Stories for November 21, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The morgue is about the last place you would think of to go shopping, so it's perhaps unsurprising that sales at the Los Angeles County coroner's gift store are next to dead.
$4.2M fundraising drive has $80,000 to go before Nov. 30
The Clark County Food Bank is inches away from a major move into bigger, better digs. All it needs is one final funding nudge toward its $4.2 million goal.
TORONTO (AP) -- FC Dallas defender George John deflected a shot into his own net in overtime and the Colorado Rapids beat FC Dallas 2-1 on Sunday night to win their first MLS Cup.
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) -- Tu Holloway scored a career-high 31 points, including a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to break the final tie, and Xavier followed his lead to a 57-52 victory over Seton Hall in the Paradise Jam tournament Sunday night.
DALLAS (AP) -- Papa Dia had 28 points and 10 rebounds Sunday night to lead SMU to a 102-70 victory over Lamar.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Blake Hoffarber hit the winning 3-pointer with 1:31 left to lift Minnesota to a 74-70 win over West Virginia on Sunday night in the final of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles defensive back Ellis Hobbs has left the field on a stretcher with a neck injury after taking a hit to the helmet on the second-half kickoff return against the Giants.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Foster hit a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 21 points and three other Santa Clara players finished in double figures as the Broncos defeated Bethune-Cookman 75-61 in the Las Vegas Invitational on Sunday night.
TORONTO (AP) -- Major League Soccer will add two playoff teams next season, expanding its postseason field to 10, and will investigate aligning its schedule with soccer's international calendar.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Lawrence Johnson-Danner scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the second half to lead Texas Southern to a 66-60 victory over Oregon State Sunday night.
The cold and increased rates sure to make PUD bills go higher.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Devon Peltier scored 24 points and Perry Webster hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to give Cal State Fullerton a 62-59 win on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California coach Lane Kiffin hopes Matt Barkley will play against Notre Dame after X-rays on the quarterback's sprained left ankle showed no broken bones.
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) -- Mickey McConnell scored 22 points, and Matthew Dellavedova added 14, leading Saint Mary's to an 87-52 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the South Padre Island Classic on Sunday.
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) -- Ben Finney and Frank Hassell scored 13 points apiece to help Old Dominion advance to the championship game of the Paradise Jam with a 61-60 defeat of Clemson on Sunday night.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Race officials say an Oklahoma man has died while participating in a half marathon in Tulsa.
Here are tips from the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Earnest Ross scored 22 points and Auburn defeated Middle Tennessee 68-66 on Sunday night for its first win.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Aaron Broussard had 26 points and nine rebounds and Mark McLaughlin added 13 points and 13 rebounds as Seattle edged Navy 75-70 Sunday in a subregional game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- David West had 17 points, and Trevor Ariza added 16 to help the New Orleans Hornets improve to 11-1 with a 75-71 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
QB throws 4 TD passes in 34-19 win over Seattle
Drew Brees became the New Orleans Saints’ all-time completions leader, throwing for four touchdowns in New Orleans’ 34-19 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
TIGGARD, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Tigard say residents woke Sunday to find vehicles or homes vandalized.
Technological advances have resulted in computers, the Internet and cell phones, all of which allow information to be shared with hundreds or thousands of people with the click of a mouse or push of a button. Those advances have also led to cyber-bullying as students can instantly spread rumors to hundreds of other people or anonymously attack another person with hurtful words. And school officials have a hard time identifying the behavior.
She’s hoping to raise awareness with song, nonprofit, assembly
In a crowded coffee shop in Vancouver’s Cascade Park neighborhood, Alexis Miller sang audibly yet softly: “Why can’t you see what you’re doin’ to me?” Inspired by the “It Gets Better” campaign, which was sparked by several suicide deaths of bullied homosexual teenagers, the 11-year-old Wy’east student wrote a song about her own struggle with being teased and taunted.
BATTLE GROUND -- Snow provided excitement for many neighborhoods around Clark County this afternoon. “It’s amazing,” Carrie Rilea said, as she watched her children roll giant snow balls for a snow man. “The kids were like, yeaaa, it looks like Christmas outside. ... They don’t want to go to school tomorrow.”
One day they were friends sharing classes, working together at school activities. The next, Lindsey Elhart became the target of her classmate’s relentless harassment.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Derrick Williams scored 15 points to lead four Arizona players in double figures as the Wildcats defeated Northern Colorado 93-70 Sunday in the IBN Sports Las Vegas Invitational.
