Saturday, December 4, 2004

Testimony puts heat on Giambi
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi's reported testimony that he used steroids might jeopardize his $120 million contract with the New York Yankees and allow baseball commissioner Bud Selig to discipline him.

Sled dog tours a popular adventure
NEWRY, Maine Twenty-three Yukon huskies are frantically barking and jumping up and down and sideways, their born-to-run bodies eager to pull the dog sleds that are hitched behind them.

Vienna's hiking trails lead tourists, locals off the beaten path
VIENNA, Austria Stuffed with schnitzel? Overdosed on all those must-see museums and historic buildings? Vienna offers visitors a perfect antidote an urban hike.

Community support of Kenai senior center appreciated
We at the Kenai Senior Center would like to send out a huge thank you to the many people in our community who actively support our senior population through generous donations of time, money and personal involmenet...

Photo feature: Cloud shroud
Clouds roll off Mount Iliamna at sunset Thursday evening. The central peninsula will have a little more than six hours of daylight today.

2 arrested in Barrow taxi driver shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Barrow men were arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of a taxi driver, North Slope Borough police said.

Kenai bluff study nears completion
That the city of Kenai is slowly disappearing into Cook Inlet one grain of sand at a time, three feet per year is perhaps the biggest issue currently facing the city.

Tesoro tax assessment to cost borough $80,000
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Assessing Department has asked for $80,000 in supplemental funding to cover the cost of appraising the value of the Tesoro Refinery property for the upcoming 2005 tax year.

University system tries to curb enrollment drop
The University of Alaska administration noticed an 8 percent drop in enrollment at Kenai Peninsula College, and enrollment numbers are lower this year at community campuses all over the state.

Women have pet project during holiday season
'Tis the season for giving, and three local women are hoping peninsula residents will include homeless pets in their holiday shopping.

Predator control necessary Program must continue in order to improve moose populations
Debates about predator control are often heated, in part, because Alaskans have different values and care deeply about how wildlife is managed in our great state. I know and understand that predator control is a very controversial issue, and respect the thoughts and concerns of those who disagree with the actions that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) is taking.

New ideas should be considered by Cook Inlet fishers
It's encouraging to hear that the Kenai Wild salmon program is ramping up efforts to market Cook Inlet salmon across the nation. Our fish are the best in the world, and it's high time our neighbors to the south began treating wild Alaska salmon with the respect it deserves

A cheechako's view of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
This is a great place to work. On the trip driving up from Oklahoma and to this day, I am still awestruck over the wonders of the wilderness. The seven-day cramped drive was well worth it!

Around the Peninsula
Teen fun night scheduled Guard holds Christmas event Remembrance celebration set Domestic violence to be discussed CPGH to offer childbirth classes Soldotna Historical society to meet Salon-a-thon, auction fund-raiser set Cribbage tourney planned Kenai Historical society to meet

Massachusetts church files federal lawsuit over rental of public school
BOSTON (AP) — A conservative legal group has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Peabody on behalf of Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, which was denied use of a public school.

Southern Baptist school movement grows in states
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Frustration with public education seems to be growing among the nation's Southern Baptists, with supporters of Christian schools and home schooling arguing that if God is absent from the classroom then their children should leave, too.

Minnesota town faces interfaith protests for endorsing 'Bible Week'
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The City Council ran into unanticipated criticism when it declared yearly Bible Week, recognizing Scripture's ''unique place in American life.''

Archbishop of Canterbury asks Anglicans to repent in worldwide split on gays
LONDON (AP) - Addressing a global community deeply divided over gay clergy and same-sex blessings, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams sent a letter to top officials in the world's Anglican churches urging people not use ''sinful'' language that makes it easier to attack gays and lesbians.

Jewish and Italian: A celebrity writer celebrates his heritage
ROME (AP) At a time when Europe again faces the ugly specter of anti-Semitism, an adviser to the Italian government who travels in this nation's most sophisticated circles has written a very personal testament about being Jewish.

Faith means being thankful, no matter what happens
In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, George Washington urged all Americans to "... unite in rendering unto God sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people of this country, and for all the great and various favors which he has been pleased to confer upon us."

Muslim-oriented American TV network is launched
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A new Muslim-oriented television network began operations Tuesday, weaving newscasts with dramas, children's shows, classic movies and programs about food, travel and culture.

Boston archbishop names figure from lay reform group to lead property panel
BOSTON (AP) — Archbishop Sean O'Malley has named David Castaldi, a leader in the lay reform group Voice of the Faithful, to head a seven-member committee that is overseeing the sale of property from dozens of church closings and determining how proceeds should be spent.

California teacher files federal suit over ban on religious references
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Fifth-grade teacher Steven Williams has filed a federal lawsuit against the Cupertino school district and his principal for barring his classroom use of historical documents that refer to God.

Future unknown
HONOLULU — One of the rarest birds on Earth came closer to being wiped out — if not already extinct — with the death of one of the last three believed to exist, officials said.

Boarders coveted by ski industry
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Dressed in a yellow T-shirt despite bitter winter temperatures, Jon Raevsky sat atop Breckenridge Ski Resort watching fellow snowboarders ride steel rails instead of snow.

NHL labor talks set for next week
NEW YORK — The NHL and the players' association will resume talks next week in an effort to end the 78-day lockout and save the season.

ACS wrestlers hunt Kachemak crown
Anchorage Christian Schools will be the favorite to keep its Kachemak Conference title Friday and Saturday at Grace Christian School in Anchorage.

No. 10 Blue Devils upset Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Monique Currie scored 20 points and No. 10 Duke upset fourth-ranked Tennessee 59-57 on Thursday night, becoming only the seventh team in 17 years to beat the Lady Vols in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Notre Dame officials have talk with Meyer
SALT LAKE CITY — Notre Dame began its pursuit of Utah's Urban Meyer, spending several hours in town Thursday to meet with him about becoming the coach of college football's most glamorous program.

Putting football in perspective
PHILADELPHIA — Two years ago, JP Blecksmith was a Navy football player just like any other, catching passes, trying to win games — and aware that a greater challenge was ahead.

Eagles schedule forces them to play hard
The week after one of the earliest division clinchings in NFL history, the Philadelphia Eagles might be getting a break by hosting streaking Green Bay. Playing a good and hungry team is the best reason not to let down.

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