Stories for January 22, 2010
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials say rescuers have evacuated 11 people by helicopter from a cargo vessel stranded in icy waters off the coast of eastern Russia.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A jury has ordered a medical device company to pay a Portland man and his wife $4.75 million, finding I-Flow Corp. liable for damaged cartilage in Matthew Beale's right shoulder.
Movie extras gather for red carpet party
The red carpet had been rolled out for the nationwide opening of “Extraordinary Measures” — starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell — and white lights were glaring to help the paparazzi get the most provocative shots as the actors paraded in between the velvet ropes.
KABUL (AP) -- A spokesman says a provincial governor has escaped an assassination attempt but four Afghan soldiers in the same convoy were killed.
KABUL (AP) -- NATO says a roadside bomb has killed two U.S. service members in southern Afghanistan.
Coming Sunday: Air agency rapped for slow response to odor complaints downtown.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former Freightliner employee has been sentenced to four years in prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay more than $7 million in restitution.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- The mother of the 6-year-old boy purported to be in a runaway balloon in Colorado repeatedly told authorities it was all a publicity stunt, contradicting what her husband told media before he reported to jail.
BOSTON — Ray Allen was just 2 for 13 when he hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime to give the Boston Celtics a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he's planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A U.S. border inspector suspected something fishy about the truckload of white sea bass headed into San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico. It was a good hunch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jean Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in "Guys and Dolls" and played Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, has died. She was 80.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Court filings show Farrah Fawcett's estate has sued a producer over his alleged actions before her death.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Conan O'Brien said on his final "Tonight" show that walking away is the hardest thing he's ever had to do.
Questionable Saturday against Detroit
Portland Trail Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless retreated to the locker room with a sprained left ankle during the third quarter of Friday's game against the Boston Celtics and did not return.
COPAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- The widow of a New York dairy farmer who methodically slaughtered 51 cows before taking his own life says she wants to figure out how to keep the farm going.
COPAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Court records show Kim Kardashian has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man she describes as "extremely delusional."
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Latah County sheriff's officers have arrested two juvenile boys after receiving at least 20 reports of vehicles being hit by shots fired on State Highway 8 in north Idaho.
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- The Latah County Sheriff's Office says authorities are looking for a sniper who fired shots at vehicles on Highway 8 in northern Idaho for more than three hours.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Records obtained by The Associated Press show majorities of the California Assembly and Senate RSVP'd for a private lunch with the governor -- a revelation that raises questions about whether the gathering was legal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man has been arrested in connection with a piece of jewelry that was stolen from a corpse that he was transporting to the county coroner's office.
FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fort Lewis soldier has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of his 16-year-old girlfriend in his barracks.
FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) -- A 20-year-old Fort Lewis soldier has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of his 16-year-old girlfriend in his barracks.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Evo Morales has begun a second term as Bolivia's president by declaring colonialism dead in the Andean nation.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The big push is under way to get out the vote on a pair of Oregon tax measures that would raise $727 million from the wealthy and corporations.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio police chief is defending a driver who called 911 but didn't do more to stop a woman from being raped along a street in broad daylight.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- At least one of the motorists who drove by while police say an Ohio woman was raped along a street in broad daylight could tell what was happening.
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Hawaii Senate has approved same-sex civil unions, setting up the measure for final passage.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Late-night comic Jay Leno is the featured entertainer at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A collision with a large bird forced a United Airlines plane to return to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some U.S. military veterans are finding work helping sort through a massive government archaeological collection that has been neglected for decades.
sWASHINGTON (AP) -- Regulators have shut down banks in Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, bringing to nine the number of bank failures so far in 2010, following 140 closures last year in the toughest economic environment since the Great Depression.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would abolish the state's death penalty.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A former Marine has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for a deadly drunken driving crash in California that occurred hours after he attended a driving safety briefing.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police in Mexico City have rescued 150 ferrets from armed robbers after a high speed chase.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police in Mexico City have rescued 150 ferrets from armed robbers after a high speed chase.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Vancouver, Wash., man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of his former teacher.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin plan to sell 5 million shares apiece of their company stock, worth $5.5 billion combined at current prices.
