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Wednesday, May 5, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 5, 2004

U.S. Bank plans call center in CdA
U.S. Bank will open a $15 million call center in Coeur d'Alene next year, which could eventually employ 500 people.

Kerry rips Bush's education bill
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two years after President Bush fulfilled a campaign promise to enact sweeping education changes, Democratic challenger John Kerry is trying to use the president's signature domestic issue against him. Related stories

Thousands flee blazes
Southern California's first wildfires of the season burned homes and brushlands and forced thousands of people to evacuate Tuesday, portending what could be an especially dangerous and costly summer.

Bush official: Legalizing drug imports inevitable
A senior Bush administration official for the first time said Tuesday that legalizing prescription drug imports was inevitable and would save consumers money.

Methodist court won't rule on lesbian pastor
PITTSBURGH -- The top United Methodist Court ruled Tuesday that it has no authority to review the acquittal of a lesbian pastor who acknowledged she had a female partner and was charged with violating church law.

Man who stockpiled arsenal of cyanide, guns, bombs gets 11 years
A man who stockpiled machine guns, bombs and enough cyanide to kill everyone inside a building the size of a small-town civic center was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison.

Blood pressure rises for kids, teens
Blood pressure among children and teens increased during the 1990s, placing them at greater risk than adults for hypertension and its associated ills of heart and kidney diseases, a new study says.

Infants created to donate cells
CHICAGO -- In a growing practice that troubles some ethicists, a Chicago laboratory helped create five healthy babies so that they could serve as stem-cell donors for their ailing brothers and sisters.

Number of adult pot users hits high
Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show.

Finds indicate ancient metropolis
Archeologists excavating a 2,500-year-old Mayan city in Guatemala have unearthed buildings and massive carvings indicating the presence of a royal metropolis of more than 10,000 people at a time when scientists previously believed the Maya were only simple farmers.

Colorado mule deer had wasting disease
A mature mule deer buck found dead in the back yard of a home in southwestern Colorado Springs, Colo., has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, establishing a new geographical marker for the always-fatal illness.

Sharon pressured to follow peace plan
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. and European negotiators Tuesday called on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to move forward with his plan for full withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, despite its rejection Sunday by Israeli conservatives.

Israel says Palestinian teenager recruited bombers
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli military court on Tuesday indicted a 15-year-old Palestinian boy on charges of recruiting teenagers to become suicide bombers -- the first time such charges have been leveled at a Palestinian youth.

4-hour lag before police learned of hijack alert
Several federal agencies knew for at least four hours Monday that a Singapore Airlines flight headed to Los Angeles International Airport was transmitting a computerized hijacking alert, yet they failed to notify local law enforcement officials about the problem, officials said.

Haitian council sworn in to oversee elections
A provisional council was sworn in Tuesday to oversee fresh elections in Haiti, while Canada said it would extend its security duty for at least another two months to ease the arrival of a U.N. mission.

Top Colombian rebel gets 35-year sentence
The most senior Colombian rebel leader ever captured in Colombia was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping and rebellion, a justice official said.

No one hurt in blasts before Athens events
Three bombs exploded outside a police station today, but there were no reports of injuries, authorities said.

Three hurt as news helicopter crashes on New York rooftop
NEW YORK -- A news helicopter covering a shooting Tuesday in Brooklyn clipped a building, spun out of control and crashed on a rooftop, but no one was seriously injured.

Cheney gets big pep talk to build up its economy
If enthusiasm and interest are indicators, the city of Cheney has a promising economic future. Almost 100 people turned out for a 7:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday to present and brainstorm ways for the city to attract more economic development. The city's first “Economic Rally” was put on by Cheney Pathways to Progress and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce.

Fed holds rates steady
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policy-makers left a key interest rate at a 46-year low on Tuesday but dropped their promise to be patient before they start raising rates.

Fuel prices continue to rise
LONDON -- The price of oil is likely to remain high in coming months and could rise further, analysts say, due to ravenous global demand and petroleum producers' reluctance to boost supplies.

