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The news as I see it, Monday 12/07…

Good morning, Netizens...

(Fresh news from the AP and other News Wires)

Felony-green paint, anyone?

The Home Depot Inc. will start selling Martha Stewart-branded paint and cleaning products next year in addition to the home decor and closet organization lines announced in September, the nation's largest home improvement retailer said Monday.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.'s existing deal with Kmart ends in January. As soon as it does, Home Depot said it will start selling the Martha Stewart cleaning products, home decor and closet organization lines. The Martha Stewart paint line, which will replace Home Depot's line of Ralph Lauren paint, is set to appear in March.

It must be something Stewart learned about color coordination while she was in federal prison.

Openness in Government?

The Obama administration is conducting a workshop on government openness for federal employees behind closed doors Monday, a private training session for freedom-of-information officials to learn about a new U.S. office that settle disputes between the bureaucracy and the public.

Perhaps we ought to take up a collection for City Council President Joe Shogun to attend this important event.

A Day of Mourning Declared...

In Perm, Russia today flags are flying at half-staff as the entire country mourns 112 victims of a nightclub fire, and more are in hospitals. According to various news services, President Dmitry Medvedev declared Monday a national day of mourning and has called for harsh punishments for those responsible for Friday's blaze. In something Americans could perhaps learn from, all entertainment programs on television and radio were cancelled Monday.

Meanwhile in local news...

KREM-TV news anchor Laura Papetti got caught eating a peanut butter sandwich on-camera this morning during the initial weather forecast. Maybe this is a new trend, eating breakfast while working as the news anchor. Perhaps not.

Chilly isn't the word...

I suppose that nothing about the news would equal the wind chill this morning. While our temperature presently is sitting at 7 degrees, when you factor in the gusting winds, our morning wind child gets downright nasty. It reminds me abstractly of living in Plentywood, Montana, immediately adjacent to the Canadian border where such meteorological conditions and wind are actually quite common. Tomorrow, if the forecast holds true, although the winds will drop, so will the temperatures to below zero.


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Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.