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- President Barack Obama has received a custom-made football helmet while touring a sports equipment plant in Ohio.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles judge has ruled Roman Polanski must return to the U.S. to be sentenced in a decades-old sex case.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two supporters of the now-defeated Tamil Tiger insurgents in Sri Lanka have been sentenced in New York to prison in the United States.
SEATTLE (AP) -- University of Washington president Mark Emmert says he supports allowing illegal immigrant students to attend college as a pathway to permanent residency and U.S. citizenship.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Navy says numerous welds may be faulty on warships built in the past two years by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding at shipyards on the Gulf Coast and that engineers are correcting the problems.
The bi-state crossing’s project sponsors council met for the first time since four of its members sent a letter Tuesday declaring their general support for a new Interstate 5 Bridge — but that the project is “unacceptable” as currently designed.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. officials say a new accord with the United Nations formally gives the American military a supporting role in international relief efforts in Haiti, but keeps them in charge of the Caribbean nation's airspace, ports and roads.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A child pornography suspect who refused to give up his computer password so police could search his laptop is going to prison for three years.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The holding company for newspaper publisher MediaNews Group is filing for Chapter 11 protection.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Britney Spears is meeting with a judge overseeing her court conservatorship.
VIENNA (AP) -- An international human rights organization has criticized a U.S. Supreme Court ruling about election spending in America.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Online court records show that a $70 million lawsuit filed against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has been dismissed.
RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) -- Funding may be restored for cleanup efforts at an abandoned mine in southwestern Oregon.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The top executive of The Associated Press says journalists must keep fighting for strong laws protecting open access to government even as news organizations struggle in a weak economy.
Why were two Vancouver brothers perfect extras for the film "Extraordinary Measures?"
ROME (AP) -- An official of the watchdog body for Italy's judiciary says a judge who refused to hear cases because there are crucifixes in the nation's courtrooms has been effectively barred from continuing in his job.
ROME (AP) -- Milan prosecutors have completed an investigation of film rights sales by Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's media empire and will now decide whether to request an indictment or drop the case.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A King County Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former sheriff's deputy who was videotaped beating a 15-year-old girl in a jail cell, after jurors said they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Raha says he’s ‘guardedly optimistic’ about 2010
State economist Arun Raha presented his 2010 predictions to Clark County business leaders at The Columbian’s economic forecast breakfast.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new policy believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. would prevent international students from joining a union for research assistants at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government has raised the nation's terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe," meaning such an attack is considered highly likely.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The man accused of raping two women and stabbing one to death at their home tried to fire his lawyers during a court hear Friday in Seattle.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- An attorney for a man seeking to take a Vincent Van Gogh painting from Yale University tells The Associated Press the artwork is worth $120 million to $150 million.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Tacoma man who killed his girlfriend and buried her body in the yard of house in the Hilltop neighborhood pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Dean Foods Co., saying a recent acquisition has spoiled a regional market for milk.
MIAMI (AP) -- Schools and lawmakers around the country are pushing for early financial literacy classes as students see the struggles of their parents and hope to cement a more secure economic future.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A hospital in northeastern Brazil has released a toddler who underwent three surgeries to remove 26 sewing needles his stepfather stuck into him.
FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- A Good Samaritan died Friday when he was struck by a pickup while trying to help people involved in a crash.
FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- A multiple-vehicle crash on Highway 47 south of Forest Grove killed one person and injured five.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles fire officials say a German shepherd hoisted to safety after being stranded in a storm-swollen river is fine, but the fireman who splashed down in a harness to rescue the dog has been hospitalized.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A helicopter has hoisted a dog to safety after being stranded more than an hour in the Los Angeles River.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Cattle Association is drafting a constitutional amendment aimed at nullifying a new set of rules allowing sportsmen and conservation groups to bid on state land grazing leases.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mock-ups of waterfalls meant to evoke memories of the Sept. 11 dead are spilling down nearly 30 feet into a pool in Brooklyn.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- A judge is giving a Virginia woman at the center of a lesbian custody dispute 30 days to appear in court with her 7-year-old daughter or face possible arrest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The foundation of Wyclef Jean (WY'-klef ZHAHN) says it has hired a new accounting firm after the Haitian-born rapper acknowledged "mistakes" had been made by the organization.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A judge has determined there is enough evidence to bring to trial two twin brothers from Nampa accused of neglecting their mother.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Legislature is moving ahead with some early steps to save money as lawmakers continue grappling with a $2.6 billion budget deficit.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has endorsed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for Texas governor.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has evacuated three buildings on campus because of an unspecified and -- so far -- unconfirmed security threat.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A researcher says Lily the black bear has given birth to a cub in her den in northeastern Minnesota.
