Grand jury probing Met
A federal grand jury is investigating Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Inc., an indication that the bankruptcy case could include criminal elements. Related stories
Sabrina and Mike Carroll of Spokane have been married six days shy of a year, but they haven't spent a single night in the same bed. Related stories
Hospitals' charity care costs soaring
As more people lose jobs and health insurance, Inland Northwest hospitals are seeing a steep increase in charity care and bad debt.
European Union becomes a giant
The European Union expanded at midnight Friday to take in a region isolated during the Cold War, creating a 25-nation economic giant with the potential to rival the United States. Church bells rang and fireworks exploded over eastern Europe in celebration.
Iraqi troops replace U.S. Marines in effort to end siege of Fallujah
Led by a former Saddam Hussein general, Iraqi troops replaced U.S. Marines on Friday and raised the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Fallujah under a plan to end the monthlong siege of the city. A suicide car bomb on the outskirts that killed two Americans and wounded six failed to disrupt the pullout of Marines from bitterly contested parts of the city. Related stories
N. Korea to open border, accept aid
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea reportedly agreed Friday to open its heavily armed border for relief goods from the South, countering criticism it would rather remain isolated than accept aid for victims of a deadly train explosion.
Coal mine explosion in China kills at least 35
BEIJING -- An explosion in a coal mine in northern China killed 35 miners, state media and a local official said today.
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A subdued Jackson pleads innocent
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- In a whispery voice, pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent Friday to an indictment that went beyond child molestation to include charges that he conspired to abduct, imprison and extort his accuser.
Fighter jet enters final stage of testing
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force's newest fighter plane has begun a final stage of flight testing aimed at preparing it for use with combat units.
Texas piano professor killed
AUSTIN, Texas -- A University of Texas graduate student was charged with murder Friday after police said he used a meat cleaver to kill an acclaimed piano professor.
Naked man hijacks school bus after crash
A naked man hijacked a school bus to flee from police after he crashed his vehicle into the bus, police said.
Buffet apologizes for booting dieters
Chuck-A-Rama says it's still not an all-you-can-eat establishment, but the restaurant chain is serving up an apology to a low-carb couple cut off from eating beef after making one too many trips to the buffet.
Parachutist finds himself in a snag
Police ticketed a man who parachuted off a downtown building but got tangled on a pole, leaving him suspended above the street.
Judge orders report on elephant's happiness
A judge gave a Tennessee zoo six months to convince him that an African elephant named Ruby is adapting well to her new home after being separated from a pachyderm friend in Los Angeles last year.
Bishop apologizes for comments on feminism
Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley offered an apology to women for including feminism in a list of societal ills, and for his decision not to include women in a foot-washing ceremony.
Prisoner sentenced for role in standoff
An inmate who took part in a 15-day prison standoff, holding two guards hostage and raping one of them, was sentenced Friday to seven life terms.
Chicago police cameras raise privacy concerns
CHICAGO -- Renee Singletary has noticed a big change since police mounted a conspicuous video camera near the West Side barber shop where she has worked for a decade.
Authorities identify latest adult-film star to get HIV
An adult-movie actress known as Jessica Dee was identified as the third performer to test positive for HIV in an outbreak that has mostly shut down the porn industry.
Spelling bee held for deaf students
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- In this statewide spelling bee, the room was nearly silent: No words were read aloud for the contestants, who "fingerspelled'' each letter in a contest conducted entirely in sign language.
American death toll in Iraq surges
WASHINGTON -- The deadliest month of the Iraq war for U.S. troops has taken an especially heavy toll on the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Related stories
Vineyards cope with freeze damage
Bone-chilling January temperatures, where the mercury plummeted well below zero in Eastern Washington, took their toll on the state's vineyards.
South leads home-sales boom
ATLANTA -- If the housing market is keeping the nation's economy afloat, it's the South that's doing the hardest paddling.
Consumer spending holds firm
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, an important force shaping the economic recovery, spent modestly in March, helping the economy log solid growth in the last quarter.
Follow your heart and good things will happen
We want it all. Doing meaningful work the right way with the right people excites us. “Oh yeah, I also want to make a lot of money so I can buy the boat, the big car and the expensive house, too.”
COEUR d'ALENE -- Here's a statistic that makes Carl Wilgus wince: Idaho is one of only two states that have never hosted a U.S. Golf Association national championship.
