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Friday, June 4, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online June 4, 2004

Tenet to quit as head of CIA
WASHINGTON – Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet, who presided over intelligence failures and successes of historical proportions, said Thursday he would leave the job, telling CIA employees in a tearful speech that his decision had “only one basis in fact,” a desire to spend time with his wife and teenage son.

Students get schooled in job hunt
Carrie Smick thought she'd have a job by now. Since returning to Spokane from school in Boston about a month ago, she's applied at Luna, American Eagle, Victoria's Secret, Denny's, the Rockwood Bakery, Red Robin, the Mustard Seed, Gordy's and the Gap, but has only had one group interview with the clothing store American Eagle.

CdA to buy land by Ramsey Park for baseball fields
The McEuen baseball field might get a new home. The Coeur d'Alene City Council voted Tuesday night, after a closed-door session, to put a $400,000 down payment on 12 acres that adjoins the existing Ramsey Park.

No quick fix to burning question
SETTERS, Idaho -- By 8:30 Thursday morning, a long line of pickup trucks had gathered on the edges of a dirt road near this tiny crossroads south of Coeur d'Alene and about 70 people – mostly farmers, mostly men, many wearing ball caps – were tromping around some stands of Kentucky bluegrass.

Bush urges allies to stay course
ROME – President Bush, facing tough talks with U.S. allies, said Thursday it would be disastrous if they took their troops out of Iraq. Related stories

Top Shiite cleric endorses interim Iraqi government
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The one man in Iraq with the power to single-handedly scuttle the new U.S.-backed interim government gave it a guarded but crucial endorsement Thursday. Related stories

Deaconess nurses vote to unionize
Registered nurses at Deaconess Medical Center voted to unionize Thursday and pledged to work with administrators on the hospital's ailing finances.

County buys ex-Stockyards for $3.54 million
Spokane County is one step closer to siting a proposed sewage treatment plant at the former Stockyards in East Central Spokane.

National news
Judge orders trial for midwife in baby death Pittsburgh At a hearing that drew busloads of Amish protesters, a judge Thursday ordered a midwife to stand trial in the death of an infant after a complicated home delivery.

Rumsfeld balks at sharing Boeing tanker data
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has sharply limited the information he is willing to let Congress see on a controversial defense contract that is the focus of multiple investigations.

Spelling bee winner the boy of letters
WASHINGTON – A 14-year-old Indiana boy mastered “autochthonous” to win the National Spelling Bee Thursday, outdueling 264 rivals, including one who fainted on stage but recovered to take second place.

Report: Weak tracking lets foreigners overstay visas
WASHINGTON – The federal government vastly underestimates how many foreigners are overstaying their U.S. visas – as four of the Sept. 11 hijackers did – and isn't tracking them adequately, a new federal report said Thursday.

Intelligence failed, Rumsfeld says
ABOARD THE USS ESSEX – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told sailors and Marines aboard this helicopter carrier today that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, could have been stopped if U.S. intelligence had penetrated the small group that planned and carried them out.

General: Rumsfeld OK’d Cuba interrogations
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld personally approved four special interrogation techniques used on two al Qaeda operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who then talked about the terrorist network and its plans, the commander of U.S. forces in Latin America said Thursday.

Officials found at fault in murder probes
MEXICO CITY – At least 81 government officials in Chihuahua state may face charges of negligence and abuse of power involving the murder investigations of women in Ciudad Juarez, federal prosecutors said in a report released Thursday.

Iraqi boy travels to Japan for treatment
TOKYO – While on assignment in Iraq two months ago, photojournalist Shinsuke Hashida was so moved by a boy partially blinded by glass shards during a gunbattle that he made a promise: To return to Iraq and bring the child to Japan for medical treatment. Related stories

Canadian church affirms ‘sanctity’ of gay relationships
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – The Anglican Church of Canada affirmed the “integrity and sanctity” of same-sex relationships Thursday, a move that stops short of authorizing blessing ceremonies for gay couples but still may provoke rancor in the global Anglican Communion.

Tiananmen Square not forgotten
HONG KONG – Ever since Beijing sent tanks and troops to crush the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement, Hong Kong residents have led a candlelight vigil on the anniversary.

