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Kevin O'Neil was on a weeklong drinking binge when he called his counselor for help and she instead gave him sex, the 51-year-old Spokane man said in court Wednesday. He admitted his memory may be clouded by the whiskey, wine and seven cases of beer he put away during the breakdown. But he said he's sure about one thing: counselor Janice White had sex with him two times during that binge, when she was supposed to be helping him recover. "That's exactly what happened," O'Neil told the jury Wednesday. "I may not be sure about the dates and times.... All I was thinking about was how my life was falling apart around me."
The latest chapter in the Haft family feud has ended with a jury award of $10.4 million to Herbert Haft, the deposed head of a real estate empire. The elder Haft won the judgment against his son, Ronald, as compensation for being forced to step down as chairman of Combined Properties Inc.
Actress-writer Joan Collins. Photo by Associated Press
The first civil jury verdict against Christian Science spiritual healers became final Monday when the Supreme Court refused to review a $1.5 million award against parents and religious care givers who treated a diabetic Minnesota boy with prayer. The boy died.
Twin sisters from Spokane, both pilots, sued United Airlines on Friday for requiring its pilots to have 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses. Kimberly Hinton and Karen Sutton claim in their Denver U.S. District Court suit that the requirement violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.
One of the nation's largest insurance companies is contesting an appraisal of damage caused by a sprinkler system at a Spokane building used for college classes. In a U.S. District Court complaint filed last week, Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. also says retired Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Williams was not competent to serve as umpire in the dispute.
So who would have pegged the Republican-dominated King County Council as a bunch of health nuts? And alternative ones at that, touting the benefits of oil of evening primrose and so on. But it's true: The council is the first government in the country to approve spending tax dollars to pay for a public clinic offering naturopathic remedies.
The American Civil Liberties Union has paid Bannock County more than $900 to cover the court costs run up in the three-year battle over the Ten Commandments monument on the county courthouse lawn. County Commission Chairman Tom Katsilometes said that while the check for $904 received last week is not a great amount, it does mark the end of the legal dispute that began in 1992 when Idaho State University student Andrew Albanese complained that the 25-year-old monument violated the constitutional prohibition against government endorsing specific religions.
An arbitrator decided this week that Valley Herald publisher Clark Hager owes former owners John and Barbara Vlahovich more than $30,000. Arbitrator Greg Jalbert issued his decision Thursday. "Couldn't have happened to a meaner guy," John Vlahovich said in a telephone interview from his home in North Idaho.
A Spokane County Superior Court judge Wednesday made final a $3.5 million verdict in a condemnation case that may be the most expensive ever resolved by an Eastern Washington jury. With interest and attorneys' fees, the total cost to the Washington Department of Transportation will be almost $5 million, 10 times the final offer made on property taken for construction of the U.S. Highway 395 bridge over the Little Spokane River. When completed a year ago, cost of the project was estimated at $10.7 million, but department attorney John Hurley said that assumed only $900,000 in land costs.
The Citadel's costly fight to keep women out of its corps of cadets has forced the military school to sell off most of the stock donated to it by television mogul Ted Turner. The Citadel Board of Visitors, the state-supported school's governing body, voted to transfer enough stock to The Citadel Development Foundation to repay the private organization $1.5 million, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported Saturday.
For 18 years, Mildred Wiley was a nurse in the psychiatric ward at a Veterans Administration hospital, caring for patients who smoked so much that she often worked in a blue haze. Last week, the U.S. Labor Department ordered the VA to pay her widower $21,500 a year until his death - half of her salary - in the first workers' compensation case in the nation linking secondhand smoke to a cancer death.
The son of a woman killed in a 1993 apartment fire is suing the landlord and the city of Coeur d'Alene. Terry Lee Parfrey Jr. and his father, Terry Lee Parfrey Sr., claim Kimberly Parfrey's death could have been prevented. The mother of three died March 29, 1993, after flames scorched her friend's apartment at 621 Lakeside Ave., where she had been visiting.
People selling homes that are known to have Louisiana-Pacific Corp. siding should disclose that fact as a possible flaw, attorneys and real estate agents say. That requirement deals another blow to homeowners who have been complaining for years that L-P's Inner Seal siding will crack, warp, sprout mushrooms and disintegrate because moisture penetrates the siding. Disclosure prior to a sale could lower the value of a house.
A Post Falls couple is suing the city and a police officer because a patrol car collided with their truck. Del and Doris Gonderman filed the lawsuit in Kootenai County District Court, claiming the city failed to train its officer adequately and that the officer operated his patrol car recklessly. Post Falls Police Chief Cliff Hayes says the wreck happened because the couple pulled out in front of officer Patrick Knight. On March 28, Knight was driving east on Seltice Way, on his way to a burglary call about 10 p.m., Hayes said. The Gondermans were in a pickup truck in the parking lot at Hillstead's Furniture Store. Del Gonderman says he looked before pulling out of the parking lot onto Seltice Way. Knight's car slammed into the driver's side of the Gondermans' pickup, according to an Idaho State Police report. The Gondermans say Knight was speeding and didn't have his emergency lights and sirens going. "We believe that his lights were on based on the review by Idaho State Police and the witness statements," Chief Hayes said. No one was cited. In their tort claim, the Gondermans ask for more than $2 million in damages.
A woman whose husband was killed by a drunken driver says she'll use some of the $1.21 million settlement she received to help prevent others from suffering the same fate. Tammy Malone wants to establish an anti-drunken driving group to change laws nationwide.
Jurors have found Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. liable for $3 million in damages for asbestos-related cancer suffered by four former shipyard workers. King County Superior Court jurors found the Toledo, Ohio-based company was negligent in distributing asbestos without adequate warnings about health risks. The cancers were attributed to work with asbestos insulation - dating back to World War II - at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.
A 500-pound city employee, fed up with being called the "Goodyear blimp" and "Shamu" the killer whale, is suing the city, his boss and two co-workers for alleged harassment and discrimination. Brooks Motto filed his suit last week in Superior Court in Jersey City. He's asking for unspecified damages, attorneys' fees, back pay and employee benefits he claims the city has withheld from him.
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. homeowners with leaky plastic pipes will share in a $950 million settlement approved Thursday by a judge. State Judge Mike Maloan in Union City, Tenn., approved the settlement fund set up by Shell Oil Co. and Hoechst Celanese, both makers of materials used in the pipe's manufacture.
The state was negligent in not telling a Tacoma couple about all the disabilities suffered by their adoptive daughter, but doesn't owe the couple any damages, a Pierce County jury found. Tollison and Victoria McKinney adopted Abby after caring for her for five years as a foster child. They sued the state, arguing the state never told them about the extent of the girl's physical and mental problems stemming from fetal-alcohol syndrome.