Thursday, December 30, 2004

Red Sox World Series victory voted top sports story in AP poll
There was no Commissioner's Trophy the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

'In Good Company' displays growth, hits high mark
Topher Grace grows up in ''In Good Company,'' and the film's writer-director, Paul Weitz, grows up right alongside him.

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Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Down the Road Anchorage events

'Law & Order' star Orbach dies at 69
NEW YORK — Jerry Orbach had a gift for charming audiences his entire career — first as a song-and-dance man who starred in musicals on and off Broadway, then for 12 years as a sharp-tongued cop on TV's ''Law & Order.''

Biography brings Russian Alaskan to life
Alaska's colonial period gave rise to events just as wild, wicked and wonderful as those of Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, conquistadors seeking lost cities of gold or wagon trains fending off hostile tribes. Too bad so few citizens of the United States, or even of Alaska, know the stories of Alaska's early adventures.

Something to sing about
Guess the hometown of two of the newest award-winning songwriters. It's not New York, London or L.A. Nor is it Austin, Branson or Nashville. Would you believe it's Kasilof? The Kenai Peninsula settlement known as the home of set netters and slime liners, homesteaders and dog mushers, now can claim to be the home of two of Alaska's newest celebrated composers

Art Briefs
Student, adult classes planned Art wanted for campus Writers' Night accepting work

'Pirates of the Caribbean,' 'Nemo' score high on Billboard charts
2004 top VHS sales. 2004 top video rentals. 2004 top kid videos. 2004 top music video sales. 2004 top DVD sales.

Trucks Series vet ready for move to Nextel Cup
Travis Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion from Janesville, Wis., was hired earlier this month to replace Brendan Gaughan at Penske South Racing for the 2005 Nextel Cup Series season.

NASCAR Notes
Car owner Gibbs not sold on ChaseChase or BCS: Which system is better?NASCAR pleased with transition in 2004

2004: A year of change
The just-completed 2004 racing season will forever be remembered as the year of change in NASCAR.

Smokers stock up before tax hike hits
Jack Dean, cashier at Lucky Raven Tobacco in Soldotna, has doubled the amount of Camel Light cigarettes he usually buys in the last couple of days. He is not the only one. Dean said customers have purchased up to four times the amount of cigarettes they usually purchase of late.

Relief comes from near and far, even peninsula
The earthquake and tsunamis that struck Indian Ocean coastlines this weekend push disaster levels higher with every passing day, and relief from all parts of the globe is just now getting to the places needing it most.

Medical costs, other factors pose financial burdens for area seniors
There are many ways for senior citizens to save cash, but tracking down those discounts can be a little more intricate than just clipping a coupon.

Cleo Idell McShan Necessary
Texas resident Cleo Idell McShan Necessary died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at an Abilene, Texas, nursing facility. She was 94.

Larry Kenneth Stangeland
Funny River Road resident Larry Kenneth Stangeland died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at his home. He was 73.

Kenneth Paul May
Longtime Soldotna resident Kenneth Paul May died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at his home of cancer. He was 71.

Super Bowl will bring political, entertainment, sports stars to town
It's not every day a city achieves world prominence and takes a place among the world's household-name municipalities. But in 2005, Jacksonville, Fla., will go from being just another nice city with warm weather to the center of the world's attention, at least for a day

Asian disaster could change course of long-running conflict
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two of the world's longest-running civil wars are being fought on land devastated by Sunday's earthquake and tsunamis. In one conflict, the tragedy showed hopeful signs of bringing the two sides together; in the other, it appeared to be hardening the divisions.

Recount shows state's voting system is sound
Across the nation - and in fury on the Internet - questions about the integrity of the Nov. 2 presidential election persist and probably will for months, if not years, or at least until the losing party reclaims the White House. In Alaska, there was also some concern, though not widespread, that the result of the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Gov. Tony Knowles was flawed.

Recovering from tsunamis
Much, however, will remain to be done even after all this has been accomplished. Beyond the first aid, there is the task of helping the victim nations to recover, and that will include restoring the infrastructure that has been destroyed — the schools, clinics, roads, businesses and homes. As many as one million people may have lost their homes in Indonesia alone, and the number of homeless may be similarly high in Sri Lanka. Assistance will be required to help the victims rebuild their lives, for most of them live in developing countries.

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale plannedBeekeepers meeting plannedDiabetes support group to meet

Snowplow hooks on gas meter, building evacuated
A rush of fire trucks, police cars and ambulances Wednesday morning brought a line of stopped vehicles and rubbernecking motorists to the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank plans closure. Caregiver training set. City council to meet. Soroptimist monthly meeting set. Fish board hearing slated.

Active aging
There is a not-so-new face in the crowd at Kenai Peninsula College. Clay Brockel, a local senior citizen, has been taking advantage of a privilege granted to Alaska senior citizens: Taking classes at the college at a reduced cost.

Smith earns 200th win at Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman center Randolph Morris had a career-high 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting and coach Tubby Smith won his 200th game at Kentucky as the eighth-ranked Wildcats routed Campbell 82-50 on Wednesday night.

Tales from the tour
With so much focus on technology, Vijay Singh used rather primitive tools in his search for a swing that made him the No. 1 player in golf.

SoHi boys open tourney with win
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team opened the Holland America tournament in Sitka with a win Tuesday, defeating Lumen Christi 62-41.

McGrady, Yao fuel Rockets
CLEVELAND — Tracy McGrady scored 34 points, Yao Ming added 20 and the Houston Rockets didn't have to contend with LeBron James after halftime during a 98-87 win on Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James leads Cavaliers to victory over Hawks
ATLANTA - LeBron James had 40 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Atlanta Hawks 111-102 Tuesday night for their third victory in four games.

Gonzaga notches upset
OKLAHOMA CITY - With his team's best player limited by an ankle injury, J.P. Batista came off the bench to lift No. 12 Gonzaga to another big upset.

Are defending champs good enough to win another SuperBowl?
They don't have the league's best record and they won't have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Hall of Fame Game tonight
The Peninsula Micmacs will take to the Soldotna Sports Center ice tonight at 7 to face the Strawberry Lakers in the annual Memorial Hall of Fame Game, a hockey contest played to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association.

Soldotna's Tuter named head coach at UC-Irvine
Soldotna native Molly Tuter was named interim head coach of the NCAA Division I University of California-Irvine women's basketball team Monday.

Ohio State cruises to Alamo Bowl win
SAN ANTONIO — Even with its second-string quarterback in charge, Ohio State had an easy time of it in the Alamo Bowl.

No luck for the Irish at Insight Bowl
PHOENIX - Derek Anderson and Oregon State finished off Notre Dame's dreary season with a 38-21 beating of the Irish on Tuesday night in the Insight Bowl.

Sorenstam chosen AP Female Athlete of the Year
She won early and often, and often by overwhelming margins. She won on four continents - in Australia, Sweden and Japan and in six of the 50 United States. She won a major, the most money and a remarkable 10 times in just 20 starts worldwide.

Patience pays off with college football coaches
NEW ORLEANS — Frank Beamer wrapped up his sixth year at Virginia Tech with the sort of numbers that usually get a coach fired.

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