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THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2012

Idaho at the bottom 30 

NAMPA, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Labor says the state ranks last in overall earnings by full- and part-time job holders. The median annual wage in Idaho is $23,192. The department estimates a family of four needs $39,000 a year to sustain itself but...

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If your teen is dating unsupervised, it's time to talk about condoms and safe sex.
 (File photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Condom dispensers in schools 

KXLY reports: When students in Philadelphia head back to school after Christmas break, there will be a new feature: condom dispensers. The city is installing them in select schools because of a rising rate of STD's. In fact, of new HIV cases in Philadelphia, a...

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of his drug suspension and will play the remainder of the season. (Associated Press)

Seahawk's Sherman wins appeal 

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of his drug suspension and will play the remainder of the season. RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for use of performance enhancing substances on Thursday, making him...

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Ending the year with a bang 

RATHDRUM - Dave Spiker and Royce Driggs are going to end the year by lighting up the Rathdrum Prairie in honor of veterans. The local business owners are sponsoring a $5,000 fireworks show on Monday on New Year's Eve over George Thayer's field at Highway...

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Otter on education 

Gov. Otter signaled his intent to avoid a clash over quick action on education reform, recommending that a task force he is creating return with recommendations for action in 2014. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/12/27/2393930/idaho-gov-otter-asks-for-a-year.html#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy Following the Nov. 6 defeat of the three Otter-backed Students Come...

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In idiot with a gun news 

A woman is in critical condition after a man reportedly shot her in the head while showing off his handgun at a party, according to a Spokane Police Department news release. The 20-year-old woman is not expected to survive, police officials said. Medics transported her...

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During curling practice at the Riverfront Park Ice Palace, Josh Engle throws a stone. For the first time in 30-some years, Spokane has a curling league. The new league is full of new curlers, with 80 percent of participants having never curled before. (Colin Mulvany)

High Noon: Throwing a stone 

During curling practice at the Riverfront Park Ice Palace, Josh Engle throws a stone. Colin Mulvaney, SR photo The Canadians are famous for it. The Norwegians did it in loud checkered pants. The Scots and the Dutch still argue about who invented it some 500...

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Putin to sign anti-U.S. adoption bill 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, as the Kremlin's children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest of the world. The bill is part of the country's increasingly confrontational stance with...

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This Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 booking photo provided by the Alexandria, Va. Police Department shows Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo. Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012 and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said. (AP/Alexandria Police Department)

Crapo's vodka shots 26 

This Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 booking photo provided by the Alexandria, Va. Police Department shows Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo. Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012 and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said. According to...

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Poll: Coeur d'Alene Press Too Liberal 

By a show of online hands, only 16 percent of readers think The Press is neither too conservative nor too liberal. The rest see it as one or the other, and the majority think it's too liberal. The most recent Press poll asked, "From a...

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Sol and Darlene Ferguson have been married 61 years. They met in Japan, where both their parents were serving in the Army. (Dan Pelle)

Colville boy meets Kansas City girl

Sol and Darlene Ferguson have been married 61 years. When you hear about a boy from the Colville Indian Reservation who meets a girl from Kansas City, in Japan of all places, you know you’re in for an interesting story. And for Sol and Darlene...

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Inmate dies after taser hit

A Spokane man imprisoned for killing three family members in a car crash near Post Falls seven years ago died Tuesday night after being shocked with a Taser at the Benton County Jail. Authorities said Kevin T. Culp, 29, had an unknown medical problem on...

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Snow falls on the village at Schweitzer Mountain Resort on Nov. 21, 2012. (Courtesy)

Sweet Schweitzer snowpack 

Snow falls on the village at Schweitzer Mountain Resort on Nov. 21, 2012 December snowfall at Schweitzer Mountain Resort is the heaviest in nearly 30 years, the Sandpoint-area ski resort reported Wednesday. The ski hill has recorded 180 inches of new snow this month, leading...

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Debt limit just days away 

WASHINGTON – The government will reach the $16.4 trillion debt limit Monday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told congressional leaders Wednesday, adding a new and possibly dramatic wrinkle to negotiations aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff.” The news came as President Barack Obama and the Senate...

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Nikki Moseanko and Dan Burrows, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, load some of the 11 damaged park picnic tables to be repaired from the North Bank shelter area, Dec. 26, 2012 in Riverfront Park. After vandals stacked the tables forming a Christmas tree with ornaments, the structure collapsed and was discovered Christmas morning. Work crews, including Moseanko were called into duty in the morning hours of Christmas to secure the mess.  (Dan Pelle)

It's all fun and games until... 

Nikki Moseanko and Dan Burrows, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, load some of the 11 damaged park picnic tables to be repaired from the North Bank shelter area, Dec. 26, 2012 in Riverfront Park. A phone call from work interrupted Dave Randolph’s Christmas morning. The...

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Sotomayor

Sotomayor rejects birth control block request 20 

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday denied a request to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. Hobby Lobby Stores and a sister...

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Bush in ICU 12 

HOUSTON – Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital “following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,” but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday. Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman...

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Boise man helps bury father he never knew 

A plastic credit card provided the first major clue. Investigators obtained the American Express card from a villager in the Asian country of Laos in 2007. It belonged to Boise resident Kevin Hocevar’s father, James “Monty” Johnstone, who disappeared in a plane crash there in...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2012

Sad Bouquet

Parting Shot: Sad Bouquet 

Kerri Thoreson snapped this pic at Higgins Point yesterday and wrote, "A sweet sad bouquet at water's edge at Higgin's Point. Someone was being missed and loved on this Christmas morning." Is there someone special you were missing this Christmas?

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Wild Card Wednesday 12.26.12 19 

Yes, DFO needs to take a few days off to recover from having a few days off. Meanwhile, we mortals slave on. Are you taking the rest of the week off like Dave, or are you chained to a desk like me? Lots of newsworthy...

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Karen DenBraven, NIATT director at the University of Idaho, explains the research and development the program is doing to make 2-cycle snowmobiles more fuel economical and reduce air and noise pollution. (Associated Press)

UI institute focuses on transportation 

Karen DenBraven, NIATT director at the University of Idaho, explains the research and development the program is doing to make 2-cycle snowmobiles more fuel economical and reduce air and noise pollution. MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s transportation institute is where research quite literally...

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Accurate scanner: As snow begins to fall over Lake Coeur d’Alene, a bald eagle perches in a tree along Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive and scans for dying kokanee salmon near the lake’s surface on Thursday. The annual southward migration of bald eagles has begun and the number of birds, drawn by the availability of spawned out salmon, will peak around Christmas and New Year’s, then taper off as they continue south. (Jesse Tinsley)

Eagle Watch Week 12 

Okay, so I've never made the CdA eagle watching pilgrimage. But honestly, how many of you have? From Rich Landers Outdoors blog: WILDLIFE WATCHING — Carlene Hardt heard about the huge numbers of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d'Alene and finally made time on...

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Playing hooky 

Kids are notorious for faking fevers to stay home from school. A new study suggests their parents aren’t much better. Nearly half of the workers surveyed admitted to calling in sick when they weren’t. Adecco Group North America, the temporary staffing company that commissioned the...

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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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