Manufacturers’ numbers strong
WASHINGTON -- America's factories saw orders jump in March by the largest amount in more than a year and a half, a sign that the nation's manufacturers are getting a firmer grip on their own business recovery.

Banner Bank pours $250,000 into region
Banner Bank has invested $250,000 in a loan program to boost economic development efforts in Spokane and Eastern Washington.

PC security a top topic at conference
SEATTLE -- As their annual hardware developers' convention kicked off Tuesday, Microsoft executives touted a touchy-feely future world of computerized “experiences” -- high-tech homes, offices and automobiles filled with digitalized music, movies and communications.

Bush dealt setback on overtime rules
WASHINGTON -- In an election-year snub of the Bush administration, the Republican-controlled Senate voted Tuesday to require that new Labor Department regulations guarantee the right to overtime pay for all workers who currently qualify.

NYSE boss says exchange will pursue Grasso money
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The New York Stock Exchange will keep demanding repayment from former chief executive Richard Grasso, despite setting aside $36 million to cover its liability for his compensation, the NYSE's new leader said Tuesday.

Market tame following Fed meeting
NEW YORK -- Investors reacted cautiously to the Federal Reserve's latest statement on interest rates Tuesday, sending stocks slightly higher after the Fed suggested it would move carefully when raising the nation's base lending rate.

Boeing hires ethics watchdog
CHICAGO -- Hoping to move past a year of scandal, Boeing Co. has hired an outside ethics watchdog as part of a settlement being negotiated with the Air Force and is stepping up public efforts to defend its much-criticized air tanker contract.

Business news

Bureau to honor Luke Williams
Luke Williams, a Spokane business leader for many years, will be posthumously honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.

April layoffs down from same time in ’03
NEW YORK -- Layoffs announced in April rose 6.1 percent from March to 72,184, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported Tuesday.

Sacred Heart RNs OK labor contract
Registered nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center ratified a new three-year labor contract Tuesday. The new pact boosts wages 5 percent this year, followed by a 4 percent raise in 2005 and a 3 percent raise in 2006. The contract does require the 1,200 registered nurses at Spokane's largest private employer to pay more for health insurance.

Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal widens
As investigations into U.S. military abuse of Iraqi captives gathered steam, Pentagon officials revealed Tuesday that they have investigated the deaths of 25 prisoners overseas and labeled two of them homicides. Related stories

Industry frets over pollution limits for river
Spokane River dischargers are in a muddle over sewage. Governments and businesses that release treated wastewater into the river shared their concerns about new pollution limits to be set in 2005 with state and federal regulators at a "sewer summit'' on Tuesday.

Winning name buys the farm
Jim Hereford is in a hurry to sell his 10-acre spread near Rosalia. With few buyers lining up, the 36-year-old Spokane executive has launched a name-that-home contest on the World Wide Web to find a new owner.

Fighting continues in Najaf
Shiite militiamen fired mortars at a U.S. base in Najaf and bombarded a municipal hall in a nearby city Tuesday, as U.S.-led forces sought to resolve their standoff with militants south of the capital. Related stories

More ex-prisoners claim abuse by jailers
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The new commander of U.S.-run prisons in Iraq said Tuesday he would cut in half the number of Iraqis in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison and quash some interrogation techniques considered humiliating, such as hooding prisoners. Related stories

Father pleads guilty to injuring his child
By some quirk, a baby was in the courtroom Tuesday morning -- a gurgling, kicking, grinning little guy in green corduroy overalls.

Meetings scheduled on Avista's rate plan
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will hold public workshops in Coeur d'Alene and Moscow on May 25 and 26 on Avista Utilities' application to increase natural gas and electric rates.

Unwanted cars can help a cause
That dratted 1986 Renault you've debated moving to the compost heap could feed a hungry child. If it's worth at least $50, spare yourself the towing costs and call Cars for a Cause/Idaho. As long as you have a legitimate title, Pull and Save, a Spokane towing and salvage operation, will take the car off your hands at no charge, assess its value and either buy its parts or auction it off.

Idaho tax collections on target
BOISE -- Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's plan to end the budget year with a significant surplus got another boost in April when tax collections came in on target.

