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Monday, June 7, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online June 7, 2004

World pays tribute to Ronald Reagan
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Ronald Reagan was remembered Sunday with jelly beans, flowers and American flags at memorials in his hometown and outside the mortuary where the former president's body lay.

‘France will never forget’
ARROMANCHES, France – Near the five beaches where waves of Allied soldiers stormed ashore 60 years ago, world leaders put aside their differences Sunday to commemorate the D-Day invasion that broke Nazi Germany's grip on continental Europe.

Woman says house built by strangers ‘a God thing’
The sun slides westward at the end of the day. Its white-hot face has cooled to a brilliant orange, washing everything at Sherrie McGowan's place in golden light.

High gasoline prices may beach boaters
The weather may have kept most boaters off area waters this past weekend, but it may be the price of gas that keeps them ashore next weekend.

Attacks kill U.S. soldier, 20 others
BAGHDAD, Iraq – In a series of attacks against U.S. forces and the Iraqi police who aid them, insurgents killed at least 21 people over a 24-hour period, American and Iraqi officials said Sunday. One U.S. soldier was among the dead. Related stories

Congress weighing proposal to halt fixed-rate student loans
For students with loans to pay off, times have never been better. And they may never be this good again.

Statins may prevent cancer
NEW ORLEANS – In a case of medical serendipity, the cholesterol-lowering pills called statins, already widely prescribed to prevent heart attacks, also appear to have an unintended but potentially substantial benefit of warding off cancer.

Texas advises people not to mess with slogan
DALLAS -- “Don't Mess with Texas” -- and get a lawyer for anyone trying to earn a buck off the slogan.

Rashad makes Tony history
NEW YORK -- “Avenue Q,” a cheeky little musical that uses puppets, four-letter words and catchy, jinglelike tunes, was the upset winner Sunday at the Tonys where history was made as Phylicia Rashad became the first black actress to win for a leading dramatic role.

Cell-phone text messages may be part of Bryant case
DENVER – A few hours after NBA star Kobe Bryant had sex with a Vail-area hotel worker last summer, the woman exchanged cell-phone text messages with a former boyfriend and someone else.

Revised Gaza plan advances
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won Cabinet approval Sunday for a watered-down version of his proposal to pull out of the Gaza Strip without a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Pope enthralls crowd on Switzerland visit
BERN, Switzerland – A stronger-looking Pope John Paul II, appearing to thrive on the enthusiasm of young Swiss Roman Catholics, joined 70,000 people Sunday in celebrating his first open-air Mass abroad in nine months.

National news
Kerry lauds Reagan, cancels some events Toledo, Ohio Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry lauded Ronald Reagan's legacy of bipartisanship Sunday and canceled five days of campaign events in honor of the former president's death.

Iraq, U.S. to coordinate military
UNITED NATIONS – Iraq and the United States pledged to coordinate military operations and work together to help safeguard the country's security after the transfer of sovereignty to the new interim Iraqi government on June 30, according to letters obtained Sunday by the Associated Press. Related stories

Iran: Agency’s verdict likely to disappoint U.S.
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has answered most questions about its nuclear program and does not expect the U.N. atomic agency to declare it in violation of its international obligations, despite American lobbying, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

Report cites abuse in Iran
CAIRO, Egypt – Iranian judges have detained and tortured writers, student leaders and political activists in secret prisons and muzzled reform-minded newspapers to “shut down” dissent, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday that holds out little hope for change.

International news
Cameraman killed in Saudi shooting Riyadh, Saudi Arabia An Irish cameraman working for the British Broadcasting Corp. was killed and a British reporter was injured in a shooting Sunday in the Saudi capital just hours after the foreign minister said the kingdom was doing “everything we can” to protect citizens and residents.

Train party skips Spokane
The Inland Empire was built in large part with trains that no longer travel to Spokane. This week the last passenger train to regularly visit Spokane, Amtrak's Empire Builder, celebrates 75 years.

County to hold hearing on land rules
Local residents are finally getting the chance to compare Kootenai County's proposed new rules for how to divide and classify land.

Boy survives fall from window
A 4-year-old would-be superhero escaped serious injury Saturday after he jumped from a second-story window at his family's north Spokane apartment building.

Moose art vandalism continues in CdA
Coeur d'Alene's colorful moose statues are proving irresistible – to vandals. The life-size fiberglass moose, each decorated by an artist, were attacked again Saturday night.

Accuracy watch
Workshop information omitted Because of a copy editing error, information on Brad Waller's stage combat workshop was omitted from Sunday's Close to Home column. The workshop is scheduled for Aug. 21 and 22 at the Spokane Falls Community College Student Union Building, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. The first day will focus on unarmed fighting; the second day will focus on sword moves. The workshop costs $100, and classes are limited to 30 students. To register, call Mike Winderman at

Christians seek city’s transformation
Ask some Christians in Spokane about the power of prayer, and they'll point to the example of Ruth Ruibal in Cali, Colombia.

