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Saturday, May 15, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 15, 2004

World briefs

Former POWs share memories of their sacrifice
YAKIMA – Each year, members of the American Prisoners of War come back to their annual convention, and each year they are fewer in number.

Stamps unveiled in Idaho
OROFINO, Idaho -- The Pink House Hole, a rare flat spot along the banks of the Clearwater River, was the site of an uncommon gathering Friday morning to see the faces of Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Capt. William Clark -- peering across the gulf of two centuries -- once more gazing sternly at an assembled crowd of whites and Nez Perce Indians.

This is ‘not the norm’
Spokane's Mike Pannek is in the center of a storm. Three months ago, the former director of Geiger Corrections Center left Spokane for a one-year stint as warden at an Iraqi prison. Related stories

American troops battle insurgents at cemetery
NAJAF, Iraq – In a high-stakes move, U.S. troops confronted fighters loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al Sadr in this holy city on Friday, turning its sprawling cemetery, sacred to the world's Shiite Muslims, into a battlefield. Related stories

Court won’t block gay weddings
BOSTON -- The Supreme Court refused Friday to block Massachusetts from allowing gay marriages beginning Monday, removing the last legal impediment to what will be the nation's first state-sanctioned same-sex weddings.

Man goes on phone-throwing rampage in mall
FARGO, N.D. – A man who said he was fed up with his cellular phone service went to a Fargo mall and started hurling phones across a store, striking an employee and causing more than $2,000 in damage, authorities said.

Cellular phone suspected in fire
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – ExxonMobil Corp. and town officials are investigating a freak fire at a New Paltz gas station Thursday that is believed to have been ignited by a college student's cell phone.

Lottery numbers

Cubans protest new trade limits
HAVANA -- Chanting “Down with Fascism!” and carrying posters depicting President Bush as Adolf Hitler, hundreds of thousands of Cubans on Friday protested the measures announced last week by the White House aimed at bringing democracy to this communist state.

Scientists find royal burial site
Guatemalan archeologists have discovered the remains of one of the oldest known royal burials at an un-looted tomb in the 1,800-year-old Maya city of Takalik Abaj, about 125 miles west of Guatemala City.

Heavy fighting in Gaza leaves 2 dead, 1 injured
RAFAH, Gaza Strip – Heavy fighting raged in this refugee camp Friday, killing two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian man and trapping frightened residents in their homes, the army and witnesses said.

Brazil lets reporter keep his visa
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Brazil's government decided Friday not to revoke the visa of a New York Times reporter who wrote an article suggesting President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a drinking problem.

Postal Service to warn nation about dog bites
WASHINGTON – The dog chasing a mail carrier may seem funny in the comics, but it's no joke to the post office, which says more than 3,400 of its workers are bitten each year.

Bushes to travel to celebrate graduations
WASHINGTON – President Bush and his wife, Laura, will dash from Texas to Connecticut next weekend for private celebrations of their twin daughters' college graduations. Related stories

Bush, Cheney seek more votes from single, suburban women
WASHINGTON -- A new project of the Bush-Cheney campaign, “W Stands for Women,” aims to make Republican voters of the single and suburban women who are more concerned about safety than they were before Sept. 11, 2001. Related stories

Mother must repay donations she received for ‘dying’ son
ST. CHARLES, Ill. – A woman who falsely claimed her 7-year-old son was dying of cancer and took thousands of dollars in donations from neighbors has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge.

Schools duped by fitness pyramid scheme
SALT LAKE CITY – Cameron J. Lewis had a deal for public schools across the country: If they would buy a full set of fitness equipment, he promised his charity would reimburse them later with money from private donations or government grants.

Four soldiers killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military today announced the deaths of four soldiers: two from wounds suffered in rebel attacks, one in a vehicle accident and one from natural causes. Related stories

N.H. bill blocks recognition of gay marriages
CONCORD, N.H. – Anticipating future moves into the state by gay couples married in neighboring Massachusetts, Gov. Craig Benson signed a bill Friday that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages performed by other states.

