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In the news Man convicted of kidnapping, murder dies JUNEAU — A man convicted of kidnapping and killing a Fairbanks high school student in 1987 has died. The state Department of Corrections says 69-year-old Michael Alexander died at a C o l o ra d o h o s p i t a l Sunday. The department, in a release, says Alexander had been transferred to the Colorado Department of Corrections last year to receive special medical care. Details about his health were not released. The department says Alexander was serving consecutive 99-year sentences for murder and kidnapping. He was charged in the death of high school student Kathy Stockholm. Court documents say the student left her home the evening of March 23, 1987, to get a book from her locker at school and never returned. Her body was later found on the outskirts of Fairbanks.

Victims found in burning SUV ID’d ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have identified two people found dead in a burning sport utility vehicle as the wife and stepdaughter of the man charged in the case. Tylan Fely, 34, is charged with first-degree murder, arson and other counts in the deaths of Cecilia Tuuaga and her 13-year-old daughter, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Fely is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which did not respond to an email request for comment Tuesday. He remains jailed with bail set at $1 million. Police late Saturday night responded to See news, Page A3

correction T h e We d n e s d ay , Nov. 27 article “Virginia Morgan appointed to vacant school board seat” incorrectly stated that Morgan was the president of the Cooper Landing Community Library Board. Morgan is the vice president of the board and Katie Thomas is the president. The Clarion regrets the error.

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Teen hospitalized for vaping related injury By Michael Lockett Juneau Empire

A teenager from Southeast Alaska was hospitalized on Thanksgiving Day for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI), the first case of its kind in Alaska. The teenager is improving, said Clinton Bennett, Alaska Department

of Health and Social Services communications director, in a press release. The DHSS has had nine suspected EVALI cases so far, but this is the first to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition for the ailment. They’ve been hospitalized out of state. “The school district wants to support families and communities to keep our students healthy and safe

The bear statue outside the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center has a winter coat.

from any and all harmful substances,” Juneau School District Chief of Staff Kristen Bartlett said. “Unfortunately, there are students who get access to all kinds of things we would rather they not have.” The teenager is the first to be diagnosed in Alaska, but that’s not the case in the rest of the country, Bennett said in the press release. More than 2,290 cases have been

reported to the CDC in the other states and territories, with a total of 47 deaths so far. “The patient had a cough starting in November,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the DHSS’s Chief of Section of Epidemiology, in a phone interview. “The patient is improving clinically and will hopefully be discharged See vaping, Page A3

Frontage Road in Kenai is covered in compact snow.

dressed in white Story by Victoria Petersen u Photos by Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

Two days of constant snowfall brought a deep blanket of snow to the peninsula. In Kasilof, total snowfall was measured at 18 inches, Michael Kutz with the National Weather Service in Anchorage said. He said another measurement from Soldotna came out to 16 and a half inches of snow. In Sterling, there was about 12 inches of snow. Alaska Department of Transportation has new snowplow safety information and resources on their website to help residents navigate wintry roads. The department urges drivers to reduce their speeds according to road and weather conditions. When driving behind snow removal equipment, stay back and don’t pass on the right, the department says in their winter driving guide.

Erik Hansen Scout Park can be seen here in Kenai on Tuesday.

Make sure to leave plenty of room for stopping and drive with headlights on. If roads seem fine, take care to drive slow on bridges and overpasses, which tend to ice up first in colder conditions. Residents can also go online to to see a winter road maintenance priority map.

A whodunit with a lesson in criminal justice By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion

In an attempt to bring some variety to his lesson plan, one Nikiski educator has given his students the opportunity to see firsthand how the U.S. justice system operates. On Tuesday, Nikiski Middle/High School Seniors in Joe Rizzo’s government class participated in a mock trial at the Kenai Courthouse where they were tasked with finding one of their classmates guilty or not guilty of murder. Students played the roles of the defendant, prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses and the jury, while Kenai lawyer Peter Ehrhardt presided as the judge for the case.

Rizzo has set up these mock trials for his students for the past four years, although this one could be the last since Rizzo is retiring at the end of the year. Kenai Superior Court Judge Jennifer Wells was in the audience during the mock trial and said she was happy to see the younger generation learning how important — and complicated — the courts can be. “I think it’s great, and I would love if we could do this more,” Wells said during the recess. “I think it’s such a great way to learn just how the court system works, how important it is to be a jury, and how our constitution See mock, Page A3

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Nikiski Middle/High School seniors are sworn in as the jury during a mock trial at the Kenai Courthouse on Tuesday.

House report: Trump misused power, obstructed By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump seriously misused the power of his office for personal political gain by seeking foreign intervention in the American election process and obstructed Congress by stonewalling efforts to investigate, a House report released Tuesday concluded in findings that form the basis for possible impeachment. The 300-page report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee does not render a judgment on whether

Trump’s actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” warranting impeachment. That is for Congress to decide. But it details “significant misconduct” by the president that the House Judiciary Committee will begin to assess Wednesday. “The evidence that we have found is really quite overwhelming that the president used the power of his office to secure political favors and abuse the trust American people put in him and jeopardize our security,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told The Associated Press.

“It was a difficult decision to go down this road, because it’s so consequential for the country,” he said. But “the president was the author of his own impeachment inquiry by repeatedly seeking foreign help in his election campaigns.” Schiff added: “Americans need to understand that this president is putting his personal political interests above theirs. And that it’s endangering the country.” In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump.” She said the report “reads like the

ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.” The president, at a NATO meeting in London, called the impeachment effort by rival Democrats “unpatriotic,” and said he wouldn’t be watching Wednesday’s hearing. The “Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report” provides a detailed, stunning, account of a shadow diplomacy run by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, resulting in layers of allegations that can be distilled into specific acts, like bribery See report, Page A14


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Feds strive to solve cases for missing, murdered indigenous people By Peter Segall Juneau Empire

Three separate actions taken by the federal government are putting more muscle into solving cases for missing and murdered indigenous people. On Nov. 22, U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) initiative to address the crisis of violence against Native Americans. Shortly after Barr’s announcement on Nov. 26, President Donald Trump announced the creation of

a task force addressing the same issue. And on Nov. 29, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, threw her weight behind a new version of a long-stalled bill known as Savanna’s Act, which would help law enforcement investigate cases of missing and murdered indigenous people. Murkowski originally introduced the bill in 2017 with Sens. Catherine Cortez Mastro, D-Nevada, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota. The bill passed the Senate but failed in the House. A re-worked bill is now making its way through Congress

with Murkowski’s backing, The Associated Press reported. The National Institute of Justice estimates that 84% of Native American women and 81% of Native Americans will experience violence sometime in their lives. “American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer from unacceptable and disproportionately high levels of violence, which can have lasting impacts on families and communities,” Barr said in a press release. “Native American women face particularly high rates of violence, with at least half

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suffering sexual or intimatepartner violence in their lifetime.” The MMIP initiative will allow local law enforcement agencies to call on the FBI for assistance in missing persons or murder cases involving indigenous victims. Upon request, the FBI will provide expert assistance to local authorities. Additionally, the FBI will provide digital and technical service such as cellular analysis and “cyber agents,” or agents specially trained in technology, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska. The Attorney’s office will receive funding for the creation of MMIP coordinators who will work with federal, tribal, state and local agencies on common procedures for reports of missing or murdered Alaska Natives. The release does not say how much money the District of Alaska will receive. The Associated Press reported the initiative will invest $1.5 million nationwide. The FBI will also provide comprehensive data analysis and federally supported databases and data collection practices. The Alaska State Troopers began working with the FBI in Anchorage

to analyze missing persons data in the state, the press release said. “A goal of this project is have an accurate count of missing people and to ensure that reports accurately reflected the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of individuals reported as missing,” said Megan Peters, communications director for the Department of Public Safety. Peters said troopers would also be working with family members of missing persons to create a DNA databases should any remains ever be found. Peters said in an email that because the initiative was so new, Alaska State Troopers had not yet begun receiving training from the FBI on MMIP, and she could not say when that might begin. Trump’s task force will be overseen by Barr and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and will work to develop protocols for solving missing and murder indigenous persons cases across jurisdictions. “The Task Force will facilitate better coordination and collaboration with tribal communities, resulting in long term strategies to address complex issues,”

a press release from the Department of the Interior said. Murkowski applauded the president and Barr’s actions in a press release. Together, the two initiatives are, “a signal of the urgency and importance that has been placed on this issue.” Murkowski highlighted her own bill, announced in October, attempting to address domestic violence in Alaska Native communities. “Between this executive order, the initiatives coming out of the Department of Justice, and my long-standing efforts — turning the tide of this crisis has truly become an ‘all-hands-ondeck’ approach,” Murkowski said. The release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage does not say when implementation of the initiative will begin, or when the FBI in Alaska will receive its funding. Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr said the Department of Law is committed to working on the issue and will have more information following discussions with the U.S. Attorney’s office. The Attorney’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Minors still cited for tobacco possession associated press

ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage Police Department has continued issuing citations to minors for possession of tobacco and vaping products despite a new ordinance ending the penalty, officials said. The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance in July called Tobacco 21 to help reduce teen smoking, The Anchorage Daily News reported. The ordinance included a change that went into effect Aug. 20 to stop issuing citations to minors in possession of tobacco and vaping products. Anchorage police have not followed the intent of the city’s legislative body and have instead relied on state code to continue penalizing minors in possession, officials said. Officers issued 23 citations for minors in

possession of tobacco or vaping products between Aug. 29 and Oct. 30, department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said. Prior to the assembly’s decision, police usually used state code anyway. From Jan. 1 to July 1, officers wrote 44 citations under the state code and two under municipal code, Oistad said. Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance was surprised by the police action. “I definitely need to go to APD to understand that perspective, because that’s not what my intent, the intent of Tobacco 21, is. It’s deliberately not punitive toward young people,” said LaFrance, who cosponsored the ordinance with assembly members John Weddleton and Austin Quinn-Davidson. Tobacco 21, which officials said was modeled after national policy created by health organizations, passed in a unanimous assembly vote.

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around the peninsula Caregiver Support Program Christmas Party No regularly scheduled meetings for the month of December. Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center for the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program Christmas Party. We have set aside a special time to connect with our caregivers. Join us for a potluck and a recycle gift exchange. Paper products and drinks provided. RSVP to 262-1280 no later than Dec.6.

Kenai Soil & Water Board Meeting The monthly meeting of the Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors will be held Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the District office located at 110 Trading Bay, Suite 140. For information, call 283-8732 x5.

4-H Friday Family Fun Night Have you ever wondered what 4-H is all about? Were you in 4-H and want your kids to be too? Have you been wanting to volunteer and help young people grow into responsible adults? Would you like a fun night out for cookies, cocoa, kids, and crafts? Kenai Peninsula District 4-H would love for you to attend their 2019 4-H Friday Family Fun Night on Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. and is an open-house style evening hosted

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reports of a burning car and found the SUV in a vacant lot, engulfed in flames. Family members told police Tuuaga and Fely had been having marital problems. The teenage girl had obtained a restraining order against Fely three days before she died, they said. On Saturday night, another child in the home reported hearing a fight between Fely, Tuuaga and the 13-year-old and then a gunshot. Detectives interviewed Fely on Sunday and he gave varying accounts of what had happened, police said. He first said he did not know about his wife, stepdaughter and the burned SUV. He then said he had been in the SUV with his wife, who had a gun, KTVA-television reported. He said they struggled and the gun fired, striking the teen. He said his wife subsequently shot herself and that he burned the SUV because he thought he would get in trouble. He later said he had again struggled over the gun with Tuuaga and it discharged, killing her. Detectives found evidence of bloodstains and an attempted cleanup at the house, police said. Fely was convicted of manslaughter for a 2005 case in which he shot a stranger with whom he had been exchanging rude gestures while driving. Fely got out of his car and walked up to 28-year-old Mark Smith. Fely said Smith attempted to grab the gun and the gun fired, killing Smith. Fely was sentenced to eight years in prison and was released on parole in November 2010.

Man charged in girlfriend’s strangling death at motel ANCHORAGE — A 35-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend last month at a

by KP 4-H at Dry Bones Coffee Shop in Kenai. This is a casual and an informational evening about what 4-H on the Kenai looks like. Drop in and visit with local 4-H members and leaders, have a cup of cocoa and some homemade cookies, or stay for the informational sessions: New Family Orientation at 6:30 p.m., and Intro to the Junior Market Livestock Program at 7:30 p.m. This is a perfect time to enroll in 4-H, or just to meet with 4-H members, leaders, and families who will be available to answer questions and help new members orient to the 4-H program. There will be fun hands-on activities for youth, and cookies and coco for all. Open to all 4-H families and anyone interested in the Kenai Peninsula District 4-H Program. Please call Cassy Rankin at Kenai Peninsula District 4-H if you have any questions! 262-5824.

