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Space shuttle Atlantis returns

Space shuttle Atlantis and the four astronauts return from the International Space Station on Thursday, July 21, 2011, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey. STS-135 is the final shuttle mission to the orbital laboratory. NASA is ending its shuttle program with Atlantis’ successful space station resupply mission. It is the 135th flight in shuttle history.

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Pacific Northwest tribal canoe journey

The landing of about a dozen canoes from the south was one leg of the annual journey of tribal canoes from throughout the Salish Sea, heading to Swinomish, Wash. About 100 tribal canoes are expected to arrive there on July 25. Pacific Northwest tribes revived the canoe tradition in 1989 of bringing together to celebrate the connection to salmon, water and each other. It became an annual event in 1993.

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Leopard attack in India

After straying into a village, a leopard attacks several villagers, including at least four guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to news reports at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center.

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Tandoor Oven

The Asian Cafe and Bakery features the food from Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakistan and Tajikistan. The bread and samsi pastries are baked in the traditional tandoor ovens. The breads actually stick to the walls inside the oven as they bake.

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Midwest heat

Temperatures in the Midwest are climbing into the mid to upper 90’s this week with heat advisories and warnings in 17 states, from Texas to Michigan.

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Joint memorial service

A joint memorial service was held Saturday, July 16 at Lake City Community Church to remember Sgt. Nathan R. Beyers and Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, two Coeur d’Alene men killed in the same explosion July 7 in Baghdad, Iraq.

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A soldier’s procession

The Coeur d’Alene community turns out to honor fallen soldier, Spc. Nicholas Newby, as his body was carried in a procession from the Coeur d’Alene airport to Yates Funeral Home. Newby died in an expolosion in Iraq and his remains were returned for burial.

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Puget Sound Shellfish

For over 75 years, Blau Oyster Co. has relied on Washington state’s cool clean waters to grow the plump oysters that are as prized in the Northwest as salmon and orcas. But too much pollution from animal and human waste has been washing into Samish Bay in north Puget Sound, prohibiting shellfish harvests 38 days already this year.

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Ted Nugent: Loud and outspoken

Ted Nugent, rock star and zealot sportsman, played a concert at The Knitting Factory, July 7, 2011, in Spokane, Wash., but not before he gave an interview to the S-R on topics including his music, guns, hunting, politicians and the American way.

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Space Shuttle memorable moments

The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch on Friday, July 8 and is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. Take a look back at some of the memorable moments in the space shuttle’s history.

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Yellowstone River oil spill

Clean up crews work to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont. An ExxonMobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured and spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone.

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Glass recycling program

Three thousand tons of glass is piling up at a city waste transfer station waiting to be recycled and city leaders say they have solutions, including using it in road beds and as landscaping material. But a candidate for mayor says Mayor Mary Verner is simply “chasing fads.”

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Tom Aylward takes on the Ironman

Tom Aylward, 62, faced the biggest fitness challenge of his life at the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene on June 26. Aylward hired a trainer and trained at three different gyms throughout the week leading up to the event.

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Joplin tornado animals

More than three weeks after an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, nearly 900 dogs and cats remain sheltered at the Humane Society, most of them unlikely to ever be reunited with their owners.

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Mountain View Middle School last day

Mountain View Middle School closed after 32 years on Friday, June 11, 2011. It marked the event with a Flash Mob dance on school grounds. The East Valley School District is moving toward a kindergarten through eighth grade system and will close the other middle school, East Valley Middle School, in two years.

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Riverfront Park clock tower

Dave Randolph has been the caretaker of the clock at Riverfront Park more than 20 years. The clock recently was stopped for repair but is ticking again. Every week Randolph walks up to the top to wind the 110-year-old mechanism.

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History of the Ridpath Hotel

Col. William Ridpath founded the Ridpath Hotel which opened in 1900. The hotel has been restored twice, after fires in 1902 and 1950. In 1963 the Ridpath Motor Inn was opened on the site of the old Spokane Hotel.

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