‘Bunnysutra’ watch billboards raise eyebrows in New York
NEW YORK – Has sex returned to Times Square? An advertising billboard seems to suggest so.

China cracks down on television to weed out western influences
'BEIJING -- In a bid to clean up its airwaves, China has ordered television personalities to get rid of their “weird” clothing and “colorful” hairdos and stop tossing out English words on the air.

Top bosses let workers express ideas
I remember when I first heard about this hot new concept called employee involvement 15 years ago. I was skeptical at first and wondered how you set boundaries and expectations. But the idea of sharing power and responsibility gradually started to appeal to me, and I embraced it enthusiastically.

Gadgets galore
LOS ANGELES -- Most video game fanatics aren't going to be satisfied with the latest crop of snazzy games: They want better gadgets, too.

Inflation starting to rear head
WASHINGTON -- Inflation appears to be stirring from its hibernation. Consumer prices are advancing in the first four months of this year at a pace twice as fast as the increase for all of 2003.

Coming Sunday
Coming SundayBuilding boom Home builders say we're in the midst of the hottest housing market many have seen since the early 1990s. Permits for single-family homes were up 24 percent in the first quarter compared with the same time last year.

Judge tosses lawsuit against Avista
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit the Port of Seattle filed against Avista Corp. and other energy companies, saying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's jurisdiction over power markets prevents the court from hearing the case.

Government debates airlines’ future
Amid the airline industry's worst financial downturn, the federal government is poised to play its biggest role in the industry since deregulation in 1978.

Rookery Block business finds new location
Fans of Bob Hemphill's catfish sandwiches won't have to walk far to reach his new location. Hemphill, owner of the Chicken-N-More restaurant on the corner of Sprague and Stevens, said he's moving half a block to the east. His new spot, at 414 ½ W. Sprague, will be 50 percent larger, but everything else will stay the same, from the pulled pork to the rice and beans.

Business briefs

Bulls and bears going to battle
NEW YORK -- Rising interest rates, inflation, Iraq and uncertainty about this year's presidential race have set the bears growling on Wall Street.

Rate monitor

Business Beat

Nation briefs

State agencies told to catalogue assets
In an executive order signed this week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered state agencies to catalogue all property and assets, and he plans to start selling off the surplus this summer.

Senate race mostly about schools, money
MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Idaho District 6 Senate primary is all about education. The two Republicans vying for the state seat may claim other issues, but the spark in this race comes from schools and the money that goes to them. Related stories

Accuracy watch

Ex-smokers give up old friend with new ones
When Peggy Bolingbroke was growing up, cigarette smoking was considered glamorous. Today at Heritage Place senior apartments in Coeur d'Alene, her peers complain when smoke drifts under doors or lingers on clothing.

Boundary County schools seek levy to prevent cuts
A supplemental levy to finance school maintenance and some salaries, seen as “a defining moment in education in Boundary County,” is on the ballot for the second time this spring.

Guard members express health care concerns
BOISE -- Health care was on the minds of many of the dozens of Idaho National Guard members and their families who attended a question and answer session with state and federal officials Friday in preparation for the troops' deployment, probably to Iraq. Related stories

Head-on collision kills one
A Spokane woman who turned 21 earlier this month was killed Friday morning in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 195 at Rosalia.

Docks, launch ramps said short of funds
Kootenai County boaters may have less access to free, public docks if the county continues to get fewer dollars from a state grant program that used to provide enough cash to keep docks and launch ramps safely afloat.

Delisting of lake opposed
Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire appeared Friday as the state's top lawyer at a Gonzaga University Law School forum on the future of the troubled Spokane River. But the GU Law School graduate and Democratic candidate for governor also gave several hints as to how she'd approach some of Eastern Washington's water-quality problems if she's elected this fall.

