Stories for March 19, 2010
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Team New Zealand has beaten Italy's Mascalzone Latino by 56 seconds to clinch a 2-0 win in the best-of-three final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailing regatta for America's Cup teams.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Team New Zealand beat Mascalzone Latino of Italy by 12 seconds Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five race final at the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailing regatta for America's Cup teams.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A 38-year-old Salem mortgage broker has been sentenced to 61 months in prison for taking his clients for more than $450,000 in foreclosure rescue scams.
Military's deck is stacked against students from "Tier II" schools, including Battle Ground's Summit View High School.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The first musher from Jamaica to enter the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has reached the finish line at Nome, three days after Lance Mackey won for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time.
Visible handgun alarmed someone, police say
A man who was seen in a Vancouver supermarket with a handgun visible in a holster — prompting a call to 911 on Friday — was ticketed and released with a court date, police said. Shortly after 4 p.m., officers were sent to the Albertsons store at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., said Sgt. Greg Raquer with the Vancouver Police Department.
FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon State University team has freed a Stellar sea lion that found herself tangled in a trawler net and stuck on rocks at Sea Lion Caves near Florence, Ore.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Brandon Jennings scored 35 points, hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and added eight assists in the Milwaukee Bucks' 114-108 double-overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Third baseman Chase Headley had two hits, including an RBI triple, and the San Diego Padres scored six runs in the seventh inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had 22 points and a season-high 13 assists, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 104-96 victory over Minnesota on Friday night and sending the Timberwolves to their 12th straight loss.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Freshman Jordan Williams set career highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Maryland beat Houston 89-77 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Brandon Roy rebounded from a cold spell to hit a 22-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Washington Wizards 76-74 on Friday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Saku Koivu scored 14 seconds into overtime after Lubomir Visnovsky tied it with 32 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Friday night.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Heisey had a pinch-hit, two-run homer -- the first of four off left-hander Jason Vargas -- and the Cincinnati Reds powered their way to a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners, who lost outfielder Milton Bradley to another ejection.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Gilbert Brule scored the shootout winner and also had two assists as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Amare Stoudemire scored the first 11 points for Phoenix en route to a season-high 44 and the Suns led all the way in a 110-100 victory over Utah on Friday night that pulled them within a game of the Jazz for fourth place in the West.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson scored 21 points apiece and eighth-seeded California squandered most of a seemingly comfortable lead before pulling away to 77-62 victory over ninth-seeded Louisville on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Evan Turner took a back seat to slick shooter Jon Diebler and big forward Dallas Lauderdale, and Ohio State outlasted persistent UC Santa Barbara 68-51 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox minor league prospect Ryan Westmoreland has been moved out of the intensive care unit and into the neuro rehabilitation unit at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Wes Johnson had 18 points to lead five Syracuse players in double figures, and the top-seeded Orange beat Vermont 79-56 on Friday night in the first round of NCAA tournament.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Rookie Mikael Backlund set up second-period goals by Nigel Dawes and Eric Nystrom, and the Calgary Flames held on to defeat the struggling San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Friday night.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state House has passed a bill that reforms General Assistance-Unemployable, a welfare program that gives cash and health care to physically or mentally disabled people.
