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August 3, 2005
Jay Hammond, 83, a bush pilot and hunting guide who served two terms as Alaska's governor and helped create the oil-royalty fund that dispenses annual dividend checks to nearly everyone in the state, died yesterday at his home in Lake Clark. A Republican who was both a conservative and conservationist, Mr. Hammond was governor from 1975 to 1982, the period when oil began flowing through the Alaska pipeline. During his time in office, Alaska's broad-based tourism industry was born, fishery stocks were revived and the Alaska Permanent Fund was created.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | December 6, 2006
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's female polar bear delivered a stillborn cub over the weekend - a disappointment, but an event that raises hope for a successful birth in the future, zoo officials announced yesterday. Alaska's handlers first glimpsed the tiny female cub about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, while watching a computer screen linked to a pair of infrared surveillance cameras monitoring her in the birthing den at the zoo. For the past four months, Alaska had been tucked away in the den in anticipation of a birth.
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By McClatchy News Service | November 11, 1991
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Trappers in Alaska got news last week that many of them had been dreading: The European Community has approved a long-threatened ban on pelts and fur products that come from countries allowing steel leg-hold traps.Such traps are commonly used across Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states, and many of the fur sold by trappers in Alaska eventually wind up in the European market.The ban, which takes effect Jan. 1, 1995, essentially gives the rest of the world until then to develop more humane ways of trapping and killing fur-bearing animals.
NEWS
March 13, 2003
Rose Bezilla, a homemaker and former candy store clerk, died of cancer Saturday at Mercy Medical Center. She was 77. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rose Lewandowski worked during World War II as a telephone switchboard operator after her graduation from high school. She married John Bezilla in 1946, and the couple lived in California and Maine before settling on Fleet Street in Baltimore's Fells Point in the early 1960s. Her husband, a postal worker, died in 1994. After raising 12 children, Mrs. Bezilla worked during the 1980s as a clerk for Sweet Craft, a Harborplace candy shop.
NEWS
October 24, 2005
Some uncommonly practical suggestions emerged in Washington last week to cushion the blow of Katrina-related spending on the nation's already deeply in-debt government. Of course, they were quickly swatted away. Our favorite called for transferring the $223 million approved last summer to build Alaska's much-ridiculed "bridge to nowhere" and use the money instead to repair the storm-damaged twin span over Lake Pontchartrain - a major access route to New Orleans. Alaskans suggested this one. Meanwhile, tight-fisted Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn tossed some other ideas into the mix, including slicing from the housing budget $950,000 for a museum parking lot in Omaha, $500,000 for a sculpture park in Seattle and $200,000 for a new animal shelter in Westerly, R.I., and spending that money instead on housing the vastly increased ranks of the homeless.
NEWS
November 27, 2009
Pfc. Christopher Pfeiffer, 20, a Westminster soldier accused of deserting his Army unit, is slowly making his way home after paperwork problems threatened to strand him in Kuwait a second time. Pfeiffer's superiors notified him last week that he might be discharged from the Army. They said he failed to return to his unit after coming home over the summer on authorized leave to take care of his sick wife and newborn daughter. Pfeiffer's family said he did everything he could to contact his chain of command and either further extend his leave or make travel arrangements back to Afghanistan.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2005
She is training for her first half-marathon, raising funds for cancer research and remembering her teenage brother. The Spanish major at Salisbury University is also acing most of her classes and considering a stint in the Peace Corps. Nicole Hladky, 19, finishes each day of classes on the Eastern Shore campus with a brisk 5 1/2 -mile jog on what students affectionately call the turkey trot. On a quick visit home last week, she ran through Piney Run Park and managed to get lost briefly on the wooded trails.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | November 6, 2006
It's sort of like the guessing game that plays out weekly in the celebrity tabloids. Have they just gained a few pounds, or is Britney, Gwyneth or J.Lo sporting a baby bump? But in this case, the possible mom-to-be doesn't have the trim waist of most starlets or much of a Hollywood following. She's close to 700 pounds and has a thick coat of honey-kissed white hair. And her fans are mostly limited to Charm City. Alaska, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's only female polar bear, might deliver a pair of cubs in December or January, hopeful zoo officials say. Or she might not. There's no pregnancy test for polar bears.
NEWS
November 25, 2005
Alaska's Ted Stevens and Don Young don't pressure easily. The perennially gruff Mr. Stevens chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations committee, which writes the details of the federal budget. He wears a Tasmanian devil tie on days when final deals are being hammered out, and remembers when colleagues cross him. Representative Young, a bearded, grizzly bear of a man, leads the House committee that shapes long-term plans for federal transportation spending. He, too, deals with his colleagues in a my-way-or-no-highway manner.
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