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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 12, 2004

Responsibility for inmate abuse in dispute
WASHINGTON – The Army general who investigated prisoner abuse in Iraq disagreed sharply Tuesday with a top Pentagon civilian about who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib complex where the mistreatment occurred.

Iraqi insurgents behead U.S. civilian
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A video posted Tuesday on an al Qaeda-linked Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution had been carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.

Whittles get 10 years each in girl’s drowning death
The judge looked intently at Coeur d'Alene couple James and Denise Whittle on Tuesday morning as he sentenced them each to 10 years in Idaho prisons for abusing 6-year-old Elizabeth Goodwin, who drowned while in their care.

Rafters help with search after rupture
A Spokane River rafting trip for a dozen Eastern Washington University students turned out Monday to be something far less than the “white-water experience” they had been promised.

Rupture response to get review to improve disaster planning
Lessons from Monday's wastewater treatment plant accident should be used to improve response to larger disasters, says Bill Edstrom, Eastern Washington's bioterrorism surveillance coordinator.

Search for body continues
Rescue workers continued the grim search Tuesday for a man missing in the collapse Monday of a sewage tank roof at the Spokane Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Kerry focuses on veterans, health costs in Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- John Kerry took his presidential campaign to reliably Republican North Florida on Tuesday, appealing to veterans while accusing President Bush of failing to offer a solution to soaring health care costs.

Bush slaps economic sanctions on Syria
WASHINGTON -- President Bush slapped tough economic sanctions on Syria on Tuesday as punishment for the country's ties to terrorists, its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and its attempts to undermine the U.S.-led occupation in Iraq.

At least eight Palestinians, six Israelis die in Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY -- Ferocious fighting on the outskirts of Gaza City on Tuesday killed at least eight Palestinians and six Israeli soldiers --the deadliest incident in the Gaza Strip for the troops in the more than 3 1/2-year-old conflict.

Panel questioning terror detainees
WASHINGTON -- At least two top al Qaeda leaders in U.S. custody are being questioned by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as part of the panel's quest to determine the root of the disaster and whether it could have been prevented.

Chinese babies die from fake infant formula
BEIJING -- Police have detained 47 people accused of making or selling fake infant formula that led to the deaths of dozens of children in an eastern Chinese city, the government said Monday.

City parking spots garner top dollar
Has Dick Delaney got a deal for you. For roughly $25,000, you can purchase a piece of prime Chicago real estate -- a parking space in the Field Harbor parking garage.

Diploma mills are churning out hundreds of government workers
WASHINGTON -- At least 463 federal employees, including 28 senior-level government officials, have fake degrees from diploma mills, and some of the degrees were purchased with taxpayer dollars, congressional investigators said Tuesday.

Meeting to address sewage spill
Call it bad timing -- or perhaps good timing, depending on your perspective. Spokane attorney and environmental law professor Rachael Paschal Osborn is hosting an extensive lineup at Gonzaga University Friday to discuss the health of the Spokane River in a conference called, “The Spokane River: Treasured Resource or Industrial Sewer?”

Feds sued over denial of spotted owl protection
SAN FRANCISCO – Environmental groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, alleging the agency wrongfully denied protected status to the California spotted owl.

Nation/World news

Orangutan pregnant as birth control fails
St. Louis Despite a daily regimen of birth-control pills, Merah the orangutan is pregnant. And St. Louis Zoo officials are uncertain who the father is.

Man indicted for false claim
PITTSBURGH -- A man was indicted Tuesday for falsely claiming his ex-wife died in the Sept. 11 attacks in order to collect money from a fund for victims.

Game powerhouses show off new products
LOS ANGELES -- Sony Corp. showed off a new portable video game device Tuesday that promises very high-quality graphics, a challenge to market leader Nintendo Co.

State backs away from settlement
Washington state is reneging on a tentative settlement with Morgan Stanley that would have resolved accusations that the investment firm gave bad investment advice to Microsoft Corp. employees.

Washington farmers happy about bio-wheat decision
Many Washington wheat farmers are relieved that Monsanto Co. stopped development of genetically engineered spring wheat that could have jeopardized overseas sales.

Senate won’t extend benefits for unemployed
WASHINGTON -- The Senate by a single vote rejected an election-year effort Tuesday to extend federal unemployment benefits.

Cubans stunned as dollar-only stores close
HAVANA -- Cuba's dollar-only stores displayed “closed for inventory” signs Tuesday after the communist government suddenly shut them down, blaming new U.S. measures aimed at squeezing the island's economy.

