Stories for February 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federally mediated negotiations between the NFL and the players' union have stretched past 35 hours over five days -- and they aren't done.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL and its players' union have begun Day 5 of negotiations with a federal mediator.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Since school resumed in January at Washington Middle School in Yakima, students have been following a dress code that requires them to stick to three colors -- white, gray or black.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is just two days out from sending space shuttle Discovery on its final voyage after a nearly four-month delay.
WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Woodland City Council may require contractors to use the E-Verify system to prove that their workers are in the United States legally.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- The Benton County coroner says a transient woman who drowned in a Kennewick canal in December suffered from a seizure disorder and had a high level of methamphetamine in her system.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked China for information on the use of steroids in raising cattle after some athletes blamed their positive doping tests on tainted beef.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Horse racing's Triple Crown will be broadcast on NBC through 2015.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The reported deaths of four Americans, including a Seattle couple, by pirates off Somalia is terrible news for friends at the Seattle Singles Yacht Club.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The reported deaths of four Americans, including a Seattle couple, in piracy off Somalia is terrible news for friends at the Seattle Singles Yacht Club.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The reported deaths of four Americans, including a Seattle couple, in piracy off Somalia is terrible news for friends at the Seattle Singles Yacht.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A U.S. military spokesman says the military is working with the FBI and the Justice Department to determine where 15 pirate suspects involved in the hijacking of a yacht with four Americans onboard will go next.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says pirates killed four American hostages they were holding on a yacht off Somalia's coast.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says pirates killed four American hostages they were holding on a yacht off Somalia's coast.
State says it could save millions by eliminating postcards sent in mail
Want the government to encourage personal responsibility? Senate Bill 5727 is for you.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Activist investor Carl Icahn is offering to buy software maker Mentor Graphics Corp. for $17 per share in cash, or about $1.9 billion.
No arrest yet in incident that left two wounded
Clark County Sheriff’s Office detectives were to meet today and plan their strategy in the Saturday night nonfatal shootings of two people at 4213 N.E. 38th St., just north of state Highway 500 and east of St. Johns Road. Cory S. Bloom suffered gunshot wounds to his hip and thigh about 11:38 p.m. Saturday, and Sarah A. Godfrey’s calf was grazed, sheriff’s Sgt Shane Gardner said Sunday. Both victims are in their early 20s, he said.
The driver of a pickup was ticketed Monday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian in a marked flashing crosswalk at East Fourth Plain Boulevard near Todd Road, close to Evergreen Park, police said.
A chimney fire flared out of control and sent out embers that ignited the roof of a house southeast of Yacolt near Moulton Falls Park on Monday afternoon.
OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) -- Okanogan Sheriff Frank Rogers says a woman found dead in a burning car near Tonasket is apparently the elderly woman who owned the car.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Police have announced a nighttime curfew in parts of New Zealand's Christchurch city that were devastated by an earthquake.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Rescuers have pulled a woman from the rubble of New Zealand's devastating earthquake more than 24 hours after she was trapped.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Officials in New Zealand say the death toll from the earthquake in Christchurch has risen to 75.
Anti-tolling activist David Madore brought a bar chart mounted on a big board to Monday’s House Transportation session. He wanted to compare the projected cost of the Columbia River Crossing — the current estimated price tag for the bridge, highway interchanges and light rail range from $3.2 billion to $3.6 billion — with the $240 million cost of the Hoover Dam Bypass, a new 3.5-mile corridor that crosses the Colorado River, connecting Nevada and Arizona. “How has this project ballooned to such a monstrous cost?” he asked committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state Congressman Rick Larsen was in New Zealand and left Christchurch just three hours before the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state Congressman Rick Larsen was in New Zealand when the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks fell sharply and oil prices spiked to their highest level in two years as unrest in worsened in Libya.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks fell sharply and oil prices spiked as investors became worried about increasingly violent unrest in Libya.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are falling sharply and oil prices are spiking as investors worry about increasingly violent protests in Libya.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are headed for a sharply lower opening as investors become increasingly concerned about violent protests in Libya.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers are considering relief from tuition increases for needy college students.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service is forecasting three-to-six inches of snow Wednesday for Western Washington, including the Seattle area. And snow is already causing delays and crashes on Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service is forecasting three-to-six inches of snow Wednesday for Western Washington, including the Seattle area.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for the Western Washington lowlands.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Roger Federer has won his first match since losing in the Australian Open semifinals, beating wild card Somdev Devvarman of India 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Dubai Championships by beating Michael Llodra of France 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday in his first match since winning his second Grand Slam title.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Dubai Championships by beating Michael Llorda of France 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday in his first match since winning his second Grand Slam title.
