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Sunday, May 2, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 2, 2004

This race is no contest
If Democrats don't scramble, Idaho will have its first-ever uncontested U.S. Senate race since statehood this November. Related stories

Some say campaign turns Gorey
WASHINGTON -- It's a recurring nightmare for Democratic strategist Tony Coelho -- the party's presidential candidate portrayed as a flip-flopping opportunist, ill-served by a strife-torn staff. It happened in 2000, when Coelho ran Al Gore's campaign. Now, it's happening to John Kerry. Related stories

For the record
For Sunday, May 2, 2004

Federal use of secret spying warrants surges
The government's use of secret surveillance warrants to track spies and terrorists surged to a record high in 2003, surpassing for the first time the number of wiretaps sought by law enforcement in traditional criminal cases. Related stories

Activists, workers mark May Day with labor rallies
MOSCOW -- Workers and activists across the world used May Day rallies Saturday to press demands as varied as strengthened labor rights, an end to the war in Iraq and reunification of the Koreas.

Rome hotel fire kills 3 North Americans
A fire broke out at a luxury hotel in Rome Saturday, killing three people and forcing the evacuation of tennis stars Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and other players in the Italian Open, officials said.

Woman who sued Rumsfeld now leads a fighter squadron
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A pilot who made headlines for suing the Pentagon is about to become the Air Force's first female fighter squadron commander.

Ex-official is accused of trumping up charges
Police accused Macedonia's former interior minister Saturday of ordering the killings of seven Pakistani illegal immigrants he falsely accused of being terrorists to show solidarity with the U.S.-led war on terror.

Ex-communist nations cheer EU membership
Revelers across ex-communist eastern Europe celebrated their historic entry into the European Union on Saturday amid scattered protests by demonstrators decrying a loss of national sovereignty.

Police free tribesmen seized in security action
Pakistan on Saturday released 78 Pakistani and Afghan tribesmen arrested during a recent counterterrorism operation near the Afghan border and extended a deadline for suspected fugitives to surrender. Related stories

Souter assaulted while jogging
Supreme Court Justice David Souter was assaulted by at least two men Friday night while jogging alone in a Southwest Washington neighborhood, police said, and was later treated at Washington Hospital Center for minor injuries and released.

Amado Avendano, 65, Zapatista activist
Amado Avendano, a journalist and activist who became a well-known symbol of the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, died of a brain hemorrhage Thursday, his son said. He was 65.

Bonnie Jo Halpin, 65, Playboy bunny
Bonnie Jo Halpin, an original Playboy bunny who worked at several of Hugh Hefner's clubs and appeared in the magazine numerous times in the 1960s, died March 31, her friend Joyce Nizzari said. She was 65.

Gaetano Badalamenti, 80, Mafia boss
Gaetano Badalamenti, once described by federal authorities as the "boss of all bosses'' of the Sicilian Mafia, has died, a Justice Department spokesman said Friday.

Children get preview of new Air Zoo space
PORTAGE, Mich. -- For Chris Bell, getting a sneak peek at the Air Zoo's new, 120,000-square-foot interactive aviation museum was like a dream come true.

Corruption at issue in Panama election
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Perhaps, it was the state purchase of 13 new Cadillacs that riled this nation where more than one-third of its 2.8 million people live in desperate poverty.

Researchers mount effort to protect rare star cactus
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas -- Lisa Williams is on edge as she drives down a remote section of highway in southern Texas, half joking that she should blindfold her passenger and insisting that their destination remain a secret.

Five astronauts inducted into Hall of Fame
Five former space shuttle fliers were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, including the first American woman to perform a spacewalk, the first black to lead a space mission and the commander of the doomed Challenger.

Five die in Texas floods
Two toddlers swept away in a stalled car were found dead Saturday, bringing to five the number of people killed in North Texas floods during weekend storms.

