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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011

Today Is 'Good Riddance Day' 

It's out with the old, and in with the new a few days ahead of the new year for those who just can't wait to put the past behind them. Wednesday is "Good Riddance Day," a day where you're encouraged to say goodbye to whatever…

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Cheetah, 80, RIP 

Johnny Weissmuller, right, as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee, in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man. A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee from the Tarzan movies of the 1930s died Saturday of kidney failure at…

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Collingwood: Once Knew Suspect 

Item: Suspected St. Maries killer says fatal gunshot was accidental/Meghann Cuniff, SR CollingwoodCDA: I actually went to St. Maries in third, fourth and fifth grade and the dude charged with the murder was a childhood friend. Haven’t seen the kid or the heard his name…

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Long-Term Insurance Rates Go Up

John Thielbahr got an unpleasant holiday surprise this year: an enormous increase in the “level” premiums for his long-term care insurance policy. Within a couple of weeks, he and his wife – and everyone else in Washington who holds the same kind of policy through…

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Program Helps NI Woman Buy Home

A 49-year-old Rathdrum woman is enjoying her first holiday season in a home she owns thanks to an Idaho Housing and Finance Association program that helps people bridge the gaps to homeownership. Lauri Moore is the first graduate of the HOPES program – Homeownership Promotes…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.27.11 

I'm tweaking the lineup today to free up the lunch hour. I combined the AM & INW headline roundups into one roundup that I began posted at about 10 -- rather than usual pre-9 o'clock & noon time slots. I'll publish another headline roundup at…

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Parting Shot -- 12.27.11 

Filipino police raise their pistols after being taped on the nozzle by officers at police headquarters in Camp Crame, suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines today. The Philippine National Police is working to thwart the traditional celebratory gunfire during New Year's revelry that injures…

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Simple Mind: Following Instructions 

Why is it those of who love more power don't seem to like to pay attention to directions much? I am just as guilty as others. For Christmas, the King got me the MORE POWER, BIGGER THAN A LOT, KITCHEN AID PROFESSIONAL 500 MIXER. I…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.27.11

5:14 p.m. Man has questions re: his nephew having no-contact order against him. 4:43 p.m. Resident in 1700 block of Morleau/CdA reports hit-and-run accident. 4:41 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Dec. 26-27 here. 4:25 p.m. Caller in 5400 block of Grayeagle/Rathdrum reports…

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PM: A-Rod Creates Boise Buzz 

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez swings a bat in the on-deck circle during a rehab assignment at a minor league baseball game against the Dunedin Blue Jays Aug. 12 in Dunedin, Fla. Rodriguez, who had right knee surgery July 14, was seen working out in…

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Christmas Killing Brings Murder Count 

Joseph Herrera was charged with 2nd Degree Murder Tuesday for the Christmas Day killing of Stefanie Comack of St. Maries. Herrera made his first appearance in court Tuesday where his bond was set at $200,000. Herrera claims that he was unloading his gun when it…

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Idaho Teen Dies After Birthing Son

In this Dec. 6 photo, Jenni Lake's son, Chad Michael Lake Wittman, drinks from a bottle at the family's home in Pocatello. Jenni Lake, who decided against treatment for tumors on her brain and spine so she could carry the baby, died of cancer on…

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Johnson: Pols Run From Their Words 

Earl Long, the one-time governor of Louisiana, was once asked by an aide what his supporters should be told about his failure to keep a campaign promise. "Tell 'em I lied," Long said. Today, as their old positions are re-litigated, pols from Ron Paul to…

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Washington Minimum Wage To Hit $9 16 

Washington state’s minimum wage increases by 37 cents to $9.04 an hour starting on New Year’s Day. While the state’s current rate of $8.67 an hour is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation, a few cities, like San Francisco, have their own…

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NIdaho Blogs -- 12.27.11 

I am so excited to have a New Year unfolding! writes Jeanie Spokane, Nuts & Nonsense. I didn't do anything extraordinary to even warrant a Christmas letter (Hi, I did dialysis 1,068 times (oops, 1,069 because one day it didn't work and I had to…

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Comfy In New Bunny Slippers 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy posts this shot of her new, pink bunny slippers propped on her desk. I received a new pair of slippers from my daughter last Christmas. But didn't throw out my old slippers under last night (during a purge of shoes…

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Another Bumpersnicker 

En route to a Red Box kiosk, I spotted this strange bumpersnicker on a red vehicle in the Coeur d'Alene Albertson's parking lot Monday night: "I'm only speeding because I have to poop." Question: Who would put such a bumpersnicker on his/her vehicle?

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Zach Didn't Shoot His Eye Out 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "Irony alert: Santa neglected to include BB's in Zach's official Red Ryder BB gun. So, Zach drove down to the General Store to buy some and was informed you have to be 18 to buy BB's! The gun says…

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Collingwood: Icon Worth Avoiding 

CollingwoodCDA: The Moose, Beacon, Moon Time and Eagles are legit, though, not that they’re immune from idiots getting out of line. The Icon is such a dive and is almost solely responsible for the ever-growing stigma of downtown CDA and drama that goes down (nothing…

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High Noon: 13YO Deals w/Hair Loss 

A 13-year-old girl from Boise was on the Today Show Monday morning, and she was talking about something pretty personal and emotional: A health condition she's had for two years that's caused her to lose all of the hair on her body. For plenty of…

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High Noon: Sharing Toys

Scott Wood, 5, empties a huge tub of his own toys to give away at the annual Thousand Oaks Community Dinner, hosted by Temple Adat Alohim at Thousand Oaks High School on Sunday. Wood wanted the joy his toys have brought him to be shared…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.27.11

11:59 a.m. Person at Coeur d'Alene Library reports theft of unknown property on Lakeside/CdA. 11:56 a.m. John reports theft of tires, boat trolling motor & copper wire from Burma/Harrison home. 11:34 a.m. Stalled chip truck blocking both lanes @ Seltice Way & Cedar/PF. 11:33 p.m.…

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Bar Report: Hard Head, Broken Hand 

It has been awhile since HucksOnline has offered a Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report. This one occurred before the holidays were in full swing: "Officers responded to a battery call reference an incident that had occurred the previous evening (2200 hours) at the Icon. According…

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Idaho Judges Defend Lavish Pensions 

Debate over whether Idaho state judges should keep retirement benefits that are about twice as generous as those of other state workers, a situation that’s helped open a funding gap, has kept legislators and court officials at the negotiating table since January. Judges say robust…

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