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Wednesday, May 26, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 26, 2004

Intelligence suggests terrorists will hit U.S.
WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence data deemed highly credible and indicating al Qaeda or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, the Associated Press has learned. Related stories

U.S., Brits at odds over Iraqi control
WASHINGTON – The United States and Britain appeared at odds Tuesday over how much control Iraq's caretaker government will have over American-led military operations after the handover of political authority on June 30. Related stories

Guard families brace for what-ifs of war
National Guard soldiers in uniform and their families gathered by the score Tuesday at the armory near Post Falls, and it wasn't a drill. Related stories

A Warrior’s Tale
Spokane's Glen Douglas will be among thousands of veterans at the dedication of the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Brodie leads Panabaker; Currie wins
Katie Brodie was sending Kootenai County Commission Chairman Dick Panabaker to an early retirement but Commissioner Rick Currie gets to keep his job.

Kaiser dumped PCBs in river in 2002
Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.'s Trentwood plant violated its state discharge permit in 2002 by discharging nearly 11 pounds of dangerous PCBs to the Spokane River – already the most PCB-polluted river in the state.

Most Millwood firefighters quit after chief put on leave
All but one of Millwood's volunteer firefighters quit en masse Tuesday after Fire Chief Bill Clifford was put on paid administrative leave.

Rules proposed to protect whales
WASHINGTON – In an effort to protect North Atlantic right whales, one of the world's most endangered large whales, the Bush administration is considering speed and routing restrictions for East Coast shipping.

National news
Rehnquist sets panel to study judicial ethics Washington Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has ordered a study of federal judicial ethics, a move that follows intense criticism of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for taking a hunting trip with his friend, Vice President Dick Cheney.

China accused in interrogations
WASHINGTON – The Amnesty International human rights group alleged Tuesday that a Chinese government delegation visited the Guantanamo Bay prison in 2002 and participated in interrogations in which Chinese detainees were subjected to sleep deprivation, forced sitting for many hours and intimidation.

U.S. planes aid attack on Taliban
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – U.S. warplanes helped Afghan forces pound Taliban militants in the mountains of southern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing some 20 suspected insurgents at a recently discovered camp, a senior Afghan commander said. Related stories

Archbishop: 65 Boston parishes must close
BOSTON – The weight of a priest shortage, shrinking collections and the clergy sex-abuse scandal combined to force Boston's archbishop to announce Tuesday that his Roman Catholic archdiocese will lose 65 parishes by year's end.

Bush says clinics are medical ‘safety net’
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A day after trying to rally the nation behind his Iraq policy, President Bush pivoted back to his domestic agenda Tuesday, traveling to this Democratic stronghold to highlight the role of community health centers in caring for the uninsured. Related stories

Rock kills passenger
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Four men were arrested Tuesday in the death of a passenger who was struck by a 10-pound rock dropped from a highway overpass, authorities said.

Woman’s 15th child may not be the last
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Michelle Duggar is all smiles after delivering her 15th child, and she may be ready for more, her family says.

State soil proposal muddied in controversy
HARRISBURG, Pa. – State lawmakers are throwing mud over a proposal to name an official state soil.

Critics say new rules weaken organic label
WASHINGTON – New government guidelines allowing limited use of pesticides and antibiotics in organic farming have provoked a backlash from farmers and consumer groups who say they devalue the federal organic label.

An aspirin daily could prevent breast cancer
An aspirin a day may keep more than just heart attacks, strokes and colorectal cancer at bay. It also may protect women against breast cancer, especially those who've gone through menopause.

Judge kicked off bench for being drunk in court
NEW ORLEANS – An alcoholic judge was kicked off the bench for repeatedly being drunk in the courtroom.

Nichols bombing case goes to jury
MCALESTER, Okla. – The fate of Terry Lynn Nichols is now in the hands of an Oklahoma jury, after a day of marathon closing arguments in which his lawyers tried to cast doubt on the state's evidence and lay the blame for the Oklahoma City bombing on Timothy McVeigh and others.

Fighting damages holiest Shiite shrine
NAJAF, Iraq – Iraq's most sacred Shiite shrine was slightly damaged for a second time and at least 13 Iraqis were killed in fighting Tuesday between American forces and militiamen loyal to a radical cleric. The U.S. military blamed Shiite militants for shells that hit the holy site. Related stories

New program targets dirty bombs
WASHINGTON – The Energy Department is creating a $450 million program to collect, secure and dispose of used reactor fuel and other materials from around the world that could be used by terrorists in “dirty bombs” for spreading radiation over several city blocks.

