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Sunday, May 30, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 30, 2004

Gunmen kill 10 in Saudi Arabia
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia – Suspected Islamic militants wearing military-style uniforms sprayed gunfire inside two office compounds in the heart of the Saudi oil region Saturday, killing at least 10 people – including an American – and then seizing dozens of hostages at a luxury resort.

Think WD-40 is slick? You’re among friends
The number 47 has a fan club. So does the spray lubricant WD-40. And rats.

Troops die in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – Four members of the American special forces were killed in action in a southern Afghan province at the heart of a stubborn Taliban-led insurgency, the U.S. military said today. Related stories

Tribute to a generation
WASHINGTON – Nearly 60 years after the defining event of the 20th century, the World War II memorial was dedicated in the capital Saturday in a tribute to the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during history's greatest conflict.

Vermont put on endangered list, and Wal-Mart cited as villain
As a state with a smaller population than at least a dozen U.S. cities, a ban on billboard advertisements and the only capital city in the country without a McDonald's, Vermont would seem to be doing a decent job of fending off threats to its bucolic way of life.

Lottery numbers
Saturday's Washington Daily Game: 2-6-9. Saturday's Lotto: 6-13-26-35-36-48. No winner. Next jackpot $7.8 million.

Briefly

Governing Council, Brahimi at odds over prospective president
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. officials and a U.N. envoy were unable to reach consensus with Iraqi leaders Saturday over the selection of an interim president, with many members of the country's Governing Council opposing the U.S. and U.N. choice, according to Iraqi politicians and international officials involved in the process. Related stories

Al-Sadr accused of ignoring cease-fire
KUFA, Iraq – The U.S.-appointed governor of Najaf accused radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Saturday of failing to honor a deal to end fighting as U.S. soldiers clashed with Shiite gunmen. Three Marines were killed Saturday in separate fighting west of Baghdad, pushing the number of U.S. deaths to more than 800. Related stories

Cosby draws praise, criticism for critique of some blacks
NEW YORK Remarks Bill Cosby made earlier this month upbraiding certain segments of the black community on issues from their grammar to complaints about police brutality have been attacked by some as a classist, elitist attack on the poor.

Caribbean flood victims buried as survivors struggle
JIMANI, Dominican Republic – Dominican troops buried bodies on a tiny island surrounded by crocodiles Saturday as doctors warned of health hazards from shallow mass graves holding some of the 1,100 victims killed in floods along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Caribbean flooding hits kids hardest
JIMANI, Dominican Republic – Children stand naked amid their shattered homes, crying for help. Others wander the streets in their underwear, desperately searching for food.

In passing

Nixon special prosecutor Archibald Cox dies at 92
PORTLAND, Maine – Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor fired by President Nixon for refusing to curtail his Watergate investigation, died Saturday at his home, his daughter, Phyllis Cox, said. He was 92.

Famed Watergate lawyer Samuel Dash dies at 79
WASHINGTON -- Samuel Dash, the chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee whose interrogation revealed the secret audiotaping system at the White House which ultimately caused President Richard M. Nixon to resign, died of congestive heart failure May 29 at Washington Hospital Center. He was 79.

Dinosaur find alters land theory
CHICAGO – The fossil skull of a peculiar, wrinkle-faced dinosaur unearthed four years ago in the Sahara is providing new evidence that Africa split from the other southern continents more recently than previously thought, scientists say.

Traces of nuclear-type uranium discovered in Libyan equipment
ISTANBUL, Turkey – International inspectors said in a confidential report Friday that they had discovered traces of uranium suitable for nuclear weapons in Libya that were similar to contamination found last year in Iran.

Rubble litters mountain after deadly Iran quake
MARZANABAD, Iran – Giant boulders and crushed cars littered a mountain road on Saturday – a day after landslides were unleashed by a strong earthquake in northern and central Iran that killed at least 35 people and injured 250 others.

