Attacks kill five American soldiers
BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. troops patrolling in Sadr City, Baghdad's densely populated Shiite Muslim slum, were attacked Friday with automatic-rifle fire, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and hidden explosives. Five American soldiers were killed and five wounded in the deadliest of three separate clashes. Related stories
Boy saved by town to graduate today
COLVILLE – Nick Thresher, the frail kindergarten boy it took a village to save, is graduating from high school today.
Safe and sober alternative
With a splash and a scream, Ashlee Erdman and Lindsay Vaage plunged into a shallow pool to kick off their senior party last week.
Lawsuits against diocese remain
A judge on Friday denied an attempt by the Roman Catholic Diocese to dismiss several lawsuits alleging clergy sex abuse. Another Spokane County Superior Court judge, however, has yet to make a decision on a similar case that was also heard Friday. Related stories
City loses battle over meter funds
The city of Spokane appears to have lost its last chance to withhold a loan from its parking meter fund to pay some expenses for the River Park Square garage. Related stories
Ruling may free dozens of prisoners
A court ruling this week could result in the release of dozens of inmates from the Spokane County Jail and immediately change how police in Washington make arrests.
Snow on loss: ‘just one of those things’
WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary John Snow, talking about an error of more than $10 million in his investment portfolio that caused him to lose nearly half a million dollars, said “mistakes get made.”
Family members hear 9-11 tapes
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Family members of passengers aboard the four airplanes hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 said a meeting Friday with federal officials reinforced their belief that everyone aboard the doomed flights was a hero. Related stories
Bush: Chirac partly to blame for bad global feelings
ROME – As Iraq war protesters marched through the Eternal City on Friday, President Bush put some of the blame for bad global feelings on his French counterpart Jacques Chirac. Related stories
Ex-Sen. Danforth to be U.N. envoy
WASHINGTON – President Bush has tapped John Danforth, a former three-term Republican senator from Missouri with a reputation as a skilled mediator, to replace John D. Negroponte as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Gay issue divides Anglicans
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Conservative Episcopalians called on the world's leading Anglican archbishops on Friday to recognize their emerging network as a separate church within the worldwide Anglican Communion unless the Episcopal Church reverses its liberal views on homosexuality.
Bush talks with pope as crowds protest war
ROME – President Bush got a sharp dose of Europe's opposition to his Iraq policy Friday, quietly in the halls of the Vatican from Pope John Paul II and loudly in the streets of Rome from thousands of demonstrators. Related stories
New bill would allow for deduction of state taxes
WASHINGTON – People could deduct either state sales or income taxes from their federal income tax under wide-ranging legislation overhauling corporate levies that House Republicans introduced on Friday.
Dean bid changed politics, aide says
WASHINGTON – History will remember Howard Dean's abortive run for the presidency because it changed U.S. politics with its emphasis on the Internet as a campaign tool, Dean's former campaign manager said Friday. Related stories
Man rampages through town
GRANBY, Colo. – A muffler shop owner reportedly angry at local government over a zoning dispute tore through town Friday in an armored bulldozer, smashing buildings and firing shots as police tried to stop the slow-motion rampage.
NAACP irate over university decision
WASHINGTON – The president of the NAACP is criticizing a decision by Catholic University of America not to recognize a chapter of the civil rights group on campus.
N.Y. model didn’t know she’d been shot
NEW YORK – The model and actress shot inside a train in Times Square appeared on national morning television Friday, saying the bullet “came out of nowhere” and thanking New Yorkers who came to her aid.
Watching them like a hawk
NEW YORK – If location is everything, as they say in the New York real estate market, Pale Male has the best of it – a 12th-floor love nest with a posh Fifth Avenue address and a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.
Citing benefits, government urges breast-feeding
WASHINGTON – “Babies were born to be breast-fed,” say new public service announcements that are part of the government's effort to get more new mothers to nurse.