Drug costs beat inflation
WASHINGTON -- Brand-name prescription drug prices rose at more than three times the rate of overall inflation last year, two groups pressing for lower prices said in studies Tuesday.

Upward and outward
This weekend Steve Tabacek is moving his three-person company, IT-Lifeline, from downtown Spokane to Liberty Lake. For Tabacek, who started the company almost two years ago, the move is much like trading a motor scooter for a high-tech Harley-Davidson.

Consumer confidence up slightly
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence barely budged in May as an improving outlook about jobs offset worries about rising gasoline prices and heightened political uncertainty overseas, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.

Fed conducting survey
WASHINGTON – Alan Greenspan is asking 10,000 American households to take part in this year's Federal Reserve survey of consumer finance, which aims to provide a snapshot of what people own, how much they borrow and how they use their banks.

Amazon sticking with low prices
SEATTLE – remains committed to pushing prices lower and offering free shipping on many items, because the company believes it is the best long-term strategy, founder Jeff Bezos told shareholders Tuesday.

Investors see hope for stable economy
NEW YORK -- Investors heartened by signs of a stabilizing economy and a steep decline in oil prices propelled stocks sharply higher Tuesday, giving the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 index their best day in two months.

Business News
CdA bowling center files for bankruptcy Coeur d'Alene Sunset Bowling Center closed last weekend and filed for bankruptcy.

Not a Wal-Mart clone
TROY, Mich. -- Kmart will fail if it tries to be a “second- or third-rate version” of Wal-Mart and must stake out a different niche, the discount retailer's chairman told shareholders Tuesday.

Stewart lawyer questions reliability of witnesses
NEW YORK -- A lawyer for Martha Stewart suggested Tuesday that allegations of perjury by a Secret Service employee who testified at her trial cast doubt on the credibility of other government witnesses as well.

Krispy Kreme sees a drop in its dough
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. reported its first quarterly loss since going public in 2000, blaming the low-carb diet craze for the slump.

Grasso fires back over wages
NEW YORK -- Former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard A. Grasso was undaunted by the state attorney general's lawsuit over his $187.5 million compensation package, promising Tuesday to countersue the exchange and its interim chairman for unpaid portions of his pay package as well as for “besmirching” his name.

Workshop explores utility rate increase
The woman from Post Falls made an interesting point. Why, she asked, does declining use of natural gas contribute to a rate increase?

Judge blocks defense evidence
BOISE – Sami Al-Hussayen's terrorism trial is almost over, defense attorneys told the court Tuesday, after a judge angrily delayed the testimony of the defense's first witness and blocked key evidence from being introduced. Related stories

Voters toss lawmakers Meyer, Bailey
A winner-takes-all battle in Kootenai County's District 3 spilled a lot of old blood Tuesday. Incumbent Republican lawmakers Sen. Kent Bailey and Rep. Wayne Meyer both lost races in the district that includes Hayden, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, Athol and Bayview.

Bonner County commission candidates eliminated
Bonner County voters knocked 11 candidates out of crowded county commission and sheriff races Tuesday. The race was packed, candidates say, because so much is at stake in the county. A growing real estate boom is expected to strain county services. And the county also is revising its comprehensive plan, which governs all aspects of planning, zoning and growth.

Accuracy watch
Player misidentified Mead High School softball player Kelli Adams scored the winning run in Mead's 4-3 win over Pasco on Monday in the East Regional at Franklin Park. Due to incorrect information supplied to a reporter, the player was misidentified in a Tuesday story.

Shooting death being reviewed
Six weeks after a 19-year-old man was shot, and three weeks after he died as a result, Spokane County sheriff's detectives are trying to determine whether a crime occurred.

Survival story seeks to inspire
CHEWELAH, Wash. – Sept. 11, 2001, was a beautiful day. From the 81st floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, you could see the Statue of Liberty, according to a man who was there. Related stories

Valley considers privatizing parks, libraries
The Spokane Valley City Council decided Tuesday to invite private companies to compete for the city's 2005 library and parks maintenance contracts.

Rumsfeld delays tanker decision
A deal to buy or lease new Boeing air refueling tankers for the Air Force was put on hold Tuesday for at least six months as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered two more studies of the proposal.

Firefighter pension case goes before Supreme Court
OLYMPIA – To state pension officials, it's a simple thing: To be a firefighter, you must fight fires.