CIRCAC board meeting Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) represents citizens in promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet. CIRCAC is holding its Board of Directors Meeting on Friday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. at the Homewood Suites Hilton Anchorage, 101 W 48th Avenue. The public is invited to attend. For an agenda, directions or more information, call 907-283-7222 or toll free 1-800-652-7222. Meeting materials will be posted online at

Palmer motel. Anchorage television station KTVA reports Martin Saccheus is charged in the death of 28-year-old Mingnuna Miller. The state medical examiner determined she died by strangulation. Saccheus is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Saccheus called 911 on Nov. 8 and said Miller was not breathing. Police responded to the Peak Inn and found Miller dead. Saccheus told officers he and Miller had been drinking heavily and ingesting cocaine. Police say Saccheus acknowledged choking Miller because she wouldn’t “quiet down.” Palmer Police Chief Lance Ketterling says the department waited for conclusions from the medical examiner before arresting Saccheus.

Fisherman sentenced for fishing in state research area ANCHORAGE — A Southeast Alaska commercial fisherman convicted of fishing in a state research area has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined more than $35,000. Alaska State Troopers say 45-yearold Jonathan McGraw Jr. of Naukati Bay pleaded guilty last week to fishing in closed waters of Whale Pass and providing false information on a fish ticket. Both are misdemeanors. Wildlife troopers determined that McGraw in late 2017 and early 2018 harvested sea cucumbers in the research area where commercial diving is never permitted. He was fined $35,228. The fine matched the value of the sea cucumbers caught on seven occasions and totaling 7,506 pounds. McGraw will lose his commercial fishing privileges and be on probation for one year. Naukati Bay is on Prince of Wales Island. — Associated Press

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works. It’s fun to see everyone so engaged and doing such a great job.” The case itself was a classic whodunit: A restaurant owner, Dee Frost, was found dead in her restaurant’s freezer, and her business partner Izzy Freeman, played by senior Aura Petrick, is being charged with the murder. Petrick’s defense was that her partner owed several hundred thousand dollars to local loan shark Lou Controlto, played by Petie Deveer, and that he was the one who actually killed the victim. District Attorneys Elora Reichert and Joseph Yourkoski presented their evidence to the jury while questioning witnesses about the murder. Witnesses included the police detective who investigated the incident, an expert on organized crime and the loan shark himself. Meanwhile, defense attorneys America Jeffreys and Bryan McCollum attempted to prove to the jury through crossexaminations that there was too much reasonable doubt

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Symptoms of a quiet epidemic McLaughlin said that EVALI symptoms are similar to symptoms of influenza. Symptoms can include deep, painful coughs, shortness of breath, abdominal cramps, gastrointestinal weakness, fever, general malaise and weight loss, which McLaughlin said can make identification difficult. “That’s one of the big challenges we’re facing nationally in this EVALI epidemic, is teasing out who has EVALI and who has influenza,” he said. The similarities between the two sets of symptoms may have led to some misdiagnoses or burying of EVALI cases that would have signaled an epidemic earlier. However, Alaska’s low rate of EVALI cases to

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surrounding the murder to convict Petrick. During the witness testimonies interesting facts about the case came to light thanks to the questioning of both legal teams: the police officer turned out to have a history of evidence tampering and a connection to the loan shark, for example, and the loan shark was seen at the restaurant on the night of the murder. Throughout the process, Ehrhardt in his role as judge paused the proceedings occasionally in order to give advice to the attorneys on how to properly question witnesses and when to “object” to questions from the other side. The student lawyers were hesitant to raise their objections at the beginning of the proceedings, but by the end of the trial the legal teams could barely get a question out before hearing, “Objection! How is this relevant, your honor?” from the other side. After all the witnesses had been questioned and closing statements had been given, the students spoke about the experience and how it compared to their expectations. “This was very different than what I thought it was

going to be,” Jeffreys said. “I read over the case a lot and tried to make some questions for each person with what we were given for the case, but you never really know what the other side is going to ask or going to say and you just have to counter that the best you can.” “I thought it was really cool,” Reichert said. “I had no idea about the flow of a courtroom and how it worked until today, so that was interesting.” “The objections were a really big curveball,” Yourkoski said. “Because you write your questions, and of course you want them to be leading because you want the witness to say what you want, but America here would throw in an objection and then I’d be stumped like, OK, where do I go next?” Yourkoski said that no amount of reading over the material or watching and rewatching “A Few Good Men” prepared him for the real deal. “I hope I never have to be tried for murder again,” Petrick said. Rizzo said that the jury would be deliberating on a verdict the next day, and as of this writing, the jury is still out.

date might indicate that there’s another reason so few Alaskans have turned up displaying symptoms, McLaughlin said. “The evidence continues to mount implicating Vitamin E acetate but we’re not far enough along to say definitively,” he said. “One of the reasons could be that whatever is causing EVALI is only present in Alaska vaping products in small proportions. No approved vaping products contained Vitamin E acetate.”

use them, to get their THC vaping products from an Alaska-sourced supplier, and to speak with dispensary employees if they have questions or concerns. She also said that if it turns out there are other causes present for EVALI cases, Alaska’s cannabis industry will respond to keep their products safe for all to use. “As a mother of a teenager in Juneau, Alaska, which kind of hits close to home today, the best policy is honesty and discussing things,” Wilcox said. “The biggest thing we can do for each other today is communicate.”

A possible cause? Vitamin E acetate is frequently used as a thinning agent in THC vaping products made illegally, said Ben Wilcox, co-owner of Top Hat Cannabis Alaska, a Juneau-based cannabis cultivator. “It’s usually used in the black market since there’s no testing,” Wilcox said. “It’s like watering down booze in the black market.” No Alaska-based cannabis products use Vitamin E acetate in any form, said Lacy Wilcox, president of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association and co-owner of THC Alaska. “Fear of the unknown is a real thing,” Lacy Wilcox said. “When you go to a store, you get to ask questions. When you got to the black market, there’s no one to ask.” Wilcox recommends that if someone is inclined to

Keeping yourself or your family safe The safest way to avoid a vaping-related illness is to cease use of all vaping or e-cigarette related products, McLaughlin said, especially those from informal sources, such as friends, family or the black market. If you continue to vape, McLaughlin said you should monitor yourself for symptoms of EVALI, including cough, shortness of breath and chest pain, and seek medical guidance with any health concerns. Health providers should contact the Section of Epidemiology at 907-2698000 or 800-478-0084 after hours if there’s a case of unexplained lung injury that may pertain to recent use of e-cigarettes or vaping products.

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Time to take a reasonable approach on marijuana


or the first time ever, a House committee last week approved a measure to federally decriminalize marijuana. The current bill has an uncertain future, but it’s the first official acknowledgement that many in Congress finally understand that the current situation — with state after state legalizing what remains illegal under federal law — can’t continue. Objectively, the federal designation of pot as a Schedule 1 drug, equating it with heroin for abuse potential, has never made much sense. Cannabis is demonstrably less dangerous than the legalized vices of cigarettes and alcohol — and, unlike either, has some confirmed medical value. Yet marijuana has long been lumped in federal law (and, until recently, in mainstream societal thinking) alongside some of the most deadly illicit drugs out there. This inconsistency has been driven in large part by prejudices against a substance historically associated with minorities, youth and counterculture. Individual states have been coming around on that issue in recent years: More than 30 states, including Missouri, have legalized marijuana for medical use; 11, including Illinois, have legalized recreational marijuana. Those kinds of numbers are a clear indication that mainstream America is starting to see through the haze of hysteria that has long surrounded pot. But Congress has lagged in that evolution, repeatedly failing to acknowledge that pot has no business being included on the federal Schedule 1 list of illicit drugs that the government considers to have no medical value and high risk of abuse. This is like including slingshots in an assault-weapons ban. The disconnect between the states taking a more relaxed approach to marijuana, and the federal government refusing to, has already led to some logically strained situations. For example, the House previously passed a bill to allow banks to do business with cannabis companies where marijuana is legal. Once you feel compelled to start passing laws giving industries permission to engage in federally illegal activities, it’s time to reconsider that underlying illegality. The House Judiciary Committee did just that last week, passing a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, formally giving states full control over pot laws. The bipartisan measure — which had more than 50 co-sponsors and won committee passage on a 24-10 vote — would also expunge federal marijuana convictions and authorize a 5% federal sales tax on marijuana products. Among the “yes” votes were two Republicans, including outspoken conservative Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who has vowed to lobby a reluctant Trump administration on the issue. The measure may not pass the full House and is likely dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate. The committee approval is nonetheless a significant nod toward congressional reasonableness on cannabis. As the states have already figured out, it’s time. — The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nov. 28

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Hoping for Duffy’s safe return Seven weeks have passed since our daughter Anesha “Duffy” Murnane vanished midday into thin air in downtown Homer. This is truly a parent’s worst nightmare; is the child dead or alive? If alive, is she warm and safe, or being harmed? Is she nearby, in Alaska, or trafficked out of state? The mind is drawn to these dark places like a magnet. You simply don’t know, and you may never know. Is hope even possible in the face of such realities? If this were the Big City, I would say no, she’s dead and this is simply another missing Alaska woman. What gives me hope for Duffy is the absence of any obvious motive, criminal or personal. A sexual predator would be foolish pulling a large, nearly 6-foot tall woman off Pioneer Avenue into a vehicle at midday; a smaller victim could easily be found after dark on a side street. No ransom demand has appeared, so this is not a conventional kidnapping. At age 38 Duffy has experienced the deaths of close relatives and would not willingly lay this kind of agony on her mother and family by running off. No, this is a strange case, and its very strangeness provides hope beyond the usual abduction endings. My hope is that she is alive and held somewhere in Alaska. If we keep up the public outcry, we hope that she will be released and allowed to come home. — Ed Berg, Duffy’s stepfather Homer

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Voices of the peninsula | Karl Kircher

Proud to have Hilcorp as a neighbor


s Hilcorp moves forward with the BP acquisition, many Alaskans, without any familiarity or experience with Hilcorp, may have a nervousness similar to when a new neighbor is moving in next door. The apprehension is exaggerated by the fact that the old neighbor was a well-known, steady, long-term friend that you could count on. However, as is often the case, some neighbors just slowly lose the Alaskan attitude it takes to be happy and flourish here. So, what will the new neighbor be like? For those of us on the Kenai Peninsula, Hilcorp is no new kid on the block. They’ve operated here for nearly nine years, and from my perspective, they’re exactly the type of neighbor you want moving in next door. First off, the new neighbor had better like your kids. No problem there for Hilcorp. My youngest son chose to stay in Alaska and live on the Kenai because he loves working for Hilcorp. Hilcorp provides him with a well-paying job and benefits, and includes him as part of a company culture that seeks employee input and rewards hard work and productivity. Also, many of his old high school friends now work for Hilcorp for this very reason. Hilcorp continues to provide a steady supply of highly sought after

jobs that will keep a generation of young Alaskans home on the Kenai Peninsula. Second, the new neighbor had better spruce the place up. Hilcorp has done just that. When Hilcorp entered Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula, they acquired an aging infrastructure with declining productivity, a “fixer-upper.” Subsequently, they invested hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure and maintenance projects, drilled dozens of wells, closed Drift River Oil Terminal and replaced it with a new cross inlet pipeline. Their financial investment has been significant, and shows me that Hilcorp is the neighbor that will be here for the long haul, taking pride in the upkeep of their part of the neighborhood! Of course, it is a real bonus if the new neighbor is willing to pitch in and lend a hand when needed. In my experience as the principal of Mountain View Elementary in Kenai, Hilcorp has done just that. Hilcorp has donated not only money and employee time, but also supports a variety of projects involving our school. They were a major sponsor when our school brought in the Young Americans and hosted a three-day community-wide performing arts workshop. Hilcorp

annually funds transportation costs for our Aspiring Workforce Program, which enables our fourth grade students to tour Kenai Peninsula College, Marathon Petroleum Refinery and the Nikiski Firehouse. They fund transportation and other costs associated with our students caroling throughout the Kenai community at Christmas. Most recently, their employees helped us with the annual Kenai Pumpkin Festival. Every year when Mountain View Elementary School has a craft booth at Industry Appreciation Days, Hilcorp is there. They give dozens of bikes to children in the community. Every year our students join Hilcorp volunteers that serve our local senior citizens at the Kenai Senior Center Thanksgiving luncheon that is fully staffed and funded by Hilcorp. These are only some of the ways Hilcorp is involved with our school. I know the local high schools also benefit from their scholarship program. All in all, Hilcorp’s track record as a neighbor on the Kenai shows that Alaska is fortunate to have such a good neighbor moving into the old house next door. Karl Kircher is an educator and commercial fisherman. He and his wife Cindy have three adult children who were all born, raised, and now choose to live and work in Alaska.