The people behind a new YouTube video hope Clark County shoppers will spend here, not in Oregon.
Prairie's Heather Corral, a junior, learned Monday what she had feared — a ruptured ACL in her left knee and is done for the remainder of the playoffs.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has offered sympathy to Somalia after one of the African country's best young players was killed by a suicide bomber in Mogadishu.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's top sporting official says fans could be banned from upcoming basketball and volleyball games between rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos following violence at a weekend football match between the clubs.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says the Republican-led chamber will pass a bill cutting collective bargaining rights for most public employees despite noisy protests inside the Capitol that have gone on for a week.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warns that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The King Conservation District is holding an online election for a vacant seat on its Board of Supervisors. The district says it's a way to counter low voter turnouts.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Amare Stoudemire says the New York Knicks will be "hard to guard" with Carmelo Anthony joining him in New York.
LONDON (AP) -- London organizers are marking a key milestone ahead of the 2012 Games, with the velodrome becoming the first venue in the Olympic Park to be completed.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, just elected mayor of Chicago, is calling his victory "humbling" and "most gratifying." He also is thanking retiring Mayor Richard Daley for his lifetime of service to the city.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been elected mayor of Chicago, to succeed the retiring Richard Daley.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago voters are braving icy weather to cast ballots in a mayoral election that will end the long reign of retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley and bring certain change to city politics.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The campaign to replace Mayor Richard Daley has unfolded unlike any in Chicago's history, and almost certainly will end with a mayor unlike anyone who's run City Hall before.
Second-half rally sends Falcons past Kennedy
Hours after learning all-league junior Heather Corral would miss the rest of the season, the Prairie girls basketball team turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to beat Kennedy of Burien 52-46 to capture the Class 3A West-Central bi-district tournament championship Monday in Kent.
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) -- Census figures show that a near-record level of U.S. counties are "dying" -- that is, they are experiencing more deaths than births in their communities.
Several residents report strange object Sunday evening
No joke: Several residents in far east Vancouver reported seeing a saucer-shaped object Sunday evening, hovering low in the sky.
Pro- and anti-Columbia River Crossing factions showed up Monday to the Clark Public Utilities building, where a congressional committee heard testimony on regional transportation infrastructure issues. While Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., didn’t want to hear about specific projects, that’s about all the crowd outside wanted to talk about.
U.S. Rep. John Mica, the Florida Republican who chairs the committee, wielded his gavel -- and his wit -- to cut short testimony on the bridge project. Several panelists, including Washington Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and anti-toll activist David Madore, were invited to shelve their prepared comments and cut to the chase.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a 16-year-old boy will be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a St. Petersburg, Fla., police officer.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say they've arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a St. Petersburg, Fla., police officer.
CAIRO (AP) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vows to fight protesters demanding his ouster and to die a "martyr," shouting and pounding his fist in a furious speech on state TV.
CAIRO (AP) -- A Libyan opposition activist and a Tripoli resident say the streets of a restive district in the Libyan capital are littered with the bodies of scores of protesters shot dead by security forces loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) -- Tramayne Moorer scored 13 points and Alabama State carried a double-digit halftime lead into a 62-53 win over Alcorn State on Monday night.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Travele Jones scored 17 points and Texas Southern hung on to defeat MVSU 58-55 in overtime on Monday night, avenging its only conference loss of the season.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- DeWayne Jackson scored 16 points and Kevin Thompson added 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Morgan State past Maryland-Eastern Shore 71-54 on Monday night.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Cornelius Hester scored 24 points, most of which came off six 3-pointers, as Alabama A&M defeated Southern University 64-45 on Monday night.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Marcus Morris had 27 points and No. 3 Kansas brushed off the suspension of point guard Tyshawn Taylor, romping past Oklahoma State 92-65 on Monday night.
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Chelsea Poppens had a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 25 Iowa State beat Texas 66-57 in overtime on Monday night.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Thomas Coleman scored 21 points to lead North Carolina A&T over North Carolina Central 72-67 on Monday night.
