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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

Out, Out, Damn Birkenstocks

In the comments section, Scootermom said she realized she "was tragically uncool when my shoe rack had more Birkenstocks than stilettos. Eh. My feet are happier." Which conjured my shoe purge earlier this week. I have shoes I haven't worn for years. Yet, they were…

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Newt's Stepford Wife? 36 

One of my Facebook Friends posted a poster making the rounds on the Internet comparing presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's wife, Callista, to a Stepford Wife. What do you think? (AP file photo of Callista Gingrich) Question: Do you see a resemblance?

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Obama, Clinton Most Admired In '11 

Pres. Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton top the list once again of the most admired men and women.Pres. Obama has topped the USA Today/Gallup poll for the last four years, and he is followed by Presidents Bush and Clinton in the second and third spots,…

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IFF Declares Fund-raising Victory 

In November, I couldn’t resist blogging about the Idaho Freedom Foundation, after a fund-raising pitch from the limited-government lobbying group wound up in my inbox. At the time, foundation honcho Wayne Hoffman told supporters that the group $30,000 short on its 2011 fund-raising goals. While…

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The Slice: Life Is Not Fair 

Each December, as the new year approaches, I'm reminded of the time I attended the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. This was for work. It was in the late '90s. That, in itself, is not remarkable. But here's the thing. There are people —…

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High Noon: No Longer Cool To Be Me 

On his Facebook wall, SR colleague Shawn Vestal writes: "You have reached a certain milestone in your life, regarding self-acceptance and the loss of possible coolness, when you eagerly embrace a product that promises the following: "Opens Your Nose More Completely." Question: Have you seen…

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'Elly May' Settles w/Barbie Doll Maker 

Donna Douglas, who starred in the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" poses with a photo from the show in Baton Rouge, La. The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the show, toymaker Mattel Inc. and CBS Consumer Products Inc. have settled a lawsuit in…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.29.11 

Noonish: Mother in 6800 block of Windy Pines/CdA reports runaway 17YO boy. 11:59 a.m. 11YO boy is @ Paul's Country Store on Prairie to report father being abusive. 11:57 a.m. 2 men are outside a silver SUV w/hood up @ w/b I-90 @ M/P 30.5…

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Meet Your 8 Burglary Suspects 

On her Sirens & Gavels Web site, Meghann Cuniff has posted a collage of the 8 suspects from the alleged burglary ring that is believed to have committed dozens of burglaries in Kootenai & Spokane counties. Top row, left to right: Joseph A. Lynch, 29;…

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Lewiston, Walla Walla Sears To Shut 

Sears has posted the first 79 of 100 to 120 proposed Sears & Kmart store closures nationwide, with only two mentioned in the Inland Northwest so far -- the Sears stores at Lewiston and Walla Walla, Wash. The Kmart store in Lacey, Wash., is also…

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Big Zag Win Has Down Side 

On her Facebook wall, Christa Hazel reports a down side to that ha-huge Gonzaga Bulldogs win over visiting Portland Wednesday night: "Zag Night Mystery: how did I end up with Bengay or IcyHot on my coat? It stunk up the car ride home and rubbed…

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Top 40 HBO/SR 2011 Commenters 23 

misjustice: 4510 (3.054%) comments greenlibertarian: 3886 (2.631%) comments Phaedrus: 2903 (1.966%) comments Idahogie: 142 (1.253%) comments Sisyphus: 2611 (1.768%) comments DFO: 2090 (1.415%) comments Rhodetrip: 1599 (1.083%) comments Stickman: 1584 (1.073%) comments hmoffsuite: 1579 (1.069%) comments nic: 1358 (0.920%) comments You can read the rest…

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Hucks Poll: 2011 Was Decent Year 

Wednesday Poll: Overall, 2011 was a fair to middlin' year for most of Hucks Nation. 66 of 145 respondents (45.52%) voted that 2011 was a good year. 42 of 145 respondents (28.97%) said 2011 was a "so-so" year, while 37 of 145 (25.52%) said it…

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AM: Thompson Learning NBA Ropes

Former Washington State star Klay Thompson is getting minutes in a reserve role with the Golden State Warriors. Last night, Thompson guarded New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire during the first half of an NBA game in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Idaho…

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Pot-Filled Gifts Lead To Jail 

Maybe it's a case of high for the holidays. Maybe it's a case of the smelly "sweaters." A Dec. 22 traffic stop for erratic driving on Interstate 90 turned into a marijuana bust in which Kootenai County sheriff's deputies found 3.3 pounds of the pungent…

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Kralicek Shooting Anniversary Passes 

I didn't realize another anniversary of the near-fatal shooting of former Coeur d'Alene police officer Mike Kralicek had almost passed until I read this Facebook post from Mike's wife, Carrie, last night: "It has been 7 years today since K57 was "down". Our lives changed…

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Otter: Gingrich Lobbied Me In 2003 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is among three GOP members of Congress in 2003 who say Newt Gingrich lobbied them to vote for a $400 billion Medicare prescription drug benefit. Otter told the Des Moines Register that Gingrich was "full of crap" in making a case…

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Arrests Made In Alleged Burglary Ring 

Police on Wednesday arrested the last of eight people suspected in a months long residential burglary spree that traumatized victims stretching from Spokane to North Idaho. Beginning in August, authorities across the region received dozens of reports of burglaries that followed a common theme. People…

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Calling All Polar Bears 

'Tis the day for defunct newspapers. Above, from the KVNI Facebook site, David Candia holds up the front page of the old Spokane Chronicle from way back in the early 1980s. Candia was one of the first in the area to jump in the lake…

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UCNI Opposes Precinct Reduction 10 

On its Facebook site, United Conservatives of North Idaho issued this call to political arms Wednesday: "Last week December 20th the Kootenai County Commissioners had a meeting to vote on a reduction on the precincts from 71 to 44. Many citizens and precinct committeemen were…

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Rathdrum Star Closes Doors 

Tom Burnett lived up to a dare to start a weekly newspaper in Rathdrum more than seven years ago. "I wanted to start a newspaper, so I did," said Burnett, who was dabbling in selling real estate at the time. "I borrowed $5,000 to buy…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011

Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga flies between Portland players Tim Douglas, left, and Thomas van der Mars to score during their game at The Kennel Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011. (Christopher Anderson / Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga 90, Portland 51 

Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga flies between Portland players Tim Douglas, left, and Thomas van der Mars to score during their game at The Kennel Wednesday night. Gonzaga opened defense of another WCC title by drubbing Portland 90-51. SR story here. And: ESPN boxscore here. (SR…

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 12.28.11 

For those keeping score at home, the extended Coeur d'Alene Family Oliveria has come to this consensus -- the second Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law is better than the first, darker one. And the first was very good (unless you're…

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