Voices of the peninsula | McKibben Jackinsky

We must protect Alaska for generations to come


egarding the sale of BP’s assets to Hilcorp, John Shively, former commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources and board chairman for the proposed Pebble project, recently wrote that state agencies “have the experience, the expertise and information needed to carefully and thoughtfully evaluate the intricacies of this transaction with the benefit of all Alaskans foremost in mind.” As an Alaskan, I take exception to Mr. Shively’s assertion that the “benefit of all Alaskans” is the guiding star for state decision-makers when it comes to the fossil fuel industry. My great-great-great grandparents struggled to turn the thumbprint of land at the mouth of Ninilchik River into a home for Russian-American Company pensioners and their families. My cabin is on land my grandparents — a woman of Russian and Alutiiq heritage and a man who immigrated from Lithuania — homesteaded long before Alaska was a state. My daughters and I have been offered multiple leases that would relinquish our 3-plus acres of family land to oil and gas exploration. If signed, they would give full rein to land where my grandparents lived, my father and his siblings were raised, and my grandchildren, daughters and I cherish as a touchstone to our past. The two most recent came from Hilcorp. When we refused to sign the first lease, Hilcorp’s landman asked why. Our answer: “This is our home.”

The second time, Hilcorp planned to purchase neighboring property, develop a well pad, and drill beneath and through the property of which my daughters and I have sub-surface rights. Not noted in the lease was the accompanying parade of gravelhauling trucks, rumbling heavy equipment, house-shaking vibrations, blinding lights, and possible exposure to dangerous air, ground-water and soil toxins should fracking occur as it did on the Hilcorp pad a mile north of our cabin. Again my daughters and I refused. Other Alaskans’ lives have been upended by Hilcorp. When the company developed a drill pad near Clam Gulch, the lights, noise, traffic and employees’ lack of consideration immensely distressed Robert and Stacy Jo. The couple took their complaints to Hilcorp, law enforcement, borough representatives and legislators. They were repeatedly met with deaf ears, finally gave up, sold their home and moved away. While praising Hilcorp for “expanding its investment in our state,” Mr. Shively fails to mention the personal cost Robert and Stacy Jo and others sadly discovered: having an oil and gas pad nearby decreases property’s market value. Hilcorp’s “proven track record” of revitalizing Alaska’s mature basins may be true, but the company’s get-it-done approach has caused unanticipated disasters. For instance, an aging subsea pipeline between onshore facilities and an offshore platform purchased in 2015 sprang

a leak in December 2016. The leak wasn’t discovered until February 2017, and couldn’t be repaired until April 2017 due to Hilcorp’s lack of a response plan for winter conditions, allowing 225,000-325,000 cubic feet of gas a day to flood into the inlet. Compliance and safety are logical assumptions when Mr. Shively refers to Hilcorp’s “responsible energy production,” safeguarded by multiple state agencies requiring “financial assurances and contingency plans to protect the state’s interests.” However, Hilcorp violated Alaska oil and gas regulations 25 times since arriving in 2012. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission declared that a disregard for regulatory compliance was “endemic to Hilcorp’s approach to its Alaska operations,” and that “Hilcorp’s conduct is inexcusable.” In 2015, three North Slope workers nearly died of suffocation at one of Hilcorp’s sites. In 2018, a worker for a Hilcorp contractor was killed at Milne Point. For some, Alaska is ripe for the picking: get in, get what you can, get out. Others with a far-sighted perspective are willing to protect Alaska through a public charter that addresses the interests of all Alaskans, now and for generations to come. Those are the decision-makers this sale needs. McKibben Jackinsky is a retired newspaper reporter, a freelance journalist and the author of “Too Close To Home? Living with ‘drill, baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.”

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Mississippi felons push court to restore voting rights By Rebecca Santana Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who “made a mistake in life.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of six people including Hopkins who’ve had their right to vote permanently taken away under Mississippi law for committing certain

felonies. The case has been certified as a class action, meaning it could affect thousands of people. “I am fighting, standing up for the right, for the people in Mississippi, just like me, that made a mistake in life,” Hopkins said. Hopkins said he was convicted more than two decades ago of grand larceny but says he’s now an active part of his community, serving as a foster parent and a little league coach. “Now I’m ready … to vote and restore my rights as a human being, as a man,” he said, while surrounded by supporters. Under the Mississippi

Constitution, people convicted of 10 specific felonies — including murder, forgery and bigamy — lose the right to vote. The state’s attorney general expanded the list to 22 crimes, including timber larceny and carjacking. To have their voting rights restored, people convicted of any of the crimes must get a pardon from the governor or persuade lawmakers to pass individual bills just for them with two-thirds approval. The plaintiffs, represented by the firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, argue the lifetime voting

ban is cruel and unusual punishment — a violation of the 8th Amendment. They also argue that the restoration process violates the constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because when it was adopted in 1890 it was intended to keep African Americans from voting and still disproportionately affects black people. After a district court judge ruled mostly — but not entirely — in the state’s favor in August, the six felons and the state both appealed. A lawyer for the plaintiffs, Jonathan K. Youngwood, said in court Tuesday that he was there on behalf of

“29,000 Mississippians” who have finished their sentences and their parole and probation. But, he said: “Their punishment continues. The plaintiffs say anyone who’s committed one of these felonies but completed their punishment including parole or probation should automatically have their voting rights restored. In August, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III threw out most of the challenges but left alive one challenge to how Mississippi allows people to regain their voting rights. On Tuesday, Judge Edith H. Jones peppered

Youngwood with questions. In particular she asked whether the Mississippi secretary of state’s office was the correct agency to sue. The state argues that the secretary of state, which oversees elections, doesn’t play a role in restoring voting rights and was wrongly sued. Krissy Nobile, a special assistant attorney general, said forcing the secretary of state’s office to rectify the voting rights’ issue would “for all practical purposes be meaningless.” The state also argues the plaintiffs cannot prove any “present-day discriminatory effects.”

Asylum seekers jam border crossings to evade Trump policy By Astrid Galvan Associated Press

PHOENIX — For months, asylum seekers have been prohibited from filing their claims at U.S. border crossings under a much-criticized Trump administration policy. Now some are sprinting down vehicle lanes or renting cars to try to make it inside the U.S. The migrants’ efforts are causing traffic delays at Arizona crossings because U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials had to

barricade lanes used by cars legally entering the U.S. from Mexico, officials said. Shoppers, teachers and visitors traveling to the U.S. through Nogales, Mexico, endured up to five-hour waits Monday and over the weekend, causing concerns among local officials whose tax base relies on Mexican shoppers, especially during the holiday season. In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said it’s committed to the safety of border crossers, adding that there’s been an increase

of incursions through vehicle lanes “by asylum seekers attempting to evade established entry processes.” “These tactics interfere with CBP officers conducting their responsibilities and exacerbates wait times for daily commuters,” the agency said in a statement. “CBP will not allow ports to be overrun, or unauthorized entry.” The traffic jams could hurt sales at stores in Nogales, Arizona that depend on Mexican shoppers during the holiday season, said Mayor Arturo Garino.

Garino, a part-time teacher, said some students and teachers who live in Mexico but attend and work at schools across the border in the U.S. have been leaving their homes as early as 5 a.m. to arrive on time. Garino said Mexican authorities were not doing enough to stem the problem. The Arizona Daily Star reported the Nogales, Sonora, police officers were checking cars headed north to the border Monday afternoon. The metal barricades are large and are meant to seal

off traffic lanes. About 3,000 migrants are living in Nogales, Mexico as they wait their turns to seek asylum, said Katie Sharar, communications director for the Kino Border Initiative, a religious-based group that provides meals to needy migrants on the Mexican side of the border. Under a policy by the Trump administration known widely as “metering,” the asylum-seekers must wait in an unofficial line in Mexico until U.S. authorities call them up in

a process that usually lasts several months. Another policy, colloquially known as “Remain in Mexico,” requires asylum seekers to return to Mexico after they have made credible fear claims to justify their asylum requests and wait there while their immigration cases are pending. “I think there’s just a lot of desperation and uncertainty. They don’t know what’s happening to them, they don’t know how the policy changes are gonna affect them,” Sharar said.

DHS may require U.S. citizens be photographed at airports By David Koenig Associated Press

DALL AS — Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers — including American citizens — be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. The Department of Homeland Security says it expects to publish a proposed rule next July. Officials did not respond to requests for more details. Critics are already raising objections. Sen. Edward Markey,

D-Mass., said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to block the plan and prohibit American citizens from being forced to provide facial-recognition information. He said a recent data breach at Customs and Border Protection shows that Homeland Security can’t be trusted with the information. Facial recognition is being tested by several airlines at a handful of U.S. airports. American citizens are allowed to opt out of being photographed, although a 2017 audit by a federal watchdog agency found that few U.S. travelers exercised that right — barely more

than one per flight. Federal law requires Homeland Security to put into place a system to use biometrics to confirm the identity of international travelers. Government officials have made no secret of their desire to expand the use of biometrics, which they say could identify potential terrorists. Jay Stanley, a policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the government has told the public and Congress repeatedly that American citizens would be exempt from mandatory biometric screening.



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How Pioneer Potluck got started This was written by my friend Florence Bommarito-Strumpler, who was the food editor of the Clarion in 2011. She is the one I thank for getting my articles in the paper! And myself. I have been asked numerous times how I got my start at writing cookbooks, so this is a little history of the beginning of the articles that appeared in the Peninsula Clarion almost eight years ago. I have not missed a week for eight years! I have now been here for 52 years and would not live anywhere else. By Florence Bommarito-Strumpler March 16, 2011


eninsula Clarion takes pleasure in welcoming Grannie Annie (author of the Alaskan Cookbook series). The series is written by a 44-year resident of Alaska, Ann

Berg of Nikiski, Alaska. Ann shares her collections of recipes from family and friends. She has gathered recipes for more that 50 years. Some are her own creation. Her love of recipes and food came from her mother, Loretta McClure, a self-taught wonderful cook. And her Grandmother Freda Cogswell. Intermingled with the recipes are stories that are told, Alaskan style, full of humor, sometimes tragic, sometimes entertaining. Ann gets her love of telling stories and her style of telling stories from her Irish father, John McClure. She is the oldest of five, learning early in life to help her mother in the farmhouse kitchen. After each meal, her father told stories of the day. Sunday was a day for company, wonderful dinners of fried chicken in the summer and chicken noodles in the winter, followed by her father telling one

of his numerous stories, laughing just as hard telling them the fifth time he told them as the first time. He loved to tell stories as much as Ann’s mother loved to cook. You will find a variety of recipes, using common ingredients, Alaskan-grown produce, moose and fish. The desserts use rhubarb, strawberry and other Alaskan-grown berries. She feels she is a food artist and reads cookbooks as though they were novels. Her collection is extensive and varied. She also thinks that food has a history that should be told. Her oldest cookbook is one giving to her by her Home Ec teacher Mrs. Burke when she graduated in 1955 from Timnath, Colorado High School. The name of the cookbook, published and copyrighted 1815 and 1897 is: “Schammell’s Cyclopedia of Valuable Receipts. Profusely Illustrated. A treasure-house of useful

knowledge. For every-day wants of life. Compiled and edited by Henry B. Scammell, Assisted by Experts in Every Department. 2000 Illustrations. St. Louise, Mo USA Planet Publishing Company.” This old cookbook has wonderful old “receipts” of diseases and the cures, to culinary and receipts cooking and eating, which tells how to measure by pints, handfuls and pinches and pounds. From how to make perfume to keeping bees to sewing your wardrobe to building barns to breeding and feeding animals. I treasure it as it is well-worn and tattered. The last page of 1,204 pages had a library sticker that says, “This book maybe kept 14 days and will be fined 2 cents for each day this book is kept over time.” The cottage where Ann creates cookbooks, makes quilts and wall hangings is separate from the

Pioneer potluck ‘Grannie’ Annie Berg main house, also built by Bob. She learned to use the computer after she retired at 62. She has been a “grandma quilter” for a long time, learning that art from her grandma, who had a quilt frame hanging from the ceiling in her kitchen. When a big holiday meal was over and the dishes washed and dried by hand and put away, the quilt frame would come down, aunts, nieces and grandchildren were given a needle with white thread in it. They would quilt, even 5-year-old Ann. The gossip and the stories were of great interest also. Working most of her adult life, she is now retired and doing the See annie, Page A7

SQUASH MADE SIMPLE How to tame that intimidating winter gourd By Elizabeth Karmel Associated Press

Hard winter squash is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, in fillings for ravioli or lasagna, as a noodle alternative, in soups, salads, stuffed and so on. This time of year, I crave a hot, buttery butternut or acorn “squash mash’’ — think of it as an alternative to mashed potatoes. It’s comforting, filling and healthy to boot. But hard winter squash is so difficult to cut through that many people don’t cook them, or they only buy them already cubed from the grocery store. Even I hated prepping winter squash. It is hard to get your knife through in one slice. Often the knife gets stuck halfway through the squash. So, I decided a few years ago to see if I could “hack” the winter squash cooking process. I bought a whole acorn squash and placed it in the oven without any prep. I didn’t wash or cut it — just removed the paper sticker from the outside and placed it on the middle rack of my preheated 400 F oven. I put foil under the squash to catch any drippings. And then I walked away for a little more than an hour. When I opened the oven door and checked on the squash, it was still intact but no longer hard. When I pressed on the outside shell, it felt softer, like an almost ripe pear. I turned off the heat and closed the oven door. I let the squash cool in the residual heat of the oven for another hour, but generally 20 minutes works just as well.

