Stories for March 11, 2010
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours, preventing Palestinians from entering Israel because of fears of unrest.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Russia's envoy to NATO is criticizing the alliance's military strategy in Afghanistan -- where the emphasis has shifted away from fighting drug trafficking -- saying the resulting surge in heroin smuggling is endangering Russia's national security.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The wife of a Eugene man who died in a kitchen accident is suing his life insurance company. Michele Vinson says the company is refusing to pay because David Vinson had been drinking that day.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Freshman guard Anthony Marshall led UNLV with 13 points and a season-best 12 rebounds and the Runnin' Rebels avenged Utah's regular-season sweep with a 73-61 victory in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals Thursday night.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points to lead New Mexico State past San Jose State 90-69 Thursday night and into the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament against Nevada.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brandon Roy scored 41 points, Andre Miller added 15 points and seven assists and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors 110-105 on Thursday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Harden had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead UC Davis to a 68-65 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the second round of the Big West Conference tournament Thursday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Danielle Lawrie threw her second perfect game of the season and Washington-record third overall, striking out 14 in Washington's 3-0 victory over Miami of Ohio on Thursday in the first home night game in Husky softball history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points and third-seeded Washington roared back from a big second-half deficit to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive with a 59-52 victory over Oregon State in the Pac-10 quarterfinals Thursday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Pavelski capped a four-point third period with the tiebreaking goal after a scintillating spin move that rallied the San Jose Sharks to an 8-5 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves for fourth shutout of the season and 34th overall, and Jamal Mayers and Christopher Higgins scored in the Calgary Flames' 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Brewster youth charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he planned to bring guns to Chelan High School and open fire.
Chris Morgan scored 17 points and Kyle Holmes added 15 as the Union boys basketball team beat Rainier Beach of Seattle 69-54 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trey Thompkins had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Georgia beat Arkansas 77-64 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say a ring of juveniles and young men has stolen thousands of dollars worth of designer jeans from upscale stores in the area, often reselling the items for profit.
NEW YORK (AP) -- An NFL panel has found that certain serious knee and ankle injuries happen more often in games played on the most popular brand of artificial turf than on grass.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kenny Hayes scored 27 points and Miami (Ohio) defeated Buffalo 73-59 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Jeremy Williams scored 17 points, Randy Culpepper added 10 and No. 25 UTEP beat Central Florida 76-54 in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals Thursday night for its 15th straight victory.
KATY, Texas (AP) -- Ashton Mitchell's lay in with 11 seconds left broke an 85-85 tie and helped Sam Houston defeat Southeastern Louisiana 88-85, earning the Bearkats a berth in the Southland Conference Championship game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- LaceDarius Dunn, benched with three quick fouls in the first half, rebounded with 17 of his 19 points after intermission and No. 21 Baylor made it three in a row over Texas with an 86-67 victory Thursday night in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeremy Green scored 18 points, Landry Fields added 17 and Stanford surprised second-seeded Arizona State 70-61 in the Pac-10 Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- State education officials have released a list of Washington schools eligible for federal school improvement dollars.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State lawmakers are moving ahead with major education reforms in the last hours of their regular session.
Prairie girls basketball team lost 62-36 to Holy Names of Seattle in the quarterfinals Thursday of the Class 3A state tournament.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) -- DeAndre Hall scored 19 points and Texas Southern defeated Prairie View A&M 66-49 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Luke Babbitt scored 21 points to lead five Nevada players in double figures and the Wolf Pack poured in seven 3-pointers in the first half en route to an 87-71 win over Idaho Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- T.J. Robinson had 18 points and eight rebounds and Larry Anderson added 16 points to lead Long Beach State to a 79-69 victory over Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the second round of the Big West Conference tournament Thursday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jimmer Fredette set a tournament record with 45 points and Brigham Young broke the school's 60-year-old mark for wins in a season with a 95-85 victory over TCU in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals Thursday night.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland police bomb squad is assessing suspicious items found in a Milwaukie home.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Darrion Pellum scored 19 points to lead Hampton to a 73-70 victory over Norfolk State in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday night.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has approved a measure that makes it easier for police to ticket people who are driving while either texting or talking on a cell phone without a headset.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Vince Carter had 23 points to help the Orlando Magic pull away early and cruise past the injured Chicago Bulls, 111-82 on Thursday night for a season-high seventh straight win.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Reserve Whitney Zachariason scored a career-high 17 points and 16th-ranked Baylor shook off pesky Colorado with a late run that carried the Bears to a 72-65 victory in the first round of the Big 12 women's tournament Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State's Monta Ellis is scheduled to return to the Warriors' starting lineup Thursday following a six-game absence due to a strained lower back.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer homered, reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer had two hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Thursday night.