BOSTON (AP) -- A lawyer for the family of a Massachusetts man who died after his arrest at a police sobriety road block says he died of blunt trauma to the head, torso and chest.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- A North Bend man has died in a snowmobile crash at Diamond Lake.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe will decide if a deputy was justified in killing a Verlot man who threatened deputies after arguing with a road crew spraying weeds near his home.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has backed off a tentative plan to eliminate the Department of Parks and Recreation and move oversight of Idaho's remaining 29 parks to other agencies.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A popular bookstore and cafe near Yale University wants its many Hispanic employees to speak English only around customers.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Another 12 fishers have been released in Olympic National Park as part of a three-year effort to reintroduce the weasel-like animal to Washington state.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Academy Award-winning songwriter of "You Light Up My Life" has a week to come up with a $3 million bond -- or $1.5 million in cash -- to stay out of jail in his New York sexual assault case.
Cellestine pleads guilty in death of Patterson
Former Hudson's Bay High School student Antonio Cellestine was ordered Friday to spend 60 months in state prison after he pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run death of teacher Gordon Patterson.
KABUL (AP) -- A U.S. group that monitors Islamic extremist Web sites says an extremist organization is reporting 15 of its members were killed in a U.S. missile strike in Afghanistan.
DENVER (AP) -- A federal judge in Denver has rejected a plea agreement for a drug-addicted surgery technician who infected three dozen people with hepatitis C.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A co-president of software maker Oracle acknowledges he had an affair with a woman he was shown snuggling with on billboards in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Administrators with Bonneville Joint School District 93 are using a new program designed to better track sex offenders who are on campus to pick up or drop off their child.
All-star guard receives plasma injection
The time and distance separating Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy from returning to the basketball court has become a little longer.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former aide to the mayor of Jersey City has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in New Jersey's largest corruption sweep, the first defendant among 44 arrested to be sentenced.
A Vancouver resident was arrested Thursday evening in connection to a string of convenience store robberies. After receiving several tips from the public about the robberies, investigators arrested Aniva Garcia, 22, at 5 p.m.
DENVER (AP) -- The Army says human error is to blame for the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter on a Colorado mountain that killed all four crew members in August.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs told lawmakers a plan to eliminate general funding for the agency would significantly weaken its ability to advocate for state's largest minority.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A biologist says a dead whale that washed ashore on a south Puget Sound beach this week is a tropical whale thousands of miles from its normal range.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prince has recorded a purple-tinted tribute to the Minnesota Vikings.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- Investigators say the driver of a tractor-trailer that hit a bus carrying residents of a special needs center in Ohio, killing four, was driving too fast during a snowstorm.
FARMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a western New York woman accused of lacing a jug of margarita cocktails with antifreeze told them she wanted to punish her boyfriend for being emotionally and physically abusive. But she says she didn't intend to kill him.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two New York Police Department patrolmen have been suspended after a video surfaced showing them beating a handcuffed suspect during an undercover drug operation.
ROME (AP) -- A lawyer says the Perugia magistrate who prosecuted U.S. student Amanda Knox for murder has been convicted in an unrelated case of abusing his office.
