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Thursday, June 3, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online June 3, 2004

Barnes, Noble to take over WSU ‘Bookies’
Sometimes you need to call in the big guns. Bookseller giant Barnes and Noble will take over day-to-day operations of Washington State University bookstores in Pullman and other campuses, including WSU Spokane, beginning July 1.

Army extends tours of duty
WASHINGTON – Army officials announced Wednesday that thousands of active-duty and reserve soldiers who are nearing the end of their volunteer service commitments could be forced to serve an entire tour overseas if their units are chosen for deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Related stories

CdA to get new beach along river
Coeur d'Alene is getting a new, sandy beach along the Spokane River that city officials say should be just as nice as City Beach downtown.

Bush compares war on terror to World War II
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – President Bush on Wednesday compared the war on terrorism to the epic struggles of World War II and the Cold War and warned that victory could take decades. Related stories

Lung cancer rates drop for women for first time
MILWAUKEE – Lung cancer rates have dropped slightly for the first time in women, says a new federal report that's full of good news about trends in cancer cases and deaths.

Modest request
REDMOND, Wash. – During a recent shopping trip to Nordstrom, 11-year-old Ella Gunderson became frustrated with all the low-cut hip-huggers and skintight tops.

Students cited for ads against substance abuse
More than 300 students from eight local middle schools competed in the 14th annual Teens Against Substance Abuse Campaign advertising and writing competition sponsored by the Spokane Advertising Federation.

Clinton boosts AIDS fight
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Three years after leaving office, Bill Clinton is starting to show AIDS activists the leadership they wanted to see during his presidency.

E-mail links Cheney, award
WASHINGTON – Shortly before the Pentagon awarded Halliburton Co. a sole-source contract to help restore Iraqi oil fields last year, an Army Corps of Engineers official wrote an e-mail saying the award had been “coordinated” with the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, Halliburton's former chief executive.

Soldiers’ remains returned from Vietnam, North Korea
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii – Remains of 21 American servicemen missing in action in Vietnam and North Korea were returned to U.S. soil Wednesday by a former prisoner of war flying the same plane that carried him home from North Vietnam in 1973.

Bush consults attorney in CIA agent’s outing
WASHINGTON – President Bush has held discussions with a private attorney about possibly representing him in an ongoing grand jury investigation into who leaked the name of a CIA officer to a newspaper columnist, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

Karachi police chief removed
KARACHI, Pakistan – The Karachi police chief was fired Wednesday, and the government promised more changes after three days of unrest that has left at least 26 people dead and brought Pakistan's largest city to a standstill.

Chalabi denies leak allegations
WASHINGTON – Former Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi and his supporters denied Wednesday that he gave Iranian officials classified information indicating the United States had cracked Iran's secret communications codes. Members of Congress sought more details about Chalabi's alleged actions.

Washington Marines killed in Iraq
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. – Two Marines from Washington state are among the latest casualties of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Related stories

Fighting flares in Najaf, Kufa
KUFA, Iraq – Fighting and mortar attacks against U.S. targets in the holy cities of Najaf and Kufa continued Wednesday.

World news
Bush gets $25 billion for military operations WASHINGTON – The Senate and a House committee voted Wednesday to give President Bush the $25 billion he wants for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan later this year, but denied him the free hand he sought to control the money.

Right to anti-gay T-shirt upheld
LOS ANGELES – A school district was accused Wednesday of violating the civil rights of a student who was suspended for wearing a T-shirt saying “Homosexuality is Shameful.”

Convictions in petroglyph thefts
RENO, Nev. – Two men who removed 1,000-year-old Indian rock carvings from a national forest and used some of the 300-pound boulders as lawn ornaments were convicted Wednesday of theft of government property.

Concern builds over college plans
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and federal regulators are examining the fees charged by popular college-savings plans, and an investigation of big brokerage firms' sales of the plans has widened.

