Stories for June 4, 2010
CHICAGO (AP) -- The candidates in one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races aren't saying much about health care, the Gulf oil spill or even the economy.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The father of professional freeskier Arne Backstrom confirms his 29-year-old son has died in a fall on a mountain in Peru.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military officials tell The Associated Press that the U.S. and South Korea were engaged in joint anti-submarine warfare exercises just 75 miles away from where a torpedo-armed North Korean submarine allegedly sank a South Korean patrol ship.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Seth Rosin scattered three hits in eight innings as Minnesota upset top-seeded Cal State Fullerton 3-1 in an NCAA regional Friday night.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Acclamation led all the way and defeated Hyades by 112 lengths to win the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A former Spokane County Jail deputy has been charged with misdemeanor assault, accused of grabbing an inmate by the throat in November 2008.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gerrit Cole pitched five innings of one-hit ball, Chris Giovinazzo knocked in three runs and UCLA beat Kent State 15-1 on Friday night in the Los Angeles NCAA regional.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) -- A former NASCAR driver has been arrested for the third time in three weeks, this time for investigation of drug possession.
A new bill could bring $40 million a year to monitor, clean up pollution in the Columbia
PORTLAND — The Columbia River is tainted by old and newly emerging forms of pollution, monitoring is sporadic, and new roads and rooftops continue to infringe on the river’s natural ecology, according to a new assessment. When it comes to who’s responsible, the Columbia falls between the cracks.
MONROE, Wash. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a funnel cloud was spotted Friday evening in the sky over Monroe, northeast of Seattle, but it wasn't immediately clear whether it touched ground.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tangela Smith scored on a layup with 15.8 seconds left and the Phoenix Mercury held off two last-second chances by the Los Angeles Sparks for a 90-89 victory Friday night.
Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA basketball championships
UCLA said former coach John Wooden died Friday night of natural causes at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized since May 26. He was 99.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Taylor Featherston and Aaron Schultz both had three hits and three RBIs to lead TCU to a 16-3 win over Lamar in the second game of the Fort Worth Regional on Friday night.
Terms are still being finalized
Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams has been offered a multi-year deal by New Orleans to become the Hornets' next head coach.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- A fire department spokesman in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro says a 15-year-old driver crashed through a fence and into a gas line on the side of a home Friday evening, prompting the temporary evacuation of nearby homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Trey Watkins hit a two-run double with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning to rally LSU to an 11-10 victory over UC Irvine on Friday night in the first game of the Los Angeles Regional.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Hudson Randall pitched seven strong innings, Nolan Fontana and Matt den Dekker drove in two runs apiece, and Florida beat Bethune-Cookman 7-3 in NCAA regional play.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Dillon Hazlett and Ben Bunting homered to back strong pitching by Matt Harvey and North Carolina rolled to a 12-3 victory in the Norman NCAA regional on Friday night.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Todd Bodine stayed in front for two late restarts, including a green-white-checkered finish, to become a six-time winner in the NASCAR Trucks Series at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Andrew Clark went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to lead Louisville to an 11-2 win over Saint Louis on Friday night in an NCAA regional on Friday night.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Juarez had three hits and three RBIs as New Mexico rallied for a 9-5 victory over Stanford in the first game of the Fullerton Regional on Friday night.
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is taking the blame for a paint spill in Ashland's picturesque Ashland Creek.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Justin Fradejas, Dan Gamache and Casey McElroy each homered to lead Auburn to a 9-7 win over Jacksonville State in the first round of the NCAA regional on Friday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A person familiar with negotiations says the New Orleans Hornets have begun contract talks with Monty Williams about their head coaching job.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Calvin Borel has ridden Gray Hart's Girl to a 734-length victory at Churchill Downs, his 1,000th career win at the track.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Brittany Schutte homered twice and Kelsey Bruder also went deep to back a six-hit shutout by Stephanie Brombacher as Florida eliminated Missouri from the Women's College World Series with a 5-0 victory Saturday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Andrea Harrison tied a record with her third home run at the Women's College World Series, Samantha Camuso and Julie Burney also homered and UCLA outslugged Hawaii 5-2 on Friday night to advance in the winners' bracket.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Fran Crippen and Olympian Chloe Sutton have won the men's and women's 10-kilometer titles at the U.S. national open water swimming championships.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and nine rebounds, Shameka Christon had 13 points and eight assists, and the Chicago Sky defeated the Atlanta Dream 80-70 on Friday night for their third straight victory.
