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Tuesday, June 1, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online June 1, 2004

The resurrection of Harrison
HARRISON, Idaho – Economic salvation has begun rolling quietly into this tiny town on the tail of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Uranium flows from Congo mines – in burlap bags
SHINKOLOBWE, Congo – Business is booming in the mining zone that supplied uranium for the atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – despite a decree by Congo's president banning all mining activity there. Related stories

Bomb shakes coalition HQ
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb exploded Monday near coalition headquarters, killing four people and wounding 25 in violence that U.S. authorities believe was aimed at blocking the coming transfer of power. Related stories

Veterans’ sacrifices honored
ARLINGTON, Va. – President Bush declared Monday that “America is safer” because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in somber but historically asymmetrical Memorial Day tributes.

Monorail fire injures nine
SEATTLE – Fire struck one of Seattle's monorail trains outside the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center on Monday afternoon.

New floods in storm-weary Midwest
MARENGO, Ind. – Residents spent Memorial Day cleaning up and recovering belongings from wreckage left by a tornado that smashed through town, part of a weekend-long wave of violent weather across the Midwest.

Last widow of a Civil War vet dies at 97
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alberta Martin, the last widow of a Civil War veteran, died on Memorial Day, ending an unlikely ascent from sharecropper's daughter to the belle of 21st century Confederate history buffs who paraded her across the South. She was 97.

National news
Firefighters form barrier lines around New Mexico wildfire CAPITAN, N.M. – Firefighters cleared a line around a lightning-sparked blaze that has burned about 30,000 acres in rural south-central New Mexico, bringing containment to 35 percent Monday.

Long-awaited Medicare drug program set to debut
WASHINGTON – As Tuesday's starting date approaches for the Medicare drug discount program, the number of older Americans enrolling for the new benefit has been disappointing, according to some card sponsors.

Security agency faces cut
WASHINGTON – The anti-terrorism agency that Congress rushed into existence just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks to protect America's planes, trains and trucks is shrinking, and could all but fade away.

U.N. returns to Haiti after disastrous floods
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.N. troops are going back to Haiti, but after a decade of failed missions, many in the traumatized nation wonder whether the peacekeepers – cobbled together from countries ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe – are up to the daunting task.

Karachi mosque bombed
KARACHI, Pakistan – A bomb ripped through a Shiite Muslim mosque in Karachi during evening prayers Monday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 38 others. A top Pakistani official said the blast could be revenge for the assassination of a senior Sunni cleric.

World news
Leader denies giving any expulsion orders Jakarta, Indonesia President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Monday denied ordering the expulsion of the American head of a think tank that assessed Inonesia's separatists conflicts.

Iraqi council postpones meeting to select president
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's Governing Council postponed a meeting to select a new Iraqi president by a day Monday, breaking a self-imposed U.N. and coalition deadline to announce a new government by the end of May. Related stories

U.S. toll
As of Friday, May 28, 800 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 585 died as a result of hostile action and 215 died of non-hostile causes. The department did not provide an update on Monday.

Records show detainees who died were assaulted
WASHINGTON – More than a third of the prisoners who died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were shot, strangled or beaten by U.S. personnel before they died, according to death certificates and a high-ranking U.S. military official. Related stories

Vandals strike CdA moose
Coeur d'Alene police are investigating a double moose-tipping. Two of the 26 full-size fiberglass moose were damaged by vandals Monday morning, according to a statement from police Sgt. Christie Wood.

Spending time in jail would be no picnic for Junior
“I'm stuck at Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin' on.” – from “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash

Service promotes patriotism
Alexis Milliken, 6, didn't need to look at the words. “I already know this one,” Milliken said before bursting into “America the Beautiful” with more than 200 other people gathered at Fairmount Memorial Cemetery for the Memorial Day service.

Accuracy watch
Softball headline incorrect Because of a copy editor's error, a headline in Sunday's Sports section incorrectly described the winning hit in Prairie High School's State 4A softball victory over University High. The winning hit was a double.

City gears up for youth soccer tournament
More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Region Championship Tournament this month, but they may be out of luck if they don't already have hotel reservations.

Expect no room in the region at end of month
More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Region Championship Tournament this month, but they may be out of luck if they don't have hotel reservations.

Freight train kills 2 on bridge
RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – A Union Pacific freight train hit five people Monday as they were walking on a railroad bridge over the Lewis River, killing two of them.

USDA to test Washington cattle
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to test between 5,000 and 10,000 Washington cattle for mad-cow disease as part of a $70 million effort to find out if the infection is present in the United States, and if so, at what level. Related stories

Regional news
Two 11-year-old girls arrested Two 11-year-old girls were arrested Saturday night for allegedly smashing several windows at Adams Elementary School and trashing the principal's office, Spokane Police said.

Crews rehabilitating burned Boise forest
BOISE – Helicopters are carrying crews and thousands of small trees deep into the Boise National Forest to fill in holes left by a 2003 fire.

NIH scandals trigger demands for overhaul
BETHESDA, Md. – The jewel of American medical research is starting to lose some of its glitter.

