Stories for November 30, 2010
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Although the San Diego Chargers have denied that they've agreed to sell a minority stake to billionaire Philip Anschutz, there are still more questions than answers about the team's possible relocation to Los Angeles.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- An attorney for the San Diego Chargers has denied a report by a Toronto radio station that billionaire Philip Anschutz will buy 35 percent of Southern California's only NFL team.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit commission is warning fellow panelists "the heat is on" as they push politically volatile proposals to tame a runaway debt.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Washington State scored the game's first 27 points on the way to an easy 84-36 victory over Sacramento State on Tuesday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Luke Sikma scored a career-high 26 points as Portland outlasted Saint Louis 69-60 on Tuesday night.
The smiles said it all. Savannah Andersen, 3, beamed a 500-watt glow as she had her devices fitted. Colt Franklin, 6, began to mouth some words and mimic a few new sounds. The look that spread like sweet syrup down the face of Ashantay Truong, 9, as realization set in? Priceless.
Another poor fourth quarter sinks Portland, 88-78
\Once again, the Philadelphia 76ers finished well, while the Portland Trail Blazers did not. Elton Brand scored 18 points while Jrue Holiday and Andres Nocioni added 11 each to help the Sixers past the Trail Blazers 88-79 on Tuesday night. The Sixers have won consecutive games for the first time since March 24-26, 2010.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Gabe Rogers scored 26 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:39 left, to propel Northern Arizona to an 81-77 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A King County judge has set Jan. 10 for the start of an inquest into a Seattle police officer's fatal shooting of a Native American woodcarver.
SEATTLE (AP) -- In six years, Washington high schools have made enough progress helping kids earn a diploma to have nine fewer schools on a national list of so-called "dropout factories." That's according to a report to be released Tuesday by the America's Promise Alliance.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Senior guard Randy Culpepper led UTEP with 32 points in a 74-72 victory over New Mexico State on Tuesday night.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Will Cherry scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half Tuesday night to lead Montana past Cal State-Fullerton 75-67.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) -- Will Pratt scored 17 points and William Mosley had 11 points and a career-high 11 blocked shots to lead Northwestern State to an 82-55 victory over winless Centenary on Tuesday night.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Levi Knutson had a season-high 18 points, Marcus Relphorde scored 16 and Colorado beat Texas-Pan American 83-64 Tuesday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Andre Malone scored 17 points and Rob Chubb 12 as Auburn lost one big early lead, then pulled away again for a 78-50 victory over Georgia Southwestern on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The King County jail commander says a 29-year-old work release inmate broke a window on the eleventh floor of the county courthouse in Seattle and jumped to his death.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Aaron Holmes scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as Tulane defeated Alabama State 84-69 on Tuesday night.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Austin Morgan scored 22 points, hitting all five of his 3-pointers, as Yale held off Hartford 81-76 on Tuesday night.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Lane County district attorney's office says no criminal charges are planned against a barista who fatally shot a man during a coffee stand robbery in Eugene.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Kore White scored 18 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a 61-59 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks have signed linebacker David Hawthorne to a one-year extension through the 2011 season.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Ian Hummer scored 22 points and Princeton shot 75 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from Lafayette 82-64 on Tuesday night.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Mike Glover scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Iona over Norfolk State 73-64 on Tuesday night.
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) -- Jordan Dykstra scored 23 points and South Dakota State extended its best start to a season at the Division I level with an 82-65 victory over Nevada on Tuesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Miles Cartwright scored 19 points and Jack Eggleston 17 to lead Pennsylvania to a 71-59 victory over winless Maryland-Baltimore County on Tuesday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith says his weekend arrest on a domestic abuse charge was the result of "an unfortunate misunderstanding."