Burn victims in gas explosion sue renovators
Two city residents severely burned in a natural gas explosion at a downtown motel two years ago have sued the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and several contractors renovating the Star Motel for use as transitional housing.

Fund-raiser for Special Olympics set for Saturday
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will take participants along U.S. Highway 95 just north of town on Saturday morning.

Dalton Avenue construction to finish next week
Construction work on Government Way at the Dalton Avenue intersection is expected to continue until May 12.

Police cranking up surveillance of Boise River
Those floating the Boise River to escape the summer heat will see more police this year.

Honor guard, Post Falls mayor to join in La Fiesta
Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin and the Fairchild Air Force Base honor guard will be part of the Hispanic Culture Festival program Saturday at Greyhound Park and Event Center.

Two comets visible in evening sky soon
Two pristine comets traveling out of deep space are expected to appear in the night sky over the Inland Northwest this month.

Family wants answers about woman's death
RiChelle E. Benn died of a drug overdose. But two family members don't think the death was an accident and said they hope detectives continue investigating despite Benn's drug use.

Another view. . .
The following commentary is excerpted from an editorial that appeared Monday in the Tacoma News Tribune. It does not necessarily represent the views of The Spokesman-Review editorial board.

Critics of Tillman can’t fathom valor
Our View: Those blinded by ideology don’t recognize a true hero.

Not best week for liberty in Iraq
Can it be a coincidence that Margaret Tutwiler quit as the top PR agent for America the same week photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse were beamed across the world? In one year, the president's “mission accomplished” had become her mission impossible.

Despite disgust, this was no My Lai
Shock and awe are back, this time in the images of U.S. soldiers humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

Letters

Great time to build schools
While many of us are refinancing our homes, locking in the lowest interest rates imaginable, we in North Spokane should jump at the chance to make a similar smart financial move in the Mead School District.

Correction
 The e-mail address for the city of Spokane's Cable Advisory Board is cabletv@spokanecity.org. Because of an error by the writer, the address was listed incorrectly in a letter to the editor published Sunday.

EPA issues decision on river cleanup plan
HELENA -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its final plan for cleaning up mining contamination along a 120-mile stretch of the Clark Fork River. The plan, with a price tag now of about $120million, is nearly identical to the agency's draft proposal released during the summer of 2002, but does more to address landowner concerns about controlling noxious weeds in the cleanup area.

Idaho records
For Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Meth lab busts declining in Spokane
Spokane isn't just about meth labs anymore. Crime numbers from the first quarter of 2004 show that Spokane County has fallen from one of the state leaders for methamphetamine labs to tied for seventh place.

Premera hearings continue
TUMWATER, Wash. -- John Gollhofer and Jeff Collins have a lot in common.

Peace-seekers to observe Mother's Day with march
For the 21st year, people who want peace will celebrate Mother's Day Sunday by marching to the international border station near Oroville, Wash.

Nano scientist wins mega award
Susmita Bose is just six years into her career creating incredibly small particles at Washington State University, but she's gotten big recognition by the National Science Foundation.

Liberty Lake ready to purchase a city hall
Liberty Lake is trading in its rented suite for a mortgage and 18 offices to call its own.

Patient-endangerment suspect is arrested
Investigators arrested a Spokane County man wanted in New York on numerous fraud charges. Mark J. Spaid, 34, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after undercover deputies watched him leave his parents' home in the 9200 block of South Cheney-Spokane Road.

Man sentenced in cocaine, firearms case
An Airway Heights man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to deliver and possessing a gun with a defaced serial number.

Aisle-by-aisle tour of supermarket scheduled
Registered dietitian Cheryl Dolven will conduct a free aisle-by-aisle tour of the Albertsons supermarket at 6520 N. Nevada on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Bomb squad detonates dynamite found in shed
A Spokane bomb squad detonated two sticks of dynamite found at a shed in north Spokane on Tuesday.

Accuracy watch
Warehouse size incorrect - Sysco Corp. will build a 120,000-square-foot warehouse in Post Falls. Because of a reporter's error, the number was incorrect in a story in Tuesday's business section.