Eastern pet owners warned of insect mating season
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- When millions of cicadas emerge across the eastern United States for a rare mating season, they will appear as tasty morsels to pets who could get sick from eating the insects, officials warned.

Study links jet exhaust to climate change
A study by a NASA researcher suggests that exhaust from planes plays a significant role in the climate of the United States.

U.S. returns ancient artifacts to Peru
U.S. officials on Friday returned to Peru 41 pre-Columbian artifacts, including a 1,000-year-old mother-of-pearl knife, an elaborately decorated burial shroud and a gold nose ornament more than 1,700 years old. The items were seized during three investigations.

Man to auction saber-toothed tiger skull found near tar pits
LOS ANGELES -- He makes no bones about it: This tiger's legit, not illicit.

Former nurse to meet with prosecutors
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- A former nurse who pleaded guilty to killing 13 patients in New Jersey will meet next week with Pennsylvania prosecutors, who hope to learn about crimes he may have committed there.

Abuse-panel head cites delay by some bishops
CHICAGO -- The head of a Roman Catholic bishop's lay review board on sexual assault by priests has criticized efforts by some bishops to delay the board's review of reform efforts in U.S. dioceses. Related stories

Families hit hard by 'reality of it'
Through nearly a decade of National Guard drills that regularly summoned her husband from home, Renee Ryken never quite internalized the fact that he could someday become a full-fledged soldier. Related stories

Arrest of woman, 97, sparks policy change
The police department is changing its arrest practices after a 97-year-old woman was detained for an outstanding traffic warrant, provoking a flurry of response, officials said.

Parents get 10 years for ignoring girl's cancer
A couple who let their teenage daughter turn into an invalid as cancer consumed her body were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Photo lab alerts police to child with pot pipe
A man and woman were arrested after an employee at a photo lab saw pictures of a toddler posing with a pot pipe.

No charges after man burns his mobile home
Authorities said Friday they've decided against prosecuting a man who burned down his mobile home so his wife would be left empty-handed in their divorce.

First WWII parade set for May 31 in D.C.
Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, veterans of that era finally will be feted with a big parade in the nation's capital.

'Our own little hell world'
Even Marine snipers have moms. Michael's lives in a little town in southern Spokane County. Actually, Barbara is the 21-year-old lance corporal's grandmother, but she raised him since he was a baby and the bonds couldn't be stronger. Related stories

At least five Westerners killed in Saudi attack
Attackers sprayed gunfire inside a Saudi oil contractor's office Saturday, killing at least five Westerners -- including two Americans -- and wounding at least 25 others. Police killed four gunmen in a shootout after a bloody car chase in which the attackers dragged the naked body of one victim behind their getaway car.

The long reach of a faraway war
Kathy Bryson, an Okanogan music teacher, just found out her husband's yearlong tour of duty in Iraq has been extended a second time. Related stories

Iraqis cheer as U.S. leaves Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Gunmen waved their weapons in Fallujah's streets and outside car windows Saturday, cheering what they called a victory as U.S. forces pulled back. But the Marines insisted they weren't going far and a new Iraqi force taking the front line will root out die-hard insurgents. Related stories

Veteran criticizes Iraq war policy, urges leaders to match GIs' courage
WASHINGTON -- An Iraq war veteran expressed disappointment with President Bush on Saturday, saying the nation's leaders refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of continuing violence in Iraq. Related stories

Bride and groom get cold feet
With temperatures hovering in the mid-70s on Saturday, there was no doubt that love was in the air.

Seven running for Bonner sheriff
The next sheriff of Bonner County should be: a. More old school. b. More cutting edge.

Custody battle inspires woman to help others
Karin von Krenner isn't ashamed to admit she was a fugitive, because she wants to save other women from the grief and terror she experienced.

WSU Big 10 tradition revived
Marching in the midst of Washington State University's 1,900 seniors at commencement next week will be a special few.

