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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

Thursday Wild Card 2.10.11 18 

Sorry to say I won't be around much today. But I'll try to post of few things to pique your interest throughout the day. My 11-year-old is portraying Thomas Jefferson at his school's Living Museum this morning. Have you ever tried to create a Thomas...

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Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to the press and advertising partners at a Facebook announcement in New York earlier this month.  A Facebook program that lets companies target their advertisements on the site based on what its users and their friends buy and do on the Internet is drawing complaints from some users. Associated Press
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FB Status: Prison food sucks 

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Prisoners in the state of South Carolina caught with banned cell phones, which are often tossed over a prison fence to them, can face solitary confinement and loss of visitation and canteen privileges. But...

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Jen: Good place for a party? 

Jen on February 10 at 11:48 a.m. Speaking of birthdays, anyone know of a good place in CDA/Hayden where I can throw a casual, inexpensive birthday party for my husband? Anybody have some ideas for Jen?

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Bad News: Incorrect syphilis tests 

ATLANTA – Hundreds of people may have been told they tested positive for syphilis when they didn't actually have the disease, health officials say. A study of five U.S. labs shows about 18 percent of the positive results from a test method used since the...

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NBC has rehired Donald Trump for another season of “Celebrity Apprentice.”  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Trump for Pres? 24 

WASHINGTON – Just how wide open is the Republican presidential field? Vast enough that Donald Trump may want you to hire him. The billionaire real estate mogul and host of television's "The Apprentice" got a raucous reception Thursday when he dangled a potential candidacy before...

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John Bilsky, 58 (Bonner County Sheriff's Office)

Bonner County man shot

John Bilsky, 58 A Bonner County man was airlifted to a Spokane hospital after being shot during a neighbor dispute Wednesday, officials said today. Employees at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center said they could not release information on the condition of the victim, Richard Larson,...

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Sawla Children’s Home houses 38 children in northwest Ghana. The children range in age from 5 to 16.

Concert to benefit Children's Home 

Sawla Children’s Home houses 38 children in northwest Ghana. The children range in age from 5 to 16. When Enrique Henao returns to Spokane on Feb. 18 to play for the Children of Northwest Ghana Benefit Concert, it will be a homecoming of sorts. Though...

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While the average wedding continues to increase in value each year, some brides and grooms are being more conscientous about the impact of their big day on the world around them. This includes looking for ways to cut costs, doing without some extras like favors or traditional accents, or looking for ways to minimize guests' transportation costs. (Courtesy photo)

Free weddings 

COEUR d'ALENE - Couples thinking of tying the knot have an added incentive to seal the deal this Valentine's Day in Coeur d'Alene. The First Christian Church on Fourth Street is offering free nuptials Monday in its new wedding chapel. Rev. Al Holm will be...

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Like a fairy princess castle, the Spokane county Court House lights up the city's skyline. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane is BOLD 

This city has been called a lot of names over the years. But here’s a new one: Spokane is the boldest town in the United States. At least that’s the finding of a national survey commissioned by a major bourbon distiller. Apparently we were ranked...

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Students arrived for the first day of the new school year and found that the soda pop is gone from the vending machines at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo. Instead of soda, the machines only dispense ice tea and juice.
 (Los Angeles Times / The Spokesman-Review)

But it won't make you fat 13 

It’s not definitive proof of harm, but new research raises concern about diet soda. It suggests that people who drink it every day have higher risks for stroke and heart attack than those who drink no soda of any kind at all. The findings come...

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Idaho Congressman-elect Raul Labrador, left, and wife Becca in Washington, D.C. during the orientation for new members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Courtesy photo)

Labrador cracks birther joke at CPAC 95 

Freshman Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) brought birtherism to the stage at CPAC. Speaking this morning, Labrador alluded to the fact that he was born in Puerto Rico. That still makes him an American, though, he said. "And I do have the birth certificate to prove...

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Nullification bill moves on to full House 

The substitute motion, to send the nullification bill, HB 117, to the full House with no recommendation, failed on a 5-14 vote. The original motion, to send it to the House with a recommendation that it pass, then passed 14-5, though a couple of votes...

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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords, left, is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. There are hints that astronaut Mark Kelly will take a shuttle into space in April. That would mean leaving his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to continue her rehab work without him for at least a few weeks. Scott Kelly, also an astronaut, said his brother would decide fairly soon whether to fly the space shuttle mission in April. (Office Of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford)

Good News: Giffords speaks 

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords, left, is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly Gabrielle Giffords’ simple request for a piece of toast for breakfast this week signaled a milestone in her recovery...

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McEuen Field forum 

The public is invited to comment tonight on a proposal to remake McEuen Field in Coeur d’Alene. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. at Woodland Middle School, 2101 St. Michelle Ave. The plan includes a proposal to remove the Third Street Boat Launch...

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He wasn't a firefighter 12 

CLARENCE, N.Y. – A married New York congressman accused of sending a shirtless photo of himself to a woman abruptly resigned Wednesday, saying he regretted actions that had hurt his family and others. The gossip website Gawker reported Wednesday that Rep. Christopher Lee, a two-term...

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 Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the iPad in January.  (Associated Press)

Got the God app? 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Can your iPad or iPhone bring you closer to God? A new application for the devices aims to help Roman Catholics who haven’t been to the confessional booth in a while keep track of their sins, one Commandment at a time....

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Slicing $100 billion won't be easy 

WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders on Wednesday unveiled a wide swath of spending cuts but fell short of GOP promises to slice $100 billion, creating a political challenge for House Speaker John Boehner as he struggles to unite his majority in advance of next week’s...

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Idaho guard Jeff Ledbetter, left, scores over Utah State guard Pooh Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Moscow. (Associated Press)

Idaho surprises Utah State 

Idaho guard Jeff Ledbetter, left, scores over Utah State guard Pooh Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Moscow. MOSCOW, Idaho – They couldn’t be sure until the final 11 seconds. But once Brockeith Pane’s jumper sailed into the stands, ending a tumultuous...

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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.