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FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 2009

Christmas Day Wild Card 11 

Merry Christmas Hucksters!I've survived another festival of Strange Norwegian Meat and am ready to bask in a day filled with family, food and maybe a present or two (I've been good, and all are reports to the contrary are flat out lies!).As I write this...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 2009


Christmas Eve Wild Card 20 

I had the worst dreams last night! I dreamed I couldn't find my kids' Christmas gifts, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon broke up, a couple Hucksters had a bloody duel and were buried in seagull crap. And the huge head of Bradley Thoma hovered above...

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Sorry Virginia... 

Editor's note: The following op-ed article is for grown-ups only. Children are warned that if they read it, they will not receive any gifts from Santa Claus this year!Parents should stop teaching their kids to believe in Santa Claus. Reading stories about Santa is fine,...

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Cindy Hval (The Spokesman-Review)

A Baby Changes Everything 12 

In the midst of unearthing Christmas decorations, I surveyed the downstairs family room. Actually, “wreck” room is a more apt description. Green and red bins burgeoning with tinsel and ornaments perched precariously on tabletops. Blue bins overflowing with winter garb towered with ominous instability in...

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The Best Christmas Movie Ever 24 

For our family, Christmas isn't complete until we sit down and watch "A Christmas Story." We're not the only ones. Here are Top Ten Reasons why A Christmas Story is the Best Christmas Movie Ever.Reasons include The Scut Farcus Affair, The Bunny Outfit, and I...

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Fly fishermen work the waters of the Missouri River near Wolf Creek, Mont., a stretch popular for trout fishing. Researchers say the overall size of the trout is remarkably large.  (File Associated Press)

CDA Press: New Company to Offer Loop Tackle 

Fly fishermen work the waters of the Missouri River near Wolf Creek, Mont., a stretch popular for trout fishing. COEUR d'ALENE -- Joe Roope, owner of Castaway Fly Fishing Shop of Coeur d'Alene and a small group of Northwest investors have created a new company,...

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Make some real tracks for holiday fast track gift-wrap.
 (King Features Syndicate / The Spokesman-Review)

Gift Wrap or Gift Bags 

I'm all thumbs when it comes to wrapping presents. For years I told everyone my toddlers wrapped the gifts, but actually toddlers with blunt scissors do a better job than I do. That's why I'm so thankful for the advent of gift bags. I stuff...

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Wes Hixon gets pushed into his new retrofitted van by his sister-in-law, Rachael Guberlet, on Sunday. The 24-year-old Iraq war veteran was presented with an early Christmas gift by the Wheels for Warriors organization recently. (J. BART RAYNIAK)

Vet Receives Van 

Wes Hixon gets pushed into his new retrofitted van by his sister-in-law, Rachael Guberlet, on Sunday. The 24-year-old Iraq war veteran was presented with an early Christmas gift by the Wheels for Warriors organization recently.Christmas shopping just got a lot easier for Wes Hixon. On...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, answers questions outside of the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. From left are, Senate Finance Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn..
(AP Photo/Mannul Balce Ceneta)
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Historic Health Care Bill Passes 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, answers questions outside of the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. From left are, Senate Finance Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.,...

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U.S. President Barack Obama, 4th left, is joined by other leaders in a multilateral meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Obama: Disappointment at Copenhagen Justified

U.S. President Barack Obama, 4th left, is joined by other leaders in a multilateral meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark Friday, Dec. 18, 2009.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that disappointment over the...

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Kurt Cobain: Nirvana lead singer lived fast and died young, committing suicide at his Seattle home in April 1994. Associated Press photos
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They Died Too Young 21 

Kurt Cobain: Nirvana lead singer lived fast and died young, committing suicide at his Seattle home in April 1994. Associated Press photos15 Music Legends who died in their prime. The list includes Cobain, Hendrix, Holly and Cline. Any others you'd include?

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A guard talks to a Guantanamo detainee in the open yard in Camp 4 detention center on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in January.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Guantanamo Prison May Stay Open 'till 2011 

A guard talks to a Guantanamo detainee in the open yard in Camp 4 detention center on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in January. WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's commitment to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by next...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2009

Sarah Palin Wild Card 65 

So, I got the bulk of my Christmas shopping done early this year, and instead of sipping cocoa and smiling serenely, I'm super stressed. Why?Because when you live in a houseful of snoopy kids you have to get very creative about where to hide their...

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This Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 image made from video released by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shows a man dressed as Santa robbing the Sun Trust Bank in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department) (AP/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

APhoto of the Day 20 

This Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 image made from video released by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shows a man dressed as Santa robbing the Sun Trust Bank in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)Top cutlines:#1 On the way out of the bank, the robber...

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Last minute gifts don't have to be expensive. This 1950s Santa cut-out, when framed and presented on Christmas morning, was a personal and lasting reminder of childhood memories.
  (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Down to Earth NW)

Christmas Traditions We Could do Without

Does anyone really enjoy Secret Santa? Is mistletoe just an excuse to grope the unsuspecting?Here's some Christmas traditions some could do without:Secret Santa: Here's the way Secret Santa should work: everyone in the office brings a $20, puts it in a hat, the hat gets...

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Thoma

Fired Cop Sues City 26 

Bradley Thoma sends his Christmas greetings to the city of Spokane by filing a $4 million damage claim."The claim, filed earlier today, contends the city illegally failed to accommodate Thoma’s disability - alcoholism." More here.Really? A drunk cop is involved in a hit-and-run, and it's...

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The movie poster for the Michael Jackson film  “This is It.” (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Michael Jackson's FBI Files 

The movie poster for the Michael Jackson film “This is It.”Rolling Stone reports Jackson's FBI dossier includes extortion attempts and terrorists threats. Story here. The files were released as part of the Freedom of Information Act. Are these files something the public really needs to...

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Barack Obama sits on Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, last summer with his daughter Sasha. (The Spokesman-Review)

Obama's Winter White House 11 

Barack Obama sits on Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, last summer with his daughter Sasha.For President Obama a white Christmas means sandy, white beaches. Click here for a guided tour of the first family's vacation retreat.Question: White snow or white sand for Christmas?

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Rhubarb is a tasty treat and a hardy garden dweller.
 (File/ / The Spokesman-Review)

Everyday Foods that can Kill You Horribly 11 

Rhubarb is a tasty treat and a hardy garden dweller.In my unflagging efforts to spread warmth and holiday cheer, I give you this list of everyday foods that can cause much misery and death.You know deadly things like, rhubarb, potatoes and water. So before you...

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This Low-fat Cooked Eggnog made with a carefully re-worked recipe is "simply amazing _ and amazingly easy."
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Eggnog: Yes or No? 17 

This Low-fat Cooked Eggnog made with a carefully re-worked recipe is "simply amazing _ and amazingly easy."Eggnog ranks right up there with Fruitcake when it comes to having both ardent enthusiasts and passionate loathers. Here the SR Food Panel weighs in.Are you and eggnog lover...

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ORG XMIT: COEA101  Richard Heene is photographed by a television crew as he leaves his house with his family in Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Heene is accused of perpetrating the balloon boy hoax to promote a reality show. His lawyer said Monday that he expects authorities to bring charges against his client in the coming days as investigators analyze e-mails that show Richard Heene and an associate discussing the stunt months ago. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (Ed Andrieski / The Spokesman-Review)

Balloon boy's parents get jail time 

Richard Heene is photographed by a television crew as he leaves his house with his family in Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. AP Photo.The parents who carried out the balloon boy hoax were sentenced to jail Wednesday and given strict probation conditions...

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