National news briefs
Eyewitness accounts highly flawed, study says
A Yale University study suggests that eyewitness testimony may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Many skip post-toilet washing, study finds
Fewer than half of men washed their hands with soap and water after using public restrooms in New York City, a recent study by Hunter College students found. Twenty percent did not even run their hands under water.
Report: Soldiers may be guilty of war crimes
BERLIN – Coalition forces involved in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners might be guilty of war crimes, the top U.N. official for human rights said in a report released Friday. Related stories
Thousands in Bangladesh protest Rumsfeld visit
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Thousands of anti-U.S. protesters marched through downtown Dhaka on Friday, denouncing the soon-to-arrive Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Related stories
Suit accuses Vatican of abuse cover-up
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville attorney filed a federal lawsuit against the Vatican on Friday, accusing leaders of the Roman Catholic Church of orchestrating a cover-up of priests who allegedly molested thousands of American children. Related stories
Trade Center victim awarded $8.6 million
NEW YORK – A 33-year-old woman who suffered massive injuries in the attack on the World Trade Center has been awarded $8.6 million by the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund. Related stories
California buys Hearst property
LOS ANGELES – California agreed Friday to buy a parcel of coastal property near Hearst Castle in a tentative deal that would bar housing development on nearly 82,000 acres that many consider among the most beautiful and threatened land in California.
Your cell phone company knows you hate it
NEW YORK -- Your cell phone company knows you hate it. Mobile phone service was the second-lowest ranked industry -- beating only cable providers among the 40 rated -- in the University of Michigan's newest customer satisfaction index.
Purchase boosts Itron’s clout, work force
When Itron Inc. completes its purchase of a competitor's electric-meter manufacturing and sales business later this month, it will transform the Spokane company into one of the area's largest for-profit companies.
Employees need the right kind of caring
More than work: Sometimes managers must step back and let people go, Tim McGuire says.
Lost drive? Here's how you get it back
To lose 30 yards a year off a drive isn't right, Steve Bergum says
On top of spaghetti: condos
These high-end condos will cost more than a “penne,” but they'll serve up luxury living in the center of downtown Spokane.
U.S. adds 248,000 more jobs
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added almost a quarter million workers in May, extending a nine-month hiring spree and accommodating enough new jobseekers to hold the unemployment rate steady at 5.6 percent.
Strong job growth spurs buying
A gratifying May employment report and Intel Corp.'s strong mid-quarter update gave Wall Street a moderate advance Friday, with falling oil prices padding the market's gain. But the tech-heavy Nasdaq, buffeted by the previous session's volatility, still posted a loss for the week.
Easy care, easy sell
NEW YORK -- One of the hottest trends in clothes this spring isn't apparent until the garments come out of the washer and dryer.
O.J. Simpson derides slain ex-wife, others
LOS ANGELES – O.J. Simpson marked the 10th anniversary of his ex-wife's death with a series of crass comments about Nicole Brown Simpson, her family and the accusers of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson.
Preserving Sandpoint’s living history
Iraq war hits home with Guard deployment
BOISE -- Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq have mostly seemed a world away from the peaceful mountains and quiet deserts of Idaho. Related stories
State Guard has long served in nation’s wars
More than 2,000 members of the Idaho National Guard are being deployed to Iraq this fall, following three months of training in Fort Bliss, Texas. It will be the largest mobilization of Idaho National Guard troops in its history. Related stories
Fire forces evacuation of two stores
A fire that melted a line of plastic shopping carts threatened to spread to the inside of a Coeur d'Alene department store Thursday evening and forced the evacuation two buildings – a Kmart and an Office Depot – at 201 W. Neider Ave.
Hopkins' obstinance flags
LAS VEGAS — Bernard Hopkins wanted to make his point and put referee Joe Cortez on notice. In the end, though, the lure of at least $15 million and a fight with Oscar De La Hoya proved too much for him to resist.
Neighbors differ on ideas for Bidwell Park features
Bidwell Park isn't built or completely designed yet, but it's already suffering an identity crisis. Plans call for a multiuse park featuring ball fields, but some north Spokane neighbors are pushing the county to include more natural areas.
