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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

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Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 25, 2004

Pizza and punk rock register at SCC
Most students came to the center of campus Monday for the live music from jumping and jamming punk rockers.

Mailbox ballot box for some
Residents in some of Idaho's smallest communities won't be traveling to their local polling places today or sporting the telltale “I voted” flag stickers.

Lawyer in bombing case cleared
PORTLAND – A federal court threw out the case Monday against an American lawyer arrested in connection with the Madrid train bombings, lifting a cloud of suspicion that has surrounded the attorney since his arrest earlier this month.

Iraqis’ security role at crux of U.N. debate
UNITED NATIONS – The United States unveiled on Monday its long-awaited post-occupation plans for a sovereign interim government in Iraq and got a generally positive response. But it faced questions about how much say Iraqis will have over U.S.-led forces that will keep the peace.

Child welfare revamp seeks consistency
Washington officials on Monday announced a $50 million plan to overhaul the state's troubled child welfare system.

Bush lays out 5-step plan for Iraq
CARLISLE, Pa. – President Bush, trying to dispel rising doubts about the war, declared Monday night the United States will stay in Iraq until it is free and democratic and suggested more U.S. soldiers might have to be sent to stop enemy forces bent on destroying the new government. Related stories

Prosecutors close case in Nichols trial
McALESTER, Okla. – From buying 2,000 pounds of fertilizer to mixing it with fuel in order to create a giant bomb, the evidence is “overwhelming” that Terry L. Nichols was the principle conspirator in the Oklahoma City bombing, prosecutors told jurors in closing statements Monday at his state murder trial.

High court says prisoner can pursue cruelty claim
WASHINGTON –The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that a death row inmate can pursue a last-ditch claim that lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel.

Remains recovered from Korean War
WASHINGTON – U.S. specialists have recovered from North Korean soil 19 sets of remains believed to have been American soldiers killed in the war in 1950, the Pentagon said Monday.

Tobacco companies will face federal suit
WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled Monday the Justice Department can seek $280 billion from the tobacco industry as part of the government's lawsuit against cigarette manufacturers, clearing the way for the biggest civil racketeering case in history.

Over 100 killed after floods sweep Dominican town
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Floods unleashed by torrential rains swept through a Dominican Republic farming town, killing about 100 people and leaving dozens missing, an official said Monday.

Poker contest for ‘everyman’
LAS VEGAS – The best poker player in the world quickly does the math and doesn't like his odds at this week's World Series of Poker.

Ring roost up for sale
LONDON – “Lord of the Rings” fans will soon have the chance to buy a home where part of the trilogy was written, as long as they have about $2.7 million to spare.

Greece will get devices for radiation detection
ATHENS, Greece – The United States will provide Greece with radiation detection equipment to boost defenses against potential terrorist threats to the Olympics such as a dirty bomb, authorities said Monday.

Cuba boosts prices
HAVANA – Stores selling everything from cigarettes to refrigerators for dollars reopened Monday, two weeks after Cuba's communist government abruptly shut them down to raise prices because of U.S. measures squeezing the island's economy.

World/National news
New Malawi president sworn in Blantyre, Malawi Former President Bakili Muluzi's hand-picked successor was sworn in Monday, as opposition supporters waged running street battles with police over the result of this impoverished southern African country's third multiparty elections.

Pope’s new book focuses on years in Poland
WARSAW, Poland – Pope John Paul II recollects his years as a prelate in communist-era Poland in his new book, telling how he was summoned from a canoeing trip to hear of his appointment to be bishop and how he clashed with authorities.

Court bars attorney from client in Cuba
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to let an attorney meet with his client at a Navy prison in Cuba.

Violent crime in nation down despite increase in homicides
WASHINGTON – Violent crime declined in 2003 despite a third consecutive yearly increase in homicides, according to preliminary FBI statistics released Monday.

Court clarifies rules on car searches
WASHINGTON – Police can search a parked car for drugs, guns or other evidence of a crime while arresting a driver or passengers nearby, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Amber Alert on yellow
WASHINGTON – Hours after 14-month-old Jayton Dentler disappeared, police in Lafayette, Colo., called the media and activated an Amber Alert that plastered Jayton's face over television and the Internet.

Study suggests early treatment of osteoporosis bone problems
CHICAGO – A study suggests some women might benefit from taking bone-boosting drugs earlier than many doctors recommend, because they can break bones well before they develop full-fledged osteoporosis.