Investigation reveals friendly fire killed Tillman
WASHINGTON – Pat Tillman, the former pro football player, was killed by other American troops in a friendly fire episode in Afghanistan last month instead of by enemy bullets, according to a U.S. investigation of the incident. New details released Saturday about Tillman's death indicate that he was gunned down by members of his elite Army Ranger platoon who mistakenly shot in his direction during an enemy ambush. According to a summary of the Army investigation, a Ranger squad leader mistook an allied Afghan Militia Force soldier standing near Tillman as Related stories

Prince William may follow tradition of joining military
LONDON – Prince William hinted strongly on Saturday that he will join the armed forces when he graduates from university.

Idaho law allows posthumous votes
It took more than blindness and having a leg amputated to prevent 84-year-old Carl Johnson from voting. Related stories

Experts question ‘material support’ law
BOISE – The law under which Sami Omar Al-Hussayen is being charged with aiding terrorists raises serious constitutional questions, experts say. Related stories

Pair get young outfit cooking
The boys gathered around Will Judge are as mesmerized by his cooking flames as they are with Will. His thick, arched mustache, black cowboy hat and boots are enough to merit a second look from most city folk. But these boys living at Children's Village in Coeur d'Alene are impressed with something more basic. Will is a man.

Campers warm to challenge
Gray skies, cold temperatures and all-around miserable wet weather didn't deter hard-core campers determined to tough it out for Memorial Day Weekend.

Soldier makes tracks, not war
Finally the drilling was over. With musket in hand, Private Doug tramped onto a weedy field with his comrades in blue to be tested by the smoke and fire of faux combat.

Defense focus of campaign
With U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, National Guard units being called up for war and the state's biggest employer struggling to secure a major new military contract, the two top candidates for Washington's Senate seat have plenty to discuss regarding defense. Related stories

Accuracy watch

Educator celebrates 40 years
Richi Caldwell nurtured the broken young men who returned from Vietnam and tried to get their lives back on track at Spokane Falls Community College. She's scolded leather-wearing Hell's Angels. Now, after 40 years of teaching, she's finding more students than ever are suffering from depression.

Teen murder case sapping county coffers
EPHRATA, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy who loves turtles and video games is brutally stabbed to death. Two 13-year-olds stand accused of his murder.

Memorial Day events listed

Idaho records
For Sunday, May 30, 2004

Grill at park serves up challenge for firefighters
The Spokane Fire Department responded to a fire at the Carrousel Grill at Riverfront Park at 1:02 p.m. on Saturday.

Search suspended for lost boater
CAMAS, Wash. – A Coast Guard search was suspended Saturday for a woman missing in the Columbia River after an 18-foot boat capsized near this town east of Vancouver.

UW devises plan to pay $35 million in fraud case
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington's medical school and two hospitals will pay the bulk of a $35 million settlement stemming from a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that doctors systematically overbilled Medicaid and Medicare and that documents were destroyed to hide the practice.

Forest Service, resort finally swap lands
IDAHO FALLS -- Grand Targhee ski resort negotiated a land swap that will give it room to expand lodges while protecting grizzly bear habitat.

Outdoor market flowers in popularity
The promise of fresh herbs lured Sarah Martin to an open-air market Saturday in Liberty Lake. Martin, her two children and a group of neighbors braved wind and gray skies to walk from nearby the Alpine Shores development to browse the market's organic produce, plants and crafts.

Biologists can’t drain perch habitat
BOISE -- State biologists are unable to drain Cascade Reservoir to revive the perch fishing there, so they are moving ahead on what they call “plan B.” An ambitious proposal to nearly drain the huge lake in 2005 to replant with perch was scrapped in February.

Week in Review

Volume turned up for candidates
Organizers at Spokane Community College deserve congrats for the Rock the Vote session they engineered last week, even though the mixture of the loud rock and politicos wasn't always a perfect fit. Related stories

Boise River salmon not cooperating with anglers
BOISE – Salmon fishing is starting out slowly this year in the Boise River, an urban fishery that uses hatchery salmon trucked in from Hells Canyon Dam.

Brigade mobilized; 2,000 to go to Iraq
BOISE – A full mobilization of the Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade was announced Saturday, including the eventual shift of 2,000 Idaho members to Iraq, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne said. Related stories

House budget is a smokescreen
WASHINGTON – If you want to know how serious the Bush White House is about something, it is often useful to watch the House of Representatives. The president's spokesmen frequently pay lip service to goals that sound great. Only by checking the actions of the loyalist leadership of the House can you discern what President Bush really means.