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Jim Kelley, a longtime sports writer and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jon Diebler scored 12 points and Jared Sullinger notched his third double-double of the season Tuesday night to lead No. 2 Ohio State to a 58-44 victory over Florida State in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) -- The Yamhill County sheriff's office says it has suspended the search for a Newberg, Ore., man believed to have disappeared last Friday while fishing on the Willamette River.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) -- Mike Williams scored 16 points and Western Carolina used a late run to beat Bradley 66-65 on Tuesday night.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall has asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate whether safety standards for football helmets are adequate to protect players from concussions and other head injuries.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Elton Brand scored 18 points while Jrue Holiday and Andres Nocioni added 11 each to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 88-79 on Tuesday night.
DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Aaron Graham scored 16 points to lead Stetson over Savannah State 69-64 on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points with 12 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to their fourth straight win, 106-87 on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who can now start concentrating on LeBron James' upcoming visit.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris injured his left knee midway through the third quarter against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night and will not return.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Durand Scott scored 27 points to lead Miami to an 86-73 victory over Mississippi on Tuesday night.
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables doesn't plan on pursuing the head coaching vacancy at Miami.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Brandon Knight scored 23 points and No. 10 Kentucky bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 91-57 win over Boston University on Tuesday night.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman J.T. Terrell scored a season-high 32 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to help Wake Forest beat Iowa 76-73 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
COLFAX, Wash. (AP) -- A stubborn fire has caused extensive damage to a business on the main street of Colfax in southeast Washington. There are no reports of injuries.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal says the World Series champion San Francisco Giants have agreed with free-agent shortstop Miguel Tejada on terms of a one-year contract.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- The Whitman County sheriff says a tractor-trailer fell off a hoist at an industrial site near Pullman, Wash., killing one man and seriously injuring another.
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. (AP) -- Rescue crews are searching by ground and by air for a hiker from Oregon who is missing in the wilderness near California's Mt. Whitney.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert expects Cleveland fans to be boisterous but behave when LeBron James returns this week.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities says there is not enough evidence to charge Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt in a bar fight.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas, because of an electrical fire during a test flight is safely back in Seattle.
The Court of Appeals has rejected claims made by an attempted murder convict that a Clark County judge showed bias when he told the defendant at a 2009 sentencing hearing that he should be gagged and to “shut your damn mouth.”
NEW YORK (AP) -- If negotiations with Derek Jeter haven't sent Brian Cashman climbing up a tree, they have the New York Yankees general manager descending a building on a rope.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Defensive end Phillip Merling has been activated by the Miami Dolphins less than four months after an Achilles' tendon injury that was feared to be season-ending.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh says his schedule will not allow him to attend a Michigan banquet honoring his 1985 Wolverines team this week.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA has declared Indiana center Guy-Marc Michel ineligible to play college basketball.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois football coach Ron Zook says he's talked with junior tailback Mikel Leshoure about the possibility of leaving for the NFL a year early.
PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) -- A soldier from secretive North Korea at the heavily armed border says he is aware of his country's deadly attack on a front-line South Korean island and says he hopes for peace.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball says Friday's meeting among management, players and umpires has been postponed because of a death in the family of one of the participants.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Tramon Williams.
A Tigard man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison for sexually soliciting a 9-year-old Vancouver girl.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Southwestern Athletic Conference will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame, including former major league pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) -- Two-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark headlines the eight-person U.S. snowboarding team for the 2010-11 season.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA will choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts with 22 executive committee members after the Oceania Football Confederation accepted the loss of its voting rights.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- A state climate report predicts that Oregon may face summer water shortages, an increased wildfire risk and more extreme weather events if temperatures keep warming up.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- A man convicted of murdering a well-known Washington dog trainer has been sentenced to 2612 years in prison.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A new study shows the recession hit the Portland metro area harder than many other big cities around the world.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The Southeastern Conference could fine Auburn if quarterback Cam Newton isn't available for postgame interviews following the league championship game.
DALLAS (AP) -- Having trouble imagining what Derek Jeter would look like in a different uniform?
