Lewis and Clark bicentennial may bring unwanted guests
An invasion of exotic zebra mussels was fended off earlier this month at – of all places – an interstate weigh station.
Fighting disrupts tentative peace
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A tentative peace agreement in the Najaf area faced its first test Friday when fighting erupted between U.S. troops and Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, killing at least three Iraqis and wounding two American soldiers. Related stories
Saddam foe nominated to lead Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iyad Allawi, a Shiite doctor who survived an assassination attempt by agents of Saddam Hussein and later tried to overthrow the former dictator, was tapped Friday to be the new prime minister of the Iraqi interim government. Related stories
Douglas leaves Vietnam memorial with heart full of memories
WASHINGTON – It was a day of healing and homecoming at the Vietnam War Memorial on Friday for Glen Douglas, a Lakes-Okanagan Indian and combat veteran of three wars. It was his day to confront his memories of war and to ask the Creator for forgiveness.
The scars of Vietnam
There is not a great deal Glen Douglas can say about his three tours of duty in Vietnam. It's not that he can't remember. In fact, there is much he would like to forget.
A gift beyond thanks
It was her first standing ovation and she'll never forget it. One year after donating some of her bone marrow, Kassi Hays, 21, got to meet the Kentucky woman whose life she saved from leukemia.
A weekend of remembrance
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. For many of us, this weekend's observance of Memorial Day will have special meaning because of the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
Fallen WWII pilot finally returns home
TULSA, Okla. – A World War II Army pilot killed nearly 60 years ago but long classified as missing in action was buried Friday in his hometown next to his brother.
War veterans, survivors reflect on faith in God
WASHINGTON – Norman Forde carried a copy of the New Testament in a pocket of his uniform and wore a cross with his dog tags as he fought the Battle of the Bulge as an 18-year-old Army private.
WWII memorial dedication today
WASHINGTON – Most of their comrades are dead now, making today's dedication of the National World War II Memorial bittersweet for the tens of thousands of veterans on hand.
Ridge, Ashcroft report agencies cooperating
WASHINGTON – Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge issued a joint statement Friday saying their agencies are cooperating closely to deal with a rising al Qaeda threat. It was an attempt to blunt criticism that Americans are getting a mixed message from the agencies. Related stories
Kerry tries to sway Virginians with ads
WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will push his television commercials deep into Virginia next week, in a risky bid to expand the electoral battlefield onto terrain President Bush won easily four years ago. Related stories
NOAA defends salmon proposal
SEATTLE — The Bush administration's proposal to count hatchery fish along with wild stocks is not a government attempt to inflate endangered or threatened salmon and steelhead runs so they can be stripped of federal protection, a top NOAA Fisheries official said Friday.
Dispute calls into question the identity of University of Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. – Could the University of Georgia become a school with no name?
Bishops’ threats trouble Catholics
The vast majority of U.S. Catholics want their bishops to stay out of politics, and an even larger number say political pressure from prelates will not affect their vote in November, a poll released Thursday shows.
Pope names Law to ceremonial post
BOSTON – Cardinal Bernard Law was appointed by the pope Thursday to a ceremonial but highly visible post in Rome, outraging many in the archdiocese Law left in disgrace at the height of the clergy sex scandal.
Austria adopts animal rights law
VIENNA, Austria – Hens will be free to run around barnyards, lions and tigers will vanish from circus acts, and Dobermans will sport what nature intended – floppy ears and longer tails – under a tough animal rights law adopted Thursday in Austria.
Bureaucrats warned to keep it short as papers bog down EU translators
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union told bureaucrats Wednesday to be less verbose, warning that long documents risked creating a translation backlog following the entry this month of 10 new countries.
Britain weighs bounty on destructive gray squirrels
LONDON – The British government should offer a bounty on the heads of gray squirrels, an imported pest that is threatening populations of its indigenous red cousins, a lawmaker said Thursday.
Man fined for tossing corn starch at Blair
LONDON – An activist was fined more than $1,000 on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to throwing condoms filled with purple corn starch at Tony Blair as the prime minister spoke in the House of Commons. Another man denied the same charge.
Military reports Afghanistan fight
KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S.-led forces fought militants near Afghanistan's unstable border, the military said Friday, just across from a Pakistani region where suspected al Qaeda fighters are believed to have found refuge. Related stories
600 more freed from Iraqi prison
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military freed more than 600 detainees Friday from Abu Ghraib prison, the largest release since officials announced their intention to cut the population in half and send people home to their families. Related stories
Study finds most after-40 divorces are initiated by women
NEW YORK – Two-thirds of divorces after age 40 are initiated by wives, debunking the myth of an older man divorcing his wife for a younger woman, a new survey shows.
