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Devils Veteran Hurt

New Jersey Devils center Doug Gilmour will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and could be out for up to two weeks, a team spokesman said Friday. Gilmour, the Devils' second-leading scorer, is scheduled for surgery today. The 15-year veteran was injured Thursday night in a collision with Boston Bruins defenseman Grant Ledyard. "It was when I was kind of twisted," Gilmour said. "I went behind him and I think his stick might have got caught."

Unnecessary Credit Card Protection Sold By Phone

Scam artists are trying a new way of separating Spokane-area residents from their credit card numbers, according to the Better Business Bureau of the Inland Northwest. President Lisa Stephens said the bureau has received several inquiries regarding credit card purchase protection. Consumers say they are being contacted by companies offering insurance against any charges made on lost or stolen cards.

May You Fit The Pieces Of Your Puzzle

A rare oxymoron happened the other night: I watched a moving TV special ("moving TV special" being the oxymoron). It was the "Celebration of Hope" produced by Christopher Reeve to highlight the progress being made in research on spinal cord injuries. Reeve believes he will be able to stand by his 50th birthday, some four years away. A 20-year-old hockey player paralyzed 11 seconds into his first college hockey game believes he will walk again, too.

Vote For Schools

The reputation of Mead School District has made it a magnet for area families. In the past 10 years, enrollment grew from 6,500 to 8,000. On Tuesday, Mead voters can approve a $25 million bond issue to complete a needed modernization and expansion program. Also on the ballot is a levy to continue the local contribution to the district's operating costs. The Spokesman-Review trusts Mead voters will back their schools, as voters in other area districts did last month.

Horizon Jr. High Honor Roll

These students at Horizon Junior High are on the school's second-quarter honor roll: 7TH GRADE 4.0 students Sean Collison, Jacob Crisp, Alison Dempsey, Kyle Duba, Colin Fulton, Joseph Hawkins, Kristyn Koehler, Kelsey Nord, Eric Steever and Rick Strauss. 3.2 or better Rachel Ancel, Julie Baker, Todd Barfuss, Megan Barney, Gaia Borgias, Jill Burgard, Kate Carpenter, Jarrod Cavanaugh, Shannon Conrad, Jenalee Daines, Anna Damascus, Monica Daniels, Joel Deehr, Angelina Dougherty, Christophr Eller, Emily Ellis, Nathan Fanning, Eric Foster, Stefanie Freatman, Jared Garves, Shawn Gilson, Justin Gottlob, Rache Harris, Gavin Heaton, Laura Hepkema, Lacy Hert, Sean Holje, Danielle Hyatt, Mack Jenson, Jesse Kendall, Randy Knight, Caitlin Labberton, Lindsay Laird, David Leach, Lauren Leavitt, Cody Lewis, Brian Lindeblad, Ryan Matteson, Matt Meyer, Bethany Miller, Tyler Moosman, Luke Mott, Troy Mullenix, Caryn Myers, Darren Nelson, Heidi Odeen, Brian Offield, Benjamin Olson, Kellen Olson, Lindsey Paxton, Shelyn Pritchard, Lucas Rainer, Nicole Redding, Stewart Renz, Nathan Schroeder, John Shogan, Lindsay Mt Suda, Dru Swaim, Ben Swenson, Tiara Urlacher, Meghan Walker, Robert Walter, Andy Warren, Andrea Westerman, Chloe Williamson, Jennifer Wilson, Kelley Wilson and Samuel Yarbrough. 8TH GRADE 4.0 students John Harris, Teagan MacDonald, Garrett Munro, Jill Oglesbee, Brittney Pence, Paula Silinger, Matthew Thompson and Patrick Weise.

St. John-Endicott Shows It Can Win With Little Offense

They're in the Final Four because they defend. The St. John-Endicott Eagles have waded through two state tournament games defying the fundamental concept. Put the brown thing in the round thing. Coach Darrell Miller's kids do so many other things right that shooting is secondary to their success. Example: When the pressure was most intense Thursday night in a 46-37 win over the pressing St. George's Dragons, there was no shortage of SJE players calling for the ball. Nobody disappeared. That brought a smile from the bench.

Wherever Wilson Sits, He’s At Home

If this is the first week of March, it must be State B Tournament time. If the State B is here, Larry Wilson must be in the house. Yep. There he is, ensconced in his favorite seat on the end of the back row in Section 103 in the Arena.