Backlash by Boomers?
CHICAGO -- The youngest baby boomers turn 40 this year, leaving an entire generation not only in the throes of middle age but protected by federal law from age discrimination in the workplace.

Investors go in search of bargains
NEW YORK -- A surge in technology shares led a moderate rally on Wall Street Tuesday as investors sought bargains, picking up interest rate-senstive stocks that may have been oversold in the market's latest downturn.

Business news

Mumm named top entrepreneur
Spokane businesswoman Debbie Mumm was honored at a breakfast Tuesday as Eastern Washington University's 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Egg industry to change cartons
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Leaders of the egg industry voted Tuesday to require that egg producers who use the “Animal Care Certified” logo on their cartons also include a Web site that gives information about what some claim is the inhumane treatment of hens.

Ex-Boeing official charged with stealing documents
LOS ANGELES -- A third former Boeing Co. official was charged Tuesday in connection with the theft of sensitive materials from rival Lockheed Martin Corp. during a competition for a $1.88 billion satellite launching contract, authorities said.

Power industry says electric grid stable for summer
WASHINGTON -- The industry group that monitors the nation's electric grid expects the system to perform adequately this summer, although it warned that “uncontrolled blackouts” were possible if power providers fail -- as they did last August -- to comply with reliability standards.

Senate approves huge energy package
WASHINGTON -- Stung by high gasoline prices, the Senate by a wide margin voted its approval Tuesday of a $14 billion package of tax breaks that supporters said were designed to spur U.S. energy production and hold down prices.

Premera plan may leave us wanting more
Dear Mike Kreidler, You are a busy insurance commissioner this week, holding hearings in Tumwater, Wash., on whether the nonprofit Premera Blue Cross should be allowed to convert to a for-profit health insurer. At your Web site,, I've been reading the transcripts of the testimony. The lawyers, consultants and doctors sure love that medical-insurance industry jargon.

Neighbors appeal subdivision proposal
Local developers who want to build a housing development at the base of Canfield Mountain say it will look nothing like Marvin Erickson's home with the notorious Z-shaped road up the hillside's face.

Accuracy watch
Due to a reporting error, the size of a Chevron pipeline near Spokane's wastewater treatment plant was misstated in a story in Tuesday's newspaper. That pipeline has an 8-inch diameter.

Groups say grizzly protection too weak
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Seven environmental groups filed an administrative appeal Monday, saying a Forest Service plan doesn't close enough roads to help protect grizzly bears in the Lolo, Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle national forests.

Singer finally found her voice
Paulene Hakala was so certain she could sing that she belted out tunes in her female bass in private.

Computer entered as evidence
BOISE -- Sami Al-Hussayen's home computer was used to test, develop and maintain Web sites and to “produce and publish” articles on the Internet about suicide attacks, a government computer expert testified Tuesday.

A rainbow of hope
Jerrelene Williamson remembers May 17, 1954, as a new beginning. In the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that day, the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to separate black students from white students in different public schools.

Girl aware she’s been shot in head
Tara Rader knows she's been shot in the head. Her grandmother told her as she lay in critical condition in a Seattle hospital.

Nearly six decades later, vet to finally get medal
Nearly 60 years after 1st Lt. Walter Mayer saved the crew of his crippled B-17 by making an extraordinary emergency landing on an unfamiliar Belgian airfield, the retired U.S. Air Force officer will be presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross at a ceremony Thursday in Spokane.

Homeless told to leave land they call home
For the past several months, as winter turned to spring, a group of homeless men camped on a leafy hillside above the Spokane River not far from downtown.

Passing WASL easier for younger kids
SEATTLE -- Fourth- and seventh- graders won't have to score as high to pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning this year, and 10th-graders may get a similar break next year.

Regional news

Post Falls man dies in vehicle crash
Post Falls A 27-year-old Post Falls man died Monday night when the car he was driving left the road and smacked into an irrigation pipe, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department reported.

Soldier may face death for charges
SEATTLE -- A 26-year-old Washington National Guard member faces a military hearing today on charges that he tried to give information to al Qaeda.

Oregon State Bar investigates Goldschmidt’s affair
PORTLAND -- Former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt is under investigation by the Oregon State Bar to determine whether he should be disciplined after his stunning confession about sex with a 14-year-old girl in the mid-1970s.

State officials urge yearly chlamydia checks for women
SEATTLE -- The known incidence of chlamydia rose 12 percent in Washington state last year, leading health officials to recommend that sexually active women under 25 be tested for the sexually transmitted disease at least once a year.