They'll make production out of it
At last year's Belmont Stakes, NBC producer David Michaels noticed that the strains of the song "New York, New York" spilled over to the beginning of the post parade, and mingled with the thunderous roar from the 101,000 fans when blue-collar favorite Funny Cide came into view.
Gore rallies state Democrats
TACOMA – In a speech that went from self-deprecating to angrily indignant, former Vice President Al Gore on Friday urged hundreds of Democratic Party faithful to oust a presidential administration that he said has “lost its moral authority” and ordered U.S. troops “to wade into a moral cesspool.” Related stories
Weather ideal for ArtFest fun
Last year, ArtFest enthusiasts ran for shelter as rain poured, forcing the early closure of the first day of festivities in Browne's Addition.
Troubled teens follow MAP to earn diplomas
High school helps students move beyond their diagnoses, Rebecca Nappi says.
WORLEY, Idaho -- A stained-glass glow ahead and an angel behind new pews has the parishioners in awe of the change at St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Global warming could hurt salmon, expert says
BOISE – During the next 50 years, global temperatures could rise 7 degrees resulting in a permanent reduction of Idaho's average snowpack by more than a third, an expert told Idaho lawmakers this week.
Hundreds explore beaches during rare extra-low tide
SEATTLE – From barnacles to limpets, crabs and sea stars, the lowest tides in 19 years are revealing all sorts of unusual creatures trapped in Puget Sound tidepools – to the delight of flip-flopped, galoshed and sandal-clad masses.
Groups sue U.S. over grizzlies
SEATTLE -- Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday, urging the agency to implement a species recovery plan adopted years ago for grizzly bears in Washington's North Cascades.
Truck carrying nuclear waste gets off course
BOISE – A truck carrying radioactive waste through southern Idaho briefly deviated from its assigned route on Thursday when the driver missed an exit, the Idaho State Police said.
Utility has plans for fish, parks
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Pacific Power is proposing both fish and park improvements in its application to renew its license to operate Merwin, Yale and Swift dams on the North Fork of the Lewis River.
Poll: More Americans believing in heaven, hell
While the portion of Americans who believe in God has remained relatively steady at upward of 90 percent, increasing numbers of Americans believe in heaven, hell, angels and the devil, a new Gallup poll shows.
Last asparagus cannery in Columbia Basin to close
YAKIMA -- Washington's last big asparagus canning plant will close next year, potentially eliminating thousands of seasonal jobs in the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley.
For Saturday, June 5, 2004
Prosecutors build case against Seattle gynecologist
SEATTLE – Ten months have passed since the first accusations of rape and molestation surfaced against a south Seattle gynecologist, but so far the doctor has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
M’s haven’t struck out with Amend
Ask Harry Amend about the future of the Coeur d'Alene School District, and he'll wax optimistic.
Tenet leaving should start debate
U.S. intelligence problems must be resolved, Chuck McCutcheon says.
Energy regulators let people down
Our view: FERC snoozed while traders ran amok.
Jesuit Volunteer grateful for year at Spokane’s House of Charity
One of my favorite things about working at the House of Charity is that whenever I walk downtown I feel like the most popular guy in Spokane. I run into patrons who recognize me. Strolling through the park, I receive a friendly nod or someone asks how I'm doing. At the library I once overheard, “Hey, it's that dude from the House of Charity.”
Bandits steal ATM from Silverwood
There was a gun-toting robber. There was a train depot. But it was neither the Old West nor some new amusement when a security guard at Silverwood Theme Park was forced into the depot at gunpoint and bound with duct tape as two men used the guard's golf-cart-type utility vehicle to steal an ATM from the park early Thursday morning.
Two arrested in pot smuggling case
Two British Columbia men suspected of smuggling more than 300 pounds of marijuana into the United States were arrested Friday, officials said.
