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Tuesday, May 18, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 18, 2004

Voters to decide school board races
Today is election day for many voters in Spokane County and North Idaho. The issues range from school board elections in the Panhandle to a proposed sales-tax increase for the Spokane Transit Authority.

Air tanker loss a big blow
Regional wildfire managers are nervous at the prospect of a fire season without their most powerful firefighting weapon, heavy air tankers capable of draping vast stretches of forest with fire retardant.

Touched by Cmos
Mike Cmos Jr. always had a smile. He left his door open for others and gave unconditional love and friendship.

Official’s assassination adds to Iraq’s woes
WASHINGTON – The assassination of the president of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council on Monday further complicates President Bush's already troubled plan to return sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government in six weeks, U.S. officials and lawmakers say. Related stories

Sarin nerve agent was in roadside bomb
BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. soldiers found a roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent in Baghdad, the military said Monday. The device, which partially detonated, apparently was a leftover from Saddam Hussein's arsenals. It was unclear whether more such weapons are in the hands of insurgents. Related stories

Gay, lesbian couples rush to say ‘I do’
BOSTON – Elated and in some cases incredulous at making history, gays and lesbians by the dozens exchanged vows and were pronounced “partners for life” Monday as Massachusetts became the first state to let same-sex couples marry.

New studies support low-carb diet
Low-carb dieters are getting more good news from two studies out Monday. The largest studies to date, conducted by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia and Duke University, confirm that people on carb-counting plans lose more weight in the short-term than do traditional dieters.

Nation marks landmark day
TOPEKA, Kan. – Half a century after the Supreme Court banned school segregation, President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry found agreement Monday on the point that America still falls short of racial equality despite progress across many fronts.

National news
Group decries Feds' plan Washington New proposals by a Pentagon task force to help military victims of sexual assault fall far short of what is necessary, the head of a victims support group said Monday.

Medicare help line gets flood of calls
WASHINGTON -- Callers to 1-800-MEDICARE are getting a familiar and frustrating message when they ask about a Medicare-approved prescription drug discount card: “Due to high call volumes, all of our agents are currently busy. Please try your call at a later time.”

Court upholds ADA proviso
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, siding with a paraplegic who sued the state of Tennessee after he was forced to drag himself up the steps of a courthouse that didn't have elevators.

Colombia gets millions seized from drug lord
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The U.S. government on Monday turned $13 million over to Colombia that was acquired through the seizure of assets and properties belonging to a violent drug lord.

Honduras prison fire kills 103 inmates
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – An early morning fire at an overcrowded prison in northern Honduras on Monday consumed a cellblock housing gang members, killing 103, many as they slept, and injuring 25 others.

Production resumes for adult movies
LOS ANGELES – The nation's top adult movie maker has resumed production nearly a month after five performers were infected with HIV, shutting down much of the multibillion-dollar porn industry.

Some airports add, some lose screeners
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reduce long waits for travelers, the government is hiring more security screeners for dozens of airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami, New York's JFK and Washington's Dulles. Other airports, deemed overstaffed, will lose screeners.

Oil prices hit new high
LONDON -- Oil prices surged near $42 a barrel Monday as markets shrugged off a Saudi proposal that OPEC raise its official output target by 6 percent.

Cheney firm launches subsidiary
XN Technologies, based in Cheney, has launched a subsidiary called XN Avionics LLC to provide and install avionics equipment for aircraft owners and operators.

Political wrangling leaves future of Fairchild in the dark
Two initiatives important to the future of Fairchild Air Force Base encountered some turbulence in Washington, D.C., last week. Sometimes, elections spawn their own weather.

India’s stock market suffers record decline
BOMBAY, India -- India's stock market took the biggest plunge in its 129-year history Monday as investors panicked over how communist parties would influence the policy of the incoming coalition government of Sonia Gandhi.

Business News
Itronix unveils new computer Spokane-based Itronix Corp. announced Monday it has introduced a new “ultra-rugged” handheld, wireless computer.