Genders not equal in all things
The American women of Abu Ghraib have put to eternal rest any notion that girls are made of sugar 'n' spice and prompted a flurry of possible answers to the question: How could women have done such things?

Vote for library faces uphill battle
Coeur d'Alene will have a difficult time passing a bond election for a $7 million library on the lip of its waterfront. Related stories

Rumsfeld should make a decision
Our View: Boeing 767s are not getting any younger.

Politics won’t stop unwanted pregnancies
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently considered whether to make Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, available without a doctor's prescription -- as it is to women in 34 countries, including England, Canada and France.

Letters

Tiny town in terrorism spotlight
BLY, Ore. – It saw its lumber mill close. It shut down its high school. Yet try as it might to slip into oblivion, the itty-bitty burg of Bly has once again landed on the map – of the international war on terrorism. Related stories

Revived toddler still in hospital on respirator
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Idaho boy who showed signs of life after being pronounced dead of drowning remained in critical condition Saturday at a hospital here.

Mountain bikers pedaling to North Idaho
Move over Moab. North Idaho is on its way to becoming the bicycling Mecca of the United States.

Flames take 2-1 edge with shutout
CALGARY, Alberta -- It's tough to say who has had it worse all these years. Has it been the Calgary Flames, who have not won a Stanley Cup since 1989?

It’s a feast for Freddy at Boston
BOSTON – Freddy Garcia got more run support Saturday than he had in any of his other starts this season. Related stories

Timberwolves to play another day
MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Garnett wiggled his leg and drummed his fingers. A few seconds into his only rest of the game, he leaped up to put himself back in.

What’s in a name? Sometimes a lot of hassle
INDIANAPOLIS -- Open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr. is quick to admit the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made his name.

A tornado named Noble
PASCO – Edgar Brown Stadium became Oz on Saturday. But if there was any doubt the accomplishments of the Rogers girls track team were almost make-believe, the ending to the State 4A track meet erased that.

Sports letters

Ten Hall of Fame prophets
Here are the top 10 signs your favorite NBA team probably won't make the playoffs, as delivered by basketball Hall of Famers on the “Late Show With David Letterman” this week:

There’s a difference between what is legal and what is fair
The recent non-renewal of the supplemental contract of Ferris basketball coach Don Van Lierop is cause for great concern.

Former Playfair announcer Henson dies
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Gary Henson, who called horse races at Spokane's Playfair Race Course and several West Coast tracks, has died after a long illness. He was 60.

Locally

Florida State eliminates Huskies from WCWS
Jessica van der Linden allowed four hits and scored a run, leading Florida State to a 2-0 victory over Washington and eliminating the Huskies from the NCAA Women's College World Series on Saturday at Oklahoma City.

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Briefly

Sparks rally to knock off champion Shock
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Nikki Teasley scored 12 of her 15 points after halftime to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 63-60 comeback win over the Detroit Shock on Saturday in a rematch of last year's WNBA finals.

Kuerten’s feat on clay
PARIS -- With the familiar red clay underfoot, and chants of “Gu-ga!” ringing in his ears, Gustavo Kuerten felt right at home.

Not quite the Great Race
INDIANAPOLIS -- Can this be the Indianapolis 500? Just two days before the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” a call to the ticket office provides plenty of options. “We have tickets in the North Vista, South Vista and along the backstretch in the Northeast Vista,” a cheery voice replies. “We also have a few scattered along the main straightaway.”

Fisher still after boys at Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- Will Sarah Fisher ever beat the boys? So far, Fisher hasn't come close, not at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In four starts in the Indy 500, she has wrecked three times.

Adaptability the key to Coca Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. – Lowe's Motor Speedway, the immovable object, will bake in the afternoon sun today as tens of thousands of race fans file into the facility for tonight's Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Nextel Cup race.

Lady Luck smiles on Busch in Carquest Auto Parts 300
Kyle Busch needed a bit of good fortune to take the lead late in Saturday's Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.H.

City folks up against suburbia
Looking east from the Potomac River, the view includes the White House, Capitol, Smithsonian and a line of monuments in a city recognized instantly worldwide.