Terrorist hunters get mixed welcome
OLYMPIA -- They comb Islamic Web sites for terrorist messages hidden in digital photos or music. Using translator software, they pore through Arabic Internet forums, looking for codes based on text from the Koran. Related stories

Talking war with a friend from afar
I'm sitting in the cafeteria at Ponderosa Elementary with my column regular, NASCAR Dad, aka John Ward, of Rathdrum. He and four other firefighters with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue have popped into the school to listen to second-graders practice reading. Now they're staying around for lunch.

Idaho briefs

Idaho records
For Saturday, May 15, 2004

Classroom technology gets high grade
BOISE -- The state's multimillion-dollar annual investment in high technology for Idaho schools appears to be paying dividends, according to a new comparison of classroom technology across the United States.

Four boaters rescued from Sandy River
TROUTDALE, Ore. -- Four boaters were rescued from Oregon's Sandy River on Friday after their 14-foot aluminum boat got pinned on a rock wall just above the river's swirling rapids.

Tents for homeless moving to church lot
SEATTLE -- After fierce opposition from local residents, King County officials on Friday moved the site of a proposed tent camp for the homeless to a Bothell church.

Gay pastor won’t return to Ellensburg
YAKIMA -- The Rev. Karen Dammann, a lesbian pastor who was the focus of a United Methodist church trial, has chosen not to return to her Ellensburg church, a church official said Friday.

Court ruling favors new runway
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court has largely overturned an environmental ruling that had stalled construction of a third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Court OKs marriage ballot title
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Supreme Court has approved the ballot title for an initiative to ban gay marriage.

Pia Hansen named S-R features editor
Pia K. Hansen, associate editor at the Pacific Northwest Inlander, has been named features editor for The Spokesman-Review, Editor Steven A. Smith announced Thursday.

Relisting likely for 25 salmon runs
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The Bush administration informed Congress Friday that all but one of the 26 runs of Pacific salmon listed as threatened or endangered are likely to retain federal protection, despite a proposal to count hatchery fish along with wild ones.

We must win fight on our terms
Maybe the beheading of Nicholas Berg will shut them up. Meaning the people who keep asking why Americans should care about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners. I've received e-mails from a dozen of them, read their letters in newspapers.

City must update its zoning codes
Our view: Area around Gonzaga University is becoming a nightmare.

Honor, dishonor bloodily entwined
Nothing much changes in 3,000 years. That's the lesson one takes away from the new movie “Troy,” as well as from the continuing stream of violent images from the Middle East.

Debate over salmon counts to heat up
What makes wild salmon wild? That will be the question this summer, as we begin yet another round in the nearly century-old debate over reconciling salmon and salmon fishing with other uses of the Columbia River and Basin.

Nethercutt starts official Senate race
With the help of Senate luminary Elizabeth Dole and about 750 supporters, George Nethercutt “officially” kicked off his Senate campaign Friday, labeling incumbent Democrat Patty Murray as someone who “failed the test” on defense and other issues. Related stories

Local briefs

Level III sex offender lives in East Spokane
Spokane police want the public to be aware of a 20-year-old Level III sex offender with a violent history now living in east Spokane.

I did, I did enjoy musical ‘I do! I do!’
The 1965 musical “I Do! I Do!” is not the stuff of today's musicals. Today, a show about marriage would be the stuff of sitcoms.

From early on, Servis obviously knew what he was talking about
BALTIMORE -- Dee Servis was getting nervous. Her son was nearing his third birthday and still had not spoken a single word.

Nets hang on, take series lead
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd didn't even know who bloodied his nose toward the end of a pivotal playoff game that took four hours to play and three overtimes to decide.

M’s can’t find plate, get eaten alive
NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina was laboring, Seattle was rallying and the Yankees' bullpen was warming up. Related stories

Smarty Jones in tough test
BALTIMORE -- Smarty Jones' bold jaunt through the slop in the Kentucky Derby was a frolic compared to the challenge he faces as the overwhelming favorite in the Preakness.

Noble dazzling at district
Never say that Greater Spokane League track athletes lack a flair for the dramatic. On a day when intrepid Rogers High sprinter Becca Noble rated her day a perfect 10, she outdid herself in the night's final race, the 1,600-meter relay.

