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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011



Thank-You Notes From Kids Department

I'll leave my source and the name of the child out of this. But here's the note. "Dear Ms. Zimmer "Thank you for coming to our school to teach us about the aquifer. Making the aquifer. Thank you again for wasting your time for us....

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Win a reporter's notebook 

Just be the first to correctly identify this distant relative of mine. Here's a hint. His accomplishment should have paved the way to untold riches for many generations of his descendants. That's not what happened.

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In retreat

"After gallantly fighting, using all the weapons and tools at my disposal, the not so Dandy-Lions have captured the battlefield," wrote Larry Woodard. "However, I live to fight the battle another day."

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Wednesday's Slice question

I haven't gotten to pipe up on a Wednesday since the early or mid-'90s, back when the food section came out on a different day. Feels good. So, anyway, here's one for my fellow early-risers. How often, on your way to work or when out...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011


Texting idiocy

So I duck into the downtown post office and head for the service counters. There's one employee on duty, and he is busy with a customer. One other person, a young man in a hoodie, is positioned about 10 or 15 feet away from the...

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North By East West 

Here's one for the Changes in Latitude file. "Regarding the North Idaho/Northern Idaho debate," wrote Shannon Bahr-Allert. "When I was visiting Pocatello last summer we were watching the local TV station and they refer to 'Eastern Idaho's biggest Ford dealership' or 'Eastern Idaho's best weather...

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Jumping ahead 

Let's preview the Slice question that will appear in Thursday's column. (Why wait for the actual newspaper? As they said on "The Six Million Dollar Man," we have the technology.) Which of the many Spokane movie theaters that no longer exist was your favorite? I...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011


Marmot Lodge Meeting 

Just a reminder. We'll plan to get together on Aug. 3, 2012. Place and time TBD. Some of you might want to start lining up a baby sitter. Yes, 2012 is correct. We Marmots like to plan ahead.

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Feedback 

Just clearing weekend email and phone messages. That's always fun. You won't believe this, but not everyone enjoyed Saturday's column about some women encouraging men to urinate into plastic cups when using the facilities. Go figure.

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Days of Future Passed 

No doubt you would observe it more often in cities where a higher percentage of commuters rely on mass transit and can read on their way to work. But every once in a while, you see it in Spokane: A guy who knows how to...

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As I was saying 

I should warn you. Space restrictions in print have left me with a pent-up urge to use illustrations. So perhaps I should start trying to get that out of my system right now. Asking readers to sing the old Hamm's beer jingle -- and listening...

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Bringing the heat

You can be puzzled by the reasoning behind our area's politics. And a case could be made that any place shaped by both Northwest smugness AND Seattle envy (sure, sure, you never feel that) is bound to be a little nuts. But the No. 1...

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Paths not taken

Maybe some of us were destined to wind up in this neck of the woods. The other day I was going through a box of ancient personal papers. I came across a reminder that I almost went to the University of Idaho. Back in the...

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The operation went well

Here's something from Slice reader Amanda Lorenzi. "Hi, Paul. I have a story to share about an incident that happened to me when I was a child. "I had a stuffed dog, Rex, that I got about 25 years ago (I'm 28 now). When I...

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

Welcome to The Slice blog 

I'm guessing you have questions. Q: Why is there a Slice blog? A: Why not. Q: Isn't six columns a week in print enough? A: This will be different. Q: How so? A: Give it a little time. You'll see. Q: What if I don't...

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