Accuracy watch
Wedding announcement erred Because of a clerk's error, incorrect information appeared in the wedding announcement for Tanja Jo Bogart and Mark Durgin that appeared in the IN Life section April 25. The bride's first name was misspelled and the couple's city of residence was incorrect. A correct announcement appears today in the IN Life section.

Gonzaga student booked into jail
A student at Gonzaga University was booked into jail Saturday night after an off-campus party got out of hand, officials said.

Idaho week in review

Archeologists rush to uncover hunting camp
A 10,000-year-old hunting camp near here is about to move into the fast lane. Archeologists are finishing work before U.S. Highway 12 is widened about three miles east of Lenore. The crew of about 25 University of Idaho students and recent graduates has found one of the oldest archeological sites on the Clearwater River.

Muslims fear charity funds may aid terror
A couple of years ago, a group of Islamic children in Boise raised money to sponsor three kids in Afghanistan, Palestine and Chechnya. Related stories

Voracious crickets invade southwest Idaho county
MURPHY, Idaho -- Mormon crickets have again invaded Owyhee County and other parts of southwestern Idaho, and agricultural experts fear it may set a new record for infestation.

Here's the scoop on the real race
The halfway mark finds me sweating like cheese on a hot day. Then come the cramps. And this sudden light-headed urge. To hurl.

Idaho records
For Sunday, May 2, 2004

Information is key for active citizens
Allen Hart lives on Northwest Boulevard in Spokane. He knows a lot of his neighbors, including one neighbor who has “lived” in the area for more than 40 years -- the city of Spokane's wastewater treatment plant. The facility is located along the Spokane River -- just down the hill from Hart's house. A few years ago, Hart called the plant to complain that odors from it seemed particularly pungent.

Pro-choice women aren’t terrorists
BOSTON -- Is it possible that Karen Hughes is getting a little rusty? When she was the full-time communications director for the White House, Hughes was regarded as the supreme spinmeistress. Reporters actually got dizzy watching her pirouette in her size 12 shoes. Related stories

Longtime NPR icon will be missed
WASHINGTON -- This Monday morning will be different. For the first time in 25 years, I will not start the day with Bob Edwards on National Public Radio's “Morning Edition.” Like thousands of other fans, I am not happy about the change.

Children need more protection
Our View: Community should crack down on abusive adults.


Bloomsday shuttle may be the last
Bloomsday runners may be getting their last race-day bus rides downtown today. If a May 18 ballot issue to increase the local sales tax by .3 percent fails, the Spokane Transit Authority has said it will slash special-event shuttles, like those offered on Bloomsday. Related stories

Grads urged to continue journey
Crystanne Thompson believes education is the pathway to the future. When the 38-year-old mom walked across the stage at the ninth annual African American Graduation Celebration, she culminated a tough journey that began when she dropped out of school as a teenager.

43,470 reasons to hope for nice weather
By Saturday evening, 43,470 Bloomies had registered for today's 12-kilometer race. Related stories

Event honors birth mothers
Women with secrets sometimes return to this old, brick building in Spokane's West Central neighborhood.

Candidate to campaign via Internet
Craig Sullivan thinks it may be possible to run for Congress without accepting contributions, mainly using the Internet to link up with potential supporters. Related stories

Female sex predator to move to men's facility
GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- For the past six years, convicted child rapist Laura Faye McCollum has lived a lonely existence tucked inside the walls of the state's women's prison.

Marriage rally draws pro-gay protests
SEATTLE -- Hundreds of pro-gay protesters tried to shout down religious leaders speaking against gay marriage to a crowd of thousands gathered at Seattle's baseball stadium Saturday.

Methodists want review of lesbian pastor's case
PITTSBURGH -- United Methodists ordered their top court to review the case of a lesbian pastor after the court ruled Saturday that gay sex violates Christian teaching.

Driver hospitalized after rollover accident
A 40-year-old Republic, Wash., man was in satisfactory condition at a local hospital Saturday evening after his car rolled on State Route 21 Friday.