Valley decides against ordinance to regulate adult-retail businesses
The Spokane Valley City Council is taking a hands-off approach to regulating adult-retail businesses. For now.

Man charged in park shooting ordered held on $250,000 bond
A California man charged with shooting a man in a Spokane park on Sunday was ordered Tuesday to remain in jail on a $250,000 bond.

Terrorism, free speech collide at Al-Hussayen trial
Free speech and terrorism clashed in a Boise courtroom Tuesday as federal prosecutors argued that Sami Al-Hussayen aided terrorists by helping broadcast a controversial Muslim cleric's lecture. Related stories

Outpatient clinic to serve veterans across 6 counties
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs plans to create an outpatient clinic in north-central Washington to serve veterans in six counties, according to a new report released by the agency.

Roadless areas facing threats, groups warn
Vast stretches of roadless forest in Idaho and Montana are at risk of losing protection against logging and road-building, according to a study released Monday by two environmental groups.

Serben announces candidacy for House
John Serben, an insurance broker in north Spokane, has announced he's seeking election to the state House of Representatives.

Richland lab gets $15 million for fuel-cell research
RICHLAND -- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive as much as $15 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to research hydrogen storage.

Free agency looming for Alexander
KIRKLAND -- He has already put up numbers that rival those of Curt Warner and Chris Warren, but soon Shaun Alexander could be compared to another player drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. Related stories

Loyalty not lost
Loyalty in baseball should never be an assumed quality -- it often exists only as a matter of convenience. Related stories

Jumping at the chance
Here's a new one. A phone solicitor left a message for Stephanie Jaross last week -- and she called back.

Johnson, manager of expansion M’s, passes away after battle with Leukemia
BOSTON -- Darrell Johnson, who managed the Boston Red Sox to the 1975 World Series and was the first manager of the expansion Seattle Mariners two years later, has died at age 75. Related stories

M’s win in 16th
SEATTLE -- Randy Winn scored on Scott Spiezio's fielder choice with none out in the 16th inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night in the longest game in the major leagues this season. Related stories

Today’s menu

Auto racing
State Line Speedway: Wednesday Night Fever, Fever 4 Hobbys, Bump to Pass, Road Runners, 6 p.m.
Baseball

Bibby puts up big numbers in Kings’ victory
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Bibby had another big postseason performance, Kevin Garnett was not up to his MVP standard and the Sacramento Kings started the second round with an impressive win.

Smarty Jones has them retreating
Smarty Jones made quite an impression with his Kentucky Derby victory -- on and off the racetrack.

National Sports

Tigers one win away from WHL title with win over Silvertips
The Medicine Hat Tigers moved to within one game of winning the Western Hockey League championship with a 3-0 victory over the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday.

Just 100 days to go to Summer Games
ATHENS, Greece -- The sprint to the Olympics is being run through an obstacle course. Frantic work -- including on the main stadium -- slogs on in mud, rain and at night. Roads and squares are ripped up for repaving or new rail lines. Cement mixers and cranes snarl city traffic. Whirlwinds of dust spin through neighborhoods.

On the air
For Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Flyers work overtime, beat Leafs
Jeremy Roenick had his winning shot planned way before he and the Philadelphia Flyers were forced into overtime.

Blues forward Danton pleads innocent in plot
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges that he conspired to kill an acquaintance in a murder-for-hire plot.

EV clinches at least tie for best record
Bret Riggin fanned six and pitched a three-hitter Tuesday as East Valley clinched at least a tie for the best record in Greater Spokane League baseball with a 5-1 win over visiting Mead.

Lakeland clinches No. 2 seed to district
David Carlisle finished 4 for 4 with two runs batted in and struck out 10 Tuesday as Lakeland secured the No. 2 seed to district with a five-inning, 12-2 win at Priest River (10-12, 7-8) in Intermountain League baseball.

Money a factor as Storm cut Clinesmith
The Seattle Storm of the Women's Basketball Association cut guard Stacy Clinesmith (Mead High) from its active roster Monday.