Jury awards $1.4 million to law firm for stolen clients
NEW YORK – A jury has awarded a law firm $1.4 million in damages because several of its clients were stolen by a rookie lawyer at another firm.
Fliers’ data will be shared globally
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and European officials signed an agreement Friday for sharing information on airline passengers, saying the new policy addresses concerns about privacy.
Almond industry scrutinized
LOS ANGELES -- The normally quiet almond industry has suddenly found itself struggling with a food producer's worst nightmare: a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than two dozen people and prompted a nationwide recall.
Consumers heat up economy
WASHINGTON -- Consumers -- whose behavior plays a crucial role in shaping economic activity -- increased their spending in April by a solid 0.3 percent, a good signal that the recovery remained firmly rooted as it entered the current quarter.
HICO to take site on S. Perry
South Perry Street shoppers are getting a new place to buy food, grab a sandwich, get their shirts pressed and fuel up.
U.S. signs free trade agreement
WASHINGTON – The United States and five Central American countries signed a free trade agreement on Friday that the Bush administration hopes will lead to an even bigger, hemisphere-wide free trade deal by next year.
Crabby bosses produce crabby workers
People often ask me when I became interested in workplace values, spirituality and ethics. My glib, but painfully accurate, answer is “too late.”
Tech stocks are making a comeback
NEW YORK -- Long cast in the role of Wall Street's leading sector, technology stocks are fulfilling that expectation again, recording a bigger advance over the past two weeks than other shares.
High-tech gadgets still carry some hefty price tags
SEATTLE -- A television sewn into your shirt sleeve. A dashboard screen to monitor the kids in the back seat. A 3-D computer monitor sharp enough to make a hardcore gamer's heart stop -- or help a surgeon start one.
Classes give senior men a recipe for independence
LACONIA, N.H. – Frank Binette didn't realize just how ill-prepared he was for life without his wife until he stepped up to the stove for the first time after her death.
GOP hopeful fights to be heard
BELLEVUE, Wash. – A carefully scripted morning of Republican cheerleading turned into a family squabble Friday, as supporters of an underdog candidate for Senate tried to force party leaders to let him speak. Related stories
WWI archive to go online
OLYMPIA -- He was hit by shrapnel one week and pierced by an airplane's machine-gun bullet the next, but what finally killed Spokane's Shorty Austin was falling out of his bed in a French loft.
Survey to gather public opinion on bonds
Coeur d'Alene wants to know if residents are willing to pay extra tax money for a new library, fire trucks or community center.
Meals on Wheels aims to help drivers
Rising gasoline prices are threatening to squeeze out local volunteers who use their own vehicles to deliver meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities.
Court OKs Spokane’s adult-store ordinance
A federal appeals court panel has upheld the city of Spokane's ordinance governing the location of adult sex-oriented stores.
Educator finds grace amid tragedy
Gonzaga Prep president takes life with cancer a day at a time, Rebecca Nappi says.
Sasquatch regain women's title with Burt
Molly Burt can do it all on a track , and then some.
UI president suffers mild heart attack
The University of Idaho's new president, Timothy White, had open-heart surgery Thursday in a hospital in Corvallis, Ore.
GSL girls steal show at state
PASCO – Sunshine was occasional, mega-smiles were constant.
Memorial to honor veterans
A new memorial is beginning to take shape in Rathdrum – one brick at a time.
Church becomes cultural center
Stepping into The Old Church in Post Falls, it's hard to imagine that it almost fell victim to the wrecking ball.
Fort Lewis likely to avoid budget ax
WASHINGTON -- From the moment Congress grudgingly accepted the Pentagon's request for a new round of base closings in 2005, military officials have insisted that no base would get a free pass. It doesn't matter how big the base is or where it's located.
Board member joins testing company
BOISE -- The State Board of Education's frontline defender of a plan to certify public school teachers solely on the basis of a computer test is resigning to become an executive with the company that markets the controversial certification system.
Man stabbed after fight over truck ownership
HAUSER, Idaho – A Hauser man was stabbed with a knife Thursday after he got into a fight with a man about the ownership of a Ford pickup truck.
Memorial Day weekend events scheduled in region
For Saturday, May 29, 2004
Plan for coal mine near Glacier axed
HELENA -- A British Columbia coal mine proposed for a site six miles north of Glacier National Park will not be allowed to move forward, the province's minister of energy and mines said Friday.
Rathdrum toddler to get needed cornea transplant
Ruth Shove has carried a card for years stating that she is an organ donor, but she never thought about that same choice for her children.