Court to decide if beef fees are legal
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide if the government can force cattle producers to pay for research into cow diseases and for catchy ads promoting “Beef: It's What's for Dinner.”

British civilians killed in bombing
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A roadside bomb killed two British civilians traveling in an armored car near coalition headquarters on Monday – one of a series of blasts that rocked the center of the Iraqi capital. Related stories

Sanchez faces reassignment
WASHINGTON – President Bush plans to appoint a new, higher-ranking military commander for Iraq, capping an overhaul of the command structure that is likely to replace Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez as the top general on the ground there, Pentagon and other administration officials said Monday.

Supreme Court to referee fight over wine sales
WASHINGTON -- God made only water, but man made wine, wrote author Victor Hugo. He neglected to mention that man also made laws, courts and bureaucracies, which is how the Supreme Court came to referee a fight among state governments, wineries and consumers over the sale of wine across state lines.

Health care is big business in Spokane
Health care accounts for one in five Spokane jobs, and there's opportunity for even more, asserts a report released Monday.

Ex-WorldCom boss is facing new charges
NEW YORK -- The government brought new charges Monday against former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers, accusing him of falsifying six regulatory filings just before the company's spectacular collapse.

Site draws new Starbucks
Spokane's 13th Starbucks will open later this summer at the corner of Second and Division, the property developer announced Monday.

Bookstore’s new chapter
Last weekend, while visiting family in Seattle, Susan Durrie received a surprise cake, accompanied by her grandchildren singing this song:

Spitzer sues Grasso to get back millions
NEW YORK -- The New York state attorney general's office sued to get back more than $100 million of former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard Grasso's big pay package Monday, accusing him of bullying and manipulating his way to vast wealth.

Business news
Recording industry sues song swappers Washington The recording industry on Monday sued 493 more people it said were illegally sharing music across the Internet.

Stocks finish mixed
NEW YORK -- A renewed rise in oil prices stifled a rally on Wall Street Monday, leaving stocks mixed and investors worrying that oil will climb further despite Saudi Arabia's vow to boost production.

Oil prices settle at a new high
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil reached a new high Monday, settling at $41.72 per barrel as traders shrugged off Saudi Arabia's pledge to immediately pump more crude because other OPEC members refuse to formally increase the cartel's daily production quota.

Boeing’s finance arm sells portfolio to GE for $2 billion
CHICAGO -- Boeing Capital Corp., the aerospace giant's financing arm, announced an agreement Monday to sell its commercial finance portfolio to a General Electric Co. subsidiary for about $2 billion in cash.

Saturns, Acuras popular targets
DETROIT -- The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation's most-stolen vehicle last year based on thefts versus the number of models registered, but hot-selling cars from Asian manufacturers remain popular targets and big sport utility vehicles are gaining ground, a new report shows.

Nuclear test planned at Nevada Test Site
LAS VEGAS – Government scientists plan an underground nuclear experiment, short of a nuclear blast, at the Nevada Test Site today. .

Accuracy watch
Name misspelled Caydn S. Adams died Thursday, and his father stands charged with murder. Because of incorrect information provided to the newspaper, a story Friday misspelled the infant's first name.

Civic Theatre fires director
John G. “Jack” Phillips was fired as the head of the Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday in a move that the Civic's board of directors referred to as a downsizing and reorganization.

Liberty Lake man faces $30,000 fine
State ecologists are fining a Liberty Lake homeowner $30,000 for extensive, unapproved construction along the lakeshore.

Dog will be euthanized for biting young girl
The mother ran outside when she heard her 8-year-old daughter scream. She found a pit bull dragging the girl across the front yard of an East Central Spokane home.

School rebukes teacher again
Public disclosure requests show a longtime Loon Lake Elementary School teacher, criticized by disgruntled school district patrons during several levy elections, has been reprimanded for allegedly pulling a student's hair and squeezing his face.

Spokane to join county conservation district
Until now, Spokane was the largest city in Washington not participating in its county conservation district.

Spokane Valley upset with car club
The city of Spokane Valley's parks department might siphon the gas out of a local club's activities.

Charges against dad upgraded after boy dies
A Spokane Valley man made his first appearance Monday for upgraded charges for the alleged murder of his 3-month-old son.

Strawberry crop early this year
SEATTLE – Washington state's strawberry harvest is running two to three weeks early, the result of a warmer and drier spring than usual, farmers say.

