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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010


Early challengers for 21 Dem seats 10 

WASHINGTON – Less than two months after voters gave Republicans six more Senate seats and control of the House, the GOP is lining up candidates for 2012, well ahead of the pace of previous election cycles. Looking to ride what they hope will be a...

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This photo released by Protection One shows how your cell phone can be used as a home security monitor.  (Associated Press)

Cell phone fracas leads to punch 16 

A 68-year-old Boise man is charged with misdemeanor battery after punching a teen on a flight that landed in Boise Tuesday night. According to Boise police, the suspect, Russell Miller, was upset with a 15-year-old boy who refused to turn off his cell phone after...

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The trail around Tubbs Hill and along Lake Coeur d’Alene is well-worn and suitable for running.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Another Tubbs Hill? 27 

The trail around Tubbs Hill and along Lake Coeur d’Alene is well-worn and suitable for running. COEUR d'ALENE - The goal is to create another Tubbs Hill-type recreation area for the public. Before that can happen, the city of Coeur d'Alene would have to purchase...

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Even the french fry got a little healthier when the federal government required food labels to list the amount of trans fat. In a large order of McDonald’s french fries, trans fat dropped from 71/4 grams to zero and saturated fat went from 5  1/2  grams to 3  1/2  grams.  (File Associated Press)

Poll: What do you dip your fries in? 32 

Jim_Bob_Cornbread on December 28 at 4:19 p.m. It's never so much about the fry itself than what is available to put on the tater. Zip fry sauce is top, followed by tartar dip from Dick, Wendy doesn't salt her fries which is too plain Jane...

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Rookie QB Joe Webb guided the Vikings to upset win over Eagles. (Associated Press)

Minnesota upsets Philly 

Rookie QB Joe Webb guided the Vikings to upset win over Eagles. PHILADELPHIA – Considering everything else the Minnesota Vikings have endured this season, it was silly to think two extra days sitting around a hotel room would bring ’em down. No way a determined...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

“I caught the limit,” said Tom Colnaric, of Hayden, after ice fishing at Fernan Lake in Coeur d’Alene on Monday.  (Kathy Plonka)

Parting Shot: Winter's just warming up 11 

“I caught the limit,” said Tom Colnaric, of Hayden, after ice fishing at Fernan Lake in Coeur d’Alene on Monday. Winter – barely seven days old, according to the calendar – is making a powerful return to the region this week. Snow, possibly heavy at...

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Yes to mega-loads 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Associated Press is reporting that a hearing officer has recommended the Idaho Transportation Department issue permits to ConocoPhillips to move four giant truckloads of equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. The permits were the subject of earlier hearings...

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Wild Card 12.28.10 15 

Yesterday was a record-breaking day at Huck's Online. A new page view record was set at 2.56 million views, breaking the old 2.5 million mark. Great job hucksters! Thanks for reading. Yesterday also marked the first time I received a picture of a shirtless Cda...

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Elton John (Associated Press)

He's got his own tiny dancer 11 

Sir Elton John is holding close a new tiny dancer. The piano man and husband David Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. The news was first reported Monday night by USMagazine.com and confirmed to The Associated Press...

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Ryan Leaf threw nearly three pickoffs for every TD pass during his career. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Ryan Leaf to pen trilogy 25 

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been!" Those words by John Greenleaf Whittier might be the mantra for former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf as he sets down to write his autobiography in three volumes. Sporting...

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Flying the too-friendly skies 12 

Krem.com posted this yucky tale: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A 50-year-old Florida man has been arrested after an Idaho girl reported the man exposed himself during a flight from Salt Lake City to Lewiston. The 17-year-old girl says she switched seats when the man sitting...

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A window washer works on the front of a McDonald's restaurant Tuesday in New York. McDonald's Corp. stock rose to a 5-year high Tuesday after the fast-food chain reported a 53-percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on continuing strong sales at its U.S. outlets and improving results in Europe. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Unhappy Meal in Ohio 

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Police say a dispute over the freshness of french fries got heated at a McDonald's in northern Ohio. Authorities say a customer refused fries waiting Sunday night in their serving pouches at the restaurant near Sandusky. The manager insisted the fries were...