Melvin understands a little about twists and turns of a knuckleball
BOSTON – Former catcher and Milwaukee broadcaster Bob Uecker had a great tip on how to handle a knuckleball. Related stories

Cameron, Floyd collide
MIAMI – New York Mets outfielders Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron collided while chasing a fly ball in the first inning Saturday night at Florida.

Redmond’s status day to day
MIAMI -- Florida catcher Mike Redmond left Saturday's game against the New York Mets after being hit by a pitch from Jae Seo.

Saturday’s AL games
Indians 8, Athletics 6: At Cleveland, Jody Gerut singled home Matt Lawton with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Cleveland rallied from a 6-2, fifth-inning deficit and defeated Oakland.

Burnett ready for comeback
A.J. Burnett says he's ready to return to the major leagues. The Florida Marlins might not be completely convinced.

Saturday’s NL games
Pirates 10, Cubs 7: At Pittsburgh, Rob Mackowiak hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and two-run double for a career-high five RBIs, Jason Kendall was 4 for 5, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, and Pittsburgh topped Chicago.

Injured O’Neal, Tinsley likely to play
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Pacers starters Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley are expected to play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals despite nagging injuries.

Irwin surges to Senior PGA lead
Hale Irwin reeled off four straight birdies, surging to a one-shot lead after two rounds at the flood-delayed Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

Shorecrest blanks Cheney for 3rd place
CAMAS, Wash. – Rylan Hawkins and Taylor Starkey both bagged their 14th souvenirs Saturday.

LC winds up 4th following 2-1 loss
CAMAS, Wash. – Lewis and Clark's appearance at the State 4A boys soccer Final Four had barely begun Friday when one of its senior leaders left the field with an injury.

Hite’s two-goal effort sends Shadow past Rangers
University High School star Brett Hite spent two seasons sitting on the bench for the Spokane Shadow. Guess that third season's a charm.

Township stirs up small turf war over Smarty Jones
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Smarty Jones may need a new nickname. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has been dubbed the “Philly Flash” or the “Philly Flyer” while being presented to the country as Philadelphia's first sports champion in more than two decades.

A new champion
State champion – a title few claim each spring at the 4A State Tennis Championships. Richland's Amanda Taylor had claimed the past three girls singles titles and was favored to take a fourth in this year's tournament, which would make her the fifth player in state history to reign as a four-year champion.

Fat wallet is needed in Greece
ATHENS, Greece – Greece is busting its budget to host the Olympics. There are fears the same could happen to those coming to Athens for the Aug. 13-29 games.

Davenport 3rd with 11-10 win
YAKIMA – Luke Rodenbough singled in Michael DeMar in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Davenport Gorillas to a wild 11-10 victory over theMossyrock Vikings in the consolation finals of the State B baseball tournament Saturday.

Touché Toussaint
PASCO – It seemed like every meet was a struggle for Rashaad Toussaint. Something was always bugging the West Valley junior and it would often take three attempts for the best horizontal jumper in Spokane to get a legal leap.

Kettle Falls captures 1A championship
Mandee Edwards scored from third base on an infield error in the top of the sixth inning to lift the Kettle Falls Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over the Onalaska Loggers in the championship game of the State 1A softball tournament in Moses Lake.

Embodiment of Olympic spirit
BUCHAREST, Romania – She lost her gold medal, and her innocence, four years ago in Sydney.

Romania’s gymnasts take aim at another gold-medal run
DEVA, Romania – In a gym filled with framed photos of Nadia Comaneci, a powerful pixie rockets across the mats, takes flight and corkscrews through the air with a faint jet trail of chalk dust in her wake.

Reynolds sweeps up in A for a second straight year
Granted, winning isn't supposed to get old. But Katherine Reynolds seems determined to test that tenet to it fullest.

Bloop single derails U-Hi
TACOMA -- Coaches like to say one way to win a softball game is with a bloop and a blast.

Pullman just shy of repeating title
Team titles for Eastern Washington teams seemingly blew away with the stiff non-stop winds Saturday at the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington State 2A, 1A and B Boys Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University's Woodward Stadium.

NCAA limits UW case
SEATTLE -- The NCAA infractions committee won't include potential violations involving a former softball team doctor when it considers Washington's gambling case next month.

