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Friday, May 28, 2004

News

Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 28, 2004

Cleric accused of trying to help al Qaeda
Dean Lawrence used to think it was a joke when he heard all the talk about terrorists thinking about training on a sheep ranch outside his tiny hometown of Bly, Ore.

Holiday travelers gassing up to go despite high cost
COEUR d'ALENE -- During the last weekend in May, Celia Mathers fills up her gas tank and hops in the car. It's time for an annual tradition: her Memorial Day road trip.

Caribbean flooding toll nearly 1,000
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.S. and Canadian troops rushed medical supplies, drinking water and chlorine tablets Thursday to flood-battered towns, where bodies were seen floating near the tops of palm trees. Haitian and Dominicans braced for a death toll that could reach 2,000.

Deal fuels hope for peace in Najaf
NAJAF, Iraq – The U.S.-led coalition agreed Thursday to suspend offensive military operations in Najaf after Shiite leaders struck a deal with a radical cleric to end fighting that killed more than 350 Iraqis and 21 coalition troops.

Korea survivor becomes casualty
The outbreak of hostilities in Korea in the summer of 1950 found Sgt. Glen Douglas ready to serve. He had been profoundly affected by the Nazi atrocities he had seen in Germany and was determined to stop communist atrocities to come.

National news
Letter about bomb diverts flight Nashville, Tenn. An American Airlines jet flying from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Boston was diverted Thursday after a flight attendant found a note saying there was a bomb in the cargo hold.

Feds raid small mosque, detain cleric
PHILADELPHIA – Federal agents raided a mosque and two homes in Philadelphia on Thursday and took a Muslim cleric into custody on immigration charges, authorities and witnesses said.

Bill to guard kids from cigarette smoke fails
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An attempt to make California the first state to bar smoking in cars carrying young children was rejected Thursday by the Assembly.

U.S. prisoner populations increase
WASHINGTON – America's inmate population grew by 2.9 percent last year, to almost 2.1 million people, with one of every 75 men living in prison or jail.

Madrid attacks help al Qaeda
WASHINGTON – Attorney General John Ashcroft's warning that terrorists may strike the United States this summer was based on a stream of intelligence that indicated that al Qaeda is emboldened by its successful attacks in Madrid and deadly assaults in Iraq, three senior federal law enforcement officials who have reviewed the threat material said Thursday.

Court dismisses prisoner’s bid for Time
BOSTON – Imprisoned al Qaeda follower Richard Reid's quest to get uncensored copies of Time magazine in federal prison will not be resolved in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Warning catches security agency by surprise
WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department was surprised by the announcement Wednesday from Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller that a terrorist attack was increasingly likely in coming months, officials said.

Army ordered environmental cuts
WASHINGTON – The Army on Thursday rescinded an order, issued earlier this month, for garrison commanders around the globe to stop spending money on many environmental protection activities as part of an effort to conserve funds for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Green Party faced with hard choice in Nader
MADISON, Wis. – Delegates to next month's Green Party convention face a unique choice: opt against nominating a candidate for president or formally endorse Ralph Nader, who is running for the White House as an independent after shunning the party that nominated him in 1996 and 2000.

Farm-raised fish tainted, agency says
HADLEY, Mass. – Atlantic salmon and trout raised in federal hatcheries in the Northeast have high enough levels of dioxin and other pollutants that anglers should eat no more than half a serving a month, federal officials said Thursday.

Americans need fish and fiber, advisers say
WASHINGTON – A revised food pyramid coming from the government to guide Americans' eating habits should recommend more fish and fiber and fewer refined grains such as white bread, federal advisers decided Thursday.

Smoking linked to new ailments
WASHINGTON – Cigarette smoking significantly harms almost every major organ of the body and has been directly linked to a new series of illnesses including leukemia, cataracts, pneumonia and cancers of the kidney, cervix, pancreas and stomach.

West Nile virus hits two states
PHOENIX – Arizona and New Mexico have reported this year's first human cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, health officials said.

Police expect rise in alcohol-related deaths
WASHINGTON – For highway troopers, the Memorial Day weekend begins a grim season: the 100 or so days of summer when alcohol-linked traffic deaths traditionally reach their peak.

