SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl freed 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday. The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for...

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Weekend Wild Card 5.31-6.1 10 

This weekend we say goodbye to May and hello to June. The weather should be warm and sunny, so I plan to spend every moment I can outside in our backyard with my family. There's Art Fest and Skyfest going on this weekend in Spokane,...

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

poppies

Parting Shot: A plethora of poppies 

Kerri Thoreson took this sweet shot of poppies growing wild in a vacant lot in Post Falls. She says, "Actually these seem to thrive on vacant lots and in the wild. I'm thinking with my lack of a green thumb I need some in my...

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Today's Top Post: Idaho or bust, by bus 13 

On her blog 'From a Simple Mind,' Cis Gors recalls her move from Rhode Island to Idaho in 1982. She writes: Our next fun, was going thru Montana. Another highway with huge hills. Some of them leveling off for a mile or two at the...

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TGIF Wild Card 5.30.14 

On Wednesday, a guy pulled out of a parking space at Costco without looking behind him and almost nailed me. He finally noticed me after completeing his back up and yelled, "Sorry!" Yesterday while on my afternoon walk I was almost smashed by a guy...

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Midtown conceptualization 2

Midtown mix-use project 10 

Lake City Development Corporation today introduces the schematic for the commercial and mixed-use affordable housing project slated for midtown. “The Housing Company’s Midtown mix-use, affordable housing initiative will be the main element in LCDC’s Midtown redevelopment effort, providing quality affordable housing, new street level commercial...

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Senate Education makeover 

The Senate Education Committee will look a lot different when the 2015 Legislature convenes — with a new chairperson and at least two other new members. And the committee’s vice chairman, Idaho Falls Republican Dean Mortimer, says he is interested in succeeding Chairman John Goedde,...

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Canyon County commissioner apologizes

CALDWELL, Idaho — Canyon County Commissioner Craig Hanson has apologized in a letter to members of the Caldwell mayor's staff and others who "were unintentionally offended" during a May 19 incident that has been reported to the police. Mayor Garret Nancolas asked for the apology...

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The blockbuster is back 

Hollywood’s studios have some good news as the summer movie season kicks into high gear: Business is up. The movie industry is on track to beat last year’s box-office record. The Memorial Day weekend’s blockbuster opening of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” grossed an impressive...

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Skyfest returns 

Federal budget cuts not only grounded the return of SkyFest in 2013, they also put the kibosh on what was to be Maj. Joshua Boudreaux’s first of two years with the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team. “Any pilot who’s grounded feels like a little part...

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Remembering Sean Daley 

Three little boys lay in the dark, confused and uncertain what was happening. The bedroom window slid open, and a policeman climbed into their bedroom. "We're going to get you out of here, boys, don't be afraid." One by one he lifted them out, put...

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2 winners in national spelling bee 

Ansun Sujoe, left, and Sriram Hathwar raise the championship trophy after being named co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday. OXON HILL, Md. – For the first time in 52 years, two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps...

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Medicare lifts ban on sex-change surgery coverage 

SAN FRANCISCO - Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for...

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Cat nip 

A berry picker sent along this useful information. Why do suppose some folks refuse to get their pets spayed or neutered?

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Cynicism linked to dementia risk 

(CNN) -- Your spouse "had to stay late at work" -- are you skeptical? Do you think your friend doesn't like you if he cancels dinner plans? Do you suspect that your co-worker is putting her ambitions ahead of the team? Curmudgeons of the world,...

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Ballmer buys Clippers 

LOS ANGELES – Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA, according to an individual with knowledge of the...

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Mortimer eyes Senate Ed chairmanship 

Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, is interested in taking over as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Idaho Education News reports today, now that longtime Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, has been defeated in the GOP primary. EdNews reporter Kevin Richert reports that Mortimer, who...

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Mega loads are mega stuck 

More than five months after three megaloads were proposed to move through this area, the oil refinery equipment en route to Montana remains stuck at the Port of Wilma near Clarkston, Wash. Bigge Crane and Rigging of San Leandro, Calif., has entered the picture as...

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Shinseki steps down 

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency’s health care system. President Barack Obama said he accepted the retired four-star general’s resignation “with considerable regret” during an Oval Office meeting. Shinseki had been facing mounting calls to...

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GOP incumbent 'basically Democrat' 

This commentary from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News does not necessarily reflect the view of The Spokesman-Review’s editorial board. The friend of my enemy is my enemy. Is that how it goes? It is if you tea party the way C.T. “Chris” Troupis tea parties. Troupis...

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He wants his powder room pedestal sink back 

Two high-rollers who have fought over a sprawling lakefront compound in North Idaho are back in court, trying to determine who can keep hundreds of fixtures, appliances and other items removed from that home just before a foreclosure sale last month. The latest contention erupted...

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Leap of originality 

Ballet Coeur d’Alene student Klaire Mitchell dances during a rehearsal for the studio’s performance of “Carnival of the Animals” on Saturday. The students also will perform in “Adalia,” an original ballet. The new ballet “Adalia,” to be performed Saturday by the students at Ballet Coeur...

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

It’s a bird, it’s a plane: WestCoast Window Cleaning owner Eric Katzer, dressed as Superman, looks through the window at Hazelle Twichell, 4, during Superhero Day on Friday at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Window washers wore superhero costumes and rappelled down the sides of the hospital, surprising patients. The window washers also donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises money for Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. (Mike Hollingworth)

Parting Shot: Super clean surprise

Mike Hollingworth photo It’s a bird, it’s a plane: WestCoast Window Cleaning owner Eric Katzer, dressed as Superman, looks through the window at Hazelle Twichell, 4, during Superhero Day on Friday at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Window washers wore superhero costumes and rappelled down...

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