Seeds of doubt
Ritzville farmer Ron Jirava has looked over his balance sheet and knows this will be a thin year. Fuel costs are rising. What's more, a war half a world away is gobbling up federal dollars, contributing to a 40 percent drop in the amount of money he's collected so far this year from various federal programs under the 2002 Farm Bill.

Investors cash in with pet projects
TACOMA -- A few of these long-necked fuzzy-faced creatures might cost as much as a four-year degree at Harvard. Most run in the range of a new car.

City leaders on a mission for money
Trade missions headed for Ireland, Japan and South Korea this fall could help turn sisters into business partners.

Logging on for a job
EDGEWATER, N.J. -- The Pathmark supermarket here is hiring. But walk-in applicants need not bother asking for a manager.

Fiat future uncertain after Agnelli death
ROME -- The death of Umberto Agnelli, Fiat's chairman and the last member of its old guard, marks the end of an era at the Turin-based auto giant and raises questions about the family's future grip on the company.

Week Ahead

Business Beat

Taking on terrorists is mission one for local coalition
A couple dozen Inland Northwest technology companies, plus area economic development groups and universities, have banded together on a post-9-11 project that is, at the same time, enormously ambitious and obvious. Related stories

Viewer’s Choice
There's a scene in one of the “Back to the Future” movies, set in the year 2015, where Marty McFly Jr. walks into his family's television room and barks out a lineup of TV channels he'd like to see. Seconds later, a big movie-theater-like screen lights up with a grid of multiple TV screens, each showing a live broadcast of his favorite channels.

Snoopy e-mail senders will have tool to see whether you read their prose
An Internet service is about to test the frontiers of e-mail privacy. DidTheyReadIt.com allows anyone to secretly track e-mails they send. You'll see whether someone opens your e-mail, how long the recipient keeps it open -- even where geographically the recipient is reading it.

by the numbers

gizmo
Baby Cam SBC SC490

tech speak
Data mining

Computer quiz
Employers using computers to screen job applicants usually include multiple-choice personality tests designed to match a candidate's temperament to a position.

The long shadow of 1,000
This weekend, if they read the paper or watch the news, World War II veterans will confront a staggering statistic. More than 1,000 of them die every day.

Sounds good, but would that beat a jack-high flush?
A friend has come up with a phrase to describe a familiar scene. When there's a mom and dad walking with one kid on a small bike and another one in a stroller and there's at least one dog, he calls this “a full Spokane.” Related stories

Horoscope

You could say that the guy is just nuts about Berry
Halle Berry may have shed ex-husbands David Justice and Eric Benet, but she's still having man troubles. The Oscar-winning actress has filed a restraining order against a former Navy Seal from Louisiana who claims they're engaged.

Insecure person can put partner on the defensive
Dear Carolyn: Is it possible to have a great relationship with someone who is really insecure in relationships? -- Washington, D.C.

Travolta family show for theater sells out
All 800 tickets to the John Travolta fund-raiser for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre sold out in less than 48 hours. Yep, even at the relatively steep price of $150 each, Travolta demand was stratospheric.

Eisenhower in character
A film paying tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower and his D-Day achievement during World War II required precise casting, says writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd.

Global alarming?
Summer has officially arrived in movie theaters. How can you tell? The Earth is in peril.

The anti-Britney
Avril Lavigne knows her image: a moody, teen rock star with an acidic tongue, steely stare and tough-girl attitude.

Music charts

Morissette remains vibrant on ‘Chaos’

Clancy says Iraq proof that ‘good men make mistakes’
A well-known author with many admirers in the military calls the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq proof that “good men make mistakes” -- and says he almost “came to blows” with a leading war supporter, former Pentagon adviser Richard Perle. Related stories

Best-selling books

D-Day being commemorated on TV with special programs, tributes
In addition to A&E's movie about Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 60th anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated by television in many ways during the week leading up to the event itself next Sunday.

Book events
Area book events over the coming week

New Music City store opening Tuesday
Music City opens a new store Tuesday at 1322 N. Monroe St. which will feature a recital hall for performances by area students.

