Stories for November 7, 2010
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded in the southern city of Basra, killing at least five people and injuring 15. It was the third car bombing to hit a Shiite city on Monday.
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Leaders of Iraq's main political blocs are meeting in the northern city of Irbil in a rare face-to-face gathering that could signal progress in breaking the country's political deadlock.
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama has come out in support of India for permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council.
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Manmoham Singh say the two countries have agreed to work more closely on combating world terrorism and on nuclear nonproliferation issues.
Roy, Aldridge held to 8 points each in 121-96 loss at L.A.
Andre Miller scored 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 17 for the Blazers, who lost for just the second time in their last six meetings with the Lakers.
BANGKOK (AP) -- Tiger Woods has met the prime minister of Thailand as he receives VIP treatment during a short visit to his mother's home country.
SYDNEY (AP) -- The CEO of Qantas says tests have found oil leaks in three engines on its grounded Airbus A380 fleet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pau Gasol had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists while completing his fourth career triple-double by the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers easily improved to 7-0 for the fifth time in franchise history with a 121-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Women veterans are becoming a bigger share of the Veterans Administration clientele.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Nenad Krstic and the Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to bring attention and some help to an area of Serbia hit by an earthquake this week.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams was hit helmet-to-helmet by Packers safety Nick Collins midway through the third quarter.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- After four officer-involved shootings in the past 2 1/2 months in Spokane County, officer training is under scrutiny here.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers and shortstop Jhonny Peralta have agreed on a two-year contract with a club option for 2013.
DETROIT (AP) -- Jhonny Peralta is staying with the Detroit Tigers.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Richardson scored 21 points, Steve Nash added 19 and the Phoenix Suns held off Atlanta's second-half comeback to beat the Hawks 118-114 on Sunday.
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands (AP) -- Stefan Edberg won his first Champions Series title Sunday, beating Marat Safin 7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-8 (Champions tiebreaker) windy conditions in the Grand Cayman Legends Championships.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby was active for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys after missing the first eight weeks following left ankle surgery in the offseason.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- John Cook successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championships on Sunday at Harding Park, while Bernhard Langer took his first season points title.
Whitehurst struggles in first start as Seattle QB
The Giants (6-2) jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead, overwhelming the banged up Seahawks and staking claim as maybe the best team in the NFC.
BANDON, Ore. (AP) -- About 200 Oregon coast residents are embarking a spirited opposition to a planned mining operation near Coos Bay.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Forward Jeff Green was held out of the Oklahoma City Thunder's lineup Sunday night against the Boston Celtics with a sprained left ankle.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Olympian Zach Lund has accepted a spot on the U.S. Intercontinental Cup skeleton roster after failing to qualify for the sport's World Cup series.
First step: Review the state of play
The Republican “tsunami” that swept the nation Tuesday and cost Democrats control of the U.S. House felt more like a wavelet by the time it reached Clark County. The tide did help carry Republican state Rep. Jaime Herrera to victory in the 3rd Congressional District over Democrat Denny Heck.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Talor Battle scored 16 points and had four rebounds to lead Penn State to a 66-52 exhibition win Sunday over East Stroudsburg.
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has begun rounding up wild horses near Burns to preserve public land as animal rights activists and other fans of the animals keep close watch.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- An angry Jeff Gordon hit Jeff Burton with a hard two-handed push after Burton sent Gordon's car crashing into the outside wall during a caution period.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie has suffered a concussion on a second-quarter hit to his head by Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. He has movement and is alert in the locker room.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles left Sunday's game against the Indianpolis Colts with a concussion.
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Tommy's Memory scored a wire-to-wire win in the $60,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating Joey P. by a neck.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say an 18-year-old Canby man was driving under the influence when he crashed his 1994 Jeep Cherokee head-on with another vehicle, sending the driver of that car to the hospital.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- As far as ninth-ranked Nebraska's concerned, there's no shame in a one-point overtime victory at Iowa State.
DETROIT (AP) -- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has left the game against the New York Jets with an apparent right shoulder injury.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Strike the Bell, the even-money favorite, rallied for a 112-length win over Miss World in Sunday's $60,000 Glowing Honor Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Aqueduct.