‘Stealing from grandmothers’ outlined in Enron transcripts
HOUSTON -- Enron Corp. traders openly discussed manipulating the California power market and joked about stealing from grandmothers during the Western energy crisis in 2000-2001, according to transcripts of telephone calls filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Web can weave woes for businesses
For Uncle's Games, Books and More, online exporting is no game. Internet sales represent about one-third of the Spokane company's total, and a growing share of those revenues come from customers outside the United States. But Uncle's Web experts say they learned some lessons along the way about the who, where and how of overseas sales.

BPA, utilities sign contract to lower rates
PORTLAND -- Some Northwest utilities can expect a 6 percent cut in wholesale electricity rates after settling a nearly 4-year-old contract dispute with the Bonneville Power Administration on Tuesday.

Solid foundation
ATLANTA -- Home Depot chief executive Bob Nardelli admits the home improvement retailer's image has had its highs and lows, and, this might be a jolt, he says both are probably unjustified.

Deaconess nurses take union vote
Registered nurses at Deaconess Medical Center will vote today on whether to join a union. The nurses rejected an organizing drive last year by a vote of 266-252.

Blue chips get boost from OPEC
NEW YORK -- Blue chip stocks got a boost Wednesday as OPEC signaled it would raise output to help curb surging oil prices, offering investors some relief from persistent worries about inflation. But the overall market was mixed while Wall Street awaited May employment numbers from the Labor Department and Intel Corp.'s mid-quarter forecast.

Business News
Help available for home buyers Washington Families who can afford a monthly mortgage payment but do not have enough money for a down payment on a home can apply for assistance through a government program that got under way Wednesday.

British truckers threaten strikes if fuel tax goes up
LONDON – As rising oil prices pushed gasoline past $5.79 per gallon in Britain, truck drivers threatened strikes and cabbies filling up at the pumps complained about working extra hours to make ends meet.

Mexican clown ends popular news show
MEXICO CITY – One of Mexico's most popular and often hard-hitting news programs went off the air Wednesday as Brozo the clown removed his wig and plastic nose to bid viewers farewell.

Bus driver convicted for affair with girl
A 63-year-old Grand Coulee, Wash., man has been convicted of first-degree sexual misconduct for having sex with a high school girl while he was her school bus driver.

Last in Butler case sentenced
The last player in the events surrounding the murder of Brendan Butler was sentenced Tuesday to five years in Idaho prisons.

Roadless areas get attention
BOISE – Roadless forests in Idaho still contain some of the best fishing and hunting in the state, and sportsmen must get involved in preserving them, a conservation group says.

Examiner’s office praised
Like the phoenix, the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has emerged from the ashes as a brand-new institution.

AG alleges scam, files suit
OLYMPIA – At 69, Marilyn Devine tries hard to stretch her $750-a-month Social Security check. Last year, after paying for water, fuel, insurance and lawn care, she was running out of money around the 25th of each month.

Decade-old disappearance still a mystery
Hearing a human leg bone had been found near Indian Canyon Golf Course last month stopped Michelle Melius like a punch in the gut.

Accuracy watch
Comics switched Due to a copy editing error, the daily comics for June 2 and 3 were switched. June 3 comics appeared in Wednesday's paper and June 2 comics are in today's edition. The comics will be corrected for Friday's paper.Taste Washington hours incorrect

Teacher to get bail review hearing
A federal judge will conduct a bail review hearing Monday for a schoolteacher who has been in jail for 16 months, awaiting trial on federal espionage charges.

Commercial strip being revived
It won't be Dinkytown much longer. Sixty years ago the small commercial area on Fourth Street north of downtown Coeur d'Alene was called Dinkytown because, well, it was the smaller business area of town. And it was mostly houses, some rather elegant. You can see this with Yates Funeral Home, which has a commercial front added to a fine, old house.

