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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2005

Wild Card/TGIF -- 12/30/05

I finally got around to seeing "King Kong" at the Riverstone Regal today. Gracious. Wonderful retelling of the old classic. And the special effects? Wow! If you're into "Jurassic Park" meets the monkey king who gets the blonde and then dies trying to protect her,…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2005

Video Journal Brings Slide Show Christmas

Santa Claus quenches his thirst as Ryan Gronostajski, 6, looks on Friday in Lawrence Township, N.J./APhoto You can find a wonderful three-minute slideshow put together by Colin Mulvaney/Video Journal from the APhoto wire here. (This is the kind of Christmas slide show that you'll want…

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Stebbijo's Choice -- 12/23/05

I tossed that calendar that arrived in the Coeur d'Alene Press the other day without looking at it. But Stebbijo did. She thought it was ugly. Then, she looked at who paid for it: Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands in cooperation with…

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Remembering Santa

Growing up, our house was always the most brightly lit, my father climbing the 40-foot-tall tree in our front yard to string the lights and affix a 6-foot-tall star on top that could be seen for blocks around. He loved Christmas and he still loved…

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Quick Fix 6 -- 12/23/05

1. APhoto Fix: A commuter on a Manhattan-bound train reads the New York Daily News with a headline about the end of the three-day transit strike earlier today. The citys crippling strike ended Thursday when union leaders, facing mounting fines, possible jail terms and the…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2005


An 18-foot Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas tree stands brown and stripped of its needles Wednesday in the Rotunda of the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence. Workers dried it with commercial fans and sprayed it with a fire-retardant chemical. They were following the stringent new fire…

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Best of the Local Blogs -- 12/22/05

Not only does Digital Fog offer the spoof above of a, ahem, crime scene, but he provides an updated version of Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain" here.*Sam Taylor/Vandal Sense and Intern Boy Friday for the SR this Christmas season continues to give us a…

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Andrus Slaps Otter Up Side The Head

"Selling off our public federal lands to pay for the damage of Hurricane Katrina is like selling your backyard to cover the costs of a fire in your garage. It doesn’t make sense."For the rest of ex-guv Cecil Andrus's comment against Butch Otter's proposal to…

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Poll: US Making Significant Progress In Iraq

Poll of 1,003 adults shows an 18 percentage point surge in number of Americans who think president is making progress in democratizing Iraq... 65% say U.S. is making significant progress in bringing democracy to Iraq, compared with 47% in November... 60% say Washington making headway…

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Woman dies after being hit by truck in Post Falls store parking lot/Spokesman-Review -- The ISP has identified the victim as Lisa Eastman-King, 2004 Post Falls Education Association Patron of the Year. She leaves a husband and 4 children. An incredible tragedy.

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A Festivus for the Rest of ... You

This is for those of you who have been on the other side of Huckleberries Online's Christmas tug-of-war this holiday season -- just to show there's no hard feelings. That's what the debate here is all about. We need to learn from each other. If…

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Extra! Idaho 3rd Fastest Growing State ...

Just in from Ken Dey/Idaho Commerce & Labor:"Idaho was the nation’s third fastest growing state between 2004 and 2005, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Dec. 22. From July 1, 2004 to July 1, 2005, Idaho added 33,956 new residents – a…

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SR Edit: Idaho School Fix Should Be Top Priority

On Wednesday, the Idaho Supreme Court voted 4-1 to support 4th District Judge Deborah Bail's 1991 decision that the state's method of funding schools is unconstitutional. In the 21-page decision, the court spanked lawmakers for quibbling over a few rundown schools and failing to realize…

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Huckleberries Local AM Headlines -- 12/22/05

KC Duley, right, and her husband Dan Duley, left, have just opened Bada Bing's Deli in Hayden at Fourth St. and Prairie. KC holds a plate of cannolis, an Italian dessert delicacy made of ricotta cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, pistachio nuts and chocolate chips wrapped in…

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Quick Fix 6 -- 12/22/05

1. APhoto Fix: James Dungy, right, the son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, center, walks the sidelines during a game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Oct. 3, 2004. James Dungy, 18, was found dead in a Tampa, Fla.-area apartment, police said Thursday here.…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2005

Wild Card/Wednesday -- 12/21/05

Today is my favorite day of the winter, this side of Christmas and Super Bowl Sunday. It's the shortest day of the year. From now until mid-June, the days will be getting longer. Now, you guys have already started some threads on this Wild Card.…

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Extra! Avista Grinch Steals Part of Christmas

Issue: Avista rate increase approved/Alison Boggs, Spokesman-ReviewDFO: Let's do a word association game for insatiable: Death. The yearning of an unloved wife. Avista's greed. Yeah, yeah, I know Avista exec, you're just passing your costs along -- and getting rich as all get out.Question: Damn…

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Top Cutlines -- 12/21/05

24 Santas ride the SheiKra rollercoaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., earlier today. You write the cutline.Top Cutlines:1. Busch Gardens managers misunderstood their insurance company's contract that had two dozen clauses promoting safety on their new ride-- John Austin; and: New York City Salvation…

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SR Photo of the Day -- Sweet Dreams

As we dream by the fire," pantomimes Rachel Averett, 10, while she sings "Winter Wonderland" in the Atlas Elementary talent show Tuesday morning in Hayden. Students demonstrated their acting and musical talents for their classmates on the last day of school before the holiday break…

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