Mariners pick up Melvin’s option for 2005
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners exercised manager Bob Melvin's 2005 option Tuesday despite their poor start. Seattle entered its game against Minnesota last in the AL West at 9-16. Related stories

Woman to plead guilty in rings theft
Court was running late. The judge was out in the parking lot, small-talking with a colleague in the blossom-scented early morning.

Tuesday’s games
Brewers 6, Reds 2: At Cincinnati, Lyle Overbay fouled off four two-strike pitches before hitting his first career grand slam, leading Milwaukee to a victory over Cincinnati. Right-hander Victor Santos (1-0) allowed only one hit in five innings to get his first victory since July 18, 2001.

Bonds talks BALCO and his future
Barry Bonds insists the swirling steroids scandal doesn't bother him. “Does it look like it?” the San Francisco slugger asked. “It doesn't faze me at all.”

Rodriguez reaches milestone as Yankees beat Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 350th homer and Ruben Sierra had a three-run double in a six-run seventh to give the New York Yankees their seventh straight victory, 10-8 over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Official records
For Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Churches would welcome visitors
Miss Manners

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) •••• – You could be startled by someone else's thinking this morning, but this could change rapidly. Putting an emphasis on goals could be disappointing but might take you to a new level. Reach out for someone at a distance whom you care about. Think “Memorial Day weekend.”

Tony aside, Paulie still thinks he’s the better fella
If Tony Soprano and Paulie Cicero, the don from “GoodFellas,” put contracts out on each other, who'd get whacked first? “Paulie is much more lethal,” says Paul Sorvino, the actor who played him in “Goodfellas.”

Humor, smile can take sting out of message
Dear Annie: My husband and I invite a certain couple to visit at our vacation home for two weeks each year. They are very nice folks and fun to be with. The guys work together on projects, and we gals visit and prepare meals, etc.

Bridge
Some defensive strategies are easy; some are difficult. Life is particularly challenging when you have to look beyond the single play in a suit and to focus on the whole hand. Here, for example, at trick one in six hearts, declarer discards a diamond from dummy on the lead of the spade nine. You, East, need to plan the defense.

Potato, onion tart good any time of day
Diane Nemitz of Ludington, Mich., developed a recipe for a potato and onion tart that more than met the conditions of the recent recipe contest in which she entered it. Her tart had a certain something else that won it first prize.

McDonalds planning to introduce healthier meal choices for adults
Coming soon to a McDonald's near you: Flab-fighting adult Happy Meals featuring salad, bottled water, a pedometer and a little walking advice.

Nutty-tasting brown rice full of vitamins and minerals
If you haven't tried brown rice, you'll find it tasty and nutritious. You can use it in almost all the dishes where you've been using white rice. It has a nutty taste and many more nutrients, but it does take longer to cook.

Farmers’ markets
Boundary County Farmers' Market -- Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Visitor's Center parking lot on Highway 95 in downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Low-fat, low-carb tortilla unimpressive
By now, food panel members are probably starting to wish that the latest diet trend was all-carbohydrates, all the time.

Simple approach yields delicious Cherry Swirl Bread
Late last year a reader wrote looking for a recipe for Cherry Swirl Bread with a glaze on top. I never was able to locate a recipe but recently was inspired to create my own using basic white bread dough and cherry preserves. The simple approach yielded tasty results. Here's the recipe:

Cherry Swirl Bread

Quick chicken fajitas full of flavor and sizzle
Sometimes making a fast meal involves throwing in less than desirable ingredients, sacrificing a bit of nutrition in the process.

Treat guests to classic, slow-cooked French stew
A stew may not be the first dish you think of when guests are coming for dinner, but it is a superb entree for entertaining. A stewed dish is real, down-to-earth, clean-your-plate food.

NBC sets stage for ‘Friends’ farewell
How can we miss them if they won't go away? The “Friends” hoopla gets under way for real tonight, filling NBC's entire prime-time lineup in advance of Thursday night's big finale, which is drawing Super Bowl ad prices.

