Stories for April 1, 2012
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- European marathon champion Zivile Balciunaite of Lithuania has lost her appeal of a two-year doping ban, ruling her out of the London Olympics.
OREM, Utah (AP) -- The parents of an Oregon toddler who drowned in a washing machine have returned to Orem, Utah, to lay him to rest.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA says the compulsory release of clubs' under-23 players for the London Olympics is covered by its existing rules even though the tournament was left off the international match calendar.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska has withdrawn from the Family Circle Cup because of a back injury.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a shooting early Sunday in Portland was the 31st gang shooting of the year in the city, compared with 17 at the same time last year.
KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- A 39-year-old Longview man who stole a dog and tried to ransom it for prescription drugs was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gas in Washington is $4.12.
Vancouver firefighters at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, responded to a report of a car falling on a man who was working beneath it.
LONDON (AP) -- London officials have some advice for truck drivers during the Olympics: Lay off the horns.
Police say SUV failed to yield, hit pickup; driver cited
A Roseburg, Ore., man was in satisfactory condition Sunday night at a local hospital after being injured in a two-car crash north of Battle Ground.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $4.11.
Advisory in effect through noon Monday; showers expected for rest of week
The mighty Columbia River was running high and fast Sunday, April 1, flirting with its flood stage.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- A tree on the Oregon State University campus with a reputation for romance is being honored as a state heritage tree.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara has undergone surgery for a broken collarbone after crashing during the Tour of Flanders.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A State Police official says Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino crashed his motorcycle on a highway and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is again siding with Jewish settlers trying to remain in West Bank homes they occupied illegally.
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) -- The Israeli military has ordered Jewish settlers to evacuate a building they occupied last week in the heart of the most volatile city in the West Bank.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a shooting early Sunday in Portland was the 31st gang shooting of the year in the city, compare with 17 at this time last year.
ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) -- A 21-year-old man who drowned on Lake Harriet near Estacada was a volunteer with the Colton Fire Department.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide after a collision with a bicycle in Spokane.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock futures are slipping after the latest manufacturing report out of China which suggests that one of the world's biggest economies may be slowing.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A skier who died at White Pass is described as a woman in her 20s who worked at the ski area this season.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service forecasts high winds Monday night for the Washington coast and northwest interior.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton says he believes President Barack Obama can win re-election if he can persuade voters he steadied a shaky economy.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Officials are still looking for the bodies of two people presumed dead in the fire Friday that sank their boat at a Bellingham marina.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The first customer through the door at Atlantic City's newest casino wasted little time in winning big.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pop group Far East Movement will help celebrate opening day for the 2012 Major League Baseball season with a performance at the MLB Fan Cave in New York City on Wednesday.
GUENES, Spain (AP) -- American cyclist Levi Leipheimer says he is "lucky to be alive" after being hit by a car while training for the Tour of Basque Country.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points in his return after missing one game with a sore left elbow, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
DALLAS, Ore. (AP) -- The Polk County sheriff's office says it's checking missing persons cases as it tries to identify the body of a man found in the Willamette River.
BARI, Italy (AP) -- The Italian soccer federation says Atalanta defender Andrea Masiello has been arrested in the ongoing Italian probe into match-fixing, and eight of his former Bari teammates are under investigation.
Friends, family recall Phil Arnold’s humor, life lessons, talent
The “Map Man” of Vancouver was eulogized Sunday, April 1, for his work, his love of community and his quirkiness.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton says he believes President Barack Obama can win re-election if he can persuade voters he steadied a shaky economy.
VIENNA (AP) -- Two coaches who have been working with the Austrian ski federation for more than 15 years will join the U.S. men's ski team for the next World Cup season.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Atlantic City's newest casino is open for business.
GENEVA (AP) -- A FIFA anti-corruption adviser says the process of cleaning up soccer's world governing body is still on track despite president Sepp Blatter delivering fewer promises than expected.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi soccer official says the federation will ask FIFA to lift the ban on home international matches at stadiums across the country.
Clark College's nine-game baseball win streak came to a halt Sunday as the Penguins were swept by Pierce College 19-4 and 5-3 in the NWAACC West Division openers at Mt. Tahoma High School field.
On a recent evening, as Ridgefield resident Lori Volkman and her mother were discussing the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, charged with killing 17 Afghan civilians, they lamented how his wife must feel.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Pulling tactical and motivational strings, Kansas coach Bill Self has turned what was supposed to a rebuilding year into one to remember.