Man arrested after son's girlfriend assaulted
A Spokane man was arrested Friday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted his son's girlfriend, Spokane Police said.

Police seek help locating repeat offender
Secret Witness is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of a Spokane man with 49 convictions on his criminal record.

Car crashes into light pole after traffic stop
A Spokane man who was initially stopped for a traffic violation early Saturday ended up crashing his car into a street light pole and driving away, Spokane Police said.

Schools' water fails lead testing
SEATTLE -- Seattle Public Schools officials report the first six schools to have their water tested all exceeded federal limits for lead.

Philadelphia Story
LOUISVILLE -- The Kentucky Derby used to be the bluebloods' race, but no more, not for the last two years. For now, it's the blue-collar special.

Sakic keeps Colorado alive
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Peter Forsberg had no need to look. He knew Joe Sakic would be in position for his blind backhand pass -- and he knew the Colorado captain would keep the Avalanche in the playoffs.

Season of oddities continues
PULLMAN -- The Pacific-10 Conference doesn't keep track and field standings, but even though the Washington State Cougars are just 1-1 after Saturday's dual showdown with Washington, you could say they lead the league.

Different month, but same story
DETROIT -- So, it wasn't just April. And it wasn't the starting lineup. And it wasn't that one win they all thought they were waiting for. Related stories

Not all want Games
There are some holes in the welcome mat for the Olympic homecoming. A small but focused band of activists, anarchists and intellectuals has taken aim at the Athens Games as a gargantuan symbol of misguided priorities and runaway commercialism.


Today’s menu

Up next: Meth Night
RANDOM BASEBALL FANS who walked into the minor-league park in Clinton, Iowa, on Thursday night were welcomed with urine sample cups, reports the Des Moines Register.

On the air
For Sunday, May 2, 2004


Colon takes lead at GM
Dale Earnhardt told Alba Colon she wouldn't last a year when she began working in NASCAR's top series, not exactly the greeting she had hoped to hear.

Biffle survives problems, wins Busch race
Greg Biffle's engine had a sporadic cough, he was losing oil pressure, had hot air blowing in his face – and he still won Saturday's Busch Series race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

With smaller budget, HBO has become thinking man’s sports network
This year at the 25th annual Sports Emmy Awards, HBO walked off with eight awards. It was more than any network, and topped even ESPN's seven Emmys.

Song hopes to give herself present
Aree Song bent over to light the candles on a chocolate birthday cake sent by her agent. Before blowing them out, she paused and smiled.

Remembering his place in time
OXFORD, England -- Time is the unbeatable foe. It always gets you in the end.

Legal experts praise Williams’ lawyers
Legal experts are hailing Jayson Williams' lawyers for their brilliant defense of the former NBA star, acquitted of killing a limousine driver at his mansion.

Oh goody, San Antonio again
SAN ANTONIO -- Just what the Lakers were hoping for, another spring on that #$%&*! Riverwalk.

Lieber’s 2004 debut triumphant
The crescent-shaped scar running up the inside of Jon Lieber's right elbow had faded to a dull pink in the 21 months it took him to recover from Tommy John surgery. But it was still evident as the bottom part of it peeked out from his white golf shirt in the postgame locker room.

Saturday’s AL games
Rangers 4-8, Red Sox 3-5: At Arlington, Pedro Martinez had his shortest outing of the season for Boston, giving up six runs in four innings, as Texas Rangers won 8-5 to complete a sweep in the doubleheader matching division leaders. In the first game, Texas broke a streak of 32 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings by Boston's bullpen with a three-run seventh to win 4-3.

Saturday’s NL games
Cubs 4, Cardinals 2: At St. Louis, Matt Clement worked eight strong innings and Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run home run, giving Chicago a victory over St. Louis. The Cubs won for only the sixth time in their last 32 games at Busch Stadium over a five-season span.

