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SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.9-10.11 

I'm posting the Saturday morning fare while listening to an old friend telling the story of the first 20 years of the Seattle Mariners. Several years ago, I bought a CD for a buck of so, titled: "20 Years of Mariners Baseball with Dave Niehaus."…

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During the opening song, music director and band member Davey Johnstone joins Elton john in singing "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" Friday night in front of a sold out Spokane Arena crowd. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Elton John Entertains Packed Arena 

During the opening song, music director and band member Davey Johnstone joins Elton john in singing "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" Friday night in front of a sold out Spokane Arena crowd. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany) Just got in from a happy and celebratory…

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Idaho Running Out Of Smart People 46 

Idaho is running out of smart people, according to the editors of 24/7 Wall Street, a web-based clearinghouse of financial news and opinion. Worst in the nation? Colorado, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma and then Idaho. The editors looked at National Assessment of Educational Progress scores…

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Edit: Independent Thinkers Not Welcome 20 

Before dropping the final gavel Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Lawerence Denney dropped the hammer. The Midvale Republican gave two of his more independent-thinking committee chairmen the heave-ho: Transportation Committee Chairman Leon Smith of Twin Falls and Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Trail of Moscow were told,…

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As family members look on, Marylin Niehaus, the widow of Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus, who died last year, throws out the first pitch of the Mariners home opener baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Home Opener Focuses On Dave Niehaus 

As family members look on, Marylin Niehaus, the widow of Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus, who died last year, throws out the first pitch of the Mariners home opener baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday in Seattle. The Mariners gave up 10 runs to the…

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Surrounded by news media, House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, far left, announces that an agreement to avert a government shutdown was reached at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Friday, April 8, 2011. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Government Shutdown Avoided For Now 11 

Surrounded by news media, House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, far left, announces that an agreement to avert a government shutdown was reached at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Friday. Los Angeles Times story here. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)\ Question: Are you surprised that the…

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Bethany Storro pleads guilty to making a false or misleading statement to a public servant in front of Judge John Nichols at the Clark County Courthouse on Friday, April 8, 2011, in Vancouver, Wash. Storro splashed her face with drain cleaner and then claimed a black woman had attacked her in August 2010. (Zachary Kaufman / The Columbian)

Woman In Acid Attack Hoax Guilty 

Bethany Storro pleads guilty to making a false or misleading statement to a public servant in front of Judge John Nichols at the Clark County Courthouse on Friday in Vancouver, Wash. Storro splashed her face with drain cleaner and then claimed a black woman had…

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