Vets gathering at memorial for one-of-a-kind reunion
WASHINGTON – One of the largest reunions of American war veterans began Thursday as World War II soldiers and their families flocked to Washington to celebrate the dedication of the World War II Memorial.

California adopts new wireless phone regulations
SAN RAMON, Calif. -- California on Thursday became the first state in the nation to adopt consumer protections for cell phone customers, after a four-year tussle with the industry.

Summit offers economic strategies
The Inland Northwest's business and civic leaders should focus on three key strategies to boost the region's economy and produce more high-wage jobs, an economic development summit concluded Thursday.

Airport resurfacing project to affect airlines
A runway resurfacing project will force some commercial airlines at Spokane International Airport to reduce total weight on passenger flights this July.

CdA Mines courts B.C. firm
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. made an offer Thursday to buy Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., a Canadian mining company, for $1.8 billion in stock and cash.

She’s puttin’ on the dog
The phone number is 744-WOOF. Hours of business are “Sniffing hours.” And customers are welcomed by Molly, a 2-year-old German shepherd, reclining on a fluffy stack of dog beds.

Business news
Ex-Rite Aid chief gets eight years Harrisburg, Pa. Former Rite Aid Corp. chief executive Martin L. Grass was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for conspiring to falsely inflate the value of the company his father founded and cover up the scheme.

Stocks edge higher on GDP data
A better-than-expected gross domestic product reading soothed investors' latest economic worries Thursday, sending stocks sharply higher on the expectation of robust second-quarter earnings.

Growth quickens in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a 4.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter of this year, slightly faster than previously thought and fresh evidence that the recovery possessed good momentum as it headed into the current quarter.

Investors add $23.7 billion to stock funds in April
NEW YORK -- Investors continued to add to their investments in stock mutual funds in April, as inflows reached $23.27 billion, according to a monthly report from the fund industry's main trade group.

Love, patented
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Chemistry? Forget it. Psychology and statistics best determine whether two people will have a happy marriage. At least so claims an online dating service that's patented its matchmaking formula.

Mortgage rates resume climb
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages resumed their upward march this week, a factor that could contribute to a further slowdown in home-mortgage refinancings, economists said.

Shopping malls aren’t dropping
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- It's still a mall world, after all. That was the message from some 35,000 developers, retail real estate brokers and shopping statisticians who gathered in Las Vegas this week for the 47th annual convention of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Student’s fatal crash saddens classmates
Ryan Powell's former locker stands out among hundreds of others lining the hallways of Post Falls High School.

Club files closed-meeting suit
BOISE – The Idaho Press Club asked a state judge Thursday to bar the state Legislature from closing any formal legislative committee meetings to the public.

Foundation announces school grants
Project grants for 30 North Idaho schools were announced today by the Panhandle Alliance for Education, a foundation for public school programs in the Pend Oreille School District in Bonner County.

RPS trial may be off until next year
The River Park Square garage bond trial is likely delayed until next year. U.S. District Judge Edward Shea told a gaggle of lawyers Thursday that he can give them five weeks for a trial starting in mid-August if all of them agree. Because some had already expressed concerns about that date as settlement discussions continue between the city of Spokane and other parties to the lawsuit, Shea said he'd put off the trial until Jan. 3 unless they were unanimous in wanting the earlier date.

Accuracy watch
No conviction Because of a copy editing error, a photo caption in Thursday's paper indicated Vang Xiong X. Toyed was found guilty of rape in 1989. A jury found Vang Xiong responsible for violating the civil rights of two women who accused him of rape. The Spokesman-Review regrets the error.Tournament starts today

Man arrested in shooting death
Kevin T. Culp was arrested Thursday in connection with the April 14 shooting death of 19-year-old Cedric Sykes.

Soldiers question Sen. Craig
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, a staunch supporter of the Bush administration's war in Iraq, had just shaken hands with 10 Idaho National Guard soldiers who recently learned they are among the biggest deployment of Idaho citizen-soldiers since 1941.

Honoring those who touch lives
Joan Wanamaker was stunned. The woman on the other end of the phone was congratulating her for winning a Women of Wisdom award from the women of Sandpoint.