Certification hearing planned
The Idaho State Board of Education is having a public hearing Thursday at North Idaho College on new rules for providing alternative ways for uncertified teachers to get approval to teach.

Judge OKs Liberty Lake water district lawsuit to block city takeover
A Superior Court judge gave the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District the green light to proceed with a lawsuit to block a takeover by the city of Liberty Lake.

Valley Council votes to endorse transit tax plan
Mike DeVleming has a sign in his yard that says “vote yes” to increase taxes for Spokane Transit Authority bus services.

Spotted owl declining faster than ever, new study finds
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The latest five-year study on the Northern spotted owl shows the threatened bird is declining faster than ever.

Radio station owner contests state estimate
KALISPELL, Mont. -- A radio station owner here now says it will cost $4.7 million -- more than four times his earlier estimate -- to relocate his station so a stretch of U.S. 93 can be widened, and he wants the state to pay for the move.

112-year-old castle sold for $2 million
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. -- A landmark in this Olympic Peninsula town, the 112-year-old Manresa Castle, was sold Tuesday for $2.05 million.

Suspect named in Seattle attacks
SEATTLE -- Police have identified a man they suspect of breaking into three southwest Seattle homes recently and attacking women.

Media forum scheduled in Sandpoint on May 25
SANDPOINT-- The Public Forum on Sustainability and the Sandpoint Public Library are co-sponsoring a forum on communication May 25.

All the photos must be released
One does not have to be a minimizer to note that the United States is roiling in hysteria following reports of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.

Is support for our troops conditional?
Making John Kerry commander in chief would be like making Louis Farrakhan the ambassador to Israel. At least that's the opinion of several scores of military commanders and other soldiers, all of whom have signed a damning letter critical of Kerry's approach to national defense.

River dredger must be punished
Our View: Days long gone when people could bend nature to suit whims

Community saved center
The following commentary, which does not necessarily reflect the views of The Spokesman-Review's editorial board, appeared Friday in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.


No excuse for prisoner abuse
Aside from the loss of life and limbs, and the suicide bombing by Iraq “martyrs” and suicide by our own soldiers, our involvement in Iraq has reached a new low. This new low might be proportionate to our soldier's suicides. Some militants espouse the theory that to defeat “them” you have to become one of “them,” whereupon one notes that, “We have met the enemy, and they are us.”

Twins get the drop on Mariners
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins can't seem to win in nine innings these days. But as long as they win, they'll take it.

On a roll to Pocatello
There's nothing mysterious about the Coeur d'Alene High softball team. It's just that after 25 wins in as many games, including five victories against their intracity rival, no opponent has been able to solve the Vikings.

Chiefs bring back Conroy with contract extension
Wanting to take advantage of two years of on-the-job training, the Spokane Chiefs extended the contract of coach Al Conroy.

Pomante to return to Whitworth
Dave Pomante always told his football players at Rogers, “Once a Pirate, always a Pirate.”

Moe's return sparks LC
Lewis and Clark soccer coach Kenny Krestian was relieved C.J. Moe's leg was feeling stronger Tuesday afternoon.

Ramirez becomes a U.S. citizen
Manny Ramirez led his Red Sox teammates out of the dugout, waving a small American flag on his first full day of U.S. citizenship.

Tuesday’s games
Red Sox 5, Indians 3: Pinch-hitter David McCarty had a two-run triple that broke an eighth-inning tie and Pedro Martinez struck out 11 as Boston beat visiting Cleveland.

Today’s menu

Auto racing
State Line Speedway: Wednesday Night Fever, Fever 4 Hobbys, Bump to Pass, Road Runners, 6 p.m.

James will get invite for Athens
LeBron James, Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion will be invited to join the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, sources told the Associated Press.

Kidd leads Nets past Pistons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd's series-long slump came to an end, Kenyon Martin was slap-happy with energy and the New Jersey Nets evened things up with the Detroit Pistons in yet another lopsided game.

On the air
For Wednesday, May 12, 2004

National sports

Attorney general won't file charges against Colorado football players
Colorado's attorney general declined Tuesday to file charges in nine alleged sexual assaults involving Colorado football players, citing concerns about evidence and the reluctance of women to pursue the cases.

Clayden’s OT goal gives Cheney victory
Bada-bing. An hour into Cheney's playoff game Tuesday with Yakima's West Valley, the Blackhawks' Adam Clayden found himself with an open shot at the Rams' goalkeeper, but in trying to turn at full speed toward the goal, the senior forward mishit the ball, letting it sail wide left.