Molitor meets Hall
WALKING THROUGH THE National Baseball Hall of Fame surrounded by the game's history, Paul Molitor paused to consider his ideal lineup.

Best deal in town?
New York Daily News sports writer Michael O'Keeffe got out his calculator, crunched the numbers and concluded that at $252 million, Alex Rodriguez is the best bargain in sports -- early season New York Yankees blues notwithstanding.

Servis, Elliot finally find the limelight
They are the guys who make horse racing go the other 364 days of the year, scrappers who fill out the programs at gritty little racetracks all over the map and love the game more than it could ever love them back.

Jones passes tests, but her situation is uncomfortable
The presumption of guilt is not fair. This is still America, where a person is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Bulldogs sweep Vikings
Jeremy Way struck out six and scattered four hits as Sandpoint defeated host Coeur d'Alene 3-2 Saturday to complete a sweep in Inland Empire League baseball.

Clelland keeps Gonzaga in thick of conference race
If there is one thing Ed Clelland has learned in his four years of pitching for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, it's that he can't get too excited.

Shadow set 2004 roster
Fourteen Spokane Shadow veterans, including 2003 Premiere Development League All-Conference Team members Paul Johnson, a midfielder, and Shaun Kalnasy, a goal keeper, are returning to help defend the Shadow's Northwest Division Championship in 2004.

Hough finishes quest
Ben Hough had his eyes on this prize for four years: the singles title at the Inland Empire Tennis tournament.

Random thoughts from the sports world
After Eli Manning's power play in the NFL draft last week, several commentators and writers compared Manning's selfishness to Pat Tillman's selflessness. Can we please not go there? Let's not start comparing every wrong or perceived wrong in sports to Pat Tillman. The man died for his country, and that makes him a hero. But it doesn't make everybody else a heel. . . . So now I suppose Jayson Williams will start looking for the real killer. . . . Three reasons NASCAR fans hate Jeff Gordon so much: (1

CV boys second at Strandberg
West Valley-Yakima's boys and Kamiakin's girls walked away with team titles Saturday at the Strandberg Relays track and field meet at Central Valley.

Adu makes first start in tie with Earthquakes
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Thousands of curious fans (17,667 to be precise) descended upon Spartan Stadium on Saturday, jamming the parking lots to near-capacity and filling most of the venue's lower bowl to get their first live look at Freddy Adu. The 14-year-old forward started and played 80 minutes for D.C. United in a 1-1 draw with the Earthquakes.

‘Bonecrusher’ making most of time on top
LILLINGTON, N.C. -- James “Bonecrusher” Smith stood up to the baddest men on the planet. He traded punches with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes, and for a brief time was heavyweight champion of the world.

Sasquatch post two shutouts
Vanessa Shelton hit a two-run homer in the opener and Hannah Shelley added a three-run blast in the second game Saturday as Community Colleges of Spokane swept Yakima Valley CC 7-0, 5-0 in softball play at Spokane Falls CC.

Moore has tough road
KIRKLAND – Of all the players vying to make the Seattle Seahawks' roster, Sammy Moore is the NFL equivalent of Song of the Sword. Related stories

Offense springs back at EWU scrimmage
For most, the beautiful spring day for reason to smile. For Paul Wulff it was the performance of the Eastern Washington football team. Related stories

NFL will look closer at agents
The NFL's off-season has been filled with controversies over players' contracts, and some of the sport's top officials say they blame the players' agents.

Sports franchise fashions become non-traditional
CLEVELAND -- Amid a sea of wine and gold in the Cavaliers' team shop, it's hard to miss the pastel pink sweat suit or the black and white T-shirt with “I love LeBron” in red glitter.

Oglesbee powers North Idaho
Jill Oglesbee hit a three-run homer in the third inning of the second game Saturday, and North Idaho College's softball team wrapped up the regular season with a 5-3, 8-2 sweep of visiting Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Painful lessons
Kristina Lundy used to make her little sister wear masking-tape casts. It was her mom's first indication that she had an aspiring nurse on her hands.