Vandals back in the neighborhood
The University of Idaho's long, strange journey in NCAA Division I-A athletics took another turn Friday – one to more recognizable zip and area codes. Related stories
Chisox kick sand on M’s
SEATTLE – With a scrawny offense playing for the first time without its most productive hitter – Raul Ibanez began his stay on the disabled list – the Seattle Mariners' task was tough enough Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. Related stories
NIC soccer programs will be out of NWAACC after ’04 season
Soccer, one of the most successful sports at North Idaho College in the program's short history, is temporarily in limbo.
Vandals should celebrate … but be careful what they wish for, there is plenty of work ahead, says John Blanchette.
OK Smarty, time to come clean
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Smarty Jones will run in the biggest race of his stunning career today when he tries to win the 136th running of the Belmont States and become the first Triple Crown winner in 26 years.
Friday’s NL games
La Russa, McClendon suspended
Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa were each suspended for two games Friday after getting into a shouting match during a game that caused both benches to empty.
Friday’s AL games
Three share lead at Memorial
Ben Curtis kept alive his chances for a Cinderella sequel. Justin Rose used a phoned-in putting tip from his coach's wife to master Muirfield's unusually fast greens.
Mayfield bites back, sets Dover qualifying record
This time, Jeremy Mayfield finished ahead of Ryan Newman, knocking him off the pole with a record-setting qualifying run Friday at Dover (Ill.) International Speedway.
On the air
For Saturday, Jun 5, 2004
Sun defeat Mystics
Wendy Palmer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, leading the Connecticut Sun to a 72-63 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday night at Washington.
Coria rallies into final
PARIS -- For 1 1/2 sets Friday, Tim Henman seemed poised to upset clay-court star Guillermo Coria and become the first Englishman in a French Open final since the 1930s.
Favored Lakers aren’t the people’s choice
LOS ANGELES -- As long as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant wear gold and purple uniforms, the Los Angeles Lakers will never be serious underdogs in a playoff series.
If history prevails, a Game 7 will be played
CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary is revving up to enjoy one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup championships in NHL history, one some Flames fans probably thought they'd never see but now might be only hours away.
Cal wins NCAA golf; Washington takes 6th
The University of Washington golf team finished sixth at the NCAA men's golf championship in Hot Springs, Va., on Friday, 18 strokes behind the winner, California, which rallied to over take UCLA in the final round at The Homestead Resort.
Shadow bounce back with win over Yakima
Kieran Barton's penalty kick in the 84th minute sent the Spokane Shadow to a 3-2 soccer victory on the road at Yakima. Related stories
Hamm takes third straight gym title
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Paul Hamm made gymnastics look as easy as slipping another gold medal around his neck.
For Saturday, June 5, 2004
Front-end rebuild kits a good option
Restrictor plates have long history
Don’t let thieves decide vehicle you should buy
Drive It Forever
Five-door Maxx offers first-class comfort for less
This week, we're behind the wheel of the new 2004 Malibu Maxx LS, a car Chevrolet says offers the comfort of first class for the price of a coach-class ticket. We tend to agree.
Dogs will be dogs, no matter the mess
Our canine pals can’t be blamed for stinky days, Jim Kershner says.
Expo offers array of lectures, workshops
The Celebrating Body, Mind & Spirit Expo will be held today and Sunday at the Spokane Convention Center. Admission is $6 daily or $10 for both days. That includes dozens of one-hour lectures. Workshops are $30 (and include expo admission). A complete schedule can be found at www.consciousliving.com. Registration and information: (509) 624-1873; (888) 840-1873.
Ironing still alive and well for some
The Slice Related stories
Stories of the spirit
A forensic pathologist and curious investigator, Dr. Janis Amatuzio marvels at death's mysteries. Once she solves the medical puzzle of a death, she calls the surviving family. Sometimes those people tell her astonishing tales that elude scientific explanation -- stories of the afterlife.
'Life on Wheels' conferences mark 10th anniversary
‘When the phone rang, we were up on ladders cleaning the windows,” said Margie Maxwell, a tad short of breath. “When you've been gone for six months, everything is just a little upside down.”
