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Thursday, May 13, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 13, 2004

Latest Iraqi-abuse photos stun lawmakers
WASHINGTON -- The latest round of photos and videos of American personnel abusing Iraqi prisoners -- revealed only to lawmakers Wednesday -- includes images of Iraqi women exposing their breasts and of hooded Iraqi detainees masturbating, members of Congress said after viewing them. Related stories

In setback to Boeing, report says new tankers not needed
WASHINGTON -- There is no compelling reason for the Air Force to immediately acquire 100 air refueling tankers from The Boeing Co., a new Defense Department report concludes in another blow to the controversial deal.

Family grateful for outpouring of sympathy
Jennifer Cmos, a lanky, red-haired sixth-grader, bit her lip and fought back tears, her springer spaniel Annie at her side.

Body found in sewage tank
Emotionally shaken employees at Spokane's Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday remembered Mike Cmos Jr. as fun-loving and helpful, the kind of guy who would help you paint your house.

Deal calls for al-Sadr to disarm
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi Shiite leaders and a rebellious cleric reached an agreement Wednesday that would demobilize his potent anti-occupation militia, as U.S. soldiers engaged in sharp street fighting against those forces in a holy city south of here. Related stories

Syria denounces sanctions imposed by Washington
DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria denounced U.S. economic sanctions on Wednesday, and other Arab countries – including close U.S. allies – joined in the criticism. Europe ignored the penalties by dispatching a trade delegation to Damascus.

Israeli armored convoy attacked
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Palestinian militants on Wednesday evening bombed a second Israeli armored convoy, killing an officer and four soldiers and injuring three others along the Gazan border with Egypt.

Fourteen nuns accused in Boston abuse suit
BOSTON – Nine former students at a Roman Catholic school for the deaf filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were raped, beaten and tormented decades ago by the nuns who ran the school . Related stories

Panel accuses bishops of regressing on reforms
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – A key panel of lay Roman Catholics is angrily accusing American bishops of backsliding on a central plank of their reform program aimed at stopping clergy sexual abuse. Related stories

Committee votes to delay base closings
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration faced a revolt in the House on Wednesday as members of the Armed Services Committee voted to delay the 2005 round of military base closings for another two years.

Reform Party endorses Nader
WASHINGTON – Independent Ralph Nader, reviled by some Democrats for his presidential bid, was endorsed Wednesday by the national Reform Party, giving him ballot access in at least seven states including the battlegrounds of Florida and Michigan. Related stories

Web insults precede street brawl
DALLAS – In a computer-age version of “West Side Story,” rival gang members battled it out in the street in a rumble organized over the Internet.

Plan B backers call for FDA resignations
WASHINGTON – A dozen members of Congress Wednesday called for the resignation of the two Food and Drug Administration officials most responsible for last week's decision to keep emergency contraception a prescription-only drug.

Canadian man raised as girl commits suicide
TORONTO – David Reimer, a Canadian who was born as a boy but raised as a girl after a botched circumcision, committed suicide after failed investments drove him into poverty. He was 38.

Experts examine aged inscription
LONDON – The experts who cracked Nazi Germany's secret codes are tackling a 10-letter enigma that has stumped fine minds for more than 250 years – D.O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.M.

Low harvest prices prompt some refugees to plant marijuana
FRESNO, Calif. – On the edge of suburbia here, where farmland awaits the developer's plow, the magnificent gardens of Southeast Asian refugees rise and fall.

River gets clean bill of health
The fast-flowing Spokane River has already flushed and diluted most fecal matter from Monday's sewage plant accident, water quality samples show.

Oil prices spurt to level not seen since fall of 1990
LONDON -- Demand for oil is growing at its fastest rate in eight years, but the economic recovery could fizzle unless suppliers keep pace by drilling new wells and producing fresh crude, the International Energy Agency warned Wednesday.

Montanans seek stability on their power rates
A new nonprofit yesterday bid $1.26 billion for the Montana assets of bankrupt NorthWestern Corp. The offer by Montana Public Power Inc. renews an effort by that state's large cities to reclaim a birthright forfeited in 1997 by naive lawmakers. May they be successful.

CenterStage lease is being disputed
The operators of the CenterStage performing arts center in downtown Spokane could be headed to court after being told by their landlord, Odd Girls LLC, that the lease they've been operating under is invalid.