USA River Cruises is a cruise agency, offering small-ship river cruises in the USA, Europe and Asia and beyond. The company specializes in Columbia River and Mississippi River cruises.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The United States has offered a $10 million bounty for the founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- The Pakistani military says dozens of Taliban militants coming from Afghanistan attacked border posts in the northwest, killing four paramilitary soldiers.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man from the Spokane area is dead after a kayaking accident on Rock Lake in eastern Washington.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- C.J. Sapong scored in the 47th minute to help Sporting Kansas City improve to 4-0 this season with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Sunday night.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- A lucky fan was about to win a truck, and Adam Wainwright thought it was pretty cool.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Bynum has sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Robert Hight raced to his third straight Funny Car victory Sunday, beating Bob Tasca III in the final in he SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has won the men's championship at the Carlsbad 5000 for the second year in a row, tying for the fourth-fastest time ever on the roads in 13 minutes, 11 seconds.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Omar Cummings scored in the 58th minute to help lead the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Harvard has won the Copley Cup for men and Southern California the Jessop-Whittier Cup for women at the San Diego Crew Classic.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Calimonco held off Make Music for Me to win the inaugural running of the $79,950 Sidd Finch Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Hero of Order, the longest shot in the field at 109-1, won the $1 million Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on Sunday at the Fair Grounds.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington guard Terrence Ross has decided to enter the NBA draft.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Yovani Gallardo outlasted Tim Lincecum in a matchup of opening day starters and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Sunday.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lane County officials say they would be grateful for an extension of federal timber payments but the amount under consideration will not cover the projected budget gap.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Darwin Barney hit an RBI triple off Jered Weaver that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Visa says a technical problem affecting its network barred people from using their credit and debit cards for about 45 minutes on Sunday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said closer Andrew Bailey will travel to Boston on Monday to have his right thumb examined.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Colby Lewis tuned up to start on opening day, pitching four innings Sunday as the Texas Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 5-3.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas wide receiver Kane Whitehurst was arrested early Sunday morning for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Hero of Order, the longest shot in the field at 111-1, won the $1 million Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on Sunday at the Fair Grounds.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Sophomore quarterback David Ash says he feels like the leader of the Texas offense.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) -- Hunter Mahan shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the Houston Open, edging Carl Pettersson by one stroke.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say a woman was struck and killed in an apparent hit and run.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Kansas' Thomas Robinson went head to head all season as the two favorites for national player of the year honors.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez nailed former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow Sunday, carrying their feud onto the field and causing the Indians and Colorado Rockies to clear the benches.
PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- With Facebook's first data center in Prineville up and running and a second being built next door, local officials are looking to cement central Oregon as a hub for data centers.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- A professor of special education at Western Oregon University has died of injuries suffered when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bike.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Jordan says he's 100 percent committed to the Charlotte Bobcats and has no intention of selling the struggling NBA franchise.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his third Sony Ericsson Open title Sunday, holding every service game to beat Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (4).
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Will Power surged from the pack to win his second straight Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, once again holding off Scott Dixon.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Cliff Lee allowed one run over four innings in his final Grapefruit League start, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves played to a 7-7 tie in nine innings Sunday.
Clark County wants in on the boom, and CREDC is leading the way
Most communities throughout the Pacific Northwest are rushing to develop some type of connection to Everett-based aerospace giant Boeing, and who can blame them? Boeing business is booming!Over the next two decades, the state’s most powerful employer plans to sell 33,500 commercial airplanes for a cool $4 trillion (with a “t”). Development of the 787 Dreamliner was delayed for more than three years, but now Boeing is attracting buyers from around the world, particularly in Asia. In the next couple of years, the company will ramp up production to about one 737 and one 777 every three days or so.
Law making positive changes for Americans
Two years ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a landmark, once-in-a-generation legislation that was decades in the making.
Greg Jayne: Commentary
Last week, you see, as Tiger Woods was rolling to his first victory in 2 years, I posted some thoughts online about how it appears that his fall from grace has done little to impact his fan base.
Lewis and Clark are properly credited for conducting one of the most consequential journeys in the history of exploration. They opened the American West to development by people of European ancestry. Miraculously, they managed to do this without tweeting OMG every five minutes along the way.
Insurance, Medicaid rules unconstitutional
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional down to its very DNA. The Supreme Court can save itself and the country years of litigation by striking down the entire law when it issues its decision this summer.
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: Louisville uniform color, Dodgers sale
A weekly update on people and events in Clark County business.
Final flood insurance rate maps are now available on Clark County’s website. The maps, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, identify local flood hazard zones, including “base flood” areas that have a 1 percent chance of being inundated in any year.
Measure to standardize shopping for benefits is part of state budget talks
OLYMPIA -- A measure intended to streamline and standardize health insurance for Washington’s public school employees has proved to be among the most opaque and divisive issues taken up by the Legislature this year.
I was going to start with an April Fool’s Day forecast but after our wild March, I thought I’d better not fool around!
