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Sunday, May 9, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 9, 2004

At least 3 dead as pleasure boat capsizes in bay
TIVERTON, R.I. -- Shivering with cold, his bare feet cut and bleeding, the 14-year-old frantically banged on the Roses' front door about 1 a.m. Saturday.

For the record
Saturday's Washington Daily Game: 552. Saturday's Lotto: 3-6-12-38-44-47.

1 Marine killed, 1 hurt in Afghanistan
One U.S. Marine was killed and another injured in an overnight attack on a patrol in southern Afghanistan, the military said Saturday, in the Marines' first loss to hostile fire in Afghanistan. Related stories

Pakistani Sunnis, Shiites clash, killing at least one
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims exchanged gunfire Saturday, killing at least one passer-by, in sectarian clashes triggered by a suicide bombing at a mosque the day before in southern Pakistan.

Military says it treats Afghan inmates well
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military said Saturday it was treating its prisoners in Afghanistan "humanely,'' a day after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld apologized for abuses in Iraq. Related stories

Kerry exhorts graduates to reject cynicism
NEW ORLEANS -- John Kerry exhorted graduates of Southern University here Saturday to choose a life of service in their community or around the world to help overcome the damage done to America's image abroad by the widening Iraqi prisoner scandal. Related stories

Army: WWII veterans too old to parachute into Normandy
CLEVELAND -- A group of World War II veterans won't get to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France next month the way they wanted -- the Army decided they're too old to safely parachute into Normandy.

Parks pose challenge for county
There's nowhere near Cherie Moss' South Hill home to settle in with a picnic for a relaxing afternoon.

Abu Ghraib unit 'stretched thin'
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq -- A U.S. Army investigation into abuses at Abu Ghraib prison depicts the military police running the penitentiary as a motley lot, overwhelmed by one of the worst assignments in Iraq and bitter about the military's broken promises of going home. Related stories

Troops storm cleric's office
NAJAF, Iraq -- British soldiers beat back attacks by militiamen loyal to a radical Shiite cleric in southern cities Saturday, and U.S. forces stormed Muqtada al-Sadr's stronghold in Baghdad. Related stories

List outlines techniques approved by Pentagon
In April 2003, the Defense Department approved interrogation techniques for use at the Guantanamo Bay prison that permit reversing the normal sleep patterns of detainees and exposing them to heat, cold and "sensory assault,'' including loud music and bright lights, according to defense officials. Related stories

Ex-hostage knew he'd be 'coming home'
MACON, Miss. -- Former hostage Thomas Hamill, back home Saturday after his three-week ordeal in Iraq, credited God and worldwide support for his survival and said the rebuilding mission that nearly cost him his life must continue. Related stories

White House standing by Rumsfeld
WASHINGTON -- After gauging reaction to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's testimony Friday about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, the White House deployed President Bush's most senior officials Saturday to make the case that the Pentagon chief is too valuable to lose now. Related stories

Germans arrest alleged hacker
BERLIN -- In the end, police discovered the source of the Sasser computer worm, which in recent days shut down Finnish banks, the British Coast Guard and millions of computers worldwide, in the homemade computer of an 18-year-old.

Omitted facts focus of defamation suit
OLYMPIA -- Can true facts paint a false picture? That's the crux of a long-running defamation lawsuit that pits a Spokane business owner against a journalist.

Parks and priorities
Spokane Valley resident Jo Beers can name only two parks within her city's limits: Valley Mission, near Interstate 90, and Terrace View, where she played with her grandson, Alex, on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

Students set scene for prom
Groups of teenagers shortchanged themselves some Saturday-morning shuteye to transform humble banquet halls and cafeterias into grand ballrooms.

NATO shifts stance on Iraq occupation
The Bush administration's hopes for a major NATO military presence in Iraq this year appear doomed, interviews with allied defense officials and diplomats show. Related stories

Playing Mom
The similarities between motherhood and a board game might not be obvious. For one thing, the stakes in rearing children are immeasurably higher than those found rolling dice and racking up points. The gap between real life and make-believe is deep and wide, after all.

Green for the green
Ask people in Spokane what they think of the city's parks, and they're likely to respond with feeling. "I love it here,'' said Mary Jane Leonardi during a walk through the gardens at Manito Park last month.

Chile legalizes divorce legislation after 9-year debate
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile legalized divorce on Friday despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, which warned the move would be harmful to families.

Business owner challenging commissioner
As a Coeur d'Alene native, Kootenai County Commissioner Rick Currie thinks he has the perspective and insight needed to run this rapidly growing county.