DETROIT (AP) -- Johan Franzen scored twice, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
TORONTO (AP) -- Phil Kessel scored at 3:33 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Jerome Jordan had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Tulsa closed with a 27-7 run en route to an 80-64 victory over Marshall on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Andrei Kostitsyn scored on Montreal's fifth shootout attempt and Jaroslav Halak turned aside five shots in the tiebreaker to help the Canadiens extend their winning streak to four games with a 5-4 victory over Edmonton on Thursday night.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored shootout goals to lift the surging St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jamal Crawford scored 29 points and the Atlanta Hawks avoided a three-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 105-99 Thursday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alex Tyus scored 24 points, and Florida snapped a three-game skid by beating Auburn 78-69 Thursday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Brian Pothier scored at 23 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Derrick Favors had 18 points and nine rebounds to help Georgia Tech hold off North Carolina 62-58 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday night.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he intends to sign a new contract.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun plans to stay at Connecticut, although a school spokesman says reports he has reached an agreement on a new contract are premature.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Jason Flagler scored 20 points and South Carolina State rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Maryland-Eastern Shore 59-53 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Devoe Joseph scored 15 points to help Minnesota beat Penn State 76-55 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tuukka Rask made 31 saves, and Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci scored second-period goals to help the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Armon Bassett scored 38 points to lead Ohio past top-seeded Kent State, 81-64 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament.
KATY, Texas (AP) -- Walt Harris scored 15 points, 11 in the second half, to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 60-53 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and earn a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament Championship.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets weathered a late rally to beat Atlanta 2-1 on Thursday night, with the Thrashers' loss clinching the Southeast Division title for the Washington Capitals.
VIENNA, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he supports the measured approach to free agency taken by new coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Luke Harangody came off the bench and hit three key free throws in the final two minutes, helping Notre Dame hold off No. 16 Pittsburgh 50-45 in the Big East tournament quarterfinals Thursday night for its season-best sixth straight victory.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets and safety Brodney Pool, whose career was threatened by several head injuries, have agreed in principle to a one-year contract.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jamar Samuels scored 21 of his career-high 27 points in the first half, helping No. 9 Kansas State turn a rematch into a rout with an 83-64 win over Oklahoma State Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose has sprained his left wrist after another collision with Orlando's Dwight Howard.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Sloane Stephens got her first victory on the WTA Tour, beating Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Restricted free agent safety Josh Bullocks has signed his one-year tender offer from the Chicago Bears.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andrea Riley scored 37 points, Toni Young added 16 and No. 20 Oklahoma State put away Kansas 76-69 on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Jamel Guyton scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to a 74-66 win over Fresno State Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- As the clock runs out on the Legislature's 60-day session, lawmakers will adjourn, but they may not be going far.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling a special session so that lamwakers can finish their work on patching a $2.8 billion budget hole.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Legislature's 60-day session has officially ended, but lawmakers won't be going far.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge says he will hold a hearing in a week to let people weigh in on a settlement that would pay up to $657 million to people who got sick after toiling in the ruins of the World Trade Center.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawyers and city officials say they are confident they can get ground zero responders to agree on a settlement for sick people who toiled in the ruins of the World Trade Center.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A settlement that could pay up to $657.5 million to workers sickened by dust from the destroyed World Trade Center is going before a judge.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawyers representing New York City, construction companies and 10,000 ground zero workers have agreed to a settlement that could pay $657.5 million to responders sickened by dust from the destroyed World Trade Center.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that prosecutors can seek the death penalty in the aggravated murder trial of a father and son accused of a December 2008 bank bombing in Woodburn that killed two police officers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has agreed to pay up to $657 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits filed by ground zero rescue and response workers who say they were sickened by World Trade Center dust.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jerome Randle scored 22 points without missing a shot in the first half, and top-seeded California easily advanced to the Pac-10 tournament semifinals with a 90-74 victory over Oregon on Thursday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- D.J. Gay sank two free throws with 23 seconds left and Travis Busch missed a desperation runner at the buzzer as San Diego State edged Colorado State 72-71 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Goodbye, "Agent Zero." Gilbert Arenas is switching his uniform number.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas doesn't want to be "Agent Zero" anymore.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Francisco Cervelli is choosing safety over style.
Clark County prosecutors waited for Michael Collins' Skamania trial to end
After Michael D. Collins was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison last month in the near-fatal beating of a cross-country skier, prosecutors had some loose ends to tie up. Namely, what do they do with two pending felony charges in Clark County?
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Oregon will try to defend its national championship in men's indoor track and field, while Tennessee hopes for a repeat on the women's side. The two-day NCAA championships start Friday.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Pat Douglass is out after 13 seasons as UC Irvine men's basketball coach.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon running back LaMichael James has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge and has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for an altercation with a woman outside his apartment last month.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. government is asking a New York court for more time to decide whether to pursue or drop its case against a Canadian doctor's assistant accused of smuggling human growth hormone into the United States.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have optioned left-handed pitcher Jake McGee to the minor leagues and reassigned shortstop Tim Beckham and catcher Nevin Ashley to minor league spring training camp.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- More medical professionals will be allowed to authorize the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients under a measure approved by the Washington state Legislature.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Aaron Cook was hit hard in his second spring start, allowing nine hits and nine runs, five earned, in 2 2-3 innings, and the Colorado Rockies were pounded by the Texas Rangers 16-5 on Thursday.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Aaron Cook was hit hard in his second spring start, allowing nine hits and nine runs, five earned, in 2 2-3 innings, and the Colorado Rockies were pounded by the Texas Rangers 16-3 on Thursday.