Wanted felon surrenders to police after four-hour standoff
A wanted felon gave himself up Tuesday night after a four-hour standoff in a North Side garage that he had been using as a temporary residence.

Regional news
Offices, services affected by holiday Government offices and other services will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday:

Pipeline expected to reopen
RENTON, Wash. -- Olympic Pipe Line Co. officials expected to restart Western Washington's main fuel pipeline system by late Tuesday, after it was shut down as a precaution after a weekend fire in a test line.

Public defender can hire 3 lawyers
Spokane County commissioners said Tuesday that the public defender's office can hire three more attorneys. It's not nearly the 10 employees that Public Defender John Rodgers requested to boost his overworked staff, but it will help, he said.

Longer delays for airport check-in expected
Spokane airport officials are warning air travelers to expect slightly longer delays going through security check-in this summer.

Court says disrupting class isn’t criminal act
BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to extend the state's law criminalizing disruptions of public school classes and operations to pupils.

Incumbents fare poorly in Idaho primary elections
It was a bad night for several North Idaho incumbents, as voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election.

Budget woes close center for mentally ill children
OLYMPIA -- One of the state's few treatment centers for severely mentally ill children will close next month because of budget woes, officials said Tuesday.

Spokane Opera hasn’t earned right to add CdA
Since the Spokane Opera's last full-fledged performance in Coeur d'Alene a decade ago, an opera audience has taken root in Kootenai County, grown and blossomed into aficionados calling for regular doses of Puccini, Donizetti and Mozart.

Panel sets three hatchery Chinook salmon seasons
BOISE -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday set three hatchery chinook salmon seasons for this summer, including fishing on the Boise River for salmon hauled there by truck.

Organisms discovered in toxic Hanford soil
YAKIMA -- Scientists have discovered bacteria living in the toxic sediment beneath underground tanks that have leaked radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home to some of the most highly contaminated soil in the world.

Incompetent Rumsfeld should resign
By the normal standards of business or government, Donald Rumsfeld should long since have resigned or been fired as secretary of defense.

Troubling ruling will limit access
The following editorial appeared Sunday in The (Olympia) Olympian. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Spokesman-Review editorial board.

Kerry wants to have it both ways
Sen. John Kerry is giving opportunism a bad name. First, there was his call for President Bush to release oil from the strategic petroleum reserve in response to high gasoline prices. With a war raging in the Middle East, the last thing we need to do is reduce our own petroleum reserves for the sake of an election-year quick fix.

Time to remove EWU caricature
Our View: Inland Northwest institution sends a mixed message.

Many communities have fluoride Fluoride is already present in our drinking water in Spokane. The amount is insufficient for optimal dental health. Community water fluoridation would supplement the existing fluoride to a level of one part per million (one part per million is equivalent to one tablespoon of sugar in 3,906 gallons of water).

Black men still imprisoned by inequality
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson penned the words, later repeated in part by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Method to her Madness
Fighting is in Andrea Kallas' nature. Put a basketball in her hands and a game on the line and Kallas will battle with every fiber of her being. If you ask her to play, expect her to play to win. Backing down is not in her nature.

O’Neal leads Lakers past Minnesota
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal waded toward the basket with Mark Madsen draped across his shoulders like a Minnesota winter coat. Shaq looked to the officials, his eyes bugging with frustration and disbelief.

Shadow will host Sacramento in Open Cup first-round match
The Spokane Shadow will host a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup opening-round matchup against the Sacramento Knights of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association on Wednesday June 2, it was announced Tuesday.

Fired-up Flames stay hot
TAMPA, Fla. – The Calgary Flames, about the last team anybody picked to win the Stanley Cup, turned a first-shot goal and second effort from Jarome Iginla into yet another postseason surprise. The Flames shook off a five-day layoff and any jitters about playing for hockey's biggest prize, scoring on their first shot in the finals since 1989 and riding a superb two-way game by Iginla to a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Tuesday night.

Mariners win with extra effort
CLEVELAND – During his final at-bat, Raul Ibanez's only concern was to avoid being embarrassed. He never once considered being a hero. Related stories

Tuesday’s games
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1: Barry Bonds hit his first home run in nearly a month and Jason Schmidt (5-2) won his fifth straight decision as San Francisco beat visiting Arizona.

Wilson not playing like 35-year-old
A strange thing happened to Dan Wilson on his way to being put out to pasture this season.

Navratilova beaten in French opener
PARIS – Martina Navratilova hit an ace Tuesday, a nifty achievement for a 47-year-old player at the French Open. She needed more than one.