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Tiger Woods attributes his first year without a win to turmoil at home and on the golf course.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released safety Sabby Piscitelli and placed safety Cody Grimm and left guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Center Pierre-Marc Bouchard is set to suit up for the Minnesota Wild for the first time in more than a year.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined $25,000 for his hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Harrison now has four fines this season totaling $125,000.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- Didier Cuche of Switzerland has turned in the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training session on the demanding Birds of Prey course.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The pressure's on the New York Jets to make Tom Brady miserable next Monday night.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a one-year contract for $1 million.
HONOLULU (AP) -- Sony Corp. has extended title sponsorship of the Sony Open in Hawaii through 2014 and will broadcast the PGA Tour event in January live in 3-D.
OTTAWA (AP) -- Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette will not compete at the Canadian figure skating championships in January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Infielder Juan Uribe and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $21 million, three-year contract.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will try another rookie at kicker.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded infielder Ryan Theriot to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Blake Hawksworth.
TORONTO (AP) -- The Colorado Rapids have acquired midfielder Joseph Nane from Toronto FC for a third-round pick in the 2012 draft.
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A southern Oregon artist is bringing the past alive with some vintage signs.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A rivalry isn't truly one unless both teams realistically have a chance to win when they meet. For years, that's why the Pitt-Duquesne series was a rivalry in name only.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Republican legislative leader is asking for a recount in a close southern Oregon race that could determine control of the state Senate.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics guard Delonte West is recovering from surgery to repair his broken right wrist.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reeling from disclosures of sensitive diplomatic messages, the State Department has disconnected access to its files from the U.S. government's classified computer network. The move dramatically reduces the number of employees inside the government who can see important diplomatic messages.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have signed guard Marc Dile and defensive back Trae Williams to their practice squad.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions may have more problems at quarterback.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A lesbian flight nurse who was discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy says she expects to be reinstated to the U.S. Air Force reserve by next month at the latest.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will likely miss two to three weeks because of a lower-body injury, leaving the defending Stanley Cup champions without one of their top scorers.
MERLIN, Ore. (AP) -- A southern Oregon man has died in a mobile home fire that left his nephew critically injured.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Texans coach Gary Kubiak kept insisting his defense was improving, even as opponents piled up big plays and points.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut isn't making any apologies for putting itself in position to get a BCS bowl berth.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats plan on turning to Sen. Patty Murray of Washington to steer the defense of 21 Democratic seats up for re-election in 2012.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the operator of the Umatilla chemical weapons disposal facility $58,600 for hazardous waste violations.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed a former congressional candidate as the new director of the state Department of Revenue.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Columbia River is about to close for shipping for more than three months so the Army Corps of Engineers can replace navigation lock gates at three dams.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- This much we know: Brian Kelly didn't come to Notre Dame to be part of 7-5 seasons. After his first eventful and emotional year as head coach of the Irish, he'll gladly take it.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The city of Seattle is considering whether to make it illegal for landlords and employers to discriminate against people convicted of nonviolent and nonsexual crimes because of their criminal records.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Former state Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner has died at the age of 91.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Former state Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner has died at the age of 91.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL will offer full refunds to fans with general admission tickets if games are canceled next season because of a lockout.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Capitals have added experience to their defense by acquiring Scott Hannan in a trade that sends forward Tomas Fleischmann to the Colorado Avalanche.
With gift-buying season in full swing, the Vancouver Police Department issued a blunt warning: Don’t leave valuables in your car. Reported auto prowls city-wide are up 56 percent this year compared to 2009, said Kim Kapp, a police spokeswoman. In raw numbers, that’s a jump from 969 smash-and-grabs in 2009 to 1,509 in 2010.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Japanese free-agent pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama has agreed to a one-year contract with the AL champion Texas Rangers that includes club options for each of the two seasons after that.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Like most NBA fans, Shaquille O'Neal plans to watch LeBron James' return to Cleveland on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Olympic champion sailor and medical scientist Britton Chance has died at 97.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is the Atlantic Coast Conference's coach of the year for the second time.