Legislative phones ring off the hook
BOISE – The number of Idahoans who called their legislators this year skyrocketed, eclipsing the volume from any previous legislative session in the past decade. Related stories

Man allegedly hits, runs, crashes
A Deer Park man fled from the scene of a collision Wednesday morning, but his pickup traveled only a mile before it left the roadway, hit a light pole and rolled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Tom Grant will teach at college
Former mayoral candidate Tom Grant, a journalist who has worked for three different Spokane television stations, is leaving the city to teach college.

Public rejects college funding proposal
Washington state's leading higher education official walked away from the microphone at the conclusion of a public hearing in a Riverpoint campus auditorium Wednesday and said, “Now what?”

Task forces nab fugitive, girlfriend
The Eastern Washington Joint Fugitive Task Force got its man Tuesday night, but it also arrested the fugitive's girlfriend on an unrelated felony drug charge.

Report shows Idaho treasury back on course
BOISE -- Strong May tax collections, coupled with fewer individual income tax refund claims than in past months, erased Idaho's bulging cash deficit and put the treasury back on course to meet the revenue projection on which Gov. Dirk Kempthorne based his budget-balancing plan.

Federal prosecutor dies at 57
SEATTLE – Francis Jerome Diskin, a longtime federal prosecutor who headed the government's case against Algerian terrorist Ahmed Ressam, has died at age 57, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Montana senator’s wife makes deal with federal prosecutors
WASHINGTON -- The wife of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., reached a deal with federal prosecutors Wednesday to avoid prosecution on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Regional news
Al-Hussayen jury begins deliberations Boise Jurors completed their first day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the case of a University of Idaho graduate student accused of fostering terrorism on the Internet.

Report criticizes Washington child welfare system
SEATTLE – State social workers ignored evidence and failed to protect Rafael Gomez, an Ephrata 2-year-old who died last September, according to an outside review that delivers a scathing critique of the state's child welfare system.

Deputies respond to freak crashes
Two freak accidents kept Spokane County sheriff's deputies busy Wednesday afternoon. At 2:28 p.m., deputies responded to Pinebluff Road a half-mile west of Seven Mile Road to a report of a garbage truck that had tipped over, sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan said.

Five-year-old bitten by 10-inch rattlesnake he believed was stick
SISTERS, Ore-- A central Oregon boy who suffered a bite wound after mistaking a snake for a stick was released from a hospital Wednesday.

Watchdog group disappointed with Hanford report
A Hanford watchdog group expressed disappointment Wednesday that an Energy Department investigation found no evidence of criminal misconduct by contractors accused of trying to cover up evidence of worker illnesses.

Firm gave most funds to fight ban
HELENA – Nearly 99 percent of the in-kind donations raised in an effort to overturn a state ban on using cyanide in gold mining has come from a company that was prohibited by the ban from developing a mine near Lincoln, new finance reports show.

Vandalized moose a slap in the face
Our View: Attack on fund-raising sculpture an insult to community.

And another thing. . .
The Bennifer of benefits. If the debut of the Medicare drug discount cards were a movie, it would be “Gigli”: a colossal letdown after months of hype.

Educators missing point of WWII
I wore them as he did, next to my flesh. I was, after all, born of his flesh. The World War II-era dog tags of Clinton S. Thomas with his serial number and blood type stamped on them look as they did then. This metal hasn't tarnished. Neither will his reputation, nor that of every other member of “the greatest generation” whose memorial was dedicated Saturday in Washington and in whose memory this son sat with thousands of other surviving peers. Dad died in 1983, and so

Stem cell debate surpasses politics
WASHINGTON – In this era of intense partisanship, it is rare to see congressional Republicans and Democrats join hands, even in a humanitarian cause. Credit Nancy Reagan for helping to spur this political marvel.

Letters
City should save landmarks Spokane Preservation Advocates, a local nonprofit group with over 500 members, is extremely concerned about the future of the Rookery Block.

Tankers may go back into service
WASHINGTON – Some large air tankers that were grounded over safety concerns could be back fighting fires this summer if their private operators can prove they are safe to fly, federal officials said Wednesday.

