Stories for May 11, 2012
High school sports results from Friday, May 11
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Defense Ministry says an acoustic device that can be used as a "sonic weapon" will be deployed during the London Olympics.
Papermakers add 3A district title to league crown
The Camas Papermakers are two-for-two so far with their season goals in softball.
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Royal Navy will be the first to welcome the Olympic torch.
Randall Woodfield, the man known as the I-5 Killer, had his first run-in with police in Clark County.
The condition of a Vancouver woman injured Monday when her car collided with a parked tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 near Oregon's Siskiyou Summit has improved from serious to fair, officials said.
Suspect was sitting in car outside Vancouver park
Vancouver police on Thursday evening arrested a man on suspicion of indecent exposure outside Marshall Community Park.
Clark took the first game from Lower Columbia 3-0, and lost the second game 4-1.
MADRID (AP) -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka advanced to the Madrid Open final, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday in the first semifinal.
MADRID (AP) -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka advanced to the Madrid Open final, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday in the first semifinal
A Vancouver man who crashed his Cadillac, then had his wife pick him up from the scene where his passenger lay mortally wounded, pleaded guilty Friday to felony hit-and-run.
Pay raises, random drug testing policy are sticking points
Apart by about $8 million in salaries — and a new random drug testing policy — Vancouver and its police union are set to start contract mediation Monday.
A judge on Friday increased bail to $150,000 for an alleged drunken driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian last week on Fourth Plain Boulevard.
BATTLE GROUND — A woman’s body was found Friday afternoon in a ditch off a heavily traveled portion of Southwest 10th Avenue in Battle Ground, city officials said.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Officials say Israelis and Palestinians are negotiating to end a mass hunger strike of Palestinians in Israeli prisons.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian official says an Israeli envoy will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to submit a letter regarding the possibility of substantive talks.
The mysteries of the brain and behavior will be the focus of Clark College's Mental Health Monday presentation.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Undefeated Black Caviar romped to her 21st straight victory Saturday in her final race before heading to Britain for the Royal Ascot.
Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle won his second career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A crowd of nearly 800 public school students, teachers, parents and community members has rallied in Portland to protest cuts to state education funding.
Suspect believed he was talking to 12-year-old girl, police said
Ryan Lown is charged with two felonies.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police say one pedestrian was hit by a fleeing stolen car and a second person was hurt while diving out of the way.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Washington rookie Bryce Harper will miss a couple of days after he took an angry swing and his own bat accidentally hit him near the eye.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. men's volleyball team will play Canada on Saturday night for a spot in the London Olympics.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- My Selection beat 13-10 favorite Magical Band by three-quarters of a length Friday night in the $55,944 feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Two units left uninhabitable after blaze; no injuries reported
Two units were left uninhabitable after the blaze, leaving eight to nine people homeless. No injuries were reported.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Hart hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani military says the top American commander in Afghanistan has flown to Pakistan to speak with the army chief on operations in border areas.
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) -- Police say they've arrested three 15-year-old boys accused of setting a fire that destroyed part of Woodburn, Ore., High School on Friday.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Vancouver, Wash., man who fled the scene of a car crash that mortally injured his friend and passenger has pleaded guilty to felony hit and run.
Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation director Pete Mayer joined Columbian.com users for a live web chat on May 11, 2012. Here's the transcript.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Sheriff's detectives in Snohomish County are investigating the death of a 57-year-old Arlington, Wash., man who told hospital personnel he had been involved in a recent fight.
Students safely evacuated from burning building
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — Three 15-year-old Oregon boys accused of setting a fire that destroyed part of Woodburn High School on Friday have been arrested, police said.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Olympic National Park officials say a search is under way for an overdue hiker.
The rate increase, affecting 9.300 customers, is the first since November 2010.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Laura Bennett made the U.S. Olympic team with a third-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol left the game against the Milwaukee Brewers with two outs in the seventh inning Friday night with an undisclosed injury.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With sunny, warm weather forecast for Mother's Day weekend, police and firefighters in Oregon are warning swimmers and boaters to respect chilly waters and strong currents.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Eagles signed fourth-round draft picks Brandon Boykin, along with two other draft choices, and free agent quarterback Jacory Harris out of Miami.
