...geography and life stories.Some seek adventure and camaraderie. Others feel a call to fight perceived injustice.But a common strain of disaffection, a search for meaning, seems to emerge, at times stronger than any motivation tied to religious devotion...

Firefighters converge on Kenai

...on the Kenai Peninsula this year because it allows more local firefighters to attend multiple training courses and doesn't strain limited travel budgets. The conference was last held on the Kenai Peninsula in 2003."To get all the training in our backyard...

Sterling farmer works to open an organic grocery store

...Sackkett said, gesturing to his rows of tomatoes that range from cherry-size to bulging, one-pounders. He has grown a strain of open pollinated, heirloom tomatoes for 30 years. Sackett has owned Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing for 17-years...


...Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar Assad crush the Sunni-led uprising against him are returning home, putting a strain on the overstretched Syrian military as it struggles to retain territory recaptured in recent months from rebels.The borders...


...from the USA too," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was quoted as saying in Bild newspaper.The issue threatens to strain German-U.S. relations again after earlier reports that the National Security Agency spied on Germans, including on Chancellor...

Family holding out hope as search continues

...Washington two years ago. She said it has been difficult being away from them and the extended time off from work has put a strain on their finances. Earlier this week, her 7-year-old son Aaron flew up to be with her."He has had a hard time with...

Very Good Girls

Now Playing Synopsis: Producer Naomi Foner (Running on Empty) takes the director's chair for this gentle and sensitive youth drama that follows two New York City teenagers and the events that put a strain on the bond between them during one of the last summers of their adolescence. Lilly (Dakota Fanning) is quiet, thoughtful and introspective -- the product of two conservative parents (Ellen Barkin and Clark Gregg) who keep a tight rein on her. Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen), on the other hand, is free-spirited, uninhibited and slightly caustic -- the daughter of a left-of-center mom and dad (Demi Moore and Richard Dreyfuss) who let her do whatever, and go wherever, she pleases. Shortly before they each leave for college in the fall, the girls spend most of their time together, whiling away pleasant afternoons, but soon they both meet and fall for the same boy -- artist David (Boyd Holbrook), who sells novelty ice-cream bars at Far Rockaway Beach. He decides that he much prefers Lilly to Gerry, and Lilly loses her virginity to him. The affair grows more serious, but Lilly can't bring herself to divulge the news to Gerry for fear of breaking her heart. Not long after, an unexpected tragedy occurs in Gerry's family and forces Lilly to reach out in an attempt to console her best friend. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

State confirms Soldotna man died of H1N1 flu

...to be the third fatality linked to the H1N1 flu strain this year. The deadly flu strain has been the most prolific strand of the flu at...or swine flu, has been the predominating flu strain this year with more than 50 laboratory-confirmed...


...lawmakers want to lift a ban on coloring chicks, ducklings, goslings or rabbits to enhance their sale but face warnings about the strain that the dyeing process puts on the animals.State Rep. Joel Winters, a Nashua Democrat, is proposing repealing a 1985 law...

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The Bookworm Sez: 'Train' your mind to deal with stress

...19.99, 320 pages), you might start to feel overall better. In today's world, it's nearly impossible not to feel strain. At least that's how it seems, and it only gets worse as we "get hijacked by impulses, infatuation and fear," the brain...

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