Payday doesn’t always bring cash for top execs
NEW YORK -- Last year, Steve Jobs received a pay package worth nearly $75 million. But the Apple Computer CEO's pay had a catch -- all but $1 was in stock that he can't touch until 2006.

On the rebound
NEW YORK -- That stylish atmosphere that once defined America's department stores is making a comeback. Racks of marked-down clothes that turned the big stores into Wal-Mart imitators are disappearing, replaced by trendier styles and new affordable fashions from designers like Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. Stores that looked worn and tired are now brighter and less cluttered.

Coming Monday
Grads, pay attention. Unless you win the lottery or receive a windfall inheritance, your best bet for future fortune is to get rich slowly. Wealth takes patience and planning.

Credit unions make bold statements
Two of Spokane's biggest credit unions are changing Spokane's streetscape, and local bankers do not particularly care for the remodeling. There's probably little they can do about it.

Week in Review
Boeing Co.'s board approved production of the roomier, more fuel-efficient 7E7 Dreamliner airplane after receiving an order for the first 50 planes. The multibillion-dollar order came from Japan's All Nippon Airways. Production of the Dreamliner is set to begin in 2006 in Everett, Wash. Spokane-based Triumph Group Inc. is awaiting word on whether its West Plains plant -- which formerly was owned by Boeing -- will be chosen as a parts supplier for the 7E7.

Business Beat

Week Ahead

Spies may be lurking inside your computer
John Gosbee was sitting up in bed on a cold night, surfing the Internet with his laptop on his knees. Suddenly, the computer's CD-ROM tray popped open, seemingly on its own.

by the numbers

DVD Handycam

The ‘Nutty’ professor gets his due
When Nick Holonyak Jr. set out to create a new kind of visible lighting using semiconductor alloys, his colleagues thought he was “nuttier than hell.”

tech speak

Beyond chat
Instant-messaging software has evolved into the latest weapon in a fierce battle among major Internet companies to reap revenues off whatever you do, wherever you go online.

You know you’re from Spokane if …
Jason Moan (West Valley High, class of '98) was born and raised here.

But he lives in North Carolina now. And he wonders how he can show off his Spokane/Washington state heritage. Related stories

Old friends
As “Friends” -- peerless sitcommernaut of the '90s and beyond -- rolls out this week the finale to its 230-plus-episode, multibillion-dollar run, it's funny to remember what a hesitant, conflicted latecomer to the Gen X-ploitstation genre it was, way back in 1994.

‘Friends’ among friends
Kim Brockbank wasn't a “Friends” fan from the beginning. But finally the 29-year-old financial adviser heeded her sister's urging that she check it out.

For your reading pleasure, all the Brit that’s fit to print
For those who have been waiting with bated breath, the latest on the Britney (Spears) beat: • More than $30 million worth of T-shirts and other merchandise has been sold during her current Onyx Hotel tour, the highest total for a solo female artists in five years.

Use work project as chance to get to know him
Carolyn: I met a guy through work (he works for a contractor doing a project for my company), and I think he's pretty neat. He and I seem to have some chemistry and, as it turns out, we are also practically neighbors. I want to ask him out, but we're still working together on this project. Any advice? -- Gaithersburg, Md.


American SPIRAL
Sales of his first CD quickly went from bad to worse to disaster. “From Justin to Kelly” was a bomb that rivaled “Gigli.”

Some ‘American Idol’ graduates are faring better than others
What can this year's class of American Idols expect when they graduate into showbiz's school of hard knocks? We evaluate the achievements of eight former Idols (and one ringer).