Vancouver filmmaker's first full-length feature film set to premiere in Ridgefield. Read more in Friday's Columbian.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwestern's Michael Thompson scored 11 of his 16 points during a late run Thursday, leading the Wildcats past Indiana 73-58 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Carlos Silva threw three scoreless innings after making an adjustment during a bullpen session, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 8-7 on Thursday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Gerard Warren after three seasons with the organization.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have re-signed defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith and released starting inside linebacker Andra Davis.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brian Horwitz hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for Cleveland, and the Indians and Chicago White Sox called off their exhibition game Thursday with the score tied at 5 after 10 innings.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A former Associated Press reporter and photographer who covered the Vietnam War and later oversaw the news cooperative's operations in the Philippines has died. John Nance was 74.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed offensive tackle Jeremy Bridges to a three-year contract and welcomed free agent linebackers Joey Porter and Larry Foote for a visit.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Ernie Els ran off three straight birdies early and avoided some mistakes when the weather did an about-face at Doral for a 6-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead in the CA Championship.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Five birdies were enough to put Charl Schwartzel among the leaders at the CA Championship. He wound up alone at the top because he was the one player who managed to avoid a bogey.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Former Oregon Treasurer Jim Hill's bid to reclaim his old job lasted less than 48 hours.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A musical celebrating Ray Charles is headed for Broadway this fall.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Soccer players have overwhelmingly voted to authorize the first strike in the league's history, which would wipe out openers scheduled to start March 25.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Angelo Johnson scored 17 points and No. 6 seed Southern Mississippi defeated third-seeded UAB 58-44 Thursday, the second upset in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba has been selected Africa's soccer player of the year for the second time.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Free agent minor league pitcher Michael Feliz has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for stanozolol under baseball's minor league drug program.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) -- Tramayne Moorer scored 18 points as Alabama State defeated Alabama A&M 56-45 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
Vancouver businessman agreed to return Mustang convertible for do-over drawing
“And the winner is,” is one theme the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra wishes it didn’t have to reprise. But it does. The nonprofit hometown orchestra bungled a high-stakes raffle drawing on Feb. 21 — omitting precisely 89 tickets from its pool of 1,000 — so it’s going to return all tickets to the tumbler and go for an encore.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Anthony Hitchens made a 3-pointer to open the second overtime and defending champion Akron held off Eastern Michigan 97-89 on Thursday in a heated quarterfinal matchup of the Mid-American Conference tournament.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods intends to remain out of golf at least until the Masters, two people with knowledge of his plans have told The Associated Press.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Joey Votto homered for his first hit of spring training, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over a Milwaukee Brewers split-squad on Thursday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Russ Ortiz pitched three scoreless innings, and Andre Ethier and Casey Blake homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Thursday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking into contingency plans for their opening-day bullpen while Ronald Belisario tries to report to camp.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has approved a measure that lets cash-strapped school districts ask voters for additional money.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tim Lincecum's 19-pitch first inning was an adventure.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing to force a school district to host a prom it canceled after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Milwaukee's biggest offseason acquisition is on his way to a nice spring with his new team.
Portland venture capital firm Pivotal Investments is recruiting Washington business leaders for a new network aimed at building the Pacific Northwest’s nascent clean-tech industry.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have re-signed tight end Joe Klopfenstein a week after allowing him to become a free agent.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Wayne Chism had 17 points and 10 rebounds and No. 15 Tennessee overcame its worst first half of the season to beat LSU 59-49 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference on Thursday.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- With the uncertain status of Brandon Webb, newcomer Edwin Jackson's performance thus far this spring must be comforting for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Tai Wesley, Brian Green and Pooh Williams each scored 18 points to lead Utah State to its 16th straight victory, 84-60 over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Gene Cross has resigned as Toledo's men's basketball coach following the worst season in school history.
TURIN, Italy (AP) -- American midfielder Clint Dempsey returned from a 712-week layoff, entering as a second-half substitute Thursday night as Fulham lost to Juventus 3-1 in the first leg of the Europa League's third round.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Roll scored 19 points, Reeves Nelson added 18 and UCLA held off Arizona 75-69 Thursday in a Pac-10 Conference tournament quarterfinal between two powerhouses that once ruled the league but have struggled this season.