Heary, Urguhart power WV-Yakima past Eagles
Sean Heary homered twice and Billy Urguhart added a three-run blast as West Valley-Yakima qualified for state with an 11-10 win at West Valley-Spokane in Tuesday's 3A baseball regional semifinal.

Roof progress has Greek officials optimistic
Progress on the main Olympic stadium's roof gave organizers the push they needed in their race to complete preparations for the Summer Games, a lead official said Tuesday.

Matsuura pulls a surprise at Indy
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon spent the first two days of practice pulling away from everyone else at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Official records
For Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Aries (March 21-April 19) •• – Slow down and take your time. If you move too swiftly, you might produce unexpected results. You might feel overwhelmed by work or responsibilities. Screen calls and focus on what has to be done.

Jacek Pszczola (known to everyone as Pepsi-Cola) was the star on today's deal from last year's Cavendish tournament.

Don’t mind them, Ruben, have another sandwich
Michael Moore not only is taking heat over his controversial new anti-Bush documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” he's also under fire from PETA. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has selected the gadfly filmmaker as one of its “Flab Five” who need a “Veg Eye for the Fat Guy” makeover.

Servants were used to test food
Miss Manners

Fight bullies with help from parents, friends, counselors
Dear Annie: My school life is horrible. Don't get me wrong. I have a great family and terrific friends, I'm on a fun volleyball team and in the school musical, but some of the kids in school make me want to die.

Enjoy lamb with Mediterranean flavor
Lamb chops coated with a Mediterranean sauce of garlic, ground cumin, cucumber and yogurt is an easy, quick dinner. These lamb chops are cut from the leg with a very small, round bone in the middle. They're juicy, tender and cook in minutes.

Low-fat ice cream ‘a fair substitute’ for the real thing
Low-fat ice cream is a dead giveaway. When your taste buds are expecting a creamy, rich treat there can be nothing more disappointing than an icy, thin mouthful of frozen yuck.

Add vegetables to your meals
A new cookbook from Reader's Digest, “Vegetables for Vitality” (2004, $29.95) is packed with recipes and color photos that may well have cooks bounding into the kitchen -- and out again, too.

Run out of a certain spice? Make your own
When a recipe calls for an herb or spice combination -- such as fines herbes, herbes de Provence or poultry seasoning -- and you don't have a jar, you can make your own.

Pecorino, Parmesan cheeses have very distinctive characteristics
Occasionally, a recipe will call for either pecorino or Parmesan cheese. Both cheeses have a granular texture and a salty flavor. But before you indiscriminately substitute one for the other, keep their distinct characteristics in mind:

Shrimp, Curry Stir-fry just right size for two
If you are looking for something different for dinner, consider a shrimp curry with potatoes and broccoli.

Farmers’ Markets
Boundary County Farmers' Market -- Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Visitor's Center parking lot on Highway 95 in downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Braised pears a ‘delectable side dish’
Typically, poached or braised pears are served for dessert, says cookbook author Diane Morgan, who is based in Portland.

Web site can help you plan menus, meals
Beverly Coggins is an organized person. She runs her own small company, helping people to manage their business and their time. And she's learned that the evening meal is often lost in the daily blur of many of her clients. “Dinner is a stressful time,” she says, “and it comes every night.”

Laser thermometer measures temperature instantly
Take the guesswork out of knowing when your pan has reached the proper temperature to sear a steak or simmer a sauce.

‘Practice’ actress lined up for spinoff sitcom
ABC'S “The Practice” may be on its way out, but Camryn Manheim's not going away quietly.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Lions, too, once roamed what's now Alaska. • There are about 100 different sorts of insects in Mexico that some people eat on purpose.

KSPS offers trio of quality specials
Not much on the networks tonight except “American Idol,” but there are three good specials on your local PBS station, KSPS.

Area residents complete basic military training
Army Pvt. Eric J. Marrazzo has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Anthony Marrazzo of Spokane and is a 1999 graduate of East Valley High School.

Mona Stanton’s ‘Rabbit’ wins Dogwood art show
Coeur d'Alene artist Mona Stanton, recently took first place in the 2004 Dogwood Festival Juried Art Exhibition sponsored by Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History. She will receive $500 cash for her oil painting entry, Rabbit Series #5.

‘Superstar USA’ pushes envelope for so-called reality
Manipulative stunts and mean-spirited practical jokes have become almost an honored practice in the “reality” TV game.

‘Wiseguy’ offers details on mob life
After his six-year stint as an FBI undercover agent inside the Bonanno crime family, agent Joe Pistone -- you know him better as “Donnie Brasco” -- had enough stories to fill a best-selling book.

