Stories for November 27, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is warning online whistleblower WikiLeaks that its expected imminent release of classified State Department documents will put "countless" lives at risk, threaten global counterterorism operations and jeopardize U.S. relations with its allies.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Marcus Morris had 16 points and nine rebounds, while his twin brother Markieff added 15 points to lead No. 6 Kansas to an 87-79 victory over feisty Arizona on Saturday night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado winger Chris Stewart broke his left hand during a second-period fight Saturday night with the Minnesota Wild's Kyle Brodziak, Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said after Colorado's 7-4 victory.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Nick Murphy scored 12 points to lead Jacksonville State past South Dakota 64-56 in the Global Sports Roundball Classic Saturday night.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes in a wild finish to the Bedlam game as No. 14 Oklahoma beat No. 10 Oklahoma State 47-41 on Saturday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Perry Webster and Jer'Vaughn Johnson each scored 17 points as Cal State-Fullerton rallied to win its home opener 85-75 over CS Bakersfield on Saturday night.
HONOLULU (AP) -- Italee Lucas scored 25 points, Waltiea Rolle had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and North Carolina dominated inside in an 87-58 victory over Illinois on Saturday in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Planned veterans court program will provide treatment for former service members wrestling with drug, alcohol problems.
When Mary Granger saw a need in the community, she acted. She had the vision to develop solutions, the energy and enthusiasm to motivate others, and the drive to see a project through to the end.
Framing around the fireplace proved not to be fire-resistant
A fire lit in a defective fireplace caused $100,000 in damages to a Vancouver house Saturday morning. Vancouver Fire Department responded to the fire at 7600 N.E. 128th Ave. at 6:11 a.m. When firefighters arrived five minutes later, the fire had already reached the roof, with flames surrounding the chimney, Capt. Chris Moen said.
As always, skies smile on the True Apostles Toy Run in Vancouver
For 27 years, leather-clad bikers have cruised through Vancouver the weekend after Thanksgiving to deliver toys to the Salvation Army. And for 27 years, the late-November skies have been kind to the motorcycle riders.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- LaMarcus Reed scored 22 points to lead three Texas-Arlington players in double digits as part of a 67-52 win over St. Edward's on Saturday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Erik Christensen scored the only goal in a shootout to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Josh Harris rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown and Wake Forest defeated Vanderbilt 34-13 on Saturday night in Robbie Caldwell's last game as Vanderbilt's head coach.
HONOLULU (AP) -- Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has been released from a Honolulu hospital more than a week after an accident that left him with broken ribs and injuries to his head and collar bone.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Bobby Ryan had his second career hat trick to help the Anaheim Ducks erase a two-goal deficit and beat Phoenix 6-4 on Saturday night, snapping the Coyotes' winning streak at seven games.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) -- Jimmer Fredette scored 24 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. to lead No. 23 BYU to a 74-73 victory over Saint Mary's on Saturday night in the South Padre Island Championship.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Rahmon Fletcher scored 24 points and Wisconsin-Green Bay beat North Dakota State 71-69 Saturday.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Brock Jensen threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as North Dakota State beat Robert Morris 43-17 Saturday night in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) -- Sugar Rodgers scored 28 points to lead No. 12 Georgetown to a 69-58 victory over No. 4 Tennessee on Saturday in the Paradise Jam.
Kyle gets the better of the matchup of Singler brothers
The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils came to the Rose Garden on Saturday and pummeled Oregon, 98-71.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns, Alshon Jeffery had his seventh 100-yard receiving game and No. 18 South Carolina posted its third nine-win season ever with a 29-7 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bill Clark scored 18 points and Damian Saunders 17 as Duquesne started quickly and went on to a 101-69 rout of winless Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday night.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Hillary Haley had a double-double with 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore to an 89-81 win over Navy in overtime Saturday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mo Williams scored 25 points, J.J. Hickson added 16, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped out of a fourth-quarter offensive funk just in time to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 92-86 on Saturday night.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Ramon Galloway came off the bench and had seven of his 22 points in the second overtime to give South Carolina an 87-85 double-overtime victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night.