Depending on the size of your squash, you may need to cook it more or less, but it is almost impossible to overcook. If a paring knife can be inserted easily into the center of the squash, it is done. I carefully removed the squash to a cutting board. With a long serrated (bread) knife, I sliced the squash through the middle with ease. The truth is that I could have used almost any knife because it was cooked through and the skin was no longer tough. I scooped out the seeds with a spoon and discarded them. Then I scooped the silky, steaming squash into a bowl. I added a bit of salt and dried sage and a healthy knob of butter, and mashed it with a fork. It was one of the best “mashed anythings” I had ever eaten! The squash roasted whole and uncut had so much more flavor than roasting it in chunks or boiling it. I liken it to the idea of bone-in meat having more flavor than boneless meat. I couldn’t believe how easy and stressfree the squash was to make. Now, I look forward to cooking winter squash instead of dreading it. In addition to the acorn squash, I cook every kind of squash that I can find, from spaghetti squash to butternut and Hubbard to Delicata, using this method. It roasts perfectly every time. If you are watching your carbs or just want to eat more vegetables and use spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute, this is one hack you can’t pass up. For a more sophisticated version of squash mash, brown the butter before mixing it in with the cooked squash.

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A squash roasted whole and uncut has more flavor than roasting it in chunks or boiling it.

Or season it any way you like. Try it sweetened with maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon, or sprinkled with crisp bacon and fried shallots. Add dried cranberries, goat

cheese and pecans or top it off with marshmallows. Squash straddles both the sweet and savory, and shines with almost any of your favorite flavor combinations.

Make it easy on host, Sweet treat for guests with self-serve chilly mornings breakfast buffet Clarion news services

By Katie Workman Associated Press

Let’s say guests are staying with you for some part of the holiday. You’ve planned a beautiful, robust holiday dinner. You’ve even been prescient enough to make a big batch of soup and buy a graze board’s supply of cheeses, charcuterie, olives, etc. for a casual midday meal. You’ve made the beds, laid out fresh towels, remembered to bump up your wine reserves. You are ready for your guests. But yikes, you didn’t think about breakfast. And really, the thought of setting an alarm early to start griddling up omelets when there is so much else to do … no, just no. Not only is that perfectly ok, it can work in everyone’s favor: An early, full-on, sit-down breakfast means your guests and family also feel obligated to get up at a certain time, whether to help or merely to eat. A help-yourself breakfast spread

checks a lot of boxes. Your guests can relax and start their day at their own speed. Simply make or buy an assortment of attractive, delicious morning foods. Leave out what can be left out overnight, of course, and in the morning either pull out the refrigerated items yourself or leave a cheery little note for your people, telling them what can be found in the fridge. Store-bought can be your friend, but it’s often nice to pick one thing to make, like a quick bread. Your guests will appreciate being cared for and fed, no matter what you serve. Here’s a selection of breakfast buffet items and how best to store them overnight.

At room temperature Muffins, quick breads, coffee cakes and scones. Consider berrystudded muffins topped with a See buffet, Page A7

‘Tis the season for frost and snow, which Coming means coming downFriday stairs in the morning to a chilly home. One way Clarion staff share their to rally the troops out recipes in our special of bed when it’s cold holiday gift guide. and snowy is to reward family with a warm breakfast. Muffins are a go-to choice for a quick bite, and homemade muffins served right out of the oven can be just what’s needed on blustery days. This recipe for “Triple Chocolate Muffins” from “Chocolate” (Parragon Book Service), by the editors of the Love Food series, imparts rich, chocolately flavor into every bite of these mouthwatering muffins. They’re equal parts breakfast and dessert. Triple Chocolate Muffins Makes 12 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 1 ⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 ⁄2 cup white chocolate chips 2 large eggs beaten 1 1⁄4 cup sour cream 6 tablespoons packed brown sugar

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This recipe for “Triple Chocolate Muffins” from “Chocolate” imparts rich, chocolately flavor into every bite of these mouthwatering muffins.

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl. Add the semisweet and white chocolate chips, and stir. Place the eggs, sour cream, sugar, and melted butter in a separate mixing bowl, and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir gently until just combined. Using two spoons, divide the batter evenly among the paper liners. Then bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and serve warm, or place on a cooling rack and let cool.

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A fresh and tasty take on a much-maligned holiday staple Clarion news services

Certain foods are synonymous with the holiday season. Thanksgiving turkey. Holiday cookies. Fruitcake. While those first two make mouths water, fruitcake rarely inspires stomachs to rumble in anticipation. But fruitcake is more than just something to go ignored on holiday serving tables. The following recipe for “Fig and Walnut Fruit Cake” from Andrew Schloss’ “Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More” (Chronicle Books) is chewy, crunchy and wholesomely rich, making it something holiday hosts will be proud to serve to their holiday guests, who might just come away with a whole new appreciation for fruit cake. Fig and Walnut Fruit Cake Makes 12 servings Vegetable oil spray 1 pound walnut halves and pieces 1 pound dried figs, stems removed, quartered 3 ⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 cup sugar 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ⁄2 cup diced candied orange peel 1⁄4 cup walnut brandy, such as Nocello Preheat the oven to 225 F. Coat the inside of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with the vegetable oil spray; set aside. Toss the walnuts and figs in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Toss 3 tablespoons of the dry ingredients with the nuts and fruit to coat. Add the eggs and vanilla to the remaining dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon to form a smooth batter. Mix in the candied orange peel. Scrape into the nuts and fruit and toss with a rubber spatula until everything is evenly coated. Scrape the batter-coated nuts and fruit into the prepared pan, wet your hands with cold water, and pack the nuts and fruit firmly into the pan. Set in the oven and bake for 8 hours, until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the cake should register 215 to 225 F.) Remove the pan from the oven and spoon the brandy over the top. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge to loosen, invert onto a rack, remove the pan, turn right-side up, and cool to room temperature. Variation: You can “bake” this in a slow cooker; you will need a 11⁄2-quarter soufflé dish and a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Once the batter is in the soufflé dish, put it in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.

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Setting out breakfast for your guests to help themselves to when they wake up in the morning is a low-stress, make ahead way for you to offer the morning meal.


Fish and Sweet Potato Soup matches the subtle sweetness of sweet potato and the stronger infusion of flavors from fish and oregano to make for a warm and appetizing soup.

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Caribbean flavor warms up winter meals Clarion news services

Winter weather can be relentless and make it challenging to stay warm and dry. After a session of shoveling snow or braving the great outdoors, a meal that can quickly warm the core is fitting — especially if that meal can serve doubleduty by evoking feelings of a warm climate. Popular throughout the Caribbean, this recipe for “Fish and Sweet Potato Soup” from “The Complete Mexican, South American & Caribbean Cookbook” (Metro Books) by Jane Milton, Jenni Fleetwood and Marina Filippelli, matches the subtle sweetness of sweet potato and the stronger infusion of flavors from fish and oregano to make for a warm and appetizing soup. Fish and Sweet Potato Soup Serves 4

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things that she longed to do and never had the time. Her collection of material is almost as extensive as her large cookbook collection. She hopes you enjoy the recipes and that the stories will bring a smile to your day. TOMATO SALSA This is my recipe for tomato salsa. I made big batches of this to be sold when I worked at M&M for Curt Morris. He was the BEST boss and we miss him. I had frequent requests for this after I retired. This can be used as fresh or put in a crock pot and cook slowly for 6 to 8 hours, put in pint jars then hot water bath to seal the jars. Share with all your friends. In a large bowl: Chop 6 to 12 ripe or overripe tomatoes. Put in colander to drain the clear liquid. Transfer back to large bowl. Add the following: 1 large onion diced fine 1 large green bell pepper diced fine 2 stalks of celery finely chopped 1 carrot grated 2 jalapenos chopped — either fresh of canned 2 cans (16 ounces) tomato sauce 1 small can tomato paste

1 tomato paste can of water 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon or lime juice 1 teaspoon garlic salt — may take more — depends on the saltiness of the tomato sauce 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons each basil and parsley or cilantro 1 teaspoon each oregano and Italian seasoning 2 teaspoons garlic minced 1 teaspoon sugar *NOTE: 2 to 4 cans of diced tomatoes work well with this when tomatoes are not plentiful. Stir and let chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve in bowls with corn chips and watch for a big smile.

CROCKPOT MOOSE ROAST 3 to 4 pounds moose rump or beef roast 1 large onion thickly sliced 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter 3 carrots, thickly sliced 3 ribs celery, large slices 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 bay leaves 2 envelopes of onion soup mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch Brown meat in the oil and butter on all sides. Transfer to hot crock pot. Add the onions, celery and carrots to the hot oil. Stirfry for 2 minutes. Transfer to crockpot, making sure some vegetables are on the bottom of pot as well as covering the top.

6 ounces white fish fillet, skinned 1 ⁄2 onion, chopped 1 sweet potato, about 6 ounces, peeled and diced 1 small carrot, about 2 ounces, chopped 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried 1 ⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon 5 1⁄2 cups fish stock 5 tablespoons light cream Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish Remove any bones from the fish and put it in a pot. Add the onion, sweet potato, carrot, oregano, cinnamon, and half of the stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked. Leave to cool, then pour into a food processor, and blend until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the remaining fish stock, and gently bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Stir the cream into the soup, then gently heat it through without boiling. If the soup boils, the cream will curdle. Serve hot, garnished with the chopped parsley.

Add the potatoes. Sprinkle the onion soup mix over top. Cover and cook on high about 4 hours. Remove roast and vegetables. Stir the liquid in the crockpot and add enough water to make about 2 cups. Stir in the cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Stir until smooth and thick. Slice roast and serve with the vegetables on a warm platter with gravy spooned over top. Variations: Sometimes if it is a tough piece of moose roast I add one can of beer to the beginning of the pot. Another liquid that I have added to the pot is a can of cola. Older Alaskans added 1 cup of leftover strong coffee to the pot and cooked it all day long on a wood-heating stove in the trusty old cast iron Dutch oven.

Cover and blend 5 seconds. Through opening in lid, with blender on slow, gradually add oil in thin stream. Stop blender

sweet crumbly layer of buttery streusel topping, or cute one- or two-person mini banana breads, which are also great midday snacks. Remember that many of these things can be made ahead and frozen. Bagels, croissants, breads Jams, jellies, honey Butter (butter actually is better sitting out overnight, becoming soft and creamy for spreading) Assorted cheeses (better left out overnight for optimal texture and flavor) Sausages and charcuterie (again, better left out overnight for optimal texture and flavor) Hardier fruits, like apples, pears, oranges, bananas Granola, muesli, cereals

In the fridge Softer fruits like cubed melon, or pineapple, berries and grapes, or fruit salad Cream cheese (could also be at room temp) Lemon curd Hardboiled eggs Frittatas and quiches, such as a vegetarian quiche filled with goat cheese, mushrooms and

to scrape sides and mix. Cover and chill. On a large serving platter, combine lettuce, spinach, celery,

Coffee station If you have a programmable coffee pot, set it for the early risers. If you have a single-serve pod coffee maker, leave out an assortment of capsules, from coffees to milk chocolate to teas. A bowl of tea bags can also be left out, near a kettle filled with water. Don’t forget sweeteners, spoons, and some sort of milk or creamer in the fridge (putting it into a small pitcher is nice, but not necessary). Leave out a stack of small plates, bowls, napkins and utensils, along with glasses and mugs. Make sure there are serving utensils for everything, and knives for cutting breads, quiches, cheeses etc. Make a toaster (and a trash can!) self-evident. And in the morning when you hear activity starting in the kitchen, you can decide whether to rise and shine and join your guests or press snooze one more time.

cucumber, shrimp and crabmeat. Pour dressing over mixture. Garnish with coconut and almonds and raisins (optional). Serves 6.