Park-living pair shuns publicity
PORTLAND -- A man and his daughter who were discovered after living for four years in the depths of a Portland city park have disappeared again.

Stem cell transplant patient doing well
BOISE –A stem cell transplant appears to have been successful for a 2-year-old girl suffering from a rare disease, officials say.

Phelps, Jays slam Mariners
SEATTLE -- Slumping Josh Phelps hit his first career grand slam, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Wednesday night. Related stories

Foul finish for Shadow
The Spokane Shadow's United States Open Cup game with Sacramento had a realty show ending. It came down to location, location, location.

WAC decision looms for Idaho
The University of Idaho, which struck out twice previously with attempts to join the Western Athletic Conference, makes another pitch to the conference Friday, a day that looms as momentous for the future of Vandal athletics.

Metro prevails over Region team at Jack Blair AAU All-Star game
One thing is certain with the Jack Blair Memorial Girls AAU All-Star Basketball Classic. No, it's not that the Metro team will win, though it did for the fourth consecutive time Wednesday night, this one 116-88 over its Region counterparts before 1,500 at University High.

Whitewater leading way with attitude
Alcoholic beverages have a place on a recreational boat -- stored in the cooler until everyone aboard is safely on shore.

Phelps’ blast dooms M’s
SEATTLE – Lakeland High School graduate Josh Phelps thought he hit a sacrifice fly. To his surprise, the ball carried a little farther.

Wednesday’s games
Astros 5, Cubs 1: At Chicago, Roger Clemens won for the first time at Wrigley Field, keeping his perfect season intact by pitching Houston past the Cubs. Clemens (8-0) came back from three straight no-decisions with seven sharp innings. The 41-year-old Rocket earned his 318th career victory, tying Phil Niekro for the 14th place on the all-time list.

Guerrero plates nine runs in win
Vladimir Guerrero had a club-record nine runs batted in, homering twice and getting four hits to lead the Anaheim Angels over the Boston Red Sox 10-7 Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif.

On the air
For Thursday, Jun 3, 2004

National sports
Receiver Williams petitions NCAA to return to Trojans Kept out of the NFL draft by the courts, wide receiver Mike Williams will ask the NCAA to let him return to college football.

A ringing sensation
San Jose Mercury News columnist Skip Bayless had this reaction when Charles Barkley challenged him and another sportswriter to a celebrity boxing match:

Today’s menu
Off-track betting Coeur d'Alene Casino: Dog racing, first post 9:05 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:25 a.m.

GU’s Bokulich named a rowing All-American
Gonzaga University senior rower Maria Bokulich has been named second-team All-American by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

Three of four ain’t bad: Argentine trio in semis
PARIS -- Gustavo Kuerten's right hip hurt, plain and simple. A shot, a sprint, a lunge: Each was enough to cause pain, making his task that much tougher against a determined David Nalbandian in the French Open quarterfinals.

Shock finding life as defending champions tough
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Coach Bill Laimbeer warned the Detroit Shock that last year's WNBA championship would make the team a target this year.

NW Modifieds hope to finally resume racing
Just in case they've forgotten the basics, it's put your foot on the gas and turn left.

Sutter complains about bias
TAMPA, Fla. -- Calgary Flames coach Darryl Sutter deflected attention away from Ville Nieminen's suspension by complaining Wednesday that some NHL factions badly want the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup.

A special season completed in GSL track
You could sense from the beginning of this Greater Spokane League track season that it could be something special.

Brett’s Dust Devils purchase nears completion
The sale of the Tri-City Dust Devils baseball team to an ownership group comprised of the Brett family is moving ahead despite a few snags.

Minnesota aide to Cougars
Washington State University will introduce its new head volleyball coach over the telephone from Pullman this afternoon, and sources close to the job search say the voice on the other end of the line will be that of University of Minnesota assistant Brian Heffernan.