Celebrating Latino culture
Amid the burrito- and jalapeno-eating contests, and not to be outdone by the numerous bands and all-night dance party that ran until 3 a.m., Yvett Beltran had an important message Saturday.

There's a reason Victoria ranks high
Year after year, Victoria ranks among the top 10 best cities in the world to visit on all sorts of travel magazine lists and visitor surveys. Vancouver Island, too, holds many charms, from wineries and luxury resorts to kayaking and other outdoor adventure tucked away in remote and wild country. Some places offer luxury in the wilderness.

Protecting pristine wetlands
A mile east of U.S. Highway 95, the song of redwinged blackbirds drowns out any traffic noise that survives the wind rustling through the cottonwoods.

Some progress made in Cook fire
Firefighters battling the Cook Mountain fire northeast of Ashland made good progress Saturday and fire officials were "cautiously optimistic'' about controlling the fire by the end of the weekend, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Erin Clifford said Saturday.

Mechetti goes out on high note
Fabio Mechetti ended his 11 years as the Spokane Symphony's music director Friday with a triumphant performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Opera House. The Ninth Symphony's position in orchestral history -- fulfilling the past and standing at the edge of the future -- made it an appropriate choice for Mechetti's farewell performance.

Growers change techniques during drought
RUPERT, Idaho -- Southern Idaho farmers continue to alter traditional growing practices as the state enters another summer of drought. They look for periods of available water to finish their crops, change the crops themselves or just leave the land fallow.

Crew members adapt to flying C-130 Hercules transport plane
It may not be a sleek, sexy jet fighter, but the pilots and crew assigned to fly the Idaho Air National Guard's aging C-130 Hercules transport aircraft wouldn't have it any other way.

Firefighter's mother wants names released
BOISE -- The mother of one of two men killed in a central Idaho wildfire said the names of six Forest Service employees who face possible suspension as a result should be released.

Estate donates rare Lewis and Clark books to center
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The family of a former Dow Chemical board chairman has donated eight boxes of rare, historical books to the library at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center here.

Idaho week in review
A Spokane teenager was sentenced to 400 hours of community service and 45 days of home detention Thursday in a plea deal in juvenile court for bringing a gun to Lewis and Clark High School last fall. Sean Fitzpatrick, now 17, will be monitored by the court until age 21.

Connections matter
If you went down the line on issues important to Kootenai County Republicans, you'd find that the GOP candidates for two House seats in the Post Falls area agree on most of them. They're for economic development, good jobs, school choice; against keeping the temporary one-cent sales tax beyond its 2005 sunset date; fiscally conservative; and by and large socially conservative.

One Mother’s Day is not enough
When they show the video to prepare you for childbirth -- the one that makes you exclaim in horror, “I have to do THAT?” -- they don't begin to explain the pain of being a mother.

Debate needed on nuclear waste
Our View: Energy Department trying to bypass public discourse.

How young is too young to vote?
BOSTON -- There are days, I am sure, when all parents regard their 14-year-olds as only one-quarter human and their 16-year-olds as barely half grown-up. Even so, this is a touch odd.

Letters

Rep. Larsen deplores abuse of Iraq inmates
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has deplored the "heinous acts of abuse'' of Iraqi prisoners, calling the scandal a devastating setback to efforts to build Middle East support for security and reconstruction in Iraq. Related stories

Lilac spirit strolls into town
Gray clouds and nippy temperatures didn't seem to faze the thousands of kids who swarmed into downtown Spokane on Saturday.

Big-time tree climbing takes root in Spokane
After decades of failed football, bush league baseball and hokey hockey, Spokane is finally on the road to becoming a major sports town.

Data shows CV schools booming
Finding a desk in some Central Valley School District classrooms could become increasingly difficult for students in the next five years.

Woman challenging prostitution ordinance
Also before the Supreme Court on Thursday is the case of a Spokane woman challenging a city ordinance that makes it illegal to "loiter for the purposes of prostitution.''

Idaho Guard mobilizing for operation
BOISE -- Members of the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade are being mobilized to take part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Maj. Gen. Jack Kane announced Saturday. Related stories

Anti-abortion group holds brief rally
About a dozen anti-abortion activists staged a silent protest Saturday morning outside Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest.