History forges the link between golf and Indians
Once when I was being interviewed by a high school journalism student in Bremerton, Wash., the green reporter couldn't stop laughing when it came up that I really enjoyed the Indian golf tournaments in the Spokane region. It was as if she were picturing loin-cloth-clad warriors with war paint and spears trying to hit a ball out of a sand trap.

Police take teens out for a spin
The Ford Taurus barely made it through the orange cones Thursday before it began spinning out of control, burning rubber and throwing gravel.

West not ready to give up on entryways
Spokane Mayor Jim West said he isn't giving up on a plan to improve the appearance of entryways to the Lilac City, despite City Council rejection earlier this week of funding for the plan.

Regional news
Environmentalists sue over forest plan Washington Environmentalists sued the Bush administration Thursday, objecting to recent changes in the Northwest Forest Plan they say endanger salmon and clean water.

Developer denied discussion records
The developer of River Park Square does not have a right to records of political discussions between city officials and Metropolitan Mortgage in the ongoing dispute over the mall's garage, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Local man loses world poker tour
Sometimes it's just not in the cards. Gerry Drehobl, the Spokane man who has been on a No-Limit Texas Hold'Em roll, made it to the second day before busting at this week's World Series of Poker championship.

Officials identify pilot who vanished after stopping for fuel
HELENA – Authorities Thursday released the identity of a missing pilot from South Dakota who disappeared along with his agricultural spray plane Saturday.

Growth rules may apply to farmers, ranchers
COLVILLE -- Farmers and ranchers may soon have to prove they're not harming environmentally sensitive areas in Stevens County, as county officials struggle to avoid crushing economic sanctions.

Citizens offered look at state’s next budget
OLYMPIA -- Every two years, hordes of people descend on the state capitol, angling for a slice of the state's multibillion-dollar budget.

Health board targets mosquitoes
The Spokane Regional Board of Health wants to get the mosquitoes before they get us. The board voted Thursday to support the creation of a mosquito control district in Spokane County to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Man charged with murder in stabbing death
Lance A. Leighton has been charged with murder in the May 6 stabbing death of a Spokane Valley man. Leighton, 21, reportedly admitted to detectives he stabbed 19-year-old Jeffery P. Bieber after an argument, but said he thought Bieber was reaching for a gun, according to court documents.

Rappers The Roots go genre-hopping
After seeing The Roots perform live, it would be easy to say the Philadelphia rap band rewrote the manual on how to put on a live hip-hop show.

Memorial Day events
Events planned for the Memorial Day weekend include: Spokane

Hanford proposal prompts criticism
RICHLAND – U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and other officials toured the Hanford Reach by boat Thursday, criticizing efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy to reclassify high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and other nuclear sites.

Council tells AG to hire lawyer to challenge gambling initiative
BOISE – The Legislature's governing council directed Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on Thursday to hire a special attorney to challenge the constitutionality of the 2002 Indian gambling initiative.

Promises are meant to be kept
Our View: Katie Brodie needs to fulfill the pledges she made on the campaign trail.

Zinni shows how war went bad
AUSTIN, Texas – Too bad for anyone who tuned in to President Bush's speech Monday night hoping to hear something that would cheer us up – like a plan. That was as depressing as divorce. There he was, still peddling the phony idea that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9-11 – I guess that one will never get too old or too disproved.

Testing time-gap demands scrutiny
The much discussed achievement gap in school is not the only gap to worry about. At this time in the school year, the testing time-gap is the one to look out for, and it's almost never discussed.

Air views on spending
If you have longed to voice your opinions about state spending, you will have a chance to do so at the State Budget Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga Law School, 721 N. Cincinnati St. The Washington Office of Financial Management wants to hear from citizens about the services and activities that should be included in the state's priority-based budget for the 2005-07 biennium.

Letters
Fluoride's benefit is topical Janine Johnson, DDS, like other dentists in Spokane that still support water fluoridation, has not been reading her journals. The featured cover story of the July 2000 Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is a 13-page article authored by John Featherstone, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Who will pay for the sins of a few priests?
There is a complexity to the sexual abuse lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Spokane that the media and others do not recognize. They prefer to view the matter in simplistic terms: “insensitive church hierarchy versus irreparably damaged victims.”