DALLAS (AP) -- A lawsuit accuses an oil and gas company owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of aiding an alleged $15 million fraud.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Donald Sloan scored 23 points and Bryan Davis had a key three-point play at the 1:01 mark, enabling No. 23 Texas A&M to stave off upset-minded Nebraska 70-64 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday.
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- The city of Albany has accepted $20 million to settle a lawsuit it filed over a promised Gatorade plant that was never built.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- LaDainian Tomlinson has left the Minnesota Vikings facility without a deal in place and is on his way to New York to visit the Jets.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Darrington Hobson's 28 points helped eighth-ranked New Mexico stave off a scare from the scrappy Air Force Falcons 75-69 Thursday in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Some of the Boston area's top college football prospects are showing NFL scouts what they can do.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Henry Wittenberg, an amateur wrestler who went undefeated for more than 300 matches and won a gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, has died. He was 91.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was struck by a pickoff throw during the Rays' 16-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday and departed with an injured left thumb.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lazar Hayward gave Marquette the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:51 to play, then added the clinching free throws with 3.2 seconds left, and the Golden Eagles went on to another close win, 80-76 over No. 10 Villanova on Thursday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Brittainey Raven scored 11 points and No. 15 Texas held off Missouri 64-59 in the first round of the Big 12 women's tournament Thursday.
Mount Baker rallies for 59-56 win in Yakima
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- John Lackey is off to a nice start with the Red Sox.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors in California said convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala used his camera to gain the trust of young women. The photographs he snapped decades ago could contain images of more victims.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet has gotten its way: Betty White will host "Saturday Night Live."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Martina Hingis will face top-ranked Serena Williams and two former No. 1 players in World Team Tennis competition.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Blanton used a mix of fastballs and changeups to shut down the Detroit Tigers, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-0 victory Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Manny Harris had 22 points and nine rebounds to help Michigan defeat Iowa 59-52 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent guard Andy Alleman.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Dallas Braden has found a whole new role to play for the Oakland Athletics' young pitching staff. He's become a second set of eyes to many of the younger hurlers.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Cuban Leslie Anderson has agreed in principle to a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Redshirt freshman Reggie Johnson scored a season-high 22 points against his hometown school and 12th-seeded Miami routed fifth-seeded Wake Forest 83-62 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Meadowlands Racetrack is rescheduling nine dates on its harness racing calendar for later this year.
It also rejects agency’s request for a new trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former college basketball players spanning many eras have joined a lawsuit filed by ex-UCLA star Ed O'Bannon against the NCAA for profiting from the use of their images without permission.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA will reconsider a proposal that would require players to enroll in college within a year of high school graduation to avoid losing years of eligibility.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Red Bulls have acquired Welsh former national midfielder Carl Robinson from Toronto FC for a fourth-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Marlins got another strong start from ace Josh Johnson but a bad ending from their closer Thursday.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. David Paterson's administration has dropped its support for a consortium chosen to build and operate up to 4,500 video slot machines at the Aqueduct racetrack, promising to further delay plans to put a racino in Queens.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Andy Sonnanstine pitched four scoreless innings and Evan Longoria, Jason Bartlett and John Jaso drove in runs during a three-run fifth that helped a Tampa Bay Rays split-squad beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A survey by University of Washington students found that about 6 percent of Seattle drivers -- 1 in 16 -- were using mobile phones.
MIAMI (AP) -- Heat forward Michael Beasley has a bruised left thigh and is listed as a game-time decision for Miami's key game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has left Los Angeles' road trip for the birth of his first child.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Young Elvis is getting the message from the Texas Rangers.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Aubrey Coleman scored 21 points, including a leaner in the lane with 5 seconds remaining, as Houston upset four-time defending Conference USA tournament champion Memphis 66-65 in the quarterfinals Thursday.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Zenyatta has arrived at Santa Anita for final preparations ahead of her return to racing in the $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has kept alive claims by Klamath Basin farmers that the federal government should pay them for shutting off water to crops in 2001.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers star LeBron James is tired of watching basketball and ready to start playing again.
ROME (AP) -- A man convicted in the 2007 slaying of a British student in Italy has written a letter implicating his co-defendants -- former University of Washington student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito (sol-EH'-chee-toh).
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- A jury has recommended the death penalty for an Oregon man convicted of murdering a woman and her two sons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mikhail Torrance's 9-foot jumper broke a tie at 62 with 57 seconds left, and Alabama rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat South Carolina 68-63 Thursday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Chad Hall to a three-year contract.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Matt Moore has signed his one-year, $3.043 million tender with the Carolina Panthers, who have declared him the starting quarterback going into training camp.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency says it will consider ways the states can address rising levels of carbon dioxide in oceans.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high school in Washington, D.C., has hired a woman to coach its varsity football team.
SOCHAUX, France (AP) -- American forward Charlie Davies hopes to resume training with Sochaux by late March and appear in matches next month.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduras will play Azerbaijan, Belarus and Romania in World Cup warmups.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 1 Kansas become the third team to reach 2,000 wins by pulling out an 80-68 victory over scrappy Texas Tech on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle won't have his second start of spring training until next Monday as the club seeks to keep him rested before the regular season begins.