Four guilty in sale of Royal Library items
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Three family members and a friend of a dead Royal Library worker who stole thousands of rare books, maps and copper prints in the 1960s and 1970s were convicted Thursday of selling some of the items through international auction houses.

Tenet’s departure comes at bad time for spies
WASHINGTON – George Tenet's sudden resignation as CIA director could hardly have come at a worse time for the U.S. intelligence community and President Bush.

FBI proposes separate intelligence branch
WASHINGTON – FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Thursday proposed the creation of an intelligence service within the FBI that would have its own director and budget and would operate separately from other parts of the law enforcement agency.

Feds widen Chalabi probe
WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have broadened their investigations into former Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi's relationship with Iran to examine whether several U.S. officials leaked classified material to Chalabi and members of his Iraqi National Congress, a Senate Intelligence Committee member said Thursday.

Airlines say recovery in jeopardy
WASHINGTON -- Airline executives warned members of Congress on Thursday that a nascent industrywide recovery has been undermined by rising fuel costs, and that carriers cannot afford to pay an additional $435 million in security-related fees sought by the Bush administration.

Shopping bounces back
NEW YORK – Consumers shopped with renewed enthusiasm during May following a one-month break, giving many of the nation's biggest retailers solid sales gains.

OPEC decision not likely to result in lower gas prices
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- OPEC agreed Thursday to raise its oil production ceiling by 2 million barrels a day next month and an additional 500,000 barrels a day in August if necessary in a bid to rein in uncomfortably high prices for crude. Oil prices fell for the second straight day from peaks reached earlier this week.

Itron gets OK to buy unit of Schlumberger
After months of review, U.S. antitrust authorities Thursday approved the sale of Schlumberger Limited's automated meter reading equipment unit to Spokane-based Itron Inc.

Pay gap still favors men
WASHINGTON -- If a woman wants to make more money than a man, her job options are severely limited. She could clean up hazardous waste. Or install telecommunications lines.

A blooming business
NEWPORT -- It's Robert and Linda Karr's busy time of the year at their two-acre iris nursery in Newport, Wash. They barely have time to shake the dirt from their overalls. On Memorial Day weekend this year, more than 700 people came to their outdoor business to select and order irises from nearly 2,500 varieties growing in full splendor, with tiny name tags identifying one variety from another.

U.S. may slash lumber tariffs
WASHINGTON -- In a preliminary decision hailed by Canada, the Commerce Department Thursday recommended that the United States cut in half steep tariffs on imports of Canadian softwood lumber.

Stocks sag as investors await job report
NEW YORK -- Stocks slid Thursday as investors focused on the government's upcoming employment report, shrugging off a widely expected decision by OPEC to raise its crude oil output.

Business news
DirecTV to add local channels Satellite TV provider DirecTV announced Thursday that Inland Northwest subscribers to its service will start receiving eight Spokane channels starting today.

Rallying for the rural life
Chuck and Janet Hafner's one-acre yard is a retired couple's paradise. In the middle, vegetables grow in a small garden. In the back, pins mark Chuck Hafner's miniature golf course. And near the house, 69-year-old Janet Hafner's dozen or so plastic pink flamingos stand stiff-legged, their beaks poking toward the grass.

Students and egg hit Oregon Trail
The Watson family's imaginary baby – a raw egg, really – died quickly after birth, a definite sign of the family's rash behavior and poor decision-making. Borah Elementary fourth-grade teacher Cindi Ulen handed the five Watsons an egg to represent the newborn baby they'd carry on their upcoming Oregon Trail trek re-enactment. It didn't take long before the egg was sailing from father to daughter to grandmother, and one of them wasn't gentle enough for the baby.

Damaged moose art to be fixed
The bright yellow crime-scene tape has come down at two spots along Coeur d'Alene's Northwest Boulevard where vandals tipped over and damaged moose that are a part of a summer-long public art and fund-raising project. The fiberglass moose carcasses were removed by Wednesday morning and hauled off to a local man's paint shop for repair.

Store stocked with history can’t seem to escape its past
Granny Rosell works 12 hours a day, seven days a week, earning almost nothing. Related stories

Long-haul stint reflected Foutz’s spirit
At age 26, Lena Foutz had already explored the far reaches of the United States from a semitruck.

