News for Thursday, July 2, 2015



The naked truth about nudity onstage

The stage nudity wars are over, and won.

Letter - Help volunteer firefighters; don’t shoot off fireworks

Take a moment and show your appreciation for your volunteer firefighters in Columbia and Walla Walla counties. They are on duty for us, providing first-class, responsive fire and property protection, including education for rural forest homeowners.

Editorial: Recognition on money could be Hall of Fame

A movement to change the face on the $20 bill to honor a woman has morphed to discussions about changing the $10 bill instead.

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

NEW YORK — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.

Etc: Carnegie picture lab seeks to add worker

Carnegie Picture Lab update — employee wanted and release of annual report

Letter - Band to end 25th anniversary with July 4 concert

The Walla Walla Valley Concert Band will complete its 25th anniversary season on the Fourth of July in Pioneer Park when it performs at 1 p.m.

Walla Walla Public Library to host Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show Wednesday

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show, starring Heather Pearl, will be at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St. for two shows, from 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Chain reaction crash injures three Walla Wallans in Pasco

Three Walla Walla people were among four injured shortly before noon today in a chain-reaction crash on the Blue Bridge in Pasco, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Walla Walla Public Library plans July activities

Free summer activities for July were announced by the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St.

Letter - Salmon will continue to survive

Wow! No salmon, fewer salmon, breach the dams, destroy crops, orchards. Some nuts just cannot get out of a rut. So let’s look at things from the beginning.

Musician to perform as singer Johnny Cash at Wildhorse

PENDLETON — The tribute show, “Philip Bauer as Johnny Cash” will start at 8 p.m. July 10 at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

Shania Twain enjoying tour she says is last

Shania Twain added an acoustic break in the middle of the shows she is doing on her “Rock This Country” tour, even though she wasn’t sure about it.

Letter - Gossip can cause great damage in people’s lives

“Loose lips sink ships” was a saying from World War II.

Too Slim, Taildraggers to perform July 26

Too Slim and the Taildraggers will be in concert one night only, 7 p.m. July 26 at Main Street Studios, 207 W. Main St.

Sheriff: One dead in Asotin area helicopter crash

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff in southeastern Washington says one person has died in a helicopter crash south of Asotin.

Review: In documenatary ‘Amy,’ celebrity is the villain

Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in faraway paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked.

Etc: Walla Walla charity benefits from Amazon customers sponsors Amazon Smile Foundation, which contributes 0.5 percent of every eligible purchase to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Living History actors to portray teacher, entrepreneur/cattleman

A schoolteacher and businessman will share their stories this weekend courtesy of the Living History actors Barbara Daniel and Rick Tuttle.

New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 7/2/15

Featured books will be available for the public today.

Money adds up for construction projects in Walla Walla

The value of construction projects in Walla Walla County for the first six months of the year passed $15 million.

Man pleads guilty in two-county pursuit

A man has pleaded guilty in Columbia County Superior Court to leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase from there into Walla Walla County this spring.

Accused child abuser faces new charges

A Waitsburg man accused of severely abusing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son at their residence last month now faces additional charges in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

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'Impossible' accomplished: Ground broken on Walla Walla Veterans Home

This, noted Don Schack, is what “impossible” looks like.

Walla Walla Regional Airport to host concert RV campers

RV travelers who need a place to park for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover music festival can come in for a landing at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Dayton urges residents not to use fireworks

DAYTON — The City Council passed resolution in a special meeting Wednesday to ban home fireworks this Fourth of July weekend.

Failed bargain puts $2 billion hole in state budget

OLYMPIA — Just hours after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the state’s new operating budget, lawmakers Wednesday failed to approve a delay to Initiative 1351, the measure to reduce K-12 class sizes that voters passed in November.

Emergency Services - 7/2/15

Emergency Services - 7/2/15

Lecture set on black paratroopers in Washington state during WWII

A lecture on black paratroopers in Washington state during World War II will be presented 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Walla Walla bounce house hopes to make leap to Touchet

Jumpin’ Jellybeanz may land on its feet in Touchet.

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Parks to be hoppin’ and boppin’ on the Fourth

A melting pot of music, dance and other activities will dominate Walla Walla’s Pioneer Park on Independence Day this Saturday.

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Thursday's Glance, Scoreboard

Thursday's Glance, Scoreboard

Exchange claims Babe Ruth title, 9-5

Exchange Club beats Eastgate Lions to win its fifth championship in the last six years on Wednesday.

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Sweets even series with walk-off win

Jon Hechtner comes into score on a wild pitch in the ninth inning as the Sweets beat Wenatchee, 5-4.

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 victory over England

England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.

Sounders coach Schmid regrets Open Cup actions

A series of Seattle Sounders FC apologies stemming from their U.S. Open Cup match on June 16 continued Wednesday, when coach Sigi Schmid spoke with the local media.

Walker, Cano lead M’s to 7-0 win

Taijuan Walker throws six shutout innings and Robinson Cano racks up a season-high four hits as the Mariners down the Padres.

Carrasco loses no-hitter with two outs in 9th as Indians top Rays, 8-1

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis’ glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dollars fly as NBA free agency opens

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

Murray coasts to straight-set win over Haase at Wimbledon

Third-seeded Andy Murray advances to the third round with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 win over Robin Haase.

Blatter says he has ‘clear conscience’ amid FIFA probes

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said in a magazine interview that he is not corrupt and that he has a "clear conscience" despite corruption investigations into world soccer's governing body.

US win draws best World Cup semifinal audience

The United States' win over Germany is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semifinal ever on American television.

Steelers interested in hosting 2023 Super Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to turn the 2023 Super Bowl into a home game.

Former Illinois’ women’s hoops players file federal suit

Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players sued the university Wednesday, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by using race to divide the team and try to force some players out.

Letter - Bible makes clear homosexuality is wrong

In the June 24 “Our Reader’s Opinions,” Randy Klassen stated that Sodom and Gomorrah were not judged by God for homosexuality because Ezekiel did not mention it. That is rather shortsighted, because the Old and New Testament condemns the practice in no uncertain terms.

Letter - Evolutionary frauds perpetuated on public

Wow! A new evolutionary human lineage based on nothing more than a partial jawbone, allegedly human! How many times are they going to trot out this evolutionary dead end before folks get fed up with being duped?

State budget deal includes $57 million tax hike for Microsoft

They haven’t advertised it, but the budget deal agreed to by state lawmakers this week quietly targeted Microsoft for a $57 million tax increase over the next two years.

Witness: Man told Pasco police, ‘shoot me, kill me’

Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant released part of a special investigation Wednesday into the Pasco police shooting of an orchard worker that included previously unseen videos, witness interviews, crime lab reports and officer statements.

Officials rule out natural causes in Wenatchee blaze

WENATCHEE (AP) — Firefighters attacked hotspots Wednesday at a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 30 homes in the central Washington city of Wenatchee. By Wednesday evening, a fire spokesman said the blaze was 83 percent contained.

Spokane opts for speed cameras near elementary schools

After months of traffic counts and warnings to drivers passing through school zones, the Spokane City Council agreed to put automated cameras near three Spokane schools to nab speeders.

Jean Bossini

1928 - 2007

In Loving Memory Jean Bossini

Sharon “Sherry” Weis

1942 - 2015

Sharon R. “Sherry” Weis, 73, died June 27

Janice Lee Simmons Smith

1937 - 2015

Janice Lee Simmons Smith, daughter of Ruth Poirier Simmons