Valley Library plan in a bind
With her mom, Breanna Ahlgren, 9, made checkmarks on a poster at the Valley library branch Thursday. The two were browsing for books when they saw a Spokane County Library District open house in session.

Hospice of Spokane’s director plans to resign
Anne Koepsell, executive director of Hospice of Spokane for the past nine years, has announced she will resign at the end of this year.

State expected to cover costs in 2006
BOISE – Idaho's state government should have enough money to operate on a no-frills budget in 2006 even as the temporary 1 cent sales tax expires, budget analysts told a panel of legislative leaders Thursday.

Valley Christian parts ways with Altmeyer
Valley Christian School officials announced Thursday that a successful boys basketball coach accused of using mind games and sporadic physical abuse to push his players to victory will not be returning to the school in the fall.

Backers continue to search for reasons for Van Lierop’s firing
The Don Van Lierop coaching saga continues as supporters carry on a campaign to salvage his Ferris High basketball job and seek answers for the non- renewal of his contract.

Cleveland bullpen finally answers call
CLEVELAND -- The relievers didn't squander a thing. For one of the few times this season, the Indians' brutal bullpen did its job well.

Darnell, Henderson power LC
Greater Spokane League boys soccer can be divided into three eras: the long reign of Mead, the rise of Ferris, and the emergence of Lewis and Clark.

Busy Bryant scores 31
LOS ANGELES -- Only Karl Malone saw the wink. Though Kobe Bryant said little in the locker room and less during warmups, the Lakers knew his mind was on the game, not back in a Colorado courtroom.

Tampa Bay evens score
TAMPA, Fla. -- Two nights before, Jarome Iginla had made a pretty convincing opening argument in his case for the title of Hockey's Best Young Player.

Thursday’s games
Marlins 5, Reds 2: At Cincinnati, struggling Alex Gonzalez drove in a pair of runs, helping Brad Penny win his third straight start. Florida reliever Armando Benitez earned his 18th save and set a team record of 262/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Luis Aquino held the previous mark of 261/3 innings in 1994. The Marlins took two of three in the series, blunting a Cincinnati surge that vaulted the Reds into first place in the Central Division. Florida has won six of its last eight.

Edgar’s goal? Beat Martinez
CLEVELAND -- Edgar Martinez has reconsidered his lack of career goals, and found one that could be reached tonight in Boston.

On the air
For Friday, May 28, 2004

Douglas leads Sun to first win
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Katie Douglas scored 25 points and Nykesha Sales added 19 Thursday, leading the Connecticut Sun to their first win, 82-73 over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Today’s menu
Baseball College: California at Washington State, 6 p.m.Off-track betting

Williams sisters struggle but win
PARIS -- With favorites falling all around, Serena Williams talked herself out of a loss. Her sister Venus spoke French more fluidly than she played.

National sports
Colorado reinstates grid coach Barnett Calling it the right thing to do, the president of the University of Colorado reinstated suspended football coach Gary Barnett and said no one will lose their jobs for one of the worst college athletics scandals in years.

Thibault earns WCC honor
Gonzaga University sophomore catcher Kiel Thibault was named the West Coast Conference player of the year on Thursday as the conference released its 2004 All-Conference team.

CCS vaulter Powell exceeds 16 feet in win
Considering how Jaymes Powell's season started – with a stress fracture, a six-week layoff and then a no-height in his first outdoor meet – even he might have been reluctant to predict a happy ending.

Shadow try to avoid letdown as foes visit
Step one: Qualify for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Check. Step two: Maintain energy and focus before actually playing in U.S. Open Cup.

Johnson takes Coca-Cola pole
CONCORD, N.C. -- Everyone was waiting on Jimmie Johnson. For good reason.

Hunting and fishing report
For Friday, May 28, 2004

Recreation calendar
Basketball Sign up: Summer basketball league for 6th-8th grade boys and girls at The Warehouse Athletic Facility. Cost is $55 a player. For more information contact Katie Schuver at 484-2670 or email Katie@warehouseathletics.com.

Injuries no obstacle for Murphy
Mary Beth Murphy knows many parts of Saturday's 24-hour mountain bike race course. Particularly the technical section she rode July 1, 2000, when she broke her pelvis.

