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Wednesday, June 2, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online June 2, 2004

Judge kills partial-birth abortion ban
SAN FRANCISCO – In a ruling with coast-to-coast effect, a federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying it infringes on a woman's right to choose.

Iraq gets new leaders
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A powerful tribal chief and outspoken critic of the U.S.-led coalition became Iraq's new president Tuesday – picked over the objections of American officials hours before the Iraqi Governing Council dissolved itself. Related stories

New leadership doesn’t impress common Iraqis
BAGHDAD, Iraq – While U.S. officials hailed appointments to an Iraqi interim government as a “great list” Tuesday, a small sampling of Baghdad residents found little interest among them in the pedigrees and parties of the new leaders and Cabinet. What interested them most, they said, was bringing an end to this nation's violence, crime, power shortages and joblessness. Related stories

NASA asks for help from robots to make Hubble telescope repairs
DENVER – NASA's chief told the nation's astronomers Tuesday he is optimistic robots could repair the Hubble Space Telescope and said the space agency is seeking proposals to do just that.

Farmers fielding less land to burn
The number of acres of Kentucky bluegrass stubble registered for burning on the Rathdrum Prairie is expected to be about half of what was burned last summer.

Region may land call center for cruise line
Cruise ship operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. may open a call center in Spokane Valley and hire 1,400 workers within five years, said City Councilwoman Diana Wilhite.

Venus to make its first ‘transit’ between Earth, sun since 1882
What a difference 121.5 years make. The last time the planet Venus passed directly between the sun and Earth – in 1882 – the Great Powers, as well as upstarts such as the United States, sent scientific teams to the far corners of the globe to observe the event.

Workers to keep waiting
WASHINGTON – Sick nuclear weapons workers who want the government to help them get workers' compensation checks will continue their long wait, a congressional watchdog agency said.

Baseball game tape clears suspect
LOS ANGELES – “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” an HBO show known for its acerbic wit, accidentally helped deliver a happy ending to a man who had been charged with murder.

Youths denied extra care during questioning
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to require special treatment for young people under questioning by police, ruling narrowly against a 17-year-old interrogated for two hours without being told of his rights.

Hospitals go gourmet
DALLAS – Welcome to hospital food nouveau, where menus tout salmon with cucumber and melon relish. Or chocolate chip pancakes. Reservations not required. Hospital gowns acceptable.

Padilla a trained terrorist, Justice says
WASHINGTON – Former Chicago gang member Jose Padilla is a trained terrorist who met with top al Qaeda leaders, discussed detonating a nuclear bomb in the United States and accepted an assignment to use natural gas to blow up high-rise apartment buildings, the Justice Department alleged Tuesday. Related stories

Historian, writer Manchester dies
LOS ANGELES – William Manchester, the eminent popular historian and biographer best known for his detail-rich and highly readable books chronicling the life of Winston Churchill and the death of John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at his home in Middletown, Conn. He was 82.

Police find 38 dead in Brazil prison
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – At the end of the second major Brazilian prison riot in less than two months, police entered a Rio de Janeiro jail Tuesday and found 38 dead inmates, some of them beheaded and others with body parts stuffed in the trash.

Irish pubs claim smoking ban draining revenues
DUBLIN, Ireland – Dublin pubs are losing customers because of Ireland's decision to ban smoking from workplaces, the main bar owners' association said Tuesday.

Sharon grateful for Egypt’s help on Gaza
JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is struggling to win approval for his Gaza Strip withdrawal plan, said Tuesday he's grateful for Egyptian help and hopes the new cooperation can bring the two countries closer.

Arrival of aid delayed by flooded roads
MARJOFRI, Haiti – Some of the villages devastated by floods that killed more than 1,700 in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the hardest to reach as aid workers race to find ways to bring in food and water.

Protests crushed in China
BEIJING – China is so determined to prevent any public marking of the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre Friday that police are confining dissidents to house arrest, even pummeling one who tried to leave home.