DALLAS (AP) -- Chris Harriel scored 18 points to lead Portland State to a 69-58 victory over UC Riverside in the SMU Invitational on Sunday.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jason Gore.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Freshman Hallie Christofferson scored 19 points on her 19th birthday and No. 19 Iowa State rallied to beat host Northern Iowa 69-59 on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford had his NFL rookie record streak of passes without an interception snapped in the fourth quarter Sunday against Atlanta.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 21 points and No. 3 Stanford held off spirited Gonzaga 84-78 on Sunday in a sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- La'Shard Anderson scored 18 points to lead four Boise State players in double figures and the Broncos pulled away in the second half for a 67-47 victory over UC Davis on Sunday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Lance Armstrong will compete in a sprint-distance triathlon in New Zealand in January.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane County sheriff's office says a Spokane Valley man is facing a felony count of vehicular homicide after an ATV crash that killed his passenger.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has done some light throwing for the first time since breaking his left collarbone four weeks ago.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have lost starting right guard Anthony Herrera for the rest of the season to a knee injury.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh grabbed a handful of Marion Barber's long-flowing dreadlocks and yanked the Dallas Cowboys running back to the ground.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Arsalan Kazemi scored 19 points and Tamir Jackson added 14 to lead Rice to a 75-58 victory over St. Gregory's on Sunday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Darien Brothers scored 15 points to lead four Richmond players in double figures in an 82-71 win over Charleston Southern on Sunday.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Keiton Page scored 18 points, Marshall Moses added 16 and Darrell Williams finished with 11 as Oklahoma State defeated Nicholls State 76-56 on Sunday.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- A growing number of farmers in Linn County are giving their fields a boost with sludge.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Solomon Bozeman scored 14 points to lead Arkansas-Little Rock to a 63-54 victory over Illinois State on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say Delta Flight 30 from New York to Moscow arrived safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport after an engine problem led to an emergency landing. No one was injured.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fire official says a plane arrived safely at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after reports of a fire on the passenger jet's wing led to an emergency landing.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fire official says emergency crews are waiting for a plane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after reports of flames spewing from one of the aircraft's wings.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees has become the New Orleans Saints' career completions leader, eclipsing a mark held by Archie Manning since 1982.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- DaQuan Cook scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds Sunday as St. Bonaventure ran away from Binghamton in the second half for a 69-44 victory.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Kendal Brown-Surles scored 15 points and Gene Teague had 13 as Southern Illinois defeated Austin Peay 72-65 Sunday in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Jeffrey Merritt scored all 12 of his points in the second half, and helped fuel a late rally that sent Samford to a 60-56 victory over Campbell Sunday in the final day of the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Italee Lucas scored 16 points and Chay Shegog added 14 to lead No. 14 North Carolina to a 93-36 win over Western Carolina on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets called a Tuesday morning news conference to introduce Terry Collins as their new manager.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the New York Mets have hired Terry Collins as their manager.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- More snow and cold is forecast for much of Oregon, but the National Weather Service expects improving conditions by Thanksgiving.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a stretch of north-central Oregon from The Dalles to Redmond.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma says he's disappointed after contract negotiations between the right-hander and the Oakland Athletics broke down.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation says negotiations between the Oakland Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma aren't getting anywhere.
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) -- Tyler Murray scored 21 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:43 remaining, to lead Wagner in a 58-54 win over Stony Brook on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Seattle starting cornerback Marcus Trufant has gone to the sidelines with an apparent head injury during the Seahawks' game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A national study finds St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation's most dangerous city in 2009.
One inch accumulation possible tonight
Snow fell in the metro area Sunday afternoon, but the wet flakes aren't expected to stick until tonight.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Kalisha Keane and Porsche Poole each scored 16 points and No. 25 Michigan State rolled to an 82-42 win over Detroit Mercy on Sunday.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Eastern Washington is being hit by its first significant snowfall of the season, while there's just enough snow in the Puget Sound area to make traffic a mess.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service says Monday's snow will be followed by Tuesday's cold across Washington. Forecasters say temperatures should moderate by Thanksgiving Day in Western Washington but remain below freezing in Eastern Washington.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of Washington.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- DeVaughn Washington scored 16 points off the bench to help Ohio defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 83-70 on Sunday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Desmond Holloway had a career-high 25 points, including two foul shots with 1:01 left in double overtime that lifted Coastal Carolina to a 79-75 victory over Charlotte at the Charleston Classic on Sunday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points and Kathleen Nash added 12 points and 2 rebounds to lead Texas to a 92-46 victory over Boston University on Sunday.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson has won his record fifth consecutive NASCAR championship by making the fewest mistakes in the season finale.