LaunchPad to focus on new program
After more than a year of testing the idea, a Spokane group will formally launch a networking service to help startup companies grow and add jobs. That idea, called Connect Northwest, will be unveiled by Spokane-based INTEC at the next LaunchPad event on May 20.

Rymond dies at age 95
Helen Hazen Rymond, a longtime community benefactor and business executive, died Sunday at the age of 95.

Trade deficit at all-time high
WASHINGTON -- The United States posted a record trade deficit in March, reflecting Americans' voracious demand for foreign-made goods as well as the most expensive crude oil since 1983.

Market recovers from early losses
NEW YORK -- Stocks ended a volatile session mixed Wednesday as late-day bargain-hunting erased earlier declines, helping the Dow Jones industrial average recover from an intraday loss of more than 160 points.

Honda of Spokane becomes Valley Honda
The former Honda of Spokane dealership in Spokane Valley has been modernized in a $1 million renovation, and is now called Valley Honda.

Business News

Spokane firms to be honored
Four Spokane companies are among 70 that will be honored next week by the state for their participation in the WorkFirst welfare-to-work program.

NBC Universal takes its place among media giants
NEW YORK -- NBC clinched its big media prize Wednesday, completing a merger with the Universal television and entertainment businesses to create a major media conglomerate. NBC Universal will rival Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc. in industry clout by combining a top-rated TV network backed up by a major film and TV studio.

Krispy Kreme strategy has some holes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the land where Krispy Kreme doughnuts are an institution, Matt Hollowell walked out of a Dunkin' Donuts store with a large coffee in one hand and a sack of doughnuts in the other.

That’s no litter - it’s a herd, doggone it
Pongo and Perdita only had a litter of 15 Dalmatian puppies. And that was a Disney cartoon.

Brodie has raised more than $24,000
Kootenai County Commission candidate Katie Brodie has raised $24,540 in her bid for office, which is probably the largest amount ever reported on a single campaign finance disclosure for a county race, election officials said Wednesday.

Giant maples cleared to make way for retirement apartments
The complaints came in to the city, the newspapers and the site's neighbors when the giant maple trees were eliminated at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Third Street in Coeur d'Alene last week.

Idaho man killed in plane crash
SAN DIEGO -- Two men killed when their plane crashed into the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve were identified Tuesday by authorities as student pilots from Idaho and Utah.

Neighbors resist plans to build wastewater plant
East Central Neighborhood residents mounted heated resistance Wednesday evening at a meeting to discuss plans to build a new Spokane County sewage treatment plant in their neighborhood.

Daily, they rise above the smell
There are 800 miles of sewer lines in the Lilac City. And we all know it ain't posies passing through these pipes.

Ready for summer
Taking a small but concrete step in a 30-year, $359 million project to scrub mine wastes from the Coeur d'Alene Basin, state and federal officials are celebrating the nearly-finished cleanup of the East of Rose Lake boat launch on the Coeur d'Alene River.

Trial focuses on Internet activity
BOISE -- Computer records show a University of Idaho graduate student intentionally posted to the Internet four articles offering religious justifications for suicide attacks, federal prosecutors say.

Accuracy watch

Obituary wrong
Due to erroneous information provided to The Idaho Spokesman-Review, Wednesday's obituary for Susan (Schillberg) Paschall, 50, listed an incorrect city of residence for surviving son, Michael Paschall. He lives at the family home in Hayden. Full obituary information can be found in today's In Life section.
General manager misidentified

Online net snared al Qaeda suspect
TACOMA – A 26-year-old Washington National Guard tank crewman accused of offering help to al Qaeda terrorists was apparently not discovered by the FBI, or military intelligence, or Homeland Security. Related stories

For students, grant is watershed event
Eighth-grader Allie Lowry rolled her pants legs up, slipped into her friend's flip-flops and waded into Thompson Creek. She carried a thermometer to record the water's temperature.

Regional news

Reckless driving suspected in crash
Cocolalla, Idaho Idaho State Police believe a reckless driver may have caused a wreck May 10 that sent a 22-year-old Spokane man to the hospital. Kenneth A. Whetstone was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 near this community south of Sandpoint at about 4:30 p.m. Monday when he was apparently forced off the road, ISP reported.

Business owners urge property reassessment
Carlos Landa and his business partners pay almost $35,000 a year in property taxes for a retail strip mall he owns on Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Moscow closes charter school for violations
MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Moscow School District is closing the Renaissance Charter School for noncompliance with regulations in several areas.