CURRIED SEAFOOD SALAD ¾ pound shrimp in shells or buy ½ pound cooked shelled shrimp ½ cup tarragon vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder 1 ⁄3 cup vegetable oil 5 cups torn lettuce 3 cups torn spinach 1 cup celery, sliced ½ cucumber, sliced 8 oz crabmeat ¼ cup toasted coconut ¼ cup slivered almonds toasted ¼ cup raisins (optional) Cook shrimp in lightly salted boiling water until pink. One to 2 minutes. Drain and cool. Carefully remove shells and de-vein. For dressing: in a blender, combine vinegar, honey and curry.

leeks suspended in a creamy but fluffy eggbased filling. Milk, juices and other cold drinks Smoked salmon or other fish (and maybe sliced onions and tomatoes if you are doing the bagel thing)

750 ML


SHERRIED BREAD PUDDING • 1 1/4 cups milk • 1/4 cup margarine or butter 2 eggs, slightly beaten • 1/4 cup dried fruit snack mix (peaches, apricots, apples and raisins) , or 1/2 cup cut up dried mixed fruit • and 1/4 golden raisins

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1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup cream sherry or sweet red wine 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 cups 1 inch French bread cubes (about 5 slices) Sherry Cream (see below

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat milk and margarine over medium heat until margarine is melted and milk is scalded. Mix eggs, snack mix, sugar, sherry, nutmeg and salt in ungreased 1 1/2 – quart casserole; stir in bread cubes. Pour in milk mixture. Place casserole in pan of very hot water (1 inch deep). Bake uncovered until knife inserted 1 inch from the edge of the casserole comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with Sherry cream. 8 servings


• 1/2 cup whipping cream

• 1 tablespoon Cream Sherry or sweet red wine

Beat whipping cream in chilled small bowl until stiff. Gently stir in sherry.


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Ohio State leads CFP rankings with 1 weekend left By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer

Ohio State wide receiver Austin Mack (11) celebrates after scoring on a 16-yard touchdown reception against Michigan in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Ohio State will go into championship weekend as the top team in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia. Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor are on deck, and that could turn out to be the great debate by Saturday night. Utah was fifth, Oklahoma sixth and Baylor seventh in the committee’s second-to-last top 25 released Tuesday. The final rankings to set the pairings for the national semifinals come out Sunday after each FBS conference plays a championship game. The most pivotal games will be LSUGeorgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game

Saturday; Oklahoma-Baylor in the Big 12 championship Saturday; and Utah-Oregon — 13th this week — for the Pac-12 title Friday night. Wisconsin was eighth, followed by Florida and Penn State. Alabama was 12th, its lowest ranking in the six years the committee has been doing a weekly top 25 over the final third of the season. Alabama’s drop after losing to Auburn, which was 11th, means the Crimson Tide will not only miss the playoff for the first time in its six-year history, but it won’t even play in a major bowl. The last time Alabama played in something other than a New Year’s Six or BCS bowl was after the 2010 season. The Tide beat Michigan State 49-7 in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Among teams outside the Power

Five, Memphis was highest ranked at 17th. Boise State is 19th and Cincinnati, which faces Memphis in the American Athletic Conference title game, was 20th. Appalachian State out of the Sun Belt is 21st. The highest ranked conference champion from this group will earn a spot in the Cotton Bowl. WHAT NEXT? A team has never lost its conference championship game and made the College Football Playoff. Conventional wisdom suggests that could happen this season with LSU and Ohio State. Clemson might be in the same situation, but a loss to a fourtouchdown underdog might give the committee some pause. It is also really unlikely Clemson will lose to Virginia, so let’s not waste too much energy debating that unlikely hypothetical.

SoHi takes down Louisville holds off Michigan Kenai wrestling Defense prevails Staff report Peninsula Clarion

The Soldotna Stars secured a dual meet victory Tuesday night at Kenai Central High School. The dual, which SoHi won 56-24, was scheduled as Kenai’s senior night, but the Kardinals entire roster is composed of juniors, sophomores and freshman. The Stars racked up three weight class victories to Kenai’s one (not including wins by forfeit), with wins going to Logan Katzenberger at 215 pounds, Jakob Brown at 135 and Kyle Matson at 140. Kenai’s lone match win was Tucker Vann at 171. Katzenberger caught Kenai’s Morgan Starks in a pin midway through the second round for the 215-pound win. In the 135-pound match, Brown took a 10-1 major decision over Kenai’s Andrew Gaethle, and in the 140-pound match, Matson took a 17-7 major

decision over Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor. Vann pinned SoHi’s Aiden Willets in 20 seconds to win the 171 match. In forfeited matches, Soldotna got the full six points in seven matches, while Kenai got forfeit wins in three. The two schools also wrestled four exhibition matches, which do not count for points. At 119 pounds, SoHi’s Hunter Secor defeated Kenai’s Talon Whicker, at 130 pounds, SoHi’s Justin Bordelon beat Kenai’s Rey Perez, at 152 pounds, Kenai’s Jason Koenig pinned SoHi’s Josh Hall, and at 285 pounds, Kenai’s Branch Keller pinned Katzenberger of SoHi. Soldotna 56, Kenai Central 24 103 — Zack Rodman, Ken, win by forf; 112 — Talon Whicker, Ken, win by forf; 119 — Hunter Secor, Sol, win by forf; 125 — Rey Perez, Ken, win by forf; 130 — Isaac Chavarria, Sol, win by forf; 135 — Jakob Brown, Sol, MD 10-1 Andrew Gaethle, Ken; 140 — Kyle Matson, Sol, MD 17-7 Isaiah Ticknor, Ken; 145 — Zach Burns, Sol, win by forf; 152 — Hunter Richardson, Sol, win by forf; 160 — Dennis Taylor, Sol, win by forf; 171 — Tucker Vann, Ken, pin :20 Aiden Willets, Sol; 189 — Sean Babitt, Sol, win by forf; 215 — Logan Katzenberger, Sol, pin 2:29 Morgan Starks, Ken; 285 — Max Rogers, Sol, win by forf.

Next level: Carstens sizzles for Cougars Staff report Peninsula Clarion

Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens has carried her scoring touch to the college ranks this year as one of Chicago State’s top players. The Chicago State freshman is among the Division I Cougars’ leaders in scoring and has twice led the team in points this season, including a pair of 20-point showings. The 2019 Nikiski grad scored a game-high 20 points in a Nov. 16 loss to Oakland (Michigan) University, then had 20 in a loss

against Cal Santa Barbara at the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nevada. In the latter game, Carstens shot 4 for 7 from three-point land. Carstens currently ranks third in the Western Athletic Conference in three-point shooting with a .486 mark. Chicago State (0-8 overall) is led by Kourtney Crane in scoring with 14.0 points per game. Carstens currently ranks third on the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game, while also averaging 24.3 minutes with a .526 field goal percentage and 2.5 rebounds.

in clash of top 4 ranked basketball programs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jordan Nwora had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and top-ranked Louisville held No. 4 Michigan to a season-low 26% shooting mark for a 58-43 victory Tuesday night in its first game since returning to No. 1. The Cardinals (8-0) shot just 37% but their defense stifled Michigan (7-1) as they earned a signature victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge one day after claiming the top spot in the AP Top 25 for the first time in six years. Though second-year coach Chris Mack has downplayed rankings, the win was significant for a program he has guided back into the national championship discussion following a sex scandal and the school’s involvement in a federal corruption investigation of college basketball. The Cardinals also kept the Wolverines and first-year coach Juwan Howard from adding another top-10 upset to the ones that helped them enter the Top 25 and match Kansas (1989) for the biggest jump from being unranked in the 70-year history of the poll. Steven Enoch had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwayne Sutton grabbed 11 boards as Louisville topped Michigan 48-41 in that category.

No. 10 DUKE 87, No. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 75 EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vernon Carey Jr. had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help Duke dominate Michigan State. The Blue Devils (8-1) looked like one of the top teams in the country and not a rebuilding one a week after losing at home to Stephen F. Austin. Duke guard Tre Jones scored 20 points, matched a career high with 12 assists and made three steals as part of a defensive effort that forced 14 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Spartans (5-3) went

Louisville forward Malik Williams (5) attempts to block the shot of Michigan guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday. Louisville won 58-43. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

into the game “a little fragile,” according to coach Tom Izzo, and they looked out of sync and overmatched.

No. 15 MEMPHIS 71, BRADLEY 56 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Alex Lomax scored 17 points, Boogie Ellis added 12 and Memphis overcame a poor shooting performance to beat Bradley. Memphis made 36% of its shots from the field, but the Braves (5-3) were

considerably worse. They hit 27%, going just 2 of 23 outside the 3-point arc.

INDIANA 80, No. 17 FLORIDA STATE 64 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Devonte Green scored a career-high 30 points and Trayce Jackson-Davis added 15, leading undefeated Indiana past Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten See HOOPS , Page A9

Butler, Heat win in OT to hand Raptors 1st home loss of year TORONTO (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and the Miami Heat spoiled Kyle Lowry’s return to Toronto’s lineup by beating the Raptors 121-110 in overtime Tuesday. Butler scored eight consecutive points in 55 seconds to begin the extra session as the Heat recovered after blowing a seven-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. Bam Adebayo scored 18 points, Justise Winslow had 17 and Kelly Olynyk 16 as the Heat snapped the Raptors’ season-high winning streak at seven games, and became the first visitor to win north of the border this season. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 23 points and Fred VanVleet had 19 for Toronto, which had won a franchise-record nine straight home games to begin the season.

The Raptors missed all nine of their field goal attempts in overtime.

SPURS 135, ROCKETS 133, 2 OT SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Lonnie Walker IV had a career-high 28 points and San Antonio overcame James Harden’s 50 points by rallying from a late 10-point deficit to beat Houston. DeMar DeRozan added 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds as the Spurs won their second straight at home and snapped the Rockets’ two-game winning streak. Harden played a season-high 49 minutes coming off a 60-point outing Saturday over three quarters against Atlanta. He was whistled for two charges in the second overtime. The second came against DeRozan with 0.8 seconds remaining, sealing San Antonio’s victory.

LAKERS 105, NUGGETS 96 DENVER (AP) — LeBron James had 25 points, nine assists and a crucial dunk off a miss late in the fourth quarter to lead Los Angeles over Denver. Anthony Davis shook off flu-like symptoms to score 25 points and add 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Both teams were coming off losses that ended long winning streaks, but it was Los Angeles that bounced back behind James and Davis.

CLIPPERS 117, TRAIL BLAZERS 97 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points, Paul George added 25 and Los Angeles pulled away in the second half to beat Portland. Kawhi Leonard added 11 points in helping extend the Clippers’ franchise-best start at home to 13-1.

The game was tied 10 times in the first half before the Clippers eked out a 62-59 lead at halftime.

MAVERICKS 118, PELICANS 97 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter and grabbed 18 rebounds in just 28 minutes to power Dallas over New Orleans. Doncic shot 9 of 18 from the field, making five 3-pointers, and hit 10 of 13 free throws to lead the Mavericks to their eighth victory in the last nine games.

MAGIC 127, WIZARDS 120 WASHINGTON (AP) — Evan Fournier scored 31 points, D.J. Augustin added 16 of his 24 in the fourth quarter and Orlando beat Washington.

Bradley Beal scored 42 points for the Wizards, who have lost five of six. Markelle Fultz added a careerhigh 20 points for the Magic, who have won three of four after earning just their second road victory of the season.

PISTONS 127, CAVALIERS 94 CLEVELAND (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit routed Cleveland to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Griffin played just 24 minutes and was 8 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 7 from deep. Drummond played 31 minutes as Detroit’s starters were on the bench for the fourth quarter. Griffin scored 16 points in the first quarter with four 3-pointers.