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York this summer -- the first time she has done so in more than 50 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's estate is opposing a bid by the late singer's father to receive a monthly allowance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two men who control Michael Jackson's estate are seeking 10 percent of profits they're able to generate from the late pop superstar's work.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is in Baghdad to try to ease rising tensions that have threatened to delay Iraq's March elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul has "run into a bit of a buzz saw" and acknowledges the process is looking ugly. Nonetheless he says he'll keep working to finish sweeping legislation.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut is suggesting that Democrats take a month or more off from working on health care legislation to regroup in the wake of Tuesday's election loss in Massachusetts.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Authorities say an airplane flying from Germany to Turkey has been diverted to an airport in Greece after a threatening message was found written in one of its bathrooms.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Eugene police are changing their Taser policy in response to a federal appeals court ruling that police can be sued for using a stun gun on an unarmed person who poses no threat.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of current and former corporate executives are sending Congress a strongly worded message: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash.
MAYER, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a 6-year-old boy who was swept away in floodwaters in northern Arizona is presumed dead.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey says she is set to interview Jay Leno.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Burger King is opening a restaurant in Miami Beach that will serve beer along with burgers and fries, the chain's first U.S. location with alcohol.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A western New York man accused of beheading his wife at the Muslim-oriented television station they founded will claim he was a victim of years of abuse at home.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- In a high tech first -- really, really high -- astronauts in space finally have Internet access.
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) -- Rupert police say a 45-year-old Rupert man died after his bicycle collided with the side of a truck.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- President Barack Obama will take his proposals on the road after next week's State of the Union address.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An 18-year-old violinist who attends a Pittsburgh performing arts high school says plainclothes officers beat him because they thought a bottle of soda in his coat was a gun.
GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) -- The only Oregonian with a permit to harvest wild flat abalone has been convicted of unlawfully taking it.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A former security guard at the J.C. Penney store at Olympia's Capital Mall has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for voyeurism.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A 79-year-old Twin Falls man who was charged with possessing child pornography has died before his arraignment, closing the case against him.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A tentative deal has been reached to allow light rail trains to take over the existing express lanes of the Interstate 90 bridge across Lake Washington.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A group of businesses and individuals hoping for a professional-technical high school has purchased 20 acres in Kootenai County for the school.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- State lawmakers from Clark County sent a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire Thursday questioning her motives for closing the Larch Corrections Center.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Pressed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's plan to cut state funding over four years, the Idaho Human Rights Commission is in discussions with the Department of Labor to join forces.
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the world's airlines have pledged to cooperate on making passenger flights around the world more secure.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A social psychologist testifying in a trial challenging California's gay marriage ban says leading mental health associations stopped thinking of homosexuality as a mental illness decades ago.
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AP) -- Another 15 airmen from McChord Air Force Base are on their way Friday to Haiti.
JOS, Nigeria (AP) -- An international human rights group is calling on Nigerian officials to investigate reports that at least 150 Muslims were killed in a central Nigerian town.
JOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Muslim residents watched as volunteers searched their neighborhood in central Nigeria for remains of people killed in sectarian violence earlier this week.
MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) -- More than 500 people turned out at Thursday night's hearing in Mukilteo on proposed commercial air service at nearby Paine Field.
THE COLONY, Texas (AP) -- Grief counselors are on hand at a suburban Dallas elementary school after a 9-year-old boy was found hanged in a school bathroom.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Most speakers at hearings in Richland urged the National Park Service to include Hanford's B Reactor in a new Manhattan Project Historical Park.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Democrat in the Senate has endorsed Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
UNDATED (AP) -- President Barack Obama believes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will win another term despite senators' hesitation over his willingness to discuss what steps the central bank will take to add much-needed jobs.
COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) -- A woman who robbed three Oregon banks has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's plan to eliminate state general fund money for five commissions and councils was front and center Friday morning with the Idaho budget-writing panel.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former Pentagon official has been sentenced to three years in prison for espionage after being convicted of giving classified information to a Chinese spy.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More union members now work for the government than for private employers, partly because of layoffs caused by the recession.
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A generator in storage for more than three decades after the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is heading to North Carolina.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Medford police arrested three people of accused of stealing $4,000 in motorcycle gear.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A woman tells jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing an abortion provider that she heard a popping sound and saw Dr. George Tiller fall to the floor.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A public viewing for R&B star Teddy Pendergrass is set to begin at noon in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hundreds of music fans are gathering to mourn R&B star Teddy Pendergrass in Philadelphia.
