MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015


Monday Wild Card 8.31.15 

Are you ready to say goodbye to August and hello back-to-school? I sure am! My youngest doesn't start until September 8 and my Spokane Falls Community College student later in September. The dog days of summer have been clouded in smoky haze and I've never been more ready for fall.

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Internet divided on mom who left baby in shopping cart 

Support is building this morning for a woman who left her baby strapped to a shopping cart in a parking lot. Cherish Peterson, a mother of four young kids, said she was horrified to realize she drove off from a grocery store in Arizona last week without her two-month-old son and since then, there's been a roller coaster reaction on social media, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano.

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Employees evacuate The Spokesman-Review building in downtown Spokane today due to a natural gas leak. (Pia Hallenberg)

Updated: Gas leak force evacuation in downtown Spokane 

Colleague Pia Hallenberg posted this photo moments ago. A natural gas leak in downtown Spokane has prompted the evacuation of The Spokesman-Review building at Monroe and Riverside streets. The building was evacuated shortly after 2 p.m., and bystanders outside are smelling the odor of the mercaptan additive in natural gas.

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Idaho ruling on statute of limitations clears way for Boy Scout/LDS suit 

A unanimous Idaho Supreme Court has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against the Boy Scouts of America and the LDS Church by a group of men who are suing for fraud, saying they were sexually abused by scout leaders as children, and the Boy Scouts and the church knew the children were in danger from the leaders, and not only failed to disclose that, but assured the boys the leader in question was a “great guy,” a “wonderful man,” or a “friend to whom you can always turn for advice.”

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CdA man found dead behind Moscow sporting goods store 

MOSCOW – Police believe a man found dead behind a sporting goods store Sunday evening may have been under the influence of alcohol when he tumbled down a steep embankment. No foul play is suspected in the death of Kristofer Cannard, 37, whose body was found in a narrow space against the back wall of Tri-State Outfitters off the Pullman-Moscow Highway.

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Loaded term ‘anchor baby’ conceals complex issues 17 

Donald Trump proudly throws it around. Jeb Bush stumbled over it. And Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democrats have decried it. The loaded term “anchor babies” has become a lightning rod of the 2016 presidential campaign. It is used as a pejorative, often meant to conjure images of women crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to give birth to children who are U.S. citizens and would shield them from deportation (though the parents of such children have been frequently deported). Were you familiar with this term prior to the pols trotting it out?

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Obama: Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali 36 

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Alaska.

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Deaths from keyless ignitions rise 

WASHINGTON – As Ray Harrington lay dead on the third floor of his North Carolina condominium, the popular professor of criminal justice at Pfeiffer University unintentionally began teaching his final lesson. This time his students would extend well beyond the classroom, and the lesson would cover ongoing safety threats from vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions.

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A state trooper holds a state flag to be presented to the family as he stands by a portrait of Tom Zbyszewski during a service Sunday for firefighters killed in a wildfire near Twisp, Wash. (Associated Press)

Fallen firefighters remembered 

WENATCHEE – More than a thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington. “They dedicated their lives to protecting our national forests and the people in the communities surrounding them,” Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a eulogy. “And for that we should be grateful.”

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Wildfire jumps the Salmon River

The Tepee Springs Fire jumped the Salmon River on Saturday morning in a several-mile-wide run driven by high, gusting winds in the Allison Creek area; the wildfire’s advance was so ferocious that firefighters had to leave the area until the wind died down.

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Shaw, friends leave ’em laughing

Have to admit I don't watch TV news- neither local nor national. But on the rare occasion I flip on the news, it was always Randy Shaw that I watched. He'll be missed. Friends and colleagues took turns poking fun at retiring KREM 2 News anchor Randy Shaw on Sunday, but the guest of honor upstaged them all with some of the best zingers of his two-hour roast.

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Foes seek to close Twin Falls, Idaho, refugee center  100 

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Idaho officials said it is unlikely Twin Falls would lose its lone refugee center even if the College of Southern Idaho stopped sponsoring the program. The Times-News reported the Twin Falls center has faced increased opposition from the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center, a local group hoping to shutter the center through a ballot initiative

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RIP Oliver Sacks and Wes Craven 

Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks, 82, died in his home, Sunday. Filmmaker Wes Craven, 76, also died on Sunday. Sacks looked at his patients with a writers eye and found publishing gold. Craven found success in the scary world of our nightmares.

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Hoffman: School levy and bond elections 12 

It’s time for Idaho lawmakers to reform the way school districts demand money from taxpayers. The number of school levy and school bond elections are out of control, and school districts have learned that the mechanics of an election are more important than public support. Furthermore, the timing of the requests virtually guarantees there’s no real connection between what taxpayers are being asked to pony up and what lawmakers budget for public schools.

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Doritos State Park still an option?

After promising that new corporate sponsorship programs for Idaho’s state parks wouldn’t lead to renaming state parks for Coca-Cola or Doritos, state parks board members were faced with new administrative rules last week that actually didn’t rule that out.

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Grille from Ipanema moving to Riverstone 

A Brazilian steakhouse in Coeur d’Alene, Grille from Ipanema, will relocate to The Village at Riverstone next spring. This has been on my list of restaraunts to try when in CdA. Honestly, I'll probably be more likely to visit once it's at Riverstone. Are you a fan of Grille from Ipanenma?

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Winds cause 50-acre fire in Rathdrum

A smattering of rain and a break in the relentless dusty wind allowed fire crews to get a potentially dangerous 50-acre fire in Rathdrum under control Saturday. Northern Lakes Fire District public information officer Jim Lyon reported that heavy winds knocked trees into live power lines, which started the fire at 23800 N. Ramsey Road, about a mile south of Brunner Road.

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Doug Grumbach, a fourth-generation Ferry County rancher, stands Wednesday in the charred Colville National Forest near the Canadian border, where the Stickpin fire killed 12 head of his cattle. This cow became wedged between two trees trying to flee the flames. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Ranchers face loss of livestock, livelihoods 

DANVILLE, Wash. – The burned carcasses blend into the scorched landscape, just more black and ash among the haunting outline of trees. “There she is,” rancher Doug Grumbach says, pointing up the steep slope near his ranch. “It looks like she was trying to run and froze in that mode.”

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.











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