Davenport pitches NC past Wildcats, into District 8 final
Logan Davenport started toward the dugout, thinking he had struck out Jacob Didesch to end the fifth inning.

Address him as Dr. Phil
Whatever darkness lurks inside Phil Jackson is difficult to see. The Lakers' coach, who has guided teams to nine championships in Los Angeles and Chicago, is a strong believer in light and reason, as evidenced by his new-age spiritualism. He meditates. He studies the teachings of Eastern religions and Native American cultures. He sounds a call to team meetings by chanting and drumming, and waves smoke in the air to dispel unwanted spirits.

Roof all set as scramble continues
As the Olympic stadium roof finally rolls into place, crews labor in the sun -- digging, pouring and flattening concrete, working feverishly to finish all the other work at the main complex in Athens.

On the air
For Saturday, May 15, 2004

Today’s menu

Sprewell, Wolves grab lead
With Latrell Sprewell slashing and scoring, the Minnesota Timberwolves moved within one win of the Western Conference finals.

Sports briefs

Woods has lead heading into weekend
The position atop the leaderboard should be familiar to Tiger Woods. So should the company he'll be keeping at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.

Tampa Bay looking to go up 3-1
As bad as the Tampa Bay Lightning looked at home in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, that's how good they've been on the road.

Leaving roots behind
NASCAR will pack up and leave this little town forever. The 2005 Nextel Cup schedule will no longer include North Carolina Speedway, better known as “The Rock.” And nearby Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, stock car racing's original superspeedway, will have just one race.

Montana reveals athletics plan
HELENA -- University of Montana officials on Friday unveiled their final proposal for whittling away a nearly $1 million deficit in the school's athletic program and preventing the red ink from returning.

High school schedule

Only 49ers willing to take look at player who has MS
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- “We wouldn't touch him.” That was the message agent Joe Linta received from an American Football Conference executive this spring about his client, Khiawatha Downey, one of the better college offensive linemen in the nation last season.

CV, LC move on to regional playoffs
Going into the District 8 4A softball playoffs, the Central Valley Bears were the fourth seed out of the American Division of the Greater Spokane League.

Lake City girls run to regional title
Megan Garcia had a hand in four wins Friday as Lake City's girls dominated relays and runs while winning the 5A Region I track and field meet at Lewiston.

Haugen returns to coach G-Prep boys basketball
Gonzaga Prep looked around for its new boys basketball coach and found him in one of its classrooms.

Storm blow lead, fall to Monarchs
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- The Sacramento Monarchs used a 23-8 run in an 8-minute span Friday night to erase a 13-point deficit and pick up their first win of the preseason, 59-56 over the Seattle Storm.

Tarver complains, but Jones knows about bad decisions
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Jones Jr. finds it ironic that Antonio Tarver tells anyone who will listen that he was robbed in their first fight.

Mellor, Maj pitch Colfax past Freeman
Matt Mellor and Jameson Maj combined on a three-hitter Friday as two-time defending state champion Colfax defeated Freeman 9-1 in a District 7 1A tournament baseball semifinal at Colfax.

AL standings

Tavarez’s hat object of scrutiny
Julian Tavarez's beat-up, smudged cap keeps getting him in trouble. Twice in the last month, before he's been able to throw his first pitch, the St. Louis Cardinals' reliever has had his grimy headwear checked.

Friday’s NL games

NL standings

Friday’s AL games

Miami just keeps riding the Wade
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lamar Odom was at a loss when asked to describe teammate Dwyane Wade's impact this postseason.

Eitel, Marakurwa win steeplechase
Jan Eitel and Letiwe Marakurwa repeated as steeplechase champions Friday to get the University of Idaho Vandals off to a hot start at the Big West Conference track and field championships in Irvine, Calif.

Cougars score three in 10th, hang on to beat Bruins 10-9
Grant Richardson singled in two runs in the top of the 10th inning and Collin Henderson followed with an RBI double as the Washington State Cougars edged the UCLA Bruins 10-9 in 10 innings in Pac-10 baseball Friday at Los Angeles.