Woman admits taking rings from ex-client
A Coeur d'Alene woman who has popped up – under several names – in probes of an old murder, a fatal small-plane crash and allegations of elder abuse pleaded guilty Monday morning to a charge of grand theft in Kootenai County 1st District Court.

Regional news
Speed limits cut near Mead High Because of a recent series of car and pedestrian accidents near Mead High School, Spokane County engineers have installed signs that reduce the speed limit and prohibit U-turns in front of the school. Today, deputies will begin stopping violators to draw attention to the new restrictions.

Prosecution rests in Al-Hussayen trial
BOISE -- Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Sami Al-Hussayen on Monday with chilling testimony from a Virginia man who talked casually about deciding to head to Pakistan for military training to fight against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Related stories

No refueling at Sea-Tac
RENTON, Wash. -- Officials are asking airlines not to refuel their planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a weekend explosion shut down the 400-mile pipeline system that delivers the airport's jet fuel.

A double graduation, of sorts
FRUITLAND, Idaho -- Most educators have hundreds of students in their careers. Jo Hicks had one.

Weak tornado did little damage
While last Friday's tornado in western Spokane County was relatively weak by tornado standards, it was still powerful enough to toss a trampoline 200 feet into the air and suck the door off a barn, weather service officials said Monday.

Ban on guns in state Capitol being repealed
OLYMPIA – As state officials prepare to install metal detectors at the doors of the renovated Capitol building, they also are in the process of repealing the rule that bans firearms inside the seat of government.

No offers too small in city sale
Howdy folks. Dealin' Doug here for Lilac City Liquidation. Today I'm helping Mayor Jim “The Tire Kicker” West sell off Spokane.

Recent downpours won’t put out fires
Our View: Lack of funding, tankers to affect firefighting.

For pittance, global AIDS can be fought
At a time when no one can predict the course of the war on terror, let alone the Iraq war, Irish rock star Bono came to Philadelphia to talk about a war that can be won.

Cosby goes off-script on racism
Maybe somebody spiked his Jell-O. I bet the audience seriously considered the idea when Bill Cosby performed last week in Washington at a commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education.

More commentary online
Bronwyn Lance Chester of the The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot: “It's a good thing the Pentagon didn't contract out the position of deputy defense secretary. Corporate America would have surely canned Paul Wolfowitz by now.

Letters
Bus rider appreciates Plaza After reading the article of May 19, I have to question where Ms. Neu got her information about the STA Plaza. I ride the bus almost every day to and from Sacred Heart Medical Center for work. I sit in the Plaza in the morning waiting for my transfer bus, and I have almost a half hour wait in the late afternoon.

Head shop owner loses $300,000
BOISE -- The owner of three drug paraphernalia shops in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon lost $300,000 in assets Monday for selling illegal merchandise and laundering the proceeds.

Audit finds Energy Department discrepancies
YAKIMA – The federal Energy Department's database for tracking worker illnesses and injuries differed from records kept by its contractors at some of its sites, according to an audit released Monday by the department's Office of Inspector General.

Nitrous oxide test results encouraging
Initial results of expanded vapor monitoring near Hanford's underground waste tanks show low levels of one gas that had been of potential concern, the Energy Department and the contractor handling tank cleanup said Monday.

The Olympics in New York? Sure, why not?
New York City needs the Olympics like a podiatrist needs a foot fetish. Yet the unofficial capital of American capitalism is now a finalist to host the 2012 Summer Games, so the rest of the world is on a collision course with the city that never creeps up on you gently.

NC, Shadle fall short
Shadle Park needed just five outs for a return trip to the State 4A baseball semifinals. North Central needed just two strikes for its second state semifinal appearance in four years.

Shocking! O’Brien, 37, attempting a comeback
PHOENIX -- Dan O'Brien knows that 37 is ancient for a decathlete, that most grueling of track and field competitions -- 10 events over two days with the Olympic winner earning the title “world's greatest athlete.”

CdA tabs CV’s Poffenroth as girls coach
Dale Poffenroth, one of the most successful girls basketball coaches in Greater Spokane League history, has resigned at Central Valley High School to become head coach at Coeur d'Alene.

Detroit block party
INDIANAPOLIS – Tayshaun Prince was several steps behind Reggie Miller as the play of the game unfolded in the game's final seconds.

