Friday, December 26, 2003

Newsletter aims to fill void in retirement resources for boomers
NEW YORK (AP) Type ''retirement planning'' into Google's search engine, and you'll get nearly 4.2 million returns.

Consider uncluttering your financial life
NEW YORK (AP) Tired of dealing with a blizzard of bills every month? Confused by a flurry of statements from savings accounts old and new, large and small? Overwhelmed by stacks of documents when taxes are due?

Clash now over mutual fund fees
NEW YORK (AP) Sometimes just the threat of the government meddling in your business can do a lot more to spur change than if it ever got involved. That could be exactly what happens in the crackdown on mutual fund fees.

You got that plant for Christmas. Now what?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) So there you are, waving a fond farewell from the front door as your friend departs after delivering a poinsettia, a leaf cutting from her grandmother's favorite Christmas cactus or an amaryllis bulb.

Work under way to ensure transition blends 2 schools
School officials are moving forward with plans to consolidate two elementary schools in Nikiski starting this summer.

An extreme experience
Emily Rhyner is home for the holidays.

Amid holiday season's bustle, many pause to enjoy favorite flicks
When most people think of holiday traditions, they probably think of things like carolers trooping door to door, mischievous grandmothers hanging mistletoe right where it's least expected, chestnuts roasting over an open fire and even Jack Frost nipping at their nose.

Kenai Police officer slain
A Kenai Police officer was shot and killed at approximately 8:18 p.m. Thursday in Kenai.

Forster arraigned for death of Kenai Police officer
An 18-year veteran of the Kenai Police Department was fatally shot while on duty Christmas night.

Lowell Michael Gdula
Longtime Soldotna resident Lowell Michael Gdula died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, of a massive heart attack at his home in Soldotna.

Helen 'Jean' Fimple
Soldotna resident Helen "Jean" Fimpel died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 70.

GOPs can't afford to dismiss Dean
Will Howard Dean become the next president as Jimmy Carter did in 1976, or will he lose big like Michael Dukakis in 1988? The answer may lie in whether George W. Bush becomes more like Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Don't panic, plan; disaster can strike any time, any place
For much of the holiday week, the nation has been at "Code Orange" status, an increased terror-threat level. Oil facilities in Alaska have been considered possible targets.

For the birds: Annual Christmas Bird Count to take place Jan. 3
During this year's 104th Christmas Bird Count, Audubon scientists are highlighting the fact that many of the birds to be counted are produced in the great North American boreal forest.

Outdoor Briefs
Cabin Hoppers Holiday Fun Run Saturday Homer winter king tourney March 20 Fish stocking plan available for comment

Rift in River City
In 2003, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association (KRPGA) continued to thumb their noses at the public process for making the rules governing Kenai Peninsula fishing.

Around the Peninsula
Cabin Hoppers plan fun run Alumni basketball games planned Basketball registration begins State parks advisory board to meet Social Security reps to visit peninsula Fish stocking plan open for comment Ski team plans fund-raiser

Episcopal conservatives clarify support for their alternative network
WASHINGTON (AP) Organizers of a ''network'' for Episcopalians opposed to gay clergy say 13 bishops have endorsed the idea. But so far only three dioceses said they'll send delegates to a meeting that will establish their organization Jan. 19-20 in Plano, Texas.

Southern Baptists likely to drop out of world alliance
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Southern Baptist Convention is almost certain to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance, after a task force concluded the organization was becoming too liberal.

National gay magazine honors New Hampshire Episcopal bishop
LOS ANGELES (AP) A national gay magazine has named as its person of the year New Hampshire's new Episcopal bishop, the denomination's first openly gay prelate.

Bishops say Russian diaspora church will maintain independence
NEW YORK (AP) Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, founded by exiles in the diaspora after the Bolshevik Revolution, have decided to seek spiritual unity with the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church but maintain ''administrative independence.''

Memphis school children, impersonator sing altered hits of Elvis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) This year's Hanukkah program at Beth Sholom Synagogue featured a uniquely Memphis touch telling the story of the religious miracle through retooled versions of Elvis Presley's hits.

Religion Briefs
Hanukkah party slated Sermon to focus on new year New Years Eve service planned Sterling church to conduct Watch Night service Winter Bible studies scheduled Womens Aglow hosts Bible study Clothes2Go open Wednesdays

Why keep some Old Testament laws and discard others?
Among the issues raised during the bitter dispute over homosexuality in the Episcopal Church this year is why Christianity has upheld some Old Testament laws and discarded others.

Gov. Bush dedicates first faith-based prison
LAWTEY, Fla. (AP) Gov. Jeb Bush dedicated what is being called the nation's first faith-based prison Wednesday, telling its nearly 800 inmates that religion can help keep them from landing in jail again.

Controversy over Gibson film puts spotlight on conservative Catholic movement
They attend Mass in Latin, using a liturgy Rome abolished. They abstain from meat on Fridays and women cover their heads in church. For more than three decades, a small group of American Roman Catholics has been quietly worshipping in ways the Vatican told them to abandon.

'A word aptly spoken': Tips to a relationship with God in the new year
Christmas is over. The wrapping paper has been cleaned up.

Staying alive
ANCHORAGE If you think avalanches are a worry only for expert skiers, snowboarders or snowmachiners who play on precipitous mountain slopes, think again.

Rockets take down Lakers
LOS ANGELES Just a couple weeks ago, the Los Angeles Lakers appeared invincible.

Hawaii Bowl goes to Warriors in OT
HONOLULU Michael Brewster's 8-yard touchdown run in the third overtime sent Hawaii to a 54-48 victory over Houston in a Hawaii Bowl game that ended with an ugly fight at midfield Thursday night.

Injury, disappointing team record take toll on New York Jets' elite running back
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. The reality of not challenging for the playoffs at the end of December sank in a while ago for Curtis Martin. Now that the season finale is at hand, the star running back for the New York Jets isn't any more comfortable with the idea of going home early.

Last Lower 48 woodland caribou herd endangered
SPOKANE, Wash. Despite 20 years of recovery efforts, the last wild herd of woodland caribou in the Lower 48 states continues to struggle for survival.

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