Official records
For Thursday, June 3, 2004

If nothing else, it’s eye-ronic
Would this qualify as irony? You make the call. Lisa Smith got one of those little white canes grocery shoppers receive for making a donation to the Lion's Club's campaign to help those with impaired vision. Related stories

Affairs of the art
ArtFest, that annual, family-friendly art and music festival that unofficially kicks off the Inland Northwest's outdoor fair season, returns Friday for its 19th year.

‘Harry Potter’ star manages to be a kid
Daniel Radcliffe doesn't need any hocus-pocus to transform himself into a normal teen: The “Harry Potter” actor simply takes off the boy wizard's signature glasses and dons a baseball cap.

HRT may have links to heart disease
Dear Dr. Gott: What is the current dogma about hormone replacement therapy in early menopause?

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) – You have endurance and can deal with whatever this Full Moon drops in your lap. Others seem vague, or could it be that you are blocking the message? A change in your plans seems inevitable. Go with the flow and don't buck the currents.

Bridge
The Dyspeptics Club has bridge players of all abilities, but East is one with a justifiably high opinion of his own skill levels, and a justifiably low one of West's. On today's deal South had stopped in a three-spade partscore (an unusual event in itself), and West led out the ace, king and queen of diamonds.

Another clue for you all: The cokehead was Paul
Paul McCartney says he got no thrill from heroin, but found cocaine more to his liking for a time. “I tried heroin just the once,” McCartney said in interview published Wednesday in London's Daily Mirror newspaper.

Remember, sexiest organ is the brain
Dear Annie: As a youngster, I went through puberty much later than other boys in my class. To make matters worse, let's just say I was not very well endowed and was teased relentlessly in the locker room. It destroyed my self-esteem. I quit playing all sports and withdrew socially, becoming quite overweight in the process.

Director of ‘Azkaban’ brings his own vision to author’s characters
It's almost as eerie as one of the plots from her beloved best-selling books.

KPBX concert tonight at The Met
Sandpoint pianist Scott Kirby headlines “American Journey,” this year's KPBX-FM Underwriter and Volunteer Thank-You Concert tonight at 7:30 at The Met.

ArtFest 2004
Participating artists in this year's ArtFest include:    Spokane area: Steve Adams, blown glass; Dianna Chelf, Schierenschnitt grain painting; Donald Clegg, transparent watercolor paintings; Melissa Cole, painting and ceramics; George Flett, paintings and prints; Ric Gendron, acrylic painting; Casey and Lorie Klahn, pastels; Lisa McKay, raku ceramics; Amy Mickelson, beaded jewelry; Stan Miller, watercolor and egg tempera paintings; Jan Moulder, mixed media lamps; Stephen and Kristin Rue, paintings;

Deer Park elementary expands kindergarten hours
Deer Park Elementary School will offer all-day kindergarten to students next school year. Principal Michele Kent said the school offered one full-day session last year as a pilot project and saw the students make “tremendous growth.” When kindergarteners are in school from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., they “can do more of what we think kindergarteners should do and also have time for play,” she said.

Allow people freedom to make safe choices
In the Valley Voice of May 20th, Sue Madsen expounds on the “click it or ticket” campaign.

COPS watch
An elderly gentleman recently came to the Neva-Wood COPS substation worried that he may be arrested for domestic violence. His son told him that if he didn't stop yelling at his wife, neighbors would report him. But he yells at his wife because she doesn't hear well.

Five Mile Schoolhouse passes first historic test
The Spokane City-County Historic Landmarks Commission unanimously approved two nominations for the Five Mile Schoolhouse, 8621 N. Five Mile Road, to be listed in the Spokane Register and National Register of Historic Places at a hearing May 19. If listed in the National Register, the schoolhouse will also be included in the Washington State Heritage Register.

Bicycling across America
It's safe to say, with a combined 80 years of teaching, Ed Drouin, Neil Kempen and Tim Williams are three wise men.