MIAMI (AP) -- DeJuan Wright scored 18 points to lead Florida International past Chattanooga 80-59 on Saturday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dwight Howard scored a season-high 32 points, including the game-winning putback with 4.3 seconds left, and had 11 rebounds to give the Orlando Magic a 100-99 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
OTTAWA (AP) -- Mike Fisher scored twice and Brian Elliott made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season in the Ottawa Senators' 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Andre Jones scored 20 points to help Winthrop avoid an upset loss to Division II Lander with a 65-46 victory on Saturday night.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Brian Gionta had two goals and an assist and Carey Price made 34 saves in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- D.J. Cooper scored 29 points and Nick Kellogg hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the right corner with 1:01 left to lift Ohio over Santa Clara 78-72 at the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.
KUUSAMO, Finland (AP) -- Alexander Legkov of Russia and Marit Bjoergen of Norway won pursuit races Sunday to claim the overall victories in a World Cup mini-tour.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Malcolm Grant scored 20 points to lead Miami to an 87-75 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins waived 39-year-old Joey Galloway on Saturday and signed receiver Terrence Austin from their practice squad.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Sophomore guard A'dia Mathies led a balanced scoring effort, and No. 9 Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Southern Miss 79-60 on Saturday in the championship game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Sophomore guard A'dia Mathies led a balanced scoring effort, and No. 9 Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Southern Miss 79-59 on Saturday in the championship game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Travis Thompson scored 13 points and Alaska-Anchorage defeated Ball State 62-44 on Saturday for fourth place in the Carrs-Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jeremy Montgomery scored 18 points and Norris Cole 16 as unbeaten Cleveland State pulled away in the second half to defeat St. Bonaventure 69-51 on Saturday night.
DALLAS (AP) -- When LeBron James was the coveted free agent last summer, he got a few text messages from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban before making his decision to go to Miami.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) -- Ron Anderson Jr. had 16 points to lead five South Florida players in double figures Saturday as the Bulls defeated Texas Tech 64-61 at the South Padre Island Invitational.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Marcus Jordan scored 18 points as Central Florida dominated nearly every statistical category in a 84-48 route of Alabama State on Saturday.
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Tristan Thompson scored 23 points, Josh White added 21 and North Texas erased a 14-point deficit in the second half in an 81-77 victory against Texas State on Saturday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lorenzo Brown scored 13 points to help North Carolina State defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 77-67 on Saturday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska, led by Jorge Brian Diaz's 14 points, came from 20 points down to defeat Southern California 60-58 Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Porsha Phillips and Khaalidah Miller each scored 15 points, and No. 17 Georgia used a balanced offense to beat Loyola Marymount 76-44 in the championship game of the Westside Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Porsha Phillips and Khaalidah Miller each scored 15 points, and No. 18 Georgia used a balanced offense to beat Loyola Marymount 76-44 in the championship game of the Westside Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Golden State Warriors forward David Lee has been activated after missing eight games with a staph infection in his left elbow.
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Defense Ministry has ordered journalists to leave the front-line island of Yeonpyeong, citing high tension with North Korea.
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's military says that the sound of artillery was heard on Yeonpyeong Island.
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) -- Residents of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island have been ordered to evacuate to shelters and safe areas on the island.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Martavius Adams had game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds and Arkansas State scored the last seven points of the game to defeat Southeast Missouri 56-50 on Saturday night.
MONROE, La (AP) -- Chris Masson threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns as Louisiana-Lafayette blocked an extra point late to hold off Louisiana-Monroe in a 23-22 victory on Saturday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Ryan Mallett threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns as No. 12 Arkansas made its case for the school's first BCS bowl game with a 31-23 win over No. 6 LSU on Saturday.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Alex Green rushed for a school record 327 yards and three touchdowns, Bryant Moniz threw four touchdown passes and Hawaii beat New Mexico State 59-24 on Saturday.
UW still needs Apple Cup victory to be bowl eligible
Quarterback Jake Locker, who threw an earlier 80-yard touchdown pass, was stopped on consecutive sneak attempts on second and third down from the 1 before Chris Polk came through for the Huskies.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Darrius Morrow scored 21 points and East Carolina shot 26 of 48 from the floor (54.2 percent) en route to an 81-53 blowout victory over North Carolina-Greensboro on Saturday.