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- Yannick Crowder scored 16 points to help lead Florida A&M to a 58-55 come-from-behind victory over Hampton on Monday night.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- Devon Beitzel scored 23 points and Neal Kingman added 20, leading Northern Colorado to a 87-69 victory over North Dakota Monday night.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Bryquis Perine scored 20 points, including a basket with 11 seconds remaining in overtime, and Wisconsin-Green Bay defeated Valparaiso 81-80 on Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stanley Elliott tipped in an errant shot with 1.2 seconds remaining as Bethune-Cookman survived a late Howard rally to win its fourth straight, 66-64 Monday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Sherwood Brown scored 18 points and Florida Gulf Coast defeated Stetson 64-60 on Monday night.
Search is successful on Mount Hood
A search on Mount Hood this morning netted the rescue of a lost snowboarder who has been able to call the sheriff's office with a cell phone.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa football radio broadcaster and former NFL running back Ed Podolak is in stable condition after being struck by a car in Scottsdale, Ariz.
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) -- Michael Griffin had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Prairie View to a 59-53 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal and Michal Neuvirth was perfect for the second straight time against the Penguins, leading the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh on Monday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Michael Harper scored 25 points and Coppin State's shooting got better as the game wore on in an 89-72 victory over Delaware State on Monday night.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Darnell Porter scored 18 points and Brandon Riley added 14 to lead South Carolina State over Norfolk State 64-62 on Monday night.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Mike Williams and Richie Gordon each hit a pair of free throws in the final two seconds as Western Carolina defeated North Carolina Greensboro 70-66 Monday night.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Early scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Chattanooga over Furman 75-59 on Monday night, ending a four-game skid for the Mocs.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Michael Porrini came off the bench to score 19 points, including a tie-breaking jumper with 2 seconds left, and Kent State rallied to beat Western Michigan 74-72 Monday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson -- a couple of Philly kids -- combined for 38 points and No. 17 Syracuse, the worst free throw shooting team in the Big East, sealed a 69-64 victory over No. 15 Villanova at the line Monday night.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Barnes has returned to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers after missing six weeks while recovering from knee surgery.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers say that Washington state should not be penalized for having a healthy fund for unemployment payments.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers say that Washington state should not be penalized for having a healthy fund for unemployment payments.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Amber White scored 23 points to help North Carolina State beat No. 13 North Carolina 88-72 on Monday night.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead No. 12 Miami to a 74-46 victory over Wake Forest Monday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Antwaine Wiggins scored 24 points and Andrew Goudelock added 23 to lead College of Charleston in a 75-49 rout of Samford on Monday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd rejoined the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday with a new perspective for the game.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The Alaska lawmaker denied a flight from a Seattle airport after refusing a pat-down search is expected back in Juneau on Thursday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Since taking charge of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006, Michael Jordan has made 13 trades involving 35 players.
Dick Grafton, who helped liberate Japanese prison camp in WWII, lived near Jim Jacks
Dick Grafton lived a couple of minutes away from Jim Jacks. Turns out there was another connection between the Vancouver families — one that stretches back 66 years to a place 9,000 miles away.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- By now, the Florida Marlins are used to being off the radar screen.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Meighan Simmons scored 14 points and No. 4 Tennessee cruised to a 77-44 win over No. 22 Georgia on Monday night to win its 16th Southeastern Conference regular season title.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Erica Allenspach had 13 points and a career-high seven steals and No. 21 Marist extended the nation's current longest winning streak in women's basketball to 21 games with a 79-38 victory over St. Peter's on Monday night.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- New photos show Colombian singer Shakira and Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique holding hands as they enter a restaurant in the Catalonian city.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jeff Mathis had a 10-game hitting streak during the first month of last season and was batting .324 heading into April 19.
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) -- Doug Williams is returning to Grambling and will coach the Tigers football team.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Knicks and Denver Nuggets have agreed on a trade that will send Carmelo Anthony to New York.
DENVER (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony was excused from the Denver Nuggets' practice Monday night.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- While the Nets remain confident about acquiring Carmelo Anthony, a person familiar with the trade talks says New Jersey is interested in acquiring some former Knicks if the Denver Nuggets decide to ship Anthony to New York.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni says he's "ready for anything" as the NBA trade deadline nears and the Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios keep swirling.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's leader says at least 65 people have been killed in the earthquake that hit the city of Christchurch.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Cam Newton plans to fully participate in the NFL combine that begins later this week, saying he wants "to be transparent" through the whole draft process.