National and world news
Prosecutor addresses jury Hayward, Calif. A prosecutor asked jurors to find three men guilty of murder in the beating and strangling of a transgender teenager, saying they acted coldly and deliberately and were not, as a defense attorney claimed, panicked by the shock of sexual deception.

Models flawed
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department and the CIA used flawed computer modeling to determine which and how many troops were exposed to chemical warfare agents during the first Gulf War, the General Accounting Office said Tuesday.

Pollution rules get go-ahead
WASHINGTON – Federal appeals court judges upheld tougher pollution controls on snowmobiles Tuesday but asked why the Environmental Protection Agency rule would exempt almost a third of newly built snowmobiles.

Embryo resists mad cow illness
TOKYO – Japanese and U.S. scientists have genetically engineered a bovine embryo that is resistant to the deadly mad cow disease and they plan to breed several of the cows to use them to make medicines to treat human diseases, an official said Monday.

Army told of violations at Abu Ghraib prison last fall
WASHINGTON – An Army general who visited Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last fall complained that the military was violating international war standards by incarcerating common criminals along with insurgents captured in attacks against U.S.-led forces. Related stories

Bush renews faith-based initiative push
WASHINGTON – President Bush, trying to revive a stalled initiative, said Tuesday the doctrine of separation of church and state should not prevent religious groups from competing for government money to help the needy. Related stories

Manufacturing, construction continue strong pace
NEW YORK – U.S. manufacturing activity expanded for the 12th consecutive month and construction spending rose to its highest level ever, providing fresh evidence that the economy is picking up steam as it heads into summer.

Price of oil surges
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices rose more than $2 a barrel and finished at a record level Tuesday as already jittery markets were jolted by the deadly weekend attack against Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia.

Airport pickup turns pricey
PHILADELPHIA -- Bob Boague had time to kill before his daughter's flight arrived, so he eased his pickup onto the shoulder of Route 291 on the outskirts of the Philadelphia airport and waited there, despite the “No Stopping Anytime” sign. Five cars lined up behind him.

Oil-disruption fears big part of pump prices
WASHINGTON – A “fear premium” is driving up gasoline prices well past $2 a gallon.

Feds’ look at silver prices: No collusion
Mark J. Lundeen says he's not a believer in conspiracies, but the Minneapolis investor does admit to suspicions about the price of silver.

Canadian firm spurns CdA Mines’ offer
A Canadian gold mining company isn't interested in a $1.8 billion buyout offer from Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., its board of directors said Monday.

Late rally bumps up Dow index
NEW YORK -- A change of heart gave Wall Street a late-day rally Tuesday, as strong economic data overcame investors' anxiety over a surge in oil prices.

‘Biopharming’ is back
SAN FRANCISCO – Biotechnology companies are quietly pushing to splice more human genes into food crops after the practice was nearly abandoned last year, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group says.

Business news
American, Boeing settle FAA dispute Washington American Airlines' parent AMR Corp. and Boeing Co. agreed to pay more than $3.3 million in fines for violating federal aviation regulations, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday.

More planes to replace air tankers
BOISE – The heads of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service on Tuesday announced their agencies would acquire more than 100 additional aircraft to battle this summer's wildfires after ending contracts for 33 aging air tankers last month.

Northwest dance leader Deirdre Abeid dies at 48
Deirdre Haran Abeid, first lady of Irish dance in the Inland Northwest, died Saturday at her home near Kettle Falls, Wash. She was 48.

Terrorism case goes to jury
BOISE – Sami Omar Al-Hussayen is being targeted with terrorism charges because he's a Muslim and a Saudi Arabian, defense attorneys charged Tuesday in closing arguments. Related stories

Officials warn of drug card scams
Anna Marie Rider, 78, of Missoula, lost $299 to a company that promised her discounts on dental care. Her dentist wouldn't accept the discount card. Before she could get her money back, the Indianapolis company, Total Card Benefits, shut down its phones.