Skamania sheriff’s investigation results in recommendation
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office has completed a five-month investigation of former Skamania County Auditor J. Michael Garvison’s travel expenses and has asked county Prosecuting Attorney Peter Banks to charge Garvison with first-degree theft and destruction of official documents. “J. Michael Garvison utilized county funds for repayment of per diem (expenses) and travel not authorized by county travel policy,” says the report, which was completed Friday and forwarded to Banks Monday. “He also told his staff to destroy documents that have not met the retention required by the state.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brian Giles says the pain in his arthritic right knee is getting worse, and the 39-year-old outfielder informed the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday that he will retire.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Red Bulls have signed goalkeeper Greg Sutton.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- David Kool showed why he's the Mid-American Conference's player of the year, scoring 24 of his 26 points in the second half to rally Western Michigan to a 69-60 win over Central Michigan in the MAC quarterfinals on Thursday.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Former Clemson stars C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford have passed up the opportunity to run at the school's pro timing day.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Wright scored 27 points and No. 22 Georgetown sailed past No. 3 Syracuse with an impressive second-half surge, beating the top-seeded Orange 91-84 in the quartefinals of the Big East tournament Thursday.
DRAMMEN, Norway (AP) -- Emil Jonsson of Sweden has won a men's 1.2-kilometer cross-country World Cup sprint, with Andrew Newell of the U.S. placing third 2 seconds back.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga forward Mangisto Arop (Uh-raup') has undergone successful surgery to fix a broken left foot and will miss the postseason.
PONTAIC, Mich. (AP) -- The Silverdome's new owners say they plan to host six to eight events this year in the stadium that has been quiet since the Detroit Lions left eight years ago.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Sammy Zeglinski scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the first half to help Virginia beat Boston College 68-62 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Heavy rain forced the suspension of first-round play Thursday in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.
SEATTLE (AP) -- King County prosecutors say they will ask for more than four years in prison for the woman convicted of embezzling $350,000 from the Seattle Rotary when she worked as a manager.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona manager A.J. Hinch says there's an increasing chance that Brandon Webb will start the season on the disabled list.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An NFL executive says the league's independent drug testing administrator should not have exempted players who tested positive for a banned substance before two Minnesota Vikings tested positive two years ago.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The agents for Minnesota Vikings players Kevin Williams and Pat Williams say negative publicity from their violation of the NFL's anti-doping policy has unfairly hurt them.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Alpine skier Heath Calhoun will carry the flag for the U.S. Paralympic Team at the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.
He was appointed in January to fill spot vacated by mayor
City Councilor Bart Hansen announced today that he will run to retain his seat on the Vancouver City Council. Hansen, 35, was appointed in January to fill Position 4, the seat vacated by Mayor Tim Leavitt.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has reversed a man's designation as a sexually violent predator.
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Beach police say Heat forward Dorell Wright has been charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, was among seven players reassigned to minor league camp Thursday by the Kansas City Royals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired free agent wide receiver Jerheme Urban, who spent the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A stage adaptation of John Grisham's first novel, "A Time to Kill," will have its world premiere next year in Washington in what is being billed as a "pre-Broadway" production.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State coach Greg McDermott says senior Marquis Gilstrap won't return next season after the school's request for an extra year of eligibility was denied.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies and Todd Helton have agreed to a two-year, $9.9 million contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the introduction of goal-line technology was rejected because it was too costly and would slow down games.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been told to rest and refrain from athletic activity until his thyroid levels normalize.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans seeking to regain control of the House say they will stop stuffing spending bills with pet projects for their districts.
BERCHTESGADEN, Germany (AP) -- The international luge federation has set up a donation campaign to help the family of Nodar Kumaritashvili.
NEW YORK (AP) -- John Konecki has been hired as head coach of the U.S. women's team for this summer's first world championships in Sweden.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Thursday's scheduled exhibition game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals has been canceled because of rain.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Defensive tackle Tank Johnson has signed a four-year deal to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal regulators are recalling more children's jewelry due to high levels of the toxic metal cadmium.
OTTAWA (AP) -- Canadian silver medalist Vaughn Chipeur, who finished 23rd at the Vancouver Olympics, has withdrawn from the World Figure Skating Championships with a right foot injury.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- About 600 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American households saw their wealth increase at the end of last year, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The man accused of killing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton is scheduled for a case hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday in King County Superior Court.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man accused of killing a Seattle police officer lashed out during a court hearing when he compared a sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting a teenage girl to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bill Guerin says the NHL must outlaw hits to the head.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The University of Oregon has moved a group that has drawn protests for inviting speakers with views considered anti-Semitic off of its main campus and to the Baker Downtown Center.