UW falls in first round
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Washington softball team (40-18) could not overcome a four-run first inning by Oklahoma (45-20-1) and dropped its College World Series opener 6-2 Thurday.

Read new Montana A.D.
MISSOULA -- Don Read, the most successful head football coach at the University of Montana, was named the school's new athletics director on Thursday, charged with helping the department address a $1 million deficit.

Official records
For Friday, May 28, 2004

Estate sales great for downsizing
A garage sale might be just the ticket for most of us, but when you're downsizing into a smaller home or retirement community, or liquidating the estate of a family member, it's time to have an estate sale.

Tunnel vision
High atop Browne Mountain in south Spokane, in a most unlikely place, there is an under-the-sea fantasy.

Native plants a good choice
This week has been declared Native Plant Appreciation Week by Washington Gov. Gary Locke to celebrate our native plant heritage.

Horoscope
Aries (March 21-April 19) – Others push and pull for what they want. Maintain your schedule and clear out what you must. You'll greet the weekend with a bigger smile. Extremes encourage you to deal with others carefully.

It’s not that he can’t marry you; it’s that he won’t
Carolyn: I have been dating a man for 2 1/2 years. I want to get married, and he for some reason can't. I try to end our relationship, and he cries and says he wants to work on it. What types of things can we do to overcome his commitmentphobia? -- Arlington, Va.

Go to different country on next trip
Miss Manners

Win or lose, Diana is still the princess in Snellville
Diana DeGarmo may have come home second best, but there still was a parade waiting for her. A heroine's welcome greeted DeGarmo at her suburban Atlanta hometown of Snellville, Ga., despite being bested by Fantasia Barrino in the “American Idol” finale.

Bridge
Many-time world champion Mike Lawrence writes clearly and succinctly, and his book, “How to Play Card Combinations,” (Devyn Press) is a must for all aspiring experts.

Old dummy worth smart sum of money
Dear Collector: Could you tell me if this Paul Winchell's “Jerry Mahoney,” in its original box, has any value?

Little room can be big advantage
Come on, you know you want one. Who wouldn't welcome an extra bathroom, for guests or just for, well, a little added convenience?

Hitting the deck
Someday all decks will be built this way. I don't mean with gazebos and hot tubs and grills galore. That's all good. A great deck has all that stuff.

NBC will speed final servings of ‘Restaurant’
It's the TV equivalent of being seated at a table next to the restroom: NBC has dumped the remaining episodes of “The Restaurant” onto Saturday nights.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. Which demographic group in the United States has the longest life expectancy? A. Nuns.

CMT tells the story of a rising star
Grim tidings. We're entering that horrid TV lull between the season finales and the summer premieres.

Kaboom your toilet
Of all the household chores, the most dreaded task is cleaning the bathroom. According to a recent survey by the Soap and Detergent Association, the task ranks No. 1 on the list of hated home chores. Orange Glo International wants to change that ranking with Kaboom Thick Liquid Toilet Cleaner. The cleaner clings to the bowl's surface, above and below the waterline, penetrating and breaking up stains and protecting against recurring hard-water stains. A 24-ounce bottle of Kaboom Thick Liquid Toilet Cleaner sells for $3.49

Let’s see SpongeBob do better cutting hair
There are three things on this Earth my 2-year-old son will sit still for: SpongeBob SquarePants (what is it with that yellow bedlamite?), raisins (shhh … he still thinks they are candy) and, well … OK, so there are two things.

Mang helps The Makers rock B-Side
When rock star gods The Makers return to Spokane on Saturday night, it is sure to be packed at The B-Side, 230 W. Riverside Ave. What is there to say that hasn't already been said about The Makers? You know the story of how the former Spokane band did what every Spokane band dreams of doing: moving to Seattle, blowing up, and signing with the famous Sub Pop records. You know they give one hell of a rockin' show, complete with audacious rock-star posturing that's obnoxious to the point of

Horrible Disaster started small
When Chris Pierce started jamming with Adam Jelsing a couple of years ago, the two didn't have any big ideas. They just liked playing music. Those informal jam sessions spiraled into one of the more popular, albeit younger, rock bands on the local circuit – Horrible Disaster. “We started as a two-piece. I didn't think it would become a full band. We were just trying to have some fun. I'm surprised that we've been playing a lot of shows,” Pierce said.

