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Monday, May 31, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 31, 2004

Digging for remnants of past
ROSALIA – Not everyone has history buried in their back yard, let alone a battlefield covered with mystery and uncertainty.

A tribute to the fallen
Today's Spokesman-Review contains a special seven-page tribute to the more than 800 U.S. troops who have died overseas in the war in Iraq. The tribute to our fallen men and women is part of our coverage this weekend of Memorial Day events.

Militants escape in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – After killing at least 22 mostly foreign civilians and trapping dozens of people in a 25-hour hostage standoff, three Islamist militants managed Sunday to steal a car, disappear into rush-hour traffic and slip out of the grip of hundreds of Saudi commandos.

Attacks target civilians in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen targeting caravans of four-wheel-drive vehicles killed at least three people Sunday, and cheering bystanders doused two of the bullet-riddled SUVs with gasoline and set them ablaze, according to Iraqi police and witnesses. Related stories

Oil mergers push companies over limit
WASHINGTON – A single New Mexico family and a dozen big oil companies, including one once headed by Commerce Secretary Don Evans, control one-quarter of all federal lands leased for oil and gas development in the continental United States despite a law intended to prevent such concentration, federal records show.

This Memorial Day, new reasons to pause
From the beginning, Memorial Day was about the many recognizing the sacrifices of the few. Before it became the unofficial start of summer, or of camping season, or a weekend for cars to drive very fast around an oval track in Indianapolis, it was about the community recognizing the individuals lost in war.

Gays denied communion at Mass
CHICAGO – Roman Catholic gay-rights supporters wearing rainbow-colored sashes to Mass were denied communion Sunday, while dozens in Minnesota had to walk around protesters to receive the holy sacrament.

Love helps kids beat poverty, study reports
MILWAUKEE -- Children who are outgoing and receive lots of love and support from their mothers are better equipped to overcome the negative effects of poverty, a new study shows.

Experts: Minor weight loss worth it
For the obese, a small loss may be a big victory – and experts say evidence is building that really heavy people may be able to greatly improve their odds of dodging weight-related illnesses while remaining very heavy.

Gas prices may steer RVers toward home
HAMLIN, N.Y. – After 10 days parked in woods near the Lake Ontario shore, John Gerfen will pump 75 gallons of gasoline into his motor home this Memorial Day weekend, drive to his retirement home in Florida and try to keep his wanderlust in check.

Congo to boost its army
KISANGANI, Congo – Questions about pay in the new army's first and only brigade prompt chuckles among the men. In Congo, soldiering on a steady salary was never part of the deal.

‘Potter’ hits London
LONDON – The screams of young fans greeted the stars from the latest Harry Potter film at the British premiere Sunday of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

National news
4 Afghan soldiers killed in attack Kandahar, Afghanistan Taliban guerrillas riding in a fleet of vehicles shot up a government office in southern Afghanistan, killing four Afghan soldiers, an official said Sunday. One gunman also was killed.

Cleric gunned down
KARACHI, Pakistan – Thousands of Sunni Muslims rampaged through this volatile southern Pakistani city Sunday, ransacking property and stoning vehicles after unidentified gunmen assassinated an influential pro-Taliban cleric.

Aristide leaves for S. Africa
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left for exile in South Africa on Sunday, but insisted his stay there will only be temporary.

Court upholds international law
JERUSALEM – Israel's Supreme Court ruled Sunday the army must uphold international law and make sure civilians have access to medicine, food and water during military operations in Palestinians towns.

Sharon pushes Gaza peace plan
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tried to push forward his Gaza withdrawal plan during a tense seven-hour meeting of his divided Cabinet on Sunday, threatening to fire recalcitrant ministers and reshuffle his government if he failed to obtain a majority.

Trooper suspected of evidence tampering
REPUBLIC, Wash. – A Washington State Patrol trooper who used his police computer to download pornography now is under criminal investigation for alleged evidence tampering involving a video recorder in his patrol car.

JET court’s future remains uncertain
First District Judge Benjamin Simpson figures the juvenile drug court over which he presides is saving Kootenai County $365,726 this year.

CdA residents may face monthly stormwater fee
COEUR d'ALENE – Coeur d'Alene residents may have to pay $5 a month for a new stormwater utility fee.