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- At age 91, there aren't been too many outdoor sports that Bill McGuire hasn't mastered.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Mike Gundy has been chosen as the Big 12 coach of the year after directing No. 16 Oklahoma State to a share of its first South Division title.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday when Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off for first place in the AFC North.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A new study shows a growing gap between personal income in Oregon and the rest of the nation.
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) -- American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has been dropped as starting goalkeeper by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- The University of Southern Mississippi has accepted an invitation to play in the third annual Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Dec. 21.
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- Squirrels in Longview, Washington, can rest easier now that the city's "Nutty Narrows Bridge" is back in place.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Three additional cases of rabies have been found in foxes in a southern Oregon county this month, pushing the total to seven cases this year.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- East Carolina is headed to the Military Bowl.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch skating federation and national doping authority say they are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a decision by the federation's own appeals panel to overturn a teenage speedskater's doping ban.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are rising sharply after a report showed that small businesses are hiring more workers than economists expected.
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Silverton had to shoot and kill two pit bulls after the dogs kept fighting for more than 15 minutes.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Maria Sharapova will lead Russia in its Fed Cup first-round match against France next season.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A bunch of Brooklyn bees have been coming home looking flushed.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state hospitals are becoming more transparent. Thanks to a new state law, they will be posting surgery infection data online starting Tuesday.
LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- An annual Christmas mystery is playing itself out again along a busy New Jersey highway.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- A Marysville, Washington, church is giving sanctuary to a hive of honeybees.
PARIS (AP) -- Formula One's governing body has released the official entry list for the 2011 season, with only six teams having set their lineups.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle City Light is trying to determine what caused a dog to be electrocuted while being walked in the city's Queen Anne neighborhood.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The last-place Cowboys are getting another chance in prime time.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- The historic Baker County Courthouse in Baker City was closed temporarily after a valve on a water pipe failed during the weekend, causing extensive water damage in the 101-year-old building.
A winter weather advisory took effect in the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday as snow and freezing rain fell throughout Skamania County.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former drug dealer has been convicted of aggravated murder in the deaths of two other Oregon dealers at their suburban Portland townhouse.
VIDA, Ore. (AP) -- Lane County, Oregon, officials have received a $2 million federal transportation grant to fix up one of the state's best-known covered bridges.
DEMING, N.M. (AP) -- Robbers, beware of clerks wielding pastries.
TORONTO (AP) -- Richard Peddie says he will retire as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment at the end of next year.
RAINIER, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say an early morning accident Tuesday has killed one man and blocked Highway 30 about three miles east of Rainier.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- In calling Terrence Pegula "a great guy," Buffalo Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn has declined to confirm a report that the Pennsylvania billionaire is interested in buying the NHL franchise.
One person is confirmed deceased Tuesday morning following a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 30 about three miles east of Rainier.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in Mount Vernon, Washington, are trying to find what caused a water main to break and leak more than 1.5 million gallons in a city neighborhood.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has extended its contract with satellite radio provider Sirius XM for five years.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's Department of Agriculture says it's found that some retail store price scanners aren't accurate. But the agency says it appears shoppers are slightly more likely to be undercharged than overcharged.
A resident in the Pleasant Valley area called 911 early this morning to a report a car had crashed into the driveway of a home in the 6200 block of Northeast 159th Street An engine crew from the Vancouver Fire Department’s Glenwood station was dispatched to the home to find a man partially ejected from the passenger door of a BMW.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Yakima man has pleaded guilty to shooting his mother-in-law to death.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Cable TV rates are going up for many Oregonians.
BANI HASSAN, West Bank (AP) -- With a pledge to rebuild a demolished road, the Palestinian prime minister is opening a confrontation with Israel over the large parts of the West Bank that are under sole Israeli control.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A closed-door meeting between more than 50 members of Portland's Muslim community and city leaders discussed security concerns following last week's foiled bomb plot.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The new Luxembourg pro cycling team says it has signed time-trial world champion Fabian Cancellara.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Hotel industry officials in Brazil say there won't be a shortage of rooms in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics.