PREVENT! Coalition is hosting the third annual “Walk the Walk” 5K next month.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Springfield, Ore., say they've located some relatives of a 73-year-old man who died at home this week, leaving a gun collection worth about half a million dollars.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Washington County sheriff's office says a suburban Portland man has been arrested for investigation of murder in the death of a female roommate.
Heavy snowpack, warm weather prompts warning
Forest Service officials are warning climbers that the avalanche danger at Mount St. Helens is very high.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bud Norris allowed three hits in six sharp innings and the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night.
BOSTON (AP) -- Looking to add depth to an outfield ravaged by injury, the Boston Red Sox have acquired Scott Podsednik from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Joey Logano wrecked leader Elliott Sadler five laps from the end, then broke free during a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway for his second straight Nationwide Series victory.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Drexel was among the teams that dominated at the 74th Dad Vail Regatta Friday on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have optioned left-hander Drew Pomeranz to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled lefty Josh Outman from their top minor league club.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and John Mayberry Jr. homered and drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Sound Transit officials say someone has stolen about 70,000 pounds of valuable copper cable from a tunnel inside the elevated light rail track between Seatac and Seattle.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell says he is relieved that the long-term contract he and the team had sought has been completed and he hopes he "can be a great player in this league for a lot of years to come."
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis has retired Tony La Russa's No. 10, honoring the manager a little more than six months after he helped the Cardinals win the World Series. One of his former players thought even that was a bit tardy.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The struggling Phillies have placed Laynce Nix on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf and called up three players from the minors.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have placed right-hander Joe Wieland on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Former pro player Charlie Pasarell is leaving his management post with the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament after 31 years to develop a resort in Puerto Rico.
MIAMI (AP) -- Jose Reyes has tripled leading off the first inning against his former team, cinching a milestone for non-achievement by the New York Mets.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Kendall Wright calls the Tennessee Titans' playbook big with a lot of plays, and it's something very new to the wide receiver. Not because he's a rookie and first-round draft pick.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Russell Wilson stepped in behind center for the first minicamp of his professional career on Friday and never left.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The University of Pittsburgh is suing the Big East in hopes of moving its exit date from the conference up a year.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Texas-Pan American took a seven-stroke lead Friday in the first round of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, while Bethune-Cookman opened a 19-shot advantage in the women's competition.
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche have signed three goaltending prospects to entry-level contracts.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have purchased the contract of catcher John Hester from Triple-A Salt Lake.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have placed reliever Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger injury.
CHICAGO (AP) -- An MRI on Chris Sale's sore elbow was clean and the hard-throwing Chicago White Sox lefty will be back in the rotation, maybe as early as Saturday.
MIAMI (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami's LeBron James will be announced Saturday as the NBA's MVP, the third time he's won the award in the past four seasons.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA says a foul against Boston with 3.1 seconds left in Atlanta's season-ending loss on Thursday should have been called sooner, which would have given the Hawks a free throw instead of just the ball out of bounds.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Junior Seau has been buried in his hometown after a private funeral.
DENVER (AP) -- An attorney for Chris "Birdman" Andersen says he believes the allegations that led to a search of the Denver Nuggets player's home this week involve a spurned female fan.
BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is unhurt after a minor car accident on his way to Fenway Park.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- A Harvard graduate student has brought a team of researchers to Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon trying to figure out how grebes manage to walk on water.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry game will remain at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas through 2020.
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Marlins catcher Brett Hayes says it was surreal to get caught in a turnpike traffic jam after a gunman shot and wounded two South Florida law enforcement officers.
MIAMI (AP) -- New York Mets infielder Ronny Cedeno has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list following a rehabilitation assignment.
Visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive close to the volcano this weekend.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A video featuring cancer-stricken children, their nurses, doctors and parents lip-synching and dancing to the popular Kelly Clarkson song "Stronger" has become an online sensation.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is making up for lost time in his campaign fundraising.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Multnomah County has opened the nation's first community court located directly in a homeless facility.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Packers have signed all eight of their draft choice, including their top pick -- linebacker Nick Perry.