Dow falls after more Iraqi violence
NEW YORK -- Wall Street, already beset by worries about the economy and world events, skidded even lower Monday on news that the head of Iraq's governing council had been assassinated. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points.

Hagadone to expand its phone directory
COEUR d'ALENE -- Hagadone Directories Inc. will expand its line of phone books to Spokane County next year.

Boeing lands order from Brazilian carrier
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazil's newest airline, the low-cost carrier Gol, plans to buy up to 43 Boeing passenger jets in a $2.7 billion deal that could triple its fleet of planes flying in Latin America's largest country, the company announced Monday.

Offshoring accelerates
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- New figures on offshore outsourcing suggest that American companies are sending even more white-collar jobs to low-wage countries such as India, China and Russia than researchers originally estimated.

SEC fines Lucent Technologies $25 million
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators charged nine former and current Lucent Technologies Inc. executives with securities fraud Monday and fined the company $25 million in a settlement, saying Lucent failed to cooperate fully in an accounting investigation.

Aryan Nations member jailed in shooting
An Aryan Nations member awaiting trial on hate-crime charges in Kootenai County is in jail in southwestern Washington, accused of shooting at a police officer during a standoff.

Typo delays Canfield Mountain hearing
A typo is delaying a public hearing for a controversial housing development proposed for the base of Canfield Mountain.

School suit thrown out
BOISE – A third Idaho judge has found the state Legislature's attempt to end a long-running school funding lawsuit unconstitutional.

Prosecution: Conspiracy proved
BOISE -- Four fatwas and a controversial lecture that went out over the Internet prove that a University of Idaho graduate student conspired to help terrorists, prosecutors argued Monday.

Drug dogs stir debate in schools
Four months after first hearing about a drug-sniffing dog coming to the Nine Mile Falls School District, some students are praising the district for the new deterrent to bringing drugs to school, while others say the drug searches are an invasion of privacy.

Church to bring anti-gay message to North Idaho
A Kansas church is bringing its anti-gay message to town today and will donate a monument condemning Matthew Shepard to Kootenai County for its courthouse lawn.

Students signing up new voters
Among the throng of clipboard-toting people usually swarming around big events is a new group that is not pushing any political agenda.

French defends dredging
Spokane City Councilman and architect Al French defended his role in a controversial river dredging operation that took place near Post Falls over Mother's Day weekend.

Accuracy watch
Company misidentified A story about an Idaho Senate primary Saturday misidentified K12, Inc. as a parent company to the Idaho Virtual Academy, a virtual charter school. K12 is actually a private curriculum vendor that sells its materials to the nonprofit charter academy.Golf course on list

Alleged rape by escapee investigated
Michael Lee West Jr. had two months left to go on his sentence for his latest felony assault conviction when he escaped March 20 from the state work release center in Spokane.

Thilo joins state education board
BOISE – Gov. Dirk Kempthorne on Monday announced the appointment of a northern Idaho resident to fill a vacant seat on the State Board of Education.

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Climber dies despite helicopter rescue
TACOMA -- An injured climber plucked by a rescue helicopter from high on the north slope of Mount Rainier has died, a Pierce County medical examiner's spokeswoman confirmed Monday night.

Court will decide if clicking it means ticketing it
OLYMPIA – A challenge to a $101 seat-belt ticket could wind up costing Washington state and local government millions of dollars, overturning hundreds of criminal cases and voiding a law safety advocates credit for saving more than 100 lives a year.

Fire-district plan earns preliminary OK
The Boundary Review Board gave preliminary approval Monday to Spokane Valley's proposal to permanently become part of two fire districts.

Pilot killed when planes collide south of Olympia
TENINO, Wash. – The Thurston County Sheriff's Office on Monday released the identity of a pilot killed when two small planes collided in midair over a rural area south of Olympia.

GOP leaders backs plan for state sales tax deduction
OLYMPIA – U.S. House Republican leaders on Monday agreed to a plan that would allow Washington state taxpayers to deduct as much as $1,000 per year in state sales taxes from their federal tax liability, Rep. George Nethercutt said.

