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Tuesday, May 4, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 4, 2004

Star dot-com banker convicted on all counts
Frank Quattrone, a star investment banker during the Internet stock bubble, was convicted Monday of obstructing justice for sending a 22-word e-mail encouraging the destruction of files while a criminal probe of his bank was under way.

Infections decline after vaccinations
A fairly new vaccine that prevents bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and serious blood infections is proving effective even in people who haven't been vaccinated, scientists reported Monday.

Candidates court swing-voters
Election Day is still nearly six months away, but President Bush and Democratic challenger John F. Kerry revved up their campaign machines Monday with new appeals to swing-voters worthy of late-autumn urgency. Related stories

New agency ill-equipped for e-voting oversight
As alarm mounts over the integrity of the ATM-like voting machines 50 million Americans will use in the November election, a new federal agency has begun scrutinizing how to safeguard electronic polling from fraud, hackers and faulty software.

Old age can spark rush of creativity
It's an odd medical meeting that features Rodgers & Hammerstein and brilliantly colored paintings rather than X-rays. What does belting out "Oklahoma'' or putting oil to canvas have to do with brain health?

Citizens decry use of DNA dragnet
Steven Turner wondered who officers were looking for when a police van pulled up as he was riding his bicycle around dusk in his neighborhood near the University of Virginia.

Israeli missile attack kills 2
An Israeli attack helicopter fired a missile early Tuesday at a group of armed Palestinians in a Gaza refugee camp, killing two and wounding at least 17, residents and doctors said.

Turkish court charges 9 in bombing plot
ANKARA, Turkey < 6> A Turkish court Monday charged nine suspected members of a group linked to al Qaeda with plotting to bomb the NATO summit scheduled next month in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul.

Coca growers march into Peru capital
About 3,000 rural coca growers marched peacefully into Lima on Monday to demand the government free one of their leaders and stop programs to eradicate their cocaine-producing crop.

Criminals on the rise in Colombia
Common criminals for the first time supplanted Colombia's main rebel group as the worst kidnappers, carrying out 27 percent of 314 abductions reported in the first three months of this year, authorities said Monday.

U.S. loses moral high ground with prisoner abuse
WASHINGTON -- The reported abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers threatens to undermine part of President Bush's rationale for unseating Saddam Hussein: that the United States had ended a regime that was torturing and abusing Iraqis. Related stories

Computer worm finds new victims
NEW YORK -- A pesky computer worm snarled hundreds of thousands of machines worldwide Monday in the latest virus-like outbreak to take advantage of a known flaw with the Windows operating system.

Potlatch turns down change in voting rules
Back in the 1980s, Potlatch Corp. shareholders adopted a voting structure designed to ward off corporate raiders and prevent a hostile takeover.

Young workers face tough job market
Teenagers are facing the worst summer job market in decades despite signs more companies are starting to hire.

Overtime changes are likely to have lawyers working OT
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao says new overtime rules will put about $375 million more in the pockets of American workers. Business reportedly spends between $250 million and $500 million litigating the existing rules. Could it be coincidence that the first amount falls exactly halfway between the second?

Consumers pressed to pick between food or fuel
CHICAGO -- For financially pressed consumers, it's coming down to a choice between spending on gasoline or groceries, and gasoline is winning, a food industry analysis finds.

Price of oil spikes to highest level since 1990
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil rose to its highest level in more than 13 years on Monday as traders responded to the weekend killing of five Westerners working for an oil contractor in Saudi Arabia.

Investors await word from Fed panel
NEW YORK -- Wall Street put aside its worries over interest rates Monday and managed a halfhearted rally on the eve of a key Federal Reserve meeting.

Boeing says it will work harder to improve reputation
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co. chairman Lew Platt assured shareholders Monday that the company is working hard to restore its reputation and regain the public's trust after a year of ethics scandals -- which he blamed on the “rogue behavior” of a few employees.

Business News
Washington The world's richest man is out $800,000 for violating federal rules by making a large investment in a pharmaceutical company.

