FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009

TGIF Wild Card 20 

Hot and sunny sucks when you've got to work. If I had my way it would rain every Friday that I have to sit at my desk. I like working when it's raining.This weekend I'll fling myself at the Highland Games and hope to answer...

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APhoto of the Day 14 

Sgt. Kevin Locicero, left, and Capt. Bruce Elliot, of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, examine a truck that drove into a pool in Lockport, N.Y., on Thursday. Police said the driver was juggling two cell phones.Top Cutlines:#1. The driver misheard the news on the radio....

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Boise Boy Still Missing 

"Boise police investigators say new evidence suggests that an 8-year-old boy who has been missing for a week may have been the victim of a tragic event." http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/boise-police-missing-boy-may-be-victim-tragedy/I'm going to take off early and hug my nine-year-old before he leaves for a sleepover. If you've...

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Could One Billion Users be Wrong? 35 

So, Firefox is supposed to hit it's one billionth dowload sometime today: http://www.pcworld.com/article/169384/firefox_to_hit_1_billion_downloads_friday.html?tk=rss_newsApparently, if I want to post the HBO Poll thingie while DFO's gone, I'm going to need Firefox. But I'm an Explorer gal. It's been good to me, and I don't know if...

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Toasted 

"Coeur d’Alene’s food bank lost its 1989 Dodge van and 500 loaves of bread Thursday when the van caught fire." http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/fire-destroys-food-bank-van-toasts-bread/

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Almost Like Being There 

"The Rosetta Stone of racial understanding," that's what Obama is, according to Jon Stewart. Stewart simulated the beer summit for those of us who weren't invited: http://www.indecisionforever.com/2009/07/31/jon-stewart-and-wyatt-cenac-simulate-the-white-house-beer-summit/

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But Wait! There's More! 12 

"The House voted Friday to rush $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped “cash for clunkers” car purchase program, heeding calls from consumers who hope to keep taking advantage of the trade-in incentives." http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/house-approves-2b-more-cash-clunkers/Thoughts?

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What is City of CdA hiding? 49 

Item: City won't name names on salaries/CdA PressMore info: Coeur d'Alene city officials are refusing to disclose the full identities of city employees, after an Idaho Public Records Act request from the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan group that's in the process of developing...

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More on Resort Tragedy 16 

"A Louisiana woman visiting the Coeur d’Alene Resort fell 12 stories to her death early Thursday in what the incident’s only witness, the victim’s boyfriend, told police was a suicide but detectives say is still under investigation." http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/woman-dies-in-12-story-fall-at-resort/How very sad.

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Good for What Ails You? 12 

"Americans spend more than 10 percent of their out-of-pocket health care dollars on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such spending in more than a decade.Chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and herbal remedies are commanding significant consumer dollars as people seek high-touch care...

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Dog Eat Dawg owner Van Austin hands a plate of food to regular customer Davis Shutts, of Coeur d’Alene, from his mobile eatery on the corner of Seltice Way and Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. Part of their proceeds are donated to the Kootenai Humane Society. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

It's a Dawg Eat Dawg World 28 

Dog Eat Dawg owner Van Austin hands a plate of food to regular customer Davis Shutts, of Coeur d’Alene, from his mobile eatery on the corner of Seltice Way and Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. Part of their proceeds are donated to the...

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Cash Crop 17 

Garcia"Nearly 2,000 marijuana plants averaging 5 feet tall were uprooted from an irrigated cornfield north of Reardan, the Lincoln County sheriff said Thursday." http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/marijuana-plants-found-in-cornfield-near-reardan/Wonder what the corn tastes like?

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Grownup steals, disguises 5-year-old's puppy 11 

Item: 5-year-old's stolen puppy shaved but safe/AP, The Spokesman-ReviewMore info: A 5-year-old girl was at a park in Chubbuck, Idaho with her 11-week-old Pomeranian puppy when a woman asked if she could hold the puppy - but once she got it, she fled. Little Sadie...

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And the Winner is... 

It was pretty close, but 36% of voters (28 votes) chose What the Huck as the name for Bent's new huckleberry beer. Twenty-eight percent of you (22 votes) liked Purple Gold best. And Mountain Brew edged out Hefleberry, by one vote for number three.

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Bra-snapping teacher quits 

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/teacher-history-reprimands-quits/You know, I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a scenario in which snapping someone's bra is appropriate. Can't think of one. Can you?

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The View from Here 19 

From my office window I see the DoubleTree Hotel, two Diamond Parking Lots, Glen Dow Academy and a huge billboard that reads: "Kokanee: mmm...Tastes like glacial runoff" Is it just me? When I picture glacial runoff I see dirty melting snow. Bleh.What's the view from...

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 A car turned in as a clunker sits in a recycle dumpster at Capitol City Buick Pontiac GMC  in Berlin, Vt. Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Car and truck owners looking to junk their gas guzzlers flocked to dealerships to take advantage of the government's "cash for clunkers" program.  (Toby Talbot / Associated Press)

Already Out of Gas 

Well. That didn't last long. If you were hoping for the government's help to buy a new car, it looks like you're out of luck: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/30/officials-cash-clunkers-set-run-out-gas/Update: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/31/no-cash-for-clunkers/Surprised?

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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009

Thursday Wild Card 17 

Three things I learned at HBO yesterday:We need to keep Herb's daughter in our thoughts and prayers as she recovers from a serious car accident. Some folks here should open their own ad agency and specialize in beer promotion. And most of you bathe and...

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Huckleberry Festival at Schweitzer 10 

"Enjoy free live music, huckleberry hikes, a huckleberry breakfast, huckleberry treat tent, huckleberry crafts, a huckleberry pie eating contest and more huckleberry fun than you ever thought possible." http://summer.schweitzer.com/things_to_do/event_calendar.php/huckleberry_festival/What? No Huckleberry Beer?

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Spokane is Smart 

Of course, I always knew that and now there's proof: http://www.smartercities.nrdc.org/cities/spokane-wa#city-category-gbThe Natural Resources Defense Council gives Spokane high marks in green building, air quality and other categories.Where's the smartest place you've ever lived?

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Contractors: Blitz will help industry 'weather tough times'

Here’s a group that’s certainly not bashing U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick’s upcoming “economic blitz” during the congressional summer break (as is a GOP hopeful for his seat): Idaho businesses who are planning to participate. “Congressman Minnick’s ‘blitz’ is being received positively by my contractor members,”...

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Depp Shadows 

It looks like Johnny Depp and Tim Burton will team up to make "Dark Shadows," a movie based on the classic cult TV show: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-depp-burton-dark-shadows.htmlSounds like a natural collaboration to me. Depp's a nice guy. Remember when he cleaned the snow off that S-R correspondent's...

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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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