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Two men have been rescued from the Red Wall climbing area of Smith Rock State Park.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jared Sullinger scored 22 points with 10 rebounds in 28 minutes in an impressive freshman debut, helping No. 4 Ohio State defeat NAIA runner-up Walsh 102-56 in an exhibition game Sunday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 21 points and freshman Jeremy Lamb had 17 to lead Connecticut to a 103-57 exhibition win over Bridgeport on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has kicked an extra point in New England's game against Cleveland.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford ended any debate about which team is second best in the Pac-10 with a game against Arizona that coach Jim Harbaugh called his team's most complete of the season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jockey Calvin Borel has been fined and fellow rider Javier Castellano has been fined and suspended for six days following a fight in the winner's circle on Friday at Churchill Downs.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and leading receiver Zach Miller for their AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
TORONTO (AP) -- Bills kicker Rian Lindell has missed an extra point attempt against the Bears that ends his streak of extra points at 321 -- the fourth longest in NFL history.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts are without running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Giants center Shaun O'Hara is inactive for Sunday's game against Seattle, while the Seahawks will be without three of their four starting defensive linemen.
DETROIT (AP) -- Rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is Detroit's emergency kicker.
GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- Two traps baited with doughnuts and maple syrup have been set in a wooded area near Gig Harbor in an attempt to catch the bear that mauled a woman.
GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say a Gig Harbor woman was attacked by a black bear Sunday morning while she was walking her dog.
Executive director works to keep music playing
That the Vancouver Symphony is staging its second concert of the season this weekend is an achievement. Earlier this year it looked like the organization was in danger of folding altogether. It had to launch an aggressive fundraising campaign and slash its budget by about 25 percent to keep the music playing.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon.com says it is buying Quidsi, the owner of Diapers.com and Soap.com, for $500 million in cash in a move to expand its online retail empire.
VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- Bode Miller's back for the start of another season. Whether he's around for the finish is a big mystery even to him.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The past, present and future of Penn State football blended together at Beaver Stadium to create one memorable night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has gone to the locker room with injured ribs after scoring a touchdown on his 500th career catch.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A 17-year-old volleyball player on her way to a tournament was killed when her vehicle was struck by another car Saturday morning in rural Whatcom County.
SOAP LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- A 19-year-old man and a juvenile male were arrested this past week and a third person is sought in Grant County for allegedly firing shots at a Royal City police officer during a vehicle pursuit.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Cornerback Dunta Robinson returned from a concussion Sunday and was listed as a starter for the Atlanta Falcons.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia say bomb grade nuclear material they seized in March was smuggled across the border from Armenia in a cigarette pack.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Thiago Pereira Brazil and Therese Alshammar of Sweden have won $100,000 prizes for topping swimming's overall World Cup standings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has declined to address the job status of coach Brad Childress.
TORONTO (AP) -- Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions are leaning on rookie strong safety Amari Spievey to replace C.C. Brown against the New York Jets.
HOUSTON (AP) -- San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is inactive for Sunday's game in Houston.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Donte' Stallworth was not placed on the Baltimore Ravens' inactive list Sunday, leaving him available to make his season debut.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme are inactive for Sunday's game against New England.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Vikings receiver Percy Harvin has been activated for Minnesota's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints are getting cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer back against Carolina, but running back Reggie Bush remains sidelined.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson is in Israel to try her powers of seduction on an unlikely audience -- ultra-Orthodox lawmakers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia has won the men's title at the New York City Marathon in his debut at the distance.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Edna Kiplagat has won the women's title at the New York City Marathon.
PARIS (AP) -- Florent Serra saved two match points before beating Albert Montanes of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Paris Masters on Sunday.
PARIS (AP) -- Peter Joppich of Germany won his fourth individual foil world title on Sunday, defeating Sheng Lei of China 15-11 in the final at the World Fencing Championships, and Gerek Meinhardt of the U.S. shared the bronze.
NEW YORK (AP) -- World-record holder Haile Gebrselassie has announced his retirement after dropping out of the New York City Marathon.