Former congresswoman stumps Sunday
POST FALLS-- Former Idaho Republican Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage is coming to Post Falls Sunday to stump for two District 5 legislative candidates.

Sandpoint ready for a classic celebration
SANDPOINT --This weekend Sandpoint will be filled with classic cars, penny loafers and poodle skirts as the town once again turns back the hands of time and celebrates the early days of rock 'n' roll with the 19th annual Lost in the '50s weekend.

20-year-old man arrested in knife attack
A Spokane man suffered a 6-inch gash to his neck, a cut to his face and cuts to his fingers when an apparent robbery attempt turned into a stabbing, police said.

Sonneland loses battle to keep tower
A Spokane-based communications company has until May 31 to tear down its illegal antenna on a mountaintop south of Post Falls.

Rape suspect jailed in Seattle
SEATTLE -- A California man being sought in attacks on women following break-ins at three homes in the southwest part of the city has been arrested, police said.

WSP briefly closes I-90 exit
Acrid white smoke wafted from the parking lot of the Washington State Patrol port of entry on Interstate 90 Wednesday afternoon.

EWU faculty gets 3 percent raise
Eastern Washington University's board of trustees OK'd a 3 percent compensation raise for its full-time faculty in a special meeting Wednesday morning.

Movie fan allegedly robs video store
BREMERTON -- A 37-year-old man with a fondness for the movie “Rob Roy” has been arrested, accused of robbing a video store.

Shot girl may need emergency surgery
The 13-year-old Spokane girl who was shot Sunday between the eyes may have to undergo emergency surgery to release pressure on her brain, her mother said Wednesday.

Budget problems force school layoffs in Spokane, Valley
As area school districts continue to struggle with declining enrollment and increased expenses, Spokane Public Schools plans to lay off nine certificated employees, and the East Valley School District has already sent layoff notices to 12 teachers.

In Washington, Murray leads Nethercutt – but by how much?
George Nethercutt is “only” 9.5 percentage points behind Patty Murray in a recent poll of Washington state voters, the Nethercutt campaign said Wednesday.

Logging truckers make stand
TACOMA -- Andy Bishop, a second-generation independent logging truck driver from Buckley, says he makes no more money today than his dad did 20 years ago.

Hanford demolition under way
RICHLAND -- Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have completed demolition of the first of three buildings where plutonium was concentrated for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal.

And another thing. . .
Universal care, stat! Both major political parties have been spooked by the costs of universal health-care coverage, but the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report Monday that shows that inaction is expensive, too.

Transparency vital on prisoner abuse
Our View: Best course for U.S. is to show we’re an open society.

Foes want to short-circuit AmeriCorps
This was to be a historic year for AmeriCorps, the decade-old national service program whose members tutor needy children, clean up public parks, build houses and provide homeland security in return for a modest stipend and benefits. This was the year the agency would arise, phoenix-like, from its recent political battles with new funding and renewed support.

Black progress preceded civil rights
May 17, 1954 -- half a century ago -- saw one of the most momentous decisions in the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. Some observers who were there said that one of the black-robed justices sat on the great bench with tears in his eyes.

Correction
Because of an editing error, a percentage figure was deleted from a letter published Wednesday from Ron Johns of Spokane. The affected sentence should have read: “Wild salmon are healthier, stronger and have longer lives, returning from the ocean at a 3 percent rate while hatchery fish return at a 1 percent rate.”

Vote yes for the new, responsive STA
Tuesday's election will give voters in Spokane County an opportunity to shape the future of public transportation in our community. The Spokane Transit Authority is asking for a 0.03 percent sales tax increase to avoid devastating cuts in bus service.

Letters

Kerry bad-mouthed troops
I'm sure John Kerry wouldn't lie about his time in Vietnam, but I'm disturbed about what he did when he came home. Going before Congress and making accusations of atrocities against our soldiers was very ill-advised.

Kings hold their court
SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings aren't buried yet. After two heartbreaking losses left them in a desperate situation, the Kings picked themselves up Wednesday night and registered a season-saving 87-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in front of 17,317 in Arco Arena.

Smarty Jones is Preakness favorite
BALTIMORE -- The Preakness field is far from wide-open. Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones was made the 8-5 morning-line favorite Wednesday for the second leg of the Triple Crown, and will leave from the No. 7 post in an 11-horse field.