President will end up on the right side of history in debate over gay marriage
President Obama has, we believe, landed on the right side of history in the debate over gay marriage.With a much-discussed declaration that he supports the rights of same-sex couples to marry, the president has anticipated the future of the debate, which decades from now will be no debate at all. Gay marriage someday will be legal throughout the country, and future generations will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Esther Kwon, Camas girls tennis
Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe. Perhaps I should also say good riddance.
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: Amar’e Stoudemire, Cris Carter, Minnesota Vikings
I have recently returned from a trip that included Yellowstone National Park. The beauty of the park and the historical nature of the infrastructure represented almost a religious experience to me.
The May 5 editorial cartoon showed President Obama slamming a small football named “bin Laden” into the ground while a much larger football named “Jobs” was being offered to him. However such a cartoon appeals to the partisans, might I suggest that such does little to address the real problems that I would hope the newspapers would try to address.
I’m writing to Ronald R. Jensen, (May 4 letter, “Easy way to save Social Security”) and others not familiar with the Federal Employees Retirement System, which came into effect in 1987. It established Social Security as part of the retirement system for every federal employee hired after that date.
Councilman Bill Turlay’s recent assertion -- that, as a fighter pilot, operating an aircraft “where weather is made,” makes him some sort of expert on the complex science determining global warming -- is ludicrous. He’s no more an authority on the global ecosystem than a surfer is on the science of hydrodynamics.
Regarding the May 5 Columbian story, “Retired judge’s court demeanor censured,” I’ve wondered about Judge Edwin Poyfair’s in-court attitude since my one-time encounter with him. My wife and I were to re-adopt our new Chinese daughter so that she may receive an American birth certificate. Every Friday afternoon at 1:30 was re-adoption time. Judge Poyfair walked in, looked at the three of us and asked what we were there for. He rummaged through our file, asked us some questions and when I couldn’t answer them fast enough, he chastised me for that. He then signed our papers and warned me never to show up in his courtroom again, as if I had criminal intent.
Having just read Bob Mattila’s April 30 letter, “Need for prayer greater than ever,” I am heartened to know that my local paper is willing to promote specific religious dogma. With that in mind, allow me to present some of my own that I am sure you will agree carries every bit as much weight as Mattila’s.
Clark County residents living in the 17th District are invited to participate in a telephone town hall with state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, at 7 p.m. May 15.
The sold-out Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon on May 3 at the Clark County Vocational Skills Center honored seven individuals who have advanced the cause of early learning.
Emmy-winning actor thrilled to portray one of his heroes
Ed Asner remembers well what he was doing the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt died.
Lisa’s Country Kitchen opened five years ago and has since become a neighborhood favorite known for serving breakfast all day, as well as American lunch and dinner classics at fair prices. The restaurant provides a little slice of country along the well-established Mill Plain Boulevard.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
Orchestra’s string players bring exciting touch to indie band’s tour
One of the first projects Death Cab For Cutie undertook after finishing its current CD, “Codes and Keys,” was to film a “VH1 Storytellers” episode.
A daily listing of death notices
Steve Sliwa, Insitu Inc.’s former chief executive officer and president, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming Vancouver luncheon presented by the Columbia River Economic Development Council. The event is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. June 19 at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive.
A parks professional, a neighborhood activist and a recreation enthusiast have been named winners of this year’s Florence B. Wager Awards. The awards honor people who have had a significant impact on development of parks, trails and recreation programs in Clark County; their namesake is a major local parks booster.
Red Robin is preparing to make tenant improvements for a new restaurant within the Grand Central retail complex, 2410 Columbia House Boulevard, in Vancouver.
Have Colt revolver -- will travel … to Vegas
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans have signed veteran free agent quarterback John Beck.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eric Chavez was activated from the disabled list by the New York Yankees and was in the starting lineup at designated hitter for Friday night's series opener against the Seattle Mariners.
SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) -- Oliver Wilson of England shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Madeira Islands Open.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is visiting the Houston Dynamo's new stadium on the eve of its opening and talking about the expansion of the league.
BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reportedly is unhurt after a minor car accident on his way to Fenway Park.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Not even a full day into his Green Bay Packers career, first-round draft pick Nick Perry was asked if he knew that some fans already wonder if his pass-rush skills can make him something of a savior for the defense.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sylvestris scored at 19-1, beating Christina d'Oro, an even bigger price at 22-1, by seven lengths on Friday in the $72,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York Liberty star Teresa Weatherspoon will return to Madison Square Garden as coach of Louisiana Tech to play Rutgers in the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Dec. 9.
MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Grant County sheriff's detectives are investigating suspected child neglect or abuse that has left a 2-year-old Moses Lake boy on life support.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England's Chandler Jones took the field with no idea what to expect from his first day of rookie minicamp Friday.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The Army named Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza on Friday to command a new division headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Levi Sherwood will try for his second straight victory when the Red Bull X-Fighters freestyle motocross tour makes its first U.S stop in two years.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym).
DENVER (AP) -- An investigation by the Douglas County sheriff's Crimes Against Children unit involving Denver Nuggets reserve center Chris "Birdman" Andersen could take weeks.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- FBI agents have spent three days in Brazil helping train local police officers to respond in case of terrorist attacks during the 2014 World Cup.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Hall of Fame junior welterweight Eddie Perkins, a two-time champion who fought in over 20 countries, has died. He was 75.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder finally know when they'll get to resume the NBA playoffs. Their next opponent is still up in the air.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Travis Pastrana says he was plenty scared during his practice laps as a NASCAR racer at Darlington Raceway.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small plane that violated restricted airspace in the vicinity of northeast Los Angeles.
EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) -- The Eagle Point school district and union for striking employees say they were unable to reach an agreement in talks that ended Thursday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Honda already has one big win at this year's Indianapolis 500.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- An Army recruiter has been accused of having sex with 17-year-old female recruit at his office.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Jack Benaroya, the philanthropist and developer for whom Seattle's symphony hall was named, has died at age 90.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Packers have signed seven of their draft picks, leaving only first-round linebacker Nick Perry unsigned.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- New Nebraska coach Tim Miles signed a seven-year contract that pays him a salary of $1.4 million that increases annually to $2.15 million by 2018-19.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have signed their top pick, defensive end Shea McClellin, to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. Terms were not disclosed.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- George Mason is staying in the Colonial Athletic Association.
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) -- Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at Woodburn High School, but officials say all students and staff have been safely evacuated.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Giants have opened rookie minicamp with all seven of their draft picks signed.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has urged Virginia Tech's graduates to create new communities and continue to serve others.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Medford police say they have arrested a suspect in a drive-by shooting last year that left one man with a serious wound and another man dead in a crash.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have reached a deal to sign free agent quarterback Vince Young, providing them an established backup and a bona fide threat in their wildcat formations.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says the New York Jets have decided to not participate in HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer after being approached by HBO about appearing in the hit show again.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Sounders defender Zach Scott has been suspended for one game and fined after a hard tackle on FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Former Detroit Lions receiver Tommie Boyd has been sentenced to at least five years in prison for having sexual contact with a teenage girl.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Swansea City of the English Premier League will face Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes during a two-game American tour this summer.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The owners of third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Dullahan say the colt won't be running in the Preakness Stakes on May 19.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The power in college lacrosse long has been concentrated among a few schools. This might be the year that changes.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx showed potential for years, with plenty of high draft picks for a success-starved franchise to build around. Pieces were always missing in the end.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The younger brother of NFL players Vernon and Vontae Davis has been declared incompetent to stand trial in the slaying of a man visiting the nation's capital from Colorado.
HELSINKI (AP) -- Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes scored four minutes into overtime for his second goal of the game Friday, sending the United States to a 3-2 victory over Kazakhstan at hockey's world championships.
STANWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- The Nature Conservancy has started work on a project to remove an old farm dike and restore 150 acres of estuary at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River near Stanwood.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State center Derrick Nix has been fined and ordered to perform community service for an impaired driving case that stemmed from an April traffic stop.
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession, two months after police discovered him with pot in his mouth during a traffic stop in southwestern Michigan.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Energy Northwest board voted Thursday to spend $711 million to buy nuclear fuel for its power plant near Richland.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Tacoma is selling two libraries that were closed last year by budget cuts.
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Longshoremen's union local in Longview is offering a $2,000 reward for information that convicts whoever trashed the union hall.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Sales of existing homes in Washington surged in the first quarter of the year, but average prices did not.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Oregon will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by 15 men who say their rights were violated because they are on the U.S. government's no-fly list.