World aid group warns of risks to teenage mothers and their babies
An aid group warned Monday of increasing risks linked to teen pregnancy worldwide, saying as many as a million babies born to young mothers die of childbirth complications each year.

Militiamen attack U.S. base at Najaf
NAJAF, Iraq -- Militiamen pounded a U.S. base with mortars Monday in the most intense attacks yet on U.S. troops in Najaf, where the Americans have been holding back their full firepower to avoid inflaming the anger of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority. Related stories

Seniors urged to compare drug discounts
WASHINGTON -- On the first day of enrollment Monday, federal health officials urged Medicare beneficiaries to take time to comparison-shop before signing up for one of the new government prescription drug discount cards.

Bone marrow donor finally gets the call
Lauri Bischoff's name was on a bone marrow donor registry 15 years before she finally got a letter saying she'd been matched with a patient in need.

Cyber sleuths hacking it
This week, Jeff Powell created a Trojan horse, a quiet little computer program that essentially can take over another person's computer.

7 reprimanded in abuse of Iraqis
Seven Army officers and noncommissioned officers have been severely reprimanded for failing to prevent the abuse of Iraqi prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, a senior Pentagon official said Monday. Related stories

Bloomsday times wrong due to error
Ever wish you had more time in a day? Well, if you ran Bloomsday on Sunday, you got an extra 30 seconds. Related stories

Defense, prosecution spar over legal issues
Federal prosecutors sought Monday to prevent Sami Al-Hussayen's defense attorneys from asking government witnesses if they ever have been arrested on terrorism charges. Related stories

Porter's board seat facing a challenge
If Kyle Olmstead wins a seat on the Lakeland School Board in the May 18 election, the Spirit Lake dad will have succeeded in doing what nobody has done in a quarter century -- unseating Joy Porter.

Partially done house burns down
A suspicious fire burned down a house under construction and damaged another home in one of Pullman's newer neighborhoods early Monday morning.

Accuracy watch
Bloomsday graphics in error Because of a copy editing error, two graphics in the Bloomsday results section incorrectly state the delays in starting times for some runners. The correct delays are 15 and 30 minutes.

Big egos are one thing, but this?
My good citizens of Spokane. I'm all for promoting civic growth and development. But dangling inflatable pink male genitalia off a railroad bridge in the heart of the downtown business core is NOT the kind of upward mobility our Chamber of Commerce has in mind.

Cities fight over Boise County government
BOISE -- Since Idaho City has been the center of Boise County government for 141 years, Horseshoe Bend residents say that's long enough and have renewed their battle to wrest the county seat away.

Fooling firs makes them produce more cones
A group of Oregon researchers think they may have discovered a way to force the Northwest's noble fir, prized as a Christmas tree, to produce seed-containing cones more regularly.

Residents claim methane reducing well water
A group of homeowners claims coal-bed methane development is lowering water well levels. A drilling company denies the allegation.

Idaho records
For Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Glacier County woman infected with hantavirus
A woman from Glacier County was hospitalized in Great Falls with hantavirus, the state health department said Monday.

Donors generous to Atkinson' s children
More than $9,000 has been donated to help the children of homicide victim Andrea Atkinson, according to Spokane Police.

Gun-toting teens committing Tacoma robberies
Five teenagers toting semiautomatic guns have committed at least 16 robberies in and around Tacoma since April 8, including 11 in three days and six in a 10-hour period, investigators say.

High court won't hear appeal of water ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that the government can close irrigation ditches crossing U.S. Forest Service land to provide additional water to help endangered fish runs.

Helping Jews and Muslims come together
After the tragedy of Sept. 11, a Jewish rabbi in Albuquerque, N.M., called the Islamic Center of New Mexico asking if Muslims would gather together with the congregation of Nahalat Shalom.

State's spring runoff is too little, too early
BOISE -- Idaho's meager snowpack is running off a month ahead of schedule, as farmers evaluate whether the water will last long enough to bring their crops to harvest.