Charges against doctor dismissed
Washington state's medical board dismissed charges last week against a Spokane obstetrician-gynecologist accused of sexually touching two patients during exams.

Missoula honored as U.S.’s top small town
MISSOULA -- Men's Journal magazine has named this city the No. 1 small town in the nation, citing such things as health and recreation and the amount of undeveloped land nearby.

Proof of conspiracy argued
BOISE – Four fatwas and a controversial lecture that went out over the Internet prove that a University of Idaho graduate student conspired to help terrorists, prosecutors argued Monday. Related stories

Cleaners try to catch fuel before it hits Snake River
BURLEY, Idaho -- Petroleum products leaking into the ground for decades have been riding a slow wave of underground water toward the Snake River, but government and private industry are trying to catch it before any serious damage is done to the water.

Strange items found in van
BOISE – Three suspicious objects found Monday in a government van at the Idaho National Guard base closed down access through the main gate into the installation for six hours.

Army’s basic training shouldn’t be coed
What was the cause of the loss of unit cohesion and breakdown of discipline at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?

Voters face tough choice in primary
Our View: District 4 would do well with Chadderdon, Gridley.

Article’s accuracy can’t be resolved
Reading the hot new New Yorker expose – which has the rest of the media in a tizzy, and has many Democrats even hungrier for Rumsfeld's resignation – can lead one to believe that the defense secretary had a hand in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal.

Dredging critics are overwrought To use the phrase “rape and pillage” to describe somebody who moved some dirt is an outrage. Mr. Hamilton should have waited until he received the (likely forthcoming) permits to move the dirt, but his actions should not be flippantly compared to those of barbarians who physically attack, rape and defile other human beings and then destroy and burn their possessions. Such words and phrases invoke such evil and trauma that they should be used far more selectively.

Flames take bite out of Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The road rules still apply for the Calgary Flames: When they're on the road in the playoffs, they rule.

Poffenroth, Giles among four finalists to be CdA girls coach
A Coeur d'Alene High School search committee today will interview four candidates to fill the school's head girls basketball post, athletic director Larry Schwenke announced Monday.

Lakeland’s Murphy 3rd in 3A
BLANCHARD, Idaho – Casey Murphy started his round of golf Monday just shortly after it ended.

Vikings’ Morton State 5A boys medalist
For Coeur d'Alene High senior Ryan Morton, mettle and medalist went hand-in-hand Monday at the Idaho State 5A golf tournament.

This tourney still has room for little guy
LAS VEGAS – I have been to Super Bowls, World Cups and Olympics; I'll take the World Series of Poker over any of them. In fact, I would walk across the desert for the World Series of Poker.*

Shifty business in major leagues
See if you can connect the dots: Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Adam Dunn, Aaron Guiel, Karim Garcia.

Ferris needs basketball coach; Van Lierop let go after 3 years
After three years as head boys basketball coach at Ferris High School, Don Van Lierop will not have his coaching contract renewed.

Anderson wears singles crown
Vanessa Anderson fully understood the situation she found herself in Monday afternoon at Mead. Anderson, a Gonzaga Prep senior, faced last year's district champion, Anna Gullickson, a Lewis and Clark junior, in the Greater Spokane League girls district tennis championship match.

Prospects reaping benefits of revenue-sharing money
NEW YORK –Several of the biggest beneficiaries of baseball's revenue-sharing plan have among the lowest payrolls in the majors, spending the money on prospects, not stars.

Mora a nice fit for the Orioles
BALTIMORE – No one's complaining about Melvin Mora's home runs anymore. When Mora hit 19 homers and batted .233 with the Baltimore Orioles two years ago, the operative theory was that he too often aimed for the fences instead of fulfilling his role at the top of the batting order by getting on base.

Glaus out 2 months with shoulder injury
Anaheim Angels slugger Troy Glaus, a three-time All-Star who has hit an A.L.-leading 11 home runs in just 108 at-bats, will have surgery on his right shoulder Friday and be sidelined for at least two months.