Grate some carrots, create an appetizing dinner salad
Before carrots were dressed with Miracle Whip and raisins, they were combined with lemon juice, herbs and olive oil.

Sweet and savory salmon
There's an affectionate credit line for a miso-glazed salmon recipe in “Good Housekeeping Light and Healthy Cookbook: 375 Delectable Recipes for Everyday Meals” (Hearst, 2003, $24.95).

Book on chocolate gets Cookbook of the Year honors
Chocolate expert Alice Medrich's book, “Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales From a Life in Chocolate,” took top honors as Cookbook of the Year at the annual meeting of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, held last month in Baltimore.

Menu makeover
Dietitian Cheryl Dolven pointed to the grocery store's produce section, and suggested three young sisters select fruits and vegetables by color. More variety means more nutrients.

Rhubarb shows its versatility
No question, rhubarb, with its initial stalky sharpness and its elusive but seductive personality, is often an acquired taste.

It sounds as easy as pie
When you don't have time to whip up one of your strawberry-rhubarb pies for the next picnic, here's one alternative: Let Cyrus O'Leary's do the baking.

Map to home comes in handy
•“A few years ago, I had a wedding shower at my home and went to an awful amount of trouble to make an easily readable map. Several months ago, I needed to give out-of-town guests directions to my home, and I remembered the map I had made. I found a copy and have had several printed. I even carry a few in my purse for when I invite someone over for dinner who has not been to my home before. It makes things much simpler.” -- Glade B.

Therapy might slow macular degeneration
Dear Dr. Donohue: My doctor tells me I have the beginning of macular degeneration. I am completely depressed by this. My mother had it, and her last years were not happy ones. If I go blind, I don't know what I will do. I live alone and have no one to help me. Is there any treatment? -- G.K.

These baby artichokes are in short supply
You'll still find baby artichokes in the market, but not for very much longer, as the supply diminishes. So while you can, take advantage of these little ones that are completely edible if properly prepared for cooking. And that's easy.

How to deal with a tax notice
In the 1941 film “The Wolf Man,” a nice guy named Lawrence Talbott (Lon Chaney Jr.) heard the chilling words that even a good man who says his prayers can become a werewolf!

Strawberry fields forever
If you, too, believe that the most perfect fruit in the Garden of Eden is the strawberry and the best possible dessert in the whole world is Strawberry Pie, then our time in the sun has arrived!

Test your talent for the trivial
1. FOOD: What is a truffle? 2. INVENTIONS: In 1851, Jacob Fussell built the world's first factory to make what product?

‘Beauty Shop’ gets new characters
More fun characters added to “Beauty Shop.” Joining Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari will be Alfre Woodard as Miss Josephine, an eccentric hairstylist who constantly spouts Maya Angelou poetry; Andie MacDowell as a conservative Southern socialist who has a rebirth; and Bryce Wilson as a former truck driver turned hairdresser. This should really be a romp.

A conversation with Dennis Franz
The 11th season of ABC's drama “NYPD Blue” ends this week. Dennis Franz, who plays Detective Andy Sipowicz on the series (and is the only member of the original cast), agrees with the observation that it had a rough start, and a lot of people thought it wouldn't last its first full season, let alone chalk up 11 years of high ratings. Now considered a television classic, watched every week by millions of people around the world, it's hard to believe that even before the show debuted there were

‘Kill Bill (Vol. 2)’ may be the best flick of the year
“Kill Bill (Vol. 2)”Running time: 136 minutesMPAA rating: R I read an interview with “Kill Bill” director Quentin Tarantino where he said he plans to edit both volumes of “Kill Bill” into the single four-hour epic he originally planned and distribute it on the art-house circuit. When it comes to my town, I'll be first in line.

Greenlee drags feet on proposal on ‘All My Children’
All My Children: Greenlee delayed giving Ryan an answer to his proposal. Meanwhile, JR urged Kendall to trust Ryan and accept his proposal -- but later, after being the target of an angry Kendall's tirade, Greenlee also decided to say yes to Ryan. Erica continued to drink as Bobby talked to her about Eric's death. Liza spied on Krystal as she retrieved Babe's annulment papers. After learning of Ryan and Greenlee's plan to wed, Bianca berated Kendall for letting her chance for happiness slip away. Tad kissed Krystal. As

Military reunions
USS Purdy (DD-734) < 6> Spring in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Contact Larry DiPasquale, 3744 Surrey Drive, Allentown, PA 18103-5329; (610) 433-4787; e-mail