Stories for June 12, 2010
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has proposed an inquiry commission into its bloody attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla two weeks ago, to be headed by a retired Israeli judge and to include two high-ranking foreign observers.
Vancouver tops Bellingham behind Kevin Tyner’s basket with 2.4 seconds left
For the third consecutive contest, the Volcanoes (12-6) found themselves defending a 3-point attempt at the buzzer with the game hanging in the balance.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ivan Calderon earned an unanimous decision over Jesus Irbie in the WBO Junior Flyweight Championship in Theatre at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cal State Fullerton was one out from Omaha on Saturday.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 18 points each to lead a balanced offense as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Tulsa Shock 116-84 on Saturday night.
A 34-year-old woman shopping at a Vancouver grocery store was injured Saturday when a car crashed through one of the store’s windows, Vancouver Fire Capt. Kevin Murray said. The woman, whose name was not available, suffered cuts on her legs and feet in the 2:45 p.m. crash at Gateway Produce, 2507 N.E. Andresen Road, according to Murray.
CHICO, Calif. (AP) -- Eri Yoshida, the 18-year-old "Knuckle Princess" from Japan, pitched four strong innings and recorded her first strikeout of the season for the Chico Outlaws on Saturday.
A Vancouver woman died early Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision on state Highway 503 about 4 miles southeast of Amboy, according to the Washington State Patrol. Raylene Holman, 56, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota north on the highway at 1:30 p.m. when the pickup went off the right side of the road and into a ditch, and then came back onto the road and hit an oncoming 2005 Dodge Ram pickup head-on, according to a WSP bulletin.
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- Joey Logano became the first Nationwide Series driver to win three consecutive races at the same track when starting from the pole as he won the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Felix Hernandez came within one out of a complete game, Jose Lopez doubled in the go-ahead run and the Seattle Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
DENVER (AP) -- Jeff Francis pitched seven innings to earn his first home win in two years and the Colorado Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Colby Lewis scattered three hits over eight innings and added a key two-out single with the bases loaded to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- BG's Folly held off favored All Speed Hanover by a nose in capturing the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Volstad pitched six solid innings to stop a personal six-game winless streak and the Florida Marlins got two RBIs from rookie Mike Stanton in a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brooks Conrad filled in neatly for Chipper Jones, making two nice plays at third base and then driving in the go-ahead run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning Saturday night that lifted the Atlanta Braves over Minnesota 3-2.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Monique Currie scored 20 points to lead the Washington Mystics to an 82-65 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday night.
GOP delegates in Vancouver cheer Didier, Hedrick, others
Call them tea partiers, patriots or constitutionalists. Whatever their label, candidates identifying with the new Republican insurgency won thundering applause and hoots of approval from the crowd of nearly 1,200 delegates at the state Republican Convention Saturday. From U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier, a pro football player turned alfalfa farmer turned politician, to 3rd Congressional District candidate David Hedrick, a Camas financial consultant who became an overnight celebrity after he confronted U.S. Rep. Brian Baird at a health reform town hall last summer, the newcomers hit a chord with delegates.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man who strangled a Portland woman 23 years ago has been sentenced to two decades in prison after a police cold case unit matched his DNA to the crime scene.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena has homered for the sixth consecutive game, hitting a solo shot in the first inning of Saturday's night game against the Florida Marlins.
The southbound lanes of the Interstate 5 Bridge will be closed overnight Saturday, beginning at 11 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. Sunday morning.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Alabama jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before holding on to beat Clemson 5-4 Saturday night in the opening game of the NCAA Clemson Super Regional.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Pacific-10 Conference officials have met with top University of Oklahoma officials, a spokesman for the university's president says.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's Brandon Webb has thrown off the mound for the first time in three months, a move he didn't expect.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom was hit by a pair of pitches from Texas starter Scott Feldman on Saturday night, but didn't appear to be seriously hurt by either one.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated catcher Miguel Montero from the disabled list.
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. (AP) -- The girls from the United States did Harriot and Margaret Curtis proud.
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. (AP) -- A day after a shaky start, the United States swept all six matches at the Curtis Cup on Saturday to take an 812-312 lead over Great Britain and Ireland.
The Battle Ground community float received the theme award Saturday at the 2010 Portland Rose Festival’s KeyBank Grand Floral Parade in Portland. The float, created by the Battle Ground Rose Festival Committee, was far from the only Clark County entry honored.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lane County elections officials have rejected a request from superintendent of public instruction candidate Ron Maurer to recount some Oregon primary ballots.