Independent film crew to shoot downtown Sunday night
Gentle reader, hide your family: Late Sunday night, part of downtown Vancouver will be taken over by exotic dancers of the undead. Broadway between Ninth and 11th streets will be blocked off and transformed into “Stripper Alley,” a world inhabited by a troupe of zombie strippers. But it won’t stay that way for long — the horror show is just part of filming for a locally-produced independent film called “Stripperland.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have placed reliever Takashi Saito on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled reliever Craig Kimbrel from Triple-A Gwinnett.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Mariners right-hander Doug Fister, second in the AL in ERA, will miss his scheduled start Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels because of tightness in his shoulder.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A 40-year-old Gold Bar, Wash., man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome slaying of his ex-girlfriend.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have signed right guard Chris Kuper to a six-year deal.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Dan Carcillo was a healthy scratch from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against Chicago.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are back home feeling some extreme heat, and it's not the triple-digit temperatures outside.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Kent man accused of raping his 4-year-old daughter and broadcasting it live over the Internet has been sentenced a minimum 26 years in prison.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Sean Montplaisir scored the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning when a pitch glanced off the helmet of Pi
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Jeremy Shockey worked out with the New Orleans Saints during their afternoon practice despite being limited by back spasms.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero has returned to the Texas Rangers' lineup after missing two games with a swollen left eye.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The families of seven firefighters killed and three injured in the crash of a firefighting helicopter in Northern California in 2008 have reached a tentative settlement in various lawsuits.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The Army says a soldier has been charged with murder in three Afghan civilian deaths.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints' first mandatory practices since winning the Super Bowl opened Friday with their leading rusher from last season and a former two-time Pro Bowl left tackle both conspicuously absent.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A King County judge says prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a couple charged in the slayings of six people in rural Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Pitcher Jack Armstrong's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave Vanderbilt an 8-7 win over Illinois State in the opening game of the Louisville Regional.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Jack Armstrong singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give second-seeded Vanderbilt an 8-7 win over Illinois State in the first game of the Louisville NCAA regional Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, chairman and co-founder of the John R. Wooden Award that goes to college basketball's player of the year, has died. He was 93.
SHELTON, Wash. (AP) -- A Shelton lumber mill is cutting 130 jobs in July because Mason County Forest Products is selling the mill to another lumber company.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tyler Smith homered and had an RBI single to lead Oregon State to a 6-4 victory against Florida Atlantic in the opening game of the Gainesville NCAA regional.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have activated catcher Kelly Shoppach from the 15-day disabled list and placed shortstop Jason Bartlett on the DL with a strained right hamstring.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Josh Rutledge and Clay Jones homered, Nathan Kilcrease pitched seven strong innings and Alabama beat Elon 11-2 in the first game of the Atlanta Regional on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A former Boeing mechanic has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he cheated investors out of $1.9 million.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- John Hicks had four hits and drove in four runs and Virginia beat Virginia Commonwealth 15-4 in the opening game of the Charlottesville Regional Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The State Board of Higher Education has raised tuition and fees at Oregon's seven state universities.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted an Oregon man of multiple counts of mail fraud involving a moving and shipping operation that victimized customers and businesses across the nation.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Alex Mejia drove in four runs to lead Arizona to a 10-9 victory over Baylor in the opening game of Fort Worth Regional on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao accepted his third Fighter of the Year award Friday night at the Roosevelt Hotel, while his trainer Freddie Roach was honored for the fourth time by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alcomo beat a stubborn Gabriel's Hill by a nose Friday in the $170,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire is back on the job, after missing two games following the birth of triplets to his wife earlier in the week.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nominated the Pentagon's top intelligence official to head the nation's 16 spy agencies.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Chris Ellison knocked a single off second baseman Colby Price's glove in the 10th inning, lifting Oklahoma to a 7-6 victory over Oral Roberts in the opening game of the Norman Regional on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Second baseman Luis Castillo has been placed on the disabled list by the New York Mets, who also cut slumping backup outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets have signed fullback John Conner, the team's fifth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Brett Eibner slugged three of Arkansas' school-record nine home runs in the Razorbacks' 19-7 victory over Grambling State on Friday in the Fayetteville Regional.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- David Greene hit a two-run homer, Bryan Altman had three of The Citadel's 13 hits, and the Bullldogs beat Virginia Tech 7-2 Friday in the opening game of the Columbia Regional.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned left-hander Brian Burres to Triple-A Indianapolis to create a roster spot for left-hander Dana Eveland, who was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Tuesday.