Justices question school fix answer
BOISE – Idaho Supreme Court justices raised additional questions Thursday about constitutional flaws in the state Legislature's attempt to end a long-running school funding lawsuit.

‘One Big Table’
The students milled around on the loading dock, dwarfed by slates of grape jelly, stacks of white bread and barrels brimming with jars of peanut butter.

Roskelley won’t seek another term
Spokane's mountain-climbing County Commissioner John Roskelley announced Thursday that he won't be seeking another term. Roskelley said that he is proud of what he's done in office, but that it's time for new challenges.

New school gets finishing touches
The scent of new paint still lingers in a room or two, marking the end of a yearlong wait for River City Middle School in Post Falls.

GU exploring run at bio-tech research
Gonzaga University could be entering the world of bio-tech research, an arena that has traditionally been the domain of state schools such as Washington State University and the University of Washington.

Search reveals emaciated animals
The stench made Spokane Police Officer Terry Preuninger gag. It was so bad, he thought he was going to find the body of the little girl's missing mother.

A river with real return?
Mike Edwards envisions a Spokane in which tourists roll into town and pick up brochures in their hotels advertising rafting trips on the Spokane River. He sees them biking on a network of trails along the river, riding horses and taking in the views from easily accessible trailheads.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-elder sued
The family of a girl who was molested by a former Jehovah's Witnesses church elder has filed a civil lawsuit against the former leader and the church.

Idaho No. 1 in impoverished young adults
BOISE – Economic problems plaguing much of rural Idaho since the mid-1990s are being blamed for pushing 29 percent of the state's young adults into poverty and aggravating school dropout rates.

Regional news
County's smoking ban gets snuffed out again Tacoma The state Court of Appeals on Thursday decided smokers can once again light up in Pierce County bars, restaurants and bowling alleys – at least as long as a legal battle rages over the county's indoor smoking ban.

State’s high court strikes down license suspension laws
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out two laws that have allowed the state to suspend driver's licenses by mail without a hearing if the driver failed to pay a traffic fine.

Jury resumes deliberations in terrorism case against UI student
BOISE – A verdict eluded the jury for a second day in the case of a University of Idaho graduate student accused of using his computer skills to foster terrorism on the Internet.

Apparent meteor lights up sky
SEATTLE – A meteor about the size of a computer monitor lit up the Northwest sky early Thursday morning, setting off sharp booms as it flashed across the sky.

Bush event held in Olympia met by anti-war protesters
OLYMPIA – A Bush-Cheney campaign event touting the benefits of the controversial Patriot Act was met Thursday by dozens of demonstrators railing against “King George” and the war on terrorism. Related stories

Enron tapes more than just foul
AUSTIN, Texas – CBS News has acquired tapes of Enron employees boasting about how they were “*** over” California during the late, great “energy crisis” there.

In-your-face political discourse a loser
Promiscuousness in political discourse seems rampant in the countryside. It can be rather one-sided and rude and turns up when you least expect it.

Input sought on gorge
Almost 100 years ago, the Olmsted Brothers recognized the Spokane River Gorge as a valuable community treasure worth preserving as an accessible greenbelt for generations to come. Since 1997, Friends of the Falls has worked to achieve this vision.

Riverside beach sends good signal
Our View: Coeur d’Alene leaders back on track with waterfront news.

WWII vets overwhelmed by gratitude
It's probably safe to say that few, if any, of the more than 100,000 World War II veterans at the dedication of the impressive memorial in Washington, D.C., over the Memorial Day weekend expected thousands of young Americans to tell them they appreciated what the ‘'Greatest Generation” had done for their country.

Suspect bites police dog, sets fires in escape attempt
BEND, Ore. -- A man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend set two fires and bit a dog on the head as he tried to escape from police, the authorities said.

Senate OKs easing radioactive waste cleanup
WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday agreed to ease cleanup requirements for tanks holding millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from Cold War-era bomb making.

Sandy to step down as state GOP leader
BOISE – State Republican Chairman John Sandy, who drew the wrath of party conservatives for backing Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's temporary sales tax increase 2003 and of some special interests for supporting a smoking ban, is stepping down after one term.

Scientists try to impregnate bear
SEATTLE – Scientists in Seattle have performed the first artificial insemination attempt on the world's smallest and perhaps most threatened species of bear, the Malayan sun bear.

