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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Gonzaga's Robert Sacre rips a rebound away from St. John's Paris Horne, left, and Justin Burrell, March 17, 2011, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga 86, St. John's 71 

No. 11-seeded Gonzaga took command early with a 12-0 run, built an 11-point halftime lead and cruised to an 86-71 victory over No. 6 St. John’s on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Denver. Gonzaga (25-9) will face No. 3 BYU…

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 3.17.11 11 

Today is a black day for Idaho public education. As expected Gov. Butch Otter signed 2 Tom Luna's so-called "reform" bills for public education into law. It would be interesting to speculate if Luna and Otter would have been brazen enough to foist this trashing…

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Parting Shot -- 3.17.11

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette (32) talks to the referee about a BYU foul during the first half against Wofford in a Southeast regional second round NCAA tournament college basketball game this afternoon in Denver. Brigham Young is currently leading Wofford by 6 points halfway through…

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Garden 2, Val Hughes 0 

We're hardly into the gardening season in the Inland Northwest -- when already Facebook Friend Val Hughes is on the disabled list. Seems she was gardening today when she tripped backward over something and fell on her back side. In trying to catch herself, Val…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.17.11

5:52 p.m. Caller reports female in gray Camri falling asleep at wheel @ I-90 & Prairie. 5:26 p.m. Glen reports someone shooting w/high-caliber rifle @ 45-degree angle across Twin Lakes. 5:25 p.m. ISP officer checking on 4 vehicles parked along I-90 @ H41 exit. May…

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PM Headlines -- 3.17.11 

The East Mission Flats Repository in Cataldo, seen on Wednesday,accepts contaminated soil from mine site cleanup.The repository is situated near a historic landmark, the Old Mission,built in the 1850s by Jesuits and ancestors of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. Becky Kramer SR story here. (SR photo:…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.17.11 21 

Auctioneer Kerry Taylor, center, and the designer of the dress Charlotte Todd, left, and photographer Malcolm Clarke pose for photographs next to the see-through dress modeled by Kate Middleton, the fiancee of Britain's Prince William, in a university charity fashion show in 2002, in London.…

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Roxy: Remember Playland Pier 

On his Facebook wall for Remember the Roxy, OrangeTV provides this peek back at the Playland Pier of the 1950s. I believe the pier was at the current site of Independence Point. Anyone remember playing on the ferris wheel and other attractions? (Check out other…

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Friends: Beware Of Latest FB Change 11 

On my Facebook page, several friend have re-posted this warning: "On Friday, Facebook will start using your photos in ads that will appear on the profile page of your contacts. It's legal and is mentioned in the fine print when you create your account. TO…

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NIV Bible Neutralizes Gender 10 

Text from the New International Version Bible is shown earlier today in Nashville, Tenn. Mark 1:17 reads, "'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will send you out to fish for people.'" The NIV version uses "people" instead of the more traditional "men." Story here.…

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Bill Targets Public Records Requests 22 

Temporary Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder, wants to alter how public agencies handle public records requests and prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to help fund legal challenges. Batt introduced a bill to tighten the process for requesting public records from public entities in the House…

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Buzzer Beaters Beat Up Brackets 

Penn State guard Talor Battle reacts after their loss to Temple during a West Regional NCAA college basketball tournament second round game in Tucson, Ariz., earlier today. Temple won 66-64. The Penn State-Temple game was one of several today that was settled in the final…

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Idina Menzel Coming To Spokane

Idina Menzel – well known to “Glee” viewers and Broadway aficionados – will join the Spokane Symphony for a concert at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox on May 15, 7:30 p.m. Menzel made her name in 1996 originating the role of Maureen in…

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Dissecting Fish? Yuck 

Lincoln-McKinley Primary School third-grader Tristen Willis reacts as he checks out the dorsal fin of a perch in class in Havre, Mont., earlier today. Judy Jones' classroom dissected perch through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Hooked on Fishing program to learn more about the exterior…

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Update: House Votes To Defund NPR 49 

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 228-192 on a bill to defund National Public Radio, the vast public radio network whose leadership has been questioned after a series of executive decisions about programming, staffing and reporting bias. Seven Republicans broke with House leadership and…

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McEuen Video Airing Upsets OpenCDA 20 

It looks like the Coeur d'Alene School District is officially on the OpenCDA.com radar. Seems a video re: the proposed McEuen Field renovation was shown in at least one Coeur d'Alene school on Feb. 18. Which prompted Bill McCrory to fire off a request for…

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Fly-Tiers, Stylists Vye For Feathers 

For devoted fly fishers, winter has traditionally been a time of quiet meditation at the fly-tying bench. But this year, a shortage of premium fly-tying feathers has left both hobbyist and professional tiers clucking over the latest trends to hit the fashion industry. Across America,…

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High Noon: A Teacher Resigns 15 

An excerpt from letter of resignation by ex-Lakeland School District special-ed teacher Meghan Ridley (aka: Ima HotTeacher): "For someone like myself, who is overwhelmingly passionate about justice, fairness, and doing the right thing, watching the wrong thing happen all around me is extremely frustrating. People…

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INW: Ex-SR Staffer In Danger Zone 

Above, you see former Spokesman-Review photographer Holly Pickett at the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia. I'm going to provide a link of Holly literally running for her life with two of the four New York Times reporters/photojournalists who have been reported missing in Libya here. Holly…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.17.11

Noonish: Officer told to go to Riverview/PF where street department has found property to be disposed. 11:49 a.m. A hitchhiker wearing black sweatpants & a black beanie is walking along I-90 @ M/P 12 (Government Way), trying to get a ride to Missoula. 11:46 p.m.…

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House Cuts Medicaid $34M More 

The House has voted 56-14 in favor of HB 260, the bill to cut $34 million in state funds, $108 million total, from the state's Medicaid program. All House Democrats and Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, voted against the bill; all other House members voted in…

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Hucks Poll: Reject Guns-On-Campus

Wednesday Poll: 141 of 203 respondents (69.5%) of Hucks Nation wants the Idaho Senate to reject the guns-on-campus bill passed by the Idaho House this week. 62 of 203 (30.5%) wants the Senate to follow the House in passing the bill. Today's Question: Are you…

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Homeschool Confab Set For Valley 

Next weekend hundreds of home-school families will gather in Spokane Valley for the 2011 Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference. Attendees can discover new curricula in the vendor hall and participate in a variety of workshops, including special sessions just for teens. Sponsored by Spokane Valley Home…

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Wearing Of The Green 17 

A girl with shamrock tights joins in the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, earlier today. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated every 17 March, with revelers sporting green attire, drinking Dublin's famous black brew Guinness, listening to traditional music and attending parades in…

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Digger: Forget ATMS, I Write Checks 

Digger: I guess I’m just old fashioned - I still write checks to pay some bills (I did get on the online billpay bandwagon some years back) but still cash my paper paycheck at the bank and collect my cash back at that time. I…

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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.