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Corvallis man has been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top investigative body says a police officer who has complained on YouTube of abuse and corruption in the country's law enforcement system has been arrested on fraud charges.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of life insurer Symetra Financial, the most anticipated of Friday's initial public offerings, are up about 8 percent in their trading debut.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government officials say a task force has recommended about three dozen Guantanamo Bay detainees be brought to the United States to face trial or military commissions.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Incessant rain has caused floods in two remote villages in eastern Indonesia leaving eight people dead and 13 others missing.
CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) -- Workers are cleaning slot machines with bleach every two hours as a North Carolina casino battles a virus that has sickened nearly 250 people.
Classes are closed at the East County Head Start today after an early morning fire at the facility.
Tyler Paluck made all four of his 3-pointers and scored his 16 points in the first half, Blake Bowen added 13 points, and Jordan Chatman had 11 points and six assists as Skyview never trailed Thursday in a 56-47 victory over Kelso in a Class 4A Greater St. Helens League contest.
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Tonight, the Portland Trail Blazers will take on the Boston Celtics. In doing so, the Blazers will move past 200 games missed due to injury.
Adam Herman scored 11 of his 20 points in a big second quarter on Thursday as the Prairie Falcons handed the Camas Papermakers their first 3A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball loss.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The assets of a western Pennsylvania Navy defense contractor that was suspended from accepting government contracts have been sold to a Canadian firm for $24 million.
Lawmakers send new letter to governor, questioning motives
The entire Clark County legislative delegation sent a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire Thursday — the second in a week — questioning her motives for closing Larch Corrections Center and demanding to know why the closure timeline has been moved up.
The Washington Technology Center is hosting an information meeting Jan. 27 in Vancouver for people seeking grant money for startup research and development.
Actor played large role in bringing film shot partly in Vancouver to screens CHICAGO — At 67, Harrison Ford still retains that roguish, lopsided grin that seems poised somewhere between a sneer and a smirk. He’s officially a senior citizen now. His gray hair is thinning slightly and his face is lined with age. But the man who became an icon as Indiana Jones and Han Solo says he’s nowhere near retirement. He continues to make movies, he explains, because he simply wants to feel useful.
Modest musician’s second CD an understated gem In A.A. Bondy’s view, the songs on his current CD, “When the Devil’s Loose” — or for that matter those from his first solo CD, 2007’s “American Hearts” — get better with each concert.
Camas teen Katelynne Cox grew up reading Supermodels Unlimited magazine and looking up to the models gracing its glossy pages. Now she’s one of them. Cox, a 15-year-old sophomore at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Ore., is featured in the magazine’s 2009 Most Beautiful Edition. Cox is highlighted in the issue’s music industry section alongside such names as Brooke Hogan, a singer and reality-television personality who’s the daughter of wrestler Hulk Hogan.
Bank’s Columbia Tech Center location set to open Monday
Boxes were stacked on the floor, desks were empty, and eight flat-panel screens flashed advertisements to an empty lobby this week at the newest KeyBank branch, set to open Monday at 19161 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver. Branch manager Kayleen McConnachie was there overseeing the last-minute details before her staff moves from the bank’s Fisher’s Landing office just a few blocks away, where she’s worked for the past nine years.
Bearg, Dorothy “Betty,” 88, Brush Prairie, died Jan. 19, 2010. Layne’s Funeral Home, 360-687-3143. Hockett, Clarence “Bud,” 84, Vancouver, died Jan. 17, 2010. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 360-892-6060.
Riverview Bancorp on Thursday reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or 12 cents per share, in the quarter ending Dec. 31.