Mountains to get heavy snow, valley prospect uncertain
Television forecasters are predicting snow this week, but will it reach the metro area? Definitely maybe, says the National Weather Service.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Archarcharch pulled ahead on the home stretch to win the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ryan Ludwick is looking to bounce back.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Holy Family has suspended a men's basketball coach accused of attacking a player at practice.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Villanova senior guard Corey Stokes returned after a three-game absence because of a turf toe injury.
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade will play Tuesday when the Miami Heat open their post-All-Star schedule against Sacramento, despite a sore right ankle.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A $500,000-per-year pay raise recently awarded to Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville through 2015 has angered university faculty members, who have been asked to take a pay freeze in 2011.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's top Senate leader says any changes to the state's kicker law should have bipartisan support.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jeff Suppan hopes to win a job on the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
A congressional committee is in Vancouver today taking testimony on the Columbia River Crossing and other transportation infrastructure projects.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Midfielder Josh Gardner has signed a multiyear contract with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand made his first public appearance since being paralyzed in a game against Army more than four months ago.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers say they will push for an end to legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing to treat their dying children.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Thad Matta was hit with so many "what went wrong?" questions on Monday that it was as if his Ohio State team's record was 2-25 instead of 25-2.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Coach Steve Fisher and guard D.J. Gay agree -- nothing No. 6 San Diego State does against No. 7 BYU on Saturday will matter if the Aztecs let Jimmer Fredette go off for 43 points again.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez arrived at spring training and promptly discussed the most significant activity of his offseason: getting fed popcorn by Cameron Diaz at the Super Bowl in the snack seen 'round the world.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis 500 has announced a start time for the race's 100th anniversary running this spring.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins have hired three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Bryan Cox as the team's pass rush coach, bringing him back to the franchise that drafted him 20 years ago.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled against using an anonymous jury without first deciding that withholding names is justified on security or other grounds and without taking any steps to mitigate possible prejudice to a defendant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former popular streetball player and Louisville reserve Troy Jackson was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on Sunday morning. He was 35.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Bourn laughs at the suggestion that he is the reason Carl Crawford, his former Little League teammate, plays left field instead of center.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Be Bullish, making his first start for trainer Rick Dutrow, beat Smokin Hero by 134 lengths Monday in the $63,700 Hollie Hughes Stakes for New York breds at Aqueduct.
LONDON (AP) -- Carlton Cole scored twice in a three-minute span to help West Ham rout Burnley 5-1 Monday night and advance to an FA Cup quarterfinal at Stoke.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers have introduced a constitutional amendment that would create a rainy day fund for the state's capital budget, to provide a stable source of money for construction projects during economic downturns.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Bruce Chen went nearly four years without winning a major league game before he led the Kansas City Royals with 12 victories last year.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Matt Duchene is back on the ice for the sinking Colorado Avalanche and willing to lend a helping hand -- even if it's injured.
Tim Martinez: High schools
The silver lining: The Prairie Falcons girls basketball team has already won their most important game at the bi-district tournament.
Patty Mills is happy-go-lucky but it’s not a family trait
Patty Mills doesn't like to talk much about his Indigenous Australian heritage. Unless he's asked about it.
LAKESIDE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend at a mobile home in Lakeside on the coast.
This week's Blazers report card
When to watch this week
Building permits over $25,000 issued by the city of Vancouver for Feb. 7-11.
What’s open and what’s closed for Presidents Day:
The following have applied to the Washington State Liquor Control Board:
Recent commercial real estate transactions as reported by area brokerage firms.
Clark County native was on registry for nine years
Brian Loos didn’t know much about the national bone marrow registry when he joined nine years ago. He knew it required only a couple swipes of a cotton swab across his cheek to be added to the registry. And he knew the program saved lives.
Letters to the editor
Greg McKelvey, who teaches band at Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School, turned on the television on Feb. 13 to watch the Grammy Awards, but he dozed off, so he missed seeing his former student, Esperanza Spalding, accept the award for best new artist. McKelvey, a 56-year-old Portland resident, taught Spalding about 15 years ago when she joined his band for inner-city and minority youth in Portland. At the time, she played oboe and keyboard, he said.