Flags honor those who died in Iraq
RENO, Nev. – Backers and critics of the war in Iraq joined Monday to plant 800 small American flags on the lawn of the federal courthouse to honor the U.S. servicemembers killed in Iraq. Related stories

Decision is a big lift for 49 Degrees North
Only one final appeal period stands in the way of 49 Degrees North ski area's expansion. Colville National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell recently signed off on the ski area's master development plan. That allows the Chewelah, Wash., resort to build a chairlift that will access 300 new acres of skiable terrain, said Eric Bakken, the mountain manager.

Enron case comes home to Houston
The first criminal trial of former Enron Corp. executives, scheduled to start in a Houston courtroom next week, will test jurors' reactions to more than two years of nonstop negative publicity about the demise of the hometown corporate giant.

This firm has plenty of pull
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- The lure swam a foot below the surface, wiggling like a wounded minnow and making a rattling buzz.

Our school system must be revamped
The No Child Left Behind Act may be underfunded, but that is not what is wrong with it. Although it is a well-meaning attempt to bring up the lowest third of our students, its real problem is that it amplifies one of the worst aspects of American education: its mechanical, rote nature.

More commentary online
Author and psychologist Susan Linn, writing for Knight Ridder: “When it comes to the marketplace, kids are hot. Corporations spend at least $15 billion annually targeting children with commercial messages – 2.5 times more than 12 years ago.

Washington kids need protection
Our View: Government should budget for a better child welfare system.

Young journalist needs reality check
I've chosen not to see the video of Nicholas Berg's beheading. I made the same decision two years ago when a clip of Islamic terrorists decapitating a reporter named Daniel Pearl surfaced online. My reasoning is the same now as it was then. There's something obscene about watching from a desk chair as a man's head is sawed off for your … what? Benefit? Entertainment?

Mascots show rigid, unfair view of Natives
It was once said by Richard Henry Pratt, the director of the Carlisle school for Indians, “Let us by patient effort kill the Indian in him and save the man.” However, this is not the whole story of how dominant American society would perceive Native peoples.

Poor crosswalk striping deadly Another pedestrian hit! The nearby crosswalk was unmarked. When did the city last take a serious look at Spokane streets, excluding pot holes and other needed areas of repair?

Bulin Wall stand tall as Tampa Bay heads home with series tied
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Tampa Bay Lightning didn't ask goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for much in the biggest game in their history, only perfection. He delivered it, too, by all but saving their season.

Aide named to replace Mooney at WSU
PULLMAN – Washington State University promoted assistant baseball coach Donnie Marbut to the head coaching position Monday, replacing Tim Mooney, who submitted his resignation last week.

Ichiro hits way past Blue Jays
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki had three hits to give him 50 in May, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Monday night.

Lakers headed back to Finals
LOS ANGELES – The Lakers love a little drama – and the NBA's most entertaining show is headed back to the NBA Finals.

What if …?
There's been a lot of crying lately about the players the Mariners let get away in recent years, and how they surely could help this year's club. Related stories

Triple Crown? Smarty Jones not a safe bet
You heard it here first, unless you ran into me already at the pool hall – Smarty Jones is DOA this Saturday. It is a foregone conclusion that Smarty Jones will become the 12th Triple Crown winner, but you can stick that foregone conclusion in a paper sack and sell it for two bits at your next garage sale.

M’s warmed up in May; Ichiro torrid
SEATTLE -- Say this much for the month of May: It wasn't especially kind to the Seattle Mariners. Related stories

One fan’s attempt at a different sort of cycle
Charlie Hamilton, the Boston Red Sox fan who's cycling to every major league ballpark this summer to raise money for cancer research, reached No. 7 on his list Monday when he rolled into Petco Park.

Monday’s games
Tigers 8, Royals 4: Eric Munson and Carlos Guillen hit two homers each, the first multihomer games of their careers, to lead Detroit past visiting Kansas City. Omar Infante also homered for Detroit, which had its first five-homer game at Comerica Park. Dmitri Young, playing his first game since breaking his right leg April 6 in the season's second game, went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Carlos Pena had a two-run triple for Detroit, which had 14 hits.

National sports
Texas top seed heading into NCAA baseball tournament Texas was selected Monday as the top seed for the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament, and the Southeastern Conference received a record nine berths.

On the air
For Tuesday, Jun 1, 2004

Today’s menu
Off-track betting The Greyhound Park: Dog racing, first post 9:30 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:45.Replay

Big names about to hit the market
NEW YORK -- Now the bargain hunting starts. Beginning today, Kurt Warner, Eddie George, Rich Gannon, Larry Allen and other aging, high-priced NFL stars are likely to become available simply because they're aging and high-priced.

Irwin’s birdie on 18 secures Senior PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hale Irwin survived a grueling week and a challenge from the Champions Tour's newest player to win his fourth Senior PGA Championship.

Nalbandian fells a beaten up Safin
PARIS -- Marat Safin's left pinkie was mummified. Parts of four other fingers were wrapped with white tape, too, and matchbook-sized patches protected each burning palm. Splotches of rust-colored medicine stained his hands.