MORTON, Wash. (AP) -- A small plane carrying two people has crashed in the front yard of a house in Morton, Wash., southwest of Mount Rainier.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cleveland Indians minor league second baseman Manuel Boscan has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Arizona's Ann Chandler set an NCAA record in the 100-yard breaststroke at the women's swimming and diving championships on Friday night.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 26 points, Ray Allen hit five 3-pointers and scored had 19 points, and the Boston Celtics snapped Houston's four-game winning streak with a 94-87 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Gregg Popovich has never seen the San Antonio Spurs score like this.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Dennis Sarfate gave up a single to John Mayberry Jr. with one out in the eighth inning for the Phillies' first hit, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia 2-0 Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) -- LeBron James became the youngest player to score 15,000 career points, breaking Kobe Bryant's mark by about two years, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away late to beat the Chicago Bulls 92-85 on Friday night for their 12th win in 13 games.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing an armored car guard during a 2009 robbery at a Tacoma-area Wal-Mart has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria had an RBI double and scored a run, and Ben Zobrist and Carl Crawford each hit late RBI singles for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-2 win over a split squad of New York Yankees on Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Johnson sank a fallaway jumper over three Charlotte defenders just before time expired to lift the Atlanta Hawks past the Bobcats, 93-92 in overtime on Friday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 25 points and Raymar Morgan emerged from a quiet night by hitting key shots down the stretch as fifth-seeded Michigan State edged No. 12 New Mexico State 70-67 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg allowed two solo homers and struck out eight in four innings, and the Washington Nationals beat a St. Louis Cardinals split squad 13-5 on Friday night.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The start of the Louisville-California game is being delayed because of a shot clock malfunction.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state House has approved an updated construction budget, a plan Democrats say will create 7,500 jobs.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Toney Douglas scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, rallying the short-handed New York Knicks to a 92-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
TORONTO (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their sixth victory in seven games, 115-89 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Extra officers will hit the streets
Heard of the Dirty Dozen? Cheaper by the Dozen?
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson was ejected in the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gani Lawal scored 14 points, Derrick Favors added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Georgia Tech made 24 of 25 free throws Friday night to hold off seventh-seeded Oklahoma State 64-59 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Danny Granger scored 29 points in his return from a cheek injury, and Troy Murphy had 20 points in the Indiana Pacers 106-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night
SALEM, Va. (AP) -- Jared Jenkins scored a game-high 17 points to lift Wisconsin-Stevens Point past Randolph-Macon 72-60 in an NCAA Division III national semifinal on Friday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Singler had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Jon Scheyer scored 13 and No. 1 seed Duke rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-44 Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Bouldin scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half to help eighth-seeded Gonzaga hang on for a 67-60 victory over No. 9 Florida State on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament's West Regional.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Nash scored two third-period goals in his return from an injury that sidelined him four games, and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a two-goal deficit Friday night to hand the Minnesota Wild a costly 4-2 loss.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Johnny Damon hit a long home run and added a single, and the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves played to a 4-4 tie after 10 innings on Friday night.
Boy, 11, may be in danger
Vancouver police are asking the public to help find a missing father and son, an 11-year-old boy who may be in danger. Travis R. Mason, 30, picked his son, Corey, up at school on Thursday and drove away in a gray 2004 Chevrolet pickup with an extended cab and California license 7G48912, police say.
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Activists are questioning the rising death toll from a controversial government roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A sound like gunshots set off a minor panic Friday morning along the northeast edge of Seattle's University of Washington campus. A professor at the Urban Horticulture Center heard what he thought was gunfire coming from a nearby natural area. Campus police responded, closing down Mary Gates Way and searching the natural area.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Terrico White scored 21 points and sparked a decisive second-half run and Mississippi defeated Memphis 90-81 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Friday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Emmanuelle Blais had two goals and an assist to lead Minnesota-Duluth past Minnesota 3-1 in Friday's second semifinal, setting up a game with Cornell for the NCAA women's hockey championship.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Catherine White scored the game-winner 13:14 into overtime as Cornell beat top-seeded Mercyhurst 3-2 in Friday night's first semifinal to advance to the NCAA women's hockey championship game for the first time in school history.
CHICAGO (AP) -- LeBron James became the youngest player to score 15,000 points, breaking Kobe Bryant's mark by more than two years in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets have signed former Seahawks linebacker and special teams captain Lance Laury.
