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Idaho Bans Booze At '50 Shades' Showings 

Idaho authorities are telling movie theaters serving alcohol that they can’t provide drinks during showings of the erotic blockbuster “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The Idaho State Police’s Alcohol Beverage Control has contacted at least two theaters showing the popular R-rated flick, ordering them to comply...


Cruz's power carries hope ... and trepidation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This time of year it's easy to look out the back window and see plants beginning to bloom. It's an annual symbol of rebirth, of hope. Personally, it doesn't compare in the hope category to watching Nelson Cruz launch a hanging breaking-ball about 400 feet down the left-field line. Read on.

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Video: New baby orca on Washington Coast

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Researchers following endangered killer whales spotted a baby orca off the Washington Coast last week. It's the third orca birth documented this winter, but the population remains dangerously low, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say.


We're extending the commenting period for stories and blogs 31 

Just as an experiment, the Spokesman-Review is extending the commenting period for stories and blogposts from our current two day window to three days. The reason for this change is because we wanted to give people a longer opportunity to comment on our blogposts, which...

A new S-R blog

Veteran reporter Jody Lawrence-Turner launched Extra Credit, her new blog on education.

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