MLB's plan for ads irks Nethercutt
Major League Baseball had U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt fuming for a while last week, and it wasn't the poor start of the Mariners. Related stories

Council won't back candidate for governor
The Washington State Labor Council shied away from backing any candidate for governor Saturday, refusing to endorse leading Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire. Related stories

Governor 'shocked' by affair
SALEM, Ore. -- Former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt's admission that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl was a personal blow to Gov. Ted Kulongoski, his friend and political ally who was counting on Goldschmidt to lead the charge for improvements to Oregon's public universities.

Power pole fire leaves some in dark
An electrical pole fire touched off a chain of events that briefly knocked out services to 30,000 South Hill homes and businesses on Saturday morning.

Junior Lilac Parade winners
Here are the winners of the 53rd annual Junior Lilac Parade: Grand Sweepstakes (most overall points): First -- Olympic View Middle School; Second (tie) -- Riverside Middle School and Mead Middle School

Late rally carries Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- With 4 minutes remaining, the Minnesota Timberwolves faced a 10-point deficit and the prospect of leaving their homecourt down 0-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Red-White … and no blues
The Red-White Game Saturday afternoon at Woodward Field, which caps four weeks of spring football, seemed pretty routine.

Shadow start out 2004 season on right foot
For a Spokane Shadow soccer team looking to defend its Northwest Division championship and qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a win over in-state rival Yakima would be just what the doctor ordered. Related stories

A wacky way to get started
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A little more than a decade ago, Jennifer Kirk was a 9-year-old wannabe figure skater getting fitted for her first pair of skates when someone ran into the Boston-area shop with horrible news.

Mussina continues mastery of Mariners
SEATTLE – A Yankees veteran pitcher and a Mariners team trying to turn around its season had a reality check Saturday night – and unfortunately for Seattle , the real Mike Mussina showed up. Related stories

Jackson: Talent not all
Rich Roberts, former Los Angeles Times sportswriter, ran across a book that contained this 1993 Wall Street Journal quote from Lakers coach Phil Jackson about the team he was coaching at the time, the Chicago Bulls:

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Lightning strike Flyers in opener
TAMPA, Fla. -- It took the Tampa Bay Lightning just one period to get back into the flow of the playoffs.

Teams in Western Conference finals defied the odds
It's the first rule of Hollywood, and it's also a reminder for hockey fans who can scarcely believe the cinematic matchup in the Western Conference finals.

U.S. defeated in World Hockey
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Dick Tarnstrom scored 18 seconds in and Sweden beat the United States 3-2 Saturday, setting up a rematch of last year's final against Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

No-hitter qualifies Lakeland
David Carlile pitched a no-hitter, facing the minimum 21 batters, as Lakeland qualified for the 3A District I baseball tournament championship game by defeating Priest River 1-0 at Post Falls.

Cougs just miss golf nationals
Washington State lost a three-way playoff for the eighth and final spot to nationals as the NCAA West Regional wrapped up at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course Saturday.

Ferris gets big, big victory
The Ferris Saxons are feeling 10 feet tall, or approximately 3 1/2 feet taller than Cody Wilson.

Flett does it all in 1-0 Mead win
Chad Flett allowed three hits and drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning Saturday as Mead defeated host Mt. Spokane 1-0 to complete the Greater Spokane League baseball season.

Oberholser out front
The view from the top looks much better to Arron Oberholser. With a 20-foot eagle to jump-start his back nine, Oberholser surged past a pack of contenders and left struggling Tiger Woods far behind by posting a 4-under 68, giving him a one-shot lead in the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, N.C., and another chance to win his first PGA Tour event.

Souhrada breaks 15-year-old UI record
The wind made for some fast sprinting and long throws at the Dan O'Brien Track and Field Complex in Moscow on Saturday – but it wasn't a gale that lifted up Tassie Souhrada.

Arizona faithful remember Tillman
On the playing field where he had some of his brightest sports moments, Pat Tillman was remembered Saturday as a nonconformist who gave up his football career – and ultimately his life – to fight for his country.

Sunny days in Miami
MIAMI -- Armando Benitez leans back in the chair at his locker, as if trying to distance himself from the question, the memory, the city.

Former Mariner Sojo looks back fondly on time spent in Seattle
SEATTLE – Ex-Mariner Luis Sojo is the third-base coach for the New York Yankees, but his ties to and memories of Seattle run deep. Related stories

Walker gets rewarded by winning
Todd Walker's choice was tough, yet so simple. After years of starting on bad teams, Walker finally made it to the playoffs last season with the Boston Red Sox.

Saturday’s NL games
Reds 5, Giants 3: At Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice and Barry Larkin added a tiebreaking two-run shot powering Cincinnati to a victory over a struggling San Francisco team.