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doesn't believe North Korea's new, advanced nuclear facility is part of a peaceful nuclear energy program.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Akeem Bennett scored a game-high 19 points and the St. Francis (N.Y.) defense shut down Howard in a 70-52 blowout win on Sunday.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- David Tairu scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half Sunday to help Texas Tech beat Liberty 79-71.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Courtney Ward scored a career-high 31 points, making a career-best seven 3-pointers, to help No. 16 Florida State beat 23rd-ranked Vanderbilt 72-66 on Sunday.
MONTREAL (AP) -- World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey will remain the chief enforcer against drug cheating in sports through 2013.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Jonathan Mitchell scored 12 points and Dane Miller had all 11 of his points in the second half as Rutgers defeated Miami 61-45 on Sunday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Alyssa Thomas scored 16 points and Lynetta Kizer added 12 to help No. 21 Maryland rout American 78-52 on Sunday for Brenda Frese's 200th victory as the Terrapins coach.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Darius Morris had a career-high 21 points and 10 assists, leading Michigan to an 80-58 win over Gardner-Webb on Sunday.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Maya Moore scored 30 points in her homecoming to Atlanta, leading No. 1 Connecticut to its 81st consecutive victory with a 71-51 rout of Georgia Tech on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o broke his nose during the Fighting Irish's game against Army at Yankee Stadium, but is expected to play Saturday against Southern California.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Arizona linebacker Will Davis was carted off the field Sunday with an ankle injury.
BERLIN (AP) -- Two-time Olympic champion Shani Davis of the United States won his second straight 1,000-meter World Cup race Sunday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Megan Frazer scored with 2:10 left in the second period of sudden-death overtime to give No. 1 Maryland a 3-2 victory over No. 2 North Carolina in the field hockey national championship Sunday.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Paul Carter scored 21 of his 24 points in a big second half for Illinois-Chicago as it defeated Rhode Island 74-68 on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason has become the 13th player in NFL history with 900 career receptions.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A man jumped onto the field at the New Meadowlands Stadium in the third quarter of the game between the Houston Texans and New York Jets.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Sims is starting at left tackle for the San Francisco 49ers against Tampa Bay in place of the injured Joe Staley.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Reggie Bush has been scratched from the New Orleans Saints' home game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Novar Gadson scored 18 points, making four 3-pointers, as Rider defeated Loyola Marymount 73-63 on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets right tackle Damien Woody has left the team's game against the Houston Texans with a knee injury.
School project lets kids try to prove they can do it
The small group of students who showed up at the Heritage High School student parking lot on a bitterly cold morning Saturday were there to convince themselves of what most of them already know, if they’re honest: Texting and driving can be a lethal combination. For this exercise, the stakes were low: A golf cart substituted for a street-legal vehicle. There were no other cars, cyclists or pedestrians to avoid. The 80 orange traffic cones that marked the route could, and did, survive direct hits.
COLFAX, Wash. (AP) -- Whitman County deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped Saturday evening with 18 days left on his prison sentence.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham is inactive with a groin injury for a game against the St. Louis Rams.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour has been ejected for an openhanded punch to Ben Roethlisberger's face as the Steelers quarterback was celebrating a touchdown pass.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet left Sunday's game against Kansas City on Sunday with what was described as blow to the head.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has received a standing ovation from the crowd during the second quarter of the New York Jets' game against the Houston Texans.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican authorities say the former governor of the Pacific state of Colima has been shot to death by a group of armed men.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals safety Chris Crocker was carted off the field after hurting his right knee while making a tackle.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- Springfield police says burglars have struck seven churches in seven days.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jamal Barney scored a game-high 18 points as Loyola (Md.) used a second-half run to beat Dartmouth 73-59 on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams is a five-time Pro Bowler and one of the best defensive players in the league.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Jontae Sherrod scored 15 of his 17 points from the foul line, Jamar Abrams added 16 points and East Carolina closed its Charleston Classic with a 75-67 victory over USC Upstate on Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- United States' runner Daniel Vassalo and the Netherlands' Mariska Kramer outpaced a record field of about 11,000 runners to win Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The Clark County sheriff's office says a 25-year-old man showing off a new gun fatally shot himself in the head at a Vancouver home.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee defensive tackle Jason Jones has hurt his right knee on the Redskins' opening series of the game, and his return is questionable.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- American runner Daniel Vassallo and the Netherlands' Mariska Kramer outpaced a record field of about 11,000 runners to win Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon.
