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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011


Wild Card/Thursday 8.18.11 

Happy Bad Poetry Day! Is there such a thing as bad poetry? Because if if makes you laugh or groan, that's something isn't it? In my youth, I was prone to writing weepy, melancholy rhymes. I filled pages of those "empty books," with odes to…

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In this photo taken July 14, 2011, a puppy is held at the Gallup Humane Society in Gallup, N.M., after being quarantined with other healthy dogs for shipment to Colorado for adoption. The Navajo Nation - and many other tribal lands - are struggling to control a growing problem of stray, feral or just neglected and loose dogs. (Jeri Clausing / Associated Press)

APhoto of the Day 

A puppy is held at the Gallup Humane Society in Gallup, N.M., after being quarantined with other healthy dogs for shipment to Colorado for adoption. #1 Disregard the size of my paws, I won’t grow into them. Charlie #2 “Yeah, well this here is MY…

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Idaho Charter school loses appeal 

BOISE — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an Idaho charter school’s lawsuit against state officials who barred use of the Bible and other religious texts as a teaching tool in the classroom. In a decision Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of…

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Spokane Valley kayaker Steve Bailey surfs Sullivan hole, a Spokane River low-water play spot for white-water enthusiasts on Aug. 1. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Learning what the river has to offer 

Spokane Valley kayaker Steve Bailey surfs Sullivan hole, a Spokane River low-water play spot for white-water enthusiasts on Aug. 1. Steve Bailey grew up with a fear of the Spokane River and its deceptive mix of currents and eddies. “I think most of the people…

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Bank tests debit card fee 

NEW YORK – Wells Fargo plans to test a $3 monthly fee for its debit cards starting this fall. The San Francisco-based bank said the fee will be applied to checking accounts opened in five states starting in October. The fee would be in addition…

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High school students scream on the Corkscrew roller coaster at Silverwood Theme Park in 2009. (File)

Stocks plunge again 

High school students scream on the Corkscrew roller coaster at Silverwood Theme Park in 2009. NEW YORK — Stocks plunged worldwide today as more signs of economic weakness revived investors’ fears of another recession. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 400 points in a return…

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Bayview fire

Bayview fire

Photo courtesy BayviewBob An early morning fire today in Bayview destroyed a home and displaced the two homeowners. Timberlake Fire Protection District was dispatched to the fire at the corner of Spruce Avenue and First Street around 3:30 a.m., said Capt. Jake Capaul. Firefighters found…

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Gazette: Tribe gives to $210,000 to school 

By Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette Record Two days after a report about the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s contributions to schools from casino profits the tribe made a donation to the Plummer/Worley school district. “The tribe made a generous contribution to our school district,” Judi Sharrett,…

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Nick Lunga works with Uno, a 3-year-old German shepherd who recently earned a special performance award for protection and obedience at the prestigious 2011 USA Sieger Show in Dallas. (J. Bart Rayniak / The Spokesman Review)

Award-winning German Shepherd 

Nick Lunga works with Uno, a 3-year-old German shepherd who recently earned a special performance award for protection and obedience at the prestigious 2011 USA Sieger Show in Dallas. (SR photo: J. Bart Rayniak) Under sunny skies at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley, Nick Lunga…

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Sarah Kladar, 13, left, Thomas Kladar, 9, and Emily Kladar 11, of Hayden, wanted to do something to help after visiting a medical clinic in Mexico three years ago with their parents. They started a charity to help families pay expenses related to their children’s heart surgery. (photos by kathy plonka)

High Noon: Raising altruistic kids 

When Sarah and Emily Kladar visited a medical clinic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, three years ago, they were stunned by dozens of photos plastered on a wall. All were of children – many their own ages – who might die without heart surgery. “It…

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Hugh Grim, right, and Curt Henry, below left, check over the machinery of a 1933 windmill while mounting it on a new tower at Grim’s house on the western edge of Spokane on Saturday. Grim has refurbished three windmills, two of which are on his lawn.  (Photos by JESSE TINSLEY / The Spokesman-Review)

Tilting at windmills at 80 

Hugh Grim, right, and Curt Henry, below left, check over the machinery of a 1933 windmill while mounting it on a new tower at Grim’s house. In 2008, when we last visited Hugh Grim, two towering vintage windmills stood sentry in his yard at the…

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Grapes await the harvesters at David and Stephanie Trezzi's small vineyard in Greenbluff Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008.  They hope the grapes will someday be a decent red wine.     JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman Review)

No wine before its time 

With the beginning of harvest a month away, Washington wine grape growers are receiving confirmation of what they have seen in their vineyards: The 2011 crop will be down significantly. According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop estimate, Washington wine grape harvest will…

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Dan: Wife was hit and run victim 

danofthecommunity on Horseback rider hit and run victim on We think this might have been the same one who did a hit and run on my wife two days ago when she was waiting to turn left off of Highway 95 onto Twin Lakes Road.…

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The wonders of the stethoscope.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

1 in 5 malpractice claims succeed 

ATLANTA — Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that’s still a…

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Libertarian islands 

Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine. Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which…

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Bert and Ernie

Bert & Ernie just friends 

In case you missed it, the Sesame Street Workshop put an end to speculation about the sexual preferences of Bert and Ernie. “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very…

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry responds to a question in his Capitol office on Thursday about  President Obama’s school-time speech  next week.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Perry on manmade global warming 22 

BEDFORD, N.H. – GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters Wednesday that he does not believe in manmade global warming, calling it a scientific theory that has not been proven. “I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming…

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Hot spots flare up above homes near Kellogg on Wednesday. A wildfire started behind some homes there and rushed up the steep hillsides Wednesday afternoon, briefly forcing authorities to talk about evacuation plans. By nightfall, the fire’s spread was slowed. (Jesse Tinsley)

Crews slow Silver Peak fire

Hot spots flare up above homes near Kellogg on Wednesday. A fire that burned 20 to 25 acres south of Kellogg on Wednesday is suspicious in origin. The fire, reported about 2 p.m. just south of town, burned south toward Wardner, and at times came…

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Aug. 17: Van Holland’s booking mug

Bad Hair Bandit: local tie 

Van Holland’s booking mug A series of bank robberies involving a woman wearing a variety of wigs may be the work of a nurse employed at the Kootenai County Jail until last week. The FBI announced Wednesday that Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 47, is believed…

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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Alpha, Ill., during his three-day economic bus tour. (Associated Press)

Obama's job package 

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Alpha, Ill., during his three-day economic bus tour. WASHINGTON – The jobs package that President Barack Obama plans to unveil shortly after Labor Day could include tens of billions of dollars to renovate thousands…

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Finally some good Idaho ed news 

BOISE - All Idaho high school juniors can now take the SAT for free, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna announced today. State lawmakers in 2007 approved requiring completion of a college entrance exam by the end of the junior year as a graduation requirement,…

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