MIAMI (AP) -- T.Y. Hilton caught a 42-yard touchdown from Wes Carroll with 1:42 left and Florida International rallied to beat Arkansas State 31-24 on Saturday to clinch the Sun Belt Conference.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- Gene Teague had game highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Southern Illinois past Wright State 56-50 on Saturday in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
TROY, Ala. (AP) -- Corey Robinson threw for 304 yards as Troy became bowl-eligible with a 28-14 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks assigned right wing Joffrey Lupul to their AHL affiliate in Syracuse for perhaps the final step in his lengthy comeback from a blood infection.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Danielle Robinson scored 18 points and No. 11 Oklahoma shrugged off some first-half shooting woes to defeat Gardner-Webb 84-75 on Saturday.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Polk scored on a 1-yard run as time expired, and Washington denied California bowl eligiblity while keeping its own postseason hopes alive with a thrilling 16-13 victory Saturday.
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia Southern used a relentless ground game to control the ball for nearly 42 minutes and beat South Carolina State 41-16 Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) -- Liz Repella scored 15 points to lead No. 10 West Virginia to a 64-53 victory over No. 19 Iowa State on Saturday in the Paradise Jam.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jersey Town, a 35-1 long shot, held off Haynesfield by a head Saturday in the $250,000 Cigar Mile Aqueduct.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Denver Holmes hit a 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds remaining in overtime and Evansville rallied to beat Butler 71-68 Saturday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers left guard Travelle Wharton and safeties Jordan Pugh and Marcus Hudson didn't travel to Cleveland and won't play Sunday against the Browns.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jockeys Julien Leparoux and Kent Desormeaux have been suspended by stewards for three days for their actions during the Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota will likely be without two injured starters -- point guard Al Nolen and small forward Rodney Williams -- for Monday's game against Virginia.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Paul Eckerle had 12 points and two assists to lead Saint Louis past IUPUI 58-55 Saturday.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Greg Mangano scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Yale over Army 87-79 on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Senario Hillman scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Alabama easily beat Alabama A&M 76-50 Saturday.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Matt Barr's second rushing touchdown of the game, with 1:50 remaining, gave Western Illinois a 17-10 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State center Derrick Nix has rejoined the team in a mutual decision after he met with teammates and coaches.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Devon Beitzel scored 17 points and Neal Kingman added 16 to lead Northern Colorado past Bethune-Cookman 69-45 in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Delroy James and Akeem Richmond scored 15 points each to lead Rhode Island to a 71-58 victory over Davidson on Saturday.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Jeremy Mixon scored 21 points as IPFW routed Judson 105-65 on Saturday.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- One year after four of his officers were shot to death at a coffee shop, Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar says he and his department still feel an abundance of community support.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A cargo plane crashed into a residential area of Pakistan's largest city soon after take off Sunday, setting off a huge blaze. The aircraft had eight crew on board, the civil aviation authority said,
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Evan Fjeld scored 25 points and Vermont defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology 69-50 on Saturday.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) -- Michael Walchhofer of Austria has won the first men's downhill of the World Cup season.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Jawan Carter scored 24 points and Delaware held on for a 67-64 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Melvin Ejim scored 19 points and four teammates also reached double figures, carrying Iowa State to an 81-59 victory over Montana State on Saturday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Travis Zajac scored in the fourth round of a shootout Saturday to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Alfred Malone blocked Nick Novak's 45-yard field-goal attempt on the game's final play, preserving the defending champion Las Vegas Locomotives' 23-20 victory over the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League title game Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alberto Estwick scored 16 points and Fordham rallied late in a 61-57 win over Hartford on Saturday.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Dane DiLiegro scored 23 points including a layup with 2 seconds remaining as New Hampshire beat Brown 70-66 on Saturday.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman Alyssa Thomas scored 15 points and No. 23 Maryland routed Massachusetts 82-50 on Saturday at the Pirate Invitational.