Trip to Russia combines humor, history lessons
Monday's Huckleberries column:

Local rest stop faces closure
Seagulls aren't such bird brains after all. Even they seem to know there's nothing happening at the Interstate 90 Spokane River Rest Area on the Washington-Idaho border.

Horsing around
Welcome to Pony Club. The first rule about Pony Club is you almost never hear anybody talk about Pony Club.

Loved ones memorialize guardsman
MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. – Family and friends of Sgt. Jeffrey Shaver mourned the 27-year-old medic over the weekend, remembering him as a gregarious young man who had a knack for putting people at ease. Related stories

Time slipping for watchmaker
For watchmakers like Larry Verhaag, time is running out. He sits behind a glass display counter just inside the door of Halpin's Pharmacy and Treasure Room on Sprague Avenue, a graying gentleman with an agate bolo tie around his neck and a tiny magnifying lens – a loupe – protruding from the rim of his eyeglasses.

Segway attracts attention on canvas and campus
MOSCOW, Idaho -- In its two months in Moscow, the Segway Human Transporter on loan to the Moscow Police Department has apprehended no criminals but has made one painting.

Regional news
Woman dies from car accident injuries A woman died Sunday evening after the Model T she was riding in rolled on U.S. Highway 195 just north of Spangle, the Washington State Patrol said.

State probes school test ‘irregularities’
TACOMA -- The state school superintendent's office has investigated nearly two dozen reports this year of improperly administered standardized tests at public schools across Washington.

Four rescued, but woman still missing after boat capsizes near Camas
PORTLAND -- River patrols searched without success Sunday for a Tigard, Ore., woman who is missing and presumed drowned after the aluminum boat she was in capsized on the Columbia River near Camas, Wash.

Oregon students clean tombstones
COOS BAY, Ore. – Some freshmen at Marshfield High School got a firsthand view of history when they took part in a Memorial Day exercise last week cleaning the tombstones of Civil War soldiers buried in the neighboring Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, also known as Pioneer Cemetery.

Kayak accident claims life of 22-year-old
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – A kayaker has died in an accident on the South Fork of the Clearwater River, Idaho County authorities said.

Woman dies of rollover injuries
A woman died Sunday evening after the Model T she was riding in rolled on U.S. Highway 195 just north of Spangle, the Washington State Patrol said.

Beetle infestation sets scene for fire
STANLEY, Idaho -- Another year of drought and an infestation of mountain pine beetles have set up portions of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area with the potential for a monumental fire.

‘Sondheim’ a rich night of theater
For a short, simple and utterly convincing primer in the genius of Stephen Sondheim, you can't do better than “Side by Side by Sondheim.”

Kids steal the show at the Gorge
Sasquatchers were getting lost in singer/guitarist Doug Martsch's counterbalancing act of vertigo guitar riffs and fall-into-yourself vocals on the main stage of the Gorge Amphitheatre on Saturday.

Rare twisters don’t signal start of Midwest-like peril
OLYMPIA -- Washington state has already had far more than its tiny yearly ration of tornados.

Bremer orders council to delay naming of leader
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The top U.S. civilian administrator for Iraq on Sunday ordered the Iraqi Governing Council to delay nominating a president for a caretaker government that will take power in July. Related stories

Graduates get easy education in interest rates
Interest rates on federal student loans will fall to an all-time low this summer, giving debt-burdened graduates what may be a last chance to save thousands of dollars by consolidating their loans, lenders said last week.

Simply successful
ATLANTA -- When you've sold more than $100 million worth of cars over a 30-year career, what might you choose to drive in retirement?

Tax status, turnover are key issues for mutual fund investors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires mutual funds to report their returns on an after-tax basis. It's vital information for mutual fund investors, since taxes shave an estimated 2.5 percentage points off the average mutual fund's annual return, if it is held in a taxable account (according to a KPMG study). If your mutual fund has been beating the market average by 1 percentage point each year, you may be actually losing to the market, once you factor in taxes.

War reminds us why we remember
Our View: Casualties show us the inevitability of death.

In their words...
“The business community had their noses all out of joint. They were being asked to pony up hundreds of thousands of dollars. And for what? So Kerry wouldn't accept the nomination.”

Help plan Spokane Valley Greenacres residents -- heads up. Yours is the next voice to be heard in determining such things as Barker Road improvement, the couplet, light rail, a city center and development density.

