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TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday 8.16.11 12 

Was a bit anxious yesterday as my 19-year-old son spent his first day on his new job as a commercial roofer. He's living on his own (well, sharing an apartment with his older brother) and working hard to save money for school. Still this job…

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Work crews attach sheets of roofing to a corner building section of the new addition at Self Storage on North Foothills Drive in Spokane.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

The toughest job I ever had... 10 

In honor of my son's second day as a commercial roofer, I want to hear about the toughest job you ever had. I'm giving away North Idaho Fair tickets for those with the most impressive stories! Toughest job Fair ticket winners in no particular order:…

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Jeffrey Saturday, 10, son of Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday,  plays on a blocking dummy as the team practiced during the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

APhoto of the Day 

Jeffrey Saturday, 10, son of Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday, plays on a blocking dummy as the team practiced during the NFL team's football training camp. I'm not sure why this photo was not more successful at drawing cutline entries. It's got it all-- cute…

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Bachmann: He's still alive in our hearts 12 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop today in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that…

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In a file photo, Steve Tuttle, director of communications for Taser International Inc., holds the X26c stun gun.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Shocking Spokane City Council news 

In a file photo, Steve Tuttle, director of communications for Taser International Inc., holds the X26c stun gun. SPOKANE, Wash. -- Worried over the availability and ease of purchase, the Spokane City Council has the city attorney looking into exactly what the law says about…

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Ted Fennen is having his 1967 Pontiac GTO restored to better than showroom quality. He won the car in a radio drawing when he was 20. (Colin Mulvany)

Restoring a classic 

Ted Fennen is having his 1967 Pontiac GTO restored to better than showroom quality. He won the car in a radio drawing when he was 20. Ted Fennen has replayed what happened at his family’s dinner table on Valentine’s Day 1967 over and over like…

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Arsenic in Athol 

ATHOL, Idaho (AP) -- Tests of a small northern Idaho community water system showed arsenic at levels about nine times what the federal government allows, prompting residents to drink bottled water. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports a test two months ago showed naturally occurring arsenic…

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Idaho Liquor profits top $50M 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho posted a $50.1 million profit from liquor sales last year, as people paid more per bottle and as the agency that sells booze to Idaho trimmed staff. Idaho State Liquor Division head Jeff Anderson told media outlets that liquor sales…

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Joe Buster, of Spokane, landed this northern pike in Riverfront Park across from the Looff Carrousel while fishing for trout on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 -- two days before his 18th birthday. He said the fish measured 42 inches long.  (Courtesy Buster / The Spokesman-Review)

Big fish story 

Joe Buster, of Spokane, landed this northern pike in Riverfront Park across from the carousel while fishing for trout on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 -- two days before his 18th birthday. He said the fish measured 42 inches long. While little kids were reaching for…

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In this December 1968 file photo from the Ullstein archive, Elvis Presley holds his semi-acoustic guitar during a concert.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

High Noon: Remembering Elvis 12 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Silent mourners with heads bowed and yellow-orange candlelight leading the way paid their respects to Elvis Presley at his grave at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home, to remember the 34th anniversary of his sudden death. Thousands of Elvis devotees, candles in…

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Texting...a whole new language. <small>Picture found at westervillelibrary.org</small> (The Spokesman-Review)

The tyranny of texting 10 

I have a love/hate relastionship with texting. I love it because its a surefire way of getting my two oldest sons' attention and I loathe it because I'm not very good at it. I want to spell things correctly and use punctuation. I don't understand…

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Rick Rypien found dead

Police say Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien has been found dead at his home in Coleman, Alberta. An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Rypien’s death on Monday, and said it wasn’t suspicious. Rypien is the second active NHL player found dead this…

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JetBlue  has ordered 100 new  Embraer planes, which are built in Brazil. Shown here is a JetBlue Airways Embraer E190 airplane cabin. Associated Press
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U.S. skier urinates on 12-year-old girl 13 

NEW YORK (AP) — An 18-year-old was dismissed from the U.S. Ski Team's development squad after he was accused of getting drunk and then urinating on a 12-year-old girl aboard a JetBlue flight. Robert "Sandy" Vietze, of Warren, Vt., was detained by police at New…

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STD vaccine 40 

What’s the best way to protect teenage girls from sexually transmitted diseases? Some doctors say the answer is to vaccinate boys. More than 65 million Americans – that’s one in five – carry a sexually transmitted disease. The most common one – the human papillomavirus,…

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The Idaho State Land Board meets Tuesday; state schools Supt. Tom Luna, right, cast the lone vote against keeping endowment distributions to public schools even next year. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, left, made the motion; Gov. Butch Otter is presiding. (Betsy Russell)

Land Board: Luna's lone dissenting vote

The Idaho State Land Board meets Tuesday; state schools Supt. Tom Luna, right, cast the lone vote against keeping endowment distributions to public schools even next year. Idaho's state Land Board voted 4-1 this morning to distribute $47.5 million to state endowment beneficiaries including public…

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LCDC to spend $6.4M in 2012 

COEUR d'ALENE - Breaking ground on the McEuen Field redevelopment project is one of the bigger anticipated expenses Lake City Development Corp. expects to fund in fiscal year 2012. The urban renewal agency penciled in around $6.4 million for anticipated capital projects, namely the McEuen…

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Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., center, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Spovangelist: But is she crazy? 10 

Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., center, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Where are the feminists of the world to speak out against the sexism, the injustice, the assault on all the progress we’ve made as women…

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Otto Zehm from news archive

Expert says Zehm's death caused by officers 

A medical expert hired by the Spokane police officer facing criminal charges over the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation is blaming other officers at the scene for causing the unarmed janitor’s death. Court documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court indicate Dr. Daniel Davis is prepared…

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After posing for a photo, summer school kids help President Barack Obama to his feet, Monday in Chatfield, Minn. (Associated Press)

Obama on tour, blasts House 

After posing for a photo, summer school kids help President Barack Obama to his feet, Monday in Chatfield, Minn. DECORAH, Iowa – In the clearest expression yet of his 2012 re-election strategy, President Barack Obama said he will send a jobs package to Congress next…

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An anti-Syrian regime protester, shouts against Syrian President Bashar Assad as he protests during a demonstration to show his support to the Syrian protesters, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday Aug. 15, 2011. Syrian troops besieged residential areas of two key cities Monday, firing on residents as they fled for safety and killing at least two people during broad military assaults to root out dissent against President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, witnesses said. (Hussein Malla / Associated Press)

In the news: the Middle East 

An anti-Syrian regime protester, shouts against Syrian President Bashar Assad as he protests during a demonstration to show his support to the Syrian protesters, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday Aug. 15, 2011. BEIRUT – Syrian security forces cracking down on opposition strongholds in Latakia herded…

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