Tech stocks pull Dow, Nasdaq lower
The plunging technology sector pulled the rest of Wall Street lower Friday, giving the stock market a dismal end to a difficult week and the Nasdaq composite index its biggest weekly decline in 2 1/2 years. Blue chip stocks surrendered moderate gains as fears of higher interest rates again prompted investors to overlook strong earnings -- this time from ChevronTexaco Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co.
Robots take to the road
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Did those orange construction cones just scuttle across the road? It's not a hallucination or the work of a stiff breeze, but the vision of one inventor.
Gasoline company’s profits soar
Driven by soaring gasoline prices, ChevronTexaco Corp.'s first-quarter earnings climbed 33 percent, continuing the oil giant's recent run of gushing profits.
Traffic slows Green Meadows project
Traffic congestion, not wetlands, is the latest problem bogging down plans for the controversial Green Meadows housing development off Rimrock Road.
Bernbaum's winning essay
It's an irony of life that teenagers can study the Holocaust and be horrified by Nazi attitudes and actions but use ''Jew'' as a derogatory term an hour later.
Bloomsday booths offer fitness fun
Danny Lamberton, 18, took a scientific approach to Bloomsday volunteerism Friday. From behind a table at the Bloomsday Trade Show, the Upper Columbia Academy senior pushed free bags of souvenirs on people like an evangelist sells religion on a street corner. Related stories
CdA animal shelter opens today
With a fresh contract from the city of Coeur d'Alene to handle runaway or dangerous pets, a new animal shelter will officially open today in a former auto dealership.
Folks ride, run to remember one very special boy
Panhandle pieces: ONE WINTER, Dylan Dean watched a frail woman shoveling snow from her sidewalk with a dustpan. Despite the cancer invading his bones, the boy stepped in to help. He had one good arm.
Lions benefit auction for toddler is today
The Rathdrum Lions will have an auction today to benefit a Rathdrum toddler in need of a double cornea transplant.
Man's race continues beyond the finish line
Bloomsday is a journey people take one step at a time. Similarly, life is a journey Kevin Carrothers approaches one day at a time. Sunday he will celebrate his fourth Bloomsday -- and nearly 20 months of sobriety. Related stories
Ranch agrees to stop using chemical
PRIEST RIVER, Idaho -- A Priest River ranch has agreed to stop treating fence posts with a hazardous chemical, according to a statement from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Schools seek applicants for trustee position
SANDPOINT -- The Lake Pend Oreille School District is accepting applications for a new school trustee in Zone 5.
Site of Aryan Nations healing
Butler’s old compound is now a peace park, D.F. Oliveria says.
Owyhee Initiative based on consensus
Our view: We finally have something all sides can agree on.
Reality not real when camera present
By now everyone has formed an opinion of whether ABC's “20/20” segment on open adoption was in good taste or bad, whether it was a quality documentary or a smarmy reality show.
Activists disrupt sound wastewater policies
How we get our water and then dispose of it after use are increasingly important questions for Inland Northwest residents.
Gambling machine effort falls short
BOISE -- A group promoting an initiative to extend electronic gambling machines to small race tracks around the state has failed to gather enough signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot. Related stories
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Wood-gathering ban to be reconsidered
Colville National Forest officials are reconsidering a wintertime ban on firewood gathering, after an angry backlash by hundreds of northeast Washington residents.
Hanford may get more waste
The battle over nuclear waste at Hanford is heating up once again. Eight Oregon and Washington Democratic congressmen are slamming a Bush administration plan to import more radioactive waste to Hanford -- already the nation's largest nuclear waste dump. Related stories
Valley workers seek union representation
Several city of Spokane Valley employees want to join a union, but the staff and its administration can't agree on who should be prohibited from organizing.
Climate change drives forest growth
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- High in the rugged Klamath Mountains, an old-growth stand of Brewer spruce, left over from the last mini-Ice Age, was killed when the Biscuit fire burned across 500,000 acres of southwestern Oregon forest two summers ago.
Seattle singer's killer gets 36 years
SEATTLE -- The man found guilty of first-degree murder in the 1993 rape-strangulation death of Seattle punk-rock singer Mia Zapata was sentenced Friday to more than 36 years in prison.