Hundreds of skaters turn out for dedication of Valley park
Sliding rails – climbing and scraping a skateboard along a raised metal rail – was just a bit riskier than usual Sunday at Spokane's newest skateboard park.

Idaho records
For Monday, June 7, 2004

Rodeo rider gored to death
Bull rider Jeremy Ives died Sunday after he was gored during Saturday's Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo in Tonasket, Wash., said rodeo chairman Paul Vickers.

Police call off search for woman
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Two weeks after Brigham Young University student Brooke Wilberger disappeared from a parking lot here, police have called off the organized search effort.

Want more business? Start by investing in your workers
I love getting feedback from readers. Recent columns on customer service, for example, sparked a lot of response. Those discussions with readers invariably bring in more column ideas.

Oracle of Omaha offers words of wisdom
Last month, nearly 20,000 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders listened to Chairman (and superinvestor) Warren Buffett and his partner, Charlie Munger, answer questions for five hours in Omaha. Here are some snippets, paraphrased:

Wasted Wealth?
Tracy Yen's opinion of 401(k) plans soured when she was laid off from her first job and learned she hadn't been with the company long enough to keep the matching funds her employer had contributed to the plan.

All points of view should be heard
Our View: Student courageous for exercising his free-speech rights.

In their words...
“The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves.”

Monday’s Roundtable page discontinued
Regular readers of The Spokesman-Review's opinion pages will notice that today's op-ed page, known as Roundtable, is missing. Starting this week, on Mondays only, that space will be reallocated for news content. We will continue to devote that page to letters and other reader content Tuesday through Sunday. The question-and-answer feature “Ask the Editors” will move from Monday to Friday.

Rocking the Riverfront
Twelve teen bands will compete to be named Spokane's top garage band Saturday during BOBfest at Riverfront Park. Related stories

Scandal not Rumsfeld’s fault
The prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was not Donald Rumsfeld's fault. Could he have acted quicker, informed more people and made a more convincing apology? Probably. Should he take full responsibility for something that a few miscreant solders decided to do on a whim? No. Related stories

Wanted: Former Our Generation Writers
For an upcoming special edition, we want to know what became of writers, reviewers and illustrators who used to work for Our Generation. Related stories

Secretary should pay for mistakes
The White House is rapidly losing control in Iraq. According to Gallup polls released in April, a plurality of Iraqis believe that the war has done “more harm that good,” and 71 percent view coalition forces as occupiers rather than liberators. April was the bloodiest month of the war for coalition forces so far, and 10,000 civilians were killed in 2003. Related stories

Drug-addicted brother has to want to heal
Dear Annie: I'm 20 years old and live at home with my parents and my 17-year-old brother, “Joe.” This past year, Joe admitted trying drugs and skipping school. His grades have dropped, and he lies about everything.

So, it turns out that Macaulay isn’t really that alone after all
Macaulay Culkin is a normal, well-adjusted 23-year-old guy. Really. “Contrary to popular belief, I've never been to rehab,” Culkin says. “What else haven't I done? I've never been to jail, never been arrested. All the child-star cliches. I've actually tried very hard to avoid them all.”

Bridge
Dear Mr. Wolff: As a relative beginner, I have not yet moved past strong two-bids. I was taught that you should normally respond two no-trump to show a negative, but I have heard recently that it is now acceptable to pass with a poor hand.-- Powerhouse, Saint John, New Brunswick

Caller ID gives us freedom of choice
Miss Manners

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) •••••• -- Visualize, but also act on what you want while the going is good. You have the ability to see what others don't and break away from patterned thinking. You'll find unusual answers. Experts and research are helpful.

Prepare your pets to become baby's best friend
Michelle and Bryan Eacret knew their pets might be jealous when they added a baby to their family.

Nesting needs differ for nonhandy families
Everybody we know is remodeling. My friend Karin and her husband just gutted and renovated their kitchen.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. How old were Caesar and Cleopatra when they got together romantically? A. He, 54. She, 21.

‘Road Rules’ pushes limits in South America
Season 13 of “Road Rules” won't just be another six young-adult archetypes in an RV. This time, it's “X-Treme.”

Take your pick: thriller or romance
A couple of original cable productions are tonight's only new shows outside the heinous-reality category. On Sci Fi at 9, it's the premiere of the four-part miniseries “5 Days to Midnight.” Timothy Hutton stars as a physics professor who learns that he's going to be murdered in five days. The people close to him may not be what they seem, but he doesn't know how to change history's course without causing more problems.