Danger draws climbers to ridge
SEATTLE -- The second death in roughly two weeks on Mount Rainier's Liberty Ridge has prompted some to wonder why climbers would try to tackle the steep and slippery terrain.

Ibanez destined for DL
SEATTLE – From the just-when-you-thought-things-couldn't-get-any -worse file: Struggling starting pitcher Gil Meche is jettisoned to Class AAA Tacoma before Wednesday's game. Left fielder Raul Ibanez, one of the few run producers on the roster, leaves the game with a strained right hamstring. Starting pitcher Joel Pineiro allows a second inning grand slam, from which the Mariners never recovers. Related stories

Flames have goal in sight
TAMPA, Fla.-- Thanks to Jarome Iginla's stamina and Oleg Saprykin's second effort, the Calgary Flames are one victory away from a Stanley Cup their coach insists nobody outside of Canada wants them to win.

Volleyball coach makes grade
It would seem that Washington State University has hired a new volleyball coach who is as deeply committed to academic excellence as he is athletics.

Cougars mask their good hires
Like a Beckett play, the introductory press conference at Washington State University grows increasingly spare, to the point of comic nothingness.

Smarty Jones the right horse at right time for nation
NEW YORK -- Suddenly, Smarty Jones is being mentioned in the same breath as Secretariat and Seabiscuit.

History in making: French Open final features Russians
PARIS – Given the wild swings of fortune Jennifer Capriati has weathered in a tennis career that began much too soon, it almost warranted pity when the 2004 French Open draw was unveiled, mapping out her impossible road to the title.

Spring training star Bocachica makes his way back to Mariners
SEATTLE – Hiram Bocachica is back in a Seattle Mariners uniform, wearing the smile he had in spring training and, apparently, having forgotten one of the worst days of his professional life. Related stories

Garciaparra nearing return
Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hopes to be back in the Boston Red Sox lineup early next week, he said Thursday.

Thursday’s games
Devil Rays 5, Twins 2: At Minneapolis, Aubrey Huff put Tampa Bay ahead with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Devil Rays beat the Twins. Held hitless for five innings by Twins starter Johan Santana, the Devil Rays rallied to win a road series for the first time since last Aug. 26-28 at Seattle. Lew Ford hit a leadoff home run for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of its last 14 – and five of seven to last-place Tampa Bay.

National sports
QBs Testaverde, Warner sign with new NFL teams Vinny Testaverde wants another chance at age 40 to be a starting quarterback. His former coach is giving it to him.

On the air
For Friday, Jun 4, 2004

Today’s menu
Off-track betting Coeur d'Alene Casino: Dog racing, first post 11:30 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:25 a.m.

RiverHawks open second season Saturday
The Spokane RiverHawks open their second season of Pacific International League play this Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College with a 5 p.m. game against the Kelowna Falcons.

Jackson scores 15 as Storm quiets Taurasi
Lauren Jackson finished with 15 points after going scoreless in the first half, helping the Seattle Storm top the Phoenix Mercury 72-45 Thursday night at Seattle.

Recreation calendar
Basketball June 19: Four-on-the-Floor outdoor basketball tournament for all ages and categories. For more information call 299-3682 or go to www.wannabeehospitality.com.

West Valley girls basketball coach takes position at Kent-Meridian
Paul Voorhees has resigned after one year as the West Valley High's girls basketball coach to accept a similar position at Kent-Meridian.

Huskies nine strokes off pace in NCAA men’s golf championship
The University of Washington men's golf team, with three of their five players graduates of Spokane high schools, remained in fourth place after the third round of the NCAA men's golf championships on Thursday in Hot Springs, Va.

Gonzaga’s varsity 4 in semis
The Gonzaga University men's varsity 4 crew advanced to today's semifinals at the IRA National Championships by winning the team's heat race on Thursday in Camden, N.J.

From preps to the pros
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant and Richard Hamilton first crossed paths when they were prep stars in the Philadelphia area.

Hunting and Fishing
Trout The Spokane area put-and-take lakes are still producing, and could get even better as the weather settles. Diamond is loaded with small rainbow, and Loon Lake is giving up some of its biggest rainbow in years. Fishtrap is good, and the weed growth on West Medical has actually improved fly fishing, according to Steve Moss at Blue Dun Fly Shop in Spokane. He also said Badger and Williams are fishing very well.