Archbishop proposes institute to study child abuse
TACOMA, Wash. -- Saying it's not "just a priest problem,'' Seattle Roman Catholic Archbishop Alexander Brunett wants to see the creation of an institute to research new ways to prevent and treat child sex abuse. Related stories
Condition of shaken baby improves
A 12-week-old baby who suffered a condition known as shaken baby syndrome last week has been upgraded to satisfactory condition.
Woman dies, another injured in car crash
One woman was killed and another injured Thursday night when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Thor and Hartson.
Motorcycle crash victim identified
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office released Friday the name of a Medical Lake man who was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van.
'Worker memorial ceremony' is today
Holding to a 15-year tradition, the Spokane Regional Labor Council will hold a "worker memorial ceremony'' today in honor of dozens of Washington workers who died last year on the job or from work-related diseases.
Ice Age Flood Trail takes a big step forward
A proposal to create a trail that follows the course of massive Ice Age floods through four states to the Pacific Ocean has gained momentum with the support of a member of Congress.
Officials examine body found in river
The last thing Bob Utecht wanted to do was call the police. Fresh from a release from prison last week, Utecht and a friend went bicycling Friday along the Centennial Trail.
Trained dogs used to chase away bears
These are not your average Fidos. State Fish and Wildlife officers used a team of specially trained dogs Friday to chase away a bear released in a southeast King County park.
Couple plead guilty to selling tourist visas
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A couple who bought a luxury home on the Oregon Coast with proceeds from selling tourist visas to illegal immigrants from India and Vietnam pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges.
Gay-marriage opponents to hold rally at Safeco Field
Opponents of gay marriage, including members of hundreds of conservative Christian churches, plan to gather today at Safeco Field for a "Mayday for Marriage'' rally.
Williams convicted on four lesser charges
OMERVILLE, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams was acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his mansion, but found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting.
Not what they had in mind
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Starting quarterback Michael Harrington was eager to show the crowd at the Kibbie Dome how much the University of Idaho football team has progressed during spring drills. Related stories
It’s good riddance to April
DETROIT -- Peeling tape off his knees, his face striped with shaving cream, Bret Boone decided to ask the questions. “Was that a bad month or what?” he asked. And before anyone could respond, he took the opportunity to complete the interview. Related stories
This Derby handicaps handicappers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Here's all you need to know about the Kentucky Derby this year: If you pick the winner, you're going to get a price.
Marquis on marquee at The Links
Patti Marquis hasn't taken a day off yet this spring. She normally arrives at work at 6 in the morning. She usually leaves around 8 in the evening.
Friday's NL games
Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 0: Randy Wolf extended his scoreless inning streak to 21, and Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome hit consecutive homers to lead Philadelphia to a win over visiting Arizona.
Guillen and Garcia have a history
Carlos Guillen and Freddy Garcia grew up together on a baseball field, first in Venezuela, then the Houston organization and then in Seattle. Related stories
Friday's AL games
GU rowers win 8th straight
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- Gonzaga University's women's rowing team won its eighth straight West Coast Conference title by the slimmest of margins Friday on Lake Natoma.
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Medicine Hat wins opener
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Steve Regier scored two goals on Friday night as the Medicine Hat Tigers opened the WHL final with a 4-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips.
Sundin strikes twice as Toronto downs Philadelphia
Like most captains, Mats Sundin attempted to deflect the attention to his teammates. The Toronto Maple Leafs begged to differ, giving him all the credit for leading them to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.
Bloomsday field does shuffle
Warm weather, hot times. Those are the ingredients for Bloomsday 2004, whose elite field has taken a bit of a turn. Related stories
Rain postpones second day of play at HP Classic
As a steady rain fell, Kent Jones' golf bag stood on a soggy rug by the door of his RV.
Ones to watch
Garcia takes photo finish
Lake City High senior Meagan Garcia pulled off a rare feat Friday that only a finish-line photo could verify.
Lake City sweeps two from Lewiston
Adam Capaul and Dan Lau pitched complete games Friday as Lake City took over first place in Inland Empire League baseball with a 6-4, 14-4 sweep at Lewiston.
Ferris earns No. 2 berth in soccer
Ferris has been working to catch Central Valley for the last six weeks of the Greater Spokane League boys soccer season.
Two horses drop out of Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- And then there were 18. Two horses were scratched from the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field Friday morning -- Wimbledon and St Averil.
A new tradition is sewn
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Decades of tradition ended fast and furiously at Churchill Downs.
Tillman led rescue, receives Silver Star
Former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for leading his Army Rangers unit to the rescue of comrades caught in an ambush.