Rangers nip Tigers in game that includes 18 runs in fifth inning
ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas and the Detroit Tigers combined for 18 runs in the fifth – one short of the major league record for an inning, and Alfonso Soriano went 6 for 6 in the Rangers' 16-15, 10-inning win Saturday.

Saturday’s AL games
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2: At Toronto, Josh Phelps hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning – four pitches after having one overturned – and Toronto won its season-high fourth straight with a win over Chicago.

He’s done it all … almost
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tony Meola played in two soccer World Cups, kicked in several exhibition games for the New York Jets and was drafted by the New York Yankees as a catcher.

IRL racing to slow down cars
INDIANAPOLIS – When testing speeds at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway crept back above 220 mph last month after a brief slowdown, no one in the Indy Racing League flinched.

Price starts over at ‘Fort Apache’
EL PASO, Texas – Bob Stull had just hired Mike Price as University of Texas-El Paso's football coach. It was December and the athletic director was giving his new employee a quick driving tour of his new town.

Penske team to beat at Indy
Spider-Man is back, with a new partner. Helio Castroneves earned the nickname with his celebratory fence climbs after winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2001 and 2002. He finished second last year to Gil de Ferran.

McHale a real hands-on GM
MINNEAPOLIS -- After practice ended, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Ndudi Ebi stayed on the floor to work on his perimeter moves.

Rumsfeld’s got nothing on Jackson and two-game deficit
Facing a potential knockout punch, the fractious Lakers received a warning from coach Phil Jackson on Saturday concerning their uncertain future.

Indiana’s juggernaut continues
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers are dominating the playoffs like no other team in NBA history.

‘Sweatshop-free’ firms target socially conscious
LOS ANGELES -- In an industry with a history of sweatshops, two garment companies are convinced they can make money without underpaying or overworking employees.

Midlife crisis finds new cycle among seniors
The past year and a half of Vicki Ianucelli's life bears many of the earmarks of a midlife crisis. She bought a condo on the beach in Mexico and jetted off to Paris to celebrate a big birthday. She treated herself to a 9.5-karat emerald ring and got breast implants to boost her self-esteem.

Rich ambitions
Nearly two years ago during a meeting in Richland, Wash., four visitors from Spokane economic development groups were talking about the fast growth taking place in the Tri-Cities. They had just toured the 220-acre Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, based in Richland. The tour showcased dozens of high-tech projects taking place there, focusing on fuel cells, nanotechnology and molecular-biology instrumentation, among others.

BPA faces fresh round of scrutiny
Northwest officials this week will renew their reassessment of the Bonneville Power Administration's role as the region's main source of electricity. The agency sells power from federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. There's only so much to go around and, as the region so painfully learned in 2000, bad things happen when there is not enough.

Week in Review
Registered nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center ratified a new three-year labor contract Tuesday night. The new pact boosts wages by 5 percent this year, followed by 4 percent in 2005 and a 3 percent raise in 2006. The contract also requires nurses at Spokane's largest private employer to pay more for their health insurance.

Coming Monday
Families who scrimped and saved for their child's college education might have done the wrong thing, an economist at Harvard University says.

Business Beat

Week Ahead

Life without gadgets is eye-opening experience
Iused to suffer from road-warrior envy. Surrounded in a wired coffeehouse by the technologically privileged gathering e-mail on their notebooks, I felt like a Luddite without a cause.

Voices from Above
Samantha Fryberger is no gadget geek. And that's what makes her radio's biggest nightmare. She is one of more than 2 million subscribers to the up-and-running technology known as satellite radio. The Lakewood, Ohio, resident didn't sign up with XM -- the bigger of the two providers of sat-rad -- just because it's The Latest Thing.

Partners part ways by text
Dear John. We're thru :-( Nine percent of Britons admit to dumping a partner by sending a text message on a cell phone -- possibly signaling the beginning of the end for the “Dear John” letter -- according to a new survey.

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One nation, under a wicked spell
Once, when Marnice Foote's son Bobby was in first grade, the boy had a surprising answer to her question about what he had done in school that day. Related stories

Horoscope

She fails terribly as a best friend, should apologize
Hi Carolyn: I had a very close friend for a long time -- for years, he was probably my best friend, and helped me through a lot of hard things.

On the tube, she was the mother of all mothers
Rudy and Theo would be proud: Claire Huxtable, matriarch of “The Cosby Show” clan, was named best TV mom in a new poll released just in time for Mother's Day.

