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FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012

Parting Shot -- 12.14.12 

A mother hugs her daughter following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City on Friday. A gunman entered the school Friday morning and killed at least 26 people, including 20 young...

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TGIF Wild Card -- 12.14.12 16 

I'm glad this awful work day is over. I don't look forward to the days ahead as the funerals pile up and we learn more about the monster who caused so much grief in Newtown, Conn., and throughout the nation. I don't have to tell...

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'Heartsick' 

Heartsick. That’s the one word I keep coming back to today, since no other word seems to apply. When so many lives – including so many young lives, cut so tragically short – are lost in a hail of senseless violence, our language falls short...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.14.12

5:23 p.m. 2 men outside of a disabled vehicle w/flashers on @ s/b H95/MP 436 (Lancaster). 5:22 p.m. Vehicle has crashed way off n/b H95/MP 452 (Hoodoo Creek). Only headlights showing. 5:14 p.m. Red SUV hits guardrail on w/b I-90 offramp/MP 5 (Spokane Street) &...

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PM Headlines -- 12.14.12 10 

Danielle Ahrens, who drove all the way from from home in Sandpoint, joins about 50 protestors in demonstrating against the Idaho health insurance exchanged endorsed by Gov. Otter on the Statehouse steps on Thursday afternoon. "We need to stand up on our own as a...

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A Time To Pray 

A sign for a Healing Prayer stands outside St. John's Episcopal Church near the scene of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., today. A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including...

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A Kindergarten Teacher Cries Out 13 

As you know, Jen of A Butterfly Moment is a Coeur d'Alene kindergarten teacher. She offers this poignant thoughts on the senseless tragedy in Connecticut today: Here I sit, in a room full of kindergartners, reading about a tragedy that happened in a kindergarten class...

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ISP Officer Makes $386K Drug Bust 17 

At about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Cpl Kessler stopped a vehicle for speeding on I-90 near milepost 46 (between Pinehurst & Kellogg). Cpl Kessler became suspicious that the driver, a 40-year-old male, was attempting to smuggle drugs through Idaho. Cpl Kessler obtained written consent to search...

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Columbine Principal Reacts: Not Again 

For a community leader in a town that still feels the wounds of the shooting at Columbine High School nearly 14 years later, the news of Friday’s mass casualties at a school in Connecticut is sickening. Principal Frank DeAngelis (pictured in AP photo), who was...

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DennisM: America Is Not Sick 

RE: Obama: 'Our hearts are broken' for families of Connecticut shooting victims/Fox News I teared up as soon as my son Colin texted me that the Newtown elementary school mass killings had happened just over the bridge from West Point in CT. My heart broke...

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CDAMom: Let Us Process Tragedy 

CDAMom: Your blog, your decision. But I wouldn’t shut it down. Looks like people need an arena to vent and talk about the situation. Quiet frankly, I am not sure I can verbally process this horrible tragedy right now. Blogging about it may help instead....

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Shooter Was Dead Teacher's Son 35 

People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family around near the scene of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, today. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27...

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My 2 Cents: Yet Another Tragedy

Two of these senseless shootings of the past year hit home. My daughter lives in Portland. She told me that several of her friends were in the Clackamas Town Centre earlier on the day of the shootings this week. My son graduated from the exact...

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Pull Plug On Blog Today? 23 

A mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.14.12

11:51 a.m. Undisclosed type of animal dead @ 2900 Government Way/CdA. 11:44 a.m. Older male in beanie cap is carrying a rifle on n/b Huetter @ Hayden. 11:31 a.m. Traffic offense or possible disabled vehicle on Best Hill Road. 11:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department...

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Oregon Mall Reopens After Shootings

The Clackamas Town Center mall opened its doors for the first time Friday morning since the shooting incident that claimed three lives and left one in serious condition on Tuesday. Retailers and mall staff were invited back to the mall Thursday morning for an urgent...

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Obama Won't Pursue CO, WA Pot Use 18 

Backers of new laws that legalized marijuana in Washington and Colorado were cautiously optimistic after President Barack Obama said Uncle Sam wouldn’t pursue pot users in those states. Following the November votes in Washington and Colorado the Justice Department reiterated that marijuana remains illegal under...

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What Do We Tell Our Children? 37 

A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, this morning. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were...

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AM Headlines: Tent City For Spokane? 

Ralph “Doc” Harvey and his wife, Becky, hope to form a tent city under Interstate 90 at South Browne Street in Spokane, at the site of vacant tennis courts. SR story here. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Bald eagle count soars to...

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27 Killed In School Shooting 22 

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there this morning. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks) 27 reported killed in Newton, Conn., school shooting/USA Today Question: How...

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Kerri: Evil Eyes For Christmas

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts: "The lovely little family across the street has a pretty outdoor lighting display on their house. Tonight I noticed they replaced the security lights on either side of the front of their garage with red bulbs. The view...

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Stebbi: Tough Call On Tent Cities 

Stebbijo: It’s a tough call about tent cities. I don’t think that the bridge overpass in downtown Spokane) should be encouraged as an accepted spot for the homeless. It is an eyesore and is a problem whenever you get off the highway to enter Spokane....

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Rathdrum OKs Up To 10 Chickens 

Rathdrum has scratched its chicken law and added teeth to its vicious dog ordinance. The City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday night that allows any single-family homeowner to have up to 10 hens on its property. The previous law only allowed homeowners of lots...

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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.