May selection ‘Perma Red’ brings out best in critics
It's not every author whose first novel gets the attention that Debra Magpie Earling's has. Here are just a few of the most complimentary remarks about Earling's novel “Perma Red”:

Travolta joining clan for theater fund-raiser
GET YOUR WHITE DANCIN' SUIT ready, because John Travolta is coming to visit the Inland Northwest this summer. Nothing official has been announced yet. But word has it that Travolta (“Saturday Night Fever,” “Pulp Fiction”) will come to Coeur d'Alene to participate in a fund-raiser for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre.

Travolta, of course, does have a Coeur d'Alene connection. His big sister, Ellen Travolta, lives there and is a passionate supporter of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, the region's main

Raw release
Eerie guitar licks creak and swirl on Loretta Lynn's new album as she sings about a woman on death row:

Eminem engaging, entertaining on ‘D12 World’

Music charts

No lacking of details in Woodward’s ‘Plan of Attack’
In Bob Woodward's new book, “Plan of Attack,” readers get a privileged insider's look at the preparations for the war in Iraq. The veteran Washington journalist demonstrates once again that truth is indeed stranger than fiction -- even the vivid renderings of a Kurt Vonnegut or a Joseph Heller.

Best-selling books

'Inquisition' author reading at Auntie's
Some publicity makes big claims. Take, for example, this blurb about Christina Crawford's book “Daughters of the Inquisition” (Seven Springs Press, 470 pages, $30): “If ‘The Da Vinci Code' novel opened the door of curiosity, ‘Daughters of the Inquisition' will satisfy it. This book is a must read.”

Those interested will be able to satisfy their own curiosity as to the truth of that statement on Wednesday, when Crawford will read from her book at Auntie's Bookstore (see below)

Clinton’s ‘My Life’ coming out in June
Bill Clinton's “My Life” will start out as a far bigger deal than Hillary Clinton's “Living History,” which is a tough act to follow.

Kinsella’s ‘Secret’ a guilty pleasure
Some people breeze through life with elegance, poise and dignity. Then there is Emma Corrigan, a 25-year-old Londoner for whom every day is a new opportunity to humiliate herself.

Coen brothers’, Tarantino films included at Cannes
“The Ladykillers,” the Coen brothers' remake of a 1955 comedy caper, will be among the 18 films in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Give pet adoption serious thought beforehand
Every year, animal shelters are overflowing with orphaned dogs and cats and, according to American Humane, shelter populations tend to increase during the spring and summer.

Celebrity servers to help Children’s Museum
Local sports figures as well as television, radio and newspaper personalities could be your lunch servers at Rock City Grill from Monday through May 14.

Airlines put fashion in uniforms
Flying has become so harrowing in recent years, hardly anyone noticed or cared what flight attendants were wearing. And frankly, uniforms were mostly unmemorable.

‘Outsourcing’ more common in today’s world
Before we get to today's column, I have an important announcement regarding outsourcing.

Monica Geller Bing: Neat freak
Who knew her vacuum cleaner would suck Chandler into her orbit? Here's some dirt on Monica:

Phoebe Buffay: Musical genius
What will we do without Phoebe to massage our funny bones? Here's a look back at how she caterwauled her way into TV history:

Joey Tribbiani: Biggest flirt
Would Joey even realize if we were laughing at him, not with him? A look back at the lovable lunkhead:

Rachel Green: Hair apparent
She's the best “Friend.” A look back how Rachel styled her way to the top of the heap:

Ross Geller: Marrying kind
It's been 10 years since the pitiful paleontologist Ross stumbled into our lives. Here's a look back at who he is, what he's done and what we expect to befall him next:

Chandler Bing: Class clown
Ah, Chandler, that whipsmart guy hard-pressed to find the fast track on his personal roadmap. A look back at how this loser in love actually ended up a husband and father:

Roads to ruin
The United States has about 4 million miles of major and secondary roads built at huge cost to both taxpayers and the environment by an industry that tends to have the sensitivity of stampeding buffalo.