Clark County Superior Court Judge says that Greg Ferguson can't represent VPD Sgt. Dave Henderson and former Officer Chris Kershaw without damaging one man's case.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia State has added three more transfers to its fledgling football program, including an offensive lineman who started two years at neighboring Georgia Tech.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Will Lamb went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs to help Clemson cruise to a 10-1 victory over Southern Mississippi on Friday in the opening game of the Auburn Regional.
TORONTO (AP) -- New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland is taking a personal leave of absence and will be away for the team for an unspecified time, manager Joe Girardi said Friday.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- A convicted sex offender who was a fugitive from Colorado has been arrested in Oregon.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased Pat Burrell's contract from Triple-A Fresno, three weeks after the outfielder was released by Tampa Bay.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Zach Osborne pitched a five-hitter and Chad Keefer had an RBI single in the eighth inning to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 1-0 victory over second-seeded Rice in the opening game of the Austin Regional on Friday.
STRASBURG, Va. (AP) -- Even before Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg throws a pitch in a major league game, a Virginia town is offering to rename itself in his honor.
CHICAGO (AP) -- A small, furry, long-tailed critter found napping on a Chicago porch is apparently more than 2,000 miles away from where it belongs.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Zach Osborne threw a five-hitter while Louisiana-Lafayette shutting down Rice in a 1-0 victory Friday in the opening game of the Austin Regional.
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft is shutting down a program that gave online shoppers rebates when they found items through Bing search.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) -- Brian Busch allowed one earned run over 6 2-3 innings to lead Florida State past Central Connecticut State 11-3 in the opening game of the Norwich Regional on Friday.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) -- Brian Busch allowed one earned run over 6 2-3 innings to lead Florida State past Central Connecticut State 11-3 in the opening game of the Norwich Regional on Friday.
The weather may be lousy, but Southwest Washingtonians can take some consolation in the fact that we’ve endured the soggiest streak of measurable rainfall since the waning days of the Bush administration. Today marks the 20th consecutive day of rain in Vancouver.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Terry Evans hit a two-run homer and Daniel Davidson pitched seven solid innings to lift Salt Lake to a 3-1 win over the Portland Beavers in a Friday matinee at PGE Park.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon attorney general's office has released a recording of an political party official telling a political operative that candidates have to contribute money to participate in the party's nominating process.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Cody Wheeler threw a six-hit shutout as Coastal Carolina began the NCAA tournament with a 6-0 victory over Stony Brook on Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The number of methamphetamine-related visits to the Oregon Health & Science University emergency room has declined since the Legislature approved a law prohibiting over-the-counter sales of decongestant containing pseudoephedrine.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson is confident that he will be healed from a broken leg and ready to play when training camp starts in eight weeks.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Fourth-round draft pick Mike Williams has signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference schools will divvy up a league-record $209 million in revenue, a nearly 58 percent increase from the previous year.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mat Gamel has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and sent to the minors.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- High school students who took the statewide achievement tests this spring will be receiving their scores sometime in the next week or so.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dale Tallon is the architect of this version of the Chicago Blackhawks that has the best chance of ending the NHL's longest current Stanley Cup championship drought.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Ricky Rubio is promising NBA fans they'll get to see his razzle-dazzle, but not before the 2011-12 season -- and not necessarily with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Washington Nationals hold the top pick in next week's Major League Baseball draft and their likely No. 1 choice is 17-year-old Bryce Harper from a community college near Las Vegas.
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (AP) -- Mexico's extensive schedule of 12 games in preparation for the World Cup has boosted team morale, particularly a 2-0 victory over defending World Cup champion Italy.
Police are continuing to investigate a pickup truck driver who turned a school driveway into a runway Thursday. The Toyota launched off a concrete island and knifed through a Volkswagen Beetle.
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) -- A report says cigarettes remain the top cause of home fires, which killed 138 people in Oregon in 2004-2008.
