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Wed., May 18, 2005, 11:15 a.m.

Best of the Northwest (5/18/05)

This one's for Inland Northwesterners who defended loopy Colorado prof Ward Churchill's (above) right to speak at Eastern Washington U this spring. The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians has issued a strong statement denouncing Churchill's claims of membership as fraudulent here.1. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times...

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Wed., May 18, 2005, 10:19 a.m.

Photo of the Day (5/18/05)

A group of people dressed as sperm cross a main avenue during a campaign promoting use of condoms in Bogota, Colombia, today. You write the cutline. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) Top Cutlines:1. "Don't know 'bout you guys but I like my eggs Ova easy"...

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Wed., May 18, 2005, 10:15 a.m.

Question of the Day (5/18/05)

Issue: Mount St. Helens still shrouded in secrets: Volcano erupted 25 years ago today/Tom Paulson, Seattle PI.DFO: I was attending a church potluck outside of Kalispell, Mont., where I was working as the managing editor of Duane Hagadone's Daily Inter Lake (or "Daily Mistake" as...

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Wed., May 18, 2005, 10:12 a.m.

SR Morning Headlines (5/18/05)

*Delays slow spread of Amber Alert: Not enough info to issue statewide Washington alert/Spokesman-Review: Somebody dropped the ball here.*Man may hold clue to homicides: Two kids missing as police seek 'person of interest' in triple slaying/Susan Drumheller, SR -- If the two children are still...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005

Tue., May 17, 2005, 5:42 p.m.

Best of the Local Blogs (5/17/05)

*CDADave, the gentle spirit who brings so much to this blog as well as his own, remembers his troubled father who died by his own hand four years ago today here.*Bayview Herb/Bay Views provides brother-in-law Alan Fournier's version of "You Might Be A Redneck If...

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Tue., May 17, 2005, 4:50 p.m.

Today's HBO No.: 9,535, or ...

... the number of new readers claimed by the Coeur d'Alene Press, based on alleged readership growth of 4,195 for 2003-04 and 5,340 for 2004-05, to make it "ONE OF THE NATION'S FASTEST GROWING PAPERS"!!! (I should pause to catch my breath.) If you don't...

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Tue., May 17, 2005, 4:24 p.m.

HBO 4-Star Recommendation

I've been checking out a terrific blog site that provides links a la Matt Drudge to the top stories around the Northwest. is a little light on Idaho stories and a little right, for Dems. But "The Orb" at Orbusmax does a good job...

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Tue., May 17, 2005, 12:49 p.m.

Best of the Northwest (5/17/05)

Memorial Day 2004 at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens. Many of the flags flying on the poles are from the families and widows of veterans who provide them for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They once draped the caskets of veterans.Boise State footballer Cam Hall could...

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Tue., May 17, 2005, 11:08 a.m.

Photo of the Day (5/17/05)

Darth Vader makes his debut in the 1977 movie "Star Wars." You write the cutline.Top Cutlines::1. The Burlington Northern representative arrives for the hearing -- Tom Taggart.2. It was precisely at this moment in the 1977 movie that Diana Ross realized she should not be...

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Tue., May 17, 2005, 10:39 a.m.

Question of the Day: Triple Murder

Above, this morning, Kootenai County sheriff's investigators walk around a small house in a rural area east of Coeur d'Alene where three bodies were found Monday night. Jesse Tinsley, SR photo.Issue: Amber Alert issued for missing kids: Woman murdered at Wolf Lodge Bay believed to...

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Tue., May 17, 2005, 9:39 a.m.

Quick Fix 6 (5/17/05)

Believe it or not, and if you're a Liberal you probably believe it, but Director George Lucas (shown above with actor Ewan McGregor) sees a parallel between his "Star Wars" saga and America, particularly in this time of war. This country like Vader's Empire, he...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005

Mon., May 16, 2005, 5:53 p.m.


Issue: Feds to ogle your bare skin: ACLU calls high-tech X-ray 'virtual strip search'/USA Today. DFO: For once, I agree with the ACLU. Airport surveillance equipment that gives minimum-wage screeners a nekkid view goes way too far.Question: Would you want to subject yourself to a...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 5:10 p.m.

Extra! Memorial to Be Named after Ronfather

On Memorial Day, the Kootenai County Veterans Memorial Plaza is being named in my father's honor. There is a grand noontime ceremony planned that will also honor SPC Robert Benson, a Post Falls native who died in Iraq in 2003. While I've taken care of...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 2:20 p.m.

Welcome Back, Duaniums

Working as a team last year, Coeur d'Alene Resort manager Bill Reagan dug the holes while massage therapist Rebecca Kilmer unpotted red geraniums at the base of the clock tower in downtown Coeur d'Alene.Don't look now, but the cardboard boxes in front of The Coeur...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 12:49 p.m.

ISP Officer Linda Huff Awarded Posthumuously

In the 8th annual ceremony for Idaho officers killed in the line of duty, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne presented the first-ever Idaho Medal of Honor to the children of fallen ISP Trooper Linda Huff (pictured), who was killed in 1998. Huff was attacked by Scott Yager...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 11:43 a.m.

Peanut Gallery (Newsweek's Ap-hollow-gy)

re: Newsweek's apology for printing questionable story that led to several deaths here.Freedom of the press is something I hold very dear. But to be perfectly blunt, you guys in the media are doing a wonderful job of putting that right in jeopardy. Polls show...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 10:11 a.m.

Photo of the Day (5/16/05)

Canadian director David Cronenberg, left, kisses American actor Viggo Mortensen, at the 58th international Cannes film festival, southern France, today. You write the cutline.Top Cutlines:1. Knowing that actor Viggo can't resist anything Star Wars, director David delivers his best Yoda pickup line: "Always two there...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 10:04 a.m.

Question of the Day (5/16/05)

Issue: Walking the talk: 'Survivor lap' uplifting, luminarias poignant for participants in cancer society's Relay for Life/Sara Leaming, SR.DFO: My son, Seth, was born with retinal blastoma, an nasty eye cancer that blinds and can kill if left untreated. At 3 months, he underwent surgery...

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Mon., May 16, 2005, 9:07 a.m.

Quick Fix 6 (5/16/05)

APhoto Fix: A young boy dressed as the Star Wars character 'Yoda' sits on the shoulders of a man as he watches events in Leicester Square in London and joins in with the premier launch of the film Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the...

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2005

Sun., May 15, 2005, 12:55 a.m.

Wild Card -- 5/15/05

I'm considering a rule that would address things like blog roaches and endless debates about unsolveable topics, like abortion. In rough form, it would allow a blurker/commenter who's tired of 2 or 3 others hijacking the comments feature by calling a -- what? -- timeout...

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Sun., May 15, 2005, 12:33 a.m.

West Story Sickens Editor

In case you were wondering, SR Editor Steve Smith describes how he feels about the Jim West story in a Sunday column:How can you not have some compassion for a man whose life clearly has been tortured? In his unguarded phone conversation with me last...

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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2005

Sat., May 14, 2005, 11:47 a.m.

BNSFers Are Like Bad Boyfriends

Charm wins the depot a second try: If BNSF breaks its word again, it's over/Rebecca Nappi, SR.The situation reminded me of those boyfriends or girlfriends, the charming ones, who promise you everything. Then they just aren't there for you in any real way. So you...

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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.