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- India is set to host a Formula One race starting in 2011.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California salmon fishermen may not get much, if any, time on the ocean this year.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's chinook salmon fishery is likely to be opened this year after two straight closed fishing seasons, but with restrictions.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- A 21-year-old Yakima man was killed in a crash Wednesday night on Highway 97 north of Ellensburg.
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- Polish brothers Pawel and Kacper Szczepaniak have been suspended after failing doping tests when finishing 1-2 in the under-23 Cyclo-cross World Championship race.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- A 10-year-old girl suffered head injuries when she rode her bicycle between parked cars into the path of a car in Marysville. She was not wearing a helmet.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- A 10-year-old girl who was struck by a car while riding a bicycle in Marysville remains in critical condition Thursday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor Merlin Olsen has died. He was 69.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and Gaylord Perry gathered for a little reunion and some good-natured ribbing.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a Tulalip man wanted on a murder warrant in the beating death of a baby is suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Marysville.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Les Schwab Tire Centers has paid $2 million to settle a hiring discrimination suit brought four years ago by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich (kuh-NEZ'-oh-vich) toured the Pine Lodge women's prison at Medical Lake that the state plans to close and says it is not a viable option for a new county jail.
A car driven by a 68-year-old man struck three boys, two on bicycles, in a crosswalk Thursday morning near the intersection of Southeast 136th Avenue and McGillivray Boulevard, according to the Vancouver Police Department.
MONTECATINI TERME, Italy (AP) -- Former world champion Tom Boonen of Belgium won the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race Thursday and Linus Gerdemann of Germany held onto the overall lead.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn may have crashed in the giant slalom Thursday, but she got some good news after the race.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A late winter storm is bringing snow to the mountains in Washington and rain to much of the rest of the state.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent quarterback Jake Delhomme, released last week by Carolina, is visiting the Cleveland Browns.
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- Former champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and current champion Jenson Button were all smiles ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The animal rights group PETA is offering to help the cash-strapped city of Colorado Springs by paying to put trash cans back in parks -- on one condition. The cans have to carry an anti-meat slogan and a picture of a woman in a lettuce bikini.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- Port of Astoria officials have started lease negotiations with a Bremerton, Wash.-company that wants to use 16 acres of the port's central waterfront to ship logs to Asia.
MENDE, France (AP) -- Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador won the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race and took the overall lead from Jens Voigt.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) -- Derby and Nottingham Forest have each been fined $67,000 by the Football Association after players and coaching staff from both sides began fighting at a League Championship game for the second time this season.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon State University wrestler who failed to follow a diversion program after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct last summer has been sentenced to probation.
Authorities scattered a group of about 30 middle school aged students fighting near the intersection of Northeast 71st Street and Northeast 159th Avenue, less than a half-mile from Frontier Middle School.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Left-handers Eddie Guardado and Shawn Estes have been released by the Washington Nationals in the first round of spring training cuts.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Medford police arrested a man suspected of shooting another man multiple times.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials have broken ground on a New York City development project including a $1 billion arena for the New Jersey Nets basketball team amid hollers and whistles of the project's opponents.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A second former New Orleans officer has pleaded guilty in an alleged conspiracy to cover up a deadly police shooting of unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have re-signed tight end Daniel Fells, who caught three touchdown passes in 2009.
LONDON (AP) -- Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki will begin their grass-court seasons at Eastbourne.
A woman was found dead this evening after she reportedly fell from a horse in the area of Northeast Hinness and Rawson roads, southeast of Hockinson. About 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatchers said the horse had returned to its stable and someone found the woman about a mile up a road from a gate, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Free-agent tight end Sean Ryan has signed with the Washington Redskins.
BARCELONA, Madrid (AP) -- Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been appointed a UNICEF global Goodwill Ambassador.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say a homemade bomb has exploded on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing four people.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say a botched suicide bombing aimed at a security convoy on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar has wounded three children playing nearby.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's navy has successfully test-fired a series of missiles and torpedoes in what it is calling a message to "nefarious" forces -- an apparent reference to India.
BUENA, N.J. (AP) -- A spokesman for a group of nuclear power plants in New Jersey says a U.S. man charged in Yemen with being a member of al-Qaida had previously worked at the plants.
BUENA, N.J. (AP) -- The FBI is investigating the case of an alleged al-Qaida member raised in New Jersey who's accused of trying to shoot his way out of a hospital in Yemen.
BUENA, N.J. (AP) -- A former classmate of the U.S. man accused of belonging to al-Qaida and shooting up a Yemeni hospital tells The Associated Press he exhibited radical religious views in high school.
BUENA, N.J. (AP) -- A former neighbor says a U.S. citizen who is being held as a terrorist in Yemen and is accused of a hospital shootout there moved to the Middle East about two years ago.