Monday’s games
Twins 9, Blue Jays 5: At Toronto, Jacque Jones hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning to lead Minnesota past the Blue Jays. Lew Ford and Torii Hunter also homered for the Twins, who have won six of their last seven games.

Monday’s game
Rockies 7, Phillies 6: At Denver, Vinny Castilla hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Todd Worrell and Colorado rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Philadelphia. Down 6-0 after three innings, the Rockies scored five times in the seventh on homers by Matt Holliday and Charles Johnson.

Wells suffers injury at home
SAN DIEGO – Padres left-hander David Wells cut his right wrist and left palm, apparently in an accident at home, and is expected to miss his next two starts.

Today’s menu
Off-track betting Coeur d'Alene Casino: Dog racing, first post 9:05 a.m.; horse racing, first post 9:25.

National sports
Bowe released from federal prison after serving 17 months Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe was released from prison Monday after serving 17 months for kidnapping his first wife and their children in 1998.

Woman to coach men’s pro team
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ashley McElhiney was introduced as the new coach of the expansion Nashville Rhythm of the American Basketball Association on Monday, becoming the first female head coach of a professional men's basketball team.

On the air
For Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Sharpe to take CBS TV job
DENVER – Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe is retiring, after all. The NFL's career leader in receptions and yards at his position will replace Deion Sanders on “The NFL Today” pregame show, CBS spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade confirmed Monday. She said the official announcement will be made today.

Stojakovic reappears
Peja Stojakovic's struggles have been a big topic during Sacramento's second-round playoff series against Minnesota. Stojakovic, the NBA's second-leading scorer during the regular season at 24.2 points per game, is averaging just 18.4 points in the postseason and shooting 39.2 percent (73 for 186) from the field.

Randy has dandy idea
Brilliant ideas from former Mariners . . . Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson is frustrated. He is 3-4 on the season in spite of a dazzling 2.83 ERA and a league-leading 68 strikeouts. His latest outing was a 1-0 loss to the Mets and Tom Glavine. Related stories

Shootin’ for top 10
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two weeks from the race that could change her life found Kelley Racing driver Sarah Fisher basking in an Indy 500 qualifying high.

Scramble on to fill field for Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS – The scrambling behind closed garage doors the next few days will be as important to some race teams as the weeks of practice leading up to the Indianapolis 500.

Davenport garners top seed from District 7
Close was the order of the day, and when all the sweating was over, Davenport carted off the district championship and the No. 1 seeding to state from the District 7 B baseball tournament Monday at Avista Stadium.

Zags turn to pitchers to fill void in the field
There can be a lot of unusual lineups thrown out on the field as the college baseball season winds down.

Kelowna powers past Gatineau
KELOWNA, B.C. – Cam Paddock and Shea Weber had a goal and two assists apiece to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 4-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques in Memorial Cup play Monday.

Stallone takes crack at reality TV with "The Contender”
NEW YORK – Sylvester Stallone stepped into the ring Monday and, though wearing jeans and a long-sleeve shirt, struck a blow for his upcoming TV series “The Contender.”

Kallas qualifies for nationals
Spokane's Andrea Kallas qualified for the U.S. Women's National boxing tournament by avenging her lone loss Saturday in the Tri-Cities.

Official records
For Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Transsexuals get OK to compete
Transsexuals were cleared Monday to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time. Under a proposal approved by the IOC executive board, athletes who have undergone sex-change surgery will be eligible for the Olympics if their new gender has been legally recognized and they have gone through a minimum two-year period of postoperative hormone therapy.

Teen doesn’t know what she’s saying
High school senior Karen Gover has a friend named Michelle who sometimes gets common sayings or expressions turned around. One day at school, Michelle asked Karen if she wanted part of her lunch. Karen declined. And Michelle replied, “Oh well, shoot yourself.” Related stories

Weak spot
A cluster of stars from the baseball diamond to the silver screen have discovered lately the vulnerability of a mythic point on the human body, the Achilles tendon.