Marchessault nets hat trick for Vegas NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored three straight goals in the third period to rally the Vegas Golden Knights over New Jersey 4-3 Tuesday night, hours after the Devils fired coach John Hynes. Marchessault scored twice in the first 5:04 of the third to give the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead. He added a powerplay goal midway through the period, and Vegas held on even after New Jersey’s Nico Hischier scored 20 seconds later. The Golden Knights have won four straight to improve to 15-11-4. Malcolm Subban had 32 saves, and Chandler Stephenson scored in his first game since being acquired Monday from the Washington Capitals. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 26 shots for the Devils. Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt also scored.




PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Philadelphia had three goals in the final 2:06 to get their fifth straight win. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which has earned points in seven straight games (6-0-1). The Flyers had an NHL-best 24 points in November, going 10-2-4 to tie a franchise record for most points in a month. Carter Hart finished with 27 saves. Scott Laughton, Joel Farabee, Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk also scored.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots and Arizona beat Columbus behind goals by Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse. Carl Soderberg had an empty-net goal and assisted on two of the earlier goals.

CANADIENS 4, ISLANDERS 2 MONTREAL (AP) — Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber each had a goal and an assist, and Montreal beat New York to snap an eight-game losing streak. Jeff Petry also scored and Carey Price stopped 21 shots to earn his 11th win of the season for Montreal, which ended an 0-5-3 skid. Scott Mayfield and Matthew Barzal scored in the third period for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss finished with 36 saves.

LIGHTNING 3, PREDATORS 2, OT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored at 2:35 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a victory over Nashville. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots as the Lightning snapped a three-game skid. Calle Jarnkrok and Kyle Turris had the goals for Nashville, which has lost three of its last four. Pekka Rinne finished with 28 saves.

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Challenge. Indiana is 8-0 for the first time since 2012-13 and has beaten three straight ranked opponents under coach Archie Miller. The previous two came last season.

No. 18 BAYLOR 78, MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 46 WACO, Texas (AP) — Jared Butler made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Devonte Bandoo added 14 points and Baylor led throughout against winless Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bears (6-1) played for the first time in nine days, since a win over then-No. 17 Villanova for the championship at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, where they won three games in four days.


BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored late in the third period, Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Boston beat Carolina for its eighth straight win. David Krejci also scored for Boston, just 1:08 after Coyle got the Bruins on the scoreboard.

JETS 5, STARS 1 WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists, and Winnipeg handed Dallas its fourth straight loss. Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and assist for Winnipeg, which is 4-1-0 in its past five games. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves.

WILD 4, PANTHERS 2 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Carson Soucy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lift Minnesota over Florida. Luke Kunin, Mats Zuccarello and Jason Zucker also scored as the Wild won their fourth straight game and earned a point for the 10th straight game (7-0-3). Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 44 shots in his second NHL start.

CAPITALS 5, SHARKS 2 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John Carlson had a goal and two assists in the opening period to reach 40 points for the season, Nick Hathaway and Jakub Vrana each scored twice and Washington beat San Jose. Carlson had a hand in all three Washington goals during a span of 3:01 in the first period that put the Capitals in control in the opener of their three-game California swing. He assisted on the first goal of the game for both Hathaway and Vrana and then scored his own, giving him nine goals and 31 assists through 29 games this season.

CANUCKS 5, SENATORS 2 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Antoine Roussel scored in his first game back after being sidelined for eight months with an injury, and Vancouver beat Ottawa.

Toppin scored 17 points and had a soaring, one-hand slam off one of his 10 rebounds, and Dayton celebrated its return to the rankings by beating Houston Baptist. The Flyers (6-1) vaulted into the Top 25 after an impressive run at the Maui Invitational that included drubbings of Georgia and Virginia Tech followed by an overtime loss to Kansas in the title game. Dayton hadn’t been ranked in the Top 25 since February 2016.

No. 24 BUTLER 67, MISSISSIPPI 58 OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Kamar Baldwin scored 31 points as Butler remained unbeaten. Baldwin shot 11 of 16 from the field, including 4 for 5 from 3-point range, to lead the Bulldogs (8-0). He added six rebounds and three assists. Jordan Tucker and Bryce Nze each had eight points for Butler, and Nze grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Breein Tyree scored 22 points and Khadim Sy added 12 for Ole Miss (5-3).

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NBA Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 15 5 .750 — Boston 14 5 .737 ½ Philadelphia 15 6 .714 ½ Brooklyn 10 10 .500 5 New York 4 17 .190 11½ Southeast Division Miami 15 5 .750 — Orlando 9 11 .450 6 Charlotte 8 14 .364 8 Washington 6 13 .316 8½ Atlanta 5 16 .238 10½ Central Division Milwaukee 18 3 .857 — Indiana 13 7 .650 4½ Detroit 8 13 .381 10 Chicago 7 14 .333 11 Cleveland 5 15 .250 12½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 14 6 .700 — Houston 13 7 .650 1 San Antonio 8 14 .364 7 Memphis 6 14 .300 8 New Orleans 6 15 .286 8½ Northwest Division Denver 13 5 .722 — Utah 12 9 .571 2½ Minnesota 10 9 .526 3½ Oklahoma City 8 11 .421 5½ Portland 8 13 .381 6½ Pacific Division L.A. Lakers 18 3 .857 — L.A. Clippers 16 6 .727 2½ Phoenix 9 10 .474 8 Sacramento 8 11 .421 9 Golden State 4 18 .182 14½ Tuesday’s Games Detroit 127, Cleveland 94 Orlando 127, Washington 120 Dallas 118, New Orleans 97 Miami 121, Toronto 110, OT San Antonio 135, Houston 133, 2OT L.A. Lakers 105, Denver 96 L.A. Clippers 117, Portland 97 Wednesday’s Games Golden State at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit, 3 p.m. Phoenix at Orlando, 3 p.m. Brooklyn at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Miami at Boston, 3:30 p.m. Indiana at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. Memphis at Chicago, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Utah, 5 p.m. Sacramento at Portland, 6 p.m.

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Drake 56, Milwaukee 53 Duke 87, Michigan St. 75 E. Michigan 85, Valparaiso 79 Indiana 80, Florida St. 64 Indiana St. 71, N. Dakota St. 60 Kent St. 92, Detroit 57 Loyola of Chicago 70, Ball St. 58 Missouri St. 71, Murray St. 69 N. Kentucky 76, Miami (Ohio) 54 Oakland 72, W. Michigan 62 Rio Grande 90, Sam Houston St. 86, 2OT Wright St. 76, W. Kentucky 74 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 69, Austin Peay 61 Arkansas St. 78, Omaha 73 Baylor 78, Md.-Eastern Shore 46 SMU 77, Northwestern St. 51 TCU 81, Illinois St. 69 Texas 67, UAB 57 UTSA 89, Texas A&M-CC 67 FAR WEST Denver 67, Jackson St. 58 Grand Canyon 75, Mount St. Mary’s 67, OT New Mexico St. 59, UTEP 56 Sacramento St. 72, UC Merced 36 Seattle 81, Incarnate Word 60 UC Santa Barbara 64, CS Bakersfield 60 Women’s College Scores EAST Lehigh 91, Bloomsburg 43 Md.-Eastern Shore 65, Greensboro 48 Stony Brook 66, Molloy 49 Yale 82, Providence 79 SOUTH Campbell 72, UNC-Greensboro 64 LSU 63, Nicholls 32 Liberty 81, East Carolina 66 Stetson 80, Florida National 37 UAB 76, Samford 69 Youngstown St. 72, E. Kentucky 63 MIDWEST Kansas St. 85, Incarnate Word 41 Kent St. 81, St. Bonaventure 58 Marshall 72, Indiana St. 60 Murray St. 61, Evansville 59 S. Illinois 70, UT Martin 59 Saint Louis 76, SE Missouri 61 Toledo 53, Belmont 48 SOUTHWEST Sam Houston St. 114, Jarvis Christian 46 FAR WEST Colorado 74, Texas Southern 50 Fresno St. 72, UNLV 66 Idaho St. 88, Utah Valley 61 S. Utah 72, Oral Roberts 58


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Men’s College Scores EAST American U. 85, UMBC 61 Fairleigh Dickinson 78, Quinnipiac 77 Iowa 68, Syracuse 54 Lafayette 94, Saint Joseph’s 71 Northwestern 82, Boston College 64 Pittsburgh 71, Rutgers 60 Rider 89, Bucknell 69 St. John’s 79, St. Peter’s 69 SOUTH Appalachian St. 90, St. Andrews 58 Belmont 80, Lipscomb 75 Butler 67, Mississippi 58 Coppin St. 85, East Carolina 75 Gardner-Webb 73, Coker 59 George Mason 67, Jacksonville St. 60 Georgia St. 83, Dartmouth 80, OT LSU 90, New Orleans 54 Louisiana-Lafayette 98, SE Louisiana 81 Louisville 58, Michigan 43 McNeese St. 107, Campbellsville-Harrodsburg 61 Memphis 71, Bradley 56 Middle Tennessee 86, Columbia International 38 Richmond 80, Hampton 63 SC-Upstate 79, E. Kentucky 67 Samford 97, Auburn-Montgomery 64 Stetson 72, Bethune-Cookman 67 UNC-Asheville 83, Charlotte 75 Vanderbilt 90, Buffalo 76 W. Carolina 87, Chattanooga 77 William & Mary 63, Old Dominion 46 MIDWEST Charleston Southern 68, Missouri 60 Cincinnati 82, Vermont 73 Creighton 72, Oral Roberts 60 Dayton 99, Houston Baptist 68

NHL Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 28 20 3 5 45 101 65 Florida 27 13 9 5 31 96 97 Buffalo 28 13 10 5 31 85 83 Montreal 28 12 10 6 30 93 98 Toronto 29 13 12 4 30 94 98 Tampa Bay 25 13 9 3 29 91 81 Ottawa 28 11 16 1 23 71 89 Detroit 30 7 20 3 17 63 119 Metropolitan Division Washington 29 20 4 5 45 109 85 N.Y. Islanders 26 18 6 2 38 77 63 Philadelphia 28 16 7 5 37 91 79 Carolina 28 16 11 1 33 88 78 Pittsburgh 27 14 9 4 32 93 78 N.Y. Rangers 26 13 10 3 29 84 87 Columbus 27 11 12 4 26 68 84 New Jersey 27 9 14 4 22 69 101 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Louis 29 18 5 6 42 90 75 Winnipeg 28 17 10 1 35 82 77 Colorado 26 16 8 2 34 97 75 Dallas 29 15 11 3 33 76 73 Minnesota 28 13 11 4 30 83 88 Nashville 27 12 10 5 29 89 88 Chicago 27 10 12 5 25 74 85 Pacific Division Edmonton 29 17 9 3 37 91 84 Arizona 29 16 9 4 36 82 69 Vegas 30 15 11 4 34 91 85 Vancouver 29 14 11 4 32 97 86 San Jose 29 15 13 1 31 84 96 Calgary 29 13 12 4 30 73 86 Anaheim 28 12 12 4 28 75 84 Los Angeles 28 11 15 2 24 72 93 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs.

Tuesday’s Games Montreal 4, N.Y. Islanders 2 Boston 2, Carolina 0 Minnesota 4, Florida 2 Arizona 4, Columbus 2 Vegas 4, New Jersey 3 Philadelphia 6, Toronto 1 Tampa Bay 3, Nashville 2, OT Winnipeg 5, Dallas 1 Vancouver 5, Ottawa 2 Washington 5, San Jose 2 Wednesday’s Games Colorado at Toronto, 3 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. Ottawa at Edmonton, 5:30 p.m. Washington at Los Angeles, 6 p.m.

