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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2015


Wednesday Wild Card 12.30.15 11 

Well, this is it. The last Wild Card of the year. Use it wisely. Comments will be turned off at 8 AM Thursday morning and resume again when DFO returns on Monday. Until then I'll post a few things that may be of interest. Or not ;-)

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Play in a Day hits Kroc today

Groups of youngsters danced and sang Tuesday afternoon at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene as they auditioned for roles in a play to be performed tonight. This sounds like fun! Do you plan to attend?

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Is your job killing you? 

Have you ever had a job that negatively impacted your health? People often like to groan about how their job is "killing" them. Tragically, for some groups of people in the U.S., that statement appears to be true. A new study by researchers at Harvard and Stanford has quantified just how much a stressful workplace may be shaving off of Americans' life spans.

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Winter walking worrisome

COEUR d'ALENE — Snow and ice piled up recently on sidewalks and some businesses and property owners failed to keep them cleared. Pedestrians noticed. "None of the businesses in Coeur d'Alene think it's their job," said Rene Hall, 50, of Coeur d'Alene. Huge pet peeve of mine. Why don't people shovel their sidewalks?

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Zach's 3 wishes

A preschooler's 3 wishes

I've been immersed in a home-organization project, filling a bin for each son with childhood mementos etc. I came across #3 son wishes as dictated to he preschool teacher. Let's just say, he was granted one of them.

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Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault 13 

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago – the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad.

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Disabled veteran pushes for deer rule change in Idaho 12 

COEUR d'ALENE — A 74-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran filed court documents saying he wants to spend time in jail rather than pay a fine for allegedly using bait to hunt last month. Tacoma resident James L. Brummett — who is disabled from Agent Orange exposure, depression and heart problems — said he plans to plead guilty to the misdemeanor hunting citation if his recent motion to dismiss the case is denied.

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frumhelenback: Medicaid cuts harm mentally ill grandson 

frumhelenback posted this on yesterday's Wild Card. The State of Idaho is refusing to reform Medicaid because they don't like Obama's Affordable Care Act. As a result of the cuts they will be making, my grandson will be affected, along with other adults who have had disabilities since childhood.

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Call to discuss unity appears to cause division in GOP group 28 

A call for a meeting to discuss party unity by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has ruffled some feathers. A resolution, "A Call For Party Unity," is on the agenda but will not be distributed prior. “I keep asking them what the resolution is, but they won’t give it to me in advance,” said Kellie Palm, who sits on the committee. “

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A bald eagle pulls a fish out of Lake Coeur d’Alene at Higgens Point in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, Dec.  28, 2015. The lake is perfect place for eagles to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

25 years of North Idaho eagle watch 

Are you one of the thousands who've enjoyed watching eagles soar over Lake Coeur d'Alene? A river of I-90 eastbound traffic roars by, snow and ice whipped into a mushy froth. A dozen or so yards away Lake Coeur d’Alene lies tranquilly in the embrace of winter. Above both the traffic, and the water, float nearly a dozen American bald eagles.

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Snowmobiler dies from heart attack in Shoshone County  

Coeur d’Alene man died Saturday after suffering a heart attack while snowmobiling near the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. According to the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office, Kelly N. Nelson, 64, of Coeur d’Alene began suffering heart-attack-like symptoms while riding his snowmobile in the remote section of mountains near Grizzly Peak.

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Agreement gives Idaho students tuition break at EWU 

A proposed partnership between North Idaho Community College and Eastern Washington University would give NIC graduates in-state tuition at Eastern. Although the agreement isn’t finalized, 16 NIC students already have transferred to EWU under an informal agreement, said Graydon Stanley, NIC’s vice president for student services.

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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.