If you’ve got a bunch of family members and friends who want to explore the outdoors together, the Parks Foundation of Clark County has a deal for you. Sign up your group with the Nature Explore Club program and receive support and ideas from volunteer coordinators, along with a backpack full of gear for children -- activity guides, trail maps, binoculars and field guides, nature journals and magnifying glasses, and more.
Landowners can learn about topics from biodynamic farming to installing a french drain at the Small Acreage Expo on April 14.
The March 25 front-page Columbian story “Health care question at court will be historic” was a real eye-opener as to the costs the public is forced to endure for health care in the U.S.
The billion-dollar question is: Who initiated it, and when was light rail included in the plans for the Columbia River Crossing bridge?
There has been a lot of talk about the phase-out of the 100-watt incandescent light bulb but I have yet to hear much about the phase-out of the 4-foot and 8-foot fluorescent tubes that I and many other people have in the house, shop and/or garage.
A March 21 Columbian story reported “Study: Too many colon tests rely on costly sedation.” The medical stories on sedation and colonoscopy are false.
I was very upset with the March 26 Columbian story “U.S. pays massacre victims’ families.” A “shooting rampage allegedly” is just that -- alleged.
Well, it’s taken me a couple of days to cool down enough so I can write this letter. A few days ago, I received a door hanger from Clark County Public Works.
In the world of technology, the brashness of youth often trumps the wisdom of age. But when serial entrepreneur Steve Hix,74, spoke not long ago at a Clark County PubTalk event, the young people filling the seats at Fort Vancouver’s Artillery Barracks paid close attention to the guy who was probably the oldest person in the room.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey needed two stitches in his right heel after being spiked Sunday in a 9-2 loss to a split squad of Detroit Tigers.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Mark DeRosa singled to right field in the ninth inning, scoring Danny Espinosa on a close play at the plate and lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
MIAMI (AP) -- Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher each had two hits, Robinson Cano drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat Miami 10-8 on Sunday in the first exhibition between major league clubs at Marlins Park.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Monday night's national championship game will be the second time this season Kentucky and Kansas meet with all of college basketball watching.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- A Utah mayor is defending his police department's handling of the Susan Powell case, insisting it did everything it could to resolve it.
BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) -- A Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman says large boulders broke off from a cliff in northern Idaho and blocked a train line connecting Montana to the Pacific Northwest overnight.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- In a March 29 story about demonstrations countering a celebration of Brazil's 1964 military coup, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division, said that protests and a truth commission are no substitute for the justice Brazil should offer the junta's victims. Vivanco said that a truth commission is no substitute for justice, but did not mention protests.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland police say a man was shot in the abdomen at a party attended by gang members and their associates.
WYNNE, Ark. (AP) -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the capital murder trial of a man accused of beating an elderly Hamlin woman to death inside a church in Wynne.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Former All-Star Jose Lopez and veteran minor leaguers Aaron Cunningham and Jairo Asencio have claimed the final spots on the Cleveland Indians' roster.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have picked 22-year-old Drew Smyly as the fifth starter for their rotation.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Members of the state's House of Representatives have been ordered back to Olympia next week as the latest special session draws near its end.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds traded third baseman Juan Francisco to the Atlanta Braves for right-hander J.J. Hoover on Sunday.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities in Washington state are looking for two Snohomish County men who are suspected of gleaning information from obituaries to burglarize homes of people at funerals.
MIAMI (AP) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returned Sunday to a place that he'd never been.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An NFL spokesman says the league expects to hold hearings this week on appeals filed in connection with the investigation of the Saints' bounty system.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Bainbridge City council is ready to blog.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- A truck lost control and rolled over early Sunday, spilling hundreds of gallons of milk on a freeway in Bellevue.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Dubai Racing Club CEO says everything possible was done to assure horses in the rerun $1 million Dubai Gold Cup were fit, a day after two pulled out injured including one which was euthanized.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- All-Star point guard Derrick Rose is out for his 10th straight game, missing the Chicago Bulls game with the West-leading Oklahoma City because of an injured right groin.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Keith Masser was busy enough running his 4,600-acre potato farm before his schedule got even tighter the past couple months.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Legislature has bought into Gov. John Kitzhaber's ideas for redesigning the state's health care system for low-income patients.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A handful of hard cider makers are peddling their potions in one corner of the Northwest's largest wine tasting event.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel has released a female Palestinian prisoner and sent her to the Gaza Strip as part of a compromise deal that persuaded her to end her 43-day hunger strike.
OUDENAARDE, Belgium (AP) -- Tom Boonen has won the Tour of Flanders for the third time in his career, beating Filippo Pozzato and Alessandro Ballan in a three-way sprint on Sunday.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Johan Santana will start for the New York Mets on opening day