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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

Cuddling Cats

Parting Shot: Cuddling Cats 

Moments after I took this picture Milo stretched, yawned and started biting Thor. Thor is a lover not a fighter and ran away. Milo curled back up. Apparently, he needed the entire queen-size bed to himself. Do you have more than one pet? Do they...

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Palin ponders Senate run 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is hinting at a run for the U.S. Senate, and revving up feuds of longstanding with rivals in both political parties. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is up for reelection next year, a fairly popular Democrat in a Republican-leaning “red” state....

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Wednesday Wild Card 7.10.13 

It may be Wednesday, but I've got Friday on my mind. Once again we'll be traveling to Wallace, Idaho, for the 2nd Annual Wallace Blues Festival. We had a great time last year and the boys are looking forward to returning. Fantastic music in a...

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Meat groups sue USDA 

A meat wrapper arranges meat in a cooler at a Seattle store in this file photo. New rules being fought by industry groups require labels for steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to detail where animals grown for meat were born, raised and slaughtered....

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Divided House grapples with immigration 

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Wednesday confronted the politically volatile issue of immigration, their ranks divided and their way forward unclear even as national GOP leaders pressured them to act. The latest prominent Republican to wade into the debate was former President George W....

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Creamy Broccoli with Turkey Bacon
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Broccoligate 15 

Pictured: Creamy Broccoli with Turkey Bacon President Barack Obama made an unscheduled visit on Tuesday to the second annual Kids' State Dinner, a healthy lunch children's event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House. The president greeted the...

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Idaho school delays dropping 'Redskin' mascot 

After a community outcry, an eastern Idaho school district is delaying its transition away from its “Redskins” school mascot, the AP reports. In the wake of a Monday public hearing on the plan, Driggs school Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme says he needs more time to work...

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Thor the Majestic Cat

Gratuitous cat photo 

Tomorrow Dave will be back prattling on about the search for the new beagle puppy. Unlike DFO, I'm not at all prejudiced against any animal. I like dogs and if my husband ever gets around to finishing our backyard fence, we may even get one....

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Toddler buys car on eBay 

She may only be 14 months old, but Sorella Stoute is already a seasoned eBay user. Just ask her father, Paul Stoute, who recently opened up his email to discover the toddler had bid on a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite -- and won. The Oregon...

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Simpson touts record fundraising 

2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson says he's had “one of his most successful fundraising quarters ever,” raising more than $300,000 for his re-election campaign, the largest amount raised since his first election to Congress in 1998. The latest campaign finance reports, for the most recent...

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Telecom companies abandon copper phone lines 

Robert Post talks to the Associated Press on May 31 about his home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the phone company refuses to restore...

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Credit Unions vs Banks 11 

WASHINGTON – Credit unions have been snatching customers from banks amid consumer frustration over rising fees and outrage over Wall Street’s role in the financial crisis. Now banks are fighting back by trying to take away something vital to credit unions: their federal tax exemption....

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High Noon: Sandwiches are pressing 

The beauty of a pressed sandwich isn’t just that it can be done ahead of time, but that it actually should be done ahead of time. Because this is one of those rare sandwiches that improves with time. And as an added bonus, it also...

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Wallace Blues Fest 2012

Wallace Blues Festival 

I snapped this pic of the crowd at last year's Wallace Blues Festival. As I said in the Wild Card we are looking forward to some great music and fun in Wallace, Idaho, this weekend. Here's my summary from last year and here's more information...

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Shoshone man injured in 'Fight Club' match 

SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) - A 19-year-old Shoshone man whose mother is in prison for plotting to kill her former father-in-law was badly injured in a "fight club" boxing match. The Times-News reports Blue Haddon suffered a head injury Monday evening. He was initially hospitalized in...

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From left, Mallory King, Sophie Anderson, Tiger Ashtianti and Christian Duhamel star in Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins.” (Kathy Plonka)

OTV reviews Mary Poppins 

From left, Mallory King, Sophie Anderson, Tiger Ashtianti and Christian Duhamel star in Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins.” CdA Summer Theater's production of Mary Poppins is based on the 2004 hit Broadway version of the P.L. Travers naughty nanny epic, and it...

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Abortion bill passes in Texas House 

Supporters of House Bill 2, an abortion bill, react in the gallery of the Texas House after the bill passed Tuesday in Austin, Texas. AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House on Tuesday night provisionally approved tough new abortion restrictions, making good on a third attempt...

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Club for Growth recruited Simpson challenger 

The Club for Growth, the national group that funneled money to bankroll one-term 1st District Idaho Rep. Bill Sali’s run for Congress in 2006, announced today that it not only is endorsing 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson’s GOP primary challenger, Bryan Smith of Idaho Falls...

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Experts question Obama leak rule 

WASHINGTON – In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and...

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Hayden employees to get raise 

HAYDEN - Officials at Hayden City Hall so far are planning for a 9 percent increase for next year's general fund and public works budget compared with the current fiscal year. On Tuesday night, the city council conducted the final of three budget workshops. Mayor...

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Tour de France: blood and bruises 

Marcel Kittel, right, crosses the line ahead of Andre Greipel, center, and Mark Cavendish to win Stage 10 of the Tour de France. SAINT-MALO, France – Hitting the asphalt at something like 60 kilometers per hour (40 mph) flayed off a patch of skin from...

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Many Nampa teachers quitting 

As teacher contract negotiations continue in the Nampa School District, Idaho Education News reports that nearly 100 teachers and community members participated in an hour-long tailgate party before last night’s school board meeting, designed to welcome new board members and urge the district to focus...

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Boehner: if businesses get relief, rest should 

WASHINGTON – Framing a new argument against President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional GOP leaders called Tuesday for a delay in the law’s requirement that individual Americans carry health insurance. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other senior Republicans told Obama in a letter...

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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.