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FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012

And The Girls' Teams Played On 

It was a strange day for the Coeur d’Alene girls basketball team Thursday. And for Highland of Pocatello for that matter. The teams were scheduled to play tonight in a nonleague game. But CdA learned Thursday that school today was canceled because parents were concerned...

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Keeping Tabs On Local Schools 

Student Resource Officers/Detectives Jon Spranget, front and Andy Sterling of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department made a stop at Skyway Elementary, where a schools plus program was in session, during their rounds today. Schools were closed in the Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school...

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Love At The Checkout Counter? 

An express-lane cashier looked up and said “How are you two doing today?” Then, immediately, she realized the man and woman next in line were not together. Each had a shopping basket. No one was troubled, of course. But it would have been the perfect...

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Quotable Quote  

"In my very humble opinion, Wayne LaPierre embarrassed himself and the NRA today. He had a chance to change the national opinion of the NRA and he simply threw red meat to the base. He had a week to come up with something meaningful and...

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Man Faces Waterboarding Charges 

A Jefferson County man was charged Thursday after authorities accused him of waterboarding at least two boys and injuring a woman who tried to stop him. William Albert Province, 42, also is suspected of making threats to a school, Child Protective Services officials and foster...

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Chief Allan Addresses 'Fiscal Cliff" 

Following is an opinion piece by Chief Allan, leader of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe, re: the fiscal cliff: It’s time to buckle down and address one of the biggest budget issues this country has faced in decades, the “fiscal cliff” – a series of...

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Digger: But I'm Still Breathing 

Digger: A little shocked to wake up and see my name in the obituaries. Only after rubbing my eyes and reading it again did I discover it said 'Harry D. Johnson.'" Question: Have you ever had a similar experience to the one Digger describes above?

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Protester Targets NRA Presser 

Activist Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink, is led away by security as she protests during a statement by National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, left, during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday in Washington. The nation's largest...

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Orzell: We'll Take Mayor Out In 2013 38 

In the last week or so, Mayor Sandi Bloem referred to the attempt earlier this year to recall herself and three members of the City Council as a victory: once at the retirement event for Susan Weathers (retiring City Clerk) and again at her State...

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Sandpoint Snowmen Honor Fallen Kids 

Everyone deals with tragedy in their own way. For Sandpoint resident Randy Carne, the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy still weighs heavily on his mind as he and his loved ones as Christmas nears. However, the recent heavy snowfalls have given him a way to...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.21.12

11:17 a.m. Commercial fire alarm sounding @ Parkside condos, Front Avenue, CdA. 11:14 a.m. Someone suffering possible stroke near boat launch @ Bayview Marina. 11:09 a.m. DMV workers report wanted person in driver's license office/CdA. 10:22 a.m. CPD Blue stopping to check security @ Winton...

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Stocks Sink After GOP Cancels Vote 11 

Investors sent Washington a reminder Friday that Wall Street is a power player in talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Stocks fell sharply after House Republicans called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before sweeping tax...

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AM Headlines -- 12.21.12 

Idaho's Robert Harris Jr. (1) drives the lane against Boise State's defense during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday in Boise. Idaho, 4-6, led early and at half before faltering late to lose 86-76 to the Broncos, 8-2. SportsLink story...

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NRA: Put Armed Cops In Schools 55 

The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.” The National Rifle Association broke its silence today on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school...

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A Moment Of Silence For Sandy Hook 

A woman, left, wipes tears off a man as they pay respects in front of a makeshift memorial before the couple joined fire officials for a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. (EST) today in Newtown, Conn. Officials say the gunman, Adam Lanza, killed his...

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Poll: No To School Employees w/Guns 

Wednesday-Thursday Poll: A slight majority opposes a proposal unanimously approved by the Bonner County GOP Central Committee that would allow school employees to carry guns, on a voluntary basis. 157 of 305 respondents (51.48%) oppose the idea. 138 of 305 respondents (45.25%) support it. 10...

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Press: Peace On Earth? 

Children massacred in Connecticut. Fiscal cliff drawing closer. Gun lobby loading up; anti-activists speaking up. And today, if you believe the ethereally deranged, all us sinners in the hands of an angry God will get what we've got coming to us. And no, it won't...

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Rumors Prompt School Closures 

Rumors of a school shooting plot prompted three school districts to cancel classes today for about 20,000 students in Kootenai County. Although police have not verified a real threat of violence, the persistent rumors rattled many students and parents, and attendance has dropped all week,...

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The End Is Here 19 

People take part in a ceremony at the Mayan archeological site of Iximche to mark the end of the 13th Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala, early today. The end of the 13th Oxlajuj B'aktun marks a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only...

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DOTC: Lake City, Here I Come

DanOfTheCommunity: I’m doing double duty as caretaker for Twin Lakes Friends Camp as well as my new position as Executive Director of North Idaho CASA. So far the light duties of my outgoing role as camp caretaker hasn’t had to rub too hard against my...

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Obama To Nominate John Kerry 

President Obama will nominate John F. Kerry (pictured in AP photo), the five-term senator from Massachusetts, to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State, White House sources confirmed, choosing a longtime political ally who shares much of his foreign policy worldview and is likely...

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County Toys w/Private Jail Idea 

The Kootenai County commissioners are still pursuing the option of a new, privately funded jail, but are reconsidering partnering with the city of Coeur d'Alene on a new downtown parking garage. These were among several long-term plans the commissioners discussed on Thursday at a strategic...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

Wild Card/Thursday -- 12.20.12 

I've been doing so much walking outside this winter that the snow and cold haven't bugged me much. There's something about the beauty of North Idaho on a cold winter's day along the waterfront that takes your breath away. Sometimes literally. I haven't minded shoveling...

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Parting Shot -- 12.20.12 

A clerk peers out from a gun shop Wednesday in Seattle. The reaction to the Connecticut school shooting can be seen in gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation: Anxious parents are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children while firearms enthusiasts are stocking...

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