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 Mainstream or exotic beer? It's all a matter of personal taste. 
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Name That Beer 58 

Bent's Huckleberry Brew is coming along nicely: he needs help choosing a name for it. Any ideas?

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A turboprop aircraft pulls up at the Coeur d'Alene Airport on Tuesday.  The use of private, corporate or fractionally-owned turboprop and jet airplanes increased after 9/11 and they are a common sight at regional airports. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Would this fly here? 

"New York City is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city. It’s part of a Bloomberg administration program to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left...

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Death of the iPod 16 

"Traditional versions of the iconic device are a thing of the past, but future iterations will have a long and vibrant future." still haven't bought my first i-Pod. Also, I've never listened to a podcast, which I guess must be related.What device to you...

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Germany’s Paul Biedermann, right, shakes hands with Michael Phelps of the United States after winning the gold medal of the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Swimsuits and Speed 

So Michael Phelps loses his first major individual race in four years because German swimmer Paul Biedermann had a faster swimsuit?, if they could just make one that makes me look 15 pounds slimmer!

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Can Google be Topped? 10 

"Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and finally setting the stage for them to make a joint assault against the dominance of Google Inc." search engine do you prefer?...

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A rugged rescue: Spokane firefighters and ambulance crews snake their way along a trail below the bluff at High Drive and 29th Avenue after rescuing a man whose vehicle  went over the embankment about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.  It took emergency crews about an hour to extricate the man, believed to be in his late teens,  from the vehicle.  The driver, who’d recently been released from a hospital, apparently had a medical emergency that caused him to black out,  police said. A hiker spotted the vehicle, which wasn’t visible from High Drive or Highway 195. The man’s condition was unknown late Tuesday. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Seat Belt Saved Him 12 

"An 18-year-old driver whose vehicle plunged end-over-end down a steep embankment west of High Drive on Monday evening survived because he was wearing a seat belt, fire officials said." Read more: a seatbelt saved your life or the life of someone you know?

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Kate’s Paperie Gianna Rose Atelier Fresh Linen Scented Soaps For The Cure. Associated Press photos (Associated Press photos / The Spokesman-Review)

I Smell Good 19 

I know because the fellow waiting in line behind me at the bank (the one with the little, tiny tables) told me so. "Thanks," I replied. "I showered." Awkward silence. What I meant was that I wasn't wearing any exotic fragrance, but I had showered...

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

Tuesday Wild Card 15 

"He respects owl because you can't help respecting anyone who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right." A.A. MilneHere's hoping your spell checkers never fail. I'm not going to tell you how many days we've got left in the year, because I...

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ZK: Lighting Up for the Long Haul 12 

Zelda Krup says, "I read an article this week in Time magazine about an amazing new LED bulb that needs only 6 watts of power to equal the output of a 60W light bulb. It lasts 25 years. It costs $50. ...the idea of buying...

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HBO Poll: Obama & The Birthers 

Sixty-two percent (169 votes) believe Michael Vick should be allowed to play in the NFL after serving time for his involvement with dog fighting. Thirty five percent (97 votes) said no way. <a href="" mce_href="" mce_href="">What do you think of individuals who insist that President...

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Actress Amy Poehler sips from a giant coffee cup during her appearance on NBC's "Today" program in New York Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (April 23, 2009)
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Coffee Collisions and Soup Smash-Ups 

Friends don't let friends eat and drive. Here's a list of the most dangerous foods to eat while driving:'m a guilty coffee sipper, but hot soup? Tacos? Ribs? People actually do this?Do you eat and drive?

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Motorcycle units from multiple police agencies lead off the 2009 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade Saturday. (Photos by Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

One Billion Dollars for Cops 

"The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $1 billion in grants to help keep police officers on the beat during the economic downturn — and tried to assure cities not getting aid that they won’t be stiffed." More here:

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While female Gelada baboons can be unforgiving when it comes to sex …Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Found the Monkey 

Yesterday Redman asked "Where's the monkey?" Well, apparently they're busy invading Cape Town: say I've never been a big fan of monkeys. How about you?

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Twitter is a free Web service that allows users to post "tweets" telling friends and family where they are and what they're doing.
 (Illustration courtesy of Doug Dobbins / The Spokesman-Review)

No Twits Allowed in the White House 

July 24: "White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mentioned casually to CNN today that Twitter is blocked on official White House computers. Gibbs clearly doesn't appreciate the value that can be derived from the innovative social network; he jokes about it as if it is...

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Wait until late May or June to plant tomatoes in your garden.Stockxpert
 (Stockxpert / The Spokesman-Review)

Killer Tomato 

Apparently, it's not a good idea to locate a research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas: Go figure.I can't see or hear the word tornado without thinking of my then three-year-old son running indoors on a blustery spring day....

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MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009

Who ya Gonna Call? 

To get rid of those rabid bats?Perhaps this guy: after watching this commercial, the bats don't seem as scary as the exterminator.

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Spank the Spouse? 17 

Oh dear. There's a moral to be learned somewhere in this story. Perhaps this is one reason married folks should get their own place?"When the mother asked her son what they were doing, he refused to talk about it. The next morning, she again...

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ORG XMIT: MOHG104 President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, not pictured, before the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) (Haraz Ghanbari / The Spokesman-Review)

Obama and the Mom Jeans 29 

President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, not pictured, before the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis, Tuesday, July 14, 2009.The president's pitch at the All Star Game wasn't the only thing mocked in the...

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We are Family 

The Smith Sisters"Studies suggest that brothers and sisters who stay connected have healthier lives" only see my siblings a few times a year. However, my husband and his siblings are very close and we see them a couple times a month. Our children are...

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FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2009

DFO's blog instructions 

Actually, he just left one instruction: "Don't overdo it."Well. No need to worry about that :-) If you had a sub the next time you took a day off, what kind of instructions would you leave them?

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Sarah Palin is re-energizing conservative voters.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Palin's Out at the End of the Month 67 

Hat tip to Nick Adams who says CNN is reporting Sarah Palin will not seek re-election. Current reports confirm that she will resign at the end of the month.Update: the speculating begin.

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Associated Press Venus Williams cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over No. 1 seed Dinara Safina in the other semifinal, setting up an all-Williams final match. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wimbledon Watching 27 

Talk about sibling rivalry: "Richard Williams refuses to watch his daughters Venus and Serena play each other. He says he simply can’t bear to see it, no matter the setting, no matter the stage." IMHO watching tennis is only little more exciting than watching...

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.