Curtis, Els share lead at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Evidently Ben Curtis is not a superstitious man. Either that or the lifelong Cleveland Browns fan has his limits. One day in Cincinnati Bengals gear is all he can stand.

Official records
For Friday, June 4, 2004

Battle slugs on their home turf
Eeeeeuuuwwwww! We've all done it. Picked up a pot or board off the damp ground and put a hand on the bottom only to touch something really slimy. Yep, you've found a slug.

Chic peek
When you step through the door of Bob and Carla Besser's house, you step right into the heart of their home. The small house that began life as a tiny mill cottage in Coeur d'Alene doesn't have a fancy entryway, or a front parlor kept spiffy for company.

And we’re guessing that Strawberry got more dates
This may come as a shock, but Janet Jackson has always thought about sex -- a lot. “As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that I had a very active sexual mind at a very young age. I hope that doesn't sound bad,” she tells Blender magazine.

Anything short of open honesty is inexcusable
Carolyn: So I found out that a guy is interested in me and I called him. I have a boyfriend, whom I've lived with for three years. The guy who is interested and I are meeting for lunch. He knows I have a boyfriend, he knows that I know he is interested in me in more than a friendly way, and he knows I am just interested in being friends. Am I opening a can of worms by having lunch with him? -- Aberdeen, Md.

Bridge
As West, on lead to three no-trump, you experiment with an imaginative heart queen, the unbid suit, which runs to South's king, East contributing the seven. Instead of playing on diamonds, declarer crosses to the spade ace and plays a club to the jack and your queen. What now?

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) – Your take-charge attitude saves the day. You will know when to charge in and when to pull back. Your instincts work overtime, as you will, too! Don't make a big deal about what is happening. Kick back and relax.

Being called liar demeaning too
Miss Manners

Concrete work split between prep and pour
Watching a craftsman at work can be an inspiring experience. We were recently involved in a large, somewhat complex concrete pour. The nine concrete finishers, the two laborers, the carpenter and the pump operator all working together was a demonstration of real teamwork. This crew poured and finished 4,000 square feet of 6-inch-thick concrete (including 300 feet of faced, 6-inch curb) in less than six hours -- an impressive feat.

Illumination sensation
When Glen Blandy looks at a house and garden at night, he sees it as a scene on canvas just waiting for an artist to paint it -- with light.

10 tools essential in garden quiver
“Gardening needn't be an expensive hobby,” says Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware's “Helpful Hardware Man.”

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Thomas Jefferson wasn't much interested in social rank. It was he who put a circular table in the presidential mansion's dining room. To do away with pecking-order seating.

‘Practice’ exec to make reality show on lawyers
Producer David E. Kelley, who dramatized the law in “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal,” has teamed up to create an NBC reality television show about lawyers.

Aerosmith offers something new
A Friday night in early June. No surprise that there isn't much on tonight, folks. I strongly advise you to flip over to the movie ads and head out to the multiplex.

Looking back Coulee Dam, Wash., 1966
Space Needle Information Center The new Space Needle Information Center in Coulee Dam, Wash., was open for business in August 1966. The structure was modeled after the Space Needle in Seattle and was built by the Grand Coulee Chamber of Commerce. The stand was torn down in the early 1990s, but the space needle portion still stands today on Roosevelt Way.

Yo! Get some crunk lingo if you want your props
WHADDUP, DAWG? You still usin' that wack steelo? Talkin' all last year? You need to bounce wit' that and get caught up on the latest lingo. How are you gonna floss with blingin' ice and fly gear if you have no game? That's my word, yo. If you want to keep up with the now, you have to keep it real, yo. You'll only get sick props if you're flipping the script right, aiight?

CenterStage set to rock Saturday
TONY BROWN, aka DJ Grand Groove, is no stranger to organizing eclectic shows at CenterStage. At this point, it's become an expected quarterly event. Previous ones have been well-attended by an all-ages crowd that spans from elementary schoolers to college professors.

‘Contagious joy’ keeps rhythm
When Coeurimba is hammering out its style of traditional Zimbabwean polyrhythms, even the most beat-challenged listener gets caught in the pulse.