Boone thinks better of it, stays out of lineup third straight day
NEW YORK -- Bret Boone and Seattle manager Bob Melvin made a decision earlier this week to give the second baseman three days off to rest his aching left hip. Related stories

Success uncovers checkered past
BALTIMORE -- Their relationship goes back more than 20 years. It's a friendship that includes those traditionally manly pursuits of hunting and fishing. It's a professional partnership that has taken them from the big-fish-in-a-small-pond atmosphere of Philadelphia Park to life-altering national acclaim for winning a Kentucky Derby.

Official records
For Saturday, May 15, 2004

Civic remains among best compact cars on road
This week, we test drive the 2004 Honda Civic EX four-door, a vehicle you'll appreciate more and more each time you pass a gas station. The legendary Civic -- at 32 mpg city, 37 mpg highway -- remains one of the best compact vehicles in the market and throws in some new looks for good measure with the 2004 model.

Oil ratings explained

A goof was made: use pure isopropyl alcohol
Drive It Forever

NASCAR drivers past and present
Q: Greg, do you think the NASCAR drivers today are better than those of yesteryear?

Never pushy or in a hurry
The Sice

It helps to have a partner in storytelling
Verbal patterns develop between spouses, for better and for worse, Jim Kershner says.

EarthRoamer gets into remote places
The connection was a little scratchy, but somewhere east of Des Moines, Iowa, I caught up with Michele Connolly and Bill Swails, who were driving to Pennsylvania to deliver their latest made-to-order EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicle.

Faith in the news
These are stories of “faith in action” -- a church leader who uses her theater skills for pastoral work; a woman who started a shoes-and-socks ministry for the poor; high school students who volunteer at the food bank.


His foot and his tongue both actually fit in there?
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has sparked outrage in Australia with comments critical of Islam. “This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming,” Simmons said during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio.

Friend’s act was wrong but you were vindictive
Annie’s mailbox: Reader asks if she should have retaliated against best friend who told reader’s husband she had been unfaithful.

Stronger muscles may stabilize joints
Peter gott, M.D.: Woman, 74, asks Dr. Gott for answer other than surgery on her knees, shoulders, which tend to dislocate.

Culture boosts gnostic gospels
One person's good news may be another's lost cause. And that is, literally, the gospel truth.

Study: Majority of teens believe prayers answered
The vast majority of U.S. teenagers who pray believe their prayers are answered, a new study by the American Bible Society has found.

Community events

Labeling helps keep us closed to spiritual growth
The first time I was called a heretic, I did the name-calling. I was at a men's spiritual renewal event where all the music was what is generically called “praise music.” I enjoy some of it, but some has questionable theology, and some is boring.

Muslim humor
WASHINGTON -- Sporting a bushy beard and black skullcap, Azhar Usman bounded onto the stage. “I'm Osama bin Laden's cousin,” he declared. “They call me ‘bin Laughin.' ”

CBS brings out new ‘Helter Skelter’
There's no mystery why CBS remade “Helter Skelter” as a three-hour movie that airs Sunday night at 8. It's right in the press release for the show: Back in 1976, the original was watched in more than a third of Nielsen households, and it remains the highest-rated two-part TV movie ever.

L.M. Boyd Trivia

Musicfest cites area youths
Here are the results for Tuesday and Wednesday's Musicfest Northwest competition at Gonzaga University. CA denotes Certificate of Award


Aloha spirit

“American Idol's” Jasmine Trias is riding a huge wave of Hawaiian support.

OutKast picks up six BET Award nominations

OutKast, Beyonce, Lil Jon, Usher and Kanye West lead the nominations for the 2004 BET Awards.

Networks presenting lineups to advertisers

Following a season in which reality TV outlasted and outplayed sitcoms and dramas, the six broadcast networks will announce their fall programming lineups to advertisers next week.