WAC commissioner gets first-hand look at UI
The University of Idaho is continuing its push to join the Western Athletic Conference, and there are growing indications it is making inroads.

Lost for answers
SEATTLE – They've been one of baseball's top teams in recent years, winning a remarkable 116 games only three seasons back.

National sports
Federal court rules against early entrants into the NFL New York A federal appeals court formally ruled Monday against former college player Maurice Clarett's effort to enter the National Football League draft early.

Monday’s games
Reds 7, Astros 5: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 491st homer, and Austin Kearns had a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the eighth, powering Cincinnati to a rare four-game sweep of visiting Houston. Griffey hit his second homer in two games, and also had a two-run double off Tim Redding that smacked off the left-field wall, a few feet short of another homer. Cincinnati has won six in a row to grab sole possession of first place for the first time since April 15. The Reds have won nine

Monday’s game
Blue Jays 6, Angels 5 (10): Chris Gomez scored the winning run in the 10th inning when nobody covered the plate during a rundown, and Toronto beat Anaheim. With runners on first and second, Simon Pond hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Casey Kotchman, who knocked the ball down with a dive. Second baseman Adam Kennedy picked up the ball and threw to catcher Bengie Molina, who got Gomez in a rundown between third and home. Molina chased Gomez up the line before throwing to Alfredo Amezaga. Gomez

Griffey inches closer to 500th homer
Ken Griffey Jr. knows what he'll do when he hits home run No. 500. Nothing.

Panthers fire general manager
MIAMI -- Rick Dudley built the roster that helped turn Tampa Bay from also-ran to Stanley Cup finalist. He won't get the chance to finish transforming the Florida Panthers.

Cup finalists unsung
TAMPA, Fla. – Their aggressive styles are so similar, their coaches so alike, their players so interchangeable, the Tampa Bay Lightning probably could swap jerseys with the Calgary Flames midway through the Stanley Cup final without the casual fan realizing it.

Today’s menu
Golf College: NWAACC Championships, Hangman Valley, 8:30 a.m.Off-track betting

On the air
For Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Bush recognizes gibberish
When several NCAA championship teams were honored at the White House last week, President Bush singled out University of Denver hockey player Lukas Dora, a native of the Czech Republic.

Saunders is the flip side of Jackson
Phil Jackson has collected nine championships and won at a higher percentage than any other NBA coach, using his mastery of motivation, Zen philosophy and mediation.

Johnson to get nod at Stanford
STANFORD, Calif – Stanford will hire Nevada's Trent Johnson as the school's new men's basketball coach, a Pac-10 source told the Associated Press on Monday.

Frenchman bids Agassi fond adieu
PARIS – Four days before the start of the French Open, Andre Agassi was out on center court as dusk approached, hustling to get his game going on the dusty clay.

Ray’s struggles coincide with starting his own racing team
INDIANAPOLIS -- This was a new one, even for Greg Ray. The former IRL champion has driven for big teams and small teams, has started the Indianapolis 500 from the front row and from the back, has led more than 100 laps without ever winning and is one of just a handful of drivers to start from the pole and finish last.

CCS women golfers comfortably in first
Defending champion Community Colleges of Spokane takes a 28-stroke margin in the women's competition into today's windup of the 36-hole Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges golf tournament at Hangman Valley.

Davenport in State B semifinals
Tyson Linstrum pitched a three-hitter and had a two-run single in the first inning Monday as Davenport qualified for the State B baseball semifinals with an 8-0 win over Wilbur-Creston in a quarterfinal playoff at University High.

Colville, Pullman off to state; Indians win District 7 2A title
Stephanie Day (7-2) pitched a one-hitter and struck out four Monday as Colville defeated Pullman 4-2 in the championship game of the District 7 2A softball tournament at Medical Lake.

Masteller’s 72 good for first day lead in B
Ryan Masteller of Davenport shot a 72 to lead after the first day of the boys B golf championship at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. Teammate Taylor Warwick was in second place after a first-day 74, a stroke ahead of Tekoa-Oakesdale's Aaron Klaus.

Mead, U-Hi off to state; Watson lost
The Mead Panthers are going to the State 4A softball tournament for the first time since 1998. The University Titans are going for the ninth consecutive year.

Playing catch-up with Bart Connor
He's America's most decorated male gymnast. She scored the first perfect 10 in Summer Games history. And eight years after tying the knot, Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci still do flips over one another.