Coffee’s fancy cousins laden with lots of calories
To the unsuspecting person looking for a refreshing treat, a 16-ounce frozen coffee confection or frothy coffee drink can sure beat run-of-the-mill java.

Odor may be from bacterial infection
Dear Dr. Gott: For about a year, I've had a problem that I am not comfortable discussing with my doctor. My urine smells terrible, to the point that I am embarrassed to use public restrooms or the bathrooms at work.

Zealous imitation no compliment
Dear Annie: My husband has a cousin who copies everything we do. This cousin and his wife give new meaning to “keeping up with the Joneses.”

One of the hardest things to do in bridge is to ignore what might have been and to focus on the present. Here, forget about the penalty you might have extracted from two hearts doubled, and try to make the four-spade contract you have bid.

Aries (March 21-April 19)– You can easily make money through an unusual ingenuity and talent. Exercise those abilities today. Brainstorm and discuss ideas. What seems far-fetched could be realistic with some feedback. Be a sieve for others' ideas.

This time around, it’s Houston, we have progress
Whitney Houston is ready to try it on her own. The troubled pop diva has completed the 30-day portion of her drug rehab program that required her to have a chaperon with her at all times and has moved on to aftercare, according to her attorney.

New CT scanner produces images in color, 3-D
Machines that make images of the inner workings of the human body are getting fancier. Spokane's newest and flashiest medical toy is probably the new 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at Rockwood Clinic on the South Hill.

Screenings could rule out aneurysm
Ruptures of abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 15,000 lives each year, according to the American Vascular Association.

Vitamin D supplements could help reduce the risk of falling
The question: When an older person falls, serious injury often results. Might the chance of falling be reduced by taking vitamin D, which may aid muscle function?

Some antidepressants don’t mix with migraine meds
Serotonin is a critically important neurochemical that helps control mood and is also involved in appetite, sexual behavior, sleep and learning. Millions take medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro or Zoloft that work by regulating serotonin levels in the brain.

Don Hewitt becomes focus on CBS
OK, let's all take an hour tonight and turn out big ratings for a TV legend.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Developers around 1900 put together what they called a “Gasoline-Powered Traction Engine.” Didn't take the public long to turn that one into “tractor.”

CBS to bring back ‘Raymond’ for ninth season
Everybody does love Raymond -- at least for another season. CBS has sealed a deal to bring Ray Romano's Emmy-winning comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” back for a ninth and final season, though only for 16 new episodes. Most television shows make about 22 episodes a year.

‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ creates stir at Cannes festival
As promised, Michael Moore lit a powder keg Monday at the Cannes Film Festival: His incendiary “Fahrenheit 9/11” riled and disturbed audiences with a relentless critique of the Bush administration in the post-Sept. 11 world.

NBC plans five series in wake of losing mainstays
After losing signature comedies “Friends” and “Frasier,” NBC will add five new series in the fall, casting Heather Locklear as an airport chief and bringing a crime drama back to the 50th state.

'Troy' atop box office despite its R rating
For months, Warner Bros. tried in vain to get “Troy” a PG-13 rating in the hopes of luring teenage girls to its beefcake telling of Homer's epic poem “The Iliad.”

Stepping Aside
In the next few weeks, tremors may be sensed rippling from Manhattan's West 57th Street. A seismic shift is happening at “60 Minutes” headquarters as Don Hewitt, who created that pioneering CBS newsmagazine 36 years ago and has run it ever since, steps aside.

Preventive actions
Getting screened for cancer is smart. Being tested for diabetes is good, too. Over the long haul, a prudent patient might get checked for early signs of glaucoma and dementia.

Self-expressed art therapy for seniors
Van Gogh, Michaelangelo and Da Vinci had epilepsy, Toulouse-Lautrec had a genetic bone condition that affected his growth and mobility, and Goya was hearing-impaired.

Looking back Service station circa 1948
Pumps awaiting Gordon Allen and John Sherwin stood outside the Mobil Oil gasoline station they leased from 1948 to 1950. The station was at 1508 W. Riverside Ave. It was torn down when the Maple Street Bridge was constructed.