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors are putting Chris Bosh behind them and looking toward the future.
PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- A Pasco biomass company says it plans to reopen this week despite financial and legal troubles.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Rob Bordson and defenseman Danny Syvret from the Anaheim Ducks for forwards Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte.
CULVER, Ore. (AP) -- An SUV failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with another car in central Oregon, killing a man and injuring 10 others, including six children.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel will be out five to six weeks after suffering a broken jaw when unseated by his horse during the $1 million Delta Jackpot on Saturday.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Jorge Brian Diaz scored 11 points to cap a successful return home in Nebraska's 62-47 win over Hofstra on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Quarterback Matt Schaub is starting for the Houston Texans against the New York Jets after spending a night in the hospital earlier in the week with a knee injury.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's sprained right ankle is keeping him out of Oakland's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
LONDON (AP) -- The ATP is extending the offseason in men's tennis to seven weeks, starting in 2012.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Researchers are concluding a second year of sampling in a study to determine whether industrial pollution in the Upper Columbia River threatens people and wildlife.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Former Michigan football star Rob Lytle has died. He was 56.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have made rookie running back-wide receiver Dexter McCluster and tight end Tony Moeaki inactive against the Arizona Cardinals.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have placed tailback Kevin Smith on injured reserve with a thumb injury, ending his season.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Buffalo right tackle Cordaro Howard was inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals because of an injured shoulder.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian is active for the game against Green Bay after being listed as questionable with a groin injury.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Clinton Portis is starting against Tennessee after missing the past five games with a torn left groin. The Redskins deactivated cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety LaRon Landry due to injuries.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Clinton Portis is starting against Tennessee after missing the past five games with a torn left groin. The Redskins deactivated cornerback Carlos Rodgers and safety LaRon Landry due to injuries.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens will be without starting right guard Chris Chester against Carolina because of a skin infection.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker is inactive against the Cleveland Browns because of an ankle injury.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- A driver has been killed after a trailer towing a fishing boat unhitched from a truck and crashed into his SUV near the town of Suquamish.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers face another big budget deficit when they convene their regular meeting in early January.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina and Clemson will play their season-ending rivalry game at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
LONDON (AP) -- Andy Murray won his first match at the ATP World Tour Finals, beating Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-4 Sunday on the opening day of the season-ending event.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Harry Potter has cast his biggest box-office spell yet with a franchise record $125.1 million domestically over opening weekend.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Lawmakers from the Northern Rockies say pending bills to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list have little chance of passage this Congress.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's hawkish parliament is voting on legislation that could sink future peace deals with the Palestinians and Syria.
MONACO (AP) -- Kenyan 800-meter runner David Rudisha and Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic have won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.
Washington budget realities could put end to life-saving services
Debb Snyder’s slender lifeline to independent living is her government-paid prescription for Klonopin, the expensive anti-seizure drug that controls her grand mal seizures and allows her to remain in her small apartment off St. Johns Road. She’s been taking 0.5 milligrams of the drug six times daily for 20 years. That’s why it was intensely personal for Snyder when she saw the list of cuts to Medicaid programs the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is preparing to implement between Jan. 1 and March 1 to achieve its share of 6.27 percent across-the-board cuts in state agency budgets.
120-year-old nonprofit is moving to Vancouver with 340 jobs
When PeaceHealth comes to Vancouver, it will bring more than new jobs and new leaders to the region’s landscape of health care companies. It will bring its past, too.
As the Columbia River Crossing continues its march (slog?) through a torturous maze of bureaucratic complexities, fear mongers are stoking a strange myth. Many of the torch lighters and pitchfork pounders would have you believe tolls are a new and hideous harbinger of creeping socialism. Toss in a heavy dose of Vancouver vs. Portland class warfare and you’ve got what appears to be a compelling argument against the new bridge, at least as plans have evolved to this point. Truth be known, tolls have been a routine means of paying for transportation infrastructure in this region for more than 160 years. On Oct. 24, John Terry — retired copy editor for The Oregonian and a member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board — wrote a column for The O that provides a delightful read about the old Santiam Wagon Road that opened in 1868. The route roughly parallels today’s U.S. Highway 20 from Corvallis to Bend, between Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington. The Santiam Wagon Road was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 23.