Working for a better life
When Stephen Kaputa first came to Spokane five years ago, the Maasai warrior from Kenya discovered a new galaxy – a place where white flakes fall from the sky, where food could be ordered from a car window, where the doors to the grocery stores slide wide open.

Accuracy watch
Name misspelled Due to a reporting error, Hiram Atteberry's name was misspelled in a Saturday article about a veterans memorial in Rathdrum.Book sale date wrong

Charter Academy passes test with flying colors
THE KIDS CROSSING the North Idaho College stage today to pick up their high school diplomas are heading to colleges as far away as Harvard and Bodenseehuf University in Germany and as close to home as the University of Idaho and Whitworth College.

Tax exemption proposed for homeowners
People paying inflated prices for property in Kootenai County are making it difficult for many other residents, especially retirees, to afford the taxes on their homes.

Complex instructions to jury took hour to read
BOISE – The eight women and four men who will determine Sami Al-Hussayen's guilt or innocence have a complicated task ahead of them. Related stories

City adds $4 stormwater fee
Flooded streets and clogged catch basins caused by the recent rains are why Coeur d'Alene residents must pay a new $4 monthly fee for stormwater improvements and maintenance.

Military call-ups hurting state’s police agencies
FAIRFIELD, Idaho -- Like other law enforcement agencies around the state, the Idaho State Police is temporarily losing employees as troopers are called to fight the war in Iraq.

Province fears another bad fire season
VICTORIA, British Columbia – The British Columbia government is bracing for another bad forest fire season, Solicitor General Rich Coleman says.

High-profile firm top choice to study tank’s roof collapse
A company that investigated the Oklahoma City federal building bombing and the collapse of other large structures might be hired by the city of Spokane to examine last month's collapse of the roof of a wastewater treatment tank.

Trooper denies fondling women
SEATTLE – A State Patrol trooper accused of molesting women during pat-down searches pleaded not guilty Tuesday in King County Superior Court, and his bail was set at $750,000.

Regional news
UI president White out of hospital The University of Idaho's new president Timothy White was released from the hospital Tuesday after a heart attack and open heart surgery Thursday in Corvallis, Ore.

Gregoire campaign raises about $450,000 in May
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Christine Gregoire raised about $450,000 last month for her bid for governor, pushing her total to more than $2 million, her campaign said Tuesday.

House OKs more acreage for Rainier
WASHINGTON – The House on Tuesday approved a plan to add about 800 acres to Mount Rainier National Park.

Investigation continues into death
Detectives continue to investigate the early-morning death of a young woman found in a Spokane Valley garage Monday morning.

Role model for a new generation
At the beach, Fiona – the female star of “Shrek 2” – wears a skirted-bottom bathing suit, the chubby woman's secret to covering up at the lake. Fiona never apologizes for her body.

Controlled-hunt applications still open
BOISE – Controlled-hunt applications for game animals will be accepted until midnight today following computer problems over the holiday weekend, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said.

Monorail trains stay out of service
SEATTLE – The city's two monorail trains remained out of service Tuesday as engineers tried to determine the cause of a fire that trapped as many as 100 people during a major Seattle Center festival.

Home contest fails, but attracts buyers
A Rosalia, Wash., man who dangled his home as the prize in an online contest said not enough entries came in to choose a winner.

State should assist problem gamblers
The following commentary, which does not necessarily reflect the views of The Spokesman-Review's editorial board, appeared Tuesday in The (Tacoma) News Tribune:

Talk of ‘working poor’ misleading
BusinessWeek magazine has joined the chorus of misleading rhetoric about “the working poor.” Why is this misleading? Let me count the ways.

U.S. still has chance to succeed in Iraq
During my years covering the Pentagon I followed enough military investigations designed to cover up incompetence, malfeasance and downright stupidity to turn even the most credulous reporter into a skeptic. Whether it was the downing of an Iranian airbus, raunchy behavior at a Tailhook convention, or a fatal explosion aboard an antique battleship, the first mandate of investigative panels was always to protect the reputation of the service and the “good old boys” who ran it.

