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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2009

Update: Idaho barista fends off robber 13 

It's not just the after-hours scene. Apparently, getting your morning cup of joe can be dangerous in the Lake City, too.A 17-year-old boy was arrested this morning following an attempted holdup of a coffee stand in Coeur d’Alene in which the barista pulled a gun...

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Bad News: "A systemic failure has occurred" 30 

WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence agencies had enough “bits and pieces” of information to thwart the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing, a senior administration official said Tuesday, but they failed to properly analyze and share it.Instead, what President Barack Obama called a potentially catastrophic “mix of...

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Tracy Hermanstorfer kisses her newborn son, Coltyn, Monday, at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (Associated Press)

Good News: Mother, child survive perilous birth 

Tracy Hermanstorfer kisses her newborn son, Coltyn, Monday, at a hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. DENVER – Mike Hermanstorfer was clutching his pregnant wife’s hand in a Colorado hospital on Christmas Eve when she stopped breathing, her life apparently slipping away. Then he cradled his...

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Safety Shiloh Keo and UI teammates in the defensive backfield are charged with keeping Bowling Green star Charlie Barnes in check.  (File)

Vandals Seek Fine Finish 

Safety Shiloh Keo and UI teammates in the defensive backfield are charged with keeping Bowling Green star Charlie Barnes in check. Game time: 1:30 p.m. | TV: ESPN | Radio: 1080-AM/700-AMBig day for Idaho football. I happen to know someone who'll be watching the game...

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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2000 file photo, Tiger Woods points to his ball as it drops for birdie on the first hole of a three-hole playoff against Bob May at the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. On his web site Friday night, Dec. 11, 2009, Woods announced that he is taking an indefinite break from professional golf. (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)

His Cheating Heart 

In this Aug. 20, 2000 file photo, Tiger Woods points to his ball as it drops for birdie on the first hole of a three-hole playoff against Bob May at the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.Like years past, this one...

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New Poll Style

I interrupt my Christmas vacation to bring you the following Huckleberries Online PSA (public service announcement). Blogmeister Ryan has provided a new spot for the weekdaily polls -- in the upper corner of the left rail. I asked him to do so to make the...

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media Monday about the airliner bombing attempt on Christmas Day.  (Associated Press)

He's tuckered out 

President Barack Obama speaks to the media Monday about the airliner bombing attempt on Christmas Day. It's not just me. Our president is looking worn out. WASHINGTON -- After a sleepless, overnight flight to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month, President...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2009

Tuesday Wild Card 48 

Rarely a dull moment in HBO-land. You know, when DFO returns I think I'll need a vacation to recover from his vacation. Just saying.But it's a new day. I skipped my Wii workout because I'm thinking 62's not a bad age and I'd hate to...

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Actress Jenny McCarthy works out with the fitness program, “Your Shape.” Ubisoft (Ubisoft)

APhoto of the Day 10 

Actress Jenny McCarthy works out with the fitness program, “Your Shape.” #1. One day she woke up and started her Wii fitness machine up and in a weird stroke of luck it told CindyH she was 29 again. keithincda#2. Elin Woods demonstrates her new technique...

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Shoppers walk past televisions on display in the electronics department of a Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upgrading its beef, clothing, electronics and home accessories while sprucing up its stores.Associated Press photos (Associated Press photos / The Spokesman-Review)

I want my free TV! 10 

NEW YORK – For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer.The business model is unraveling at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the local stations...

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Quiz of the year 

How closely were you paying attention to world events in the news this year?Test yourself with the BBC World News website end of year 2009 quiz to find out. There is one question per month.I scored 8 out of 12 (on my second try). Bleh!

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John Blanchette: Win or lose Idaho gains 

BOISE – Among the cottage industries spawned by college football, the manufacture of hoary bromides is likely the busiest – or surely no worse than second behind the office pool.A particular golden oldie posits that “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react...

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Idaho Dad: Do you feel safer? 

"A friend of mine is flying from NYC to Edmonton and reports the following: “I’m disheartened though not surprised at new regulations that require we spend the entire flight from NYC to Toronto, and the last hour from Toronto to Edmonton, in our seats, without...

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8 Things Every Geek Needs to do Before 2010 

Here's some great advice for all of us:1. Edit your privacy settings and friendships. Facebook's maelstrom-causing privacy changes have given quite a few of us a head-scratching good time trying to figure out just how much of our private lives are to be made public....

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Explosive Cda Couple 

The Press reports on a local couple whose business is booming:COEUR d'ALENE -- Eric and Lisa Kelly love to blow things up, and their passion has landed them a spot on national television.The owners of Advanced Explosions Demolition, based in Coeur d'Alene, will be featured...

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A quick snack: A juvenile bald eagle, which doesn’t yet have the coloration of an adult, throws its wings back and its talons forward, preparing to snatch a kokanee salmon from the surface of Lake Coeur d’Alene on Saturday. The gathering of migrating eagles peaks in mid-December as the birds gorge on the spawned-out kokanee that are plentiful in the lake’s Wolf Lodge Bay.  On the Web: Watch a video about the eagles’ annual journey at spokesman.com/video.jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley)

Eagle Watchers Could Get Ticketed 

Idaho State Police are cautioning eagle watchers at Lake Coeur d’Alene not to stop in the middle of the roadway on state Highway 97, or they risk getting a ticket.Some motorists have been stopping in the travel lanes along the two-lane highway that runs from...

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media Monday about the airliner bombing attempt on Christmas Day.  (Associated Press)

Key security agencies without leadership 

President Barack Obama speaks to the media Monday about the airliner bombing attempt on Christmas Day.WASHINGTON – Two federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off airplanes and out of the country have been without their top leaders for nearly a year.It took the Obama...

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President Barack Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia watch dolphins at Sea Life Park during their vacation on Oahu in December. Hawaii is asking the president to help its faltering tourism industry.Courtesy of Sea Life Park (Courtesy of Sea Life Park / The Spokesman-Review)

Yeah, but he can't talk to them 

President Barack Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia watch dolphins at Sea Life Park.Ready to communicate with dolphins? Take a spin in your flying car? Unfortunately, the future doesn't always turn out as predicted. Here's a list of things we thought we'd accomplish by...

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Associated Press Bears WR Devin Aromashodu is mobbed after his game-winning TD. (Associated Press)

Bears Beat Vikings 16 

Associated Press Bears WR Devin Aromashodu is mobbed after his game-winning TD.Most have been a sad day in the KageMann household as the Bears rallied for a TD in overtime play.CHICAGO – Brett Favre cranked up and made one more impossible throw, zinging a touchdown...

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Downtown CDA shooting concerns business owners 

Young people partying and drinking in downtown Coeur d’Alene is nothing new; it’s been going on for years.However, one thing that might have changed, several downtown business owners said Monday, is seeing young people bring guns along for the night. An early Sunday shooting outside...

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Lewis Smith, age 13, shovels snow as he builds an igloo in front of his home in Overland Park, Kan. Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. A fierce Christmas storm dumped more snow and ice across the nation's midsection Friday after stranding travelers as highways and airports closed and leaving many to celebrate the holiday just where they were. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Let it snow! 

Lewis Smith, age 13, shovels snow as he builds an igloo in front of his home in Overland Park, Kan. Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.The Inland Northwest may have missed out on a white Christmas this year, but forecasters are promising to make up for it...

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MONDAY, DEC. 28, 2009

Johnson Claims Self Defense 39 

A young businessman facing attempted murder charges after a chaotic confrontation in downtown Coeur d’Alene told police he felt threatened when he opened fire on a group of men looking for a fight.“I did what I was trained,” Adam M. Johnson told police, according to...

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