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NFL Standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 2 0 .833 322 145 Buffalo 9 3 0 .750 257 188 N.Y. Jets 4 8 0 .333 204 280 Miami 3 9 0 .250 200 377 South Houston 8 4 0 .667 293 271 Tennessee 7 5 0 .583 276 234 Indianapolis 6 6 0 .500 261 257 Jacksonville 4 8 0 .333 220 292 North Baltimore 10 2 0 .833 406 219 Pittsburgh 7 5 0 .583 236 225 Cleveland 5 7 0 .417 246 272 Cincinnati 1 11 0 .083 179 298 West Kansas City 8 4 0 .667 348 265 Oakland 6 6 0 .500 237 324 Denver 4 8 0 .333 198 237 L.A. Chargers 4 8 0 .333 244 241 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 6 6 0 .500 310 236 Philadelphia 5 7 0 .417 274 284 Washington 3 9 0 .250 173 290 N.Y. Giants 2 10 0 .167 230 339 South y-New Orleans 10 2 0 .833 298 248 Tampa Bay 5 7 0 .417 340 346 Carolina 5 7 0 .417 280 320 Atlanta 3 9 0 .250 260 323 North Green Bay 9 3 0 .750 289 255 Minnesota 8 4 0 .667 319 242 Chicago 6 6 0 .500 212 208 Detroit 3 8 1 .292 280 315 West Seattle 10 2 0 .833 329 293 San Francisco 10 2 0 .833 349 183 L.A. Rams 7 5 0 .583 283 250 Arizona 3 8 1 .292 255 351 y-clinched division Thursday, Dec. 5 Dallas at Chicago, 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Washington at Green Bay, 9 a.m. Indianapolis at Tampa Bay, 9 a.m. San Francisco at New Orleans, 9 a.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 9 a.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 9 a.m. Denver at Houston, 9 a.m. Baltimore at Buffalo, 9 a.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 9 a.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 9 a.m. L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville, 12:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Arizona, 12:25 p.m. Tennessee at Oakland, 12:25 p.m. Kansas City at New England, 12:25 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Rams, 4:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. All Times AST


BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Named Mitch Maier director of baseball operations. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Agreed to terms with LHP Jake Diekman on a two-year contract and RHP Jordan Weems and OF Dillon Thomas on minor league contracts. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Anthony Bass on a one-year contract. National League


PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Named Steve Sanders assistant general manager. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Promoted Patrick Elkins to major league internal player strategist, Tony Ferreira manager/player development, Emily Wiebe to manager/player development and performance and Joseph Quezada to manager/international operations. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with LHP Tyler Anderson on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Transferred G Brandon Goodwin to College Park (NBAGL). Women’s NBA WASHINGTON MYSTICS — Promoted player development assistant Asjha Jones to assistant coach. FOOTBALL National Football League CAROLINA PANTHERS — Fired coach Ron Rivera. Promoted secondary coach Perry Fewell to interim head coach and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner offensive coordinator. Reassigned offensive coordinator Norv Turner to special assistant to the head coach. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Waived WR Damion Willis. Activated WR John Ross III from IR. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Released DE Chris Smith. Released S A.J. Howard from the practice squad. Signed DT Justin Zimmer from Atlanta’s practice squad and DE Trevon Young to the practice squad. DENVER BRONCOS — Signed QB Brett Rypien to the practice squad. DETROIT LIONS — Signed LB Jason Cabinda from the practice squad and WR Victor Bolden to the practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Claimed RB Tyler Ervin off waivers from Jacksonville. HOUSTON TEXANS — Released TE Jerell Adams from the practice squad. Signed LB Nate Hall to the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Placed WR Chester Rogers on IR. Signed WR Chad Williams from the practice squad and WR Malik Henry to the practice squad. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Waived CB Breon Borders. Signed CB Parry Nickerson from the practice squad and RB Paul Perkins to the practice squad. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Placed RB Kalen Ballage on injured reserve. Claimed RB Zach Zenner off waivers from Arizona and WR receiver Trevor Davis off waivers from Oakland. Waived S Montre Hartage. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed LB Reshard Cliett to the practice squad. NEW YORK JETS — Placed LB C.J. Mosley on IR. Claimed S Bennett Jackson off waivers from Baltimore. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Waived WR Mack Hollins. Signed G Sua Opeta from the practice squad and DT Kevin Wilkins to the practice squad. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Released C Patrick Morris. Activated C Maurkice Pouncey and placed him on the exempt/commissioner permission list. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Waived PK Chase McLaughlin. Released OL Will Holden from the practice squad. Signed WR Chris Thompson to the practice squad. TENNESSEE TITANS — Waived C Hroniss Grasu. Claimed CB Tremaine Brock off waivers from Arizona. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL/NHLPA — C Matt Stajan announced his retirement. ANAHEIM DUCKS — Reassigned LW Max Jones to San Diego (AHL). Recalled LW Max Comtois and D Josh Mahura from San Diego. BUFFALO SABRES — Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned LW Taro Hirose and RW Filip Zadina to Grand Rapids (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Fired coach John Hynes. Named Alain Nasreddine interim coach and Peter Horachek assistant coach. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Traded F Chandler Stephenson to Vegas for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick. SOCCER MLS — Fined Toronto F Jozy Altidore for criticizing match officials following his team<s loss to Seattle. Fined Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos for criticizing the league and San Jose coach Matias Almeyda for postgame comments about match officials. COLLEGE GEORGETOWN — Announced G James Akinjo and F Josh LeBlanc have been removed from the men’s basketball team. IOWA STATE — Agreed to terms with football coach Matt Campbell on a one-year contract extension through 2025. JACKSONVILLE — Announced it is discontinuing its football program.

Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers owner David Tepper said he would have preferred to wait until after the season to make a coaching change. Tepper ultimately decided he wanted to get a jumpstart on his search for a new coach, so he fired Ron Rivera, the franchise’s winningest coach, on Tuesday with the Panthers (5-7) all but out of playoff contention following a four-game skid. “I was informed of other teams doing different types

of searches out there and I’m not going to start a search and not tell Ron Rivera,” Tepper said Tuesday. “(He’s) too good of a man, and I have great respect for Ron. He’s a great human being and I’m not going to disrespect anybody like that, especially Ron Rivera.” Tepper said by moving on from Rivera now he can begin a coaching search immediately so that it won’t put the team at a competitive disadvantage. Secondary coach Perry Fewell was been named interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will

transition to special assistant to the head coach, and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will serve as offensive coordinator. Rivera was hired in 2011 and was 76-63-1 in the

regular season and 3-4 in the postseason. In nine seasons Rivera guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC championship and three NFC South titles.

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2019. There are 27 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 4, 1978, San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein (FYN’-styn) was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee). On this date: In 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York. In 1867, the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, also known as The Grange, was founded in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of farmers. In 1875, William Marcy Tweed, the “Boss” of New York City’s Tammany Hall political organization, escaped from jail and fled the country. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson left Washington on a trip to France to attend the Versailles (vehr-SY’) Peace Conference. In 1942, during World War II, U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time with a raid on Naples. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression. In 1954, the first Burger King stand was opened in Miami by James McLamore and David Edgerton. In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard on a two-week mission. (While Gemini 7 was in orbit, its sister ship, Gemini 6A, was launched on Dec. 15 on a one-day mission; the two spacecraft were able to rendezvous within a foot of each other.) In 1980, the bodies of four American churchwomen slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five Salvadoran national guardsmen were later convicted of murdering nuns Ita Ford, Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel, and lay worker Jean Donovan.) In 1986, both houses of Congress moved to establish special committees to conduct their own investigations of the Iran-Contra affair. In 1995, the first NATO troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission that brought American soldiers into the middle of the Bosnian conflict. In 1996, the Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral and began speeding toward the red planet on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It arrived on Mars in July 1997.) In 2000, in a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refused to overturn George W. Bush’s certified victory in Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts. Ten years ago: President Barack Obama began putting the finishing touches on a fresh job creation proposal, telling a community college crowd in Allentown, Pennsylvania, “I still consider one job lost one job too many.” Gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in a military installation in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, killing 35. Paula Hawkins, a Republican who in 1980 became the first woman elected to a full U.S. Senate term without a family political connection, died in Orlando, Florida, at age 82. Five years ago: The Obama administration acknowledged that many people covered under the Affordable Care Act would face higher premiums next year. Police waged hours-long gun battles with Islamic militants who attacked Chechnya’s capital of Grozny, leaving at least 20 people dead. Jeremy Thorpe, an influential British politician who’d helped revive the Liberal Party before his career was cut short by scandal, died in London at age 85. One year ago: Long lines of people wound through the Capitol Rotunda to view the casket of former President George H.W. Bush; former Sen. Bob Dole steadied himself out of his wheelchair to salute his old friend and one-time rival. On Instagram, Kevin Hart revealed that he’d been chosen to host the 2019 Academy Awards; he would step down as host by week’s end following an outcry over previous anti-gay tweets, and the ceremony ended up taking place with no host. The National Hockey League Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise, with play set to begin in 2021. Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer abruptly announced his retirement, citing health concerns and a difficult year that included a three-game suspension over his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant. Today’s Birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 86. Pop singer Freddy Cannon is 83. Actor-producer Max Baer Jr. is 82. Actress Gemma Jones is 77. Rock musician Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 77. Singer-musician Chris Hillman is 75. Musician Terry Woods (The Pogues) is 72. Rock singer Southside Johnny Lyon is 71. Actor Jeff Bridges is 70. Rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington Collins Band) is 68. Actress Patricia Wettig is 68. Actor Tony Todd is 65. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 64. Country musician Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 64. Rock musician Bob Griffin (formerly with The BoDeans) is 60. Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) is 57. Actress Marisa Tomei is 55. Actress Chelsea Noble is 55. Actor-comedian Fred Armisen is 53. Rapper Jay-Z is 50. Actor Kevin Sussman is 49. Actress-model Tyra Banks is 46. Country singer Lila McCann is 38. Actress Lindsay Felton is 35. Actor Orlando Brown is 32. Actress Scarlett Estevez (TV: “Lucifer”) is 12. Thought for Today: “People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven’t what they want that they really don’t want it.” -- Ogden Nash, American humorist and poet (1902-1972).

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Boss shrugs off concerns about raunchy talk at work DEAR ABBY: My workplace that make him husband works with a uncomfortable. He should group of men who often have spoken up when become vulgar in their it first happened. And conversations. My hushe should still make his band was raised to have feelings known and bow respect and dignity, so he out of these interactions. is uncomfortable with it. If HR in that company is The men discuss their strong enough to institute wives and girlfriends in some rules that will be explicit detail. Some of respected, he should alert Dear Abby them have daughters. It someone there to the unJeanne Phillips is just insane! Would they comfortable work environwant someone talking ment in his department. about their daughters like that?! My husband tries to ignore it or DEAR ABBY: I’m a widow of two change the subject. Although he gets years who is taking my first steps stressed about it, he can’t go to the getting back out there into the dating boss because his boss chimes in. world. The dating sites scare me for The boss once said, “Oh, it’s just men lots of reasons. My biggest concern is talking.” My husband finds the whole the sexual part of dating. How do you thing disrespectful. He could go to know if the person is healthy? Do you Human Resources, but he’s not sure ask if they have been tested lately, or he should. What should he do? — ever? Should I have to ask if they have UNCOMFORTABLE IN WYOMING protection? DEAR UNCOMFORTABLE: Your I’m way past getting pregnant, but husband should not have to be I don’t want any surprises either. I subjected to conversations in the do plan on getting to know the man

before I get to the romantic part, but would like to know how to address my concerns. — READY TO MOVE FORWARD DEAR READY: You are a wise lady. According to the Centers for Disease Control, STDs like herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and trichomoniasis are spreading like wildfire. In 2017, nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States. You should also be aware that 1 in 6 new cases of HIV diagnosed were among people over the age of 50. This is why, before getting to the “romantic part,” it is imperative you have a frank, honest, open discussion about sexually transmitted diseases and to refrain from having unprotected sexual contact unless you and your partner are in an exclusive relationship and you both have been tested, preferably together. DEAR ABBY: This may seem a bit crazy. While out to dinner with friends, I noticed a ring on my girl-

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friend’s finger. My husband and I had traveled with them in Portugal last year. About the same time, I lost a ring that closely resembled the one my friend was wearing. What’s the best way to ask her where she got it without sounding accusatory? The ring is unique, and I think it is mine. I look forward to your advice on handling this. — LOST RING UP NORTH DEAR LOST RING: Ask your friend if she “found” that lovely ring because it is similar to one you lost during that trip to Portugal. If she denies it, drop the subject unless you prefer to drop the friend. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Good advice for everyone — teens to seniors — is in “The Anger in All of Us and How to Deal With It.” To order, send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $8 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH You may feel subdued, but you will recharge during the day. Your power of observation will be enhanced. You could feel as if you cannot express your feelings about a key matter just yet. Tonight: Let someone else make the first move.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

HHHH Knowing when to defer to others, or specifically one person, is nothing less than smart. Today, you want to flow with this specific person. You often feel influenced by others, which you need sometimes. Tonight: Why not accept an invitation?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

HHHH Be responsive to another person’s suggestions. You might not completely get the logic behind his or her ideas. Work with an inner tension that seems to be building between work and your innate desires. Tonight: Up till the wee hours.