Moose case signals open season If the average citizen had shot and killed a bear, a cougar or moose in any suburb, it would have resulted in pending charges, followed by a long and lengthy and most likely embarrassing investigation with expensive legal implications.

More hang-ups would improve air travel
Can you hear me now? Yes, I can hear you. I'm standing about 3 feet away from you as you bellow into your cell phone, and I think most everyone in the airport can hear you, except that they're all on their cell phones, too.

Hanford waste classification will get attention in Senate
RICHLAND – The battle over cleaning up million of gallons of nuclear waste buried at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation should heat up in Congress this week, as the Senate debates reclassifying some highly radioactive waste so it could be left underground.

All seven on Valley sign committee have business ties
All seven members appointed to a new committee that will review the city's sign code have ties to the business community.

Williams sisters exit; Capriati on track
PARIS – Venus Williams peered through the rain drops at the Day-Glo yellow letters and numbers dotting the black scoreboard.

Meche’s struggles continue
SEATTLE – If Gil Meche passed a torch on Tuesday night to his successor, newly arrived right-hander Clint Nageotte, the Toronto Blue Jays caught fire with it. Related stories

Detroit advances to NBA Finals
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – They have no catchy nickname. Not like the Bad Boys of 14 years ago, when nobody pushed around the Detroit Pistons. Their victories are often raw and unsightly, and never more than Tuesday night, when the game turned on a flagrant foul.

Cox part of junior stars
The Jack Blair Memorial Girls AAU All-Star Basketball Classic may be the swan song for area prep standouts, but for Ferris' Stacey Cox and many other Greater Spokane League standouts on the Metro squad, it is a preview of things to come.

Shadow begins play in U.S. Open Cup tonight
They won the first four games of the season and qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Arizona floundering in N.L. West
The bullpen's a mess, the big slugger probably is out for the season and nobody but Randy Johnson can win games.

Tuesday’s games
Twins 16, Devil Rays 4: At Minneapolis, Corey Koskie hit two of Minnesota's five home runs to lead the Twins over Tampa Bay. Carlos Silva (6-3) pitched seven strong innings for Minnesota, which scored a season-high 16 runs to win for just the fourth time in 12 games.

Leslie leads Los Angeles past Seattle
Lisa Leslie had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Mwadi Mabika added 19 points to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 73-70 victory over the visiting Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.

Malone closes in on ring
LOS ANGELES -- Ankle-deep in a bucket of cold water and ice strapped to his aging knees, Karl Malone finally had a chance to sit back and relax.

On the air
For Wednesday, Jun 2, 2004

National sports
Rams cut Warner loose; Jets do same to Testaverde Kurt Warner's storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he's unlikely to be out of work for long.

UW golfers tied for 12th at NCAA Championships
Freshman Alex Prugh and senior Brock Mackenzie guided the 23rd-ranked Washington Huskies into a five-way tie for 12th place after the first day of the NCAA Championships at the Cascade Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., on Tuesday.

M’s Soriano remains out indefinitely
Relief pitcher Rafael Soriano's sprained right elbow was examined Monday by the Mariners' team physician, and the diagnosis hadn't changed: It still hurts. Related stories

NCAA turns down Idaho receiver Winston
Orlando Winston's football career at the University of Idaho is officially over. Winston's appeal for a rare sixth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA Division I student-athlete reinstatement staff in April. Idaho appealed the decision to the student-athlete reinstatement committee, which voted earlier this week to uphold the April ruling.

Computer problems result in Idaho extending license sales one day
Because of weekend troubles with computers handling Idaho hunting license sales, the deadline for big-game controlled hunt applications has been extended through today.

Official records
For Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Valenzuela out of Belmont
Patrick Valenzuela lost his bid to ride Rock Hard Ten in the Belmont Stakes, denied Tuesday by a judge who refused to postpone his suspension for failing to take a drug test.