JACKSON, Mo. (AP) -- A southeast Missouri man has been acquitted of drunk driving after claiming that he consumed alcohol to keep warm after -- but not before -- he lost control of his vehicle on an icy road.
Vancouver’s Tran brothers represent USA in martial art
The Tran brother's sport is forms taekwondo, the non-contact version of the martial art. It is often called by its Korean name: poomsae.
The Washington Youth Soccer Recreational Cup state tournament will enter its statewide elimination phase on Saturday and Sunday at various locations, including some in Camas and Vancouver.
High school sports results as reported on Nov. 29
Community sports results reported for the week of Nov. 22-29
Clark County’s hospitals need your blood, and soon. After a cold and icy Thanksgiving week, where people either stayed indoors or headed out of town, the Puget Sound Blood Center fell to a critically low level of blood supply.
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Barb Rowland stepped into Michaela Motschman’s Vancouver duplex on Monday, cheerfully greeting Michaela. “Where’s that little peanut?” Rowland asked next, smiling as she spotted 10-month-old Lilian.
Putting a hold on federal workers’ salaries is an appropriate tactic during economic crisis
President Barack Obama’s proposal to freeze salaries of about 2 million federal workers is a practical approach to the national deficit problem. His plan requires approval by Congress, and The Columbian urges such consent because the freeze would be a measured tactic that would save the federal government $5 billion over two years. We also like the fact that members of the military would be exempt from the freeze. That $5 billion in savings is not much when compared with the nation’s continuing annual deficits of $1 trillion-plus or the overall national debt of $14 trillion. But it’s a step toward a national solution to a national problem. As Obama said, “getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government.”
The seven members of the Battle Ground City Council will take a break from establishing city policies to don aprons and flip pancakes Saturday morning. The event will raise money for the North County Community Food Bank’s Christmas food basket program, which provides fixin’s for Christmas meals to families in need.
Portland-based Legacy Health System has won approval of two requests involving Clark County’s Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, including changing the hospital’s original construction application to reflect a 24 percent cost overrun.
Westfield Vancouver mall this week introduced an iPhone application with a virtual personal shopping assistant and other interactive features.
Office hours will be cut even before budget cycle, likely to be grim, begins
Add the Columbia River Gorge Commission to the list of casualties as Washington and Oregon grapple with their respective state budget crises. Funding cuts from the two states over the past two years have forced the bistate panel to reduce its staff from 10.5 full-time employees to the equivalent of six, and another cut of $40,000 — equal to half a year’s salary and benefits — is expected within weeks. Those remaining have taken cuts in pay and hours. For the first time, the commission has no full-time senior planner, and staff attorney Jeff Litwak took a voluntary four-month unpaid leave of absence to help the commission through tight times.
I usually say, about this time of the month, that it is hard to believe another month has gone by but it does seem they all just fly by. November was an interesting month weather-wise, with a number of surprises. We’ll check the local rainfall reports soon. The rest of this week looks like we’ll have a chance of rain most days and temperatures running at or below seasonal averages. Highs will be mostly in the low- to mid-40s with lots of snow in the mountains.
The funeral for Vancouver philanthropist Mary Granger will take place this weekend.
Investigators are awaiting the return of DNA tests to complete their inquiry into the circumstances that permitted the 3-year-old son of a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy to shoot and kill himself. Ryan Owens shot himself with his father’s personal firearm at about 10 p.m. Sept. 14 while both his parents were at home. His father, Detective Ed Owens, has been with the sheriff’s office since 2004.