Johnson takes show to Gorge
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for a concert by alternative pop/folk singer Jack Johnson with G. Love and Special Sauce and Donavon Frankenreiter, Sept. 25 at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Tickets are $39.50, through Ticketmaster outlets (ticketmaster.com or 509-735-0500).

Jules turns his career into gem
Gary Jules was a victim of record-label politics that almost doomed his career. But instead, Jules found his way in the music business through the back door of film.

Pride week’s activities won’t be short on entertainment
PRIDE WEEK, packed full of events, is coming. Now, I know most of you probably are wondering what Spokane could have for Pride Week that possibly might interest you. Well, drop the pessimism.

All is Fair
Let's play a word association game. Ready? OK, the word is: FAIR. Sticky hands. Huckleberry ice cream. Llamas. Sleeveless Van Halen T-shirts. The Gravitron. Bagged goldfish. Screams. Elephant Ears. Squeals. Massage chairs. Bus-size corn dogs. Deep-fried Twinkies. GERMS!

West Side festivals
West Side festivals June Seattle International Film Festival, May 20-June 13, Seattle. www.seattlefilm.com.

Day tripping
Day tripping June Lake Chelan Motorcycle Rally, today-Sunday, Manson. (509) 687-9418, www.lakechelanrally.com.

Events Friday 6/4
friday 6/4 2004 Grape & Grain

ArtFest
ArtFest Free music and arts festival co-sponsored by the Museum of Arts and Culture and the Spokane Art School. Juried art booths, artist demonstrations, live music, children's stage, hands-on art activities and food booths. Today: noon-8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MAC, 2316 W. First. (509) 456-3931.First Friday

Wiz kids
Harry Potter is 13 now, an awkward age for anyone – even a boy wizard armed with magical powers.

Sometimes, audience entertains
Bruce Lee doesn't need subtitles. That fact was driven home to me late one night in Guatemala City several years ago when, during a showing of Lee's kick flick “The Big Boss,” the audience of mostly young Spanish-speaking men yelled out every time the Hong Kong hero struck a fighting pose.

Get out of jail in 16 minutes
If you ever get arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary in Spokane after allegedly breaking into a home and waking the resident up with a beating, there's apparently a surefire way for you to get out of jail. No need for a cake with a file in it. Just hire local attorney Craig Smith, then have him ask Superior Court Judge Neal Rielly to spring you. Make sure Smith says “pretty please” and you might leave the holding cell in 16 minutes. Oh, and one DUI conviction shouldn't make it more

‘Colonial House’ reminds of worst of good old days
What it is: “Colonial House” is the recently aired PBS series of “projects in experiential history.” It, like “Manor House,” “1900 House” and others before it, drops a group of 21st-century people into life in the past, complete with historically accurate living conditions and hardships.

How much per gallon?
For good reason, everyone lately has been grousing about the soaring prices of gas and milk. Milk costs about $3.50 a gallon, and regular unleaded gas has topped more than $2 a gallon. And if your car likes to drink fancy schmancy gas – well, just fuhgeddaboutit.

Take me out to the …
“Backyard Baseball” ••• (out of four)

Theron burns hot in intense ‘Monster’
“Monster”• Movies about murder are seldom pleasant to watch. Double that feeling for serial murder. Yet art isn't always pleasant, and while writer-director Patty Jenkins' film “Monster” is arguably not high art, Charlize Theron's savage impersonation of Aileen Wuornos certainly is. Wuornos is the woman who was executed by the state of Florida in 2001 for having shot and killed seven men in 1989-90. Jenkins' film tells a based-on-truth story of the murders, of Wuornos' relationship with her youthful partner (Selby

‘Queer Eye’ cleared path for ’Blow Out’
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (Bravo, Tuesdays) is back for another season of amazing heterosexual makeovers. That's great news for all of the fashionably challenged boyfriends out there, but my question is: Does this experiment really work?

Special find out there somewhere just for you
Every collector and junker knows that the irresistible lure of treasure hunting is the idea that something wonderful is out there, something meant for you alone, just waiting for you to find it.

Keep past in the past
Q: My boyfriend and I are very close and share everything with each other. Recently he asked me about my sexual history. I've done some pretty wild stuff in the past. Should I tell him about it? Or is it better to keep it on the down low?