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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005

Fri., May 13, 2005, 3:06 p.m.

Idaho Vanity Plate

Remember that John316 vanity plate that's causing a ruckus in Vermont here? Well, Tom Taggart of the Lakeland School District (and significant other of colleague Cynthia T) spotted this one en route to lunch today: "GLRY2GOD." E-mails Tom: "Obviously not an issue in Idaho."DFO: Hey,...

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Fri., May 13, 2005, 2:29 p.m.

Peanut Gallery -- Brodie's Comment

RE: Katie Brodie quote in Coeur d'Alene Press: "We're all in need of answers and anxious to hear what's different now" 'here.Hmm ... seems like Da' Lady Comm., K.B., suffers from a short-term memory disorder, i.e., isn't this the same type (a full disclosure) of...

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Fri., May 13, 2005, 1:13 p.m.

Question No. 2 -- Superstitions

Issue: It's Friday the 13th.DFO: I'm not superstitious in any way. In fact, I routinely asked to be No. 13 when I was playing baseball/softball and basketball. Of course, I broke my left ankle twice and tore my ACL in my left knee twice in...

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Fri., May 13, 2005, 12:03 p.m.

WSU Prank Legit

WSU’s accounting students had fun at Guv-for-Now Christine Gregoire’s expense during graduation ceremonies for the business, education and nursing schools May 7. Seems some future accountants were in a row with letters on their caps that spelled out "A-C-C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G." However, when Gregoire began her commencement...

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Fri., May 13, 2005, 9:48 a.m.

SR Morning Headlines (5/12/05)

*Fairchild to lose 198 workers: No major military bases in Washington state will be closed/Spokesman-Review -- We dodged a bullet.*Teen dies after bicycle crash: Spokane Valley girl, 15, collided head-on with SUV Wednesday/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR -- Every time I consider stepping up my bicycling, I...

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005

Thu., May 12, 2005, 6:04 p.m.

Best of the Local Blogs (5/12/05)

Lust is lighting a fuse, love is keeping the dynamite dry -- Bob Salsbury/Unbearable Bobness of Being.*SidVicious/Idle Idahoan, the North Idahoan slaving behind the scene on Capitol Hill, has a first-hand account of the scare caused by that Cessna flying over D.C. yesterday here.*Bill McCrory/Whitecaps...

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Thu., May 12, 2005, 4:13 p.m.

Afternoon Question (5/12/05) -- Humorless Liberals?

In a Vanity Fair article (no online access available), Michael Wolff, a liberal former columnist for New York Magazine, wonders why conservative media hold the edge over liberal media when it comes to humor. Quoth:Why aren't liberals funny?...The complicated condition for that so much...

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Thu., May 12, 2005, 2:24 p.m.

Editorial Board vs. BNSF II

BNSFer asst. veep Steve Millsap re. the leaks: I’m embarrassed. I truly am. I’m disappointed. I’m very, very sorry this has happened. At the same time, the system worked. It was through our inspections and through our detection that we caught the problem. We have...

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Thu., May 12, 2005, 11:31 a.m.

Best of the Northwest (5/12/05)

Gov-for-now Christine Gregoire isn't doing well in the polls. See Item No. 2.Regina Mourning deserved the Mother of the Year honors from the St. Maries Rotary Club. Regina? She's a 23-year-old who took on the responsibility of mothering three little girls when she married 6...

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Thu., May 12, 2005, 10:52 a.m.

West, Spokane, S-R make front page ...

... of the LA Times with this headline here.Hat Tip: Howard Martinson, who observes: "Yikes! Is this the same Spokane I was born & raised in, and which put on a World's Fair in 1974? The Riverpark Square fiasco, really really really bad streets, and...

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Thu., May 12, 2005, 10:03 a.m.

Inside Huckleberries (5/12/05)

2:09 p.m. I'm currently online for an editorial board meeting with BNSFers Gus Melonas, Mark Stahley and another guy. Opinion Editor Doug Floyd is grilling them pretty well. Now, here comes Becky Nappi, shifting gears. Stay tuned....1:43 p.m. SR Editor Steve Smith is hosting a...

