TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2006

Pretty As A Picture

As the sun breaks through clouds above, a herd of elk walk together through a clearing in the River Rim housing development, in Bend, Ore., Monday.(AP Photo/The Bulletin, Andy Tullis)

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Headlines @ Closin' Time -- 1/31/06

This photo was too darn cute to pass up: Cristian Ramirez, 5, left, and Marquise Malachi, 6, try out their new clown noses on each other, today in Spartanburg, S.C. Clowns from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus came to the South Carolina...

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Best of the Local Blogs -- 1/31/06

I know I'm becoming a broken record about this, but Doug Fredericks' photos are sheer artwork. Here's one called "Sunny Morning" from 2005.*Put your hands together for Herb Huseland/Bay Views, who has completed his first year of blogging Monday, an impressive feat not to be...

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Coming Attractions

Don't you just love Dubya's smirk? It'll be on display tonight at 6 when he delivers the annual State of the Union speech. I have a prior commitment, so you can use this post to comment re: what you think of Bush's speech. This is...

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HBO -- to Bob 2

Bearable Bob: "I think to make attending Brokeback Mtn a litmus test for the tolerance of homosexuality is beyond absurd. It's, it's, it's BLOGSURD. I'm incredibly tolerant of homosexuals but I have no INTENT on seeing that movie. I want my cowboys stupid and insensitive....

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It's My 2 Cents -- 1/31/06

In the last week, I've stirred things up here by asking an un-PC question re: that WSU date rape survey and by announcing last night that I didn't plan to see "Brokeback Mountain." The rape question, albeit poorly worded, triggered a week-long civil discussion here...

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Quotable Quote

"Here's a reason to root for the black and gold. 'Pittsburgh has devolved into a has-been metropolis more akin to Spokane than, say, San Francisco.' – from a column on the Super Bowl in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Go Steelers. Hey, us has-beens have to stick...

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Question of the Day -- 1/31/06

Issue: State of the Union AddressWhat's At Stake: "The president's job-approval ratings reached their lowest points last fall but have recovered slightly. Bush can't seek re-election, but Republicans have to worry about midterm elections and preserving their majorities in Congress."Question: Do you care?

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HBO -- to Bob

Bearable Bob: "I don't know...but it seems like the Cialis and Viagra spammers have just hammered this site ever since DFO's rather simmering description of cowboy man love."DFO: I didn't know my description was "simmering" (to remain at or just below the boiling point). I...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2006

P.S. -- "Brokeback Mountain"

Issue: "Brokeback Mountain."Review: I just got a report back from a Berry Picker who was dragged by his wife to the gay shepherd movie, "Brokeback Mountain," at the Regal Cinema Sunday. Packed house, both Saturday and Sunday. Great scenery. At least a half hour too...

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Headlines @ Closin' Time -- 1/30/06

In this image from television transmitted by the arab news network Al-Jazeera on Monday Jan. 30, 2006, Al-Jazeera aired a new videotape Monday of kidnapped U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, showing her wearing an Islamic veil and weeping as she speaks to the camera, purportedly appealed...

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Top Cutlines -- 1/30/06

Greyhounds chase a rabbit during hare coursing competition at Clonmel Race Course in County Tipperary, Ireland, earlier today. (The rabbit lived, btw.) Hare coursing is the hunting of hares with dogs but the term typically refers to a sport in which the primary purpose is...

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HBO -- to Richard Miller

Richard Miller: "Don't like the new format, but I'm sure the subscription price will drop, since the paper is smaller. That's right, I was born yesterday! Also, it looks as if Mr. Oliveria had a really bad week---he seems to have aged a lot from...

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HBO -- to RBW

RBW: "Wonder if Managing Editor Gary Graham refers to former President Carter as James Earl."DFO: Funny you should mention that. In our Editorial Board meeting today, we discussed the Chris/Christine name change. One of the Edit Boarders mentioned that Jimmy Carter might have been the...

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Best of the Local Blogs -- 1/30/06

*I was chuckling (nervously) as I read the analysis by Marianne Love/Slight Detour that compared the full-page ad in today's paper about the Jenny Craig weight reduction plan to the size of the new SR model here.*Family Phil makes a good argument re: why all-day...

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Chris or Christine?

I'll pull back the curtain on the newsroom this a.m. -- to show some of our thinking re: the names of public oafish-als. Recently, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's staff circulated a news release that said Her Christineness preferred to be called "Chris." That, of course,...

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APhoto of the Day -- 1/30/06

Greyhounds chase a rabbit during hare coursing competition at Clonmel Race Course in County Tipperary, Ireland, earlier today. (The rabbit lived, btw.) Hare coursing is the hunting of hares with dogs but the term typically refers to a sport in which the primary purpose is...

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HBO -- to JBelle

JBelle: "Exxon posts the greatest quarterly profits in American history while the price of gas spikes in the same quarter! Where's the outrage?"DFO: Indeed. (However, I must admit, that the Exxon stations in Coeur d'Alene regularly sell the cheapest gas in the region -- for...

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Quick Fix 6 -- 1/30/06

1. APhoto Fix: An Exxon station is shown in Dallas, Monday. Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday posted a record profit for a U.S. company of $10.71 billion in the fourth quarter, as the world's biggest publicly-traded oil company benefited from high oil and gas prices...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2006

HBO -- to Thom George

Thom George: "I too see the change in the past few years, but find it difficult to fault the 'city officials' for the growth of our area. People from all over the country are seeking out areas that are more beautiful, cleaner, more affordable and...

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HBO -- to True Native

True Native: Name one journalist at the Press who qualifies as good or great. I bet you people you CAN NOT do it!DFO: TN, I've answered your question in the comments section. But it prompted another thought. You could put together a virtual all-star team,...

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HBO -- to Side Note

Side Note: "Speaking of sex being out there, two words: freak dancing. Tonight my job took me to the late night club scene and, my gosh, the freak dancing was completely sexual in nature. I won't go into detail but it was simulated sex acts...

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Wild Card/Saturday -- 1/18/06

Well, it looks as though the HBO gang's almost back, with the return of Bob, Kick Shoe, et al, Friday. Even George Thomas/Ain't No God checked in earlier in the week to say he still didn't believe. The only one missing is Any Mouse, whom...

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