Alaska quake affected Yellowstone geysers
BILLINGS -- The major earthquake that hit Alaska in 2002 and set off a flurry of smaller quakes in far-off Yellowstone National Park also altered activity of hydrothermal features there, causing some geysers to go off more often, new research shows.
Attorneys in terrorism trial spar over Constitution
BOISE – Attorneys on Friday sparred over the role First Amendment protections for free speech would play when jurors begin deliberating next week in the case of accused terrorist supporter Sami Omar Al-Hussayen. Related stories
22-month-old survives near-drowning
BOISE – A hospital worker preparing a drowned toddler for the funeral home on Thursday noticed the boy was breathing – more than an hour after he had been pronounced dead.
Tornadoes not sign of things to come
OLYMPIA – Washington state has already had far more than its tiny yearly ration of tornadoes.
Sue Cook calls each one "a miracle." Jane Holte says, "I have so much love for these kids."
Fanaticism confronts us once again
The generation that fought World War II could teach us a thing or two, Leonard Pitts Jr. says.
‘Rufus the Moofus' a labor of love for students
Ten creative students at the alternative school, Project Coeur d'Alene, are very proud of "Rufus the Moofus," their creation for the "No Moose Left Behind," project that will raise money for the EXCEL Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for grants in the Coeur d'Alene School District.
We must keep perspective in Iraq war
Setbacks, casualties are a reality of conflict – we’ve just been spoiled by seemingly easy victories in past decade, Max Boot says.
Feds shouldn’t OK more smog
Our view: We should take responsibility for our gasoline consumption.
Accommodation is winning Western wars
It is usually a bad idea to ban someone's livelihood. Consider the uses and abuses of the terms “Old” and “New” Western economy.
Officer under investigation
VANCOUVER, Wash. – A city police lieutenant has been placed on paid administrative leave while department authorities conduct an internal investigation into allegations that he made inappropriate sexual advances toward female colleagues.
Church gets new purpose
Stepping into The Old Church in Post Falls, it's hard to imagine that it almost fell victim to the wrecking ball. Even in its current condition, it is an elegant, sturdy structure with, no doubt, more than a few stories to tell.
Police make progress in bomb threat case
Detectives think they know the identities of teenagers responsible for making a bomb threat at a Spokane Valley high school last week.
Wrong man jumps into river
Spokane police arrested a 29-year-old man Friday who attempted to escape officers by jumping into the Spokane River during a burglary investigation in northeast Spokane.
Ortiz, Red Sox slam Mariners
BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox used a delay to the advantage of Pedro Martinez. Martinez remained undefeated against Seattle, and David Ortiz's grand slam capped a five-run fifth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Mariners on Friday night. Related stories
Hunch pays off for Pacers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Mr. Inflexible dusted off Mr. Forgotten, and the Indiana Pacers evened the Eastern Conference finals with their best all-around effort of the series.
CdA marathon records in danger
Defending and past champions are returning for the 27th annual Coeur d'Alene Marathon on Sunday and they have higher expectations for lower times.
Defending champ disappointed in 2nd
PASCO – Kayla Mainer sat on the bench, head bowed and buried in the sweatshirt she held, oblivious to the chilly wind.
Seely’s late free-kick goal helps Shadow gain tie with lowly Reds
Sometimes soccer can be a complex and multifaceted game. Sometimes one word can cover it – frustrating.
Friday’s AL games
Friday’s NL games
Padres 5, Brewers 3: At Milwaukee, Mark Loretta hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning, Brian Lawrence tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings and San Diego beat Milwaukee.
Mondesi makes deal with Angels
Outfielder Raul Mondesi has reached a deal to play for the Anaheim Angels just three weeks after walking away from the game, he told the Associated Press on Friday from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Hot rookie heats up Mercury
Diana Taurasi became the first WNBA rookie to start her career with three 20-point games, helping the Phoenix Mercury to an 84-76 upset of the Seattle Storm on Friday night at Phoenix.
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For Saturday, May 29, 2004
Toms shoots 63 for a stroke lead in St. Jude
David Toms turned in his best round this year with an 8-under 63 that helped the defending champion lead Vaughn Taylor by a stroke after the second round of the St. Jude Classic on Friday.
Safin drops drawers, eliminates Mantilla
PARIS – When Marat Safin's around, watch out! Not even he has any idea when he'll toss a racket, swat a miraculous shot, go off on a rant or ... lose a point for mooning the crowd?