National sports
Johnson thrilled to replace Montgomery at Stanford Trent Johnson found a job that was too good to pass up after his old boss left Stanford for the NBA.

L.A.’s inside play too much for Mystics
Mwadi Mabika and DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 20 points apiece, and the Los Angeles Sparks rebounded from an opening-game blowout loss with a 95-79 rout of the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.

IEL tabs all-league honorees
Inland Empire League baseball and softball coaches have announced their all-league teams. In baseball, Lake City senior pitcher/outfielder Dan Lau was voted as player of the year. Lau led LC to its first league and regional championships on the way to a runner-up finish at state.

Ferris boys, Leslie both finish 2nd
Ferris senior Craig Leslie shot Tuesday's best round, a 3-under-par 69, to tie for second place at the boys State 4A golf tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.

Whitney to coach football at WV
Hiring from within, West Valley High has a new football coach. Craig Whitney, a first-time head coach, but with substantial football background, was named to replace Tim Trout. Trout resigned to become vice principal for activities at Shadle Park.

Former WIAA executive director Gillies dies
RENTON, Wash.– Former WIAA executive director Clifford Allen Gillies passed away on May 24 at his home in South Bend, Washington.

CCS qualifies for NWAACC tourney
For the second consecutive year, the Community Colleges of Spokane will be part of the NWAACC postseason baseball tournament, though it took the Sasquatch 11 innings to accomplish the feat.

CCS women champs again
Sterling Beardslee finished at 9-over-par 153 at Hangman Valley Golf Course Tuesday to lead the Community Colleges of Spokane women to a 1-2-3 finish and the team title at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championships.

Today’s menu
Auto racing State Line Speedway: Wednesday Night Fever, Fever 4 Hobbys, Bump to Pass, Road Runners, 6 p.m.Off-track betting

On the air
For Wednesday, May 26, 2004

No more sneak in Whitworth’s Nelson
Sometimes “just happy to be here” really is the way to go. Leslie Nelson adopted that approach at last year's NCAA Division III track and field championships and found it served her better than her mindset in previous trips to national meets.

Whitney takes helm at WV
Hiring from within, West Valley High has a new football coach. Craig Whitney, a first-time head coach with a substantial football background, was named to replace Tim Trout. Trout resigned to become vice principal for activities at Shadle Park.

Official records
For Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Aries (March 21-April 19)– Use the earlier hours to make headway with a creative project. Your ideas delight many. Focus on work or a project midafternoon. You might need to go over certain points in a conversation later on. Don't get uptight.

When today's three-no-trump contract was played, it took a major wake-up call by West to alert East to the necessity of switching defensive strategy.

Charging fee at family event tacky
Miss Manners

Her husband, unfaithful? Oh, pish-posh, Spice says
David Beckham's wife says in a magazine interview that the soccer star has “always been faithful,” despite the claims of two women who said they had affairs with him. “Through all of this, I feel really sorry for David because it's his name that's been dragged through it, and he's done nothing wrong,” Victoria Beckham says in the July issue of Marie Claire.

You can’t force mother to seek child support
Dear Annie: My friend's 19-year-old daughter is pregnant as a result of a one-night stand. “Beverly” says she doesn't want the father involved in the baby's life, nor does she want him to pay child support. She plans to put “father unknown” on the birth certificate.

Steamed clams meal wakes up memories
A large bowl of steamed clams, some parsley potatoes and a chilled glass of white wine bring back memories of sitting on a deck overlooking the sparkling water on the Connecticut shore. Clams are easy and quick to make, but are rarely served at home. New England Steamed Clams

‘Santa Claus of Barbecue’
This spring, a 6-year-old girl spotted Rick Browne at a barbecue festival in Iowa, turned to her mother and said, “Oh, look, there's Santa Claus.”

Pair sausage with lentils for quick, midweek meal
Lentils are a great cupboard stable that don't get enough attention. As easily prepared as pasta, but more healthful, they can expand your midweek culinary repertoire.

In an Associated Press story in the May 12 edition of IN Food, a recipe for Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake called for an oven temperature of 325 degrees. Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, executive chef-owner of Marche restaurant, tested the cake recipe using her convection oven; convection ovens heat up and cook faster than conventional ovens. Cooks using conventional (nonconvection) ovens should use a setting of 375 degrees.

Beverly’s entrée to be featured on Food Network
An entrée from Beverly's Restaurant at The Coeur d'Alene Resort will be featured on an upcoming edition of the Food Network's “The Best of” program.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. Check your files, please, to find the largest animal that ever lived.