Union says two policy changes were made without negotiations
The La Center Police Officers Association filed two unfair labor practices complaints this month against the city. Both complaints were filed with the state Public Employment Relations Commission and allege the city didn’t give the union a chance to negotiate before changing policies. The city and union are already facing an arbitration hearing to settle the terms of the officers’ new contract after more than a year of negotiations failed. The officers are working under the terms of the previous three-year contract, which expired Dec. 31, 2009. That hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Larch prison will go back to full capacity; governor brings unions back to the table
Two smart decisions were made Friday as the state’s economic crisis continues to worsen. The Department of Corrections announced it will close McNeil Island Corrections Center, and Gov. Chris Gregoire called state employee unions back to the table to renegotiate existing contracts. The announcements came one day after further reductions in state revenue were projected. These are not in themselves reasons to celebrate. If anything, many Washingtonians wonder why both decisions weren’t made earlier this year, even during the legislative session. But the residual effect of the first decision is cause for celebration in Clark County. Accompanying the announcement about the closure of the McNeil Island prison was the declaration that Larch Corrections Center in the eastern part of the county will not only remain open, it will be brought back to full capacity of 480 inmates. That’s great news to more than 110 workers at the prison, where the inmate capacity had been cut in half earlier this year.
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
Well, it is Sunday and the big question on everyone’s mind is: “Will it snow?’ OK, you tell me! Just kidding.
A daily list of death notices.
Troopers working to keep drunks off Clark County highways have been busy lately, but they had their hands full Friday when an alleged drunken driver went six miles on the wrong side of state Highway 14. The driver, whose name was not released, travelled the wrong way from Interstate 5 to near Interstate 205, where her car broke down, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Volunteers, diners sought to share the Thanksgiving cheer
It wouldn’t be a Vancouver Thanksgiving without a heaping helping of ham and potatoes — plus some extra-big sides of friendship and generosity — at Chronis’ Restaurant. Thanksgiving Day is days away, and preparations are under way for the annual free meal at the down-home downtown diner and tavern — and at churches, clubs and charitable agencies all over Clark County.
Eliminate lopsided union control What many in the Clark County government workers’ union forget is that they work for us, the taxpayers, and they get good recompense for their service. Great health, dental, eye care, pension plans, and some even get the amount they pay to park. Add to all of this holidays, accrued sick leave, and great vacation time. Salaries average at about $17 to $25 an hour.
People in business
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- A co-chairwoman of Germany's opposition Greens is leaving the board for Munich's 2018 Winter Olympics bid after a party conference voiced environmental and fiscal concerns about the city's plans.
GALLIVARE, Sweden (AP) -- Marcus Hellner won a two-man sprint Sunday to give Sweden the win in the season's first cross-country World Cup relay, and Marit Bjoergen anchored a dominant Norway team to victory in the women's race.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lindsay Lohan won't be playing 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace in "Inferno."
MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say a local Taliban commander and two foreign militants were among the nine people killed by suspected U.S. missiles a day earlier near the Afghan border.
MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least six people.
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen says his country has reached an agreement in principle with EU and IMF donors to provide less than 100 billion ($140 billion) to support cash-strapped Dublin banks.
PARIS (AP) -- A French official says European finance ministers are holding an urgent conference call to discuss ways of relieving Ireland's debt crisis.
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government says it stands ready to support Ireland as the country seeks a multibillion euro bailout from the international community.
BEIJING (AP) -- State broadcaster China Central Television says seven of the 29 miners trapped in a flooded Chinese coal mine have been lifted to safety.
BEIJING (AP) -- A work safety official says rescuers are racing to reach 28 people trapped by a flood while working in a coal mine in southern China.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes and directed an offense so dominant that three St. Louis defenders left with cramps in the Atlanta Falcons' 34-17 victory over the Rams on Sunday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- James Harrison caused two turnovers that Ben Roethlisberger turned into touchdown passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to rout the Oakland Raiders 35-3 on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Bryan McCann grabbed a batted-down punt and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown, Miles Austin had two short touchdown catches and 38-year-old Jon Kitna had a career-best 29-yard touchdown run to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-19 victory over the Detroit Lions.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards with three of his four touchdown passes to Greg Jennings, besting Brett Favre and Minnesota for the second time this season and sending the Green Bay Packers to a 31-3 victory over the skidding Vikings on Sunday.