FORKS, Wash. (AP) -- Olympic National Park officials say a hiker found a badly decomposed body of a man among driftwood on a Jefferson County beach.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau says there is no doubt in his mind he will be ready for spring training.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- A Klamath Falls teenager who lost a leg and a hand in a train accident when she was 16 says the tragedy changed her life but she has recovered and is happy about her future.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Mike Tisdale had 18 points and seven rebounds and No. 19 Illinois beat Western Michigan 78-63 on Saturday.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- Kelvin Martin and Kenny Mitchell each scored 15 points to lead Charleston Southern to an 89-54 victory over Southern University on Saturday in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he's happy to win the Big 12 North, but winning the conference championship is the only satisfactory outcome for the No. 16 Huskers' Big 12 farewell tour.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kalisha Keane scored 26 points and No. 25 Michigan State used some suffocating second-half defense to beat Richmond 76-52 on Saturday in the University of Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with two teenage boys.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Non-stop snow is forcing the city of Spokane to declare a stage 2 snow emergency Saturday, sending crews to plow city and residential streets 24 hours a day.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Austin Freeman tied a Georgetown record by making seven 3-pointers and finished with 32 points, and the 16th-ranked Hoyas used a 23-0 run in the first half to beat UNC Ashville 87-72 Saturday.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn has skied off course and failed to finish the first run of a World Cup giant slalom.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was arrested in Louisiana after he was accused of grabbing his wife's hair and pulling her down the street.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Hundreds of people spilled over onto Seattle streets, breaking down a wall, after a fight broke out in a downtown night club early Saturday.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Six years ago, the Chicago candy company Fannie May -- famous for its mint meltaways and vanilla buttercreams -- was all but finished.
DUBAI (AP) -- He may have shot a 69 to jump into joint second at the Dubai World Championship in playing his best golf for a long time, but ex-soldier Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand is refusing to get excited.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Thousands of state workers took an unpaid day off Friday to help Oregon balance its struggling budget.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Robbie Caldwell has resigned as Vanderbilt's head football coach.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Your head aches, you're hungry and your house is littered with sticky plastic cups. Who ya gonna call? Hangover Helpers.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants left tackle Shawn Andrews has been released from the hospital following treatment for a chronic back condition.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) -- A glittering casino that has brought financial success to a tiny Indian tribe is drawing covetous eyes from a larger neighbor.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel won't play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday because of a knee injury.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Whether it's East Coast swordfish, Alaska king crab or Louisiana shrimp, seafood sellers have been using their own hook to pump up sales: a celebrity.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 each because the team's video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have placed their director of video operations on leave while the NFL investigates whether the team broke league rules by filming the San Francisco 49ers' walkthrough in London last month.
CALLAWAY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an irate 84-year-old man hit a deputy in the stomach with his cane when the officer warned him to leave a clinic where he had been cursing at an office manager.
KUUSAMO, Finland (AP) -- Felix Gottwald of Austria climbed 25 places to win the second Nordic Combined event of the World Cup season on Saturday, overcoming a two-minute handicap to beat Mikko Kokslien of Norway.
MADRID (AP) -- Louis Vuitton is returning to sponsor the America's Cup challengers series for the 34th edition in 2013.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers crowded stores on Black Friday but spent only a little more than last year on the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, data released Saturday shows.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers who skipped the crowds on Black Friday gave online merchants a 16 percent spike in revenue, according to data released Saturday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO says it has captured a leader of a Pakistan-based Taliban faction closely tied to al-Qaida.
Community cheer, music unite to drive the cold winter away
Lots of folks were looking forward to Vancouver’s dramatic community tree lighting on a chilly Friday night. As they streamed on foot into Esther Short Park, a little boy was dancing as he held his mom and sister’s hands. “Woooo wooooh!” he sang out.
Two days after the big eat and I’m still thankful! Mostly I’m thankful for that homemade Italian sausage stuffing. No offense to my friends who are turkeys but you guys look more like chicken pot pies compared with my stuffing splendor.
The tiniest tasks build a mountain of blessings
Typical chores for most of us are things like mowing the lawn, shopping for food, cleaning the dishes, taking out the trash. But for Eric Werts, chores are also things like scratching an itch on his leg. Rubbing a tired eye. Moving from bed to chair. Lifting a hand that’s holding a fork.
