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August 04, 2005

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audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story.... The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Thursday afternoon auctioned off about 220 acres of borough property in Ward Cove, Carroll Inlet and Mud Bay. The borough's auction netted approximately $3.3 million, however several sales totaling about $1.2 million are subject to assembly approval. Deanna Garrison has this report.
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Ketchikan: World War II: 60th Anniversary By DAVE KIFFER - Sixty years ago this week World War II was about to come a sudden end, but like most other Americans, Ketchikan residents were preparing for many more months of sacrifice.

Although Germany had surrendered in early May and the Japanese were suffering horrific losses in the Pacific, stories in both the Ketchikan Chronicle and the Alaska Fishing News - the forerunner of the Ketchikan Daily News - were focusing on the expected invasion of the Japanese mainland.  - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

National: Is U.S. up to task of preventing attacks on homeland? By DAVID WESTPHAL - As the nation approaches the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there is fresh unease about the government's ability to prevent another strike on American soil.

The recent bombings in London and Egypt, yet another overhaul of the federal Homeland Security Department and nervousness about the Iraq war are prompting fresh debate about whether the country is making sufficient progress against the terrorist threat. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

National: Why Chinese dropped bid for Unocal By CAROLYN LOCHHEAD - Fear of China's emerging challenge to U.S. industrial might came to a head in Congress with oil giant China National's takeover bid for a third-tier oil company that analysts said would have zero effect on U.S. security or commerce.

Had the would-be buyer been just about anyone but a government-controlled Chinese company, the deal hardly would have caused a ripple. Instead, Tuesday's announcement that the Chinese company was dropping its bid holds enormous - and volatile - political and economic consequences for the United States and China. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

International: Wrestling with ghosts of war By CHARLES BURRESS - The slender, bruised arm of Japanese dancer Nao Ohta - injured in her nation's revived civil war over World War II history - could be a symbol for modern Japan.

"We all have them," Ohta, 31, said of her fresh scab and bruises as she gestured toward three fellow dancers last week. They had just taken a battering in their intense Tokyo performance of "Silent Trace," an allegory about the brutal treatment suffered by "comfort women," the women forced to become sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005



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International: Hiroshima bomb didn't end war, according to Soviet archives By LANCE GAY - Documents emerging from once-closed Soviet archives are forcing historians to rewrite the history of the last days of World War II and reassess the impact of the Hiroshima bomb on Japan's surrender.

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, a professor of history at the University of California-Santa Barbara, said the evidence shows that it wasn't so much the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that forced the Japanese to capitulate in August 1945, but the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and impending threat of Soviet occupation of the Japanese mainland. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

International: Keeping track of the stuff bombs are made of By JAMES W. BROSNAN - Sixty years ago, the United States triggered the nuclear arms race with the former Soviet Union by dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Now America and its former foe are engaged in a sometimes-clandestine and always-expensive effort to prevent terrorists from getting the stuff that bomb was made of.

"We are in a race between cooperation and catastrophe and the threat is outrunning our response," former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn said in a recent speech. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

National: Sugar industry reveals distaste for foes, rivals By DEB KOLLARS - Sugar may be a sweet staple in cupboards across America, but the industry behind it is showing a bitter edge these days.

The U.S. sugar industry is lashing out at critics and competitors alike, while at the same time trying to boost its image among consumers with a warm and fuzzy ad campaign in select urban markets this summer. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

National: Marine 'hogs' not designed to withstand roadside bombs By LISA HOFFMAN - For 32 years, the Marine Corps has moved tens of thousands of men in Amphibious Assault Vehicles of the sort blown up Wednesday by insurgents in Iraq, leaving 14 Americans and one Iraqi dead.

Called "amtracks" or "hogs" by those who ride them, the vehicles are armored troop carriers that were designed to deliver combat-ready Marines fast from a ship to shore, through even rough water and surf. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

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John Hall: Clouds appear over Iraqi future as Bush signals withdrawal - At this point, the still-aborning Iraqi constitution looks like it will lead to a splintered federal republic with a weak central core that may eventually be controlled by fundamentalist, veto-wielding mullahs.

That's not good. But an imperfect democracy is probably the price for a quick U.S. exit from Iraq. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

Swanee Hunt: Treaties won't hold when reasons for conflicts persist - Tired of war? Since the end of the Cold War, there have been more than 125 recognized armed conflicts around the globe. Most have been civil wars that escaped the attention of the Western world.

Occasionally, snippets of those conflicts flicker across a TV screen, with a glimpse into social and economic collapse brought about by a campaign of terror - until the next sensational something replaces it. We took a moment in January to celebrate the Sudanese peace agreement, but it quickly was "out of sight, out of mind" until this week, when the rebel leader's helicopter crashed. Now will the peace hold? - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

Cliff May: Islam doesn't prevent Muslims from joining Free World - The Spanish Inquisition, the Thirty-Years-War, John Brown's Pottawatomie Massacre, the terrorist attacks of the Irish Republican Army, the Oklahoma City bombing - these are just a few examples of violence carried out by extremists who found inspiration in their Christian faith.

Jewish radicals have justified violence against Arabs by citing the "holy war" that God commanded Israel to wage against the Canaanites for possession of the Promised Land. As recently as 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a deeply religious Jew, murdered 29 Muslims worshipping in a mosque in Hebron. - More...
Thursday - August 04, 2005

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