UTEP’s move perks up Vandals
The conference carrousel started spinning again Friday when UTEP accepted an offer to join Conference USA, a development that was met with crossed fingers and gnashed teeth at the University of Idaho.
Den Boer, Garcia leaving Washington State; Simmons gets scholarship
Freshman Lance Den Boer is transferring from Washington State University to Central Washington, part of a number of changes in the Cougarsbasketball program. Related stories
Stanford baseball beats WSU
Mark Romanczuk (9-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings Friday as second-ranked Stanford defeated Washington State 8-3 to open a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Sunken Diamond Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
High school schedule
The old-fashioned dual meet a lost art in Pac-10
Two teams and a scoreboard. What could be better than that? Nothing, according to Washington State track coach Rick Sloan -- which is why he's been looking forward to today, when his Cougars and rival Washington meet at 11 a.m. at Mooberry Track in Pullman for their annual dual.
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Convert old A/C unit to new coolant
Q: Greg, is there any way I can put the new R134a refrigerant into my older R12-based Freon air conditioner in a 1991 Ford? A mechanic said he could convert it, but it would cost more than $250. -- Robert P., e-mail from Maryland
More top V-8s
This week, we continue our picks for the top 10 V-8 engines of all time. Oldsmobile Rocket: Back in 1949, if you had an Olds V-8 under the hood, you had the hot ticket in town. Olds is credited with the first-ever overhead V-8 engines, and they grew to 455-inches along the way.
Increase in SUV rollover deaths prompts call for passage of safety provisions
Washington, D.C. -- Preliminary estimates released this week by the government reveal the highest number of motor vehicle deaths since 1990 and a 10 percent increase in SUV rollover deaths in the past year, sounding a wake-up call to Congress that key auto-safety provisions must be passed immediately.
Confusion abounds over traction control
Drive It Forever
They work their paws off with no reward
Couple creates custom vehicle for adventures
Wheel life: Wildlife photographer doesn’t let disease put a stop to her travels, Julianne Crane says.
Give the nose some respect
Our world wouldn’t be as interesting without smell, Jim Kershner says.
Carol Sablik and her husband, Bruno, have a son who will soon be deployed again to Iraq, but don't tell them you know how they feel. Don't offer a litany of reasons why they should or should not worry.
Arrange for nursing care at her home
Annie’s mailbox: Single man whose mother is ill asks for advice on putting her in a nursing home or caring for her at home.
Keith’s kids? Those apples can’t even see the tree
Couples rule People magazine's list of “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2004,” including cover girl Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Brad Pitt.
Love still shines through veggies
Among friends: Tad Bartimus purges her kitchen of unhealthy foods and discovers a lifestyle change for the better.
U.S. bishop considers sacrament ban last choice
The nation's top Roman Catholic bishop said denying the sacrament of Communion to a dissenting Catholic politician should be the last option considered, “not the first response.”
No to ‘Passion’
CHICAGO -- Velma Dority managed to tune out the chatter on religious radio stations calling on all Christians to see “The Passion of the Christ.” She ignored her virtuous friends who bragged about seeing the film countless times.
Newcomers honored with Dove Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new wave of Christian artists dominated the 34th annual Gospel Music Association Awards, with MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp among the big winners Wednesday night.
Bonfire stokes thoughts on lives ablaze in the Spirit
We can look at life in terms of what a sustainable, useful fire needs: fuel, fresh air and spark, the Rev. Paul Graves says.
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‘10.5’ imagines humongous quake
It's Part 1 vs. Part 1 on Sunday night. An NBC miniseries full of sound and fury and special effects signaling perhaps not much.
Spielberg plans movie about hostage standoff
Steven Spielberg is beginning work on a movie about the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which Palestinian terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches after a televised hostage standoff.
Car shows on the tube gaining popularity
Cars are red-hot on the small screen these days. Home and body makeovers were the wave just a few months ago, but now a lot of attention is focused on things that go fast.
‘Nashville’ finalist surprised to be there
As “Nashville Star” heads into its finale tonight, Matt Lindahl seems startled to be there.
Interest rate angst affects stock growth
NEW YORK – With first-quarter earnings roughly 23 percent higher than they were a year ago, you'd think Wall Street would be on fire.