HHH Focus on clearing out your errands and any extra work you might have. Once involved in a project, you might not want to stop or even visit with others. You will be consumed by your interest. Tonight: Know when to call it a night.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

HHHH Defer to a child or loved one. This person has a lot on his or her mind but also can be a vessel for great ideas. Feelings seem to emote from others as well as you. You break past boundaries with your openness. Tonight: Follow the music.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Do not take offense from someone who often assumes a very strong stand. Sometimes you find this person’s sense of right and wrong somewhat cloudy. Enjoy your differences. A boss or higher-up acts in a most unpredictable manner. Tonight: Dinner for two.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Dear Heloise: An effective way to clean sink disposals is to put a cone-shaped toilet bowl brush into the opening and fit it under the rubber splash. A twirl of the brush will loosen the foul-smelling deposits and leave the disposal clean. — Pat J. in San Antonio

TINY T-SHIRT HOLES Dear Heloise: Is it me, or do others have this problem: My T-shirt tops made of cotton and cotton blended with spandex have small tears/ holes in the front where my zipper placket and button are. I’m not overweight, but I must rub against counters, etc., where the zipper hits and causes this. This sometimes happens after only a few washings. Are the fabrics just not made well today? I’ve heard our clothes are becoming disposable. This is true of these items. I enjoy your column in The Villages Daily Sun, as

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH You cannot be too cautious about your actions and your spending. Matters easily could get out of control, which in the long run will discourage you. Tonight: A meeting or get-together of friends could set you back on course.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHHH You naturally say and do the right thing. A friend could urge you to make an important decision that you might have been putting off. This person might have some interesting and key feedback should you decide to share. Tonight: Up to you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21) HHH Emphasize your priorities. You also might appreciate a conversation with those who might be involved. Discussing how much you are willing to invest in a home or some family business might be important. Tonight: Chat over dinner.

well as your mother’s for years. — Pam in Florida Pam, since the holes appear in the same area of the T-shirts, they are probably caused by rubbing against a belt, zipper or button. Readers, is anyone else having this problem? — Heloise

HOLIDAY REMINDERS Dear Heloise: Just some friendly holiday reminders: * Do not burn wrapping paper in your fireplace. It burns rapidly, but it can give off dangerous fumes due to the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. * Keep ribbon away from young children and animals. It’s a serious choking hazard that could result in a trip to the emergency room or the vet’s office. * Last of all, please do not put real candles on a Christmas tree, and don’t leave candles burning when you leave the house. — A Firefighter in St. Louis.

Tuesday’s answer, 12-3

HHHH Your efforts come back in multiples. If you ask a question, you might easily get one or more answers. If trying to encourage others to pitch in on a project, expect too many volunteers. Do not worry; you can handle this. Tonight: Visit with a friend.

HHH Recognize what is stopping you from reaching out and grabbing what you want. For some of you, you might be dealing with making the first move toward someone of interest. You really have nothing to lose. Tonight: Allow your creativity to flow.

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This year, you often feel an innate tension between what you do and how you feel about the action later. This dichotomy within you will pass; do not worry about it. If single, you might be quite emotional as you become closer and closer to another individual. This person might be surprised because he or she saw you as a more cavalier personality. If attached, the two of you need to discuss and share any major changes this year with caution. A situation might develop that you cannot say not to, but you might need to say no to it. Make sure you and your sweetie are on the same page. PISCES emotional displays can make you uncomfortable. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

HHHHH Your vision of what is possible could be enhanced because of a discussion. You also see the power of brainstorming and suggestions. An older friend has an interesting approach to putting all the different input together. Tonight: Spontaneity works.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019:

Peninsula Clarion

NATO chief seeks to shore up unity as rows roil allies By Lorne Cook Associated Press

LONDON — With questions raised over NATO’s credibility, the Western military alliance struggled to present a united front Tuesday as some of its biggest member countries traded barbs over their visions for the future. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sought to shore up unity as leaders from across the 29-member trans-Atlantic alliance gathered in London to mark its 70th anniversary and to show that it is adapting to modern threats. “NATO is the most successful alliance in history because we have been able to change when the world is changing,” Stoltenberg said after talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. “That is exactly what we are doing again,” he said. Though NATO has thousands of troops deployed in the Baltics and Poland to dissuade Russia from any military forays like those it launched in Ukraine and Georgia in the recent past, the strength of that military deterrent has been undermined by recent bickering among some leaders. Ahead of the London summit, French President Emmanuel Macron alarmed his allies by lamenting the “brain death” of NATO, in part due to what he said was a lack of U.S. leadership, but also because of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria. Trump has described Marcon’s comments as “very, very nasty.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that it might be the French leader who is “brain dead.” The spat comes as their host at the London summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is otherwise engaged in a divisive election campaign. Even Stoltenberg conceded that leaders “should never question the unity and the political willingness to stand together and to defend each other.” “The whole purpose of NATO is to preserve peace,” he said. “It’s to prevent conflict by sending a clear message to any potential adversary that if one ally is attacked it will trigger a response from the whole alliance.” Stoltenberg won support from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said “the future for this alliance is bright.” “We’ve adjusted and adapted and stayed true to the original values that brought us together,” Trudeau said. He added that NATO’s longevity since it was first established in 1949 to provide collective security for Europe against what was then the Soviet Union was down to the fact that “we’ve always had frank, real conversations.”

Francisco Seco/ Associated Press NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks Tuesday during an event “NATO Engages” at Central Hall Westminster in London.

Macron wants NATO to focus on strategic questions like who its enemies really are and how to improve ties with Russia rather than dither over defense spending. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte acknowledged that the French leader is right, but only to a point. Referring to the challenges posed by Russia, or an emerging China, or even the need for Europe to play a bigger security role, Rutte said “these all require a fundamental rethink without losing the cornerstones of NATO.” But on the need for bigger military budgets — a favorite whip Trump uses to lash European allies and Canada — Rutte said: “We cannot have the U.S. shoulder all the burden.” The United States spends more on defense than all the other allies combined. No country owes Washington money, but NATO allies rely on U.S. transport and air support to conduct military operations. After Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, NATO countries halted their post-Cold War spending cuts and began increasing spending. They pledged to “move toward” spending 2% of their annual GDP on national defense by 2024. Trump said much more needs to be done. “You could make the case that they’ve been delinquent for 25-30 years,” Trump said. The figure of 2%, he added, “is a very low number, it really should be 4.” Ian Lesser, Vice President of The German Marshall Fund of the United States thinktank, said the credibility of NATO’s collective defense clause — known as Article 5 — must be discussed. “It’s sort of at the center of the debate,” Lesser said. “No one wants to talk too much about it because they fear it will somehow erode the credibility or the reliance on it, but NATO is going to have to have that debate.”

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Peninsula Clarion

Harris ends White House bid By Kathleen Ronayne and Nicholas Riccardi Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, an abrupt close to a candidacy that held historic potential. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” the California Democrat said. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.” A senior campaign aide said Harris made the decision Monday after discussing the path forward with family and other top officials over the Thanksgiving holiday. Her withdrawal marked a dramatic fall for a candidate who showed extraordinary promise in her bid to become the first black female president. Harris launched her campaign in front of 20,000 people on a chilly January day in Oakland,

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or obstruction, and the more amorphous allegation that Trump abused his power by putting his interests above the nation. Based on two months of investigation sparked by a still-anonymous government whistleblower’s complaint, the report relies heavily on testimony from current and former U.S. officials who defied White House orders not to appear. The inquiry found that Trump “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” Schiff wrote in the report’s preface. In doing so, the president “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” the report said. When Congress began investigating, it added, Trump obstructed the investigation like no other president in history. Along with revelations from

California. The first woman and first black attorney general and U.S. senator in California’s history, she was widely viewed as a candidate poised to excite the multiracial coalition of voters that sent Barack Obama to the White House. Her departure erodes the diversity of the Democratic field, which is dominated at the moment by a top tier that is white and mostly male. “She was an important voice in the race, out before others who raised less and were less electable. It’s a loss not to have her voice in the race,” said Aimee Allison, who leads She the People, a group that promotes women of color. Harris ultimately could not craft a message that resonated with voters or secure the money to continue her run. She raised an impressive $12 million in the first three months of her campaign and quickly locked down major endorsements meant to show her dominance in her home state, which offers the biggest delegate haul in the Democratic primary contest. But as the field grew, Harris’ fundraising remained flat; she was

unable to attract the type of attention being showered on Pete Buttigieg by traditional donors or the grassroots firepower that drove tens of millions of dollars to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. In her note to supporters, Harris lamented the role of money in politics and, without naming them, took a shot at billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, who are funding their own presidential bids. “I’m not a billionaire,” she said. “I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.” Harris suffered from what allies and critics viewed as an inconsistent pitch to voters. Her slogan “For the people” referenced her career as a prosecutor, a record that was viewed skeptically by the party’s most progressive voters. Through the summer, she focused on pocketbook issues and her “3 a.m. agenda,” a message that never seemed to resonate with voters. By the fall, she had returned to her courtroom roots with the refrain that “justice is on the ballot,”

earlier testimony, the report included previously unreleased cell phone records raising fresh questions about Giuliani’s interactions with the top Republican on the intelligence panel, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, and the White House. Nunes declined to comment. The House intelligence panel voted later Tuesday, in a party-line tally, to send the document to the Judiciary Committee. Republicans defended the president in their own 123-page rebuttal claiming Trump never intended to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a “favor” — investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden. They say the military aid the White House was withholding was not being used as leverage, as Democrats claim — and besides, the $400 million was ultimately released, although only after a congressional outcry. Democrats, they argue, just want to undo the 2016 election. For Republicans falling in line behind Trump, the inquiry is simply a “hoax.” Trump criticized the House for pushing forward with the

proceedings while he was overseas, a breach of political decorum that traditionally leaves partisan differences at the water’s edge. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Democrats to end the impeachment “nightmare.” He said, “They’re concerned if they do not impeach this president they can’t beat him in an election.” The report will lay the foundation for the Judiciary Committee to assess potential articles of impeachment, presenting a history-making test of political judgment with a case that is dividing Congress and the country. In prefacing it, Schiff drew deeply from history, citing George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers, to explain grounds for impeachment “as a remedy of last resort.” Democrats once hoped to sway Republicans to consider Trump’s removal, but they are now facing a ever-hardening partisan split over the swift-moving proceedings on impeaching the president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a critical moment of her leadership

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Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Nov. 20 in Atlanta.

both a cry for economic and social justice as well as her call that she could “prosecute the case” against a “criminal” president. At times, she was tripped up by confusing policy positions; particularly on health care. After suggesting she would eliminate private insurance in favor of a fully governmentrun system, Harris eventually rolled out a health care plan that preserves a role for private insurance. Stumbles, often of the campaign’s making, continued to dog Harris into the winter, stymieing her ability

to capitalize on solid moments. Harris kicked off November with a well-received speech at a massive Iowa dinner, just a day after her campaign announced it would fire staff at its Baltimore headquarters and was moving some people from other early states to Iowa. Her message was regularly overshadowed by campaign aides and allies sharing grievances with the news media. Several top aides decamped for other campaigns, one leaving a blistering resignation letter.

as she steers the process ahead after initially resisting the impeachment inquiry, warning it was too divisive for the country and required bipartisan support. Possible grounds for impeachment are focused on whether Trump abused his office as he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open investigations into Trump’s political rivals. At the time, Trump was withholding $400 million in military aid, jeopardizing key support as Ukraine faces an aggressive Russia at its border. The report also accuses Trump of becoming the “first and only” president in U.S. history to “openly and indiscriminately” defy House’s constitutional authority to conduct the impeachment proceedings by instructing officials not to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony. For Democrats marching into what is now a largely partisan process, the political challenge if they proceed is to craft the impeachment articles in a way that will draw the most support from their ranks and not expose Pelosi’s majority to messy

divisions, especially as Republicans stand lockstep with the president. While liberal Democrats are pushing the party to go further and incorporate the findings from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and other actions by Trump, more centrist and moderate Democrats prefer to stick with the Ukraine matter as a simpler narrative that Americans understand. Trump’s campaign is spending robustly to run ads against front-line freshmen lawmakers, many from districts Trump won in 2016 but that flipped in 2018 to give Democrats the House majority. Pelosi will be protective of these lawmakers as the proceedings unfold. Hearing from legal experts at Wednesday’s session, Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days. The Judiciary Committee could vote next week and the full House Could vote by Christmas. Then it moves to the Senate for a trial in 2020.

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