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Richardson will get test at Prefontaine Classic

Jason Richardson is a thrill-seeker, vowing to one day swim with sharks, cliff dive and bungee jump. The world-champion 110-meter hurdler is a romantic as well, hoping to “slip and fall in love and not get back up,” learn to speak fluent Italian and read at least 50 of the classics. Also on the 26-year-old’s lengthy bucket list: Write his own novel, become a millionaire by 35 and stand on an Olympic podium, maybe even this summer. He won’t have to wait for the London Games to see how realistic this last item just may be. Richardson (pictured right) will compete today in the Prefontaine Classic at Eugene, Ore., where a star-studded field awaits, including 2004 Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang of China and American record holder David Oliver. – Associated Press

St. Patrick’s Parade includes shelter pups, bagpipes, green horse

St. Patrick’s Day even brings out the Irish in animals. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Spokane on Saturday included the usual civic groups, bagpipe and drum groups, politicians, school groups and all things Irish. But the dogs – dachshunds, Irish setters, black Labs, yellow Labs, Chihuahuas, poodles, pit bulls, pugs and more – were big hits with the crowd.

Herpes-related heist sends gunman to prison

A 19-year-old man is to spend about seven years in prison for an armed robbery that was sparked by his fear of contracting herpes from a shared marijuana pipe.

Artist Carl Richardson gives voice through work

Carl Richardson, the youngest of eight children, is a man of few words. Perhaps he allowed his siblings to do most of the talking as he listened and observed. His father was in the military and they traveled from Delaware to Florida, to the Philippines then back to Florida. What remained constant was family, a thing important to Richardson, and what was fostered was his ability to communicate without saying a word. “Because words fail, I choose paint, ink, canvas, paper, film, pen, charcoal and/or a squeegee to give a voice to thoughts, feeling and emotions within me,” he writes on his website.

Beyond words

Carl Richardson, the youngest of eight children, is a man of few words. Perhaps he allowed his siblings to do most of the talking as he listened and observed. His father was in the military and they traveled from Delaware to Florida, to the Philippines then back to Florida. What remained constant was family, a thing important to Richardson, and what was fostered was his ability to communicate without saying a word. “Because words fail, I choose paint, ink, canvas, paper, film, pen, charcoal and/or a squeegee to give a voice to thoughts, feeling and emotions within me,” he writes on his website.

Slated for demolition, SFCC’s Building 4 is giving its all for art

It’s the wildest doomed building you’ve ever seen. Blue, painted tree branches sprout from the hallway walls, which are a riot of color and forms. A forest of whittled limbs crowds the room behind the sliding glass of an abandoned reception desk. The basin of a drinking fountain, thick with paint, is filled with charcoal briquettes. Bark, moss, broken glass, a car hood – the flora and detritus of the Spokane River are being transformed into art, along with paint, charcoal and the more ordinary materials of creation.

Richardson, SJO team for benefit at the Bing tonight

Rex Richardson is a trumpet virtuoso equally at home in symphony orchestras, brass bands and jazz combos. Tonight, he’ll be appearing with a big band: the 17-piece Spokane Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Molter.

Spotlight: CdA Summer Theatre tickets set to go on sale

Individual tickets for the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s new season go on sale Friday, which means you can get tickets to any of the four musicals this summer without buying a season subscription. The lineup has some particularly well-known titles, starting with:

Idaho trooper interviewed about fatal shooting

An Idaho State Patrol officer was interviewed last week about an officer-involved shooting that took place a month before, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, which is overseeing the investigation. ISP Cpl. Dan Howard shot and killed Christie O’Leary Little on Feb. 7, but for weeks declined to be interviewed by investigators. Last week, however, Howard “agreed to (the interview) and contacted us,” Lt. Lee Richardson of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department said Friday. The interview on March 8 lasted “a couple of hours,” he said.

Death of child triggers lawsuit

The state of Idaho is responsible for the death of a Post Falls toddler, according to a lawsuit filed late last month in federal court. Karina Janay Moore was 2 when she died Jan. 16, 2009, from injuries sustained 10 days earlier in her Post Falls foster home. According to police, her foster mother said the little girl fell down a flight of carpeted stairs. However, the Spokane County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide due to “blunt force” head trauma.

Detective says woman accused of murder confessed

WATERVILLE, Wash. – The woman accused of murdering Michelle Kitterman told an investigator on March 31, 2009, that she wanted to tell the truth about her feelings toward the murder victim. “She said the truth was she wanted Michelle gone, the baby dead and her husband back,” Okanogan County Detective Mike Murray told the jury Friday in Douglas County Superior Court.

Football teammates starters on and off the field

It’s a typical Tuesday during the Whitworth football season. Hours of classes precede an afternoon of football. Grab some dinner. Hit the books. Turn off the lights around midnight, maybe 1 a.m. “Math,” sophomore offensive tackle Nate Guthrie says of what will occupy his Tuesday night. “Reading, for at least a couple hours.”

47 dogs rescued from kennel near Deer Park

It may take Lightning, a Labradoodle with yellow fur matted by filth, weeks or even months to not shy away from people at the door of his kennel. Lightning is one of 47 dogs seized Wednesday from an illegal commercial kennel near Deer Park. Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, or SCRAPS, took custody of the dogs, but had to transfer them to the Spokane Humane Society. SCRAPS’ shelter is full, due in part to the rescue of 39 dogs in early August.