Bruins win 10th crown
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kristen Dedmon hadn't had an at-bat in more than two weeks. She hadn't driven in a run in a month. The 19-year-old freshman didn't know exactly what she was getting into before delivering the biggest hit of UCLA's season.

Indians tickets go on sale today
The Spokane Indians will put individual game tickets for the 2004 Northwest League baseball season on sale today.

With dad on her mind
RATHDRUM -- Kari Darnell will head off to college in the fall with her father near her heart.

Valenzuela to seek court’s help
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Designed for Luck won the $456,000 Shoemaker Breeders Cup Mile at Hollywood Park on Monday in what could be Patrick Valenzuela's last winning ride – or ride of any kind– for a month.

So much can go wrong
NEW YORK – The Triple Crown is racing's greatest challenge, so it stands to reason that it takes an exceptional horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

Funny Cide a victim of ‘sidesteps’
NEW YORK -- With a year to consider what went wrong in Funny Cide's failed attempt at the Triple Crown, trainer Barclay Tagg has come up with plenty of reasons.

Rice looking for reversal of Indy trend
INDIANAPOLIS -- Raise the Stars & Stripes. Sing the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There's an American champion at the Indianapolis 500.

Common drugs linked to sex drive
Fetuses and newborns exposed to some common anti-inflammatory drugs may be at risk for lasting changes in brain structure that can affect adult sexual behavior, according to a new study involving rats.

Nudity, justice for all
Let's keep the patriotic vibe going another day. Back before “under God” was inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, the line was “one nation indivisible.” But Katherine Chew knew of a grade schooler who always said “one naked individual.” Related stories

Back in the swing
Reaching to pick something up, you immediately feel a big twinge. It hurts to move. Sitting is even worse.

Lowe looking to hit new highs with lower-case ‘dr. vegas’
Last season, Rob Lowe starred as a lawyer in an NBC drama called “The Lyon's Den,” but his character wasn't named Lyon. This fall, he'll star in CBS' new medical drama “dr. vegas,” though his name won't be Vegas, either.

Oedipus phase should have passed by now
Dear Annie: Six weeks ago, my 11-year-old son walked in on my husband and me having sex. The door was locked, but “Ian” used a screwdriver to force it open.

Aries (March 21-April 19) – Say what you mean, but don't expect others to work with you. Somehow, somewhere, there exists an innate misunderstanding. Check out where it might be. If you can, wait until tomorrow to clear the air. Deal with individuals, not groups.

Some swear by fruit pectin for pain
Dear Dr. Gott: Please provide further information about the use of Certo for arthritis. Dear Reader: Several years ago, I casually mentioned in this column that I had heard from some people whose arthritis had responded to Certo, and I asked readers to educate me about the use of this product.

Survey shows prayer tops list of complementary medicine
Thirty-six percent of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine, according to a new government survey of more than 31,000 adults. When prayer for health reasons was included in the definition, that percentage rose to 62 percent.

Low-carb diet produces similar results to standard low-fat diet
The question: Picking a diet plan has befuddled many people. Some opt to cut calories; others, carbohydrates or fat. Does one method have advantages over the other?

Heel pain most often caused by plantar fasciitis
My husband's heel has been bothering him. For a while. About two months, now. I want to either 1) give him a bottle of ibuprofen or 2) send him to a professional who will do the proper diagnostic exam and tests, and then give him a bottle of ibuprofen. Just kidding.

‘Summerland’ relies on unlikely plot
June 1 seems like a good day to start thinking about summer. You can tune in to “Summerland,” a new Family Fare drama that has its two-hour premiere on the WB at 8.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. Look up “sleeping in the nude” in your Love and War man's files and see if the proportion of Americans who do so is greatest in Texas.

Scholars find shared fascination with ‘Buffy’
It's tough for scholars to be taken seriously when their subject is a TV show about a California blonde fighting evil in a high school built on a gateway to hell.

EWU announces winter quarter graduates
Eastern Washington University has recently announced its roster of graduates who have received bachelor's and master's degrees for the winter quarter 2004.

Hollywood offering a slew of heroes
The multitude of heroes bursting forth from Hollywood's summer movie lineup -- Achilles, Spider-Man, Shrek -- are all different.

Emotional tale
Lori Loughlin is on the beach. There's sand and deck chairs and surfboards -- but the sunshine is artificial light and the sky a painted backdrop.

Networks’ traditional sitcoms come upon hard times
Comedy nights are being dismantled. NBC's former “must-see Thursday” is now being anchored by a reality show. And no network is bringing any more than two new sitcom titles to the fall schedules next year.

Looking back All aboard!
In the summer of 1932, the Shaw children and their cousins lined up on this horse for a photograph near St John, Wash. Pictured third from left was Bud Shaw, fifth from left was Bernida Shaw and next to her was Alvin Shaw. The family used to gather in the area annually for a reunion.

As drug co-pays rise, health may decline
Co-payments for prescription drugs may seem like a relatively minor expense; after all, many people must foot the entire bill for their medicine. But raising those payments, especially for folks who take several medications a day, can have a dramatic effect on even the privately insured.