Bilesky rescues wild-armed Kranches, Shadle Park squelches late Mead rally
Brian Kranches does a pretty good Harry Houdini impersonation. The Shadle Park junior wriggled out of several jams against Mead in a Greater Spokane League loser-out playoff game at Avista Stadium, and Aaron Bilesky cleaned up his last mess to preserve a 3-2 win.

Too little, too late for Seattle
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke gave the Minnesota Twins just what they needed. Radke took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the Twins held on after Edgar Martinez's 300th home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Wednesday night. Related stories

Number of agents still dwindling
Wildlife enforcement officers come and go in Washington, but the losses have been exceeding the gains.

Coeur d’Alene rides Grove’s strong performance to 5A Region I golf title
Russell Grove had just finished off a 5-under par front nine and, golf being golf, numbers inevitably started dancing around in the back of his mind.

Posada out, nose broke on throw
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada had surgery on his broken nose Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif., after getting hit in the face with a throw while breaking up a double play.

Wednesday’s games
Athletics 2, Tigers 1: At Detroit, Rich Harden allowed one run in seven innings, and Adam Melhuse homered in Oakland's season-high third straight victory, against Detroit.

On the air
For Thursday, May 13, 2004

Today’s menu

Off-track betting
Coeur d'Alene Casino: Dog racing, first post 9:05 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:25 a.m.

National Sports

Women's Olympic basketball team adds Taurasi, Cash
First she led Connecticut to a third straight NCAA championship, then she was first player taken in the WNBA draft. Now, to top it off, Diana Taurasi is going to the Olympics.

Heat continue home-court mastery
MIAMI -- Lamar Odom asked for a show of hands from the room full of reporters and television cameras.

Murphy homing in on state golf tournament
Lakeland golfer Casey Murphy said he likes to have fun. If his 3-under-par 68 medalist round at Stoneridge in Blanchard Monday in the 3A District I tournament is any indication of things to come at state, he's going to have a quite a lot of fun.

Willard exemplifies Mt. Spokane’s success
Athletes of Week Philip MacArthur, Selkirk, boys track: Defending State B discus champion improved his season bests in the shot put (52 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and discus (151-9). Both marks lead the Class B ranks.

Saxons ready for state trip
They've already watched a state championship match from the sidelines. Now four Ferris seniors would like to see a title contest from a different viewpoint.

Garcia makes dashing move
Lake City High track coach Kelly Reed looked at his stopwatch and his decision was made. Meagan Garcia had just beaten 4A state sprint champion Amy Dyck of Sandpoint for a second straight time in the 100-meter dash last Thursday, proving her win over her friendly rival a week earlier wasn't a fluke. Garcia's time was an expeditious 12.3 seconds, breaking her previous school record.

No reason to start anew for stadium
Why would anyone want to raze Albi Stadium? Jim West says he wouldn't mind. Mike Prager's recent story in The Spokesman-Review outlined a proposal by Spokane's mayor to sell the venerable stadium and some surrounding land, using the proceeds to help develop facilities near a proposed sewage-treatment plant in the East Central neighborhood.

Bech wins tiebreaker, earns state berth
Katrina Bech had just earned a trip to the State 4A girls golf tournament with a 3-foot par putt on the first playoff hole but she didn't crack a smile.

Carr pitches Lakeland past Kellogg
David Carlisle didn't want to pitch Wednesday. The Lakeland High junior right-hander wasn't frightened, mind you. Not after throwing a no-hitter Saturday in the first day of the 3A District I baseball tournament.

Carlson named NIC women’s coach
At his several coaching stops throughout the Inland Northwest, Chris Carlson always kept his eye on the North Idaho College women's basketball coaching position.

Krystkowiak returns to coach Montana basketball
MISSOULA, Mont. -- It looks like former Montana basketball player and nine-year NBA veteran Larry Krystkowiak will be introduced today as the school's new head basketball coach.

Colville wins, qualifies for district tourney
Travis LeCaire improved to 9-0 and Chris Salo finished 4 for 4 Wednesday as Colville qualified for the District 7 2A baseball tournament championship game with an 11-10 win over visiting Pullman.

NAPA Auto Parts new INSSA sponsor
If the excitement found in the opening race was any indicator, can the second event of the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association Saturday at Stateline Speedway get any better?

Official records
For Thursday, May 13, 2004

You can’t wash away the love
Baby used to be dazzlingly white. Then Ryan Hueter started loving on him. Baby's not white anymore. Related stories

Symphony tackles Ol’ Blue Eyes
The Swing Era has been very, very good to the Spokane Symphony SuperPops. Two previous big band-themed pops concerts have sold out, and Friday night's third installment should prove popular as well.