Results of study surprised doctors, too
Peter gott, M.D.: Reader asks Dr. Gott about a recent study linking antibiotics to increased risk of breast cancer.
Today’s beauties? She’d eat them for breakfast
Early discussion a must on issue of nursing home
Annie's mailbox: Woman in her 70s says her daughters deeply hurt her by casually talking about someday putting her in a facility for seniors.
Point of dispute
Presidential hopeful John Kerry and other U.S. politicians who support abortion rights aren't the only Roman Catholics to face possible exclusion from Holy Communion. Related stories
‘I pray for you’ should be more than just words
Christians would do well to consider the depth and content of prayers they offer for other believers, Steve Massey says.
Scorecard rates Kerry highest on Catholic Church priorities
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Kerry, who has come under fire from Catholic bishops for his support of abortion rights, is the senator who most frequently votes in line with the church's legislative priorities, according to a report issued by Senate Democrats on Wednesday. Related stories
‘Sopranos’ offers must-see finale
Yeah, I know, the Tony Awards are Sunday night. But that's only the second most important show of the night, so we'll get to it in a minute.
L.M. Boyd Trivia
Clinton to discuss book on ‘60 Minutes’
Bill Clinton, memoir writer, should get better ratings for doing “60 Minutes” than did Bill Clinton, co-host of “Point-Counterpoint.”
Finding the right manager
NEW YORK – A good mutual fund manager can achieve rock star status in financial circles. Consistently high returns that manage to beat the market can propel a manager to investment fame, with cover stories in personal finance magazines and punditry opportunities on television.
It might be a long month
NEW YORK – June will be a long month for investors who are cranky about rising interest rates and skyrocketing oil prices.
Air show promises high-flying fun
Look to the skies next weekend for excitement. Aerobatics, parachute jumpers, warbirds, antiques and the latest military aircraft are just part of the fun, with the theme: “A Tribute to American Heroes.”
CHELAN – Back in the mid-1960s, a group of forward-thinking local business people decided to build an 18-hole golf course to serve this central Washington community of about 3,500 that sits serenely on the shores of scenic Lake Chelan.
Chelan courses find a niche
With four championship courses already in place and a fifth scheduled to open later this summer, the Lake Chelan area in central Washington is quickly emerging as one of the state's top golf destinations.
Use nonmetallic water supply line, you’ll need a jumper wire
Q. I enjoy your newspaper column. However, I question your advice to replace metal piping with 18 inches of PVC piping for the magnetic water softener. In many homes the electrical grounding is connected to the piping close to the electrical panel. It's not right, I agree, but it is common. The plastic piping will interrupt the path to ground and the home and residents may not be protected.
True labor of love
Marian Crumb teaches about 100 kids and adults a year to ride horses. But, after expenses that include feed, vet bills and upkeep of tack, she calculates that she earns less than $1,000. Taking into account that “profit” plus the fact that the 71-year-old Hayden horsewoman has a master's degree in education and another in science, her labors are obviously those of love.
Antler Springs’ back on track
Antler Springs Golf Course, the quaint and peculiar little nine-hole layout just a few miles north of Chattaroy, is about to do battle with the big boys.
Your game need help? There’s a Natural solution
You may remember him for stopping shots, but you'll love him for saving them. Steven Sullivan, one-time Spokane Jet and long-time Cranbrook Royals hockey goalkeeper, teaches a new approach to the game of golf that is rapidly gaining favor from all corners of the sport.
This represents the rest of the felony bookings between 6 a.m. on Friday, April 23 and 6 a.m. on Friday, April 30. It is important to note that history only reflects Kootenai County history since 1991.
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.
When will Duval return to action?
DUBLIN, Ohio -- David Duval had a hotel room reserved near Muirfield Village, but the 5 p.m. deadline passed last Friday without him signing up to play in the Memorial.