Aries (March 21-April 19) – Unexpected news could toss your frame of mind in the air. Listen more and think about the ramifications of going overboard with work, actions and being overly busy. Sometimes you avoid reflection and deeper thought through activity.

On today's deal, since as little as the diamond queen opposite would give you (South) chances of 10 tricks, you decided to bid game at your second turn. How would you play four spades when West begins with the ace and king of hearts?

Be calm, concerned even if angry
Miss Manners

Things you can do to compensate for lazy husband
Dear Annie: I have been married to “Larry” for 14 years, and we have an 11-year-old son who requires a lot of patience and extra help with homework.

The Tonys are trying to seem not so … well, tony
Broadway's Tony Awards show is trying to broaden its appeal. The list of presenters for this year's Tonys, to be broadcast Sunday night on CBS, includes some familiar faces who have tenuous ties to the theater but might help draw a new audience.

New Golden Oreo gets a four-star flavor rating
Summer must be coming. Even the traditional dark and cream-stuffed Oreo cookie has a new sun-drenched look.

To retain peak freshness in veggies, store properly
After you've spent time picking out the best produce at the store or farmers' market, spend a few more minutes learning how to store it properly. This guarantees you'll enjoy those quality vegetables at their peak.

Eclair pie recipe found on Web has pastry dough crust
Dear Laura: I am looking for a recipe for an eclair pie. -- Maxine, Post Falls

Spices, mushroom add intense flavor to rice
A sauce of fresh cilantro, green onions, ginger and garlic stirred into cooked rice gives the rice intense fragrance and flavor. Shiitake mushrooms add a little earthy smokiness.

Farmers’ Markets
Washington Spokane Farmers' Market -- West of Division Street on Second Avenue, Saturdays, 8 a.m-1 p.m.

‘Drew Carey’ comes back to life
Now here comes a show that's so unnecessary, so unwanted, such a waste of money that, well, it could be a government project.

L.M. Boyd Trivia
• If typical, a man and woman have known each other about two years before they marry. Matrimonial surveys indicate that. This doesn't mean their romance started two years before the wedding. Our Love and War man says an extraordinarily high proportion of such players at the outset seem indifferent.

UI support program cites Elisabeth Coats
Elisabeth Coats of Bonners Ferry, a sociology major at the University of Idaho, has been named a TRIO Achiever.

'Queer Eye' should look beyond Big Apple
What wacky nuns were to pop culture in the 1960s -- the Singing Nun, the Flying Nun, the endless choruses of “Dominique-nique-nique” and the crafty nuns who disabled those Nazi staff cars in “The Sound of Music” -- gay men are to the present.

'Shrek 2' hold on top spot at box office
The end of the world ran a close second to a cartoon ogre at the Memorial Day weekend box office.

It might as well be a fairy tale. Julie Roberts, office girl with golden voice, answers phones for Nashville label chief by day and sings with a band in bars by night.

‘The Best of Gourmet’
In the latest edition of “The Best of Gourmet, Featuring the Flavors of Rome” (Random House, 2004, $35), Gourmet magazine's editors offer an elegantly balanced combination of culinary travel and recipes, visualized in fine color photography.

Orlando’s set to get new look
For the first time since the 1970s, Orlando's is getting a face lift. The student-run restaurant at Spokane Community College will close after lunch on Tuesday and stay closed for the summer and fall for a much-anticipated update of the interior and kitchen. Orlando's will open in a temporary location in the fall, and a grand reopening is scheduled for January 2005, says Janet Breedlove, program assistant for the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at the community college.

Oh, so sweet
If you've ever watched a child in a candy store -- eyeing colorful, mouth-watering, lip-smacking confections -- you will have a good idea of what adults will be doing when they attend the annual Taste Washington event this month at the Davenport Hotel.

‘Toaster Oven’ cuisine never tasted so good
When I picked up Linda Stephens' “125 Best Toaster Oven Recipes” cookbook, I was immediately transported back 25 years to when I lived in an efficiency apartment in San Diego.