Movies in Missoula
MISSOULA -- Amateur filmmaker Dave Anderson of Dana Point, Calif., got a little uneasy when he learned his video about dolphins was a finalist in the International Wildlife Film Festival, way up in northwestern Montana.

Flora from around here flourishes
They're not for everybody, nor are they for every corner of every yard. But native plants still have a place in our landscape, said Jim Blake, who's let a hobby bloom into a part-time Spokane-area business.

At 103, he’s still getting his limit
Even the oldest fisherman in the state knows he needs a fishing license before wetting a line.

Great Salt Lake has lots to offer beyond smell
SALT LAKE CITY -- Famed Western writer Wallace Stegner called it “a desert of water in a desert of salt and mud and rock” -- an apt description for Utah's dead sea.

A meal to remember in Paris
PARIS -- As a traveler, you'll sometimes find yourself out of your element and over your head.

Back in business
LAS VEGAS -- Venerable Binion's Horseshoe casino, a place of gambling lore that had been closed since January when federal marshals seized more than $1 million, reopened last month, spruced up and refurbished.

Battlefields attracting tourists
Yesterday's battlefields are today's tourist attractions. nd Normandy is about to be re-invaded. “You would not believe the power of that place,” says Andrew Ambrose, son of the late historian Stephen Ambrose, who co-owns Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours in New Orleans. “You can live your whole life, but would you appreciate freedom if you never saw Omaha Beach?”

Road trips still on despite price of gas
With all the talk about soaring gasoline prices, what's going to happen to that most cherished of all American vacation traditions -- the summer road trip?

Hotel rates climb higher with increasing demand
Gas prices aren't the only travel expenses heading higher this spring. After three years of a bargain hunter's market, hotel rates -- spurred by increased demand from Honolulu to Manhattan -- are making a comeback.

Cruise lines revitalizing existing ships
Call it a case of fleet envy: For almost a decade, cruise lines seemed concerned mostly with whose ship was bigger. The ensuing expansion of fleets saw an industry on steroids, with lines spending the equivalent to the gross national product of a small nation to best competitors on ship size and number of balconies.

Skyscraper observation decks still open in NYC
Q. We are planning a trip to Manhattan in October. In the wake of 9-11, are any of the skyscraper observation decks still open? We are interested in the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street, which are currently the city's second- and fourth-tallest buildings.

Cowboy sport combines history and a fair share of gunsmoke
BOISE -- A blur of fire-spitting six-guns, rifles and shotguns transforms the quiet desert plinking ground at Blacks Creek Public Rifle Range twice a month.

Idaho tourism

Plan Yellowstone trip on Web
Yellowstone National Park offers vacationers grand scenery, geysers and colorful hot springs, roaring waterfalls and wildlife, but that also means it attracts huge numbers of visitors. Do yourself a favor and start planning your activities and places to stop with the help of a few tourism Web sites.

Columbia River town
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- They are returning now, the wind worshippers who swarm into this scenic Columbia River town every year from all corners of the world to squirm into their wetsuits, hop onto their windsurfing boards and go tearing across the whitecaps at 30 mph and more.

Oregon tourism

Waterfalls make Great Falls a grand spot for tourists
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Lewis and Clark were stunned to find that five waterfalls blocked their way up the Missouri River through Montana.

Montana tourism

Astoria gearing up for Lewis and Clark bicentennial
ASTORIA, Ore. -- Virtually every hotel room in America has a Bible. Every room at the Elliott Hotel here also has a copy of Rex Ziak's "In Full View,'' a vivid account of Lewis and Clark's arrival at the Pacific Ocean and wanderings before they settled down for the winter at Fort Clatsop.

Washington tourism

South Okanagan offers laid-back adventures
Overshadowed by the vast lakes, glitzy wineries and great golf in the north, the South Okanagan Valley -- from Vaseaux Lake on south to Osoyoos Lake -- quietly goes about its business as a burgeoning agricultural center and low-key vacation spot.

B.C. tourism