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SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska

August 23, 2005

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Chamber Arranges Tour of Navy's USS OGDEN LPD5
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photosKetchikan: Chamber Arranges Tour of Navy's USS OGDEN By DICK KAUFFMAN - The 569-foot USS OGDEN LPD5 - a member of the Navy-Marine Corps Team - recently made a stop in Ketchikan on her return trip to her homeport of San Diego, California.

The Sailors and Marines on board the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock ship were in Alaska participating in the recent exercise Alaskan Shield/Northern Edge. The exercise was a U.S. Northern Command exercise conducted with military, state and local agencies and focused on homeland security actions in and around the state of Alaska. - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

audioKetchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... The State will seek to empanel a jury in the Rachelle Waterman murder trial in Craig this winter as originally planned. Superior court Judge Patricia Collins rejected a defense motion to move the trial off of Prince of Wales Island during an evidentiary hearing Monday in Ketchikan. As Deanna Garrison reports, Judge Collins also heard arguments on a defense motion to throw out some of Waterman's statements to law enforcement.
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Alaska: Alaskans sue TSA over records - A group of Alaskans trying to find out what information the Transportation Security Administration has collected on them sued the agency Thursday in federal court, accusing it of stonewalling their requests and destroying pertinent records.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage with the help of a California attorney, lists three Alaskans and a Montana man who regularly works in Alaska as the plaintiffs. - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

National: '06 troop cuts hinge on Iraqi forces' growth By JACK KELLY - The Pentagon expects to begin significantly drawing down the number of U.S. forces in Iraq by the middle of next year even as it prepares "worst case" contingency plans to maintain troop levels for the next four years.

The dual time lines reflect how critical the next 10 months will be in determining the fate of the American intervention in Iraq. - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

National: Nation watching, waiting for flu pandemic By DAVID WHITNEY - They know it's coming. Hospitals already are monitoring for its arrival with every patient who checks in. Now scientists are swabbing wild bird bottoms in California and elsewhere in a hunt for the first signs of the deadly virus.

What has scientists worried is not the fact that the avian flu virus H5N1 already has killed at least 60 people overseas. Or that it has spread from Southeast Asia to China and Russia. - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

Science: Lofty ambition: Defining what exactly is a planet By DAVID PERLMAN - If Planet Earth is a planet, why not Planet Pluto or Planet X?

When astronomers announced amid a flurry of headlines last month that they had discovered the solar system's long-sought "10th planet," an old argument flared once again: - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005


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Bill Steigerwald: Larry Diamond -- Our Squandered Victory in Iraq - Larry Diamond is an expert on democracy, a Stanford University professor and a senior fellow at the mostly conservative Hoover Institution. Though he says he is a "moderate centrist Democrat" and was against our going to war in Iraq, in the fall of 2003 Diamond accepted Condoleezza Rice's request that he go to Baghdad and serve as an adviser to the interim American government.

What Diamond says he saw during his three month stint -- a series of blunders, miscalculations and ideological blindness by American authorities -- is contained in his new book, "Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq." - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

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Jason Love: Green Thumb - I spend a lot of time apologizing to the plants. It's not that I'm negligent; it's just that there is so much on TV. Sometimes I forget to water a plant for, say, April, and then, to make amends, turn a fire hose on the rest.

And the victims add up: creepers, climbers, berries, shrubs. I even killed a perennial (talk about false advertising). I'm not proud of this, Sierra Club. I feel awful every time it happens. With a short tribute, I bury the plants in Glad trash bags, hoping the angels will water them with their tears. - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

Steve Brewer: Don't 'space out' while reading this - American workers are among the most productive in the world, but imagine how much we could accomplish if we didn't waste a quarter of every workday.

According to a new survey, the average worker fritters away 2.09 hours per day, not counting lunch. Time-wasting activities cited included surfing the Internet, chatting with co-workers, conducting personal business, running errands and "spacing out." - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

Columns - Commentary

Michael Reagan: The Chickens Come Home To Roost - Back on May 21, 2004 in a column "Send out the Clowns," I wrote about the. 9/11 Commission, warning that "It's time to shut this farce down and send its members back into their well-earned obscurity."

Recent events proved I was right about this sorry collection of showboating has-beens who had just devoted most of their hearings in New York to attacking such 9/11 heroes as Rudy Giuliani and his police and fire commissioners. - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005  

James K. Glassman: Oil prices and the Rule of Bigness - The largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart, reported last week that sales and profits for the three months ending July 31 were a little worse than expected because "our consumer continues to be impacted by higher gas prices."

The New York Times could barely contain its delight. The economy is slowing down because of soaring energy costs! - More...
Tuesday - August 23, 2005

Dale McFeatters: A brief letter from Saddam - From his undisclosed place of secure incarceration, Saddam Hussein has been in correspondence with a Jordanian described as an old friend, and his musings have become public for a world not exactly starved for his thoughts.

The letter was unusually terse, only four sentences, for the author of the best-selling novels "Zabibah and the King" and "The Impregnable Fortress," but perhaps the U.S. military censors exerted a sterner editing hand than Saddam's Iraqi publishers. His work on what the prewar Iraq press assured us were his third and fourth best sellers was interrupted by the invasion. Saddam may be at work on those books, but his new inability to threaten potential purchasers with death will surely hurt sales. - More...
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