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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 11, 2004

Boat-slip excavation draws complaints, stop-work orders
A Post Falls homeowner is in hot water for muddying the waters of the Spokane River over the weekend.

Study: Uninsured patients cost $35 billion annually
Taxpayers foot the bill for nearly $35 billion a year in medical services for Americans without health insurance, according to a study released Monday.

Bush ignoring soaring costs of health care, Kerry charges
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday hailed his health-care plan as the prescription for cutting soaring premiums and reducing fraud and waste, calling the system under President Bush "badly broken.'' Related stories

Safety report prompts Feds to ground air tankers
Just as the 2004 wildfire season is opening, the government on Monday grounded an aging fleet of 33 former military tankers that had been among the biggest weapons in its arsenal for fighting the blazes.

Medicare firms lobbied lavishly
A few weeks after the Bush administration named Medco to be one of the first Medicare drug-card providers, a company executive helped throw a $100,000 fund-raiser for the president that was headlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Officials to reinvestigate 1955 death of black teen
Buoyed by a wave of new prosecutions in the South, authorities on Monday announced a joint federal-state investigation into one of the civil rights era's most heinous crimes: the slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager killed for wolf-whistling at a white woman in a Mississippi hamlet.

New Hampshire governor vetoes bill to bar executing 17-year-olds
Gov. Craig Benson vetoed a bill Monday that would have raised the minimum execution age in New Hampshire from 17 to 18.

Woman who killed husband gets 50 years
A woman who shot her abusive husband, then left his body in their home for more than a year, was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison by a judge who said the mandatory sentence was unjust.

Former agent pleads guilty to embezzlement
A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling $138,000 while he was in charge of financial management at the agency's division in New York.

Fugitive sentenced for 1975 bank slaying
The last fugitive member of the Symbionese Liberation Army to be brought to justice was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for the shotgun slaying of a bank customer during a 1975 holdup.

New off-road diesel emission rules announced
The Bush administration announced tough new rules Monday to curb harmful emissions from off-road diesel-powered vehicles, pleasing environmentalists after brokering a compromise with industry on deadlines.

West Bank will get elections
The Palestinian Authority decided Monday to hold its first local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, bowing to pressure to end chaos and corruption plaguing many Palestinian towns.

Sasser worm creator tried to limit damage
An 18-year-old German who confessed to creating the "Sasser'' computer worm launched a new version meant to limit the damage just before his arrest last week, investigators said Monday.

Researchers study biology of fat; discover how, why obesity kills
Research into the biology of fat is turning up some surprising new insights about how obesity kills. The weight of the evidence: It's the toxic mischief of the flesh itself.

Report: Many Iraqis arrested by mistake
Up to 90 percent of Iraqi detainees were arrested "by mistake,'' according to coalition intelligence officers cited in a Red Cross report disclosed Monday. It also said U.S. officers mistreated inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison by keeping them naked in totally dark, empty cells. Related stories

Insurgents blast Iraqi oil pipeline
Insurgents blasted an oil pipeline, setting off a huge blaze and slashing Iraq's daily oil exports by about 25 percent. U.S. troops traded gunfire Monday with fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in this Shiite city south of Baghdad. Related stories

India's 3-week election wraps up
With the conclusion Monday of India's election, exit polls showed Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's coalition nowhere near the majority it needs to control Parliament and lead the nation for five more years.

Cuba freezes most sales in U.S. dollars
Cuban officials announced Monday they were freezing most sales in dollars in response to new U.S. proposals aimed at toppling the government of President Fidel Castro.

Kadyrov emerges in Chechnya
Ramzan Kadyrov, a widely feared militia commander and son of the assassinated president of Chechnya, emerged Monday as the likely successor, leading many Chechens to predict a new escalation of violence in a region already ruined by a decade of war. As Akhmad Kadyrov's sheepskin-draped body was laid to rest in his home village, Ramzan, 27, was named the top Chechen official in the regional government. This places him just below a Russian who was named acting president

Hecla will put $30M into mine in Venezuela
COEUR d'ALENE -- Hecla Mining Co. will spend $30 million to develop a new gold mine in eastern Venezuela.

