March 18, 2009 blogs: The Stark verdict

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• Jury convicts Shellye Stark of murder | Huckleberries Online

Shellye Stark was convicted this afternoon of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband, whose bullet-riddled body was found slumped in the kitchen of their South Hill home in 2007.

• DFO’s animals: Cash-eating dog | Huckleberries Online

This undated photo released by Kelley Davis via the News & Observer shows Augie, a 2-year-old greater Swiss mountain dog in Apex, N.C., that ate $400 cash that Davis made working extra hours.

• NIT loss: The day after | Sportslink

A couple random thoughts and questions … Where did Klay Thompson’s shot disappear to? The freshman struggled the final four games of the season, failing to score in double figures in any of them.

Obama on VA health changes: Never mind | Spin Control

The Obama Administration is dropping a proposal that would have allowed the Veterans Affairs Department to bill a vets’ insurance company for treating service-connected disabilities and injuries.

• CdA Lake management plan wins funding | Eye on Boise

The Coeur d’Alene Lake Management Plan will be funded one way or another, Idaho state lawmakers declared today. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously in favor of a budget for the state Department of Environmental Quality for next year

Epilogue (I think) on the “not a dime” e-mail | Eye on Olympia

Last week: Lawmakers kill a labor-backed bill and called police after some lawmakers got an e-mail indicating that elected officials would get “not one more dime” from labor until they passed it.

Tuesday morning: The head of the State Patrol says the e-mail wasn’t a crime. He says he’s sending the info to the state’s campaign-finance watchdog, the Public Disclosure Commission, at its request.

• Child care takes a hit | Are We There Yet?

Across the country, child-care centers that were once full are now watching their enrollment numbers drop.

401(k)s: A reason to believe? | Everyday Economy

Have you stopped putting money into a 401(k) or other retirement plan — or shifted money away from stocks? Or are you sticking with it and hoping dollar-cost averaging pays off?

‘Watchmen’ passes this fanboy’s test | Movies and More

Maybe it’s because I was predisposed to like it, but I actually enjoyed “Watchmen.”

• Wednesday’s loose thread | A Matter of Opinion

It’s March Madness! There’s a basketball tournament going on, too. So, I’m having lunch with colleagues at “an area restaurant” when a server deposits the soup in my lap. It was egg drop soup. You just can’t make this stuff up.

• Double the slam | Vox Box

Well - it looks like our homeland of Spokane has just got too much entertainment for a single weekly blogpost….say hello to: (drumroll please…) Double the Slam. I’ll post up some interesting shows/concerts/events/whatever looks pleasing to our advanced generation.

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