Looking back Bells for St. John’s Cathedral in 1968
Ready for shipment The 49-bell carillon at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Spokane hail from the John Taylor & Co. foundry in Loughborough, England. Pictured here in October 1968, several of the bells were headed for the S.S. Sienna to be shipped via the Panama Canal to the United States. The lead bell was the largest and named “Great John” after the patron saint of the cathedral.

How about some old M’s magic!
SEATTLE – Free-swinging Jolbert Cabrera was determined not to swing at anything. Billy Koch walked Cabrera with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night. Related stories

Pistons do it their way
LOS ANGELES -- Deciphering exactly what happened in Game 1 of the NBA Finals was difficult. The Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Lakers beat themselves, too.

Gaudio’s victory one for the ages
PARIS – Even one point from defeat, Gaston Gaudio just kept telling himself to enjoy the moment, to cherish the chance to play in a French Open final.

Sunday’s best
golf Big win for Big Easy Ernie Els (left) has just a little trouble before rolling to 4-stroke win at Memorial.

Page C5auto racing He'll take the win

Softball’s Babe Ruth
Olympian Stacey Nuveman did her interview by phone while sitting in a San Diego airport awaiting a flight to Northern California.

Sunday’s N.L. games
Braves 6, Phillies 4: At Atlanta, Kevin Millwood remained winless against his former team, allowing a go-ahead, three-run homer to J.D. Drew in a six-run fifth inning that led the Braves over Philadelphia. Millwood (4-4) wasted a four-run lead and dropped to 0-6 with a 9.10 ERA in six starts against Atlanta, which traded him to Philadelphia for catcher Johnny Estrada on Dec. 20, 2002.

San Diego narrows its list to three
After months of evaluating thousands of athletes around the country, the San Diego Padres narrowed their decision on the No. 1 draft pick to three players.

Sunday’s A.L. games
Yankees 2, Rangers 1: At New York, Mike Mussina took a shutout into the ninth inning and Jason Giambi homered in his return from the disabled list, leading the Yankees over Texas. Bernie Williams, batting leadoff for the first time in eight years because captain Derek Jeter sat out for the second straight day with a pulled right groin, homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning from Ryan Drese to help the Yankees win for the 11th time in 13 games.

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

Better lucky than good
DOVER, Del. – Mark Martin attributed his victory to good fortune and he wasn't about to apologize.

Shanghai shows off new track
SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai inaugurated its Formula One circuit Sunday, marking international auto racing's arrival in China and a milestone in the nation's rise as an international sports venue.

If history means anything, Lightning will win Cup
TAMPA, Fla. – In Game 7 of a Stanley Cup finals, anything can happen. A winner emerges from the opportunistic bounce of a puck, a loser spends years replaying mistakes that occur in a millisecond yet alter the outcome of an entire season.

National sports
Wambach's second-half goal helps U.S. women tie Japan Abby Wambach scored her 12th goal in as many games, and the U.S. women's team recovered from a humbling first half to tie Japan 1-1 Sunday in Louisville, Ky., in a tuneup for the Athens Olympics.

On the air
For Monday, Jun 7, 2004

Huskies come up short of Super Regional berth
The Washington Huskies, needing to beat Tulane twice to advance to a Super Regional, dropped the first game 12-3 and saw their season come to an end in Oxford, Miss.

Crush deal Shadow first PDL defeat
SALEM, Ore. – Andriy Budnyy tallied two goals and an assist and Pedro Figueiredo-de Sousa added a goal and an assist as the Cascade Surge cruised to a 4-2 victory over the undermanned Spokane Shadow on Sunday at McCulloch Stadium on the campus of Willamette University.

Avengers snakebit again
Sherdrick Bonner threw six touchdown passes to lead the Arizona Rattlers into the second round of the Arena League playoffs with a 59-42 win Sunday over the Los Angeles Avengers at Phoenix.

Kelowna sweeps RiverHawks
The Kelowna Falcons roughed up Spokane reliever Bobby Barcus, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning, to rally for a 7-6 victory and a Pacific International League sweep of the RiverHawks in baseball action at Spokane Falls Community College on Sunday.

Philadelphians rue Smarty’s Belmont Stakes defeat
BENSALEM, Pa. – Just when Philadelphia thought it had a long-awaited champion, Smarty Jones failed to bring home horse racing's most elusive prize.

Nicklaus still mum on retirement plans
DUBLIN, Ohio – Jack Nicklaus wouldn't say it was his last competitive round – and he wouldn't say it wasn't.

Big Easy wins Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio – Ernie Els made two short birdie putts to close out his victory Sunday in the Memorial, an appropriate end to a display that impressed the greatest clutch putter of them all.

Aussie Webb puts it all together, claims first LPGA win this year
Karrie Webb won for the first time this year, playing a bogey-free final round for a five-shot victory at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic at Aurora, Ill.