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Judge rules U.S. must provide lawyers  

LOS ANGELES – Two mentally disabled immigrants must be given lawyers as they fight deportation, a U.S. district court judge has ruled. Jose Franco-Gonzalez, 29, of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Guillermo Gomez-Sanchez, 48, of San Bernardino, Calif., are at the center of a case that...

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Beer Bottling

High Noon: Keith's Bent Stick Lager 24 

At his Beer Garden blog, Bent details the making of his latest batch o' beer. This one was created with keithincda and Stickman. As you know by the earlier post, we have been playing with the carboys again and we whipped out a nice batch...

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Lakewood police  officers listen during a Nov. 30 news conference about the shooting of four of their colleagues in nearby Parkland,  Wash.  (File Associated Press)

2010 a deadly year for law enforcement 

Two officers in a remote Alaska town were ambushed as they chatted on a street. Two California deputies were killed by an arson suspect with a high-powered rifle as they tried to serve him a warrant. Two other officers doing anti-drug work were gunned down...

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Raising the bar 17 

COEUR d'ALENE - Wanna serve? Pass a course. Need a ride? Wait in the designated area. The city of Coeur d'Alene is considering a pair of rule changes it hopes makes downtown's nightlife a little safer. The first is to establish an evening taxi parking,...

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Garrett Smith, left, opens one of three time capsules buried in Riverside State Park that he and some former sixth-grade classmates unearthed and opened Monday. The group buried the items in 1986.  (Christopher Anderson)

Time Capsule: 1986 10 

Garrett Smith, left, opens one of three time capsules buried in Riverside State Park that he and some former sixth-grade classmates unearthed and opened Monday. The group buried the items in 1986. A group of former Spokane elementary school students reunited Monday to open three...

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 Mountain goats.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Goat Hunting 

A slight decrease in Panhandle Region moose permits is proposed for 2011, but hunters will could get the spice of two new mountain goat hunts. These and other 2011 Idaho trophy big-game hunting proposals have been released for public comment through Jan. 14. While moose...

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A Honda Motor Co. employee wears a headgear with codes attached during a demonstration of Honda's new technology linking brain thoughts with robotics at the Japanese automaker's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Honda has developed a way to read patterns of electric currents on a person's scalp as well as changes in cerebral blood flow when a person thinks about four simple movements _ moving the right hand, moving the left hand, trotting and eating. Honda succeeded in analyzing such thought patterns, and then relaying them as wireless commands for Asimo, its human-shaped robot.  (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

I like big brains and I cannot lie 15 

NEW YORK – Do you spend time with a lot of friends? That might mean a particular part of your brain is larger than usual. It’s the amygdala, which lies deep inside. Brain scans of 58 volunteers in a preliminary study indicated that the bigger...

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Husband facing jail for hacking wife's e-mail 

Leon Walker has been charged under anti-hacking laws aimed at preventing identity theft in the US. The 33-year-old had suspected his wife Clara, who had been married twice before was having an affair with her former husband. He is alleged to have used his computer...

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Where are the jobs? 17 

nic on December 28 at 7:49 a.m. Why (when corporate profits are soaring) aren't businesses hiring? Why is unemployment continuing to be a problem? In this post on yesterday's wild card nic goes on to say that companies aren't hiring here-- instead companies continue to...

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Steve_Mic: Tomato fillets? 

Steve_Mic on Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives & Capones on December 28 at 7:13 a.m. When Tom Capone made his uncooked pizza sauce, he used something called “tomato fillets.” I never heard of them! Anybody have any idea what they are and where to find them? Can...

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Pastor Debra Conklin plugs in the Christmas tree outside the Perry Street Cafe on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

O Christmas Tree how do we get rid of thee? 

Pastor Debra Conklin plugs in the Christmas tree outside the Perry Street Cafe on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010 SPOKANE, Wash.—Neighbors have a few environmentally friendly options to discard their dried up Christmas trees. Spokane Trash Service will pick up trees placed alongside garbage bins on...

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