Beware reinstatement of Iraqi officials
With violence flaring in Iraq, the United States is shifting much of its focus to former top Saddam loyalists -- in order to bring them back.

More commentary online
Cal Thomas of Tribune Media Services: “The Irish have never needed a reason to party, but the expanded European Union (EU) on May 1 (including eight formerly communist countries) has given them a respectable one. And their pride is enhanced because their prime minister, Bertie Ahern, is the president of the European Council of the EU. Ahern presided at ceremonies last Saturday, during which he welcomed the 10 new member states.

Prisoner abuse demands inquiry
Our View: Incidents cloud U.S. hopes to be seen as liberators

Lessons from history fade away
What is it with student journalists lately? First you had the white kid at Oregon State who wrote a column calling black people immoral. Then you had the one at the University of Massachusetts who opined that Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed in Afghanistan, “got what was coming to him.”

STA tax hike will reward business as usual
The Spokane Transit Authority wants us to increase our sales tax from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent, giving it a 100 percent increase in the 0.3 percent sales tax we already pay to subsidize our bus system in Spokane County.

Answering George W. Kinerson's letter of April 28. It breaks my heart that people cannot accept others as they are, gay or straight, black or white. If we would all just take a step back and look at the world we are creating for future generations, I believe we would not only be stunned but horrified for the limitations we are putting on society.

Court takes up gay dad's case
Homosexuality should be no more of a factor when determining child custody than a health condition like epilepsy or religion, the attorney for a gay father argued before the Idaho Supreme Court on Monday.

Some North Idaho school board candidates unopposed
Candidates for school board elections in many North Idaho school districts -- including Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls -- are running unopposed.

Premera pushes bid to gain for-profit status
TUMWATER, Wash. -- Facing a quartet of borrowed chess clocks tallying lawyers' talk time, the state's largest health insurer launched its case Monday for switching from nonprofit status to a for-profit company owned by shareholders.

Council OKs plan for federal block grants
The Spokane City Council approved on Monday a multimillion-dollar community development spending plan that includes potential cuts caused by River Park Square.

Valley poll backs Sprague couplet
Most Spokane Valley residents like the Sprague-Appleway couplet, want a pedestrian-friendly city center and feel their community lacks an identity.

Shooting suspect turns himself in
Spokane police detectives have interviewed an 18-year-old man shot in the arm Sunday and the 28-year-old man suspected of shooting him.

Elderly hiker dies of heart attack
An elderly man died after suffering a heart attack while hiking in Pend Oreille County on Monday night.

Police identify drowning victim
Spokane police have identified a body pulled from the Spokane River on Friday. Through an autopsy, the man was identified as 22-year-old John P. King, said Sgt. Joe Peterson.

City approves police salary increases
Four captains and 12 lieutenants in the Spokane Police Department are receiving salary and benefit increases under two labor contracts reached with City Hall.

Event to highlight Hispanic culture
Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin and the Fairchild Air Force Base honor guard will be among the participants in the Hispanic Culture Festival program Saturday at Greyhound Park and Event Center.

Police searching for casino intruder
Police are searching for a man who was videotaped breaking into a bar and casino last Tuesday morning.

Summer courses being offered online
High school students needing credits or just wanting to get ahead can take courses online this summer. The NET summer session, offered through Educational Service District 101's Center for School to Work, allows a student to take two of more than 40 course offerings online between June 28 and Aug. 20.

Both sides spar over legal issues
BOISE -- Federal prosecutors sought Monday to prevent Sami Al-Hussayen's defense attorneys from asking government witnesses if they ever have been arrested on terrorism charges.

Two vie for seat in Sixth District
For many elections, Democrats struggle to find a recognizable candidate to run for every legislative post in Spokane's Sixth District.

Police take different approach to drug raid
Before calling the Idaho State Police and asking to send down their SWAT team, Benewah County sheriff's officers decided to take a different first approach to a house believed to be full of guns and drugs last week.