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick is taking advantage of the NBA Finals being played in Boston to hold a re-election campaign fundraiser featuring Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Critics of extending Portland’s light rail transit system into Vancouver are planning to circulate a petition calling for city residents to vote on the matter. However, the petition first must pass muster with Vancouver city officials charged with vetting initiatives and referendums. Nor is it clear whether the petition would have any binding effect on the multibillion-dollar Columbia River Crossing project, even if city voters ultimately approved it.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A truck backing into a business in south Seattle T-boned a Metro bus about 11:30 a.m. Friday, and seven passengers were taken to hospital.
NEW YORK (AP) -- James Dearth waited patiently at home for a call that never came.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As a domestic policy adviser in the Clinton White House, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrote that encouraging a new federal law banning assisted suicide would be "a fairly terrible idea."
PARIS (AP) -- A male spectator in his late 60s collapsed from the heat during the men's semifinals at the French Open, briefly delaying play.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Florida International's Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 55 games, one of the few mistakes Texas A&M pitcher Barret Loux made as the Aggies beat the Golden Panthers 17-3 on Friday in the opening game of the Coral Gables Regional.
MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) -- One person died and three were injured late Thursday in a two-car collision south of Monmouth.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal will try to add another championship title to his resume: spelling champion.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd is back in the lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd could be making his Stanley Cup finals debut.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Big 12 men's basketball tournament will be played in Kansas City from 2012 to 2014.
GREENBANK, Wash. (AP) -- Time is running out for conservationists hoping to purchase and protect a critical forest on Whidbey Island.
SAINT-PIERRE, Reunion Island (AP) -- France lost 1-0 to China in its final warmup match before the start of the World Cup in South Africa.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that expert testimony about whether children are being truthful about sex abuse when there is no physical evidence amounts to impermissible vouching for the credibility of another witness.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- A Skagit County Superior Court judge has ordered the city of Burlington to pay $965 to a prison inmate for not responding in time to his public records requests.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Lindsay Davenport is coming out of retirement to play doubles at a WTA Tour event near San Diego.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A wrong-way driver blamed for a fatal crash in Everett has been charged with vehicular homicide.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A woman accused of providing alcohol to a 17-year-old Tumwater boy has been charged with manslaughter in his death.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Danny Ferry has resigned as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers after five seasons.
CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) -- A woman who fled to Africa and Thailand 14 years ago to keep her 5-year-old son away from his father is now on trial in Chehalis, charged with custodial interference.
Christian Youth Theater interprets Matthew anew in its staging of ‘Godspell’
What if Jesus Christ were a modern-day carpenter, the kind of working class guy you might find at, say, a construction site? That’s the premise behind “Godspell,” a Christian Youth Theater play being performed at Washburn Performing Arts Center in Washougal.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning and Bob Sanders are feeling better than they have in a long time.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have released third-string quarterback Tom Brandstater, moving rookie Tim Tebow up on the depth chart.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Disgruntled Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch has been spotted at the team's headquarters, yet continues to skip practicing with the team.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson is doing double duty this weekend.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Peninsula College is reducing its carbon footprint by urging bus ridership, recycling paper products and using environmentally-friendly construction methods.
SEATTLE (AP) -- University of Washington faculty are talking about unionizing.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A coach for the New York Yankees Class A team says his $10,000 World Series ring was stolen after a night of partying in Tampa.
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) -- The International Ski Federation is proposing that ski halfpipe be added to the program for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
NEW YORK (AP) -- All-MAAC guard Rico Pickett is leaving Manhattan after one season to play professional basketball overseas.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The opener of the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals matched the teams' meeting two years ago for the highest preliminary rating for a Game 1 since 2004.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Garrett Wittels is three games away from history.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Garrett Wittels has taken a misstep while trying to extend his pursuit of the Division I hit-streak record.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The head of the Big 12 Conference says he is "comfortable" that the league will remain intact amid rumors of a breakup.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An e-mail sent by the president of Ohio State to the commissioner of the Big Ten hints that the conference is pursuing Texas as part of its expansion plans.
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (AP) -- Firefighters rescued two men and a woman early Friday from a smoky house fire at Lake Stevens.
DIFFERDANGE, Luxembourg (AP) -- Lance Armstrong remains third overall in the Tour of Luxembourg, with Frank Schleck winning a two-man sprint in front of his home crowd to edge Italian Matteo Carrara in the second leg of the five-day race.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Jeff Burton says he doesn't plan to start an ongoing feud with Kyle Busch and that he's already over their run-in during last week's race at Charlotte.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Southern Oregon University in Ashland is looking at switching from the quarter system to semesters.