NEW YORK (AP) -- World-record holder Haile Gebrselassie has pulled out of the New York City Marathon with an apparent right knee injury.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a place in the Democratic leadership after Republicans take control next year.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A new law for the first time will allow some Israelis to marry outside the strict religious establishment.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a second U.S. missile strike has killed four suspected militants close to the Afghan border.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say an U.S. missile strike has killed five suspected militants close to the Afghan border.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut jury has ended a third day of deliberations without deciding a sentence for a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in their suburban home in which the girls were tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A 91-year-old Dutch Jew who fought the Nazis in World War II has marked his bar mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony -- decades after the traditional date.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican in line to lead the House budget committee says the GOP needs a "better Senate" and President Barack Obama out of office before they can fully scrap Democrats' health care law.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two actors unions have tentatively agreed to a proposed contract from Hollywood movie and television studios.
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- The Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 Sunday to win the Japan Series in seven games.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen.-elect Rand Paul says GOP lawmakers must be open to cutting military spending as Congress tries to reduce government spending.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Christians have gathered for Mass in the same church that just a week ago was the scene of a horrific bloodbath in which 58 of their bretheren died.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican leader says that if Democrats keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their party chief in the House, then "it's almost as if they didn't get the message."
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- The United States lost to Italy in four sets Sunday, dropping its first match at the women's volleyball world championships.
PARIS (AP) -- French volleyball player Nicolas Marechal has been suspended three months for failing to provide his whereabouts to France's anti-doping agency.
Madore says candidates will do better next time
The election is over, but that doesn’t mean David Madore and his political action committee, NoTolls.com, are through. Madore and his PAC put more than $150,000 into nine local and legislative races this November — and saw just two of their favored Republican candidates, 17th District Rep. Paul Harris and County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick, emerge victorious. Only Harris will have a direct vote on tolls, one among the state House’s 98 members.
Clark County will host an open house for people to look at three proposals for reducing congestion, improving safety and supporting economic development on Northeast 179th Street from Northeast Delfel Road to 15th Avenue.
Two years ago, with Lehman Brothers in bankruptcy, stocks in free fall and local home prices dropping, Professor U.N. Umesh surveyed the economic landscape and saw a stampeding herd of wildebeests. “The wildebeests can’t see into the distance and instead take their cues from those around them,” Umesh, who teaches marketing and entrepreneurship classes at Washington State University Vancouver, said in October 2008.
There’s a new library shaping up on the west side of Vancouver, and it’s not a skyscraper full of books. It’s a tool library.
A weekend of 30th anniversary celebrations for Jodi’s School of Music will finish with a Sunday afternoon concert benefiting the Ray Hickey Hospice House.
A goal by Janae Benson in the second half carried Camas to a 1-0 girls soccer victory Saturday over Auburn Mountainview. The victory improves the Papermakers to 14-3 this season. Camas will play Juanita of Kirkland on Tuesday at Doc Harris Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs.
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Clark County’s cities are wondering if the grass might be greener for their parks if they work together. Since this summer, a blue-ribbon commission for parks and recreation with representatives from Vancouver, Clark County, Battle Ground, Camas, Washougal and Ridgefield have been meeting to talk about the tough times ahead in funding open spaces and how they might work together to fix them.
My former-drill-sergeant therapist said that, if I didn’t like the results of Tuesday’s election, maybe I should chug on over to Mamby Pamby Land and find some self-confidence. His stern advice helped boost my spirits, although I’m still trying to decipher what he meant by “you jack wagon.” Even if you don’t recognize that Geico TV commercial, you’ve got to admit we’re all burdened these days by post-election psychological strains. Here are a few myths and realities that might lend stability to the chaos.
Clark County doctors got $190,000 over 18 months
Pharmaceutical companies are paying millions of dollars to psychiatrists, physicians and other medical professionals each year — including at least 14 providers from Clark County. These local doctors received more than $190,000 from drug manufacturers in 2009 and the first half of 2010. They joined more than 17,000 doctors nationwide who received a combined total of $257.8 million from pharmaceutical firms paying for educational programs, speaking engagements, consulting and other services.
