Arctic Star Raised
Front Page Photo By Chris Wilhelm
Arctic Star Raised By CHRIS WILHELM - The Arctic Star, a
50 foot liveaboard, which sank early last Sunday morning in Thomas
Basin has been raised. Harbor officials say they are uncertain
what might have caused the sinking.
Owners Keddy and Terri Gould
were out of town and unavailable for comment. However,
the harbor department hired Alaska Commercial Divers to raise
the vessel earlier this week in order to prevent any damage to
the harbor's floats. The harbor department will continue to monitor
the Arctic Star until the owners' return. - More...
Saturday - October 22, 2005
The Week in Review: Wilma grows into dangerous hurricane
Hurricane Wilma exploded into
the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded and built winds
of 175 mph in the western Caribbean. Wilma killed at least 13
people in Haiti and Jamaica before plowing into Cancun, Mexico,
on Friday. Wilma was expected to come ashore by Monday in southwestern
Florida as a Category 3 or weaker.
Trial of Hussein begins
The mass-murder trial of Saddam
Hussein began, and the former Iraqi leader pleaded innocent after
defiantly refusing to identify himself and scuffling with security
guards. The trial was then adjourned until Nov. 28. Hussein is
charged with crimes against humanity stemming from the execution
of 143 men and boys from Dujail, 35 miles north of Baghdad.
Inflation jumps in September
Energy prices caused soaring
inflation in September, the Labor Department reported. Wholesale
prices jumped 1.9 percent, the highest monthly surge in 15 years.
Prices for energy-related goods went up 7.1 percent, compared
with a 3.7 percent increase in August. The price of natural gas
led the way with a 9 percent rise.
Greenspan predicts slower economic
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan said the increase in energy prices caused by hurricanes
Katrina and Rita will slow global economic growth. "Although
the global economic expansion appears to have been on a reasonably
firm path through the summer months, the recent surge in energy
prices will undoubtedly be a drag from now on," Greenspan
said in his first public comments about the storms' economic
effects. Greenspan was speaking to Japanese executives in Tokyo.
Aftershocks shake South Asia
The death toll rose to 79,000
in South Asia's earthquake, making it one of the deadliest in
modern times. Two strong aftershocks shook the region and caused
landslides. Officials said an estimated half-million survivors,
many of them in Pakistan's portion of Kashmir, have yet to receive
any help since the 7.6-magnitude quake. - More...
Saturday - October 22, 2005
Washington Calling: Republican
rage ... Marines in tutus ... other items By LANCE GAY -
It's increasingly looking like the GOP is heading towards a real
drubbing at the polls next year.
Democratic operatives already
are jubilant at the prospect of a repeat of the 1994 balloting,
when dissatisfied voters last turned out incumbents and handed
the House to Newt Gingrich's Republicans.
What's helping the Democrats
is Republican rage at their leaders. Fiscal conservatives are
irate at Washington's big-spending ways and evangelical Republicans
are searching for action on promised social reforms.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., astonished
his colleagues by telling George Washington University College
Republicans that the outcome of the 2006 elections doesn't matter.
"It's OK if the Republicans lose control ... In the long
run ... one (election) cycle won't make a difference, two cycles
won't make a difference."
If any male can wear a tutu,
it's a sweaty Marine.