Supreme Court ruling clears the way for more (and more intense) campaign ads
Federal elections are about to become more intense, more partisan and more political as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday. In a way, this is a good thing; voters will get more information. But the ruling troubles many people who believe money already wields too much power in American democracy. The Columbian’s opinions about campaign finance have been founded on the freedom of speech that is protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment, as long as full disclosure of financial involvement is made clear to voters. The Supreme Court advanced that concept Thursday, dispensing with a 63-year-old law that limited the influence of large groups in presidential and congressional campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that companies and other large groups such as unions cannot be prohibited from producing and running their own campaign ads, as long as those efforts are independent and not coordinated with the candidates. Also, independent groups are no longer banned from running ads within the closing weeks of a campaign. Left in place was a ban on large groups donating money directly to federal candidates.
Vancouver auto in Oregon incident
Oregon police are looking for a man who crashed a car stolen from Vancouver and ran off Wednesday morning.
Wear your jammies, bring your teddy, and settle in for a nice story.
After finishing a pilot project, the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank has established a permanent schedule for Sunday food distribution in northern Clark County.
Motorists will encounter single-lane closures as contractors pave portions of state Highway 503 near Northeast 119th Street beginning early this morning.
A group of Ridgefield middle school students is hoping small handfuls of loose change can make a big change in Haiti.
Clark County homeowners facing foreclosure have a new fraud-prevention hotline to call if they have questions about the process. The hotline, established by the Washington Attorney General’s office is 877-894-HOME (4663).
The 30th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ catastrophic eruption is on the horizon, prompting a call for volunteers by the volcano’s namesake institute.
A search dog raised by a Vancouver family has been saving lives during the Haitian relief effort. Cadillac is part of a search team that has helped rescue several people from the rubble of quake-shattered buildings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The black Labrador was raised by Vancouver’s Debbie Combs and her family, as part of a program to help train guide dogs for the blind.
The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to support all Clark County school levy proposals.
A standing-room only crowd peppered Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and city council members with questions for more than two hours at their first town hall meeting Wednesday, with Leavitt calling it a “rousing success.” More than 100 people packed into a community room at the newly-opened Cascade Park Community Library, where they engaged elected officials in a discussion heavy on tolling and light rail that also included budget and traffic talk, Leavitt said.
This is the kind of week where I was thinking about some relatives of mine who are snow birds. Two members of my family spend the winter in the Palm Springs area. And while I normally avoid calling them because I don’t want to hear about the endless sun, this week I really wanted to. On Thursday alone, Palm Springs had a record 1.58 inches of rain. Add that to the rest of this week, and it’s 3.76 inches of rain. That’s nearly their annual total of rain in four days. During this same stretch, Vancouver has had just .68 of an inch of rain. I hate to say it, but that’s why I wanted to call: to let them know they should’ve stayed here if they wanted good weather.
Moeller says plan to change way they’re governed hasn’t had full scrutiny
State Rep. Jim Moeller isn’t thrilled with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s plan to transfer supervision of the state School for the Blind and the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss from her office to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Moeller, D-Vancouver, will hold a legislative forum Saturday in Olympia to hear public comment on the plan. He told a state Senate committee this week that the governor’s proposal to “realign” the two Vancouver-based schools has received “neither the appropriate level of fiscal scrutiny nor the appropriate level of public involvement.”
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Stop inking Democrats’ rubber stamp Business growth and jobs equals healthy economy and prosperity. This principle is taught to every junior in high school economics class. As the Washington state Legislature meets in Olympia, I wonder if any of our elected officials ever learned this guiding law?
Community groups now must pay fee as agency confronts budget cuts
Local television stardom now comes with a price: Hit by budget cuts, Clark-Vancouver Television is now charging community groups to film their events.
Korean restaurant offers adventurous, savory dining, family recipes Why: When Huisuk Chi married her military husband, Yong Chi, 20 years ago, she couldn’t have known that it would be the start of both a marriage and a culinary career. But as an Air Force wife, Chi who hails from Daegu, South Korea, found herself working in restaurants and in military chow halls. At home and for holidays, she whipped up traditional Korean fare, which her husband always lauded.
