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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007

Mon., April 30, 2007, 6:05 p.m.

Wild Card/Monday -- 4/30/07

It's hard to move on from the awful news that started the day re: the tragic motorcyle crash that claimed the life of local developer Tom Johnson and severely injured his wife, Cyndie. Please keep Mrs. Johnson and her two surviving daughters in your thoughts...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 5:10 p.m.

APhoto of the Day (w/Top Cutlines) -- 4/30/07

Noah Berger/Oakland TribuneA section of highway lies burned and crumbled in Emeryville, Calif., after a tanker carrying gasoline exploded on Sunday, April 29, 2007. In the resulting blaze, a section of freeway that funnels traffic onto the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed. The truck's driver...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 1:58 p.m.

The Way We Were: Dubya, Tenet in 2004

Item: Former C.I.A. Chief’s Memoir Irritates Some High-Ranking Readers/Scott Shane, New York Times AP Photo/Lawrence JacksonPresident Bush presents George Tenet the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2004. Now, of course, the Bush administration feels betrayed by comments made in...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 1:21 p.m.

A Matter of Opinion: You And Family Leave

RE: You can be part of the conversation at the SR Opinion Page blog, A Matter of Opinion, here.In my Sunday column -- read here -- I reconnected with an early mentor of mine, Pat Schroeder, former Democratic Congresswoman from Colorado. I worked in her...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 11:57 a.m.

Update: Developer Killed in Crash, Wife Recovering

Item: Developer Tom Johnson killed in motorcycle accident, wife Cyndie injured/Becky Kramer, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: North Idaho developer Tom Johnson died Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Mexico. His wife, Cyndie, is in stable condition today at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. A pickup struck...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 11:31 a.m.

Dining Guide Feted Johnson Family Before Tragedies

RE: A feature written by Guide to Dining North Idaho by Kerri Thoreson shortly before the Johnson family lost their 15-year-old son, Jordan in November.The Johnson family...Tom, Cyndie and their children Desiree, Aubree and Jordan have always lived an active lifestyle and North Idaho has...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 10:07 a.m.

Question: Was Baldwin's Outburst Beyone the Pale?

Item: Baldwin's snap a lesson to angry dads/Connie Schultz, Cleveland Plain Dealer(Actor Alec) Baldwin is getting lots of attention, but I suspect it's not the kind he was hoping for after he left a vicious voice-mail message attacking his 11-year-old daughter for not answering their...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 9:41 a.m.

Tragedy Strikes Developer Johnson's Family Again

From: Nov. 28, 2006, edition of SRThe younger brother of Arizona State senior forward Aubree Johnson of Post Falls died from an enlarged heart while in St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam women’s basketball tournament, the medical examiner in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, said...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 9:15 a.m.

Gary Ingram: "To The Gallows, I Say"

RE: Item: Developer damages key spawning beds: Tiny kokanee die; no permit for pilings/James Hagengruber, Spokesman-ReviewThe state should file every charge they can and the court should impose the most severe penalty according to law. No plea bargains. He should be required to restore the...

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Mon., April 30, 2007, 8:55 a.m.

AM Hucks: You Know You're from Kellogg, If ...

If you've been following Huckleberries for the last week, you now know how you can tell if you're from Coeur d'Alene or Athol. Today, Raymond Pert, an Oregon community college instructor and Silver Valley native, explains how you can tell if you're from Kellogg. You...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007

Sun., April 29, 2007, 12:18 a.m.

Wild Card/Sunday -- 4/29/07

Alice Rankin left me with a valuable gift Thursday when we did our interview together -- a pamphlet with her personal gardening tips. Immediately, I discovered why the onion sets I planted last year didn't work. I planted them too deep. And most of the...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007

Sat., April 28, 2007, 7:53 p.m.

Bayview Developer Holland Destroys Kokanee Spawning Beds

Item: Developer damages key spawning beds: Tiny kokanee die; no permit for pilings/James Hagengruber, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: Illegal construction in Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview, Idaho, effectively "nuked" one of the last healthy spawning beds for the lake's struggling kokanee salmon population, said Chip Corsi, regional...

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Sat., April 28, 2007, 2:13 a.m.

Wild Card/Saturday -- 4/28/07

Sometimes, monitoring HBO is similar to riding one of those mechanical bulls -- not that I've ever done that. You get bucked in every direction and feel fortunate when the week comes to an end and you're still aboard. That's how this week was. Some...

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Sat., April 28, 2007, 1:21 a.m.

Question: Would You Back Otter Prop 13 Push?

Question: Otter considers property tax reform: Plan would lock in assessed values at the sale price of every home/Greg Hahn, Idaho StatesmanMore Info: Otter described an idea similar to California's Proposition 13, saying he is considering a plan that would lock assessed values at the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

Fri., April 27, 2007, 6:08 p.m.

Parting Shot -- 4/27/07

AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Lisa M. Collard Dignitaries, including Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, fifth from left, break ground for the restoration and expansion of the state Capitol on Friday in Boise. The project is planned for completion in January 2010 in time for the 2010...

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Fri., April 27, 2007, 6 p.m.

A Letter to Chew on for the Weekend -- 4/27/07

Below: A post from Lynn Swanbom of A Matter of Opinion, the SR Opinion Page blogExcerpts from another entry in the pit bull conversation (the writer did not include contact information for verification):Today when we were walking we came upon a 20 something young man...

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Fri., April 27, 2007, 4:40 p.m.

APhoto of the Day w/Top Cutlines -- 4/27/07

AP PhotoWith a part of a mannequin which was apparently stolen from a shop by looters, in the background, Estonian police cordon a battle-scarred street of Tallinn shortly after riots early Friday. Overnight clashes, looting and vandalism were sparked by the government's move to relocate...

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Fri., April 27, 2007, 11:01 a.m.

Item: Kootenai County to Decide Real Life Permit ...

... Mega-church outgrowing Post Falls facility (second story in briefs)/Erica Curless, Spokesman-ReviewJesse Tinsley/Spokesman-ReviewDFO: One of these days, I need to poke my head into Real Life Ministries on a Sunday morning, to see what it's offering that so many people find so attractive. I've heard...

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