SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2011

Gonzaga 72, Xavier 65 

Xavier guard Tu Holloway (52) works against Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Cincinnati. Gonzaga beat formerly No. 8-ranked Xavier 72-65. SR game story here. And: ESPN boxscore here. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) Boise State...

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APhoto Of The Weekend -- 12.31-1.2.12 

“Celebrant” Lindsay O’Brien reads from the Book of Donny Osmond as the dogs Bailey, left, and Daisy, right, are married at the Pop-Up Wedding Chapel in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Friday, while tourists look-on through the floor to ceiling glass walls that surround the...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

What Do You Say To A Nudist? 10 

On her Twitter account, Jamie Lynn Morgan, the Coeur d'Alene social-media wunderkind, tweets: "Just scheduled a meeting at the Sun Meadows Nudist Resort near Worley ID next week. There will be no photos and I will be wearing clothes." Question: What question would you ask...

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Stickman: Still Enjoying HBO Ride 15 

Stickman: I haven’t been here from the beginning like Digger, but pretty close. Maybe 7 years now. I have and will always enjoy this ride, it’s been great. DFO has allowed us to vent, to express, to get mad, to fly off the handle, to...

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Ex-Trojan Hill Shoots Way Onto Vandals 

Idaho basketball coach Don Verlin will readily admit he made a mistake when it came to his handling of Connor Hill. No, not when he signed the 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard out of Post Falls to play with the Vandals, but his decision prior to the...

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INW Business Watch: Ciao Mambo Shuts

Here's the latest Inland Northwest Business Watch bits from Matthew Behringer: Ciao Mambo Restaurant in the Hayden Creek shopping center near the intersection of Prairie Ave and Government Way has unfortunately closed but to make up for the closure of Ciao Mambo the owning party...

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TGIF Wild Card -- 12.30.11 11 

Here's a PSA for you snowboarders & skiers out there. Lookout Pass -- and I suspect other North Idaho ski resorts -- are experiencing snow, snow, snow, despite the heavy rain down here in the valley. Lookout reports 5 inches of snow overnight and expects...

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Parting Shot -- 12.30.11

Spokane's 44th mayor David Condon celebrates with his daughter, Hattie, 1 1/2 years old, on the Looff Carrousel after a swearing in ceremony this afternoon in Riverfront Park. Hattie waves to a table where the Condon family members gathered for the reception. (SR photo: Dan...

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About New Year's Kisses ... 

From Paul Turner's The Slice blog re: New Year's stroke-of-midnight kisses: "Of course, circumstances vary. But it seems as if these smooches should be three things. 1. Firm. 2. Close-mouthed. 3. Not a five-minute performance. Question: Did you being 2011 by kissing someone? Who? Do...

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Sis: 2011 Was A Very Good Year 

As I turned 71, it was a very good year. While some think of it as the winter of their lives, I found it to be a second breath of life. This year of 2011, found a winter that was taking its time leaving us....

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PM: Condon Becomes Spokane Mayor

In the shadow of the Riverfront Park Clock Tower , David Condon is sworn in as the Spokane's 44th mayor by Judge Mary Logan this afternoon. Condon's wife, Kristin, right, holds the bible for the Oath of Office ceremony. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.30.11

5:27 p.m. Possible DUI just pulled into Rathdrum Super 1 & now sitting in pickup w/green toolbox. 5:11 p.m. 2 callers reported near crashes w/weaving white Chevy pickup on H95 in Garwood area. 4:59 p.m. Caller reports possible DUI in smaller blue car e/b on...

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Defined By An Editorial Page? 

In a blog posting for The Slice Thursday, Paul Turner tells of someone asking him how he can stand working for The Spokesman-Review. Seems the questioner was upset re: the day's editorial on "Complete Streets." Posts Paul: "I'm asked that question every now and then,...

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APhoto Of The Day -- 12.29.11 18 

Zach Pederson, 10 months, wears a home-made Ron Paul T-shirt at a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, earlier today in Le Mars, Iowa. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Top Cutlines: 1. I’m bored, lets do lunch mom --...

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CdA Gas Drops 22 Cents In Week 

Item: How low can they go? Cd'A gas price average drops 22 cents in past week, but expiring tax credit may slow trend/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Coeur d'Alene's 22-cent drop in the average price in just the past week to $3.08 per...

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End Notes: Co-Workers Say Goodbye 

We had a dozen early retirements in the newsroom and co-workers last days have been staggered throughout the month. Today is the final day for Jeff Jordan, “Jordy” to all of us here. You know the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy says...

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Dick Clark To Ring In Another Year 

Dick Clark’s countdown to the New Year used to begin before dawn on New Year’s Eve, when he would appear on “Good Morning America” and then, by satellite, on dozens of local newscasts and talk shows. He’d head home, eat something and hurry back to...

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Who Will Win Kootenai GOP Struggle? 

In this courtesy photo from the Pacific Northwest Inlander, Pam Stout, a founder of the Sandpoint Tea Party, appears on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2010. Inlander reporter Chris Stein breaks down the various splinter Republican factions in Kootenai County for an article...

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2012 HucksOnline Awards, Anyone? 31 

As you can see by the post below, 'tis time to consider tongue-in-cheek awards for individual or corporate performances in 2011. It should be know different here at HucksOnline. I'm slammed this morning. So I need your help in proposing awards re: stories, commenters, bloggers,...

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Rhoades' Execution Price Tag: $53K 

The Nov. 18 execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades cost the Idaho Department of Correction $53,411, the department said. Of the total, $25,583 went to employee overtime and $27,828 went to operating costs. IDOC Director Brent Reinke says when his department began preparing for the execution,...

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Post Falls Boys, CdA Girls Win Titles

Rational Universe: I know you are slammed today DFO, but am kind of disappointed that there is no mention of the Trojans boys beating the number one ranked WA team last night at the Coeur d’Alene Tournment. Nor any mention that the Viking girls were...

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High Noon: Gone With The Wind 

Valerie Wanberg dismantles a family trampoline after a wind storm carried it 100 yards down Briarwood Blvd, in Billings, Mont., on Thursday. (AP Photo/The Billings Gazette, Bob Zellar) Question: I've had a fence blow down & a patio umbrella blown into the next yard as...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.30.11

11:59 a.m. EMTs are responding to report of allergic reaction @ Kelly Ray & Pine Tree/Hayden. 11:57 a.m. Jennifer on Rimrock/Garwood reports a friendly German shepherd bothering her kids. 11:53 a.m. Caller reports 5 people were smoking pot in Hayden Zip's lot, 9416 Government Way....

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Richert Names 2011 "Award" Winners

Opinionator Kevin Richert of the Idaho Statesman has posted his list of "award winners" for 2011 on his newspaper blog. "Winners" include Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko, who wins the "Political Thud of the Year Award." Reasoning? "A City Council incumbent and state GOP chairman...

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