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July 07, 2005

Pictured: Dave Rubin
Story by Sharon Allen; Front Page Photo by Carl Thompson

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photoKetchikan: "A BAND-AID CALLED DAVE-AID"; Fundraiser Concert to Aid Local Artist David Rubin A Success By SHARON ALLEN - You just never know.

You make plans. You tell yourself your life will go on the same forever even though in the back of your mind, you're aware it won't. You get up every day at the same time and go to work. You come home and kiss your loved ones. You take hikes or go fishing or call up a friend or two and talk for a while. You watch a little TV; cuddle up in bed and go to sleep, expecting to wake up the next day and do it all over again. After all, tomorrow's another day. - Read more & view a photo gallery by CARL THOMPSON...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005


National: Court vacancy threatens Congress' agenda By LAWRENCE M. O'ROURKE - A Republican congressional agenda that includes major revisions in Social Security, tax cuts, creation of a national energy policy and expansion of trade with Latin America must now contend for time and energy with the hottest topic on Capitol Hill - a battle for the Supreme Court.

With the president appearing to push back his decision on a nominee to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor until late July, Congress might be hard-pressed to achieve all it wanted to do in this first year of Bush's second term - the best time, history shows, to get a lot done. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

National: Panel seeks more information about base closures By TARA COPP - More military facilities could be added to the 2005 list of recommended base closures.

The chairman of the base-closure commission has asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for more information on about a dozen installations, which is the first step in possibly adding them to the list.

The panel is spending the summer evaluating the Pentagon's May recommendations to close 33 major bases and realign hundreds more. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

International: Obesity equals affluence in modern China By GEOFFREY YORK - At a McDonald's restaurant in central Beijing, a 42-year-old insurance agent is scarfing down a Big Mac. The remains of his meal are scattered around him: a box of fried chicken wings, a carton of French fries and a large cup of cola, in addition to the large hamburger.

"My family and friends ask me to lose weight, but I don't care," says the insurance agent, named Li, who is 5-foot-10 and weighs about 200 pounds.

"I love meat of any kind," he says. "We have an old saying: 'Eating is good fortune.' Only those in a hospital or the coffin are not eating." - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

Fishing Vessel Leif
Photo by Petty Officer Chris Leibrant/USCG

Ketchikan: Coast Guard rescuers assist fisherman - Coast Guard Station Ketchikan crewmembers Seaman Chad Redman and Petty Officer Matthew Losinger assist the master of the fishing vessel Leif in freeing loose cables and gear, after his vessel became disabled and adrift off High Island Tuesday morning. The master couldn't secure his gear and get underway. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

Ketchikan: Rubber Duck Race Winners Announced - The winners of the First City Rotary's 2005 Fourth of July Rubber Duck Race are: - More...
Wednesday - July 07, 2005

Alaska - National: Bite-sized news from here and there - onathan Casurella had his Subaru's doors open while packing for a trip when a black bear jumped into the car. The bear ravaged his lunch, ripped some upholstery and dug into a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.

Casurella beat pots and pans and even bonked the car with a shoe, but the bear wouldn't leave. In fact, still sitting in the car, it "snarled and threw up his arms and lunged," Casurella said. So he called police. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005



letter ANILCA By Bill Thomas Sr. - Wednesday
letter Airport Ferry Fees By Hunter Davis - Wednesday
letter Use some common sense By Janelle Hamilton - Wednesday
letter Providing for Alaska: Capital Budget Works for Alaskans by Kevin Meyer - Monday
letter Twenty-five Years of ANILCA by John Coghill - Sunday
letter Ferry Fare By Floyd Crocker - Sunday
letter Afraid of strong women? By John Stewart - Saturday
letter Anti-Tongass Amendment Defeated By Andy Rauwolf - Saturday
letter Points By Linda Burger - Saturday
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Dale McFeatters: China is here, money in hand - The story so far: In early April, oil giant Chevron was close to a deal to buy the United States' ninth-largest producer of oil and gas, Unocal, for $16.5 billion. But then a foreign oil company called CNOOC stepped in with an $18.5 billion offer. It seemed that Chevron had simply been outbid.

But there was a catch. CNOOC - the China National Offshore Oil Company - is largely owned by the Chinese government. Congress, or at least the House, went nuts, with solons on both sides of the aisle seeing it as a diabolical plot by Beijing to lock up world energy supplies at U.S. expense. It was, congressional critics direly warned, a direct threat to national security. The House voted 333 to 92 for a provision that would delay and might even block the proposed sale. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

Bernie Lincicome: Tale of two cities: Tears in Paris, cheers in London - "Quelle" surprise. The rain came just before the tears, so it is hard to know if the wet French faces were the result of nature or the International Olympic Committee, although the boos were certainly directed less at the heavens and more at the giant TV screens set up in the square in front of City Hall.

Parisians had gathered during lunch hour, maybe 4,000 or so, in the open plaza next to the Hotel de Ville, a familiarly French pile of a building, festooned with stone statues of previous Paris dignitaries and the hopeful slogan - "liberte, egalite, fraternite." - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

Cliff May: Enemies in Iraq seek psychological, political victory - Our enemies in Iraq have never won a battle against American forces. They hold not a single province, city or town. In fact, militarily they have achieved virtually nothing. So why is there a debate over who is winning?

Here's why: Our enemies in Iraq are not aiming for a military victory. They are aiming for a psychological victory, to be followed by a political victory. By littering the streets of Iraq with bodies, they mean to demoralize Americans and cause politicians in Washington to begin to accept the prospect of retreat and defeat. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

Swanee Hunt: Srebrenica: An anniversary to remember - When Americans came together to celebrate the Fourth of July, it was one big party from coast to coast. A week later, July 11 is an anniversary few of us remember, and one we won't celebrate with fireworks and picnics.

Ten years ago, in the small town of Srebrenica, Serb forces marched more than 7,000 unarmed Muslim men and boys away from their families and slaughtered them. It was the worst atrocity Europe has seen since World War II. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

Tom Walker: Bankruptcy law a gift to credit card companies - The most sweeping bankruptcy reform in decades is now a fact. Legislation that President Clinton vetoed and President Bush supported has become the law of the land.

Its tireless promoters, most notably the major purveyors of credit cards, portrayed the change as necessary to curtail abuse of overly liberal bankruptcy protections they claimed had become epidemic.

It is a matter of record that their fervor was matched by their generosity - for many years credit-card issuers have ranked among the most lavish campaign contributors. - More...
Wednesday - July 06, 2005

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