FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012

TGIF Wildcard 8.31.12 

Looks like DFO found a way to stretch his vacation into Labor Day weekend. He's a smart guy. He may be a bit rusty when he comes back from his 98-day vacation. At least it seems like 98-days. We enjoyed our annual jaunt to Pig...

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Off road groups sue over N. Idaho forest plan 

LEWISTON, Idaho -- A pair of advocacy groups for off-road recreationists is suing the Clearwater National Forest for excluding snowmobiles and mountain bikes from a proposed wilderness area along the Idaho and Montana border. The Idaho State Snowmobile Association and the Blue Ribbon Coalition are...

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More Idaho parents turn to private schools 

Thousands of Idaho parents have made their choice. For one reason or another--maybe a greater emphasis on math and science, or more focus on culture and the arts, possibly their child needs remedial help in basic skills--an increasing number of families are passing on their...

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Joe Medina won $200,000 in the Washington Lottery this week. (Washington Lottery)

Spokane Man scratches $200,000 prize 

Joe Medina won $200,000 in the Washington Lottery this week. A Spokane man has won a $200,000 prize in the Washington Lottery. Joe Medina won the top possible prize in the Casino Nights scratch ticket game this week, the Washington Lottery announced today in a...

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The Kindle Fire is more of an all-purpose computer than an e-reader. (Associated Press)

Kindle Fire sold out 

NEW YORK – Inc. says it has sold out of its Kindle Fire tablet computer amid expectations of a new model for the holiday season. The Internet retailer has a major press conference scheduled for next Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. It’s widely expected...

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The Slice: HONK! 

From The Slice: Spokane used to have a reputation as a place where people were pretty polite when it came to using their car horns. I'm not sure local drivers are quite so restrained these days. But how about you? What does it take to...

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BIG screen

Friday Funnies

Tweets to tickle the funny bone. My mom says the only sense God gave me is a sense of humor. Check out my Front Porch column in the Spokesman Review. This week: Epic Adventues at Northern Quest and Pig Out in the Park, plus North...

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The Portland Loo 

PORTLAND – Pity the lowly public toilet, a redolent reminder of the failure of the best minds in urban planning to address the most fundamental of daily necessities. Millions have been invested in the facilities for collective relief. Often, they have become targets for graffiti,...

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Pardon my freak-out 

Been a bit distracted today. My youngest son is making the transition from private elementary school to public middle school. But apparently there's been a bit of a snafu. The private school didn't return the public school's phone calls, so no records were exchanged and...

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges cheering delegates during his address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday. (Associated Press)

High Noon: Romney: We deserve better 40 

TAMPA, Fla. – Mitt Romney on Thursday kicked off the final, crucial phase of his bid to become the country’s 45th president, accepting the Republican nomination and urging the nation to look closely at his resume, his vision and his remedies for the ailing economy....

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Jay Leno, 62, appears to be losing his grip on young adults. (Associated Press)

Tonight Troubles 

LOS ANGELES – As the No. 1 late-night show for most of the past half-century, “The Tonight Show” has been vital to NBC’s fortunes. It was the network’s most profitable entertainment program during its 1990s peak, kicking an estimated $100 million to the bottom line...

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Howling mad 

COEUR d'ALENE - Idaho's wolf management plan, said Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston, is not working. That's because, she said, "it's not management." "It's killing, it's slaughter," said Feher-Elston, a naturalist and wolf advocate who spoke at what was both a pro-wolf rally and protest of Idaho's...

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Wheels: Wealthy doesn't = crook 13 

wheels on Risch still rich on August 31 at 8:47 a.m. Today’s economic condition has led the way for to many people to become consumed with anger instead of focusing on the good in life.Politicians or not, wealthy people (with the exception of ill gotten...

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A concrete question 

COEUR d'ALENE - Still stuck on a problem. The city of Coeur d'Alene hasn't quite solved the maintenance quagmire that popped up after the midtown reconstruction project was completed three years ago - more specifically how to keep the colored concrete just that, colored. Parts...

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Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.  Officials say a supermarket employee killed two people at the store early Friday and then fatally shot himself. Authorities say he opened fire on employees he saw when he walked into the Pathmark store. The store's front windows were shattered by gunfire.  The motive is being investigated. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Shooting in NJ

Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey supermarket employee opened fire at the closed store early Friday as a dozen or more colleagues worked...

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Jerad Finck headlines Friday’s Coeur d’Alene Music Festival.

Cda Music Festival

Jerad Finck headlines Friday’s Coeur d’Alene Music Festival. While crowds will clamor around food booths and music stages in Riverfront Park for Pig Out in the Park, this Labor Day weekend offers extra helpings of festival feasts for the ears. In addition to Pig Out,...

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Eastern’s T.J. Lee III shoves Idaho’s Jahrie Level out of end zone to break up a pass. (Associated Press)

EWU manhandles Idaho 20-3 

Eastern’s T.J. Lee III shoves Idaho’s Jahrie Level out of end zone to break up a pass. MOSCOW, Idaho – It was the story of two high-profile transfer quarterbacks — Eastern Washington’s played and Idaho’s didn’t – but it was so much more than that....

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Actor Clint Eastwood addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.  (Charles Dharapak / AP Photo)

Eastwood and the empty chair 29 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney. “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic,” tweeted film critic Roger Ebert as Eastwood ad-libbed Thursday night to an audience...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

Thursday Wild Card 8.30.12 

DFO's vacation is winding down and my work week is picking up. I'll be interviewing a veteran who has clocked over 40,000 volunteer hours at the Spokane Veteran's Hospital and a retired court reporter who took up quilting for a cause. At least I won't...

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U.S. Sen. Jim Risch discusses his recent trip to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, in Boise on Friday. (Betsy Russell)

Risch still rich 22 

A new financial disclosure report filed by Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, shows his net worth fell about $800,000 in 2011, as Risch made numerous transactions from stocks to money market and fixed asset funds. Risch’s net worth was reported in a range between $18.5 million...

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