Montana joins lawsuit that targets Avista dams and others
HELENA, Mont. -- The state of Montana will join a federal lawsuit that demands the owners of hydroelectric dams sitting on state-owned river beds reimburse the state for the use of the land, Attorney General Mike McGrath said Monday.

Bortner out as chief of state securities office
Deborah Bortner, the state's securities chief and a tenacious critic of Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Inc., has been demoted as part of a political shake-up.

Donaldson puts some bite into SEC office
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, shamed by enforcement actions undertaken by its state counterparts, has finally begun to throw its weight around under Chairman William Donaldson.

Frozen out of the market
Already staggering from sticker shock at the gas pump, consumers may suffer “licker shock” at the ice cream stand this summer when they see some of the industry's biggest price hikes ever.

Former Central Pre-Mix president John Murphy dies
John Murphy, who for 40 years was president of Spokane's Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co., died Sunday at the age of 91. Murphy headed the Spokane-based business as it grew from a single office to a regional company with operations today in 10 Northwest cities.

Saudis want to increase oil output
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- With oil prices steadily rising in recent weeks, Saudi Arabia's oil minister urged OPEC on Monday to raise its production ceiling by 1.5 million barrels a day when it meets on June 3.

Citi to pay $2.65 billion settlement
NEW YORK -- In one of the largest securities fraud settlements ever, financial services giant Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $2.65 billion to settle a class action suit brought by investors who bought WorldCom Inc. securities before the telecommunications company went bankrupt in 2002.

Business News

Grasso is open to repaying money
New York Embattled former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard Grasso says he is willing to give up some of his nearly $188 million pay package if the exchange apologizes for “destroying my reputation,” according to a published report.

Dow closes below 10,000 mark
NEW YORK -- Interest rate fears drove a major selloff on Wall Street Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing below 10,000 for the first time since Dec. 10 and all three major indexes dropping to their lows for the year.

Sandpoint company gets $80,000 grant
SANDPOINT -- Unicep Packaging has received an $80,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a new package design.

Monsanto delays bio-wheat project
ST. LOUIS -- Monsanto Co. is halting development of genetically engineered wheat that would have been able to withstand its popular Roundup herbicide, the company said Monday.

Prom dress charity lives on
Before she died in a car accident last year, 16-year-old Rebecca Kirtman collected about 250 prom dresses and gave them to needy girls across South Florida.

Millions of cicadas to begin mating ritual
WASHINGTON < 6> As warmer weather arrives along the East Coast, the cicadas of Brood X are rousing from 17 years underground.

College voucher plan OK'd in Colorado
Gov. Bill Owens signed Colorado's first-in-the-nation college voucher plan into law Monday, calling it a landmark step that will empower thousands of students.

Movers let cat out of drawer -- 15 days later
After movers came to their Tarrytown, N.Y., condo to pack up their belongings April 20, Henry Leonard and Vicki Plechner couldn't find Lilly, their Siamese cat.

Bush stands by Rumsfeld
President Bush lavished praise on embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday as administration officials struggled to limit the damage from a new batch of photos showing prisoner abuse in Iraq. Related stories

Mayor considers proposal to close, sell Albi Stadium
Spokane Mayor Jim West said Monday he is considering a proposal to close Albi Stadium and sell off the stadium and some of the city-owned property surrounding it.

Methane gas a constant hazard
It's one of those essential components of government that's tucked away and largely forgotten -- until something goes terribly wrong.

Sewage tank ruptures; worker feared dead
Three men were injured and a fourth was missing and presumed dead Monday evening after a tank ruptured at the Spokane Wastewater Treatment Plant, spilling thousands of gallons of sewage into the Spokane River before the leak was controlled.
View 10 exclusive images from the scene of today's implosion at Spokane's wastewater treatment plant.

