News for Saturday, July 5, 2014



Bruins split at Firecracker Invite

LOGAN, Utah — The Walla Walla Bruins split their four games of the Logan Firecracker Invitational in Logan, Utah, on Friday and Saturday, taking a break from their league schedule to test themselves against outside competion.

Walla Walla Cubs even at Wood Bat Classic

MEDICAL LAKE — On the second day of the Spokane-CDA Wood Bat Classic, the Walla Walla Cubs split their third and fourth games of the tournament.

Hurley extends lead to 2 at Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III doesn’t plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Mariners outlast White Sox, 3-2, in 14 innings

CHICAGO — Perhaps the struggles on the South Side are coming to an end for the Mariners.

MLB roundup: Angels top Astros 11-5 with three homers in eight-run 7th

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run home run, and C.J. Cron and pinch-hitter David Freese also homered against the Houston bullpen in the Angels’ eight-run seventh inning as Los Angeles beat the Astros 11-5 on Saturday night for their ninth straight home win.

Camp for new College Place girls hoops team this week

COLLEGE PLACE — A free basketball camp for freshman girls at the new College Place High School will run from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Sager Middle School gym.

LA Galaxy rallies for 2-2 tie with Portland Timbers

CARSON, Calif. — The Los Angeles Galaxy rallied for a 2-2 draw with Portland on Friday night after the Timbers gave up an own goal in the 86th minute.

Report: Ex-Husky Hawes agrees to sign with Clippers

Free-agent center Spencer Hawes, a former Washington Huskies and Seattle Prep player, reportedly has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Tropical Storm Arthur blows out Nova Scotia Open

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — High wind Saturday from Tropical Storm Arthur forced Tour officials to postpone the third round of the Nova Scotia Open.

American tennis player Duval diagnosed with Hodgkin’s

LONDON — American tennis player Victoria Duval, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will undergo immediate treatment for the cancer.

A’s agree to acquire righties Samardzja, Hammel from Cubs

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have an agreement in place to acquire right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for three top prospects in a surprising trade for the team with the best record in the majors, two people with knowledge of the deal said.

N.Y. Yankees don’t expect Sabathia to return this season

MINNEAPOLIS — The New York Yankees are no longer expecting the return of CC Sabathia to their rotation this year.

Kahne nips Smith to win at Daytona Internationl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kasey Kahne nipped Regan Smith at the Daytona International Speedway finish line for his first Nationwide Series victory since 2007.

M’s find themselves in rare position: contention

The skeptics, like me, are being won over. The excitement is mounting along with the wins. This is Mariners baseball the way it used to be, the way some were starting to fear it never would be again.

Messi guides Argentina into semis; Dutch scrape in

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Argentines didn’t need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.

Whitecaps knock off Sounders, 1-0

VANCOUVER, B.C. — All the Vancouver Whitecaps needed was 12 minutes on Saturday to muster all the offense they would need in a 1-0 win against Sounders FC.

Kittel wins 1st stage of Tour de France

HARROGATE, England — Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first stage of the Tour de France in a crash-marred bunch sprint in front of royalty in the English countryside on Saturday.

Brazil, Germany advance to World Cup semis

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Brazil advanced to the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years with a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday, with goals from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz keeping the host country in contention.

Dutch beat Costa Rica in shootout

SALVADOR, Brazil — Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.

Higuain’s early goal holds up for Argentina

BRASILIA, Brazil — For once Lionel Messi didn’t carry Argentina on his shoulders.

Youth served: Federer, Djokovic face off in final

LONDON — Roger Federer was on the decline — or so the thinking went.

Kvitova wins second Wimbledon women’s title

LONDON — Petra Kvitova plays so much better at the All England Club than anywhere else, and now she owns two championships to prove it.

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Riding the Valley Transit system a social experience

Walla Walla Valley Transit has been a community staple since it was founded in 1979.

Bioarchaeology professor examines good side of infamous Black Death

Sharon DeWitte, a bioarchaeology professor at the University of South Carolina, spends her summers in the storage room of a London museum, examining bones of people who died in the mid-1350s of bubonic plague.

Blue Mountain Land Trust to hold celebratory picnic

When you marvel at the myriad streams wending through Walla Walla Valley backyards, the surrounding wheat fields and vineyards edged by the mountains, consider that Blue Mountain Land Trust has something to do with preserving these forests, farms and open spaces.

WW Daily Bulletin lens captures Pioneer Park action

From the cullings of retired librarian Joe Drazan of Walla Walla come some early 1900s curiosities that have area parks as common ground.

Supreme Court’s ruling puts Hobby Lobby family in cross hairs

David Green felt like the black sheep of his family. His five other siblings had followed their preacher father into church work; David went into retail.

Column: Doing things differently just might resolve problem

Q: My stepdaughter has been in and out of trouble for 13 years. Of the 18 years I’ve known her, she’s deceived everyone she comes in contact with. She gave up all three of her children to their father 13 years ago.