Hospital says insurer’s plan to move procedures could cost it millions of dollars
A plan by Kaiser Permanente Northwest to move 1,000 elective surgeries away from other hospitals to its own Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Ore., is raising concerns for leaders at Vancouver-based Southwest Washington Medical Center. Joe Kortum, president and CEO of Southwest, said the move could cost Southwest “millions” of dollars in revenue. It also places a burden on Clark County residents who are insured by Kaiser, Kortum said, because it forces them to drive to Clackamas rather than having their surgery performed closer to home at Southwest.
When a former Vancouver police chief was back in town a week ago, the right to remain silent was definitely not part of anybody’s agenda. Bob King and his three companions were here to sing romantic ballads.
Three applicants will give five-minute presentations
The Woodland City Council on Tuesday will select a new member from three applicants vying to fill Position No. 7. The council will interview, appoint and swear-in its newest member at its 7 p.m. meeting.
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More than ever, Americans are turning to pills to fight sleeplessness
With almost a third of Americans reporting sleep problems, it’s not surprising that sales of Ambien, Sonata and similar sleep aids are high: It’s a $1.8 billion market. Pharmacists filled close to 48 million prescriptions for such non-benzodiazepines — or “Z drugs,” so nicknamed because most of their chemical names start with the letter Z — in 2009, according to health-care research company IMS Health. That’s more than twice as many as were filled in 2002.
Today might be known as Presidents Day, but in this state, we’ve got our favorite
While much of the country will spend today observing Presidents Day, those of us in the northwestern corner of the contiguous United States prefer to think of it as Washington’s Birthday. That is, of course, the legal name of the federal holiday, although some have attempted to hijack the momentous occasion by lumping our first president — and our state’s namesake — with any manner of lesser leaders with the more egalitarian “Presidents Day.”
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: NASCAR and NBA All-Star Game.
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- A semi-truck driver saved his truck and escaped injury when his trailer caught fire Monday morning on Highway 101 about 55 miles north of Hoquiam.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Omar Vizquel donned a sweatshirt and stocking cap on a cool morning in Arizona and headed out early to the batting cage. Just two months shy of his 44th birthday, he's getting ready for yet another season.
TOKYO (AP) -- Chilean miner Edison Pena plans to run the Tokyo Marathon, his second such race since he was among the 33 men rescued in October.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Magglio Ordonez knew his season was over as soon as he broke his right ankle sliding into home plate against Toronto last July 24.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins began addressing their banged-up lineup by acquiring forward James Neal from the Dallas Stars in exchange for offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Police say a man was stabbed in the neck and chest around noon Monday on a downtown Seattle street corner, at Third and Pine.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Bryce Harper receive a friendly greeting from Stephen Strasburg, one overall No. 1 draft pick greeting another at spring training for the Washington Nationals.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and former NL MVP Dick Groat are among seven former players and coaches elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Cole Hamels went from being the man on the Philadelphia Phillies to just one of the guys in a star-studded rotation.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Wainwright will pitch in the St. Louis Cardinals' first spring training exhibition in one week against the Florida Marlins, putting the NL Cy Young Award runner-up in line to take the mound for the March 31 opener against the San Diego Padres.