DENVER (AP) -- An attorney for a Washington man accused of threatening a Colorado abortion doctor says his client is planning to plead guilty.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Siena nearly came through for President Barack Obama.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Although Darington Hobson's left wrist is sore and tender, he will play with the pain for New Mexico.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng could miss two to three more weeks because of a strained right calf, putting his status for the rest of the season in question.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Seattle Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee has a lower right abdominal strain and will miss at least a week of spring training.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Free-agent linebacker Joey Porter agreed to a three-year contract Friday with the Arizona Cardinals.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks scoring leader Joe Johnson started against the Charlotte Bobcats after missing two games because of Achilles' tendinitis.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Brian Anderson went 5 for 5 with seven RBIs and hit for the cycle in the Kansas City Royals' 24-9 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- David Lee missed the New York Knicks' game against Philadelphia on Friday night because of right knee tendinitis.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Jeff Suppan recovered from a poor start and allowed six hits and five earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts in the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 loss to the Los Angeles on Friday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- House Democrats are debating their newest plan for raising about $800 million in taxes.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Legislature's tax negotiations are picking up speed.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Senate Democrats have endorsed a new offer on tax hikes, hoping to move the Legislature's budget negotiations forward.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has acquired defensive end Jason Babin after the Philadelphia Eagles declined to match the Titans' offer.
SALEM, Va. (AP) -- Blake Schultz scored 18 of his team-high 25 points in the second half to lift Williams College past Guilford College 97-88 in an NCAA Division III national semifinal on Friday.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Greg Smith just wants to pitch.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Buster Posey hit a run-scoring double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to a 7-6 victory over a Cleveland Indians split-squad on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man accused of shooting his ex-wife to death during a counseling session at a Federal Way church has been charged with first-degree murder.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The biggest story out of the Tempe site of the NCAA women's tournament is who is not playing and why.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Freshman Khris Middleton scored a career-high 19 points and fifth-seeded Texas A&M beat No. 12 Utah State 69-53 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's South Regional
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Hillsboro man has been charged with murder in the death of naturopathic physician.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano each hit two-run homers, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 win over their crosstown rival White Sox on Friday.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Brazilian star forward Robinho will miss Saturday's opening of Red Bull Arena with a minor injury that caused him to skip the trip for the exhibition game.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kentucky coach John Calipari says watching film of Wake Forest makes him nervous, particularly when he sees how well the Demon Deacons rebound.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Aaron Laffey scattered four hits over four strong innings to lead a Cleveland Indians split-squad to a 12-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Kelly Graves was late for his own press conference, held back by a security guard because Graves lacked the proper identification.
DENVER (AP) -- University of Minnesota forward Mike Carman has signed an entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche and will report to the team's American Hockey affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Durable left-hander J.P. Howell might not be ready to open the regular season with the Tampa Bay Rays because of a weak shoulder.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Brittney Griner wasn't her usual aggressive self at the start of her first game back from a two-game suspension for punching an opponent.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Add 12-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro to the list of top players pulling out of the Sony Ericsson Open.
Vendor organizing events wouldn’t cooperate with investigation
The Washington State Auditor’s Office was unable to determine what happened to unaccounted-for revenue from community events in Washougal, the city announced this afternoon. As a result, Mayor Sean Guard asked the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to launch a criminal investigation, which has already begun.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Detroit coach John Kuester said guard Rodney Stuckey will play Friday night at Indiana, though the team will closely monitor how things go.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball is looking to make adjustments, from what a pitcher can do on the mound to the format of the postseason schedule.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Javier Hernandez have been dropped from Mexico's roster for Wednesday's exhibition against Iceland in Charlotte, N.C., after scoring this week against North Korea.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Danero Thomas realizes Murray State lost its chance to sneak up on anybody else in the NCAA tournament after his jumper beat the buzzer and Vanderbilt.
HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) -- The Umatilla Chemical Depot is analyzing whether contact with mustard agent caused a worker to develop a blister.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Central Florida has signed an agreement with Nike to provide shoes and apparel for all the university's sports.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA's executive committee has rejected a move to limit the term of soccer's president to eight years.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown scored 17 points apiece and Pittsburgh avoided becoming the latest Big East powerhouse to get knocked off in the first round of the NCAA tournament, overcoming a slow start to rout Oakland 89-66 on Friday in the West Regional.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a measure to ban the chemical bisphenol A (BIS'-phen-ol) from baby bottles and other food and drink containers.
SOCHAUX, France (AP) -- American forward Charlie Davies has left a rehabilitation facility and is ready to resume training with Sochaux as he recovers from injuries sustained in a car crash last October.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jon Leuer scored 20 points and Trevon Hughes added 19, and fourth-seeded Wisconsin held off No. 13 seed Wofford 53-49 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scored 20 points, and Missouri's swarming defense lived up to its reputation during an 86-78 victory over Clemson in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Replicas of some of New York's most famous skate spots, including the Brooklyn Banks, are included in the design of the street course for the Maloof Money Cup New York in June.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An Olympic gold medalist says the governing body of the U.S. swim team hasn't done enough to address widespread sexual abuse in youth swimming.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas officials say Israeli aircraft have fired five missiles at Gaza's defunct airport and nearby border tunnels, wounding at least 12 people.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski says he will ask NASCAR to define the "boys, have at it" attitude when he meets with series officials.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Fresh off its first NCAA tournament win in six decades, third-seeded Baylor will face 11th-seeded Old Dominion in the second round of the South Regional on Saturday.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Jelena Jankovic defeated Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4 to reach the women's final of the BNP Paribas Open.
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canada's Lauren Woolstencroft has won a women's super giant slalom for her fourth gold medal of the Paralympics.
STRATTON, Vt. (AP) -- You liked the Double McTwist 1260? Stay tuned. Shaun White says there are more tricks where that one came from.
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Marion County authorities filed a manslaughter charge against a Silverton teenager involved in a fatal shooting at his grandparents' house in February.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Keaton Grant ignited the decisive run that rallied fourth-seeded Purdue past No. 13 seed Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round of NCAA tournament's South Regional.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Joey Logano has won his first career pole with the top qualifying lap at Bristol Motor Speedway.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Maryland Jockey Club says it will honor the late Chick Lang by renaming a race on the Preakness undercard for the former general manager of Pimlico.
STRATTON, Vt. (AP) -- Norwegians Mikkel Bang and Ulrik Badertscher took the top spots in slopestyle as competition got under way in the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the spring, but right-hander Chris Carpenter was pounded for seven runs Friday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Jimmer Fredette has all the ingredients to be the next out-of-nowhere star in the NCAA tournament: the catchy nickname, the sweet shot, the late-game heroics.
A 48-year-old Vancouver man was arrested Thursday for an alleged assault in which he threw a weighty candle holder at one of his female parents’ head and choked her while the other woman ran for help. The women are in a domestic partnership, Vancouver Police Sgt. Wayne Reynolds said.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say a 60-year-old Carson City woman accused of embezzling nearly $100,000 from a former employer has been arrested in Washington state.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett pitched 3 1-3 innings after missing his last start because of an illness, allowing four runs on six hits as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wesley Korir certainly isn't the first person to come to Los Angeles for his honeymoon.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Fill-in starter Josh Banks pitched three innings and the Houston Astros threw another shutout, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Friday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Legislature has approved a measure that would eliminate about four dozen boards and commissions.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Johan Santana's outing against his former team elicited fond memories if not a positive result.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says arbitrators have decided cyclist David Clinger should be suspended for two years after a positive doping test.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez hit a long solo homer, CC Sabathia allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 in a split-squad game on Friday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Point guard Devin Harris and power forward Yi Jianlian are returning to the New Jersey Nets lineup in a bid to help the team avoid the worst record in NBA history.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- Former PGA champion David Toms has been losing length off the tee that he can't afford and now he knows why. Toms says he has a bone spur in his rotator cuff that will require surgery.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Oakland forward Derick Nelson has left the game against Pittsburgh with a gash over his left eye after taking an elbow from Panthers center Gary McGhee.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- As the Red River swells again, Fargo, N.D., residents are weighing the National Weather Service forecasts. They are well aware that predicting what happens on the river is not an exact science.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ramon Dominguez has earned his 4,000th career victory in the second race at Aqueduct.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tubby Smith says a report that he is close to taking over at Auburn is "just talk," and he's looking forward to returning to Minnesota.