Sprewell Issue Offers Quandary

Imagine a couple with a stormy marriage seeking a divorce, only to have a judge rule the union intact. Latrell Sprewell and the Golden State Warriors face a similar scenario. A day after an arbitrator reinstated Sprewell's contract with the Warriors and reduced his NBA suspension, the Warriors were left wondering how they'll handle the situation when Sprewell's suspension ends July 1. The Warriors will be able to trade Sprewell after his eligibility is restored, and teams such as the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets already have made it clear they're interested in the former All-Star guard.

St. John Starts To Rediscover Winning Feeling

Darrell Miller grew up in little Lamont, long after the local high school was shuttered. After the eighth-grade, students could choose their commute. And their culture. "We always said if you were an athlete, you went to St. John," he recalled. "And if you weren't, you went to Sprague. "Well, I had four great years at Sprague, so that kind of tells you something."

Vandals Lose; Clinesmith Scores 34 For Ucsb

For Idaho, losing once to Boise State this season was distasteful and twice was almost unbearable. All of which made a third setback - a season-ending 73-61 decision in Thursday's semifinals of the women's Big West tournament - akin to a 2-hour root canal. If this was UI coach Julie Holt's last game, perhaps her only fond memory will be of a furious comeback that faded in the end. "Obviously we didn't play very well," said Holt, whose husband, Nick, left UI a few months ago to become an assistant football coach at Louisville. "There's such a rivalry between Boise State and Idaho, it's very intense. I wish we'd done our half."

Legislative Almanac

Highlights A proposal for state regulation of "dairy nutrients" - commonly known as manure - won House passage at the urging of dairy farmers who fear federal intervention. Fish and Wildlife Director Bern Shanks acknowledged that his job may be on the line after lawmakers were jolted by an unexpected $17 million hole in the department's budget.

Silence By U.S. Could Be Costly

With U.S. hockey players maintaining a "conspiracy of silence" about trashed rooms at the Winter Games, a top Olympic official is considering teamwide sanctions that could ban the players from future competition. Since returning from Nagano, the 23 NHL players have kept silent about the culprits who caused $3,000 in damage to the three Olympic Village rooms, U.S. Chief of Mission Paul George said Thursday. "My feeling is, if no one is willing to own up to it then perhaps we have to consider serious sanctions against the team," he said. "I would hope that these people would recognize the error of their ways, and have the courage and character to come forth."

Segui Stars In Mariners’ Win Over A’S

David Segui hit a two-run homer and Shane Monahan had three hits as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Thursday. Segui homered off A's reliever Dave Telgheder (1-1) in the top of the fourth to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead en route to their fourth straight exhibition win.

Curry, Nieman Picked All-Big Sky First Team

Idaho's Avery Curry was selected to the All-Big West first team announced Wednesday. The junior guard was joined by Pacific's Michael Olowokandi, Boise State's Roberto Bergersen, Long Beach State's Andrew Betts, Utah State's Marcus Saxon and New Mexico State's Louis Richardson. As expected, Olowokandi was voted player of the year by the coaches, but Curry and Saxon each got at least one vote. Utah State's Larry Eustachy was coach of the year and Cal Poly's Chris Bjorklund was freshman of the year.

Whits Seeded No. 8 In Naia Tournament

Whitworth College will face Berea College (Ky.) in the first round of the NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament, which starts next Wednesday at Nampa, Idaho. The pairings were announced Wednesday and placed the Pirates as the No. 8 seed in the 32-team tournament. Whitworth (18-7) takes on the Mountaineers (18-8) at 1:45 p.m. Should the Pirates win, they will face either Central Methodist (Mo.) or Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at 9 a.m. Friday. Tickets for all games are available through the Northwest Nazarene College athletics department by calling (208) 467-8352 or on the Internet at www.naia.nnc.com.

Profit Jitters Snap Dow’s Record-Setting Streak

Stocks suffered some profit-taking Wednesday, halting a record-setting streak, as investors grappled with renewed worries about corporate earnings, a concern sure to be heightened by a late warning from Intel. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 45.59 to 8,539.24, ending a five-session string of record highs that had added 215 points to the blue-chip barometer.

Lakers Win Despite Fuss

Lakers coach Del Harris is the subject of a story indicating he will be fired. Photo by Associated Press