‘Frasier’ often put Spokane on TV map
“Frasier” may be about as close to a hometown TV show as Spokane has ever had.

Last call
When the blue-collar barroom comedy “Cheers” ended its run in 1993, it managed the neat trick of turning beer into champagne. “Frasier,” the “Cheers” spinoff about psychiatrist Frasier Crane and his dysfunctional family, became its own vintage blend of sparkling wit and dependably funny highbrow neuroses. The NBC comedy's last episode airs tonight, closing a remarkable 22-year chapter in television history in which it matched the 11-season run of “Cheers” and became one of TV's most successful spinoffs. Only the prime-time soap opera “Knots

Forget ‘summa cum laude,’ we’re talking ‘hasta la vista’
California college graduates are getting a bonus on their diplomas this year: the autograph of a Hollywood superstar. Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is governor, his name appears on every degree awarded by the state's

Pothead blind to habit’s effect on his children
Dear Annie: I have had a marijuana habit since my teens and recently decided to quit. It is no longer something I enjoy, and I cannot reach the goals I plan to achieve in life if I continue to smoke pot. I haven't used for nearly six weeks.

Bridge
The Cavendish tournament will be taking place in Las Vegas throughout this week. Here is a deal that caught my eye from last year's event.

Phobic should seek therapist’s help
Dear Dr. Gott: My husband suffers from claustrophobia that seems to be getting worse. Do you have any suggestions that might help?

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) ••• – A low profile continues to do the trick. It isn't that you're not thinking, it's that you're observing and curbing your normally assertive streak. Break out of your mental box and seek new perspectives. You also might opt to overindulge and treat yourself. Why not?

Freuen’s latest take new shape
For the past two years ceramist Gina Freuen has been showing mostly wood-fired porcelain pieces that relied heavily on the chance environment of the kiln and ash to produce distinctive surface qualities.

Can I buy a vow?
The subject of marriage has been batted back and forth like a squash ball recently. So the time is right for the Spokane Civic Theatre to revive the 1966 musical “I Do! I Do!” on its Main Stage beginning this week. This well-loved Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical follows a couple from their wedding day (and their comical wedding night) through their golden anniversary 50 years later.

Destined to write
Phil Condon knew he wanted to be a writer early on. It may have been the authors that he read in high school: Thoreau, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Twain.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Estimators say the people in Hong Kong eat 800,000 pigeons a year. • Average female lion lives 17 years. Average male, 12 years. Client asks, Why this difference? Lion people say the males fight one another fiercely and frequently, that's why.

‘Frasier’ bids goodbye on NBC
Frasier just wanted to be your friend, too. But for a number of years now, his NBC sitcom has had a weirdly low profile. A lot of people wrote it off, and the show seemed to be stuck in a rut. How many times could they do the mistaken-for-gay plot, anyway?

52.5 million click their farewell to ‘Friends’
“Friends” was a friend to the end for NBC, with the sitcom's final episode boosting the network to its best weekly showing in two years.

‘Passion of the Christ’ coming out on DVD in August
Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” will be released on DVD on Aug. 31 through 20th Century Fox.

Rumsfeld speaks and people make music
After hearing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld dress down the media at Pentagon press briefings, two San Francisco musicians came to an inevitable conclusion: His words simply must be set to chamber music.

Symphony plans spring concert at EWU
The Spokane Symphony performs a spring concert Wednesday at Eastern Washington University's Showalter Auditorium in Cheney.

NBC picks up ‘L&O’ series
Fans of the three “Law & Order” shows can look forward to more -- and No. 4.

Do you know who Enzo is?
Heading into tonight's “Frasier” finale, here are some fun facts about the show:

Nine Mile schools bond back on ballot Tuesday
Voters in the Nine Mile Falls School District will be again asked to decide on a $7.95 million facilities bond on Tuesday.

Curbside pickup set for Balboa, South Indian Trail areas
The Balboa-South Indian Trail Neighborhood will have two curb-side pickups this month. Pickups will be Tuesday in the Balboa area, bounded by Indian Trail on the west; Francis on the south; Cedar Road on the east; and the Five Mile Bluff on the north.

Recovered referee will be honored guest
Soccer was truly a team effort at a recent high school match. The Deer Park boys soccer team was hosting Chewelah in early April when assistant referee Tom Mableson went into cardiac arrest.