Paper’s focus close to home
Question: Why, for the past several days, has the front page been filled with mostly local news? We thought the Regional section was for local/regional stories. We look to the front page for just a clue on what's happening on the international and national front. -- Dave Christiansen and Jane Kennedy, Elk, Wash.

The Red Racer
It's eight o'clock; no time to waste, The sun is in the sky. The heat bears down on everyone, Related stories

Josh’s Choice
The wind blew spatters of rain into his curls, lashing them in dribbles across his glasses. Muddy hands slipped to grope wet leaves as he tripped. A large rough surface scratched his face, smashing his glasses off. Related stories

Aurora and Tithonus
As Dawn sprang from Light, last of a brood-- Destined to guide its coming To set the red before the Sun Related stories

Love is a many splendor'd thing, Not artificial like Splenda But sometimes this artificial stuff can taste just as sweet Related stories

Math Class
You have no idea of how much I love math. How much I enjoy a teacher's wrath. Related stories

A refresher on wedding etiquette
Miss Manners

Dear Mr. Wolff: I was dealt the following hand of power and quality: •10-8-4, •K-3, •A-10-3, •Q-7-6-5-3. My partner opened one diamond and the next hand overcalled one spade. What would you recommend now? My choice of two clubs got us too high – but what else could I have done? A negative double or one no-trump seemed out of the question.

Nowhere Man, Mason City, Iowa

Aries (March 21-April 19) •••• – Teamwork, whether at a barbecue or doing something a bit more serious, becomes you. Though you are a leader and the Zodiac's pioneer, slow down and take your time. Let others become part of the process.

Touching essay honors those who have died
Dear Readers: Today is Memorial Day. Here is a touching essay in honor of all those who died in service to their country. It was written by John T. Bird, writer and editor, of Birmingham, Ala.

Last Monday in May

Ludacris clean up his act? Why, that’s just … him
Ludacris is considering a more sedate lifestyle. Less “Chicken 'N Beer,” more exercise and books. Maybe even giving up some of his hard-partying ways.

Use toddler language to diffuse problems
It makes sense that happy toddlers usually have happy parents. Such familial bliss isn't as hard to achieve as one might think, says Dr. Harvey Karp, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Make son responsible for behavior
Q: Our 14-year-old son has been hanging around a friend who is constantly in trouble. Recently this kid and my son were out using their paintball guns, and the “friend” shot both a teacher's car and the school, leaving a paint mark on the brick. Both kids were punished at school, and our son was punished at home. (The friend never seems to get punished for anything he does.) We also took our son's paintball gun away, forever. He had been warned that if trouble developed,

Medicating kids
As controversy grows over the safety and ethics of medicating children, a new study shows doctors aren't just prescribing antidepressants to adolescents: Preschoolers are increasingly getting in on the act.

Take in Willie Nelson and buddies
“Willie Nelson and Friends: Outlaws and Angels,” on USA at 9, is a concert special that, well, anytime you get Al Green and Jerry Lee Lewis on the same stage, you have yourself a wide spectrum, haven't you?

WB’s ‘Superstar’ rewards the worst singers
“American Idol” ended last week, but the search for singers continues on The WB's “Superstar USA.”

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• Q. What's the average weight of the stones used to build the Egyptian pyramids?

Alvin Lowry Colbert Alvin Leroy Lowry celebrated his 100th birthday with nearly 200 friends and family at the Chattaroy Community Church on May 15.

Deadly storms strike Midwest
MARENGO, Ind. Tornado-laden storms continued battering the Midwest on Sunday, destroying dozens of homes in this town and tearing the roof off an Indianapolis nursing home.

‘Good News’ insightful CD that won’t leave you bored
Modest Mouse has been quietly releasing albums for about eight years. But until the group's latest CD, not a whole lot of people paid attention. With the sudden popularity of bands who play garage rock -- think The White Stripes -- it may be the right time for Modest Mouse to quit being so, well, modest. Related stories

Pistons top Pacers, take series lead
INDIANAPOLIS – As the Detroit Pistons walked off the floor, a few dozen fans clad in red, white and blue serenaded them with a chant of “Beat L.A.!”