Affordable cigar box guitars experience resurgence
PARIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Kevin VanDam beat Edwin Evers by nearly 712 pounds Saturday for his 17th career Bassmasters victory.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Danny Hultzen allowed six hits in eight innings and Dan Grovatt hit a go-ahead two-run home run as Virginia beat Oklahoma 3-2 in the opening game of the Charlottesville Super Regional on Saturday.
BOSTON (AP) -- Felix Maldonado, a former Boston Red Sox minor league outfielder and manager who spent 47 years in various roles with the team, has died. He was 73.
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki shortstop is out of Saturday's lineup with a slight right groin injury.
PHOENIX (AP) -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa says the Cardinals expect to sign Jeff Suppan and add the right-hander to the rotation early next week.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- The Northwest Oregon Housing Authority in Warrenton has named a New Mexico man its new executive director after a national search.
Likely presidential contender attacks Obama on economy, oil spill
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, sounding very much like a presidential contender, lambasted President Barack Obama Saturday on issues from his economic policies to his handling of the Gulf oil spill. Speaking to nearly 1,200 Republican delegates in Vancouver on the final day of the Washington GOP’s 2010 state convention, Romney accused the Obama administration of discouraging job creation and economic growth by proposing new taxes and driving the federal deficit to a record $1.6 trillion.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami third baseman Harold Martinez is likely out for the postseason after having surgery to remove a lump in his left shin.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Buehrle pitched scoreless ball into the seventh, Paul Konerko drove in two runs and the Chicago White Sox handed Carlos Silva his first loss, beating the struggling Cubs 2-1 Saturday for their season-high fourth straight win.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami third baseman Harold Martinez is likely out for the postseason after having surgery to remove a lump in his left shin.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Cristie Kerr has finished her rain-delayed third round with a 63 at the LPGA State Farm Classic.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic has been postponed Saturday because of thunderstorms.
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Get Serious took the early lead and held off a late rally by Roman Tiger to win the $250,000 Monmouth Stakes by 114 lengths at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chipper Jones has been scratched from the Atlanta Braves' lineup for their game against the Minnesota Twins.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland is recuperating after having surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles' tendon.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Sarah Palin has endorsed socially conservative Republican John Koster in his attempt to unseat Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen in Washington's 2nd Congressional District.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Bimbo Bakeries USA is recalling some of its bread distributed in California and three other states after discovering the label did not indicate the product contained milk.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Tom Izzo either hasn't decided where he'll coach next season or he's keeping it a secret.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay shortstop Jason Bartlett is close to rejoining the Rays after taking batting practice and doing some running to test his injured right hamstring at Tropicana Field.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Veronica Campbell-Brown has defeated rival Allyson Felix in the 200 meters at the Adidas Grand Prix in the world's best time this season.
TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Dayron Robles maintained his solid start to the season with a win in the 110-meter hurdles at the Primo Nebiolo athletics meet on Saturday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Search crews looking for 7-year-old Kyron Horman have not found any sign of the missing Portland boy as the effort stretched into its ninth day.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left gluteus muscle one day after another ineffective start.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Aric Almirola took the lead with less than 10 laps to go then held off late charges from Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech defensive end Robert Hall has been suspended indefinitely after an argument over money with his girlfriend led to a battery charge.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) -- Two Massachusetts parents have been accused of leaving a 1-year-old and a 10-year-old alone in a car as they gambled at a Connecticut casino.
OMAK, Wash. (AP) -- The federal goverment is extending unemployment benefits for 350 laid-off millworkers in Omak.
BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was a late scratch before his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list just before the game's first pitch with a strained forearm.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Clint Dempsey scored on a blunder by goalkeeper Robert Green in the 40th minute, and the United States came from behind to tie England 1-1 in the Americans' World Cup opener Saturday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Grayson Garvin pitched three scoreless innings Saturday for his first collegiate save and Curt Casali continued his torrid hitting as Vanderbilt defeated Florida State 6-2 to move within one win of reaching its first College World Series.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Rachel Alexandra has won for the first time as a 4-year-old, roaring to a 1012-length victory in the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon contractors are pushing architects and designers to consider builder safety in addition to the safety of future tenants when they design a building.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs recalled right-hander Mitch Atkins from Triple-A Iowa and optioned James Russell to the minor league club on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships and died on June 4, has been buried in Los Angeles.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Fines from misdemeanors or traffic tickets can be paid off in Eugene by doing a little work for the city under a new program that will start in about a week.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Blake Cooper worked seven innings of six-hit ball and South Carolina twice escaped bases-loaded jams down the stretch to move a win away from the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Coastal Carolina in a super regional on Saturday.
EAGAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal investigators have recovered the wreckage of a small plane that nosedived into an Arizona high school and exploded Friday afternoon, killing all four people on board.
MARLTON, N.J. (AP) -- Donovan McNabb has a reminder for some of the young Philadelphia Eagles: He's no longer going to be there to absorb the boos.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Gabe Kapler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor and recalled outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Triple-A Durham.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Spirit Airlines says it's canceling all of its Sunday flights after its pilots went on strike.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Heavy spring rain has forced the Bonneville Power Administration to give away some surplus hydropower, reduce generation at other power plants and fill reservoirs for migrating fish.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Big Three hasn't been all that big for the Celtics in the NBA finals.
SEATTLE (AP) -- KIRO-TV reports that five people are dead following an apartment fire in Seattle.
SEATTLE (AP) -- KIRO-TV reports that three people are dead following an apartment fire in Seattle.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Five people have been killed in a Seattle fire.
BOSTON (AP) -- Andrew Bynum says he'll play in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister says he wants NATO to develop a timetable to end its mission in Afghanistan.
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) -- Fabian Cancellara has won the Tour of Switzerland prologue, while Lance Armstrong finished far back at the start of his last race before the Tour de France.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu is in the starting lineup for the Group C matchup with England.
ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) -- Thomas Bjorn of Denmark leads the Estoril Open by three shots after three rounds.
KIMBERLEY, South Africa (AP) -- Uruguay's soccer association says money was taken from a safe in the Cape Town hotel room of one of its officials.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- A trial date has been set for a former Oregon high school teacher and coach facing charges of sex crimes against four students.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Linet Masai of Kenya ran to a commanding victory over countrywoman Emily Chebet in the New York Mini 10K in Central Park on Saturday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is reaching out to gun advocates, trying to shore up support from a major voting bloc in Kentucky.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds says the Longhorns are still "looking at all options" before deciding whether to stay in the crumbling Big 12 or move to another league.
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) -- Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has won the toughest stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere after beating race leader Janez Brajkovic in a two-man sprint.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even as financially strapped Catholic schools continue to close across the country, no one in Philadelphia ever thought the church would close Cardinal Dougherty (DOCK-er-tee) High School.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says local residents have been extremely generous in donating food and supplies to search teams looking for a 7-year-old Portland boy. In fact, the sheriff's office has all it needs.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military says American-backed Iraqi security forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested seven others south of Baghdad.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The lawyers in the landmark federal trial over the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban may have to check their dazzling oratory at the courtroom door during next week's closing arguments.
AVALON, Calif. (AP) -- An island off the Los Angeles coast reluctantly finds itself in the middle of an international tussle over illegal immigration.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Scientists have documented the effects of large plastic flotsam in the oceans, but very little research has focused on what happens when those bigger pieces break down into tiny specks.
POUND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia inmate who confessed to strangling his cellmate, a man with a long history of mental problems, says he will kill again if he doesn't get the death penalty.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The company that bought the right to market the name of the legendary New York City rock club CBGB has filed for bankruptcy.
IRENE, South Africa (AP) -- Italy's 24th man, Andrea Cossu, is heading home from the World Cup.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa police say Uruguayan soccer officials have declined to pursue a theft case after allegations emerged that one of their own may have been responsible.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford has found a way to get back on its feet in the showroom. Getting back on top in NASCAR is taking a little longer.
LONDON (AP) -- American Sam Querrey has gained his fourth final of the season by topping Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-7 (9), 7-5, 6-3 at the Queen's Club tournament.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- World Cup and city officials in Johannesburg have met to improve transportation for matches at Soccer City after traffic congestion caused some fans to miss the opening match.
HALLE, Germany (AP) -- Top-ranked Roger Federer will seek his sixth Gerry Weber Open title against Lleyton Hewitt.
HALLE, Germany (AP) -- Lleyton Hewitt has reached his first final of 2010 by beating Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-2 at the Gerry Weber Open.
