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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.18.12 23 

The Spokesman-Review parking lot was iced over this morning when I arrived for work, probably as dangerous as I've seen it in years. I edged across after watching a women in high heels carefully walk from the courthouse parking lot to the courthouse moments before....

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Parting Shot -- 12.18.12 

Like most of us, Pecky Cox, As the Lake Churns blog, was feeling blue -- even had tears in her eyes today and had decided not to put up ornaments today -- when she spotted this Christmas card perfect scene along Highway 57 as she...

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OtisG: For The Love Of Guns 17 

Most of my friends growing up had guns. I lived in North Idaho, after all. I remember going to see buddies at Post Falls High School, and several of the trucks in the parking lot had hunting rifles in the back window. I even remember...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.18.12

4:42 p.m. Runaway reported in 2000 block of Neider Avenue/CdA. 4:28 p.m. Patrol officer reports someone has rolled Dumpster into undisclosed Post Falls road. 4:16 p.m. Driver has hood up on disabled pickup at top of e/b I-90 ramp/NW Blvd, CdA. Blocking. 4:09 p.m. Woolsey...

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PM Headlines -- 12.18.12

"It's her fault, she bought it for me," said Wayne Parsons, right, as he joked with his daughter Angela Parsons about his car port that blew down at his home in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Washington recycling rate his nearly 51%/KXLY...

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 12.18.12

An anonymous donor contributed $35,000 of $67,000 raise for a half-acre dog park at the base of Tubbs Hill, as part of the new McEuen Field makeover. See sketch above. Coeur d'Alene Today tells you all about it here. Remedial ethics/Fort Boise Horror in Connecticut/Bay...

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Idaho No. 7 Most Generous State

Say what you will about us Idahoans, we're also generous and ready to volunteer to help. From MSN.com Causes comes news that Idaho is the 7th most generous state in the nation: The Potato State boasted the highest rate of new charities founded between 2000...

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SR Blogs: Passing Time At USPS

A year to the day after Mary Livingston opened her University Bar and Grill in the former Bulldog hangout, the business closed its doors. The business, at 1305 N. Hamilton Street, has a long history going back decades, when it was primarily the Bulldog Tavern...

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Users Angry With Instagram Change 

In a variation on the assertion that if you're not paying for a product, you are the product being sold, Facebook's Instagram image-sharing service plans to implement new terms of service next month that allow it to sell users' digital photographs for use in social...

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NRA Breaks Silence After Shootings 30 

In its first comment following the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association today said it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." The NRA went silent in the wake of the tragedy last Friday: The...

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Snow Falling On Eagles

On her Facebook wall Dec. 14, Kerri Thoreson posted: "Today's edition of I Love Where I Live: At RedLion Templin's on the Spokane River for two functions today and treated to the sight of a pair of bald eagles searching for salmon from their perch...

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NYTimes, Obama Praise Otter 

On Friday the New York Times had a Headline, “Most Governors Refuse to Set Up Health Exchanges”. I thought to myself, Not my Governor. And then there it was in the article for the whole country to see, “Administration officials said they were delighted this...

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2nd Hart Bankruptcy Filing Dismissed 10 

A federal bankruptcy judge has dismissed former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart’s second bankruptcy filing, opening the way for federal authorities to go after his log home in Athol for back federal income taxes, and for the state to launch collection efforts over his state...

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Feds To Review Caribou Status 

“Maybe you got a point there,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seemed to say today as it annouced its response to a petition questioning whether the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou deserves status as an endangered species. The petition to remove the...

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Reagan Republicans: The Crisis 15 

Tis the season to turn crisis and tragedy into tyranny. When former White House Chief of Staff (and now Chicago Mayor) Rahm Emanuel said "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do...

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Newtown Children Return To School 

A young girl waves as her school bus pulls into Hawley School today in Newtown, Conn. Classes resumed Tuesday for Newtown, schools except those at Sandy Hook, following Friday's mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Buses ferrying students to schools were festooned with...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.18.12

11:56 a.m. White RV w/b on I-90/MP 19 (Yellowstone Trail) almost hit rocks off road, possible DUI. 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Dec. 17-18 here. 11:15 a.m. Crimestoppers issue reward for Justin Brite Glenn, 23, of Coeur d'Alene, for probation violation...

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Comedian Warns Otter, Luna 

Boise comedian Pete Peterson said his third attempt to gather 158,000 signatures and force a recall vote depends on whether Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter attempt to re-enact the laws widely rejected by voters in November. "If Butch and Luna...

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Red Kettle Loss 'Embitters' Clark

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, I can’t feel my fingers …” Strange things can happen to a guy after six hours of singing and playing guitar for the Salvation Army in the winter cold outside a Fred Meyer store. The brain shuts down. Extremities freeze …...

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AM Headlines -- 12.18.12 

Patrons make their way to State Line Liquor Store in State Line, Idaho on Friday.Idaho has experienced a boost in sales from Washingtonians since privatization. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Foes try to stop Lake City high-rise project/AP North Idaho caribou may...

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Mourning In Connecticut

Mourners arrive for the funeral service of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim, Jack Pinto, 6, Monday, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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All I Want For Xmas Is Whisky, Cigar 

On her Facebook page, Cindy writes: "Things my husband wants for Christmas: A whiskey making kit and a humidor. Apparently, the closer you get to 50 the more you embrace your vices." Question: What do you want for Christmas?

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Johnson: It's Our (Gun) Culture 18 

The after massacre reports speculate that the mass murder of 20 six and seven year olds may prompt a serious national discussion of what a “civilized” society can do to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Most of the discussion so...

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Vick Brings Hammer, Needs Wrench 

If anybody has an upside-down, inside-out and backwards view of recent Idaho history, it's got to be state Sen. Steve Vick, pictured. The two-term Dalton Gardens Republican insists Idahoans need protection from tax increases. He wants a constitutional amendment requiring any new tax to win...

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Gookin Wants Independent Audit 33 

Also: City Council will discuss Person Field purchase tonight (see agenda here) Mayor Sandi Bloem supports the city's decision not to reprimand anyone in the finance department in light of an embezzlement case that netted a former employee $365,000. Not everybody at City Hall agrees....

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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.