BUENA, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey official says a suspected terrorist who worked at a complex of nuclear power plants did not breach security there.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Russian gymnast Kristina Goryunova has received a one-year doping ban that will also keep her out of the 2012 London Olympics.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is urging citizens along the coast to move quickly to higher ground following five strongly felt aftershocks, including the biggest since last month's 8.8-magnitude temblor.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Two strongly felt earthquakes have rocked central Chile as dignitaries arrive for the inauguration of President-elect Sebastian Pinera.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Satellite tracking shows three mushers have left Cripple, the halfway point in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Agency resumes work on trails plan for scenic Columbia Gorge spot
Freshman makes most of experience at NAIA meet
Gabi Dixson adapted quickly to a new event and a new experience as a Concordia University freshman, just missing All-America status in the weight throw at last weekend’s NAIA indoor track and field championships. Dixson, a homeschool graduate who competed for Battle Ground High School, placed eighth in the weight throw, 2½ inches shy of becoming an All-American despite going into the meet just hoping to get her bearings in the event at such a high level of competition.
Legislators from Clark County’s 49th District will hold a town hall Saturday at the Clark County Elections Building, 1408 Franklin St.
Retired Democratic State Rep. Val Ogden will tell her own story and consider the progress of women during a Friday evening event celebrating International Women’s Day. Also on the program are Clark College women’s studies teacher Ann Virtu Snyder and the Rev. Shelly Fayette of Vancouver’s Church of the Good Shepherd.
Clark County’s government is holding a contest to find the best posters sharing a “vision of what mental health recovery means.”
Clark County is holding an open house to talk about new development rules planned for the Fairgrounds-Discovery neighborhood south of Ridgefield.
The city of Washougal has announced the six finalists for the vacant city administrator position.
Buoyed by a report showing 2009 was the safest year on Washington roadways since 1955, seven Clark County law enforcement agencies will target impaired drivers Friday and again March 20.
State authorities euthanized another five California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this week, bringing the total to six that have been lethally removed so far this year.
State reps routinely engage in vote-by-proxy, but that doesn’t make it any less offensive
Legislators would go ballistic if someone else voted for you. For one thing, it’s against the law. Why, then, shouldn’t you be angry when legislators don’t also vote on their own? Of course you should be angry, but in the state House of Representatives the practice is more than just widespread, it’s pervasive. We’ve been unable to find one state rep who hasn’t, at one time or another, instructed a colleague to punch a “yes” or “no” vote while the absent politician was out in the hallways meeting with constituents, visiting a restroom or leaving the chamber for another reason.
This week, the Washington state Legislature is burning the midnight oil to reconcile House and Senate versions of the budget for 2011-2013. Though differing in details that may need to be resolved in a special session, each version arrives at the same answer for a $2.8 billion deficit: raising taxes by at least $600 million. With the deep recession lingering in our state, that’s the wrong answer. A last-minute budgetary crisis wasn’t our only alternative. From the late 1980s to the present, successive Republican reformers — Bob Williams, Linda Smith, Joe Zarelli, and Dino Rossi, to name some of the most prominent — have argued passionately for a thorough restructuring of our state’s spending. This approach has repeatedly, and rightfully, been praised by recent Columbian editorials, including the Feb. 27 “Cheers & Jeers.” But during a decade of one-party, liberal control of the state’s budget, reform has been set aside in favor of an easier way out: more spending.
Poor farm park plan raises questions A March 5 Columbian story reported, “County has rich plans for former poor farm.” I am a nearby resident of the former county poor farm, and have been involved with the discussions concerning its future use. I wasn’t, however, a participant, nor invited to be included, in the volunteer panel that came up with the proposal. In general, I hail this proposal to use this unique resource in our community for such a broad benefit to all, with strong ties to the agricultural heritage of the site. However, I have serious concerns about certain important aspects of the plan.
Buyers snap up repossessed homes, which drag down median price
Banks unleashed a backlog of repossessed homes in February, which were priced to entice more buyers to step into the market. That contributed to a 35.9 percent rise in sales, according to a report released Wednesday. But bargain-priced homes that were foreclosed on and those being sold as short sales continued to drag down median home prices throughout the county and kept the housing market just out of reach for move-up buyers, real estate experts say. That was particularly true for those who continue to owe more for their current home than it would fetch on today’s market.
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Nothing like some snowflakes, ice pellets, blustery winds that are shivering to the bone. But some rainbows and sunshine made it feel like it was all worth it. We did that this week and will most likely another time or two before the month of March is in the record books. Yes, there were reports of snow, enough to whiten the ground in the higher regions of the county, ice pellet or hail showers, a scattered rainbow or two and, of course, some chilly winds.
A jobless benefits bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday would deliver another year of sales tax deductions for residents of Washington and eight other states if it passes the House and is signed into law. The extension has been inserted in federal spending bills since 2004, largely through the efforts of Washington’s Democratic U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver.
Bill could drive high-tech companies out of county, insiders say
Washington businesses could soon start paying the same tax buying custom software that they shell out on a trip to the mini-mart. A tax bill under consideration in the final days of the legislative session this week, House Bill 3191, proposes to charge standard retail sales tax on custom software along with candy, gum and bottled water.