Top boys track and field athletes in Southwest Washington, as selected by The Columbian
Jon Lawson Prairie High School
Prairie’s Jon Lawson racked up some major accomplishments this season. And the junior Falcon still has one more high-school season remaining to top himself.
Core shoots 4-over 76 in first round at Royal Oaks Invite
Jamie Core smiled a bit as he walked off the 18th green Friday after his opening round at the 2010 Royal Oaks Invitational Tournament. His score — a 4-over-par 76 — was not what he had hoped for, but he finished strong, going 2-under on the back-nine.
Camas alum, UW player on developmental team
The Portland Timbers under-23 team takes on the Yakima Reds in a Premier Development League Northwest Division match today in Vancouver.
Is it possible the way we look could work against us? Crazy world.
The Battle Ground City Council will hold a retreat Monday night. The council will discuss priorities for the upcoming year.
A two-part workshop starting this month will provide tips to improve management of small acreages.
Commentary: Brian T. Smith
Everybody knows. Everyone seems to have an idea of what Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard should do. How and when Blazers owner Paul Allen should act. The exact time that Allen should pull the trigger. The exact moment that Pritchard should give in, give up and walk away. So, in honor of all the finger-on-the-pulse experts and perfect prognosticators, here’s an absolutely crazy, unbelievably off-the-wall idea: do not quit, Kevin.
Motorists should expect 20-minute delays this summer on state Highway 503 near Lake Merwin. A $2.5 million paving project, funded primarily by last year’s federal economic stimulus law, will affect 10.5 miles between the Rock Creek Bridge and Fredrickson Road.
Court sentencings, marriages, divorces.
Cost concerns may lead to bulky barrier through community
Hoping to lessen the proposed Columbia River Crossing’s hulking footprint across Hayden Island, an advisory committee mulled two broad alternatives Friday. One would excise the interchange from the island altogether, connecting motorists via two smaller arterial bridges from the south.
CAMAS — After a year of talks with Georgia-Pacific, Camas mill workers agreed to a five-year contract in May, said Ken Smith, a union representative of the Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers Local 5.
RIDGEFIELD — The city of Ridgefield, in partnership with the Port of Ridgefield, is aiming to revitalize downtown and guide waterfront development by crafting a comprehensive vision and planning strategy.
Church opens community center; B.G. council opens taxpayers’ wallets
Cheers: To the Kessid Church and its efforts to turn a twice-failed athletic club into a community center serving the eastern edge of Vancouver. The church, founded by former Living Hope Church pastor Danny Clinton and Heathman Lodge manager Brett Wilkerson, had been meeting at the Firstenburg Community Center. A tip at a Super Bowl party led them to the owner of the former Bally’s Total Fitness building, vacant since 2008. The church has leased the property and is reopening it not only as a place of worship, but as a community center offering three swimming pools, a fitness center, a gym, and studio and meeting space. An opening party for the new Kessid Center is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 16096 S.E. 15th St.
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National Get Outdoors Day encourages families to explore fun and healthful activities in the outdoors. The Water Resources Education Center is hosting a variety of activities in conjunction with the occasion. The event includes hands-on activities, presentations, and appearances from Smokey Bear and Ranger Rick.
Stuart’s seat challenged by Stewart, Svehaug in Aug. 17 primary election
Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart received two opponents Friday, the final day of filing for the Aug. 17 primary. Vancouver City Councilwoman Jeanne Stewart and political newcomer Alan Svehaug, both Republicans, filed against the Democrat.
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- David Blatt has returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv, signing a three-year deal to coach the Israeli league team he led from 2001-03.
SCHRIEVER, La. (AP) -- A top BP executive has acknowledged growing tensions between the oil giant and the federal government but also gave workers at a command center a much-needed pep talk.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP PLC says a new system to trap oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico should be complete by mid-July.
MONACO (AP) -- Samsung is the new title sponsor of the IAAF Diamond League.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- FIFA is investigating why a section of seats at Soccer City was unoccupied during the World Cup opening match between South Africa and Mexico.
IRENE, South Africa (AP) -- Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso will retire from the national team after the World Cup.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Why did the turtle cross the road?
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seeking support for a campaign to ramp up security in the southern city of Kandahar and increase his government's influence in the Taliban stronghold that is rife with violence, crime and corruption.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela's office says a relative was driving the car in which the anti-apartheid leader's great granddaughter was riding when she was killed in a crash.
PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A local official says Pakistani fighter jets have destroyed several militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing 10 insurgents.