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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Early-spring cycling. Lauri Costello fights a stiff breeze as she rides her bike on a trail that follows the old Ben Burr railroad line en route to Tower Mountain on Thursday. (Christopher Anderson)

Parting Shot: Riding against the wind

Early-spring cycling. Lauri Costello fights a stiff breeze as she rides her bike on a trail that follows the old Ben Burr railroad line en route to Tower Mountain on Thursday. Chris Anderson, SR May the wind be at your back and the sun shine…

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More bang for your buck 

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A southwestern Montana Radio Shack is offering would-be satellite television customers a bit more bang for their buck. The Ravalli Republic reports customers who sign up for some Dish Network packages at Radio Shack in Hamilton will be rewarded with a…

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Alberta Sena, far left, and Dorothea Skalicky, far right, listen as Leander James, center, describes the settlement in the legal case against the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province on Friday March 25, 2011, at a press conference in Spokane, Wash. Both of the women were victims of clergy sex abuse in Lapwai, Idaho. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Jesuits settle abuse claims 

Alberta Sena, far left, and Dorothea Skalicky, far right, listen as Leander James, center, describes the settlement in the legal case against the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province on Friday March 25, 2011, at a press conference in Spokane, Wash. Both of the women were…

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TGIF Wildcard 3.25.11 43 

For some reason rainy Fridays are far worse than rainy Mondays. But onward. I opened my email this morning to find a note reminding me that my youngest son starts soccer Monday, so it has to be spring, right? Yesterday, I learned that Hucksters wish…

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Lohan

Just Lindsay 

Move over, Madonna, and make way for Lindsay. Lindsay Lohan has decided to forgo her surname, the starlet's mother, Dina, told PopEater.com. "Lindsay is dropping the Lohan and just going by Lindsay," Dina Lohan said, adding that "me and [Lindsay's sister] Ali will be officially…

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A customer leaves Chase Bank in New York.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Free checking? Yeah, right. 31 

We've grown accustomed to free checking accounts. The thought of paying anything for checking feels like highway robbery, even though research shows accounts cost banks up to $300 annually to maintain. Checking accounts have become like soft drinks and peanuts on an airline flight: Even…

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GOP pushes for photo ID 45 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Empowered by last year's elections, Republican leaders in about half the states are pushing to require voters to show photo ID at the polls despite little evidence of fraud and already-substantial punishments for those who vote illegally. Democrats claim the moves will…

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Vernon Baker, Thomas Norris

Kerri's Heroes 

Vernon Baker, Thomas Norris On facebook Kerri Rankin Thoreson writes, "I've been honored to work with local veterans through the years and those whom I consider heroes rarely see themselves as such. Two incredible men I met a few years back are the late Vernon…

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Starbucks’ instant coffee Via sells in 3-packs for $2.95 and in 12-packs for $9.95. (The Spokesman-Review)

Trouble brewing in Coffee Party 12 

The Coffee Party, which launched last year to mild public curiosity in reaction to the Tea Party wave, has receded from public view -- in part because of a schism between its centrist leadership and some left-leaning grassroots. The movement, co-founded by filmmaker named Annabel…

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Captured chess pieces won by David Tran of Rogers High School sit off the board  March 5. (Dan Pelle)

Chess Boxing 

It's called chess boxing and it's like it sounds. We start in a ring. There are screaming fans. The first round is 4 minutes of chess, followed by 3 minutes of boxing, then chess, then boxing, for 11 rounds. You win by knocking out your…

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Andy Justice walks to a pile of rocks on land he farms east of Plato, Mo., on Thursday. The rocks were placed there by a government survey crew to mark the population center of the United States. (Associated Press)

Front and center Plato, MO

Andy Justice walks to a pile of rocks on land he farms east of Plato, Mo., on Thursday. The rocks were placed there by a government survey crew to mark the population center of the United States. PLATO, Mo. – In a nation of nearly…

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Aaron Hale smiles as a car honks in support of medical marijuana. Marijuana advocates protested outside of the federal courthouse in Spokane on Thursday. The group says they would like the city to reduce marijuana enforcement to its lowest priority. (Colin Mulvany)