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Thu., May 12, 2005, 9:44 a.m.

SR Morning Headlines (5/12/05)

*City attorney asks for investigations: Move comes day after FBI begins investigation/Mike Prager, SR -- Gov. Gregoire's words of sympathy were nice.*Boys ranch director denies report: Finds no evidence that West, another deputy took boys on outings/Benjamin Shors, SR -- Interesting. (You can read the...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 5:57 p.m.

Wild Card -- Wednesday (5/11/05)

'Tis time to end another fast-paced day online (although I always check back later in the evening). I appreciate some of the clever comments today. And I'm trying to track down the photographer of that WSU graduation photo (see "Inside Huckleberries"). Meanwhile, I'll leave you...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 5:37 p.m.

Best of the Local Blogs

Jim Tibbs/Grant Pass, Ore.*Phil Corless/A Family Runs Through It grew up without male role models, and he doesn't want that to happen to his children, as he explains in a terrific piece, here.(Alas, Phil has pulled the plug on "The Old Goat Trail" to concentrate...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 3:55 p.m.

Biker Granny -- Redux

Remember the Little Ol' Lady who threw a leg over a motorcycle in front of the Iron Horse in downtown CDA for an impromptu ride -- you know, the Granny caught on film by Bob Salsbury and galpal, Kris? Well, that was Becky Becker Herrmann,...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 1:28 p.m.

Inside Huckleberries (5/11/05)

4:41 p.m. This just in from "Bamer" who attended the WSU graduation ceremony: "Folks, These pictures are real here (and click link). I was there. It is a very funny prank!"...2:45 p.m. "I have two tickets on the 'BNSF Railway Special' What would you do...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 12:31 p.m.

Best of the Northwest (5/11/05)

Seattle PI sports columnist Jim Moore wonders if WSU "Coug It" in naming its football stadium after Clarence D. Martin (pictured), Washington's governor from 1932 to 1940. In his column today, Moore reveals the shocking truth that Martin was (drum roll, PUH-leez) a Dawg! Yep....

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 11:30 a.m.

Boy Scout Spin

In reaction to the allegations against Spokane Mayor Jim West, the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts has circulated a letter with seven talk points, including: "We have no record of accusations of abuse made to the council regarding Mayor West. These allegations regarding the...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 9:32 a.m.

Wednesday Question -- Ladies Choice

Issue: A close friend with a hidden dark side.Cis Gors: Consider your best friend. (Do not use the person's name.) Someone you have trusted completely for years. What would happen if this friend turns out to have a secret dark side? Demon's that he/she has...

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Wed., May 11, 2005, 8:43 a.m.

Quick Fix 6 (5/11/05)

In the Sauce for the Gander category, a Times Square billboard will soon reveal a dirty little secret of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: The animal rightists have killed more than 10,000 dogs, cats and other animals at its Virginia headquarters here.1. Political...

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005

Tue., May 10, 2005, 6:03 p.m.


Charlie Watts, left to right, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones pose after announcing tour.Issue: Rolling Stones announce world tour: At 61, Jagger's ready to rock and roll for a year/ I haven't listened to a thing the Stones have...

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Tue., May 10, 2005, 5:18 p.m.

Poet's Corner

For DelbertWe bucked hay bales those hot July days, 125 pounders!Smelling the hay and dust and tractor fumes,seeing the old man outworking my teenage body,his efficiency of motion earned from 60 years in fields.I'm 17 and bone tired by 11:30we eat a dinner for lunch,...

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Tue., May 10, 2005, 4:33 p.m.

Photo of the Day (5/10/05) w/today's winners

George Reis, a forcados, hangs on to a bulls tail during the Portuguese bloodless bullfights held at the Laton Rodeo grounds in Laton, Calif., Monday. You write the cutline. (BTW, this is the life I avoided by turning to journalism.) Top Cutlines:1. Relatives of Hillary...

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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.