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) -- European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie says he's "sorry for the hurt I have caused" after a newspaper reported he had been unfaithful to his wife.
PARIS (AP) -- Andrea Collarini is one victory away from becoming the first American since John McEnroe in 1977 to win the French Open boys title.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract extension.
MILAN (AP) -- Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is resting at home following a calf injury that could force him to miss the World Cup in South Africa.
IRRIGON, Ore. (AP) -- Felony charges have been filed against an Irrigon High School senior accused of assaulting a woman.
RICHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Flooding in Eastern Oregon covered roads and caused some farmers to move their livestock to higher ground, but police say no houses were destroyed.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is celebrating Major League Soccer champions Real (RAY'-ahl) Salt Lake and their unlikely road to the team's first title.
DETROIT (AP) -- Tomas Holmstrom has agreed to terms on a two-year deal that will bring the gritty, veteran forward back to the Detroit Red Wings.
A wet morning is expected to turn into a wet afternoon.
TACNA, Peru (AP) -- Chilean police have turned over Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot to Peruvian authorities at the countries' border.
OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oakridge woman pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of a bicyclist and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation.
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- The mother of a teenage Newport girl found text messages with sexual content on the girl's cell phone that led police to a 39-year-old Canadian truck driver.
PARIS (AP) -- Venus and Serena Williams have won their fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title and 12th overall, beating Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke 6-2, 6-3 at the French Open.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man had to turn off his phone service because he shares the same name with the umpire who blew a call that cost a Detroit pitcher a perfect game.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Attention graduates of Montana's Libby High School: asbestos researchers are looking for you.
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has awarded more than $11 million in federal stimulus money to clean up an old copper mine just south of the Oregon-California state line.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland police officer says he doesn't take it personally that he was kicked out of a cafe where he had stopped to get a coffee.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Police and FBI officers told a Salem woman Thursday that the man suspected of killing her son had been arrested in Mexico.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- It's been cool and rainy in Oregon, but wildfire season has already started for some firefighters.
Paul Valencia: High Schools
Union golfer Yun Belex Cheng saw her total on the scoreboard at the Class 3A state golf tournament and knew something was amiss.
Hockinson’s Casey Sawyer and Union’s Leko Galusha were the big winners Thursday at the Curt Daniels Clark County Senior All-Star Baseball Game at Propstra Stadium.
Vancouver’s new junior hockey squad trying out players
The Jaguars are a Junior A, Tier III-level team for players ages 16-20. They play in the Northern Pacific Hockey League. The team has played at Valley Ice Arena in Beaverton for five seasons, but is relocating to Vancouver.
In spirit of adventure, local musicians to go big for Portland event
Musicians from Mountain View, Union and Heritage high schools will put their best foot forward in Portland’s Starlight Parade on Saturday evening. Make that nearly 1,200 feet — all in one, giant marching unit dubbed “Megaband” by intrepid organizers.
Vancouver College foundation adds two members to its board
Sentencing for a Vancouver man who faces his third “strike” was postponed Thursday so his appeal attorney can seek a new trial.
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Fortunately, our state cannot afford two bad programs designed by legislators
Continuing our search for silver linings in the Great Recession cloud, The Columbian has found two consolations that won’t put any bucks in your pocket but still warrant at least a gratifying grin. The Legislature planted a couple of bad seeds a few years ago, but the economic drought has kept both from sprouting. In 2007, state lawmakers passed a poorly designed and (worse) unfunded paid family leave program for parents of infants. There’s certainly nothing wrong with anyone taking parental leave from work. And we’re glad federal law requires businesses with 50 or more workers to extend up to three months of unpaid leave to these individuals. Protecting those jobs for a specific period of time is a valuable and proper benefit for employees. And we love even more the fact that many private employers choose to offer paid family leave as an incentive to recruit and keep good workers. That makes the free-enterprise system even more competitive.
Rap group revives Dark Carnival for its latest work
Barnum & Bailey may still own the title of Greatest Show on Earth when it comes to putting on a traditional circus. But when it comes to putting on a hip-hop or rock and roll show, Violent J of Insane Clown Posse has no hesitations about where his group stands.
