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TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

5 Years: Revisiting Schrock Tragedy 

It was our assignment manager’s idea to check back in with the Schrocks, to see how they’re doing five years later. I had to talk Jeff into doing the story, as he was reluctant to look like they were publicity-hounds somehow. But, I told him…

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Powell's: Book Lovers' Ground Zero 

I was doing a word search in the Associated Press photo wire this afternoon when I chanced upon this photo, which brought a smile on a snowy March 1 day. I have spent several afternoons sitting in the coffee shop of Powell's book store in…

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Simple Mind: Gadhafi, Sheen Similar 

What is the difference of Gadhafi and Charlie Sheen? Gadhafi kills his country men and Sheen just might kill himself. But other than that they have a lot in common. Both of them suffer from the delusions of grandeur. Spouting off of how great they…

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4 Urban Renewal Bills OK'd, 2 Lose

The House is taking up a slew of anti-urban renewal bills today, and the first up is HB 99, sponsored by Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, to require a two-thirds countywide vote before any urban renewal agency could issue bonds. Hart said it'd treat urban renewal…

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Seattle, Portland Best Coffee Cities

Travel & Leisure ranks Seattle & Portland as one-two on its list of "America's Best Coffee Cities," with San Francisco, Providence, RI, and New York City rounding out of the Top 5. Of Seattle, Travel & Leisure writes: "No surprise—the home of Starbucks is the…

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Are you Still Sarah Palin Free? 13 

I'm being somewhat evil here because I'm tempting people who have quit Sarah Palin cold turkey. A month ago, Phaedrus, among others, joined the pledge by Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank to make February "Palin free." You can see how Millbank did here. (AP file…

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Bride-To-Be Faces Credit Card Count 

Item: Montana woman accused of stealing soon-to-be father-in-law's credit card for wedding, other expenses/Greg Tuttle, Billings Gazette More Info: A woman accused of using her future father-in-law's credit card to ring up nearly $6,000 in unauthorized charges, including purchases for her wedding, was arraigned Tuesday…

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Grumpy? You May Have 'Manopause' 18 

Item: Tired? Irritable? You may have "manopause"/Carolyn Holly, KTVB Question: "Over age 50, approximately 35 percent of men actually will fall in the abnormal range of testosterone levels," said Dr. Greer. "The typical symptoms we see are decreasing sex drive or libido. Increasing fat mass…

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INW Headlines -- 3.1.11

"Sometimes after a photo assignment, I’ll search for a feature photo by taking the long way back to the newspaper," writes Colin Mulvany of Snaps & Frames. "As I was leaving Mt. Spokane High School Monday, I spotted a whitetail deer sprinting across a field.…

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High Noon: Tough Break 21 

Tom & KJ Torgerson's sweet 5-year-old gymnast Taylor received a tough break -- a left arm's worth -- during a recent practice -- and will be sidelined for awhile. I can empathize. I've broken my right ankle at least twice playing recreation softball (and possibly…

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Recruiter Offers Picketers Fake Notes 14 

A U.S. Navy recruiter in the Pocatello area offered to use his power to excuse students from class to help some pupils rally against Superintendent Tom Luna’s education reform package Monday. Aaron Cavin, a Navy reservist and recruiter, used his Facebook account to offer to…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.1.11

11:58 a.m. Patrol officer reports snow is reaching as far north as H54 (Athol) but not sticking. 11:57 a.m. A white Yukon is broken down on offramp of e/b I-90 & H95/CdA. 11:21 a.m. A black Dodge Caravan is disabled on onramp of I-90 @…

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Carjacker Interrupts Paper Route 

Sunday started out as a normal morning for Leigha Wavra and her husband; they were up early delivering copies of The Spokesman Review. Then, as her husband was at a door delivering a paper, someone jumped in their truck and stole it while she was…

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Poll: McMillan Wrong About EPA 

Monday Poll: 70 of 119 respondents (58.8%) disagree with state Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, who said health concerns have been addressed in the Silver Valley and there's no longer a need for Superfund efforts by the EPA. 44 of 119 (37%) agreed with Rep. McMillan…

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Testimony: 6-to-1 Vs. Luna 'Reform' 

After nearly four hours of testimony, without a break, House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said, “I think we'll stop our committee at this point. We'll pick up at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning back down here.” Nonini said the committee will take back…

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17th Amendment Repeal Shot Down 18 

It’s the issue in Idaho politics that keeps popping up in the political process: repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives the general public the ability to directly elect U.S. senators. With the rise of the Tea Party into modern politics,…

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Frank Buckles, Last WWI Vet, RIP 

In a May 26, 2008 file photo, Frank Buckles receives an American flag during Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement that Frank Woodruff, 110, died early Sunday…

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How Will Steven Gray Rate? 

I was watching some of the hoopla re: Gonzaga's Senior Night as part of the Zags thrashing of the Washington Generals, er Cal State Bakersfield, last night ... and wondering how outgoing senior Steve Gray rates against other Bulldog stars. Like Dan Dickau. Adam Morrison.…

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Fort Boise: Hoffman, Others Gamble 

Fort Boise: I happened to tune into the Idaho Public TV video stream just in time to hear Hoffman. When Rep. Cronin asked him a question he demurred because “I’m not the education policy analyst” for his “research” organization. The question was whether there were…

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Remembering Fallen As Full Of Life 

This illustration provided by U.S. Army reservist Cpl. Poto Leifi shows U.S. Army Spc. James J. Coon, 22, of Walnut Creek, Calif. James, 22, died April 4, 2007, in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Coon was…

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Twin Falls Students Join In Protest 

Students from Canyon Ridge High School are marching on Twin Falls City Hall and the school district's office in protest of proposed public education reform. An 8:50 a.m. rally at Canyon Ridge High School has morphed into a city-spanning march, as CRHS students walked to…

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Henry: Woes Of Frozen Plumbing 

When we bought our home just over a year ago, I thought the learning curve for being a homeowner was going to be rather steep. Except for paying the plumber to fix some water fittings shortly after moving in, it has been pretty smooth sailing…

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Mom: Luna Hid Plan During Campaign 13 

Dottie Douglas of Boise was next up. A mother of two schoolchildren in Boise schools, she said, “I am not happy with what has been done with these bills. … Supt. Luna ran for election on unstated premises. He did not present his plan during…

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Java Wants To Add Beer, Wine 

Item: Brew or brewed? Java on Sherman seeks to add beer and wine license/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: A longtime downtown coffee shop wants to add micro brews and vinos to its drink selection as a way to complement new culinary fare it's…

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AM Headlines -- 3.1.11 

Boise High student Conner Marx holds up a computer with the message "This in not my teacher" while participating in a student protest on Monday on the steps of the Idaho statehouse in Boise. About 200 students from Boise High walked out of classes on…

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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.





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