BOLTON, England (AP) -- American midfielder Stuart Holden is walking without crutches as he recovers from a broken leg.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Iowa has locked up a third straight team title at the NCAA championships, sending five wrestlers to the finals and building an insurmountable lead over Cornell.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Iowa has increased its lead in the team race at the NCAA championships by sending five wrestlers into the semifinals.
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) -- American midfielder Benny Feilhaber has returned to training with Danish club AGF Aarhus after treatment for an ankle injury in Brazil.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Guard Shaun Livingston has signed with the Washington Wizards for the rest of the season after playing through a pair of 10-day contracts.
AVON, Ohio (AP) -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back in the Cleveland area three days before he is eligible to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
First of its type in Clark County, prosecutor says
A man who kidnapped a 15-year-old girl last year and held her hostage to be his prostitute has pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to the promotion of commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that Casey Anthony is indigent and can use public money to pay for part of her defense against charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State coach Sue Semrau can point to only one clear-cut advantage her Seminoles are guaranteed to have on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call them the Final Four: The four large cities that have made it through the Great Recession with the smallest increases in unemployment.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kansas survived one mid-major and now faces another, potentially more dangerous one in Northern Iowa.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- Padraig Harrington continued his memorable week with a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead among the early finishers after the second round Friday in the Transitions Championship.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti is stepping down after less than a year in the position to take a job with ESPN.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jordan Crawford scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half and Xavier continued its run of NCAA tournament success with a 65-54 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the West Regional on Friday.
PARIS (AP) -- An extra team will be selected as a standby for the next two Formula One championships in case there is an unexpected vacancy on the grid at the start of the season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Kevin Jones scored 17 points and second-seeded West Virginia overcame an early scare to open the NCAA tournament with a 77-50 win over Morgan State on Friday.
LONDON (AP) -- It's common to return a library book late -- but not by half a century.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street received encouraging news when the MRI on his ailing right shoulder revealed no structural damage.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette says she is not ready for retirement.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Fulham has been drawn to play Germany's Wolfsburg in the Europa League quarterfinals after American midfielder's Clint Dempsey's late goal on a chip over the goalkeeper gave the Cottagers an upset victory over Juventus.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned top prospects third baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- More snow is expected as part of a powerful storm blowing through Oklahoma and the southern Plains on the weekend of spring.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Rhys Davies of Wales has shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead on the second day of the Trophee Hassan II.
LONDON (AP) -- English forward Jermain Defoe has a hamstring injury and will be sidelined for several weeks, the latest player in the national team pool to get hurt.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Texas Rangers right-hander Tommy Hunter likely will miss opening day with a strained left ribcage muscle.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Ryan Kesler has signed a six-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) -- Black Hills State men's basketball coach Paul Sather will succeed coaching legend Don Meyer at Northern State.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Another day of searching has yielded no news in the hunt for a missing Washington mother. Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday afternoon that a search plane was sent up to look for Shantina Smiley in the general area where her 8-year-old son's body was found on Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Pierce County medical examiner's office says 8-year-old Azriel Carver drowned. His body was found Thursday on a south Puget Sound beach, and a search continues for his mother, 29-year-old Shantina Smiley.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The search has resumed for a woman thought to be missing in Puget Sound, the day after her son was found on an island beach.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- South Korea has dominated the first day of the short track speedskating world championships, sweeping the men's and women's 1,500-meter races.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Hard-hitting catcher Carlos Santana is among seven players optioned by the Cleveland Indians.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Carl Edwards is vigorously defending himself from questions about his character that have been raised since he intentionally wrecked Brad Keselowski.
