Saturday, December 7, 2002

Former Sitka priest admits to fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Russian Orthodox priest has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for embezzling money from his Sitka parish.

Man shot, robbed during drug deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man was shot Wednesday night in what police say was a drug deal that turned into a robbery.

Woman declines plea bargain in wolf hybrid case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first person to be charged under a new law banning the advertisement of wolf hybrids for sale is fighting the state in court.

Lewis found guilty in pipeline shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury said Friday that Daniel Lewis is guilty of all five counts against him in last year's shooting of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Anchorage Fire Department to cut training to save money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Fire Department intends to put limits on firefighter and paramedic training in order to save money.

Body spotted near Savoonga disappears
JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to recover a body that washed up last month on St. Lawrence Island about 20 miles east of Savoonga have failed.

Fog continues disruption of Juneau flights
JUNEAU (AP) -- Louise Earnest sat on the floor next to three empty children's car seats Thursday morning near the Alaska Airlines desk at Juneau International Airport.

Kodiak man dies in Homer boat fire
HOMER (AP) -- A Kodiak man died Sunday in the Homer harbor during a fire on a 58-foot steel commercial fishing boat.

Work-related deaths increase in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While the number of work-related deaths in Alaska declined in the 1990s, the number last year increased for the second year in a row, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Senate completes reorganization, taps freshmen for top spots
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Legislature has begun to gear up for the first session in nine years under a GOP governor.

Residents question long road closure after fatal accident
KENAI (AP) -- Poor weather conditions, the severity of a fatal crash and limited Alaska State Trooper staffing combined to close the Seward Highway for nearly eight hours last month, and some Kenai Peninsula residents are questioning why.

Kenai borough prepares for transportation study
KENAI (AP) -- It's been 10 years since the Kenai Peninsula Borough performed a wholesale review of its transportation infrastructure, but a borough planners are set to begin a study with the help of a hefty state grant.

Anchorage police shoot robbery suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police shot and killed a robbery suspect in South Anchorage early Thursday morning.

Mets reach three-year deal with Glavine, steal him from Braves
NEW YORK -- For more than a decade, Tom Glavine helped put the Atlanta Braves on top.

Advice books for grade schoolers, teens can be good stocking stuffers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Still hunting for stocking stuffers for your grade schoolers or teens? You might take a look at some of the new books on personal finance, investing and organizing that aim to give children a jump on learning life skills.

The real skinny: Fat fight may crimp junk-food makers' profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- Getting fat wasn't their fault. They blame that on McDonald's.

For many boomers, family telecom bills becoming a new headache
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baby boomers grew up watching their parents pay the bills: phone, gas, electricity, mortgage, probably a car and credit cards.

THE GIFT OF UNEMPLOYMENT: It's a truly Grinchian reality: The boss hands you a pink slip for the holidays. Now what?

Aerobics tries to age gracefully with exercises that are kinder and gentler on the body
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Remember leg warmers?

Senate, House gear up for new session
JUNEAU -- The Republican Legislature has begun to gear up for the first session in nine years under a GOP governor.

Tentative contract approved for nurses
Nurses and management at Central Peninsula General Hospital completed work on a three-year contract Wednesday that will replace the 3 1/2-year deal that expired Oct. 31.

Economic outlook forum set to examine past, plot future
The Kenai Peninsula is widely regarded as one of the most economically diverse areas of Alaska. This weekend, business interests from across the spectrum of local industry will gather to discuss how to further develop the area's varied economy.

Wagoner to chair Senate committee
Senate District Q Sen.-elect Tom Wagoner was tab-bed Wed-nesday to chair the Senate Comm-unity and Regional Affairs Committee.

Kasilof remembers Ed Borden, dead at 52
On a cold winter night two years ago, Ed Borden revved up his snowmachine to launch it off a snow berm onto the bed of his shiny new pickup truck. He overshot the mark and shattered the cab's back window.

Oilers Corner - Oilers sign a pair of Sun Devils
The Peninsula Oilers have signed a pair of Arizona State University Sun Devils for the upcoming Alaska Baseball League season.

Economic forum will nurture ideas for brighter future
Kenai Peninsula residents once again have the opportunity not only to learn more about where they live

Groups pushing to limit lawsuits
'Most Americans who know what the issues are would certainly not agree that a mother whose child is killed during a horribly botched delivery should be told that her child's life is worth only $250,000 at most.'

