal Interiors in Soldotna, stopping Friday morning rush hour traffic on the busy highway.

Unocal's field near Deep Creek expected to produce 20 million cubic feet per day
Unocal is all smiles about its Happy Valley natural gas discovery.

A day for giving, taking care
Caregivers come in many forms, from children who have switched roles with their aging parents, to those caring for someone who is chronically ill, disabled or unable to care for themselves.

Bruised Democrats mull next step
WASHINGTON Outpolled, outmanuevered and out of power, Democrats are suffering an identity crisis.

Among blessings to be counted: familiar aromas of family feast
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I learned at an early age that Daley Democrats could be as immovable as any conservative Republican, at least when it comes to Thanksgiving Day.

Alaska lags behind on new 'economic freedom' rankings
With a draft document of the Kenai Economic Development Strategy recently unveiled, city officials, along with their colleagues in borough and state government, might want to compare notes with a newly released study by the Pacific Research Institute.

Thanksgiving Day tips for the kitchen-shy
The trouble with Thanksgiving is that it is a holiday that asks people who ordinarily don't cook to prepare a feast. Come on, how fair is that? The Pilgrims had it easy. They were about a half-an-evolutionary step ahead of cavemen. They spent most of their day thinking about that night's supper. Thanksgiving was just another meal. It was part of their routine.

Don't dread making dessert it's as easy as pie
TOPEKA, Kan. Four out of five Americans have baked a pie, according to a recent survey conducted for Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts. The majority of those chefs 77 percent baked their first pie by age 29.

Case, Queen marry in Maryland
Jennie L. Case and Russell Q. Queen were married Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at the Historic Wedding Chapel in Elkton, Md. The Rev. Frank Smith officiated.

Stuard, Driggers marry in North Carolina
Julie Stuard and Richard Driggers were married Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in an evening ceremony in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. The Rev. Penelope Morningstar officiated.

Pate, Foster marry in California
Amy Pate of California and Charles "Charlie" Foster of Soldotna were married Saturday, July 10, 2004, in Lakeside, Calif.

Johnson, Davis wed in Vegas ceremony
Jeni Johnson and Trevor Davis were married Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Rev. Darryl J. Wilson officiated.

Police dog bounces back from blindness
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) Newspaper readers were so touched by the story of a blind police dog named Timber that they paid for an operation to restore his sight.

Animal abuse also threatens kids
"One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it." Margaret Mead, anthropologist

My best friend
Deborah Lautt enjoys her first weekend in Alaska 11 months ago with her helper-companion dog, Ollie. Ollie has gone missing from their Island Lake home in Nikiski, but has been seen roaming with his companion dog, General, a German short-haired pup. Lautt would love to have Ollie back, and offers a reward for anyone who can return him. For more information, call Lautt at 776-3684.

Add holiday variety for good health
LUBBOCK, Texas Well, at least the turkey's healthy.

Community Schools program provides friendly way to learn
The picture of eight 18- to 24-month-old toddlers bursting gleefully onto the basketball court of a school gym is not what one typically conjures up as an image of night school, but that's exactly what can be expected during Toddler Time, one of a wide array of evening classes offered by Soldotna Community Schools.

North-South tests wrestlers' mettle
The North-South Invitational wrestling tournament team title went to South this year South Anchorage, that is and a trio of peninsula wrestlers claimed individual titles in the competition hosted by Soldotna High School Saturday.

Rockets' McGrady trips Clips in overtime
LOS ANGELES Tracy McGrady scored five of his 32 points in overtime, helping the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 91-86 on Saturday.

Eli era begins for Giants against Vick, Falcons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. A day after being tabbed to start for the New York Giants, Eli Manning got some simple advice from the NFL's best QB, his brother Peyton:

Four players suspended for NBA brawl; police investigating
NEW YORK Indiana's Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, and Detroit's Ben Wallace were suspended indefinitely by the NBA on Saturday for taking part in one of the ugliest brawls in U.S. sports history, a fight with fans that commissioner David Stern called ''shocking, repulsive and inexcusable.''

Sorenstam holds lead at ADT event
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Instead of running away, Annika Sorenstam had to catch up Saturday.

Detroit player-fan brawl: Ugly sign of violent times
Blame the frightening melee in Detroit perilously close to escalating into a full-blown riot on the players, the fans, the NBA and the times.

UConn men open with victory
STORRS, Conn. Rashad Anderson scored 23 points and Josh Boone added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Connecticut to a 90-68 win over Buffalo in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Kards drill Stars
The Kenai Central High School hockey team squared off with Soldotna for the third time this season this one a North Star Conference affair and the Kardinals kept their record clean against the Stars, skating to an 8-0 win Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Cowboy's Parcells, Redskins' Gibbs should retire
Let's not sugarcoat it: Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs never should have returned to coaching and should get out as soon as they can to preserve their dignity and reputations.

Federer reaches Masters Cup final
HOUSTON (AP) Roger Federer won a record-tying 38-point tiebreaker after rallying from a 1-4 deficit in the second set to defeat Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (18) Saturday in the semifinals of the ATP Masters Cup.

Buckeyes pull off upset of rival Michigan
COLUMBUS, Ohio Troy Smith barely got on the field for Ohio State earlier this season. After the Buckeyes' biggest game of the year, he had trouble getting off of it.

Wright trips up Mosley again
LAS VEGAS Winky Wright did what he had to do, beating Shane Mosley a second time Saturday night to retain his 154-pound titles.

Homer hockey tops Skyview
The Skyview and Homer hockey teams squared off against each other Saturday morning at Kenai, with the Mariners notching a 5-3 victory.

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