CHELTENHAM, England (AP) -- Imperial Commander has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, beating 2008 winner Denman after two-time winner Kauto Star fell with four fences to go.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- Police arrested a 23-year-old man accused of breaking his newborn child's leg and ribs.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods won't replace AT&T with a new corporate sponsor on his golf bag when he returns at the Masters, instead using his Nike brand.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A dozen times over seven months, Washington wildlife officers camped on the shores of Hood Canal. They were keeping tabs on men they suspected of poaching thousands of dollars' worth of oysters and clams.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A secular challenger to Iraq's prime minister has again edged ahead in parliamentary elections now that the vote count is nearly complete.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has lifted a ban on Iraq that excluded the country's teams and officials from taking part in international soccer.
Fire investigators are combing through the rubble of a destroyed home, still searching for the cause of the blaze at 3605 Thompson Ave., in Vancouver’s Fruit Valley area.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Congress should ignore the politics around his health care overhaul and remember that the unpopular proposals that created Medicare and Social Security passed with lawmakers' courage.
ZURICH (AP) -- Indonesia is out of the competition to host the 2022 World Cup.
ZURICH (AP) -- Indonesia is out of the race to host the 2022 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) -- Foster High in Tukwila is one of the schools competing to get President Obama as its commencement speaker.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko has pulled out of the World Championships in Italy after doctors told him to take a two-week break.
Vancouver's Southwest Washington Health System, which operates Clark County's largest hospital with more than 3,000 employees, is moving toward a merger with Bellevue-based hospital system PeaceHealth.
MILAN (AP) -- David Beckham has sent an open letter to his AC Milan teammates, offering his support for the remainder of the season.
MOSCOW (AP) -- A second Russian sports official has resigned after the country's dismal performance at the Vancouver Olympics.
A large trampoline was stolen over the weekend from a resident who was moving from a home in the 25000 block of Northeast Fern Drive.
GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) -- One person died and two were seriously injured early Friday when a van crashed into the back of a semitrailer on Interstate 5 south of Gold Hill.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A fatal traffic crash has been reported on Interstate 5 south of Gold Hill.
LENADO, Colo. (AP) -- A 31-year-old man from Portland, Ore., has died in a snowmobile accident in Colorado, about five miles northwest of Aspen.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Feb. 6 death of an engineer at the Eugene railyard has been ruled a suicide.
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- A 52-year-old man has been arrested after a woman said he fired at her with a shotgun while they were stopped along Highway 20E in southeast Oregon.
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- A 52-year-old man has been arrested after his wife alleged he fired at her with a shotgun while they were stopped along Highway 20E in southeast Oregon.
LONDON (AP) -- Clothing store Next has signed up as the 27th domestic sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says it made a profit of $196 million in 2009 and increased its reserve fund to more than $1 billion.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Norm Roberts has been fired as the basketball coach of St. John's after six seasons -- only two of them with a winning record.
COPENHAGEN (AP) -- A fight between former champion Hector Camacho and Allan Vester has been canceled because the Dane injured his back in training.
MONZA, Italy (AP) -- Italy's Monza circuit will stage grand prix races until 2016 after Formula One rights holder Bernie Ecclestone agreed a contract extension with the venue.
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Ashland City Council will not join the U.S. Forest Service as a defendant in a lawsuit over thinning in the Ashland watershed.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A for-profit subsidiary of Portland-based EcoTrust has sold its first carbon credits from Washington forest land it owns.