Few worry about scandals
NEW YORK – Mutual fund investors have been bombarded by bad news about some of the companies that oversee their nest eggs, but a recent study found that few people are terribly worried about the industry's problems.
School districts get visit from NASA representative
Representing NASA was Minot Parker from Oklahoma State University. He opened his presentation to an all-school assembly at Fernan Elementary School, by stressing the importance of education. He pointed out that all astronauts are outstanding academics and that many hold doctorate degrees.
Jim Shaules of Spokane was one of those do-it-yourself pioneers willing to go where no licensed contractor had gone before.
Girl Scouts plan to renovate former Nickel Nik building
The old Maple Street Press and Nickel Nik building is getting a makeover. The Girl Scouts Inland Empire Council is planning a $2.5 million renovation to transform the building at 1404 N. Ash St. into a new Girl Scouts program center.
Frank 'Captain Gil' Roe happiest on a boat
The little pleasures are what can make a life. A tugboat, a home near the water, the Panhandle sky and the soft reassuring sound of the water parting ways was enough for Frank "Captain Gil'' Roe for his own private Idaho.
Mother's Day concert planned at City Park
The North Idaho College symphonic band and madrigal singers will honor mothers with a free concert in Coeur d'Alene City Park on Mother's Day, May 9.
Coeur d'alene job listings
The Job Service is a public agency serving prospective employers and job seekers. There are no fees to use its services. Call (408) 769-1558.
Visiting pastor speaking at Emmanuel revival
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3115 N. 15th St., is hosting a revival with visiting pastor Jamie Work, from Candies Creek Baptist Church in Tennessee.
Insty-Prints launches fund-raising effort
Insty-Prints has established a fund-raising effort to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. The Insty-Prints FootPRINT Fund was launched this week.
Fly Casters Club plans annual event next Saturday
Next Saturday the North Idaho Fly Casters Club is sponsoring the third annual North Idaho Fly Show and Banquet at the Coeur d'Alene Inn.
Motorcycle group holding safety rally
The Lilac City Wings, a local chapter of the National Gold Wing Touring Association, will hold a motorcycle rally to promote motorcycle safety month and to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Host families needed for exchange student
The Coeur d'Alene Sunrise Rotary Club will sponsor Lisa Damgaard, from Hedensted, Denmark, as a Rotary Youth Exchange student at Lake City High in the next school year.
Complementary plants create lush hanging baskets
Have you ever wandered the streets of Victoria, B.C., or Leavenworth, Wash., during the summer and marveled at their incredible hanging baskets? Well, there is more to building these beauties than meets the eye. Simply filling a basket with dirt and topping it off with a handful of plants is not going to produce that look you're trying to replicate.
A 'Sympathique'-fueled siren behind the wheel
I am very careful to stay under the speed limit as I drive around town these days. I have an open container of ''pink martini'' in my car and I don't want to get pulled over.
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New owners have lots of plans for Newman Lake Hardware
The new owners of Newman Lake Hardware are combining the variety of old-fashioned country stores with a healthy dose of humor.
Margaret Cadwallader is flexible when it comes to Pilates. The 70-year-old is more limber than some baby boomers, thanks to a yoga-Pilates class offered through the Spokane Valley Senior Center, 11423 E. Mission Ave.
Workplaces don't become clean by magic
Those are real, and interesting, people who come in after hours, Rebecca Nappi says.
U-Hi stages musical version of 'Little Shop of Horrors'
"Feed me.'' Not the kind of thing you want to hear as you walk into your garden.
Essay earns student trip to Seattle
East Valley Middle School eighth-grader Will Bernbaum proved his mastery of the persuasive essay. Bernbaum won a statewide Holocaust remembrance essay contest after his teacher Julie Scott posed the question of why it's important to teach about the Holocaust in today's multicultural society.
Brandon Campbell will study at PLATO Science Academy
It's a dream come true for Evergreen Middle School eighth-grader Brandon Campbell, who heads to the PLATO Science Academy at Space Center Houston in June.
Auctions, rummage sales abound
If Easter is over, then it must be rummage sale and auction season. Several Valley churches are putting on fund-raisers as they collect donations to fund summer projects and mission trips.
They've got it together
With just three seniors returning from a year ago, the Central Valley Bears have relied on the ethereal to get themselves into the post-season.
Central Valley hosts Strandberg Invitational today
The 20th annual Strandberg Invitational, today at Central Valley High School, is the final weekend tuneup for area track athletes.