McCarty’s homer spoils comeback
BOSTON -- David McCarty homered in the 12th inning after Andy Dominique's first major league hit helped rescue the Red Sox following Keith Foulke's blown save, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9-7 Sunday.

WSU, UW row to Top 10 finishes
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars placed fifth and ninth, respectively, after Sunday's final day of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma.

Jacklin breezes to CdA marathon record
Gayle Jacklin runs without a watch, meaning she wasn't exactly sure where she stood time-wise during the Coeur d'Alene Marathon on Sunday. So imagine her surprise when she approached the 24-mile marker and was informed by her coach, David Kandia, she was at 2 hours, 36 minutes.

Red Sox subs spark comeback win over M’s
BOSTON – Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke came to Boston during the offseason with much fanfare. As for Andy Dominique, David McCarty, Kevin Youkilis and Anastacio Martinez, not much was expected of them at all.

No shimmy in Jimmie
CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson drove between two other cars, through a hole that hardly appeared big enough.

Stand-up performance
INDIANAPOLIS – Buddy Rice watched the darkening horizon and kept his foot on the pedal. He had to beat 32 other drivers and the rain to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Wi-Fi popularity breeds huge security hole at home
SAN JOSE, Calif. With a laptop perched in the passenger seat of his Toyota 4Runner and a special antenna on the roof, Mike Outmesguine ventured off to sniff out wireless networks between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He got a big whiff of insecurity.

Sunday’s games
Astros 7, Cardinals 1: Mike Lamb, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit two-run homers to lead Houston past visiting St. Louis. Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 15th homer for St. Louis.

Mondesi debuts with Angels
Raul Mondesi returned to the big leagues Sunday as the newest member of the Anaheim Angels. Mondesi, who left the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month and had his contract terminated, signed a $1.75 million deal for the remainder of the season. He was immediately put into the injury-depleted starting lineup as the designated hitter, batting sixth. He went 0 for 2 with a walk in Anaheim's 11-2 loss.

Fedotenko day to day after shot to the face
CALGARY, Alberta -- Ruslan Fedotenko was back at the Saddledome on Sunday, one day after a hard hit from Calgary's Robyn Regehr left him with a very swollen right cheek.

Flames stay on even keel
CALGARY, Alberta – Horns had honked until the wee hours. Tens of thousands of fans had poured onto the Red Mile, 17th Avenue SW, for hours of partying.

Despite tough day, Toms coasts at St. Jude
David Toms' comeback from wrist surgery is complete. Toms started the final round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., with a seven-stroke lead on Sunday, and nothing – not even windy conditions – could stop him from repeating as champion.

Liberty defeat Lynx for first victory on road
Elena Baranova scored 16 points and Shameka Christon added 11 to lead the New York Liberty to a 68-64 road victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

National sports
Rice named host site for NCAA regional Defending College World Series champion Rice was one of 16 schools selected Sunday as regional site hosts for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

On the air
For Monday, May 31, 2004

Today’s menu
Off-track betting Coeur d'Alene Casino: Dog racing, first post 4:05 p.m.; horse racing, first post 9:25 a.m.

Venus, Serena, Capriati advance
PARIS -- Serena Williams won her fourth-round match and won over French Open fans Sunday. Jeered earlier in the tournament, Williams drew only cheers after beating Shinobu Asagoe 6-3, 6-1.

Cal, UCLA will meet in championship
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chelsea Spencer had a tiebreaking single and Alex Sutton followed with a two-run single, giving California a 4-1 victory over LSU on Sunday to advance to the championship game of the Women's College World Series.

Cougs close out year with blowout victory
Grant Richardson drove in five runs to help Bryce Chamberlin earn his eighth victory of the season as the Washington State Cougars closed out the season with a 13-3 victory over the California Bears in Pacific-10 Conference action at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman on Sunday.

Stevensons take second, lead ML to State 2A title
YAKIMA -- A second-place finish by brothers Matt and Tim Stevenson in doubles play vaulted the Medical Lake Cardinals to the State 2A team title on Saturday at the Yakima Tennis Club.

Back from the abyss: Beard fighting for roster spot
DENVER -- Santonio Beard takes a handoff and looks for a hole behind linemen who have little chance of making the team. He finishes the drill, then stands on the sideline and watches the four other running backs ahead of him on Denver's depth chart.