Supplier's conviction sparks concern 16 

Aaron Hale smiles as a car honks in support of medical marijuana. Marijuana advocates protested outside of the federal courthouse in Spokane on Thursday. The group says they would like the city to reduce marijuana enforcement to its lowest priority. Marijuana advocates still reeling from…

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These vintage porcelain  “piano babies” also look like angels. Courtesy of The Collector (Courtesy of The Collector / The Spokesman-Review)

High Noon: Heaven 22 

After a burst appendix nearly cost 4-year-old Colton Burpo his life in 2003, his parents were thankful just to have him alive and well. But when he opened up about his brush with death a few months later, they were shocked when he described a…

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Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee listen to testimony on HB 222 on Friday morning, the bill to permit guns on campus at Idaho colleges and universities. The bill earlier passed the House. (Betsy Russell)

Senate shoots down guns-on-campus bill 

Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee listen to testimony on HB 222 on Friday morning, the bill to permit guns on campus at Idaho colleges and universities. The bill earlier passed the House. BOISE - Idaho senators killed the guns-on-campus bill Friday, after a…

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Shore Lounge to close 

Hagadone Hospitality will open a new entertainment bar in the Resort Plaza Shops along Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Due to open in June, the new bar’s name hasn’t been chosen, according to a news release. It will be open seven nights a week…

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President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the White House. (Associated Press)

In praise of dithering 

Five years ago a young politician who seemed wise beyond his years was asked by Tim Russert what makes a great president. It was the kind of question that Russert, who could prompt more news in a single interview than entire cable operations do in…

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Post Falls man killed in I-90 crash

A Post Falls man died this morning following a collision involving another driver going the wrong way on Interstate 90 at Barker Road. The freeway was closed for several hours while Washington State Patrol troopers conducted their investigation. Kenneth J. Hardin, 27, died at Providence…

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Wine by the label

Buy the label? 

So the other day I bought this wine just because I loved the label. Turns out it was a fairly decent white table wine. Have you ever bought something just because you liked the label?

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Catholic university to offer partner benefits 12 

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Marquette University in Milwaukee will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning next year. The move by the Catholic, Jesuit university comes about a year after the school rescinded a job offer to a lesbian and scholar at…

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Kelly Bowen of Gonzaga takes control of a defensive rebound as the Zags beat Iowa. (Christopher Anderson)

The Bard:You Go Girl! 

Kelly Bowen of Gonzaga takes control of a defensive rebound as the Zags beat Iowa. Sound the trumpets and fly the flags: Sweet Sixteen, meet the Lady Zags! Are you following the lady Zags?

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The word "ginormous" is framed by fingers Tuesday after being added to the new Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

OMG! It's in the dictionary! 

LONDON – OMG! The exclamatory online abbreviation has won the approval of the Oxford English Dictionary. The term — short for "Oh my God" or "Oh my gosh" — is one of dozens of new entries in the authoritative reference book's latest online update. Other…

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Joel Teuber of the Fraternal Order of Police answers questions from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday after testifying in favor of HB 222, the bill to permit guns on Idaho's state college campuses. (Betsy Russell)

Move to ammend guns on campus bill fails 

Joel Teuber of the Fraternal Order of Police answers questions from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday after testifying in favor of HB 222, the bill to permit guns on Idaho's state college campuses. Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, moved to send HB 222 to…

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DeAngelo Casto, center, controls a rebound against Northwestern forward Drew Crawford, left. (Associated Press)

Casto attorney rips police actions 

DeAngelo Casto, center, controls a rebound against Northwestern forward Drew Crawford, left. PULLMAN – The war of words over Washington State basketball player DeAngelo Casto’s misdemeanor marijuana citation escalated Thursday, with Pullman police Chief Gary Jenkins releasing more information concerning the incident at Casto’s residence…

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Libyan rebels take a rest at a checkpoint on the frontline near Zwitina, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday. (Associated Press)

NATO takes over no-fly zone but... 17 

Libyan rebels take a rest at a checkpoint on the frontline near Zwitina, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday. WASHINGTON – The United States welcomed a partial handover for the Libyan air campaign to NATO on Thursday, but the allies apparently balked at assuming…

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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.