For the second time, Vancouver jazz drummer Gary Hobbs will team with Israeli conductor, composer and pianist Yaron Gottfried. Hobbs will play Gottfried’s “Capriol Jazz Suite” and “Mozart Swing” with the Portland Chamber Orchestra in two concerts at the end of the month. Hobbs, a 61-year-old Vancouver resident and adjunct music instructor at the University of Oregon and University of Washington, first played with Gottfried and the Vancouver Symphony a couple years ago and was impressed by his technique and work ethic.
The Vancouver Citizen’s Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries has scheduled its first meeting and public hearing for 5 p.m. Monday at the Esther Short Building.
Thursday's high school sports results.
Corrections officer claims former Vancouver cop sexually harassed her
Vancouver has offered $125,000 to a state corrections officer to settle a potential lawsuit over alleged sexual harassment by a former Vancouver Police Department officer.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The mother of a black teenage viola player alleging brutality by three white Pittsburgh police officers says she believes race played a role in the attack.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Pennsylvania Health Department report says a nurse twice called the name of a Philadelphia man who died of a heart attack in a hospital waiting room but never went to look for him.
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) -- A northern Idaho jury found Anthony D. Cobbs guilty of aiding and abetting a burglary that led to the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old last April.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Board of Corrections is considering whether to privately contract outside companies for food services at state-run prisons.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican is seeing signs of improvement for its finances this year, despite problems caused by the global economic crisis.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. Marine Corps is leaving Iraq.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A high court justice says that Nigeria's Cabinet must pass a resolution within 14 days to determine whether the ailing president is capable of remaining in power.
WARM SRPINGS, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia woman is in jail after police say she forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for bad grades.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean says he still thinks Democrats can get a scaled-back health care bill through Congress.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Prominent South Africans including Nelson Mandela's wife are appealing for aid for Haiti's earthquake survivors.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) -- Storm-battered Southern California is beginning to dry out after a wild week of storms that flooded streets, spawned at least a few tornados, and left a trail of damage, but mudslides could still be a concern.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California authorities say many evacuation orders in Los Angeles County will be lifted as the threat of debris flows and mudslides eases.
AJACCIO, Corsica (AP) -- Police in Corsica say about 100 refugees, probably Kurds, have landed on the southern shore of the Mediterranean island.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says talks with the U.S. on a new nuclear arms treaty will resume in early February.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's top court has ruled to overturn a law that allows civilian courts to prosecute military personnel.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are trading in a narrow range as the market tries to find footing after its worst two-day stretch since June.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- General Electric Co. says its fourth-quarter earnings dropped 19 percent but beat Wall Street estimates.
LONDON (AP) -- Organizers say Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis and Michael Buble have agreed to sing on a charity single for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say army helicopters have opened fire on a car traveling in the al-Qaida stronghold of North Waziristan close to the Afghan border, killing one man and wounding two others.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- An Associated Press review has found that undercover ATF agents in Virginia have put more than 250 million cigarettes onto the streets in the past three years in sting operations targeting smugglers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The author of the book "Up in the Air" knows he's living a moment writers dream about.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Job growth is the focus as President Barack Obama visits Ohio's Lorain County.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- The Serbian Orthodox Church says moderate Bishop Irinej Gavrilovic has been elected as the new patriarch.
AMFISSA, Greece (AP) -- The trial of two policemen over a teenager's fatal shooting that sparked riots across Greece has reopened in the small town of Amfissa after a two-day postponement.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he doesn't understand Poland's plans to station a battery of U.S. Patriot missiles near the border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- The lead investigator in the death of Drew Peterson's third wife says he never considered it was anything but an accident.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- The lead Illinois investigator who first looked into the death of Drew Peterson's third wife is expected to explain why it was initially ruled an accident.
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to enact a new job-creation bill, demanding that it include tax breaks for small business hiring and for people who make their homes more energy efficient.
KABUL (AP) -- Afghanistan has banned the use of a fertilizer chemical also used to make bombs.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- News reports says Turkish police have rounded up 120 people suspected of ties to the al-Qaida terror network.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An autopsy of a suburban Portland man who went on a fatal November shooting rampage before he was shot and killed by police offers no conclusive clues to his actions.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A $10.5 million research project to map sunflowers' DNA sequence could one day yield a towering new variety for both food and fuel.