People in business and new business news
Huge voter turnout, change in Congress were hallmarks of the 2010 election
This year’s election will be remembered for different reasons by different people, but from the perspective of a single electorate, Clark County voters can point to two memorable occurrences: heavier than expected voter participation and a multifaceted change in Southwest Washington’s congressional representative. Two-thirds of Clark County’s registered voters spoke up in last week’s midterm (no presidential race) election. That turnout is about six percentage points higher than what local election officials had projected.
Washougal senior places second; Timmons is sixth
Dylan Creoni found an empty patch of grass inside the media area at the state cross country championships and lay back in exhaustion. The Washougal senior poured every scintilla of energy he possessed into challenging defending 2A champion Scott Carlyle of Sehome in Saturday’s race.
Timberline scores 22 points in fourth to beat Thunder
Timberline of Lacey scored 22 points in a seven-minute span of the fourth quarter Saturday, pulling out a 29-28 victory and bringing a stunning end to a stellar season for the Mountain View football team. “I think we got ahead of ourselves,” Thunder senior Jeff Carmody said. “You’ve got to play all 48 minutes.”
Early goals lead Storm to victory over Gig Harbor
It has been such a long wait for the Skyview girls soccer program to make it back to the state tournament. That just made it even better for the Storm when this year’s match to qualify for state was over early Saturday afternoon.
Saturday's high school results
Seniors, people with disabilities, and many more of the state’s most vulnerable citizens will be harmed due to the massive budget crisis here in the state of Washington. That much is assured, given the governor’s order to cut 6.3 percent of the state expenditures in this biennium, which runs through June 30, 2011. The Department of Social and Health Services faced many tough choices in meeting this request; virtually nothing was spared a devastating cut. One cut in particular, however, threatens both the safety of 6,000 elderly and disabled residents of our state, and the vital community safety net that Washington state has proudly built for over three decades. DSHS was forced to propose moving 6,000 current clients of home care agencies to the “independent provider” program, where those same individuals would be forced to hire, supervise, schedule, substitute for, discipline, and fire their own care provider.
Topics may include use of fish to detect pollution in streams
State environmental regulators, reassessing the quality of Washington’s water, will seek the public’s opinion with a series of meetings around the state this month. The state Department of Ecology will convene one of those meetings in Vancouver on Nov. 15.
As of early Saturday afternoon, rainfall totals for this time of year were running slightly behind the average in Vancouver, but I’m sure Saturday night’s storm made a dent in that deficit and put them above average once again. The good news for those who enjoy wintery weather is that freezing levels finally are dropping, leaving a fresh coat of snow in the ski areas and down to mountain pass levels.
Road across America was a long string of opportunities to learn
When David Jones did the final tally on his coast-to-coast trek, it added up to 3.1 million revolutions for a 26-inch bicycle wheel. It makes for an impressive number, but Jones likes to break down his 4,022-mile journey into another set of numbers.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A 20-year-old man has been arrested after a 28-year-old man died following the explosion of a homemade bomb during a party in Spokane County.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A 28-year-old man is dead after apparent homemade explosives detonated during a party in Spokane County.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Court documents show that Israel's government sold or leased properties in Arab areas of east Jerusalem to settlers at low prices and helped them cement a Jewish presence in disputed areas of the holy city.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Eli Manning threw for three first-half touchdowns, Ahmad Bradshaw added a pair of rushing touchdowns and the New York Giants routed the Seattle Seahawks 41-7 on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brett Favre rallied the Vikings from 14 points down to tie it with 27 seconds to play, then drove them into position for Ryan Longwell's 35-yard game-winning field goal for a 27-24 overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
TORONTO (AP) -- Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes, including one to Earl Bennett late in the fourth quarter to keep the Buffalo Bills winless through eight games and give the Chicago Bears a 22-19 victory Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Drew Brees threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, Jabari Greer returned an interception for a touchdown and the New Orleans Saints became the latest team to shut down Carolina's NFL-worst offense in a 34-3 victory over the banged-up Panthers on Sunday.