Internet registrations tie Al-Hussayen to Web sites
BOISE -- Internet registration documents were introduced Monday tying University of Idaho graduate student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen to a number of Web sites prosecutors claim were part of a network promoting terrorism. Related stories

Smoke smell closes Coeur d'Alene offices
Downtown workers coming back from lunch were able to linger outside a while longer as the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department shut down two blocks of Sherman Avenue to check out the smell of smoke in an office building co-owned by the mayor.

A winning combination
Kindred spirits following a common vision discovered Whitworth College softball. Their convergence has resulted in the most successful season, and then some, in the Pirates' seven-year history.

Wie, Adu not really as young as they let on
So Michelle Wie is 14 and Freddy Adu is 14. Yeah, right. And I'm the Count of Monte Cristo.

Pistons make a (low) point
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Detroit's defense was so dominant, it was almost offensive – at least to those who believe basketball should be about scoring points.

WSU’s Fredrick resigns to take Iowa job
PULLMAN, Wash. – Cindy Fredrick is leaving the wheat fields of the Palouse for the corn fields of Iowa and returning home.

Book sheds light on Ichiro
SEATTLE – Robert Whiting, the leading American expert on Japanese baseball, paints a fascinating portrait of an almost maniacally driven Ichiro in his new book, “The Meaning of Ichiro,” which is destined to become as indispensable as his classic, “Ya Gotta Have Wa.” Related stories

Mother, daughter nearing shore
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –After more than 100 days at sea, Sarah and Sally Kettle are about to become the first mother-daughter team to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat.

Tillman eulogized as honorable man
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Before Pat Tillman was hailed as a national hero for leaving the NFL to fight and die in the mountains of Afghanistan, he was a local high school football star with a bright life ahead of him.

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For Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Today’s menu
The Greyhound Park: Dog racing, first post 9:05 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:45.

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National Sports
The United States gained a spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championships in Prague, Czech Republic, without playing Monday, solidifying its hopes of an automatic berth for the 2006 Olympics.

Gelinas, Flames finish off Red Wings
CALGARY, Alberta – Overtime was Martin Gelinas' time yet again. The forward scored 19:13 into the extra session Monday night, lifting Calgary to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings and sending the sixth-seeded Flames into the conference finals for the first time since 1989.

Garnett honored
The Kid is all grown up, and he has an NBA MVP award to prove it.

Walks getting on Bonds’ nerves
San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds was under the weather and sat out Sunday's game until he pinch-hit in the 11th inning and drew a walk.

Monday’s games
Reds 7, Astros 5: At Houston, Javier Valentin hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Cincinnati snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Astros despite losing Ken Griffey Jr. to a stiff right hamstring. Griffey, hampered by a string of injuries the last three years, left in the third inning after striking out against Roy Oswalt. He is listed as day to day. Valentin put Cincinnati ahead 6-5 with a home run off Brad Lidge (0-1). Danny Graves got three outs for his major league-leading 11th

Simply unbeatable
LOS ANGELES -- Plopped down in rural America, unable to speak or understand English, the 18-year-old pitcher felt so lonely and isolated he desperately wanted to return home to Montreal.

Smarty Jones gives Philly a champion
BENSALEM, Pa. – Stewart Elliott had trouble describing how it felt to dart across the finish line aboard Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby.

Remodeling to Avista Stadium adds a picnic area in right field
Avista Stadium will become a left-handed hitters paradise when the Spokane Indians open the home portion of their Northwest League baseball schedule June 21.

Another rain delay, another Singh win
At the ninth hole, Vijay Singh thought he was out of the HP Classic. At the 18th, he knew the tournament was his for the taking.

Guerrero’s run on MNF brief
Lisa Guerrero's stint as the “Monday Night Football” sidelines reporter is over after one rocky season.

Klaus feeling right at home
It's been a long and convoluted journey for Alana Klaus, who left Gonzaga Prep in 1994 for Florida and resurfaced this year at Whitworth College helping pitch the Pirates to their finest softball season in the sport's seven-year history.

Protest denied; GSL track pairings set
Greater Spokane League principals on Monday morning ruled against a protest and thus finalized the pairings for this week's final league track meets.