State of the City speech highlights growth amid tough economic times
Battle Ground Mayor Michael Ciraulo delivered an optimistic State of the City speech Wednesday night, highlighting strides in growth and development in 2009 and his hopes for the county’s second largest city in 2010. In his 45-minute speech, Ciraulo focused on the addition of new businesses, creation of new jobs and the dedication of city residents and employees during a tough 2009. But he also acknowledged the recent struggles he and the city council have faced.
I am wondering about my house plants. They are not looking very good right now and I wonder if you could give me an idea as to what to do about them? I have been careful to water them all once a week, so I know they are not too dry. You say you know they are not dry, but are they too wet? I have several dozen plants in my house that I take outside in the spring when the night air is at least 50 degrees. I used to kill my house plants with too much water. I remember in the master gardener training course the instructor told us to “make your house plants beg you for water.” I’m not too sure if the plants like that, but I now only water when the soil is dry an inch down. For some plants, I only add water once a month. I water others more often, but not on a schedule. I feel that watering once a week is too often for most plants. This time of year they want the best light your house windows can supply. Water lightly and don’t add fertilizer until spring growth begins. Spring is a good time to re-pot them as well. Use clean pots and nice new potting soil.
Stream restoration, hatchery upgrades to cost $740M over 50 years
A newly revised salmon recovery plan for Southwest Washington sets the ambitious goal of recovering five runs of wild salmon, steelhead and bull trout in the lower Columbia River. Achieving it will be expensive.
The return of birds and birdsong are one of spring’s most welcome signs. This year, retailers are acknowledging this with pretty avian motifs on all sorts of home decor. Pottery Barn’s collection features sparrow-printed bedding and table linens, embroidered and printed pillows, and even a wall canvas with an antique bird illustration. There are stoneware birdbath serving bowls, and mugs with wee “nests” tucked into the handles.
Clark County NeighborWoods Stewards: Train to become a volunteer, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdaysthrough April 20, at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, or the Firstenberg Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver. Training is free and covers tree identification, biology, care and regulations. Applications: 360-619-1108 or http://www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.
As wonderful as spring-blooming bulbs can be in the garden, there is a side to using them successfully that leaves many gardeners dazed and confused. To be truly successful with bulbs in the garden, the gardener has to learn to think now about planning for next year’s flower show. So even if you can’t plant bulbs now, it is the time to look at your garden and decide which bulbs you want and where in the garden you want them to be. Beginning gardeners see flowering bulbs in a neighbor’s spring garden and want some for their own. However, if you go out looking for bulbs to buy at this time of year, there is none to be found. Spring-blooming bulbs are available for purchase in the fall because that is when they need to be planted to flower in spring. The key to understanding this dilemma is to know why we plant spring bulbs in mid- to late autumn.
I know we’ve saved a lot of energy here, but how much can we save in the future and how? The latest plan released in February by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council estimates the region can save 5,900 average megawatts of energy during the next 20 years — enough to serve about 4.3 million Northwest households for a year.
Open houses on third hike in three years begin Wednesday
Clark County’s transit agency is proposing to boost fares for the third time in as many years. C-Tran proposes to increase the current base fare for adults by a nickel, to $1.55. The cost for Express rides to Portland, which doubled to $3 five years ago, would increase by 25 cents.
Blanche Bross was a “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” That was the name of the B-17 bomber frozen in time behind her, anyway. Helen Johnson just wanted to fly, and volunteering for a WWII women’s aviation program gave her the chance.
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Northwest rivalry matchup to benefit Seattle charities
The Portland Timbers don’t play a counting game for more than a month. But today’s visit to Qwest Field isn’t a run-of-the mill preseason tilt. It’s Portland against Seattle.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits fell last week, the latest sign the employment picture is slowly brightening.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The gender case of South African Caster Semenya remains unresolved after seven months, leaving her future in track uncertain.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Polish Olympic Committee says cross-country skier Kornelia Marek tested positive for EPO at the Vancouver Olympics.
MADRID (AP) -- Seve Ballesteros, who has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, has fully recovered after falling off a golf cart and banging his head on the ground last week in Pedrena, northern Spain.
LONDON (AP) -- Rafael Nadal will return to Queen's this year after he was unable to defend his title at the grass-court tournament in 2009.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Erik Guay of Canada won the final super-G race of the season, claiming the World Cup title in the process.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Highway Patrol was flooded with e-mails criticizing their handling of the investigation of the crash involving golfer Tiger Woods that led to him admitting to extramarital affairs.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn of the United States fell in the first leg of the final giant slalom of the season, opening the way for rival Maria Riesch to make up ground in the race for the overall title.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Hundreds of rioters are clashing with police during a large demonstration in central Athens, as unions hold a nationwide strike against the cash-strapped government's austerity measures.