‘Nightline’ noting war dead pulls in viewers
ABC's controversial “Nightline” telecast with the names of Iraqi war dead last week drew a bigger audience than usual for the late-night newscast.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. Where'd you get the idea that “men fall in love with women more quickly than women fall in love with men”?

So Long
For all the attention given to this week's “Friends” finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago -- and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.

Recording firms will resume making royalty payments
Major recording companies have agreed to return nearly $50 million in unclaimed royalties to Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan, Dolly Parton and thousands of more obscure musicians under a settlement announced Tuesday.

FX looks at DVD bonuses
You're in a quandary whether to buy the DVD version of your favorite movie with the bonus disc that has all sorts of additional features: bloopers, deleted scenes, extra interviews.

Yoplait introduces frozen breakfast bars, sandwiches
Ice cream for breakfast? Not quite. But Yoplait Yogurt's new frozen breakfast bars and sandwiches almost taste too good to be breakfast food.

Basic cheese bread recipe doesn’t skimp on sharp cheddar flavor
A loaf of cheese bread is a versatile standby with a wide range of uses, as all fans of cheese will be ready to agree.

Latest dish can be found online
There's a hunger out there in cyberspace, and inquiring minds want to know ... Should Martha go free?

Mother’s custards
If you want to make a special brunch for Mother's Day, consider a delectable custard-type recipe created by Lisa Schroeder, chef and co-owner of Mother's Bistro and Bar, Portland.

Made with love
“Do whatever is easiest for you,” my friend said when I asked her what she'd like for her birthday dinner. But I didn't want to do what was easiest for me; I wanted to do what would best express my love for her. And showing love through the art of cooking has never equated to “easy” for me.

Perfect time to enjoy wine
Forget spring cleaning. This year, try spring barrel tasting. All 10 of the wineries in the Spokane area will open their doors this weekend to celebrate the traditional end of the winemaking season. Taste newly made wines, get a preview of wines to come and sample some still in the barrel or tanks. Winemakers will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their creations. There are goodies to sample at each location, as well.

Veal facts you may not know
Recently, I set out to buy a simple veal breast -- a succulent cut that I'd never had trouble finding at my usual market. This time was different.

Matriarch the focus of Mother’s Day family feast
NEW YORK -- Mother's Day is just one of the many family occasions that highlight Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's life, but to her way of thinking it embraces vitally important elements.

Stuffed Potato can be a filling main dish
Back in 1978, John and Karen Hess agreed that the potato is “one of nature's best designed products; it is born in a sturdy package.” And Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough in “Cooking for Two” (Harper Collins, 2004) write, “Stuffed baked potatoes are nature's perfect casseroles.”

Movie theaters still wary of digital projection
MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Producer George Lucas built himself into Hollywood's leading icon of science fiction, but badly misread the future of his industry.

A conversation with Dick Van Dyke
CBS may call “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited” a movie or a special, but for Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Rose Marie, Larry Matthews, Jerry Van Dyke and Ann Morgan Guilbert, who were in the original 1960s series and who appear on the May 11 production, it's simply Episode 159 of the hit series -- albeit set 40 years later in present time.

Julia, Danny moving to Malibu
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder are moving from their small bungalow in Venice to a posh $5 million manse in Malibu. This with a tennis court, swimming pool and a private beach. Meanwhile, the Moders continue to make news. Is she or isn't she preggie? Why doesn't he escort her to events? Are they splitting up? What's Julia's next film? We'll try to keep you posted.

Erica, Bobby agree to remain pals on ‘All My Children’
All My Children - In Las Vegas, Erica and Bobby agreed to remain friends, and Erica vowed to remake her life. Palmer sensed there was a problem in Bobby and Anita's marriage. As JR and Babe reveled in being parents to baby Bess, Krystal stood at the riverbank, mourning the grandchild she believed she lost, and telling the Heavens that she had to switch the labels on the DNA tests to protect Babe. Bianca and Lena shared a tearful goodbye. Ryan walked away when Kendall said

Westminster to celebrate 125 years
On May 23, Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St., will celebrate 125 years of existence.