Booz Allen Classic has new name, old challenges
POTOMAC, Md. -- The tents are going up instead of coming down at the TPC at Avenel course. It's early June, and the PGA Tour's yearly visit is usually done by now.
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus sounded as if he were ready to retire. “I don't think my golf game is good enough to play anymore,” he said. “It doesn't make any difference if it's a major championship or anywhere. When your ability is leaving you, then you go do something else.”
Don Mishler enjoyed the outdoors, music
For 39 years, from his high seat behind the wheel of a city bus, Don Mishler watched the world go around. He drove through the streets of Spokane and watched as the city changed and grew.
Many factors to consider when seeking garden balance
What most of us value as we walk through a natural landscape is the diversity of plant materials arranged in a seemingly orderly manner, which we recognize as balance. Today's article explores diversity and balance in the garden, with special attention to shade gardens.
Georgia on her mind
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- She still hasn't graduated from the ninth grade, and Michelle Wie already is working on the Masters.
Summer lunch program
The Coeur d'Alene School District will participate in the summer food service program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge.
Community Presbyterian dedicating new sanctuary
Community Presbyterian Church, at 417 N. William St. in Post Falls will dedicate its new sanctuary Sunday at 4 p.m. with a casual buffet dinner to follow.
Long putters: Unfair or just better?
Golf's governing bodies meet twice a year to talk about rules and equipment, and those sessions between the USGA and the Royal & Ancient almost always include the debate whether to ban long putters.
Timberlake student receives free car in annual giveaway
For the sixth consecutive year, Tom Addis Automotive group has given a free car away to an outstanding student in Kootenai County.
For Woods, winning isn’t everything
LAS VEGAS -- Tiger Woods is doing that hackey sack thing with the golf ball. Bouncing it in on his sand wedge. Tap. Tap. Tap. In between his legs. With his left hand. Up in the air and, wham, he sends it flying.
Triple Ms work to put shine on city’s image
The Triple Ms are at it again. In an abandoned building at the end of an ancient strip mall, the City of Spokane Valley's historic heroes are diligently at work.
Because of a reporting error, an item in last week's Business Notebook listed the incorrect address for In the Coop. The shop is at 317 N. Adams.
EVMS students hear from Holocaust survivor
Inside our schools
Mollie Dalpae zips through the Spokane Valley Community Center like a hummingbird tracking a perfect flower. During her six-year tenure as director, her passion and energy have taken the community center to a higher level.
Student Advisory Council members appointed
The Spokane Valley City Council appointed nine individuals to the city's first Student Advisory Council during its study session Tuesday.
Rummage sale today to benefit deputy’s son
A rummage sale to benefit the ailing son of a Spokane Sheriff's Office deputy will be held today.
Spokesman-Review photographer Steve Thompson spent the last part of his career taking intimate pictures of Spokane Valley life; the type of photos that get posted on refrigerators and mailed to out-of-town grandparents.
Anger Management Class – For ages 12-17. Class also will focus on self-esteem and conflict resolution. Contact Patrick Donahue, 979-7076, for more information.
Somebody needs you
The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.
Dollar Store moving to former Kmart location
The Dollar Store is gearing up for a move that will double its display space and selection of merchandise.
Celebration planned for YMCA skate park grand opening
Think you're hip? Here's a simple test to find out: Think about the term skate park. What comes to mind?
He’s a Cougar-to-be
It's difficult to have a conversation with Andy Roof without mentioning football, but the soon-to-be East Valley graduate is used to that.
Eighth-grader Melissa Mauro blasts league field records
While season-long track team leaders finished off the Spokane Valley Middle School Activities League season with titles in the Vern Fox All-League meet, it was Centennial eighth-grader Melissa Mauro who made the biggest splash.
Middle school sports standings
New listings Intermediate Bridge – Presented through the Institute for Extended Learning Seniors Program. Meets on Fridays through July 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the Corbin Senior Activity Center, 827 W. Cleveland. Cost is $28. Call the IEL office at 279-6025 for information and registration.