Pearl Harbor Day can't be forgotten
As time passes and the number of World War II veterans dwindles, it becomes easier to overlook that "date which will live in infamy" -- Dec. 7, 1941.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge open to Christmas tree cutting Biologist to discuss bears Saturday Federal Subsistence Board seeking comment

Plenty of things to be thankful for on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Having entered the holiday season, and getting ready to wrap up another year, it is a great time to reflect on all the many things I have to be thankful for.

Romancing the stone
Rock climbing isn't just for the fearless few with simian strength and nerves of steel. As the popularity of rock climbing increases, so does the diversity of people climbing.

Around the Peninsula
li> Church plans musical events Potters to hold holiday sale Fishers association plans meeting HEA, chambers sponsor light competitions Homer nurse to visit south peninsula communities Lunch for seniors offered Folk dancers to host contra dance Development center to sponsor workshop

Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is set by a lunar calendar and is expected to begin Friday, Dec. 6.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shaida Khan once had to carry an entire raw lamb, chopped up and wrapped, on a long subway ride from Manhattan to Queens.

Foundation gives 39 church colleges $76.8 million to overcome clergy shortages
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Lilly Endowment is granting $76.8 million to 39 church-related U.S. colleges, Protestant and Catholic, to help overcome growing clergy shortages.

'Wake up' to salvation every day, especially Christmas
"'Twas The Night Before Christmas," is a beautiful story of a sleeping family the night before Christmas. I'd like to share another sleeping story.

Pittsburgh faces parking dispute over downtown Nativity scene
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- City officials said they would ask a private group, the Christian Leaders Fellowship, to remove signs permitting 10-minute parking near a downtown replica of the Vatican's manger scene. A lawyer complained police violated the U.S. Constitution by granting the parking waiver

New world Anglican leader explains policies on homosexuals, women bishops
LONDON (AP) -- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has acknowledged ordaining a practicing homosexual while serving in Wales, says he probably won't do it again.

Vietnam's deputy prime minister meets top Vatican officials
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Vietnam's deputy prime minister held talks with top Vatican officials aimed at improving relations, the Holy See announced.

Roman Catholic university's employees protest end of birth control coverage
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Faculty members and employees at Gannon University, a Roman Catholic school, criticized the administration for removing birth control coverage from their health plan.

Religion Briefs
Church celebrates birth of Jesus Hospice appreciates support Singles conference slated Christmas musical begins tonight Texas group seeks poetry from Kenai Native outreach fellowship to meet Clothing ministry open Healing Rooms open every weekend Friendship closet open Wednesdays

German close to the pope is chosen dean of the College of Cardinals, succeeding African
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's top theologian, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has been chosen dean of the College of Cardinals, replacing Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, 80, who wants to return to his homeland of Benin.

After centuries of escaping destruction, Sarajevo's Haggadah finds a home
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- It survived the Spanish Inquisition, the Bosnian war and the ravages of time. Now a 600-year-old Jewish manuscript, one of Bosnia's most prized artifacts, is on public display for the first time.

By housing world's largest angel museum, Wisconsin church spared destruction
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- A small museum that sits on the banks of the Rock River in southern Wisconsin is a heavenly spot for angel lovers.

ACS earns favorite's tag at Area 2 South meet
It's tempting to say things will be back to normal when the Area 2 South wrestling meet starts today at Houston High School.

Franchione takes Texas A & M coaching position
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Dennis Franchione left Alabama after only two seasons to take over as the new coach at Texas A&M on Thursday.

Robinson shows up old team
ATLANTA -- A day after making peace with Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson stuck it to his old team.

Sports Briefs
Skyview grapplers sweep duals KPHA Squirts third at tournament NHL clears Fleury to play

Take care tending to Title IX
Nothing less than the shape of college and high school sports is at stake as the commission on Title IX cobbles together proposals that could revamp a law that has been praised, scorned and challenged for 30 years.

Bruins go overtime to spoil Dafoe's return
BOSTON -- Glen Murray scored twice, including at 1:53 of overtime, to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and spoil the return of goalie Byron Dafoe.

Waterfowl warm to odd weather
The recent trend of warm weather may be bad for outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing, but many nature lovers aren't crying the blues.

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