Today is the last day to check out plein-air landscape paintings by Barbara Szkutnik and Gretha Lindwood at downtown Vancouver’s Aurora Gallery. The plein-air style involves artists working outdoors, compensating for light and scenery changes as they happen. Lindwood is showcasing new pastel and oil paintings of the Pacific Northwest landscape and waterways. Szkutnik is displaying new pastel paintings.
A wave of candlelight will sweep around the globe on Sunday, Dec. 12, as people hold vigils to remember children who have died. The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting aims to unite people for one hour to honor children who died at any age, from any cause. It’s intended to be the largest mass candlelighting on Earth, with a wave of light circling the planet as candles burn everywhere at 7 p.m. local time.
Washington State University Vancouver will formally be recognized as a veteran-friendly campus and as a new partner with the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs at a Tuesday ceremony.
The Clark Conservation District is looking to fill two positions on its five-member volunteer board of directors. Members must be registered voters who live in the district, which covers most of Clark County. Some positions may require candidates to own land or operate a farm.
The Clark County board of commissioners has selected Rebecca Blaisdell to serve as a Clark County representative on the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District board of trustees. The appointment must be approved by county commissioners in Skamania and Klickitat counties.
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Business name: Coventry Gardens. Owner: Sandy Bakker.
Washington, Oregon stores affected
Whole Foods joined a cheese recall today, pulling seven types of cheddar cheese over the risk of listeria or E. coli.
The Health Professions Quality Assurance office of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers.
Hospitals fight flu; text-while-driving teens learn crucial lesson; Mielke’s taxing faux pas
Cheers: To Southwest Washington Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for requiring employees to either get immunized against the flu or take other flu-fighting precautions. The requirement has become a trend across Washington hospitals, and for good reason: many patients are at severe risk from what would be an annoyance to the healthy. It’s hard to believe, but the voluntary campaigns of past years have resulted in less than a 50 percent vaccination rate for U.S. hospital workers, according to the Washington State Hospital Association. So far, about 70 percent of Southwest employees have received the flu vaccine; Legacy reports 56.5 percent across its many facilities. For those who don’t want the shot or can’t receive it — someone allergic to eggs, for example — there are other precautions, such as wearing a mask around patients. Jeers: To texting and driving. The dangers of undertaking these conflicting behaviors at the same time are well known, leading Washington to ban the practice two years ago. But the practice persists, particularly among younger drivers whose phones seem to be welded to their fingers. That leads to a cheer for Heritage High School student Kendrick Spiller, whose class project was to convince her peers that you really can’t do two things at once. Last Saturday, with the help of Clark County Sheriff’s deputies, some golf carts, and other volunteers, students took the challenge. The predictably poor results should help send a message to Generation Text: Put dwn d ph n woch d road (Put down the phone and watch the road.)
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Services and events in the Clark County area.
MADRID (AP) -- Louis Vutton is returning to sponsor the America's Cup challengers series for the 34th edition in 2013.
HAMAR, Norway (AP) -- Trevor Marsicano of the United States beat Dutch skater Simon Kuipers to win the 1,500 meters World Cup event in Norway on Saturday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Emirates Team New Zealand has won the Louis Vuitton Trophy over defending America's Cup champion BMW Oracle Racing.
NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) -- David Beckham, hampered by a back problem, played a full match in the LA Galaxy's 2-1 loss to the Australian A-League's Newcastle Jets on Saturday.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Hundreds of Sunni Muslims have started a nearly 200-mile (320-kilometer) high-risk trek across Pakistan in a protest against Taliban attacks on the country's religious sites.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Dubai Autodrome says a Swiss motorcyclist has been killed after colliding with another rider moments after winning the first race in the Sportsbike Championship.
Attack allegedly planned at event in downtown Portland
PORTLAND — A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday in downtown Portland, but the bomb was a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. just after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would blow up a van laden with explosives but instead brought federal agents and Portland police swooping in to take him into custody.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU officials say European finance ministers plan Sunday to discuss a bailout package for debt-laden Ireland.