LIBBY, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities in northwestern Montana are investigating a weekend shooting that left a 38-year-old Washington state man hospitalized.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The woman convicted of trying to extort cash and cars from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is preparing to appeal the case.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals have filled the main opening on their coaching staff by hiring James Urban as receivers coach.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Daytona 500's television ratings are up from last year.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Keith Clanton scored 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds and Central Florida defeated UTEP 74-68 Monday, dropping the Miners from first to a tie for third in Conference USA.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Presidents Day holiday was an opportunity for several groups to rally in Olympia and meet with Washington lawmakers.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Moulson scored three times for his second straight multigoal game, Al Montoya stopped 20 shots and the New York Islanders cruised to a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The fight in Wisconsin over union rights is about more than pay and benefits in the public sector. It could also help solidify Republican power for years.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A man walking his dog Sunday afternoon discovered a body in Whatcom Creek in Bellingham.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic defeated seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the opening round of the Qatar Open on Monday.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn has undergone neck surgery after being injured while sliding during a game over the weekend.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Coco Crisp approached Hideki Matsui while they warmed up and pulled his new teammate into a hug. They shook hands, too -- a little more the Japanese style.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner says baseball's revenue sharing and luxury tax programs need changes, and that Commissioner Bud Selig is open to the idea.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman who videotaped herself and her husband raping a 4-year-old girl and posted it to the Internet has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman who taped herself and her husband raping a 4-year-old girl and sent videos of the abuse over the Internet has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) -- Austrian skier Hans Grugger has been released from the hospital, one month after undergoing brain surgery following a near-fatal downhill crash.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick has withdrawn from this week's Delray Beach Tennis Championships.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- IndyCar appears to be headed to The Strip.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA All-Star game has earned its highest television rating since Michael Jordan's last appearance in 2003.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ryan Dempster has been selected by Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade to start the season opener against Pittsburgh on April 1.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NASA is ready to launch its newest Earth-observing satellite.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman whose pickup truck hit five pedestrians outside a Seattle nightclub has been sentenced to 29 months in prison.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Justine Siegal became the first woman to pitch batting practice in a major league spring training camp when she threw to the Cleveland Indians.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have signed general manager Frank Wren to a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A spokesman says racing jockey Eibar Coa is in stable condition but undergoing additional surgery after injuring his neck in a fall from his horse.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Ferrari driver Felipe Massa edged Mark Webber of Red Bull on Monday to record the fastest lap on the final day of a Formula One testing session.
FT. MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Morneau says he is feeling better seven months after a concussion ended his season, but he likely will not play in the Minnesota Twins' first few games of spring training while he works his way back.
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Nearly $1.3 million in state transportation funding awarded to five projects in Central Oregon will help extend a bus route in Bend, add to a trail system in Madras and help the city of Bend comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's soccer federation will ask to have next month's African Cup of Nations qualifying match against South Africa postponed because of unrest at home.
LONDON (AP) -- Before returning to Los Angeles, David Beckham treated Tottenham staff to a traditional English lunch of savory pie and mashed potato as his training stint with the club ended.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Adrian Gonzalez is hitting for the first time in spring training with the Boston Red Sox.
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities have not recovered head of a disabled North Carolina girl whose stepmother has been indicted on a murder charge and accused of dismembering the 10-year-old's body.
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- The stepmother of a disabled North Carolina girl has been indicted on a murder charge in the child's death.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- No. 1 Kansas has suspended point guard Tyshawn Taylor indefinitely for violating team rules.
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Police in an Atlanta suburb say New Orleans Hornets' backup point guard Jarrett Jack has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Caroline Wozniaki has officially reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis, one week after surrendering it to Kim Clijsters.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz has resumed practicing after missing six games with a lower body injury, and could be ready to return this week.
ROME (AP) -- AS Roma has accepted coach Claudio Ranieri's resignation and replaced him with former forward Vincenzo Montella.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been banned for four European club matches for head-butting Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordans at a Champions League game last week.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is set to have a trial at Premier League club Birmingham this week.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A German brewery is putting a new twist on no-alcohol beer. Erdinger is promoting its alcohol-free beverage as a sports drink.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Terry Pegula will formally close on his $189 million purchase of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, a little over three months after the Pennsylvania billionaire first approached Tom Golisano to purchase the franchise.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lane County is encouraging retailers to help recycle compact fluorescent bulbs and help prevent toxic mercury contamination in landfills.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Baseball union head Michael Weiner wants talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- David Nalbandian and Juan Monaco have been selected to Argentina's Davis Cup for next month's opening round against Romania.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The leaders of Oregon's National Guard -- Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees and Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley -- will visit state troops serving in Iraq.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An osprey nest on top of an Oregon Department of Transportation light pole at Eugene had to go.
SANDY, Ore. (AP) -- Burglars broke into a tanning salon at a strip mall in Sandy and then kept right on going into two more businesses.
LONDON (AP) -- Organizers say the season-opening Formula One race in Bahrain has been called off because of anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL and the players' union have wrapped up their fourth day in a row of mediated labor negotiations.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL and its players' union are meeting with a federal mediator for the fourth day in a row.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's countdown clocks are ticking again for space shuttle Discovery's final launch.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Discovery's astronauts are back at Kennedy Space Center for a launch attempt.