Cameras barred at court-martial
No TV cameras or tape recorders will be allowed in the courtroom at next week's court-martial of a U.S. soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, a senior U.S. officer said Monday. Related stories

Prosecution: E-mail recruited terrorists
A University of Idaho graduate student who passed along news clippings, religious commentary and sometimes grisly accounts of the war in Chechnya to an e-mail group clearly was aiding terrorists, government prosecutors claimed in court Monday. Related stories

Group questions bypass benefits
The Idaho Transportation Department grossly inflated the economic benefits of the proposed U.S. Highway 95 bypass along Sand Creek while turning a blind eye to some of the project's impacts, according to a report released Monday by a citizen opposition group.

Two vie for seat in Idaho House
It's perhaps the biggest question of the 2004 legislative races: Who will replace Republican Rep. Hilde Kellogg, the 85-year-old grande dame of the Idaho Legislature?

States to sue tobacco firm over Kool ads
More than two dozen states, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho, say they plan to sue Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., accusing the company of targeting young people with its Kool cigarette marketing campaign.

Accuracy watch
Wild turkey record corrected Because of a typographical error, the length of the beard on the Washington record wild turkey was wrong in Sunday's Outdoors & Travel section. The beard was officially measured at

Police investigate pickup truck fire
A serial arsonist in Pullman may have struck again Sunday morning. This time, a 1991 Toyota pickup parked in the 300 block of Park Street was discovered burning by its owners around 3:30 a.m. They tried to douse it with a garden hose, but couldn't extinguish the blaze. Firefighters were quickly on the scene.

No, you can't beat city hall -- for dumb ideas
`Pack up Spokane government. Stick it in a circus tent. Bye. Bye. Spo-burg.

Baby diagnosed with whooping cough
A 4-month old baby in Pullman has been diagnosed with whooping cough. In a press release Monday, the Whitman County Health Department alerted the community and urged parents to be sure their children are up-to-date on their immunizations.

City invites input on transportation
The Rathdrum Transportation Committee wants the public to comment on a draft of the 20-year transportation plan, which is a roadmap to guide traffic through this quickly growing town.

Roof-firm owner jailed over worker insurance
The owner of a roofing company was jailed recently for operating her business without workers' compensation insurance, the Idaho Industrial Commission reported.

Candidate event plans hot dogs, no speeches
The Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee is holding a free Meet the Candidates hot dog feed Thursday for Kootenai County Commission and state Legislature races.

No bomb found after restaurant roof search
Police searched for a bomb on the roof of the Olive Garden restaurant, 525 W. Canfield Ave., late on Mother's Day after the manager said someone had called in a threat.

Girl wounded in gun accident
A 13-year-old girl remains in serious condition after her boyfriend shot her in the head Sunday night with a gun he apparently thought was unloaded, police said.

String quartet finale features Polish touch
Pianist Tadeusz Majewski brought a Polish atmosphere to the Spokane String Quartet's season finale Sunday.

Teen saves employer's life
Brad Davis saved his boss's life last week. Davis -- an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter recruit -- doesn't yet have the skills to rush a burning building, hose in hand.

Going to bat for American commerce
“Spider-Man 2” opens June 30. I know this because I am a big Spider fan and have been waiting for this sequel ever since the closing credits on the original. I also know it because Major League Baseball entered into an agreement to place the movie's logo on the bases in its ballparks. Also, the pitcher's mound and the on-deck circle.

Politics hijacking morning-after pill
Our View: FDA has chosen to jettison science.

More commentary online
Molly Ivins of Creators Syndicate: “Oh, goody! A media-bashing day. One of everybody's favorite pastimes.

It is time for Rumsfeld to resign
“I am accountable,” Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday at hearings on the Abu Ghraib scandal. “I take full responsibility.”

Letters

Where is the exit?
When will it end? Iraq is becoming a hungry machine, devouring America's finest and its money. When one is in a place that you should have never been at all, do you need a graceful exit?

