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THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

Merrymakers watch the early fireworks show finale obscure the clock tower in Riverfront Park Monday evening, Dec. 31, 2007 at First Night, the New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Spokane.  Families, singles, children in costumes flocked to downtown Spokane to celebrate New Year's Eve.    JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

High Noon: First Night Spokane 

Merrymakers watch the early fireworks show finale obscure the clock tower in Riverfront Park Monday evening, Dec. 31, 2007 at First Night, the New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Spokane. On Dec. 31, 2001, Spokane grappled for the first time with a concept called First...

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OpenCda:New allegations from anonymous source 87 

Moving this up from yesterday as new information has been forthcoming. At Open Cda commenter Appalled says: "Over a year ago I formally complained by affidavit to the BOCC and Barry McHugh regarding among other things Sandy Martinson’s operation of a bank account in an...

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The Nintendo DS, a dual display device, is a sleek powerhouse that's great for multiplayer gaming. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Not for their eyes 

LOS ANGELES – Nintendo’s 3DS video game system might be hazardous to the health of children younger than 6, according to a warning posted Wednesday on the Japanese video game company’s website. “Vision of children under the age of 6 (is in) the developmental stage,”...

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Explorers learn rescue/survival skills 

They could have been home watching television or playing video games. They could have spent the evening catching up on homework or texting their friends. Instead, a group of teens spent a recent evening learning to tie rope rescue knots. As members of Spokane County...

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NICE bus riders out of luck 

Arleen Grose was stunned to learned that her main source of transportation will be cut after today. The Hayden 75-year-old is among those affected by the sudden stoppage of the Kootenai Area Transit System (KATS) in urban Kootenai County and the North Idaho Community Express...

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Larry: Like shooting fish in a barrel 11 

LarrySpencer on OpenCda:New allegations from anonymous source on December 30 at 9:35 a.m. Uncovering corruption in Corrupt d Alene is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. It is easier that that, actually. It is like shooting big fish in a small barrel with...

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Sledders, boarders and parents stand perched atop a hill at Valley Mission Park ready to take to the slopes.
 (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)

Sledding Stupidity 12 

Sledders, boarders and parents stand perched atop a hill at Valley Mission Park ready to take to the slopes. A Spokane man was arrested after two children he was towing on a sled behind an ATV slammed into a parked police car, sending the kids...

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When Carl and Mara Crowell decided to open their specialty pet boutique, Pawpular Companions, in Liberty Lake, they turned to SCORE Spokane and found the help they needed.  (J. Bart Rayniak)

Keeping SCORE 

When Carl and Mara Crowell decided to open their specialty pet boutique, Pawpular Companions, in Liberty Lake, they turned to SCORE Spokane and found the help they needed. A new year often marks fresh beginnings or serves as an impetus to act on long-held dreams....

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$139,000 missing 

COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene police investigating a suspected case of embezzlement by a former longtime Kootenai County employee have determined about $139,000 is unaccounted for from a 10-year period. Coeur d'Alene detectives received a report Dec. 7 from Kootenai County Clerk-Auditor Dan English of...

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An Air India plane is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday during a snowstorm that caused thousands of flights to be canceled in the Northeast.  (Associated Press)

East Coast leaders take heat 

An Air India plane is seen at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday during a snowstorm that caused thousands of flights to be canceled in the Northeast. NEW YORK – With many streets still unplowed, New Yorkers are griping that their billionaire mayor is out...

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Beef Wellington uses a center-cut beef tenderloin section. Whether it's a standing prime rib, a rack of lamb or a saddle of veal, roasts can be as intimidating as they are dramatic.  (Associated Press)

Meat labeling 12 

LOS ANGELES – Coming soon to a grocery store near you: Those nutrition labels slapped on everything from cereal to soda pop will soon be required on packages of meat. T he U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that the new rule, slated to go...

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Zags Win-- again! 

The Gonzaga men’s basketball team shook off a little rust, incorporated Steven Gray back in the lineup and pulled away from Lafayette College 83-55 Wednesday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Post-Christmas break games haven’t been kind to Gonzaga in recent seasons. The Bulldogs had dropped...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010


Wild Card 12.29.10 12 

Gosh, we had some excitment in blogland yesterday. I'm pleased to say my magic troll wand works just great. New friends made an appearance and a couple of old favs weighed in. What I've always enjoyed about Hucks Online is the diveristy of opinion and...

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 This “forever” stamp honoring The Indianapolis 500 is included in the U.S. Postal Service’s 2011 postage stamp collection.  (Associated Press)

All stamps will be forever  

This “forever” stamp honoring The Indianapolis 500 is included in the U.S. Postal Service’s 2011 postage stamp collection. WASHINGTON – Rummaging around for 1- and 2-cent postage stamps when postal rates go up is heading the way of the Pony Express. Beginning in January, all...

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Whitehurst

The Seahawk's Hope? 12 

Is it just me or does Charlie Whitehurst look like Jesus? I'm not at all intending to be blasphemous but everytime I look at this picture I think, you know if this guy starts on Sunday, the Seahawks might just have a chance.

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Christine O'Donnell under investigation 16 

Defeated Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell, who ran for vice president Joe Biden's former Senate seat, is reportedly under federal investigation for using campaign funds for personal expenses, the Associated Press reports. The criminal probe is being conducted by two federal prosecutors and two FBI...

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Milo's new hat.

Crazy for Crochet 

So my 11-year-old son learned to crochet at school and now he can't stop. He's halfway finished with a hat, and has made scaves for me, his oldest brother and for our cat. He's also made this hat for Milo. As you can see, Milo...

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Boise is blanketed with snow on Wednesday morning; schools are closed. (Betsy Russell)

This just in: Snow causes problems 

Avista Utilities reported nearly 6,200 customers without power at 11:20 a.m. as a difficult combination of heavy snow and wind were bringing down tree limbs and power lines, but that number was cut in half by 12:30 p.m. The Washington State Patrol closed Highway 27...

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This Sept. 25, 2010, file photo shows Oregon coach  Chip  Kelly leading his team onto the field to face Arizona State in an NCAA football game, in Tempe, Ariz.  Kelly has been voted AP Coach of the Year, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, after leading the second-ranked Ducks to an undefeated record and a spot in the BCS national championship game in just his second season as the team's leader. ( (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File))

Coach inspires 'Ducks-style journalism' 

A reporter friend in Durango, Colo., Chuck Slothower, calls it, "Ducks-style journalism." On Facebook, Chuck writes, "I like to start fast, file a story before lunch. That opens up my ground game with the photographers. Pound the calls. Intercept tipped public documents. No one's seen...

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Sidelined Vikings QB Brett Favre showed his emotions at a postgame press conference. (Associated Press)

Favre fined $50K 13 

NEW YORK – Brett Favre has been fined $50,000 by the NFL for a "failure to cooperate" with the investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to former New York Jets game-day hostess Jenn Sterger. The league said Commissioner Roger Goodell "could...

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Rangel

Rangel establishes defense fund 10 

WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel has established a defense fund that will allow supporters to contribute up to $5,000 a year to help pay his legal bills. The New York Democrat still owes money to his former lawyers, who represented him in an ethics case...

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Vernon Baker, pictured in 2005, moved to North Idaho in the 1980s. He died Tuesday at his home near St. Maries at age 90. (File)

Vernon J. Baker Boulevard  

COEUR d'ALENE - Vernon Baker's name is now firmly etched into the Kootenai County landscape. County commissioners on Tuesday officially named a new road north of Hayden after Baker, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran who lived in St. Maries...

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