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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

Scanner Traffic -- 12/18/08 14 

5:16 p.m. H41 near MP 6m south of Rathdrum, is blocked due to a slid off semi. The highway is restricted to one lane with intermittent closures while the truck is removed. Please avoid this area for the next several hours.3:18 p.m. Little boys are...

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Folo Breaking News Blog 

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department advises that the following county roads are closed until further notice:* Lancaster Avenue between Huetter and Meyer roads* Wyoming Avenue from state Highway 41 to Meyer Road* Meyer Road between Hayden and Meyer avenues* Greensferry Road north of Prairie Avenue...

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IdaBlue: Anonymity Fits Me 11 

Well, some of us would lose our jobs if we were exposed, but that's an argument for some other time. My chief beef with Richert's opinion is that he confuses commenters with bloggers. Folks who leave some comment under a fake name on a blog...

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Love: Surviving Drive To CDA 

While drivng to and from Coeur d'Alene yesterday (both trips taking a few minutes shy of two hours to cover the 45 miles), I could think of only two other times I'd been so fearful of the possibilities of meeting my maker. And I drove...

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Local Blogs -- The Xmas Newsletter 19 

he JD's have finally written our first Christmas newsletter. Every year, I get them from friends and relatives updating us on events that happened since the last newsletter. I have felt inadequate when I receive them because I have never taken the time to really...

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The Real Bells Of Christmas 

A bell ringer for the Salvation Army solicits donations on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Question: How often do you give to the Salvation Army bellringers during the yuletide: Every time you hear the bells ringing? Occasionally, if I have loose...

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ORG XMIT: NYR207 The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, stands beside Caroline Kennedy as they field questions, during a press conference outside the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem, New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008.  The late President John F. Kennedy's daughter acknowledged Wednesday she's seeking to be appointed to the Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be secretary of state. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Bebeto Matthews / The Spokesman-Review)

HBO @ Noon: New York Senate Seat 17 

The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, stands beside Caroline Kennedy as they field questions, during a press conference outside the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem, New York, Thursday. The late President John F. Kennedy's daughter acknowledged Wednesday she's seeking to be appointed to the...

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Longo: Stay Home 

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is telling citizens to stay home due to hazardous road conditions. “The roads should be utilized for emergency vehicle travel only,” Longo said in a news release. Police and Fire units are responding to an overwhelming number of stranded...

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Upgrade Thread 63 

ThomG suggested that I set up a thread that can be used by commenters to discuss the recent switch to the new system. So here it is. Post your observations and suggested tweaks here.

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APhoto of the Day -- 12/18/08 13 

South Korean elementary school students yell during a winter survival camp at Marine Training Center in Gimpo, west of Seoul, Thursday. Some 50 students participated in the three-day camp to strengthen themselves mentally and physically. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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IVA: Warren Will Test Multiculturalists 49 

Item: Tyrants of tolerance go after Obama, Rick Warren: Voices of tolerance, diversity, multiculturalism come unglued/Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values AllianceMore Info: Obama’s criminal offense is that, in a move that ought be celebrated by all who claim that America’s strength is found in its embrace...

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Sisyphus: Idaho's Answer To Drudge 57 

And tool could be accurate. Loaded and slanted questions, daily WND posts, Cramerica, he's Idaho's answer to Drudge. I thought he was going to ah, um, a, blow a load when McCain picked Palin and then when we had the audacity to point to her...

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HBO's AM Headlines -- 12/18/08 

Andrew Gumprecht was killed when his sedan collided head-on with a semi truck late Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 after Gumprecht headed westbound on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 at the Sherman Avenue exit in Coeur d'Alene. SR Story here. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

Lawyer Nunley Arrested On Drug Charges 21 

A Coeur d’Alene lawyer arrested on a conspiracy to distribute the prescription drug OxyContin appeared in federal court Wednesday. Shawn C. Nunley, 37, worked as a Kootenai County deputy prosecutor about three years ago before opening his own practice. Nunley was arrested Tuesday night and...

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Wild Card -- 12/17/08 120 

In the news this snowy day, Chrysler has announced it will shut down all production for a month here. Pro-Life Rick Warren will deliver pro-choice Barack Obama's inaugaration invocation here. Rod Blagojevich has announced he won't appoint someone to fill Obama's U.S. Senate vacancy here....

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Parting Shot -- 12/17/08 

"This neighborhood Santa shows the snow that began falling in North Idaho today and will continue with several more inches overnight. City streets, highways and I-90 have been tricky to travel with a layer of ice now being covered in snow," sez Kerri Thoreson/OnLocation North...

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Pro-Lifer To Give Obama Invocation 15 

Item: Pro-Life Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration/The Brody FileMore Info: Pro-life pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. It makes a whole lot of sense. Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do...

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Richert: Idaho Needs Public Transportation 

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is a decade removed from his time as speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives. But I hope current lawmakers will listen to what the old speaker has to say. Simpson says lawmakers are making a "fundamental mistake" by trying to...

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Headlines @ Closin' Time -- 12/17/08 

Saddle Up Grill and Steakhouse Fire photo provided by Timberlake Fire District. More photos here. Story below.*ISP reopens w/b freeway @ Stateline/KREM2*Snow to keep coming/SR*Power use set record Tuesday/SR*Portable heater ignites fire at Athol restaurant/KREM2*1/3 of Idaho schoolchildren at risk of overweight/Idaho Statesman

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Two men who were apparently involved in a crash on I-90 in Coeur d'Alene wait for tow trucks on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. KATHY PLONKA The Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Scanner Traffic 27 

Kathy Plonka Photo/SR5:46 p.m. R/P reports that a semi has jackknifed on Highway 95 near Garwood. It's in a ditch and not blocking the road.4:58 p.m. Vehicle over the side of Highland Drive, a quarter mile from Riverview.4:40 p.m. A vehicle is submerted in Granite...

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