Outstanding warrants
For Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Idaho records
For Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Painting the town many colors
Under a grimy bridge in downtown Spokane, Jon Atkins tried to envision the plains and mountains haunted by his Cheyenne Indian ancestors.

Post Falls man rechannels river
A Post Falls homeowner is in hot water for muddying the waters of the Spokane River over the weekend.

RPS trial rescheduled for August
The federal securities fraud trial over the River Park Square garage bonds has been rescheduled for August. U.S. District Judge Edward Shea recently notified the attorneys involved in the case that he was setting aside three weeks, starting Aug. 16, for the trial. Related stories

Discovery brightens outlook for butterfly
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- About 500 rare butterflies were recently found thriving in the hills west of here, thrilling conservationists who hope the colorful Taylor's checkerspot will fight back from near extinction.

Sen. Kerry to make his first campaign trip to Oregon
PORTLAND -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry will make his first presidential campaign visit to Oregon next week, Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Monday. Related stories

Red swastikas found painted on church
Red swastikas were found painted on a church this weekend, and police were investigating whether they represent a bias crime or gang graffiti.

Conservation trust buys Minkler Lake
A long, shallow lake considered vital to salmon recovery on the Skagit River has been purchased for preservation by a conservation trust.

First Latino woman elected Episcopal bishop
For the first time, a Latino woman has been elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church, leaders of the Diocese of Olympia have announced.

Moratorium put on housing conversions
The Spokane City Council on Monday approved an emergency moratorium on redevelopment of houses in some inner-city neighborhoods.

Seattle among top homes for college grads
Seattle is one of the most college-educated big cities in the nation, according to a survey released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Fort Lewis families sue firm over housing
SEATTLE -- Military families at Fort Lewis have sued a company that provides on-base housing for the Army, alleging the contractor discriminated against households with disabled members by threatening to evict people and refusing requests for basic maintenance and repairs.

Book off ninth-grade reading list
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Parents upset about a novel with sexual content have spurred Federal Way's school superintendent to remove the book from the ninth-grade reading list.

Everett cabbie takes riders to Wisconsin
EVERETT -- What started out as just another early morning call for taxi driver Mark Forbes turned into a fare stretching some 2,300 miles from here to Milwaukee.

Man gets nearly 20 years for firearms conviction
A man with a "life-long addiction'' to methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to almost 20 years in prison on a federal firearms conviction.

Kidd’s struggles continue
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jason Kidd's slump has replaced Derek Jeter's skid as the talk of the New York metropolitan area.

Timberwolves pull it out
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When Kevin Garnett's MVP mettle was tested, The Kid played like a man.

Has fighting become outdated?
DALLAS -- Debate about the role of violent play in hockey is older than the NHL. It resurfaced this year after a fist-fest between Philadelphia and Ottawa on March 5 resulted in an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes. It intensified after Vancouver star Todd Bertuzzi attacked Colorado rookie Steve Moore on March 8.

Players for all-star team named for game against U.S. Olympians
Janessa Roche calls it the biggest thing to happen to her since playing in a regional tournament in Alaska as a youngster on the Sandpoint All Stars softball team.

Heavyweight division a real lightweight
Today we are going to discuss the heavyweight boxing division. Women and children are excused, as are men with a DirecTV Total Choice package.

Turiaf answers prayers of Gonzaga fans
All it took for Ronny Turiaf to feel like a changed man was to stay the same man. Related stories

Mondesi says he won’t return
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Raul Mondesi, his pay withheld for most of the season because of a civil suit, will sit out the rest of the year, he said from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Bullpen woes haunting M’s
SEATTLE – A year ago, they were the pleasant young surprises of a Seattle Mariners bullpen that all but guaranteed victory if they had a lead through six innings. Related stories

Ramirez becomes a U.S. citizen
BOSTON –Manny Ramirez had a good reason to miss his first game of the season with the Boston Red Sox. He went to Miami to become a U.S. citizen.