Zags control their destiny in WCC
With three weeks left in the West Coast Conference season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs still control their fate.

Official records
For Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Poffenroth on NIC list
North Idaho College will interview at least three candidates for its women's basketball coaching vacancy, two with extensive college resumes and one who has built a dominant prep program.

They must be talking about something
A friend has a theory. He thinks roadwork construction crews must lead fascinating lives. “You can tell,” he said. “They're always standing around having lively conversations.” Related stories

Low-carb craze hits the office
A year ago, meeting planner Margo Martin's clients wanted fruit, yogurt and bagels for their breaks. Today, the hottest items are cheese, Slim Jims, beef jerky and nuts -- lots of mixed nuts.

Tell daughter you worry less if she calls home
Dear Annie: Our delightful, intelligent daughter, “Lucy,” is a 19-year-old freshman at a state college 200 miles from here. She comes home to visit infrequently, and we adore seeing her.

Aries (March 21-April 19) •••• – Feelings abound. Though the issue might appear to be money, look to the crux of the situation. Perhaps more is involved, such as power, control or security. An honest assessment helps you head down a new path.

Guess the ‘Idol’ worship isn’t over yet for Stevens
John Stevens has only one gripe about his ouster from “American Idol” last week. “Big Band week is (tonight), and that's the week I'd be good at,” the 16-year-old crooner said. A passionate fan base carried the tall redhead to the group of the final six “Idol” contestants despite

On this hand from a teams championship, both tables played three no-trump. On a heart lead to South's king there were eight tricks immediately available, and the ninth could have come from a successful finesse in either spades or diamonds.

Body adjusts to prostate surgery
Dear Dr. Gott: I am 60. Two years ago, I required surgery for a benign prostatic overgrowth. Since then, when I ejaculate, no semen comes out. Should I worry about this? Is it dangerous? Do I need further surgery?

Very important to give doctors complete medical history
Q. Some time ago my psoriasis flared up severely after I started taking atenolol for high blood pressure. The dermatologist found that atenolol was the cause. People with psoriasis should be careful with this kind of medicine because it might not agree with them.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help those with heart condition
The evidence is in. Fish oil really does help fight heart disease. A systematic review of the research found that long chain omega-3 fatty acids -- the helpful part of fish oil -- reduce heart attacks in folks who already have heart and blood vessel conditions. The acids also reduce overall risk of death in that group.

Germ warfare takes focus on ‘24’
Fox rules on Tuesdays. Poor “Frasier.” Tonight at 8, the five “American Idol” finalists perform on Big Band night. You have to wonder who'll be the celebrity judge -- Glenn Miller via video, perhaps?

‘Simpsons’ cast reaches agreement with network
A month after stalled contract talks led the voices of “The Simpsons” to stop work, both the actors and Fox are getting more “D'oh!”

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• The only animal, other than man, that logs off land for housing is the beaver.

Looking back Miller’s Cleaners in 1917

Family business
The original owner of Miller's Cleaners, 604 N. Monroe, was photographed in his store in 1917. Three generations of Millers owned the business before it was sold in 1994, according to Neil Miller.

Time to find out who stays and who goes
The 2003-04 TV season may not be over quite yet, but plans for next season already are falling into place.

‘Mean Girls’ tops weekend box office
Summer may be geared toward young males in Hollywood, but women rule theaters in spring.

Movie ads alarming to some
Movie ads never have been known for their truthfulness, but two new advertising campaigns have taken that to another level -- a level that some say is alarming and potentially hurtful.

It’s May sweeps
The May TV sweeps brings something other sweeps periods can't: season finales. Local stations set their ad rates based on ratings numbers recorded during the four monthlong sweeps periods, in November, February, May and July.

Video game uses biofeedback for energy source
In an age when most publicity for video games is reserved for the violent (“Grand Theft Auto”) and the ultraviolent (“Manhunt”), two Colorado entrepreneurs just want everybody to take some deep breaths and grab some inner peace.