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So you think those hands-free electronic faucets in public restrooms are more sanitary because you don’t have to touch any grubby knobs to turn them on?

Think again, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. At their facility, they found, electronic faucets were more likely to be contaminated with Legionella bacteria (50 percent of samples tested) than the old-fashioned manual type (15 percent).

It’s believed the bacteria counts are higher in the electronic faucets because they have a complicated system of valves that is difficult to clean.

As a result, Johns Hopkins is switching to traditional fixtures in its new clinical buildings under construction.

» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.


Most of us may be more than ready for summer by now, but remember – that also means we’ll be doing yardwork again.

The new Aero-Flex Universal Kit lets you replace your gas trimmer’s traditional monofilament line with a four-line blade-cutting system that’s touted as lasting 50 times longer.

Its copolymer blades are advertised as tough enough to cut through heavy weeds and vines that strings can’t, but flexible enough that they can glance off hard surfaces without breaking.

The kit sells for $29.97 at selected Lowe’s stores, or can be ordered for $29.95 plus shipping at

» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.


Summer’s approach also means fresh wild salmon will start showing up in stores before long. Toast their arrival with a quick sauce made with a little whiskey, along with lemon juice and mayonnaise. For the recipe, see page C5.

» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.


Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:

On CD (Tuesday)

Various artists, “Songs for Japan”

Robbie Robertson, “How to Become Clairvoyant”

The Kills, “Blood Pressures”

Ray Davies, “See My Friends”

On DVD (Tuesday)

“Little Fockers”

“Tron: Legacy”

“I Love You Phillip Morris”

“Casino Jack”

In theaters (Friday)

“Arthur” (comedy)

“Your Highness” (comedy)

“Hanna” (adventure)

“Soul Surfer” (sports drama)


“Lights Out”: The cable boxing drama, not renewed for a second season, answers the bell for a final time. (Tuesday, 10 p.m., FX)

“Breaking In”: Christian Slater stars in this new workplace sitcom set in a high-tech security firm. (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m., Fox)

“Top Chef Masters”: The pros return for a third season of duking it out in the kitchen. (Wednesday, 11 p.m., NBC)

“CMT’s Next Superstar”: “American Idol” meets the Grand Ole Opry in the new country-themed singing competition. (Friday, 9 p.m., CMT)

On stage

Raul Malo: Thursday, Bing Crosby Theater

Elton John: Friday, Spokane Arena (sold out)

“The Sisters Rosensweig”: Spokane Civic Theatre, opens Friday

Colbie Caillat/Lee DeWyze: Saturday, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman

Around town

Children’s Village Fundraiser: Friday, The Coeur d’Alene Inn

Flower and Garden Show: Saturday, Spokane Community College

Summer Swap and Expo: Saturday, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene

» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.