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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

Atlanta Firm Buys NY Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange called time on two centuries of independence on Thursday, agreeing to an $8.2bn takeover that will hand control of the icon of American capitalism to an Atlanta-based energy trader. The stock exchange's holding company, NYSE Euronext, has agreed to an…

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Trib: Otter, Luna Hearing Voices 

Maybe it's time to bring in an audiologist. Or even a psychiatrist. Either the people who gave you Idaho's all-time political snafu - affectionately dubbed the Luna laws - have lost their hearing. Or they are listening to voices. In their heads. They can't comprehend…

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Snow Brings Crashes, Shut Schools 

Drivers were slipping on slick and snowy roads this morning as weather forecasters predicted more snow on the way. The city of Spokane was reporting that crews are plowing to clear off arterials before more snow arrives and that streets are largely wet or slushy…

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Don't Expect Weapons Ban Soon 11 

As President Barack Obama set up a task force to recommend ways to prevent tragedies like the mass murders in Newtown, Conn., a progressive group in Washington joined the call Wednesday for a new ban on assault weapons. But anyone expecting quick, decisive action from…

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Bonner GOP Wants Teachers Armed 12 

Danielle Ahrens, shown demonstrating against the Idaho health insurance exchanged endorsed by Gov. Otter on the Idaho Statehouse steps last week, is spearheading a Bonner County GOP push to arm teachers. (AP/Statesman file photo: Joe Jaszewski) When it comes to school safety, local Republicans are…

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Police Track Down School Rumors 

Rumors that a student is planning to bring a gun to school and shoot people on Friday, the same day the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end, are spreading rampantly among school-age children in Kootenai County and throughout the nation. School officials and law…

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Don't Waste Memories On Killers 

By the time you read this it will be almost a week since the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn. Columnists, pundits and politicians will have opined, analyzed and commented. Graves will have been dug. Memorial services held. The initial shock and horror has faded, muted…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

Hump Day Wild Card -- 12.19.12 

I (heart) summer days when the temperature hovers in the low 80s. But I also enjoy winter days after a snow when the sun shines. As it is today. The winter solstice occurs this week. Then we begin inching back toward spring and another summer.…

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Parting Shot -- 12.19.12 

On her Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy posted this Idaho Scenics photo and this message: "Snow is falling here in North Idaho. Here's hoping it will stick around for a white Christmas." You still have time to pick up one of Linda's calendars of Idaho Scenics…

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And Now A Word From ... 17 

My blog sidekick, Cindy, who Facebooks: "Will all the men who wear size 36/34 jeans please STOP buying them? My husband is in danger of going pants-less for Christmas!" Question: Any of you guys out there dare to see what size jeans you wear?

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Andrus: A Common-Sense Sportsman 

Former Governor Cecil D. Andrus (pictured in SR file photo) said it best: I never met a deer armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He’s well known as a sportsman who gets his elk and deer annually for the family larder, and fills the edges…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.19.12

5:48 p.m. Female w/child in vehicle has hit street sign off I-90/Spokane Street, PF. No injuries. 5:33 p.m. Silent holdup alarm from Teller #3 @ Wells Fargo Bank, 301 E. Sherman, CdA. 5:23 p.m. Resident worried cars going to fast for conditions on 15th b/n…

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PM Headlines -- 12.19.12

This undated photo shows that after placing an electronic collar around the neck of a cow elk, biologists work to take other samples before the animal awakens during a recent elk capturing operation in the southern Bitterroot Valley in Montana. Biologists will begin fanning out…

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SR Blogs Rdp -- 12.19.12

In The Slice blog, Paul Turner posts this advertisement from days gone by from www.goodcomics.comicbookresources.com and asks: If it's advertised in a 1960s comic book, it has to be good — right? And if you are going to spend a whole dollar, why, you're practically…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 12.19.12

You think we have snow here in the Coeur d'Alene area? Try the view from Pecky Cox's vantage point at As The Lake Churns. Off on vacation/Eye On Boise Lost/A Family Runs Through It 2014 campaign begins/Fort Boise Ouch and all that stuff/Slight Detour Congress…

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Petrino Finishes Staff, Thinks Ahead 

Petrino has finalized his staff, complete with two holdovers (Al Pupunu and Patrick Libey) and plenty of faces that are either familliar with Idaho, the Northwest or coaching with Petrino himself. “I wanted to have people that I felt comfortable with, people that had either…

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The Happiest Places On Earth? 

A girl looks through a wooden wall of her home in Embera Puru indigenous community on the outskirts of Panama City. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are…

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Mary Rallies Troops Vs. Obamacare 10 

At OpenCDA.com, Mary Souza opposes Gov. Butch Otter's call for a state health exchange under the Obamacare law -- and is urging her followers to contact three wavering local legislators: "I know that all of the CdA, Post Falls and Hayden legislators are against the…

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Bond: The Greenies & Me 

This is the first of a multi-part series by D.P. Bond/Wallace Street Journal, entitled, "The Greenies & Me": To be a Conservationist is a great thing. It means you respect the earth that nurtures you with the grain and flesh from its fields, the timber…

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Gone Viral: 26 Acts Of Kindness 

In this AP file photo, Dateline NBC co-anchor Ann Curry smiles as she answers an interviewer's questions. As a response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, Ann Curry, pictured, had an idea. In an article she wrote for NBC News, Curry…

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News Quiz: More EWU Tix, Certificate 

We had 2 Coeur d'Alene winners in last week's News Quiz poll: Tamara Poelstra ($50 Davenport gift card) and D. Satterthwaite (tickets to Eastern Washington game). If you're caught up on current events -- or even if you're not -- you can win in this…

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Efforts To Form Front LID Continue 

Among the actions taken by the Coeur d'Alene City Council last night (and reported by city spokeswoman Kristina Lyman in Coeur d'Alene Today was this one: "Council authorized city staff to continue its efforts in forming a local improvement district along Front Avenue. It also…

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Survey: More Police, Screenings 

Americans believe that increasing the police presence at schools and upping federal spending on mental health screenings and services are more likely to deter mass shootings than banning the sale of assault weapons, according to a poll from Gallup released Wednesday. More than half of…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 

That the Coeur d'Alene School District circulated the following email to parents to high school and middle school students at 7:55 a.m. today to quell rumors that were circulating yesterday re: a possible threat later this week: "Rumors are circulating through our students at the…

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