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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2012

He came home for Christmas

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Blind and alone in Alaska winter temperatures that dipped 40 degrees below zero, a lost 8-year-old Fairbanks dog wasn’t given much of a chance to make it home. But after walking 10 miles to the edge of a local musher’s dog yard,...

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Sam Bishop, left, purchases a Springfield XD 40 handgun from salesman Nick Brown on Tuesday at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop. Since the Aurora, Colo., shooting, President Barack Obama’s re-election and now the school shooting in Connecticut, more people than ever are buying guns for fear of losing their right to bear arms. (Colin Mulvany)

Updated: The gun owner next door 

Sam Bishop, left, purchases a Springfield XD 40 handgun from salesman Nick Brown on Tuesday at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop. A New York newspaper is under criticism for publishing the names and addresses of local gun owners on Monday. In a piece...

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Cold & Flu myths

Colds are caused by cold weather. No, they are caused by viruses. However, you might be more susceptible to colds in the winter months because you tend to go indoors in crowded environments where you are more likely to pick up other people’s viruses. Plus,...

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Rahim checks out parts of his new prosthetic leg before being fitted at Kootenai Prosthetics & Orthotics in Post Falls in July. (File)

Afghan boy getting along 

Rahim checks out parts of his new prosthetic leg before being fitted at Kootenai Prosthetics & Orthotics in Post Falls in July. A 12-year-old boy in southwest Afghanistan is attending school, playing soccer and helping around his home with the aid of a prosthetic leg...

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Morgan

Deporting Morgan 24 

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views. Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn.,...

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Favorite Gift

High Noon: Favorite gift 

This little gem is my favorite Christmas gift this year. It features brilliant poems, like this one: This is My Chair This is my chair This is my couch This is my bed This is my bench This is my chaise This is my settee...

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James Finch, a service adviser for the US Bank Service Center, takes a call at the facility in Coeur d’Alene on Dec. 19. (Kathy Plonka)

Call centers still humming along

James Finch, a service adviser for the US Bank Service Center, takes a call at the facility in Coeur d’Alene on Dec. 19. For a room where hundreds may be on the phone at once, it’s surprisingly serene on the floor of the US Bank...

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Court rules for utility 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A divided Idaho Supreme Court has sided with the utility PacifiCorp in a tax fight the state has said could shift millions in assessments to others. Justices issued a 3-2 ruling Monday, with the majority affirming a lower court decision in...

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FILE - In this Saturday, March 3, 1984 file photo, from left, actors Charles Durning, Eliott Gould and Screen Actors Guild President Ed Asner take a break before the filming of the 50th Anniversary Special celebrating the guild in Santa Monica, Calif. Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at his home in New York City. He was 89. (Heung Liu / Associated Press)

RIP Charles Durning 

In this Saturday, March 3, 1984 file photo, from left, actors Charles Durning, Eliott Gould and Screen Actors Guild President Ed Asner take a break before the filming of the 50th Anniversary Special celebrating the guild. LOS ANGELES – Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee...

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Klugman

RIP Jack Klugman 

LOS ANGELES – Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. Klugman, who lost his voice to...

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Both sides favor corporate tax cut 

WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans wrangle over tax increases and spending cuts, they can agree on something: They want to lower the corporate tax rate. The U.S. has the highest overall rate of any of the world’s developed economies. It took...

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Take the News Quiz 

Who wants to go to the movies? This week's news quiz is awarding two free tickets to a random entrant, and our overall champ will take home a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. You're 10 interactive questions from being in the running! Good...

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A house burns Monday in Webster, N.Y. A former convict set a house and car ablaze in his lakeside New York state neighborhood to lure firefighters then opened fire on them, killing two and engaging police in a shootout before killing himself. (Associated Press)

Firefighters gunned down 

A house burns Monday in Webster, N.Y. A former convict set a house and car ablaze in his lakeside New York state neighborhood to lure firefighters then opened fire on them, killing two and engaging police in a shootout before killing himself. WEBSTER, N.Y. –...

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Simply irresistible? 17 

I'm still fuming about this story that ran last week: IOWA CITY, Iowa – A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa...

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LCSC CdA marks 30 years 

COEUR d'ALENE - Nearly 30 years ago, Orville Dockter sat in the back of a classroom at Lewis-Clark State College in Coeur d'Alene and listened to a lecture. He didn't mind listening because his job was to drive his wife, Audreilee, back and forth to...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 23, 2012

Christmas Wild Card -- 12/22-25/12 34 

It's 12:20 Saturday morning, and I'm listening to fireworks go off in the distance. Is something going on at the Coeur d'Alene Resort? I imagine the neighbors don't like the snap, crackle and pop at this hour of the morning. We're shutting down posting here...

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Sen. Crapo Charged With DUI 34 

Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said. Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over after his vehicle ran a red light. Police...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012

Parting Shot -- 12.21.12

Lucy Bodenhemier, 11, right, is comforted by her mother, Kathy as community members gather to sing "Silent Night? at the Winterhaven Festival of Lights in Tucson, Ariz., today, as a memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. After the song the names of each...

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Doomsday Wild Card -- 12.21.12 

Such an incredibly sad week this last week, punctuated by today's moment of silence this morning for the 26 victims of the senseless massacre in Newtown a week ago. The reverberations of the shootings are felt in Kootenai County today, where 3 of the 4...

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Would You Post Under Real Name? 65 

Since I started this blog, I've adamantly opposed resorting to real identities for the commenters on the various threads. I'm still against the idea. But not as adamantly. In fact, I'm curious how things would run here, if everyone commented under their real names. I...

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PM Headlines -- 12.21.12

Russell Elementary School students serenade Christmas carols tocCity of Moscow employees at City Hall on Thursday. (Moscow Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare) 38YO Spirit Lake man faces lewd conduct charges/KHQ Twin Falls paper puts gun column on Page 1/Todd Dvorak, AP Long-time Nampa newspaper...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.21.12

5:46 p.m. PFPD is looking for red 1997 Ford Escape that was taken by 2 hitchhikers from Del Taco/H41 after the driver topped & entered restaurant. Hitchhikers described as 5-7 male w/short hair & very small female w/long brown hair, named Michael and Alecia. 5:48...

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LCDC: Riverstone On A Roll 22 

Spokesman Keith Erickson provides the following roundup of news from the Lake City Development Corp. meeting this week: Riverstone rebound: Several news businesses have moved into the Riverstone development recently. The Main Street condominiums have sold out and there are plans under way for 150...

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Nic's Doomsday Playlist 

Nic doesn't believe the world is coming to an end today (nor do most of you, for that matter): But if you're one of those gullible people making rash decisions based on the assumption that there's no tomorrow, you might as well go out listening...

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 12.21.12 

"Granted, they are not exactly those feet that prove you are laying out on a sandy beach somewhere in the Caribbean, but, you get the idea," posts Stebbijo/Stebbijo's Place. "This is the holiday season with my feet up! I am pretty lucky and fortunate, that...

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Huckleberries Online

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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