Kids will love ‘Shrek’ DVD set with 3-D glasses
Expect adult griping about the new “Shrek” DVD set. Widescreen fans will whine that the original “Shrek” movie is sized for a standard TV screen. Those with standard-size TVs won't appreciate that the accompanying “Shrek 3-D,” an all-too-brief 16-minute short, is only in widescreen. And no one is likely to be thrilled with the questionable quality of the 3-D technique.

Political punch lines
On its face, it wouldn't seem to be a good thing. You're the president of the United States, running for a second term, and some of the most popular commentators on television are depicting you as a dimwit and a vacation-loving slacker who lets your No. 2 guide the ship of state.

Movie stars require a brain
I figured out why movie stars generally are young. It's not just because they look good naked. It's also because their brains still work.

Regular grooming pays off for dogs, their owners
Your dog might not be appearing in the show ring at Westminster anytime soon, but frequent sessions with a brush and comb will not only keep your dog looking like a star, it will also contribute to her overall health and comfort.

Spokane calendar

Idaho calendar

Green giants
Extreme makeovers are the rage these days, so it's comforting to learn that some things are not being reformed, reshaped, reinvented or revamped. Shrek, for instance.

Memorial Day time to honor others, fine-tune your own legacy
Anyone who has lost a beloved -- whether through the ravages of time, illness, accident, crime or war -- can vividly recall precise details of that wrenching moment and the sense that life was deeply and forever changed. But regardless of how much that moment personally sears us, practically everyone is also taken aback by how little an individual death is noted by the outside world.

Bag Ladies plan 'sew-in' to make iterms for foster kids
Use your sewing talents and help a child's transition into a foster home through the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Partner's "My Bag" program.

Avoid energy vampires, says doctor
Ever hear the phone ring, and know who's calling before you pick it up? Or have the feeling that the stranger you've just met is not someone you want to hang around?

Nethercutt has own plan for Wild Sky
WASHINGTON -- Hours after formally kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign, Republican Rep. George Nethercutt endorsed a wilderness proposal in Washington state.

Region has a wealth of long-distance trails
Long-distance trails, many of them born from the beds of defunct railroads, are becoming a recreational signature of the Inland Northwest.

Final link in place
It's official, almost. Idaho dignitaries plan to make speeches and cut ribbons on Saturday to dedicate the 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's, a spiffy paved parkway following the old Union Pacific railway from Plummer to Mullan.

New CWD study raises concerns
A new study shows chronic wasting disease can spread through environmental contamination and not just animal-to-animal contact, a finding that could change the way experts fight the ailment that afflicts deer and elk.

Field Reports

Trail’s charm wins you over
It's not an auspicious first impression. As you descend from the absolutely adorable, self-described “alpine town” of Rossland into Trail, British Columbia, the valley proudly presents Teck Cominco's smokestacks, busily churning out who-knows-what.

Southern belles
Twenty years ago, Kevin Kelly ended his paid tour of Houmas House by tossing a quarter into a wishing well fashioned from a huge, sugar-cane syrup kettle.

Share travel observations with those in the know
Wouldn't it be neat to have the power to make hotel bosses quiver at the knees? Well, maybe not actually tremble in fear, but at least recognize and respect the power of the guest/consumer?

Some things to consider if travel plans include flying this summer
Heading through an airport this summer? Leave yourself plenty of extra time. So say travel experts who are predicting a return to the insanity of the summer of 2000, when record numbers of fliers caused delays on the ground and in the air.

Myrtles ‘one of America’s most haunted houses’
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. -- Mossy oak limbs pointed like accusing fingers at the Myrtles Plantation, and a hard rain fell as we entered “one of America's most haunted houses.”

Bus tour to offer look at area burned in Glacier park
KALISPELL, Mont. -- Free bus tours are offering a look at the area burned by the conflagration that closed much of Glacier National Park in 2003. Dates for the four-hour tours include this Wednesday and Saturday.

Search for bear by air, sea in Kodiak
Search for Alaskan brown bears in the rugged wilderness of Katmai National Park on an eight-day nature expedition by floatplane, sea cruiser and kayak.

Cruise lines introducing low-carb menu choices
Can 96 million Americans be wrong? Apparently cruise lines don't think so when it comes to low-carb diets. According to Opinion Dynamics Corp., 70 million Americans watch their carbs, and another 26 million are hard-core diet fanatics, says Time magazine.