Portland returns to the playoffs for first time in four years
The revival of the Portland Winterhawks moves to another level this weekend. The Winterhawks begin postseason play for the first time since the 2005-06 season when the Spokane Chiefs visit the Rose Garden to start the best-of-7 first round series with games at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Hiding your hunt? The Columbian will publish a list of organized Easter egg hunts and related activities for families and children in Clark County. If you’d like your event included, submit your information on the Web form at http://columbian.com/weekendform. If you don’t have access to the Internet, information also can be faxed to Matt Wastradowski at 360-735-4598, or dropped off at our office, 701 W. Eighth St., Vancouver.
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OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire this week signed two bills to broaden the state’s regulatory authority over banks and credit unions. The bills, requested by the Washington state Department of Financial Institutions, expand the department’s ability to take corrective actions with under-capitalized institutions and clarify the steps state regulators will take when they step in to fix or close state-chartered institutions.
Seven schools in Clark County were among 174 public schools named Washington Achievement Award winners on Wednesday, under a new accountability matrix employed by the State Board of Education.
The Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver will host a spring conference from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 27 in room 110 of the administration building.
The Legislature’s top health care officials urged U.S. Rep. Brian Baird Thursday to support the health care reform proposal before the U.S. House of Representatives. Sen. Karen Keiser, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, and Rep. Eileen Cody, who heads the House Health and Wellness Committee, told Baird he should seize the opportunity to help Washington state control the rising cost of health care by backing a plan that has been “decades in the making.”
A sex offender who recently was homeless has moved to 10307 N.E. 119th St., west of Prairie High School. Vernon Karl Isgrigg, 51, is classified as Level 3 sex offender, the group considered most likely to commit new sex crimes, according to a bulletin from the Sex Offender Registration Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
PORTLAND — Umpqua Bank is launching a new lending program for small businesses in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. The program, known as MainStreet Small Business Lending, will make available funds for loans that fall outside Umpqua’s standard underwriting requirements. Small businesses that apply for standard loans in the $10,000 to $100,000 range, but are declined, will automatically go through a second review process to determine if they meet the requirements of the MainStreet program.
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Why: Parrotheads have Jimmy Buffet, the Caribbean and “Margaritaville.” Da-Kine’s Café cook Geoff Sainsbury has Jack Johnson, Hawaii and “Banana Pancakes,” a song in which the singer croons, “maybe we could sleep in/I’ll make you banana pancakes.” That 2005 acoustic ditty sprung to mind when Sainsbury planned the breakfast menu for Da-Kine’s, a Hawaiian-themed strip-mall restaurant, a sort of island refuge amid an asphalt sea.
Visitors bureau now called Vancouver USA Tourism Office
Vancouver tourism promoters hope they’ve found the cure for the city’s case of mistaken identity. A new logo, Visit Vancouver USA, and tag line, Discover the Original, will be revealed today in an animated e-mail from the bureau that markets the region to convention parties and tourists. The bureau also will shed its former label, the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
VANCOUVER — Northwest Renewable Energy Institute in Vancouver has expanded its classroom space to accommodate growing enrollment in its wind turbine technician training course. The institute added about 5,000 square feet, bringing its total classroom space to 14,526 square feet. New classes begin each month accommodating a maximum of 48 students.
Kent Mitchell was a construction superintendent with Rockford Homes in Vancouver when the national recession hit in 2008. With the recession, Clark County’s real estate market crashed, taking with it the demand for new homes. As a result, Mitchell lost his job. After more than a year of picking up small construction projects here and there, doing repairs and remodeling work, Mitchell decided to put his skills to use in the growing energy efficiency market. He is now a founder of SwiftSure Energy Services, a Vancouver company that performs home energy audits, weatherization work and green verifications for builders.
Politicians correct to target smoking I applaud the Washington state House of Representatives. Its budget included an increase in the tax on both cigarettes and other tobacco products, which will raise more than $90 million to help fill our state’s budget deficit, reduce tobacco use, and protect other health care priorities. Higher tobacco prices will keep kids from buying the products and motivate adults to quit. Legislators underscored the need not just to raise the tax, but also to help people quit.