Diverse funds best defense
NEW YORK -- The prospect of higher interest rates has many on Wall Street wringing their hands, but most mutual fund investors should have few reasons to panic.

Investors looking at blue chips
NEW YORK -- Wall Street struggled to at least a temporary bottom to its slide Friday, closing mixed as investors overcame some of their dejection over interest rates.

Writer's convention and fair planned at Coeur d'Alene Inn
Experienced and aspiring writers, from ages 11 to 81, are registered to attend "Write from the Heart'' next Thursday through Saturday at the Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn Conference Center.

Coeur d'alene job service
The Job Service is a public agency serving prospective employers and job seekers. There are no fees to use its services. Call (208) 769-1558.

Due to a photographer's error, Midge Thysell's name was spelled incorrectly in a photo caption in the May 8 edition of Handle Extra.

Mother's Day gift brings tears to lucky Hayden mom's eyes
HAYDEN -- Diane Johnson's Mother's Day gift made her cry. Her daughters presented her with a written story of how she had influenced their lives in hundreds of small and not-so-small ways. They had her read it aloud and it choked her up.

Pam Smith compassionate woman, 'pretty special'
Pam Smith could take mere nothing and make it into something beautiful. That's how former neighbor Nancy Cron remembers the lovely friend she lost to breast cancer on March 24. She was 55.

3rd-grade teacher named Employee of the Month
"I was quite excited about an assembly this afternoon,'' Worthen said. "I saw it on the calendar and had no clue what it was about, I was just excited to come down here and have an assembly. I really did not have a clue what the theme of the assembly would be about, and I am deeply touched.''

Ballroom dancing comes to Coeur d'Alene
Competition ballroom dancer Marianna Seney speaks with enthusiasm of the Coeur d'Alene Ballroom Spectacular on the Lake next week at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Unitarian Church welcomes speaker
The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature Tom Pagliosotti, teacher and poet, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace.

Library plans simply will expand bureaucracy
THE FRONT PORCH: Al LaCombe doesn't see necessity of proposed library changes.

Jay Banks encourages students to stop bullies, build character
STAMP out bullying. That was a message delivered this week in Spokane Valley by speaker Jay Banks, who talks in schools nationwide promoting character and helping children stop bullies.

They will be missed
"We're going to miss their attitudes and their passion for the Central Valley School District,'' said Superintendent Mike Pearson.

Several shifts will follow departures
With the retirement of three principals and the promotion of a fourth, many Central Valley School District schools will have new leaders next year.

Reverse Job Fair will be Tuesday
Area professionals are being asked to share their expertise with high school students who are entering the job market at a Reverse Job Fair Open House.

Liberty Lake sewer, water at decision crossroads
Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District members thought they'd be taking bids for contracts to build a new sewer plant this month. Instead they found themselves hosting a public meeting at the Denny Ashlock Building on Wednesday.

Time to celebrate the graduate in your life
This is a big milestone for a parent. High school graduation. It seems like just yesterday your child was in the crib, beautifully innocent of the ways of the world. Untouched by the evening news and unaware that bad things happen in life.

Village Take-Out Cafe now open in Newman Lake
Newman Lake has a new place for picking up sandwiches and pizzas. Village Take-Out Cafe opened recently with hot and cold deli sandwiches, fresh-baked pizzas, salads, desserts and soups. Additionally, the shop has a selection of locally made candies, baked goods and crafts.

Somebody needs you
The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.

Collecting Valley history
Jayne Singleton made a phone call from the Spokane County archives office Wednesday, sounding as excited as a kid who'd found her lost puppy.

Small piece of Edgecliff to be used for right-of-way
The city of Spokane Valley is trading a small amount of park space for street space. On Tuesday, the City Council approved turning 2,000 square feet of Edgecliff Park into right-of-way property. The city plans to use the land to widen Park Road between Second and Eighth avenues to three lanes from two, add bicycle lanes, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Dynamic duo
With Jesse Lehman on the mound and Chad Bucher behind the plate, the East Valley Knights have a Grade A battery.