The waiting game
ATLANTA – Journeyman. It's the most dreaded of labels for a professional athlete. Just ask Jesse Garcia, who showed up at spring training last year for the Atlanta Braves coming off a .300 season at Triple-A.

Monday’s game
Diamondbacks 12, Mets 8: At Phoenix, Luis Gonzalez homered in his first three at-bats and drove in four runs, and Arizona pounded New York to snap a four-game losing streak. Starter James Baldwin (0-1), just called up from Triple-A Norfolk by the Mets, didn't last long in his first start since Aug. 11, 2002. He allowed six runs on seven hits in two-plus innings. Arizona starter Casey Daigle (2-1) staggered through five innings and got the victory.

Monday’s games
Indians 10, Red Sox 6: At Boston, Ben Broussard hit two of Cleveland's eight doubles, and the Indians snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Red Sox. Ronnie Belliard had two hits to raise his A.L.-leading batting average to .383 and scored a pair of runs for Cleveland. Chad Durbin (3-3) earned the victory after starter Jeff D'Amico gave up four runs in just 2 2/3 innings

Montana coach off to Towson
TOWSON, Md. – Montana men's basketball coach Pat Kennedy was named Monday as head coach at Towson University, which is looking to turn around a program that hasn't earned an NCAA Tournament bid in 13 seasons.

Today’s menu

Baseball
College: Lewis-Clark State vs. Gonzaga at Avista Stadium, 3 p.m.
Off-track betting

On the air
For Tuesday, May 11, 2004

National Sports

Broncos release 17-year veteran quarterback Beuerlein
The Denver Broncos waived Steve Beuerlein on Monday to give the 39-year-old quarterback time to decide whether he wants to return for an 18th season.

Wade cranks up Heat in win over Pacers
MIAMI – Not even the NBA's top team could win in Miami. Rookie Dwyane Wade scored 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Heat beat Indiana 94-87 Monday night and handed the Pacers their first loss of the postseason.

Flyers bounce back
TAMPA, Fla. – The Philadelphia Flyers broke through the Bulin Wall and charged back into the Eastern Conference finals.

Greeks raise (half) the roof in Athens
ATHENS, Greece – To the great relief of organizers, a section of roof for the main Olympic stadium began moving into place Monday in a crucial step toward completing the centerpiece of the Athens Games.

Winston a big hit for the Sasquatch
Records are meant to be broken, bones aren't. Bryan Winston is glad he's been able to do the former and, in the process, not also the latter.

Post Falls boys golf team earns its first trip to state
The Post Falls boys golf team is finally going to get to do something the girls golf teams at the school have been doing consistently. Go to state.

Mead wins first softball title since ‘95
The Mead Panthers won their first Greater Spokane League girls softball championship since 1995 with a 2-0 win over visiting Mt. Spokane on Monday.

Lambright to undergo surgery
Former University of Washington football coach Jim Lambright will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove his bladder and prostate gland after being diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Official records
For Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Disease Control
So you're sick and find yourself plopped down in a doctor's waiting room. You can't help noticing that your fellow patients don't look so hot. Some cough. Some loudly negotiate with their phlegm. And a few just stare straight ahead in half-dead stupors.

Ready, set, jump into the computer age
Sarah De Ryan's 5-year-old grandson Zachary was visiting her and the two of them were playing with a balsa wood glider. “He loved it,” she wrote. “So did I.” Some things never change. Related stories

Danger in cortisone cream steroids
Dear Dr. Gott: Does the skin absorb all the bath oils and lip creams that we apply? I use so much lotion and cocoa butter on my hands and feet in the winter that I am concerned about the cholesterol and triglyceride fats that may be entering my body.

Bridge
When you reach five clubs off three cashing winners, you do not generally expect that game will be on a finesse for the eight of trumps. But on today's deal from the Cavendish Teams tournament last year, Eric Rodwell was alive to all the possibilities and exploited the location of the club eight to bring home 11 tricks.