After kids leave, frantic day starts
A woman who has small children whispered to me, like she was confessing that she dreams of running away with the UPS man, that some days she can't wait until her kids are in school and she can have a little peace and quiet at home alone.

Buddhist Temple plans sacred gongs presentation
The Spokane Buddhist Temple is hosting “A Calling of Angels with the Sounds of Sacred Gongs.”

County OKs bond sale for new Moran library
Moran Prairie residents are one step closer to having a new library. On May 18, Spokane County commissioners approved the sale of the $2.35 million Moran Prairie Library Capital Facility Area bonds to underwriter Piper Jaffray.

 Keeping watch
A large basket full of candy sits next to a thick binder of registered sex offenders' photos on the front desk at the East Central's COPS substation – an indication of the dual nature of the services provided there.

Medical Lake principals exchanging positions
Two principals in the Medical Lake School District are swapping jobs this fall. Mike Dahmen, principal at Michael Anderson Elementary, will become the principal at Medical Lake Middle School, and Dale Lamphere, principal at the middle school, will become the principal at the elementary school.

Cheney cafe offers taste of the Philippines
The Artist Cafe is a hidden treasure tucked away on the west side of Cheney. It's owned by Filipino sisters Amor Canaday, Josie De Guzman and Mila Villa, who moved to Cheney from Vancouver, Wash., when Canaday's husband was transferred here.

Use jumper wire if using nonmetallic water supply
Q: I enjoy your newspaper column, however, I question your advice to replace metal piping with 18 inches of PVC piping for the magnetic water softener. In many homes the electrical grounding is connected to the piping close to the electrical panel. It's not right, I agree, but it is common. The plastic piping will interrupt the path to ground and the home and residents may not be protected.

N.W. Cruisers share interest in PT Cruisers
Car clubs are usually founded on the love of vintage vehicles. N.W. Cruisers is an exception. This club is built around the love of a car first introduced in the United States in 2001: Chrysler's PT Cruiser.

Valley’s costs lower than expected
Running the city of Spokane Valley last year turned out to be cheaper than predicted. Officials from the 14-month-old city touted that as good news last week and said 2003's lower-than-expected expenses will improve its financial forecast. But Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley warned that if the new city continues saving money by cutting back on services, as he asserted it has, citizens will suffer.

Don Mishler enjoyed the outdoors, music
For 39 years, from his high seat behind the wheel of a city bus, Don Mishler watched the world go around. He drove through the streets of Spokane and watched as the city changed and grew.

West Valley Days parade, carnival Saturday
West Valley SCOPE is holding its annual parade and carnival on Saturday. This is the 10th year for West Valley Days, which offers affordable fun for all ages while raising money for the West Valley Sheriff's community policing program.

East Valley senior places first at state musical championship
News about a state champion usually has athletics written all over it. East Valley High School senior Joe Jolley considered going to a regional wrestling tournament this spring but opted instead to concentrate on singing. His choice paid off.

Operating expenses
Running the city of Spokane Valley last year turned out to be cheaper than predicted. Officials from the 14-month-old city touted that as good news last week and said 2003s lower-than-expected expenses will improve its financial forecast. But Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley warned that if the city continues saving money by cutting services, as he asserted it has, citizens will suffer.

There are many factors to consider when seeking balance in garden
What most of us value as we walk through a natural landscape is the diversity of plant materials arranged in a seemingly orderly manner, which we recognize as balance. Today's article explores diversity and balance in the garden, with special attention to shade gardens.

Discovery Shop short of help
A lack of volunteers may curtail operations at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop, which has operated for 19 years.

The A Team’s last run
They're running partners; the A Team. Ariel Grubb and Amber Raines. Distance runners who proudly carried the banner for the tradition-rich Freeman track and cross country programs.

West Valley, U-Hi finish baseball season feeling good
Top eight finishes in state competition are nothing to sneeze at. Both West Valley's baseball and University's softball teams and area track athletes will take them.