Fresh food is Thorson’s passion
At times, Janice Thorson could use a little help in the garden. But she doesn't want to hire anyone.

It’s the barbecue season so let’s get down to some basics
The barbecue season officially started on Memorial Day. Did you know that one of the handiest tools for marinating meats and vegetables is a large, zipper-type plastic bag?

This yummy dessert begins with canned pears
You're in good shape if you have a supply of canned fruits in the pantry that you can reach for to add pizazz to simple meals. Today we're highlighting pears.

Savvy shopping, freezing can cut costs
The rising cost of food -- much of it staples -- has consumers looking for ways to trim their grocery bills.

Cheap fun with throwaways
It's not that I don't like throwing things out, but what might pass for trash could be terrific cheap supplies for kids this summer. You simply have to look at things through different glasses. Think with your children about how you can use ordinary things for something other than their intended use. Suddenly the most mundane, disposable objects take on amazing possibilities.

Paris was home of first moving sidewalk
•Paris was the home of the first moving sidewalk -- way back in 1900. •When working with animals in show business, it isn't always easy to make them do what the director wants them to do, so trainers have come up with various ways to trick the animals. For instance, if you ever see in a movie or on television a dog looking at a picture in a book, you can be sure that it's not the image that holds its attention; in all likelihood, there's a fair amount

Give him a big kiss, get the romance you deserve
DEAR DIANE: I'm not terribly experienced in the romance arena. My sole relationship experience and all my major crushes except for the one at hand have been on really good friends ... one day I wake up and realize I'm sort of in love with this guy I've known for eons.

A conversation with Randy Quaid
The Sci Fi miniseries “5 Days to Midnight” will air over five consecutive evenings from Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 11. The series follows a discovery by a college professor, J.T. Neumeyer, of a police file that outlines the chilling details of his death -- which will occur in five days. As the events noted in the file begin to happen, he takes steps to stop the ultimate event: his murder. The miniseries stars Timothy Hutton (“Nero Wolfe”) as Prof. Neumeyer

Reeve to direct film about paraplegic
Christopher Reeve is truly SUPERMAN! Completely immobile, confined to a wheelchair and his bed, his spirit is undaunted. The exciting news is Chris will co-produce and direct a movie for A&E about Brooke Ellison, an 11-year-old girl who became a paraplegic and then went on to great achievements, thanks to the help of her family. It's based on the book “Miracles Do Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey.” No casting at this writing. The film will shoot in New Orleans.

Yes, you will be seeing a lot more of Anna Nicole Smith
Q: Is Anna Nicole Smith coming back to her reality series, or is it over now that she's lost all that weight? -- Louanne E.

Be sure to skip colossally stupid ‘Van Helsing’
A couple of years ago, writer/director Stephen Sommers breathed new life into Universal's “Mummy” franchise. Sommers' latest attempt, “Van Helsing,” tries to reinvent and revive Universal's Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolfman characters for a new generation. The resulting film is, without a doubt, the most colossally stupid, tedious and awful movie released this decade.

Trivia test
1. HISTORY: Which French leader sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States? 2. ARCHITECTURE: Where, in 1885, was the first skyscraper built?

Have your cake, eat veggies too
All, apparently, is fair in love and vegetables. Twisted that may be, but it best accounts for Vegio, a tasteless, odorless powder made by drying and pulverizing 21 kinds of vegetables. Soloflex Inc. sells the supplement as a sort of stealth salad bar.

It all comes back to Babe after crash on ‘All My Children’
All My Children: After finding Krystal at the crash site, Babe recalled everything and realized her daughter, Bess, is actually Miranda, Bianca's baby, and that it was her (Babe's) child who died. Greenlee confronted David with her suspicions that he tried to poison Ryan. JR implied to Adam that he would use Jamie to cause Babe to be unfaithful. Erica blew up at Bobby for not telling her that he's actually Bobby Warner. Kendall told a skeptical Ryan, but a somewhat believing Greenlee, that