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Make taggers responsible for cleanup The Nov. 24 Columbian story, “Tagging’s High Price Tag,” decries the problem of graffiti. When one of these nuts with a paint can is caught, I think one answer to this problem would be to assign him an area to keep clean. In other words, he would be responsible to remove all graffiti that has been placed in his same area. He would have to pay for all cleaning materials needed to restore the place to what it looked like before the taggers did their dumb deed. Mommies and daddies would probably end up paying the price and they, along with the ACLU, would scream their heads off. But I’ll bet those taggers would be hoping they didn’t have some so-called friends who would keep them busy. It would save the city lots of money, too.
Simple, delicious recipe can be prepared in about 10 minutes and enjoyed any time of the day or night
If you’re an eggs-for-dinner fan, you’ll want to commit this recipe to memory. The surprising ingredient is creamed corn; try it again in the summer when you might have leftovers of Thomas Keller’s version (from his “Ad Hoc at Home” cookbook) on hand. And toss in fresh chopped chives, scallions or crabmeat for a more substantial light meal. Serve with a salad, quickly sauteed cherry tomatoes and thick slices of buttered toast.
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Even though voters rejected Initiative 1082, which would have allowed private insurers to write workers’ compensation insurance in our state, the need to reform the system has become even greater. It has become too costly for employers and too cumbersome for injured workers, and in fact in 2011, rates will increase an average of 12 percent. When our state’s workers’ compensation system was established in 1911, it was designed to prevent injuries and deaths, treat injured workers quickly and effectively, be efficient to administer, and settle disputed claims quickly and without need for expensive legal wrangling. But that is not what it is today.
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- A quiet ceremony has been held in Renton to bury 205 King County residents whose remains were unclaimed after they died.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Drew Brees has been honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year for his championship on the field and his charity off it.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A storm packing heavy snow is moving across the Cascades and Eastern Washington.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan election officials have released the final election results for a province where the tally from the September poll had been delayed following claims of irregularities and voter intimidation.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian bank Bradesco is the first local sponsor for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Matteo Manassero is the PGA European Tour's Rookie of the Year after becoming the youngest player to win a tour event.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Douglas will find out in January if the throat cancer he announced over the summer has been eliminated and the 66-year-old actor is already looking forward to his next movie role.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are opening lower following disappointing news on housing prices and more worries about the debt crisis in Europe.
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a slightly lower opening as investors await news on consumer confidence and home prices.
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A group uniting the U.S., Europe and Central Asian nations is holding its first security summit in more than a decade, with Afghanistan and international terrorism high on the agenda.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tiger Woods may want to skip this week's episode of "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The former street preacher charged with kidnapping and assaulting Elizabeth Smart has suffered an apparent seizure in the courtroom.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A confidential diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks says Afghan President Hamid Karzai has freed dangerous detainees and pardoned suspected drug dealers because they had connections to powerful figures.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Commission says it is launching a formal investigation into whether Google has abused its dominant market position in online searches.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Residents in the Oregon town of Corvallis are showing their support for an Islamic center where a teenager accused of plotting mass killings in Portland occasionally worshipped.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into allegations of criminal conduct among the staff at the state's only private prison.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten unconscious by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison as correctional officers watch for several minutes, but no one intervenes.
ZURICH (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee will investigate FIFA vice president Issa Hayatou over allegations he took secret cash from FIFA's former marketing agency.
CAIRO (AP) -- Official election results show Egypt's ruling party has captured nearly all the parliament seats that were decided in a first round of voting. The opposition is decrying the results as "invalid" and says voting was riddled with violations.
MORENCI, Mich. (AP) -- Police say the father of three missing Michigan boys has been charged with parental kidnapping.
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin high school students held hostage by a classmate spent hours chatting and laughing with the gunman about hunting and fishing to keep him calm.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pentagon study on gays in the military has determined that overturning the law known as "don't ask, don't tell" might cause some disruption at first but would not create any widespread or long-lasting problems.
SYDNEY (AP) -- Golf great Fred Couples expects Tiger Woods to play better next year and revive interest in the PGA Tour.