Legislators put task force back to work chasing license cheaters in S.W. Washington
Few acts by the Washington state Legislature in the past three years have made more sense than the creation and the re-creation of the Vehicle License Task Force. (Don’t get ahead of us now. We know that little “re-creation” word jumped off the page, and we know that you know the word ultimately will become the subject of this editorial. First, though, let’s return to the task force that was introduced in the opening sentence). The task force was created three years ago and charged with catching residents of Southwest Washington who were driving vehicles registered in Oregon to avoid paying sales tax and license fees. Statewide, these cheaters were depriving the state of an estimated $10 million in revenue. In this corner of the state, these miscreants had generated considerable public outrage.
New strategy puts emphasis on locally grown products
When the Vancouver Farmers Market opens Saturday, it will still be too early for much produce other than such cold storage items as potatoes and apples. But you can look for the produce offerings to become more robust as the season progresses — perhaps even more so than in past years. That’s because the Vancouver Farmers Market is working to put the farm back into the market.
Local artists, galleries shift gears in face of economy
Battle Ground’s arts landscape is evolving as new brush strokes appear and others fade into the past. Artists and art lovers alike watch the changes unfold as the economic downturn turns up the pressure on an industry reliant upon discretionary income and raises the question of whether multi-purpose galleries are the way of the future. Battle Ground galleries are exploring creative solutions ranging from an art-filled combination church and coffee shop to an arts center with classes and framing services. Members of The Cupola Gallery know all too well the trickle-down effect of reduced consumer spending. The gallery will close its storefront in Old Town Battle Ground on April 3, due to declining membership and sales.
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Wrong address: U.S. Rep. Brian Baird’s Washington, D.C., office is in the Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, D.C., 20003. A story in The Columbian on Thursday misstated the office’s location.
Aerial dancer Michelle Rivera of Vancouver admits it can be tough to explain what she does to others. “I ask them if they’ve seen Cirque du Soleil,” she said. “That’s basically what we do.”
The Lady Washington is once again ready to set sail.
Vancouver Public Schools will offer day camps for students age 6 to 13 during spring break week, March 29 through April 2.
Maturity may not be the first word that comes to mind when the band Jet is mentioned. This is a band, after all, that blasted into the public consciousness in 2003 behind such rowdy and hyper-catchy radio hits as “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.”
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17th District representative prepares to leave office with no regrets
During eight years in the Legislature, Rep. Deb Wallace has confronted a few moments of truth. One came Feb. 23, when the fate of a hotly contested bill to allow the state’s major universities to set their own undergraduate tuition rates landed on her plate.
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A Navy squadron known as the "Black Ravens" is returning to Washington this weekend after an 8-month deployment aboard the USS Nimitz.
OTTAWA (AP) -- President Barack Obama followed through on his hockey bet with Canada, sending beer to the prime minister.
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A West Richland truck driver has won a $8.8 million Washington lottery jackpot.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Police have arrested a second former Seton Hall men's basketball player on charges stemming from an armed robbery in New Jersey.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Port Townsend farmer apparently had a secret life as a bank robber. Michael Fenter, owner of Compass Rose Farm, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to four counts of bank robbery and weapons charges.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Boeing will speed up production plans for its 777 and 747 models in anticipation of greater demand from commercial airlines in a couple of years.
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he is in the best shape of his life going into his defense against American challenger Eddie Chambers.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African budget airline has dropped a national newspaper advertisement after FIFA complained it breached "ambush marketing" laws surrounding the World Cup.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Defending champion Barcelona will face Arsenal in the Champions League quarterfinals and could face Inter Milan in the semifinals.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former U.S. high school basketball star Jeremy Tyler has quit Israeli team Maccabi Haifa.
MILAN (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pulled out of Saturday's Milan-San Remo race, citing acute gastroenteritis.
LONDON (AP) -- Talks between British Airways and the union representing its cabin crew have collapsed.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former vice president on a charge of spreading propaganda against the ruling clerical establishment during the postelection turmoil.