NC girls' core
Call them "The Seven Musketeers'' or maybe "The Magnificent Seven.'' Whatever they're called, North Central's team-within-a-team of shot put, discus and javelin athletes has been in many ways the core of coach Darren Nelson's successful squad this spring, and six of the seven rank among the top nine in the Greater Spokane League in their events.

Cancer patients get air travel free thanks to CAN
Air travel can be a pain -- the expense, lines, security checks, baggage check-in. Add illness to the mix and the stress can be overwhelming.

Medical Lake High principal accepts Quincy post
Roger Fox is looking forward to the next challenge in his career as an educator. At 50, the principal at Medical Lake High School has taken a new job as superintendent for the Quincy School District, 30 miles south of Wenatchee.

Diversity in Spokane Public Schools staff rises
Spokane Public Schools has increased the diversity of its staff since 1995 by 94 people of various ethnicities.

Sign-up open for police citizens academy
A new class of the Spokane Police Department Citizens Academy is accepting applications for the fall session. The academy is a free, 10-week, one night a week course, limited to 30 people.

Military reunions
6th Battalion, 80th Artillery < 6> June 11-13, New Orleans. Contact Arvon Staats, 4325 N.W. 60th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112; (405) 942-7199; e-mail astaats@ionet.

More and more coffeehouses percolating into landscape
They're everywhere, they're everywhere, and Spokane is keeping up with the trend that has turned coffeehouses into the fast-food hamburger joints of this decade.

Center prepares educators for gifted students
Twenty-five years ago, Margo Long dreamed of creating a learning center for gifted students in Eastern Washington.

Liberty's Katie Haneke takes coaching to heart
When Scott Hemberry took over the Liberty softball team this season, he had no idea what to expect.

Concert to aid Guard's Family Support Center
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral is hosting a "Swing in the Cathedral'' concert to raise funds for the local Army National Guard Family Support Center, which helps families with members serving in Iraq.

Students pursue dreams through e-commerce class
Mitch Donabedian has a lofty goal. "When I get out of the Air Force I'll move to Ireland and set up an airport there,'' said the Rogers High School sophomore. "But mine will be different because I'll have seaplanes.''

Dog declared not potentially dangerous
A woman's dog will not be declared dangerous. Sheba, a golden retriever, got a reprieve after owner Robin S. Rose appealed the dangerous dog designation last month.

Lady Lilac
Looking the part of the Spokane Lilac Festival Association president is a snap for Vickerman. Changing the look of the 66-year-old event has been the challenge. But by all indications, Vickerman is doing a remarkable job.

One wrong finger tap and they never forget
My children always bring injustice to my attention. Especially when they are the victims. They make sure I know when someone doesn't unload the dishwasher, or their brother eats 2 pounds of ham before anyone else gets to make a sandwich.

Choose plants that can survive your yard's cold zones
Celebrate this weekend! Saturday marks the average date of last frost in Eastern Washington according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's designation of our area as Zone 5, with minimum winter temperatures of minus 10 to minus 20.

Students see cancer effects
Childhood photos of Rick Bender show a cute little boy in his baseball uniform, smiling from ear to ear.

Maternity home offers shelter for homeless, pregnant teens
Unmarried teenage girls were once whisked away to discreet maternity homes when they got pregnant. Today, teens are choosing other options, including abstinence, adoption, raising their baby, abortion and contraception.

Roy Takeshita brought smiles and laughter to lives of others
Roy Takeshita's work helped relieve the allergy-related sniffles of thousands of people he didn't know. His life brought smiles to the faces of those who spent time with him every day.

Professional finish will take time
Q. My husband and I own a 1904 Tudor in the Cannon neighborhood, although it could be said more accurately that the house owns us.

Seeing a world of difference
Ashley Wieber is driving for the first time. The West Valley junior is the two-time defending Class 3A regional golf champion, but she's only recently loaded the Big Dog in her golf bag.

Eagles need to beat Sunnyside to advance to 3A state tourney
West Valley's Kyle Arnold both started, then relieved for the win as the Eagles successfully began the 3A District 5/8 baseball playoffs.

Teens charged after can thrown through window
Four teenage males were taken to juvenile detention after admitting to throwing full soda cans at windows and cars last week as a prank.

Liberty Lake man cited for prom party
Deputies assigned to Saturday's special Prom Patrol arrested a 19-year-old Liberty Lake man who allegedly hosted a party for underage drinkers.