Little-known Indy pole winner says he’ll contend
The name Buddy Rice doesn't exactly top the list of favorites at the Indianapolis 500, but he's determined to swig from the milk bottle in Victory Circle.
Levi leader in the rain at the Senior PGA
Wayne Levi made four birdies just before the second round was suspended because of darkness and held a one-shot lead in the rain-delayed Senior PGA Championship.
Two from GSL to play in consolation semifinals
The Greater Spokane League sent two singles players, a boy and a girl, into the semifinal round at the State 4A tennis championships in Spokane Valley on Friday.
Freeman builds big lead in 1A
Two Eastern Washington teams are seeking repeats and another area team is the early pacesetter as the State 2A, 1A and B track and field meets withstood all Mother Nature could throw at them Friday at Eastern Washington University's Woodward Stadium.
Ex-Whit swimmer Rice killed in crash
Brent Rice, one of the greatest athletes in Whitworth College and Northwest Conference history, was killed early Friday morning in a single-car accident in Southern California.
Gubler redeems herself
CHENEY – Other than the weather, there wasn't much for local fans to talk about following Friday's second day of competition in the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington 2A, 1A and B Girls Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University's Woodward Field.
DeSales beats Gorillas to reach B title game
Someday, somewhere, DeSales will lose a Class B regional or state tournament baseball game. But Friday night wasn't the time, and Parker Field wasn't the place.
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‘Threshold’ issue still the stumbling block
TAMPA, Fla. -- Hours before a Stanley Cup Finals series that he hopes will signal a stylistic renaissance for his sport -- and fresh from an afternoon negotiating session with union head Bob Goodenow -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reluctantly spent nearly all of his 45-minute state of the game press conference discussing the league's impending doom.
Rebels with a cause end LC’s title hopes
CAMAS, Wash. – Juanita went head to head with nationally-ranked Lewis and Clark and came out on top.
For Saturday, May 29, 2004
Trolia pitches Cougars to win over Golden Bears
Aaron Trolia pitched into the eighth inning and Garrett Alwert earned his second save of the season as the Washington State Cougars handed the California Bears a 7-3 defeat in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.
Cheney loses shootout, will play for third place
CAMAS, Wash. – The reluctant goalkeeper took the final shot. Senior Dustin Eppler scored the deciding shootout goal Friday as Mount Rainier dispatched Cheney 2-1 at the State 3A boys soccer tournament.
U-Hi has eyes on third; Mead ousted
TACOMA – For the University Titans, the 2004 State 4A softball tournament has the feel of last year's, with one huge difference.
Reminiscing about Chevy Biscayne
How NASCAR Cup drivers get paid
Q: Greg, just how do the drivers in NASCAR's Nextel Cup get paid? Do they receive a percentage of the winnings, or are they paid a salary like major-league baseball players? -- Dee P., e-mail from South Carolina
4Runner brute looks good at play, work
This week we test drive the 2004 Toyota 4Runner 4WD Limited, a midsize SUV loaded with technology and good looks.
Reader offers suggestion for transmission problem
Drive It Forever
Talk of the walk
When he wanted Tom Brokaw to speak at his school's commencement, Northwestern professor Joe Angotti just called the retiring NBC news anchor, kidded him about how he is on the verge of being a has-been, and popped the question.
‘Art Hog’ gentle on glasswork
Think globally, but name places locally
Americans’ geographic confusion understandable, says Jim Kershner.
We were charmed, I’m sure
I THOUGHT WE WERE done with misheard lyrics for a while. Then an e-mail arrived from Matt Galloway. “When my sister, who's now 30, was about 7, she wondered why nobody ever called Prince Charming by his first name since Cinderella mentions him by name in the song ‘Someday My Prince Will Come.' ”
See for yourself whether mom’s guy is upstanding
Annie’s mailbox: Reader is concerned that her mother is being pursued by a boyfriend who ultimately is after only her money.
To be safe, reduce animal fats in diet
Peter gott, M.D. : Reader tells Dr. Gott link between eggs and elevated serum cholesterol levels isn’t proven.
Oh, so that’s when ‘SNL’ finally jumped the shark
Live from New York -- it's the secrets of “Saturday Night.” In his new memoir “Gasping for Airtime,” comedian Jay Mohr, who worked as a performer and writer for “Saturday Night Live” between 1993 and 1995, dishes up the following tidbits:
BEDFORD, Texas -- The line at the Wal-Mart was mostly filled with women carrying armloads of Kathie Lee Gifford's new “Gentle Grace” CD and inspirational book. T-shirts and posters, too.
Transform our red-hot wrath into faithfulness
The world gives us much to be angry about, but we are called to temper our anger and allow God’s spirit to burn more warmly within us, the Rev. Paul Graves says.