Smith, ZZ Top tickets go on sale today
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for a concert by worship singer Michael W. Smith and Mercy Me, Aug. 7 at the Lilac Bowl in Riverfront Park. Tickets are $51 and $36, through TicketsWest outlets (325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

Styx, Frampton offer blasts from past
The Gorge turns time machine on Sunday when the stage is overtaken by arena rock relics Styx with Peter Frampton, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult.

Country gets back to basics
What It Is: “Van Lear Rose,” a collaboration between country legend Loretta Lynn and alt-rocker Jack White (yes, that Jack White, of White Stripes fame), is arguably the most anticipated album of the year. It might also be the best.

Kim Do stimulates the palate
We walked into Kim Do, the friendly little (50-seat) Vietnamese restaurant near the Gonzaga District, and the aroma hit us like heady perfume. We detected lemon grass, cilantro, fresh basil, lime and other sweetly aromatic flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.

Curious Gorge
It's no secret: With its pristine beauty, sprawling panoramic view, and middle-of-nowhere charm, the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., remains the pinnacle outdoor concert venue for music fans in Eastern Washington.

A festival fit for Bigfoot himself
Coming off the heels of last year's ultra-eclectic lineup, this year's Sasquatch Music Festival roster reads like an all-star compilation of the top bands in the Seattle indie-rock scene, and indeed the nation.

Sleater-Kinney
Members of Sleater-Kinney answer fans' questions about song lyrics, pregnancy, and gay rights. Compiled from www.sleater-kinney.com.

Negotiating dating minefield
Spring fever is in the air, and it seems that everyone is coupling up. Babies and puppies appear cuter than ever. The air is fresh and fragrant with the beautiful blooming flowers. All is alive and rich. Unless you are one of the tired few still trying to find a date in the Spokane area.

The Met: As much a legacy as a name
Whoever ends up buying the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center from troubled Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Inc., we'll always know the 1915 vaudeville house as the Met theater. Or will we? Just as “the Met” nicely echoes “Metropolitan,” the next owner might want to forge a fresh corporate connection in the minds of Spokane theatergoers. The proprietors of Silver Collector Car Auction recently made a bid on the Met, for instance. The Silver theater certainly has a nice ring to it.

Worst kind of weather
It's the day after tomorrow, and the weather has just been hell. Actually, it's been apocalyptic.

Seattle hosts best of indie films
It takes a special breed of moviegoer to be a film festival freak. Film-fest freaks, especially those who haunt the annual Seattle International Film Festival, have a vampire-like attitude toward the sun. They survive on diets of popcorn, bready pretzels, Raisinettes and – at least at Seattle's world-famous Egyptian Theatre – coffee strong enough to dissolve enamel.

Despite annoyingly slow start, ‘Raising Helen’ finds its rhythm
The first half of my notepad for “Raising Helen” is littered with “No ways,” but the second half has more “I likes.” In other words: Starts out bad, gets better.

‘King’ adds crown jewel to Tolkien’s classic trilogy
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” •••

Rock the Vote reaches out to America’s youth
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The key to mobilizing young voters this fall could be in their bags, pockets and purses: their cell phones.

No talent? On ‘Superstar USA,’ no problem
Seeking untalented, slightly tone-deaf and fairly mad performers to entertain America on a new weekly reality show. Professional training and dance skills unnecessary. Ability to dance like a white guy actually considered a plus. Grab your air guitar and hairbrush microphone, and dust off the old break dancing moves because America wants you to compete in the “The WB's Superstar USA” competition.

Go ahead – let them invade
“Space Raiders” •(out of four) Mastiff for GameCube, $19.99. Rating: T (Teen).

Game makes button mashing thing of the past
Boxing fans, please bow your heads in reflection. Today we say goodbye to button mashing.

Young Artist
Keith D. Simpson Age: 25 Born: Spokane

Breaking up with Bowwow
Q: OK, I've had it. I've just dumped my third boyfriend in a row for cheating on me. I'm half furious and half depressed. Are all men dogs or am I just in an unlucky streak?