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WSU year in review


In honor of the final day of 2012, we participate in the widely-practiced tradition of recapping the previous 365 days in WSU sports (OK, just football and men's basketball, because those are the sports we cover). Read on for musings.

Looking back

At the end of the year, we take time to look back and remember the people who left this life. Each person leaves a memory upon our hearts, memories of sharing their gifts with courage and grace; these are some of the people who inspired and entertained us.

May their gifts remain.

Who will you miss the most?

(S-R archives photo: "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark is shown in this 1974 ABC photo.)

Diamond Cup Calls Off 2012 Race

Hydroplane racing will not return to the Lake City this summer after all. Organizers say the Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup hydroplane race event needs more sponsors. With sponsorship deals still in the works, the race has been rescheduled from this summer to Labor Day weekend of 2013, said Doug Miller, Diamond Cup president. Organizers of the return to racing announced last month that the boats would be back on Lake Coeur d’Alene for exhibitions and the first racing event held here in racing 44 years. “We will become the No. 1 race in the United States,” organizer Dennis Wheeler said at the time. The hydro races were to run southeast of downtown as part of the Diamond Cup Regatta during Labor Day weekend/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Driver Joe Souza discusses hydroplanes at the June 8 annoucement at Silver Beach that the races would be returning to Lake Coeur d'Alene this fall)

Question: Do you expect the Diamond Cup to be ready to stage races in 2013?

Edit: Raul Hurting 2014 Guv Chances

There's no shortage of people who think Congressman Raul Labrador is running for governor in 2014. But that can't be the case. No politician in his right mind would do what Labrador did last week if he intended to ask eastern Idahoans for their support in two years. Labrador inexplicably supported a draconian cut in the nuclear energy budget. The amendment failed, but had Labrador got his wish, the result would have been catastrophic locally, statewide and for the nation. INL gets about 60 percent of the budget Labrador voted to eviscerate. Cutting it by two-thirds could have led to thousands of lost INL jobs. That's a death sentence. Imagine eastern Idaho without its economic driver. Those who sell food, insurance, homes and, yes, newspapers, would rather not. Perhaps Labrador feels insulated living so far from eastern Idaho. He shouldn't. The lab is responsible for about 25,000 direct and indirect jobs in Idaho/Idaho Falls Post Register. More here.

Question: Do you think Congressman Raul Labrador will run for governor in 2014?

Shock try to get back on winning track

Spokane, coming off its first losing season, opens training camp in three weeks trying to recapture the winning ways of the franchise's first five seasons. I checked in with majority owner Brady Nelson and new head coach Andy Olson earlier this week to see what they have planned for 2012.

Here's my article that will run in Saturday's S-R.

Why are these candidates afraid to admit climate change exists?

The Christian Science Monitor has a nice roundup on how the 2012 group of Republicans feel about climate change. Basically, they were against it, before they said they don't believe it exists.

Former US Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R) of New York, a strong supporter of the environment, says he has "never been so disappointed in all my life in the pretenders to the throne from my party."

"Not one of them is being forthright in dealing with climate science," he told the Associated Press recently. "They are either trying to finesse it, or change previous positions to accommodate the far right. They are denying something that is as plain as the nose on your face."

To liberal critics, the answer is obvious: The influence of climate change denialists financially supported by the billionaire Koch brothers (David and Charles) and others tied to the oil industry.

Mitt Romney breaks from GOP on climate change

The presidential hopeful with the most electable hair broke from the GOP platform by saying he believes that humans are responsible for climate change. "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," said Mitt Romney to a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."


It was a soft attempt but he continued by calling on the United States to break its dependence on foreign oil, and expand alternative energies including solar, wind, and er, nuclear and clean coal."I love solar and wind (power) but they don't drive cars. And we're not all going to drive Chevy Volts," he said about electric cars.

This is the end of the world as we know it

“Roland Emmerich has an ongoing project: destroying the world. In 1996’s “Independence Day,” the German director sent aliens to wipe out the White House. In 1998, he unleashed “Godzilla” to wreak havoc on the streets of New York. In 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow,” he froze the planet in a new ice age.

But in his new film, “2012,” which reaches theaters today, things get really bad.”

Guess he didn’t read my reassuring post “Top Ten Reasons the World Won’t End in 2012.” What’s your favorite apocalyptical movie?