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Wind Chill Advisory Until 5 PM

Below-zero wind chill temperatures forced people inside Tuesday to warm up despite the tempting sunshine. Meal sites where homeless people gather filled up more than usual for this time of month. “When we first opened, there were no open chairs,” said Shirley Murinko, who runs the Christian-based City Gate charity with her husband, John. “We’re twice as full.” Debra Trahan and Stoner Cole stopped by for a warm meal and coffee. “This is good,” Trahan said after sipping her coffee. “Anything warm is good.” The couple has been sleeping in their car since late last month along with their service dogs: Sophia Loren and Sir Mick Jagger. Trahan and Cole became homeless after losing work as property managers. Although below-zero wind chill hit the Inland Northwest on Tuesday, the coldest temperatures are expected today. A wind chill advisory started at midnight and continues until 5 p.m. today/Jody Lawrence Turner, SR. More here. (SR photo: Debra Trahan looks out the window of the car she lives in with her partner, Stoner Cole, and their two service dogs)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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