Inviting coffee house’s full menu is a welcome addition to downtown
Owners Marilyn, Paul and Annette King distinguish their Main St. Coffee House in Vancouver’s historic Heritage Building by serving coffee made with beans from Millar’s Genuine Wood Roasted Coffee in Yacolt. Wood-roasting gives the beans a smooth flavor. Choices at this coffee shop, which opened in February, extend beyond beverages and include breakfast items such as biscuits and gravy, homemade soup, made-to-order sandwiches and desserts.
Former mayor honored as Community Foundation’s First Citizen for 2010
Royce Pollard lost his bid for a seventh term as the mayor of America’s Vancouver last November — but he sure didn’t lose the love of his friends and admirers. Hundreds of them packed the downtown Hilton Vancouver Washington on Thursday to applaud, cheer and wave American flags as Pollard, 71, was named Clark County’s First Citizen for 2010 by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.
Gary Corbin of Vancouver will see the comedy he wrote, “PS, I Love Your Daughter,” staged by Coho Theater in Portland June 17-20. The play will be directed by another Vancouver resident, Erin Thomas, 26.
375 supporters attend Hilton fundraiser, energizing Republicans
State Rep. Jaime Herrera’s impressive campaign kickoff in Vancouver Wednesday has Republicans upbeat about a resurgence this year, especially in the pivotal 3rd Congressional District race. Herrera packed the Hilton Vancouver Washington ballroom Wednesday for a fundraising breakfast that drew about 375 attendees willing to pay $35 apiece for scrambled eggs, bacon and a rousing stump speech from the Republican congressional candidate.
Janet Seekins has worked in county office nearly 30 years
Janet Seekins, who has worked for the Clark County Assessor’s Office for nearly 30 years, said Thursday she will run for the top job. Seekins made her announcement a day after Clark County Assessor Linda Franklin said she will not seek a third term.
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Spring all-league teams from the Class 1A Trico League, as voted upon by the coaches.
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Police in Wenatchee are surprised at the amount of contraband an inmate was able to smuggle into the jail rectally.
EPSOM, England (AP) -- With favorite St. Nicholas Abbey injured, jockey Johnny Murtagh has switched to stablemate Jan Vermeer as he chases his fourth win in the English Derby.
LONDON (AP) -- An Olympic official familiar with the negotiations says the IOC is closing in on potential multimillion-dollar sponsorship deals with Dow Chemical and Procter & Gamble.
TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) -- After multiple delays, the aggravated murder trial of a man accused of killing five people in 1987 in a Pasco auto body shop is about to get under way in the Tri-Cities.
WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The city council in the Cowlitz County town of Woodland plans to vote Monday on a resolution supporting Arizona's immigration law and urging Washington to adopt a similar law.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The trial has begun in Yakima for an East Valley High School physical education teacher accused of have sex with one of her students.
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. and South Korea may wait to hold new joint military exercises until the United Nations considers accusations that North Korea sank a South Korean warship.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The name of an aid ship aiming to break the blockade of Gaza on Friday carries the name of Rachel Corrie, an Olympia activist who was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's payroll grew by 431,000 last month, completely reflecting a burst of temporary census hiring by the government. Private payrolls grew at the slowest pace since the start of the year.
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio has left hospital after recovering from a horrific goring in the throat by a bull.
PARIS (AP) -- Francesca Schiavone has provided the better photo op, her beaming face caked with clay after she kissed the court to celebrate her semifinal victory at the French Open.
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is rejecting a more forceful role for the military in plugging the Gulf of Mexico oil leak.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a 36-year-old man was arrested early Friday for investigation of assault in a shooting that left a 40-year-old man in critical condition.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man was shot and critically wounded Thursday night in Spokane.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia is appealing the suspension of its drug-testing lab by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Interior Minister Rehman Malik says law enforcement agencies throughout Pakistan have been told to crack down on banned militant groups.
SION, Switzerland (AP) -- Captain Didier Drogba has been replaced after being injured 15 minutes into Ivory Coast's friendly with Japan on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are falling slightly as investors avoid making any big bets before a key report on employment.
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific says there is no sign now that North Korea is planning another strike or provocation against South Korea.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- England coach Fabio Capello says captain Rio Ferdinand has injured his left knee in training and has gone to a hospital for a scan.
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- England midfielder Gareth Barry is training for the first time since injuring his right ankle a month ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The movement to give college athletes more rights is poised for perhaps its biggest victory yet.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A spokeswoman for a pro-Palestinian group says a cargo ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza could reach Israel's 20-mile (32-kilometer) exclusion zone by late afternoon Friday.