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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011


TGIF Wild Card 8.19.11 15 

I get a lot of press releases as part of my job. This one landed in my inbox yesterday and it cracked me up! REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS MICHELE BACHMANN, MITT ROMNEY THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT IN COMIC BOOKS "It is no secret that the United…

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Jessica Alba stars in “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.”

APhoto of the Day 

Jessica Alba stars in “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.” #1 Jessica Albas stand in will not be upstaged. Charlie #2 Born with a condition that prevents her legs from reaching the floor, scientists were able to clone a full-sized Jessica Alba onto…

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A haboob hits the Phoenix area Monday. (Associated Press)

Haboob engulfs Phoenix 

A haboob hits the Phoenix area Monday. PHOENIX – A giant wall of dust rolled through the Phoenix area on Thursday for the third time since early July – turning the sky brown, creating dangerous driving conditions and delaying some airline flights. The dust storm,…

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Idaho auditors: Pharmacist's deal excessive 

BOISE — Every time the pharmacist at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise hands out aspirin to a resident, he’s due $11. He gets the same fee for dispensing other over-the-counter and prescription medications, too. Jan Poreba, the pharmacist, used this lucrative arrangement to…

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Thor cat naps

What I wish I was doing right now 

This is my six-month old kitty, Thor. This is what he's doing right now. This is what he does for most of the afternoon. I'm working from home today, which is proving to be problematic because I'd really like to join Thor in his cat…

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Sandpoint launches drug drop-off program 

It's not every day that conservationists work elbow to elbow with folks in law enforcement and medicine. But lately, we've worked with Sandpoint Police Chief Mark Lockwood and Bonner General Hospital Foundation board member Kathy Hubbard on a project designed to make our community and…

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WSU fined over campus rape reporting

SEATTLE — Federal education officials have fined Washington State University $82,500 for violations in 2007 of a campus crime reporting law, including not properly reporting two sexual assaults, the university said today. WSU will appeal the fine, spokesman Darin Watkins told The Associated Press. The…

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Cheeseburgers were served at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Lunches served in North Idaho this year will consist of less deep fried items, less salt and more vegetables. KATHY PLONKA kathypl @spokesman.com. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Shorter lunch times, bigger consequences 

School districts across the country are revamping their menus to serve healthier fare, but most schools give students so little time to eat that they could be contributing unwittingly to the childhood obesity problem. Healthy food can take longer to eat, and research shows that…

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Idaho troops to return this month

BOISE -- Hundreds of troops assigned to an Idaho-based National Guard unit are slated to return home after spending a year in Iraq. Military officials say about 2,700 members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team are expected to return later this month. The unit…

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Online ed proposal panned 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attendees of an Idaho Board of Education hearing in Nampa largely panned a plan to require students to take two online courses to graduate, starting with the class of 2016. Thursday's meeting was the sixth of seven public hearings on the…

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Anthony Bourdain, host of theTravel Channel's "No Reservations," shown posing in a New York restaurant, says he has an "enduring passion" for Asia. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Food fight! 10 

Anthony Bourdain, host of theTravel Channel's "No Reservations," shown posing in a New York restaurant. Every once in a while, a celebrity feud comes along that makes past celebrity feuds pale in comparison. The Paula Deen-Anthony Bourdain food fight (har har) is one instance of…

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The latest “Spy Kids” movie features “Aroma-Scope,” in which viewers are given scratch-and-sniff cards with circles numbered 1 to 8. When a number appears on screen, they rub the corresponding circle on their cards, which give off a whiff matching what the characters are smelling.

High Noon: Smell that movie 

The latest “Spy Kids” movie features “Aroma-Scope,” in which viewers are given scratch-and-sniff cards with circles numbered 1 to 8. When a number appears on screen, they rub the corresponding circle on their cards, which give off a whiff matching what the characters are smelling.…

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Former Spokane Shock coach Rob Keefe (Jesse Tinsley)

Keefe out 

Rob Keefe, who helped the Spokane Shock win arena football titles as a player, assistant coach and head coach, is out as the team’s head coach. The Shock announced Thursday that Keefe’s contract will not be renewed. Keefe guided Spokane to the 2010 ArenaBowl championship…

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Jerry Lewis (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

MDA telethon sans Jerry Lewis 

PHOENIX – Comedian Jerry Lewis’ conspicuous absence will not be the only change at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon this year. The Tucson, Ariz.-based association is making major changes to the telethon, slashing it down from a nearly 22-hour show to six hours of prime…

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Candidate: Shoot illegal immigrants 28 

KENNEWICK – A city council candidate in Kennewick has advanced to the general election on a platform that includes calling for illegal immigrants to be executed if they refuse to leave town. Loren Nichols collected nearly 400 votes in his ward – that’s about 26…

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An unidentified student protests in Palmyra, Pa., on Wednesday over the working conditions at a Hershey Co. warehouse operated by Exel. (Associated Press)

Foreign students find Hershey not so sweet 

An unidentified student protests in Palmyra, Pa., on Wednesday over the working conditions at a Hershey Co. warehouse operated by Exel. HERSHEY, Pa. – Foreign students working at a candy warehouse protested conditions and pay Thursday, chanting on Chocolate Avenue under streetlights shaped like Hershey’s…

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Chism

Chism cleared of all charges 

COLVILLE – Embattled Spokane firefighter Todd Chism won his latest legal battle with the Washington State Patrol on Thursday when a jury cleared him of all charges stemming from a violent 2010 confrontation that injured him and two Washington State Patrol troopers. A Stevens County…

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NIC boathouse gets complicated

COEUR d'ALENE - Paul Chivvis figured it would be a breeze, getting Kootenai County approval to replace North Idaho College's boathouse on Lake Coeur d'Alene. After all, it is needed. The structure dating back to the '60s (actually, it's two structures pushed together) isn't secure…

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Tyler Batey of QC Electric works in the former press box that is now premium seating in the remodeled Kibbie Dome. (Dan Pelle)

U of I puts best foot forward 

Tyler Batey of QC Electric works in the former press box that is now premium seating in the remodeled Kibbie Dome. MOSCOW, Idaho – Taken altogether, the facelift is striking. Once perpetually dark, outdated and structurally unsafe, the Kibbie Dome looks, in the words of…

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Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, introduces the tribe's proposed policing legislation at a hearing on Wednesday; at right is the tribe's lobbyist, Bill Roden. (Betsy Russell)

State says Tribe in compliance 

Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is in compliance with its gaming compact with Idaho, reports Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. "I consider them good stewards of their gaming activities and generous neighbors to the…

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Idahoan shark victim 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A shark estimated at 6 feet long bit a U.S. tourist earlier this week while she swam in a popular bioluminescent bay at night, doctors said Thursday. The woman, identified as 27-year-old Lydia Strunk, faces several months of physical therapy…

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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)

300,000 illegals may stay 27 

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Alpha, Ill., during his three-day economic bus tour. The Obama administration said it will review the cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants currently in deportation proceedings to identify “low-priority” offenders – including the elderly, crime…

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LCDC director gets raise: Mary's not happy 10 

COEUR d’ALENE — Lake City Development Corp. agreed to increase compensation for its executive director by 3 percent on Wednesday. The urban renewal board agreed to allow Tony Berns, director since 2001, to decide whether that increase will go toward his salary, the 401k payment…

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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.