Danton wants evidence excluded
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton asked a federal judge to throw out any tapes of Danton`s phone calls, including recorded conversations of the hockey player trying to arrange his agent`s murder.

Pacers shoot themselves in foot
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal believes there's a 50-50 chance of Indiana's shots going in. The way the Pacers have shot over the last three playoff games, the odds aren't nearly that good.

Official records
For Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Fertility Through the Ages
When you're 25, the physical aspect of getting pregnant doesn't require much planning or forethought -- you've got the eggs, the estrogen, and the energy. All you need is candlelight and a little Portishead, and presto! Forty weeks later, you're somebody's mother.

There are dumb questions
It's always a good idea to think before speaking. About 60 homeward bound Japanese students were out at Spokane International Airport the other day when an airline employee asked a question that fell short of brilliance. Related stories

Universities struggle to help students deal with depression
Ann Coulouris knew she was in trouble. For weeks, she had been sleeping in and missing classes. She had had depression before. Then her mood plunged in March after attending a national depression conference on campus.

When it comes to girls, Harry’s working his magic
The boy wizard of “Harry Potter” is growing up -- and so are his fans. Daniel Radcliffe appeared stunned by the enthusiastic reception he received Sunday in Manhattan from hundreds of shrieking fans who lined up outside the U.S. premiere of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

Bridge
There are certainly more complicated routes to the excellent slam on today's hand, but North-South was not a regular partnership, and North, quite reasonably, took a direct route. If you want to set yourself a challenge, cover up the East-West hands and plan the play in six spades.

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19)– Mixed messages bring confusion. Someone might be working with only half of the facts. You need to anchor in and do your homework rather than get into a mess of misunderstandings. Dote on a child or loved one.

Symptoms on par with pre-menopause
Dear Dr. Gott: After 30 years of regular menstrual cycles, I now suffer from irregularity, cramps and a heavy flow. Instead of my normal five days, my bleeding now lasts for up to two weeks.

As his mom now, she can monitor birth mom’s visits
Dear Annie: My husband and I adopted a newborn baby boy through an open adoption two years ago and have maintained contact with the birth mother ever since. “Gloria” asks to see our child once every six to eight weeks, and we always have complied by having her come over to our house or meeting in a public place.

Beer and black licorice diet bad for your health
Q. My husband's doctor says he's fine except for being borderline diabetic. My husband retired recently and is now in the house all day. He hardly eats during the day. He thinks he's too fat, though he is not. He drinks six cans of beer a day and eats a small dinner. Though I prepare a healthy meal, he always says he is too full. What he does eat is bags of black licorice. I've heard that is not good for the heart. Is that true?

Untreated, HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer
If you're a woman, you've likely either received the phone call or made the phone call.

Too much caffeine may raise black teens’ blood pressure
The question: The typical teenager consumes a growing amount of caffeine from soft drinks, coffee, tea or chocolate. Might this contribute to the rising blood pressure readings among American youth?

British ‘Office’ ineligible for primetime Emmys
The British comedy series “The Office,” the surprise winner of two Golden Globes earlier this year, is ineligible to compete in the primetime Emmy Awards.

‘Idol’ leads off stellar evening on Fox
Look, my job is easy today -- because most of you are going to watch Fox tonight.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• A Princeton professor reports the clam is sexually active all of its life. Other clam experts say they can figure out the age of a clam by checking its shell's growth rings. They now know many a clam lives 150 years. Intensive research goes on.

Star quality
Teens rule on “American Idol” this season, with 16-year-old Diana DeGarmo and 19-year-old Fantasia Barrino the youngest contestants ever to make it to the finals.

‘Ellen DeGeneres’ captures Emmy for ‘Best Talk Show’
Doing her own daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres says, is its own reward. Still, a trophy or two doesn't hurt.

‘Shrek 2’ No. 1 at weekend box office
It's a humongous “happily ever after” for “Shrek 2.” The computer-animated fairy tale satire collected an estimated $104.3 million at the weekend box office -- the second-biggest three-day tally in movie history behind 2002's “Spider-Man,” which took in $114.8 million.

Networks name programs we won’t be seeing
Inevitably, some of the new series for next season that the broadcast networks are so excited about now will be clunkers -- sitcoms that aren't funny, dramas that don't hold your interest, reality shows more sad than anything.

Exercising is tough but essential
Americans refuse to exercise, and it costs us dearly. We are too fat, and we live sicker and die quicker than folks in other highly developed societies.