Long journey to the top
Oprah Winfrey is having a full-circle moment. It took six years for the little “colored girl” to be initiated by television, and several years more for her to understand the separate-but-unequal relationship the medium had with people who looked like her.

Haruf returns to old familiar with new book
Kent Haruf is best known to Spokane-area readers as the author of “Plainsong,” which was chosen in 2002 to inaugurate the community-wide Spokane Is Reading project.

Satellite to bring local channels home for DIRECTV
A new communications satellite was launched from the oceangoing Odyssey launch platform in the Pacific Ocean last week. Why do we care? Because this is a DIRECTV satellite, and according to the company, it means that DIRECTV will be able to add Spokane's local broadcast channels to its lineup sometime in June

Late singer’s album to be released in fall
Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's final studio album is expected to be released this fall, the late musician's father says.

Fame and obscurity
The five members of Los Lobos walk out onto a Los Angeles street for an impromptu photo shoot, causing some drivers to stop and gawk and a few fans in the predominantly Latino neighborhood to admire from a distance.

Music charts

Locke’s ‘Love’ not bad; ‘Idol’ cast release ghastly

Best-selling books

Quindlen’s essays dead-on in ‘Loud and Clear’
Reading Anna Quindlen's new collection of essays is like following a fever chart of American society as it intersects with her life.

MusicFest Northwest begins today at Gonzaga University
More than 1,000 young musicans and dancers from throughout the region begin competition today in the annual MusicFest Northwest festival at Gonzaga University. This is the 59th year for the event, formerly known as the Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival. Former participants have included such now well-known names as baritones Thomas Hampson and Frank Hernandez, pianist Stephen Drury, violinist Jason Moody and Spokane Symphony concertmaster Kelly Farris.

Students from first grade through the postgraduate level will compete through Friday in 10 divisions: ballet, brass, flute

Auction, tasting event to benefit Second Harvest
The 10th annual Taking a Bite Out of Hunger will be May 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Spokane Veterans Arena. The food and beverage tasting event and auction is a fund-raiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank, a nonprofit organization working toward alleviating hunger and poverty in the Inland Northwest.

Little girls have good approach to religion
So I was pedaling along on my bicycle, towing a little kiddie trailer that contained my daughter, Sophie, and her friend Sofia. I like to tow Sophie when she has a friend with her, because they quickly forget that I'm up there pedaling, so I can listen in on their conversations and find out what is on the minds of 4-year-old children.

Lowly, simple flip-flops take on new high profile
It was the sound heard 'round the fashion world. “Thwick-thwack, thwick-thwack, thwick-thwack.”

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Choose your pet’s veterinarian with thoughtfulness
According to a recent survey by the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly 85 percent of pet owners consider their four-legged friends to be members of their family.

Electronic turkey calls reel in gobblers with deadly effectiveness
A big gobbler emerged from a dense stand of pine trees and immediately responded to a recorded come-hither hen call.

Turkey hunting boon to region’s economy
The mushrooming popularity of spring turkey hunting throughout the Inland Northwest has bolstered businesses and stimulated outgrowth ranging from festivals to growing pains.

The fine points
Amateur bird dog trainers tend to have a common shortcoming: We talk too much. I realize this as I watch professional handler Dan Hoke work with Alvin, a German shorthaired pointer. At five-months old, the dog needs only a few mild tugs on the leash to stay on heel as Hoke brings him to the field for pointer training.

Tackle firms casting for customers
MINNEAPOLIS -- Are you ready for a glow-in-the-dark fly line? How about a fishing canoe that has a rod rack, built-in fly boxes and a solar panel to recharge the battery for the electric trolling motor?

Field Reports

Naturally historic
IDAHO FALLS -- History in the Old Faithful Inn gurgles with as much vivacity as the geyser for which it is named, and this past Friday marked the centennial of the inn's opening day.

Simply super deals like Maui for $385 a week
These prices aren't misprints. The deals are simply super. Spend seven nights on Maui in a one-bedroom condo for as little as $385. Units have kitchens and are across the street from the beach. Check www.a1vacations.com, which lists dozens of Hawaiian properties costing well under $1,000 a week.

Tour by mouse
If you're looking for a vacation that combines forested mountains with rugged coastlines, consider heading for Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada's cosmopolitan cities with a Pacific outlook.

Hannibal adding Huck Finn home
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Visitors to Mark Twain sites in the northeast Missouri town where the author and humorist grew up will soon have another attraction: The Huck Finn home.