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October 05, 2005

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Ketchikan Yacht Club Donates Money to Local Cancer Charity
John Clifton and Jean Kemmerer, representing First City Council on Cancer,
accepted a check, in Jon Kumin's memory, for $1,020 from
Lou Bartos, chair of the Ketchikan Yacht Club race committee.
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Ketchikan: Ketchikan Yacht Club Donates Money to Local Cancer Charity By ML DAHL - Fighting cancer is enough of a battle for most people; they don't also need to worry about the bills piling up and how their families will manage while the patient fights for life. However, sometimes the bills do pile up and go unpaid, or are paid late, in a disorganized plan of crisis management. It is stressful and doesn't help the patient maintain the positive attitude that helps win the battle against the disease and it is unnecessary if you are fortunate enough to live in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Ketchikan is a place where community caring is put into action, especially for cancer victims and their loved ones. Through the generosity of local residents, First City Council on Cancer has raised and given away approximately $1 million over the last 10 years. They do this through their annual fundraiser, a hugely successful auction, but they also sometimes receive unsolicited donations of money. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

National: Hurricanes blow Social Security reform off agenda By BILL STRAUB - President Bush has all but cried uncle over the prospects of congressional action on Social Security reform this year, and it's becoming increasingly doubtful whether he'll ever realize what he described as the top domestic priority of his second term.

Faced with crises ranging from hurricane recovery to the war in Iraq, Bush said Tuesday Social Security is "a long-term problem" and he will leave it up to Congress to determine when it should be addressed.

Bush said he will continue to raise the issue because "it's not going away." But he was silent on the question of a timetable for action. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

National: Consolidate nuclear-bomb-making plants, panel says By JAMES W. BROSNAN - An advisory panel is telling the Department of Energy to consolidate its nuclear-bomb-making facilities into one isolated, secure site to make a new generation of warheads.

The recommendation from the Energy Advisory Board, if adopted by the administration and Congress, would mean a loss of jobs from some of the nation's historic weapons laboratories, including Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore.

The report also questions why the department needs three expensive supercomputers, Red Storm at Sandia, Q at Los Alamos and Blue Gene at Livermore. - More...
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National: Once again, focus shifts to nominee's views on abortion By MICHAEL MCGOUGH - Abortion is the one of the most polarizing issues in politics, and the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is viewed by many Americans - President Bush included - as an example of judicial activism. So you might expect that the subject would have come up in a conversation between the president and Harriet Miers, the White House counsel and Bush intimate whom the president has nominated to the Supreme Court.

But when he was asked if he had ever talked with Miers about abortion - even as a friend - the president gave the careful answer: "Not to my recollection."

Soon after the press conference, the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America released a statement complaining that "President Bush refused to say whether his nominee for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat would uphold the fundamental freedom of a woman's right to choose. Contrary to President Bush's comments, Americans deserve to know whether Miers would shift the court in a direction that would put our rights and liberties in jeopardy." - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

National: Larger supply of flu vaccine this season By LEE BOWMAN - It appears the nation will have a bigger supply of flu vaccine this fall, but health officials still want high-risk people to be at the head of the line for the vaccine until late October.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 97 million doses of flu vaccine should be available for this season, so long as no production glitches occur.

That's nearly equal to the 100 million shots the government had expected to have on hand for the 2004-05 season, before Chiron Corp. was forced to shut down its plant in England last year due to contamination concerns and cut stocks by nearly half. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

Medical: How to prepare for flu season By MICHAEL WOODS - With the 2005-2006 influenza season looming, now is the time to dust off and update your personal plans for coping with this November-March health threat.

In an ordinary year, flu strikes about 30 million people in the United States, puts 100,000 in the hospital, and kills 36,000. Nobody can predict how bad the upcoming flu season will be. However, experts worry that it may be far from ordinary. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

Technology: 'Google bombs': Graffiti or activism? By ERIKA CHAVEZ - In the world of blogs, what's old is new again.

To wit: the re-emergence of Google bombs, a snarky diversion exclusive to the Internet.

They've been around for several years, an inside-baseball novelty for savvy Web users and political insiders. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

Technology: Blogs vs. the law By CORILYN SHROPSHIRE - The Wild West days of the Internet's digital frontier could be tamed, as bloggers await the outcome of a lawsuit in which one of their own was sued for comments posted on his Web log or "blog."

State College, Pa.-based blogger Aaron Wall was sued in August for defamation and revealing the trade secrets of, a company that helps Web sites boost their rankings on search engines.

But the firm isn't taking Wall, 24, to court for what he said about them - but rather, for what readers of his blog posted as comments. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2005

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