Amber’s in the green thanks to her red-hot lover
So was it “Survivor” or “The Bachelor?” Amber Brkich walked away from Sunday's finale of “Survivor All-Stars” with both the $1 million grand prize and an engagement ring.

Siblings can keep family connected
Dear Annie: My sister, “Mary,” hasn't spoken to our mother in nearly 10 years. She says she has her reasons, but I don't know what they are. Mom's husband recently was diagnosed with terminal cancer and won't live much longer. Out of the blue, Mary called Mom to say she was sorry about her husband's situation and that if Mom needed help to let her know. Naturally, she didn't leave her phone number.

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) •••• – Use the daylight hours and your charm to zero in on what you want. You have an unusually pleasant manner that draws others to your camp. Brainstorm; ideas will flourish in this atmosphere. Groups work for you.

Young oral cancer survivor guest speaker at health expo
Putting a face on the dangers of chewing tobacco is Gruen Von Behrens' life work. And his face isn't easy to look at.

Now 26, Von Behrens started using chew when he was 13 years old because he thought it would help him fit in with his peers in the farming community of Stewardson, Ill. The American Cancer Society estimates that 15 percent of male high-school students use smokeless tobacco.

Yoga may ease sleep problems caused by chemo
The question: Getting a good night's sleep can be troublesome for people with cancer, especially around the time of chemotherapy treatments. Some people find help with sleep medications, but might a stress-reduction program such as yoga offer a nondrug alternative?

New approaches to female sterilization
This is a story about women who have decided not to have any more children. But men who squirm at the very thought of a vasectomy might want to read on.

Colon is clean, but hosts fairly common bacteria
I finally got around to having a screening colonoscopy. Like so many people, it took a problem to get me to the doctor's office. My tummy hurt. A lot. Not in the colon area, mind you, but in the stomach area. Pepcid Complete and I had developed a truly meaningful relationship.

‘Van Dyke Revisited’ worth a look
Big night for comedy. The “Frasier” finale has been pushed to Thursday, but there's still two hours of Crane family business on NBC tonight (see below).

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• No bridge spans the Amazon. • The heart of one blue whale, caught in 1947, was actually put on the scales. It weighed 1,540 pounds.

Reality show on Appalachian family axed by NBC
NBC has scuttled a proposed reality show that would have followed an Appalachian family's adjustments to a ritzy lifestyle in Beverly Hills.

Musicfest Northwest showcasing youth talents
Here are the results for Sunday's Musicfest Northwest piano competition at Gonzaga University. CA denotes Certificate of Award.

May 9

'Van Helsing' pulls in $54 million for debut
Hollywood's summer season kicked off with its usual bombast as the monster film “Van Helsing” captured an estimated $54.2 million over the weekend.

Screen writers get turns at developing comic books
Hollywood has been plundering comic books for material for decades. Now it's time for revenge. The comic book industry, once populated by anonymous, low-paid writers and illustrators, is luring big-name Hollywood talent to write some of its most popular comics.

Looking back Supper ride in 1955

Performing some songs
Cliff Carl played guitar and Dutch Groschoff played banjo during a supper ride out at Mac's Riding Stable in 1955. Carl still entertains crowds with his guitar today. Pictured from left standing were Bob and Lola Anne McLellan; Shirley and Ray McLellan; Cliff Carl; and Jackie and Dick McLellan, according to Carol McLellan Franson.

Study: Reducing diets also lighten pocketbooks
Taking a few inches off your waist can also take a good chunk out of your pocketbook, especially if you go with the wildly popular Atkins or South Beach diets. “Be prepared to dip into your budget,” warns grocery guru Phil Lempert.

Popular weight-loss diets too expensive for many
Like millions of Americans, Christine Davies would like to lose a little weight. The 37-year-old paralegal from Tacoma, says she's 30 pounds heavier than she should be.

Depression risk rises before menopause
A woman's odds of developing depression for the first time increase greatly during perimenopause, a time of irregular periods and hormonal shifts before menopause, according to a landmark study.