‘Stritch’ will elicit mixed emotions
HBO has pushed the season finale of “The Sopranos” back to next week. Perhaps it thought a bunch of whacking was inappropriate for Memorial Day weekend.
L.M. Boyd Trivia
‘Soul Plane’ creating turbulence among African Americans
The “first black-owned airline” has barely lifted off, but a determined campaign is already under way to ground it -- or at least clip its wings.
Make way on the podium for Big Bird
Move over, lieutenant governors. Make way for Bono, Bill Cosby and Big Bird.
‘Idol’ audience down from last year
Fantasia Barrino may wear the “American Idol” crown, but last year's winner, Ruben Studdard, still has some bragging rights.
Lackluster end to a good week
NEW YORK – A strong consumer spending and earnings report wasn't enough to fend off the pre-holiday doldrums on Wall Street on Friday as stocks finished an uninspired session mixed; however, the major indexes managed a week of solid gains for the first time in more than a month.
Finding shelter in a storm
NEW YORK – If you're feeling a bit wary about the stock market, you're in good company. A recent survey of mutual fund managers shows many professional investors are losing their appetite for risk, too.
Post Falls parade promises fun times
“What every small town parade used to be,” says Kerri Thoreson, director of next Saturday's Post Falls parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m., beginning at Frederick Street and Seltice Way, traveling down Seltice to Idaho Street.
Idaho Writers League – meets from 9 a.m.-noon the second Wednesday of month at the Jewett House, 1501 E. Lakeshore in Coeur d'Alene. Information: 762-4081.
Lyle ‘Sonny’ Morris cheerful, loving man
His friends knew Lyle Morris as “Sonny,” a nickname due partly to his genial disposition, says his son, Chet.
Congratulations graduates, you were born to fly
Like baby swallows, you’re impatient to fly away, but first, Cheryl-Anne Millsap asks, look.
Coeur d’alene job service
The Job Service is a public agency serving prospective employers and job seekers. There are no fees to use its services. Call (208) 769-1558.
Church of the Master changes worship times
Lutheran Church of the Master will have only one service Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Beginning June 6 through Aug. 29 the summer schedule will include worship and praise service at 8:30 a.m. in the Gathering Place, with the traditional worship at 10 in the sanctuary. There will be no Sunday school during the summer.
Two more clothing stores open at Mall
Two apparel stores set up shop this week at the Spokane Valley Mall. Casual Corner Annex and Casual Corner Annex Petite opened in two connected storefronts on Monday, and on Thursday Aeropostale opened a 3,800-square-foot store. Aeropostale, part of a national 500-store chain that sells specialty clothing for teens and young, is across from Marketplace Gifts on the main floor and offers a mix of trendy clothes and accessories and swimwear.
Pratt students helping classmate, family recover from house fire
At Pratt Elementary, a service project involving students has a personal touch. Students in first- through sixth-grades are helping a classmate and her family who lost a home in a May 21 fire.
The man on Deloris Davis' doorstep wanted her land. He had plans to replace her chicken coop with duplexes, her tall grass with trimmed sod, her 46,560 square feet of elbow room with apartment dwellers spaced less than 50 feet apart.
He met the challenge
RJ Cornell is on his way to developing an impressive resume. The University High School senior won a first place award in the national DECA competition in Nashville, Tenn., early this month.
Anniversary event planned at school, child care center
Liberty Lake Christian School and Child Care is planning a party Friday to celebrate the center's 25th anniversary. The festivities planned for children attending the center include a jumping castle, petting zoo, carnival games and cotton candy.
Find one of the best parts of summer
Sometimes it pays to avoid the middleman. And, no, that isn't a reference to that friend or relative who always claims to be able to get anything for you wholesale.
Central Valley Travis Rund, javelin; Sam Taylor, high jump; Aaron Grothe, high jump; Tasheen Garry, 300 hurdles, long jump; Joe McFarlane, pole vault, 1,600 relay.
CV’s ‘Foreign Legion’
Ray Peterson calls them his “Foreign Legion.” Four exchange students, two from Ecuador and one each from Germany and France, added much to this year's Central Valley tennis program.
Track and field, softball athletes competing at state today
A season's worth of athletic successes, heartaches and memories for Valley high school athletes will culminate with state competitions today.
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One suspect booked on nursery burglary charge
Spokane Valley Police arrested a 41-year-old transient Monday after he allegedly broke into a nursery. The owner of Plant Farm at 14208 E. Fourth Ave. heard the nursery alarm go off about 5:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.