Column: Patrick Henry was a defender of religious freedom

Though Henry was one of the leading men of the American Revolution, he is often overlooked. This is partly because he hailed from Virginia, whence came such men as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory

Scott Richardson is up at dawn, standing atop a rocky ridgeline near his base camp, a solitary figure in the slanting light. He surveys a primordial wilderness of dry creek beds and stands of juniper and pinyon pine.

Thousands expected at Utah counterculture fest

Thousands of young people and some more weathered hikers are trekking up a path that cuts through aspen and pine to a summit of a Utah mountain about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City.

Tibetans with high-altitude gene linked to extinct race

A gene that helps them cope with living at high altitude could have come from the Denisovans.

Retirement moves pick up as economy improves

Steven Ramos, a retired letter carrier, estimated his cost of living would drop 80 percent when he moved from New York to a rental community in central Florida.

Excommunication has limited use in modern world

The practice is done in the hope the punished person would repent of error and return to the fold.

Nigerian girls face perils of child marriage, abuse

Nigeria, a young country of about 170 million, has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world.

A quarter of Americans live in ‘poverty areas’

A fourth of all Americans live in what the Census Bureau calls “poverty areas,” neighborhoods where at least 1 in 5 have incomes below the poverty level, according to a new report.

Learning should be lifetime obsession

Of the more than 2,500 diplomas I have presented to our graduates during my eight years as Walla Walla University president, I would count one recent certificate as the most memorable.

Column: Beware of the ‘Madmen’ of medical marketing

The business of selling cures has relied on anecdotes since the days of the traveling snake oil salesmen. In fact, it was practiced widely in Athens, at the time of Hippocrates. Healers hawked their wares from house to house.

Free diabetes information group to meet Monday afternoon

A free diabetes information group will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at Coldwell Banker First Realtors, 218 W. Main St., in the Education Room.

Column: Willingness to study adds up to improvements in English, math

Just looking at a math problem, my mind seems to flood with thoughts and feelings of intimidation. When I have to decipher math problems, it becomes a game of time, especially when I do not understand the concepts that are being explained.

Rapid changes seen as dam falls on Elwa River

The final chunks of concrete are expected to fall this September in the nation’s largest dam removal project, but nature is already reclaiming the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

U-B Editor: If it's local, it leads

One of the most difficult things for readers to understand is why certain stories or photos end up on front page — or why they didn’t make front page.

State dentists, orthodontists groups question spending

They say they expected Medicaid expenditures on braces for youths would have leveled off instead of spiking.

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State foots skyrocketing $27 million bill for braces

Washington spent $27 million in 2013 on orthodontics for eligible patients 20 years old and younger.

Louis Brown, father of Nicole Brown Simpson, dies

Louis Brown Jr., the father of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, has died at his Southern California home, a family attorney said Saturday. He was 90.

US Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse

An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.

Video purportedly shows extremist leader in Iraq

A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has made what would be his first public appearance, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq's second-largest city, according to a video posted online Saturday.

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Ukrainian troops forced pro-Russian insurgents out of a key stronghold in the country's embattled east on Saturday, a significant success that suggested the government may finally be making gains in a months-long battle against a spreading separatist insurgency.

Letter - U-B short sighted to complain about free lunches

This is in regard to the June 25 Union-Bulletin editorial, “Free lunches for all students isn’t prudent.” It feels like I should be writing to Scrooge,

Letter - Friends of Aviary aims to rebuild structure

Over the last three years, the Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary have been working diligently to save a valuable community asset. So far, so good.

Letter - Where are political moderates?

Reading Nat Webb’s letter to the editor (June 25) is thought provoking.

Letter - Small accident a catalyst for big smile

It seems the vast majority of news we receive from the media is “gloom and doom,” so let me share a breath of fresh air.

Letter - Reform, not breakup, of EU is needed

Europe seemed to be resolving its fiscal problems, but the recent elections for the European Parliament show that all is not well. The parties that did best were those opposed to European unity.

Letter - Turner’s integrity unquestionable

As former president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association, I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Sheriff John Turner for the past four years.

Letter - A flat-tax system is needed

My previous letter explained the need for a minimum family wage based on number of dependents. A new minimum wage concept must be accompanied by a new tax plan.

Letter - Sheriff race is about leadership

A disturbing trend I’ve seen locally in our great community — smearing the most-qualified to simply support a friend. Some think this is a good thing, but upon second look this logic falls apart.

Letter - 2014 is most important election of the century

Democratic President Johnson, Senate and House unveil their Great Society.

Letter - Turner has proactive, visionary leadership

I strongly support Sheriff John Turner for re-election. I have been impressed with Sheriff Turner’s collaborative and proactive stance on community issues affecting collective safety for all our families. 

Letter - Walk in the park brings simple pleasures

Last night I had an opportunity to walk through our park in Milton-Freewater and just thought to myself, “This is what a park should be.”

How strong is that drink? Calculator helps figure

WASHINGTON — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.