Keep mute handy for ‘Idol’ finale
Music vs. music tonight. At 8 on Fox, it's the “American Idol” season finale. We'll find out who America chose, Fantasia Barrino or Diana DeGarmo. Bet the rent on Fantasia. Odds are Ryan Seacrest won't be allowed to unveil the winner until well into the second hour of the festivities, which means we'll be forced to listen to each of the dozen finalists sing one more time, including the redheaded kid.

UI cites graduates
Area University of Idaho students recently received degrees at a commencement ceremony held on the Moscow campus earlier this month.

Neely named Flight Surgeon of the Year
Maj. Bruce Neely of the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron has been named the 2003 Air Force Reserve Command Flight Surgeon of the Year. Neely is the son of Jerry and Vicki Neely of Spokane and is a 1984 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School.

Kate Hudson juggles parental tasks on, off screen
Babies are booming for Kate Hudson. That's why, on this Saturday afternoon, she's running hours behind schedule. Hudson had to halt her press duties to nurse her infant son, Ryder.

AMC theaters reward kids for summer reading
AMC's River Park Square theaters will be giving children brownie points beginning Friday -- or in this case, popcorn points.

Doritos Rollitos has classic flavor in new shape
If you're wandering the chip aisle of the supermarket this weekend, you might notice new Doritos brand Rollitos among the bags of picnic fare.

Grilled Asparagus delicious as side dish or appetizer
When you fire up the grill for this weekend's festivities, make a little room for the Washington asparagus showing up at local grocery stores.

Summer necessities: grill, salmon
Grab your grills; summer is coming. If this lovely spring weather hasn't already inspired you to scrape the grill clean of last year's crust, you better get busy. Memorial Day is this weekend and barbecues are an all-but-required activity. It's also the perfect time of year to enjoy some of the season's bounty.

Warmer nights call for a dry Rosé
As spring reveals longer days and the deck becomes more inviting to stay and linger into a warm, dusky night, I love the taste of a cold, frosted glass of dry Rosé wine and simple foods for hotter weather.

Super markets
Buying local food makes sense. It helps small farmers, is good for the environment and the food tastes fresher.

Strange but true
•It was Marguerite Duras who observed, “You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.”

Sweet deals on summer snacks
Summer vacation means that kids -- and their friends -- will be hanging out more often in your kitchen. Make sure that you keep plenty of healthy snacks stocked in the refrigerator and pantry for afternoon snack raids.

A conversation with Reba McEntire
“Reba,” which airs weekly on The WB, focuses on a divorced woman, Reba Hart, whose relationships with her children, her former husband, Brock Hart (played by “Murphy Brown's” Christopher Rich), and his second wife, Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman), and other assorted kith and kin provide a perfect definition of what the term “dysfunctional family” is all about. The series also stars Joanna Garcia as Reba and Brock's daughter, Cheynne, who gave birth to her first child just about the time

‘Mean Girls’ definitely worth seeing
News Flash: According to “Mean Girls,” teenage girls can be catty, backstabbing and vindictive. Who knew? And thanks to a sharp script by Tina Fey, they're fun to watch.

Heather Locklear to star in big screen flick ‘Perfect Man’
Good to know we'll be seeing Heather Locklear on the big screen. The star of TV's “Melrose Place,” “Spin City” and other outings has set her sights on “The Perfect Man” for Universal Pictures. It's about a youngster (Hilary Duff) who sets out to find a man for her romantically challenged mom (Locklear). Off-screen, Heather is happily married to Richie Sambora and a loving mom to Ava Elizabeth Sambora.

Many safe treatments available for varicose veins
Dear Dr. Donohue: I would like to know what is the safest, longest-lasting procedure for varicose veins. -- S.Y.

No, Charlotte Ross is not coming back to ‘NYPD Blue’
Q: On “NYPD Blue,” will Charlotte Ross be back on the series after she has her baby both in real life and as Andy's (Dennis Franz) wife on the show? -- A Fan

Ryan decides to marry Greenlee on ‘All My Children’
All My Children

Ryan decided he would marry Greenlee and not Kendall when he learned Kendall had had Greenlee locked in the turret. Paul warned Babe that he has the power to take baby Bess away from her. Meanwhile, JR -- who is out to punish Babe for hiding the truth about her nonannulment -- asked Livia to help him secure parental rights to Bess. Later, Babe dreamed that Bess is actually Bianca's daughter, Miranda. Wait to See: Babe struggles with the truth about Bess/Miranda