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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011


Cats take a nap in a park in Tokyo in the early afternoon Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press)

APhoto of the day 

Cats take a nap in a park in Tokyo in the early afternoon Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. #1 Pedestrian roadkill is a huge problem on speed-walking paths in Japan. The cats never see them coming. Pounder #2 I hate when people kitty litter. Cabbage Boy…

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Wild Card/Wednesday 8.17.11 31 

We're halfway through the week, halfway through August and halfway through DFO's vacation. Whew! Wednesday is the day after deadline for me. I tend to want to avoid checking my email, in case I forgot something important. I'm also prone to ignoring my phone until…

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Kellogg firefighters battle blazes

The Kellogg Fire Department is responding to two fires, one in town and a smaller one just south of Kellogg. Details are limited at this time, but fire volunteer Nuel Wallace said drivers should avoid the Main Street, as well southbound Division. Winds of 10…

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Virtual visiting 

At the Twin Falls County Jail, inmate visits are now virtual, rather than in-person, the Times-News reports today. Last month, the jail switched from traditional jail visitation to the new video system, which it got for free as a beta test of the new equipment.…

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Horseback rider hit and run victim 

A 20-year-old Post Falls woman is in intensive care at Kootenai Medical Center this morning after she was riding horseback on Garwood Road north of Hayden Tuesday night and was allegedly struck by a truck heading in the same direction. Lauren Johnson suffered a fractured…

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Fifth-year senior Logwone Mitz is being counted on to lead an inexperienced group of running backs for the Cougars this season. Mitz has rushed for 954 yards at WSU in 37 career games. (File)

Cougs help out

PULLMAN – Faced with a $40 million budget cut in the biennium that ends with the 2013 fiscal year, Washington State University president Elson Floyd is looking for help wherever he can find it. And he will get some from his athletic department. When the…

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An Afghan carries his belongings as he passes burning fuel tankers in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Police said around five fuel tankers carrying fuel for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan caught fire inside a depot in Kabul. No casualties were reported, and it was not immediately clear what caused the fire. (Dar Yasin / Associated Press)

$360M lost in Afghanistan 

An Afghan carries his belongings as he passes burning fuel tankers in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. WASHINGTON (AP) — After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars…

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Packages of Camel No. 9 cigarettes. Dozens of women's and public health organizations on Wednesday called on R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to remove from the market its Camel No. 9 cigarettes, a brand they say is cynically aimed at getting young, fashion-conscious women and girls to start smoking. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Tobacco companies sue 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tobacco companies want a judge to put a stop to new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and pictures of diseased lungs, saying they unfairly urge adults to shun their legal products and will cost millions…

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TP spill all wiped up 

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — State officials say cleanup crews are finally done removing massive rolls of unprocessed toilet paper that spilled off a truck and were lodged for weeks in the upper Lochsa River. Idaho Department of Environmental official John Cardwell says teams yanked out…

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Athol was robbed 

Spirit Lake, Idaho, population 1,945, will be the state's “Capital for a Day” on Aug. 31, Gov. Butch Otter announced today. It's part of Otter's series of meetings in different Idaho towns, to which he brings a slew of senior state officials and members of…

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One of the main courses offered at Fleur de Sel is the duck sausage and duck leg confit, featuring sun-dried tomato and fennel ragout, along with a green peppercorn demi-glace. (Kathy Plonka)

High Noon: French Food 

One of the main courses offered at Fleur de Sel is the duck sausage and duck leg confit, featuring sun-dried tomato and fennel ragout, along with a green peppercorn demi-glace.. Approachable and close to home, Fleur de Sel brings the best of French dining to…

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Idaho vets care for Amazon dogs and cats

COEUR d'ALENE - There was no electricity and no running water, but that didn't stop a team of Kootenai County veterinary care specialists from helping dozens of dogs and cats living on the streets in the cities and villages of the Peruvian Amazon. During the…

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Hydroplanes return  

Hydroplanes will return to North Idaho this weekend for several events. On Thursday, both unlimited and limited hydros will be on display at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel on the River in Post Falls. The event, which also features live music and a buffet, begins at…

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Now that you have your flat-screen TV, how do you take care of it? (The Spokesman-Review)

Is your TV killing you? 

Every hour spent watching TV, DVDs and videos as an adult reduces life expectancy by almost 22 minutes, a study suggests. And viewing TV for an average of six hours a day can cut short your life by five years. The research claims that a…

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Nothing warms up a winter's day like classic BBQ beef sandwiches, made easy in this recipe by the addition of barbecue sauce and beef-flavor bouillon cubes.
 (Family Features / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane firehouse BBQ champs

Tree Top has chosen Spokane Fire Station No. 13 as the winner of America’s Best Firehouse Barbecue Cook-off. Firehouse cook Tony Yuen and his Puleihu BBQ Sauce were selected by a panel of judges for the top prize and a $10,000 donation for the station.…

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Colin Farrell, left, and Jason Sudeikis perform in a scene from “Horrible Bosses.” (Associated Press)

Jerks earn more 

Colin Farrell, left, and Jason Sudeikis perform in a scene from “Horrible Bosses.” Anyone who's harbored suspicions that only mean people seem to get ahead in the business world may be glad (or perhaps not) to learn that a new study agrees with them. While…

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Idaho wants to manage federal land 

BOISE — Idaho’s rural counties want Washington, D.C., to let the state manage federal land as a way to boost their finances amid threats to a program that has propped up local budgets for nearly a decade. But to some environmental groups and others, the…

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 Richard Trudell cruises Tuesday on Hayden Lake on the solar-powered pontoon boat he designed and built so he could enjoy quiet outings on the lake with his wife, Nancy Morrison, and friends.  (Jerome A. Pollos)

Hayden Lake: What's in the water? 

Richard Trudell cruises Tuesday on Hayden Lake on the solar-powered pontoon boat he designed and built. SR file photo. HAYDEN LAKE - The waters of Hayden Lake this summer have been clouded with mysterious black particles floating on the surface, clinging to swimmers and washing…

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Wisconsin Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, survived a recall election Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Dems keep Wisconsin seats 

Wisconsin Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, survived a recall election Tuesday. MADISON, Wis. – Two Democratic Wisconsin state senators targeted by Republicans survived their elections Tuesday, ending a tumultuous summer of recalls spurred by anger over how lawmakers reacted to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal curbing…

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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, finished in second place in the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul ripped off? 35 

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, finished in second place in the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll. By now, pretty much everyone agrees Ron Paul was ignored by the media following his second place finish in the Ames straw poll on Saturday. Whether or not the…

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Quinn remains on board, for now 

COEUR d'ALENE - Wanda Quinn will remain in her position on the Coeur d'Alene School District Board of Trustees, for now. In district court Tuesday, Judge Benjamin Simpson denied a pre-trial motion that would have barred the school board from all further action while board…

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Fitch says we're still AAA 

WASHINGTON — Fitch Ratings said today that it would keep its rating on long-term U.S. debt at the highest grade, AAA, and said the outlook remained stable. But it warned that it could lower the outlook to negative if Congress fails to trim future deficits.…

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.