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MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

In this digital composite, a photo circa 1930 shows the south side of the 300 block of West Riverside Avenue. From left in the current portion are the Robertson Building, home of the Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design, and the Morgan Block, better known as the Fairmont Hotel. In the historical portion, from left, are the Bell, Shaw and Borden, and Nichols buildings. (Photo illustration by Jesse Tinsley)

Parting Shot: Then and Now Riverside Ave. 

In this digital composite, a photo circa 1930 shows the south side of the 300 block of West Riverside Avenue. From left in the current portion are the Robertson Building, home of the Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design, and the Morgan Block, better known...

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Monday Wild Card 12.17.12 19 

DFO had already planned to take today off before Friday's horrific events in Newtown Conn. But a day off from blog duties doesn't mean he gets a day off from the ongoing coverage surrounding the brutal murders of 20 innocent children and six adults. I...

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Make some real tracks for holiday fast track gift-wrap.
 (King Features Syndicate / The Spokesman-Review)

Wrapping woes

In Saturday's Slice column, Paul Turner asked, At what Spokane area retail store would you elicit the loudest laughter from employees by saying, “And I would like to have that gift-wrapped”? What's the most difficult thing you've ever tried to gift wrap?

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Geico

Expressive motorist 

Kerri Thoreson snapped this pic and wrote, "A rather unique way to express displeasure with a customer service experience ... as seen on Appleway and Ramsey Road." How do you express your displeasure with a business or service provider?

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In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 file photo, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, president pro tempore of the Senate, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he is presented a commemorative coin marking the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Medal of Honor by Congress. Inouye has died of respiratory complications, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. He was 88.  (AP Photo )

RIP Sen. Daniel Inouye 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the influential Democrat who broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, died Monday. He was 88. Inouye, a senator since January 1963, was currently the...

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Duncan case goes back to the courtroom 

Condemned killer Joseph Duncan will be back in an Idaho federal courtroom in January, for a two-week hearing on whether he was mentally competent when he waived his right to appeal his death sentence. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge is now sorting through issues relating...

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Thor the foot warmer

Thor the Foot Warmer 

As you can see, Thor takes his responsibility as Foot Warmer quite seriously. Here he keeps my toes toasty while I read the newspaper. Do your pets have any duties or responsibilites?

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CV’s Carson Graham, bottom, puts the squeeze on Shadle Park’s Coby Johnson at 106 pounds. (Jesse Tinsley)

Wrestling wrap-up 

CV’s Carson Graham, bottom, puts the squeeze on Shadle Park’s Coby Johnson at 106 pounds.Jesse Tinsely, SR Jesse writes, "Photographing wrestling matches take me back to when I was an easy pin for any opponent in high school. The wrestling mat is the loneliest place...

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Westboro Baptist backlash 13 

After the Westboro Baptist Church posted on Twitter its intention to picket the Newtown, Conn., site where 26 shooting victims died, including 20 children, hackers retaliated. The reason for the protest? Reportedly because Connecticut has legalized same-sex marriage. Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for the Topeka,...

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This film image released by Warner Bros., shows Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a scene from the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (James Fisher / Warner Bros.)

The Hobbit: Meh? 

On his Facebook page Jesse Tinsley wrote of seeing The Hobbit. Actually, he wrote that walk through the mall will cure your Christmas spirit because he'd been at the mall to see the movie. Here's his Hobbit review: "Movie started slow and was long. But...

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Mike Tyson

Cover your ears 13 

Iron Mike is coming to Spokane. Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champ – he of the “Hangover” cameo, facial tattoos, a prison record, and the ear incident – has performed a one-man show in Las Vegas and on Broadway. He’s now taking it on the road...

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Quotable kid 

Last week my 13-year-old told me he learned about "woman stuff" in Science class."What did you learn," I asked. "I learned I'm glad I'm not a woman," he replied. Don't know about the other lady Hucksters, but I enjoy being a girl. The only time...

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Molly, a chocolate lab puppy, runs through the grass Tuesday at Central Bark dog park in Coeur d'Alene. (Shawn Gust/press)

Fido's field of dreams 13 

In this October photo Molly, a chocolate lab puppy, runs through the grass Tuesday at Central Bark dog park in Coeur d'Alene. COEUR d'ALENE - Hey, dogs of Coeur d'Alene - you ready for this? Your playground at McEuen Park is officially on. That's right....

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Thousands without power

Thousands of people were without power due to heavy winds and inclement weather this morning, stretching from Colville and Chewelah to St. Maries, Sandpoint and the Palouse. Avista Utilities was reporting more than 10,000 customers were without power this morning throughout its service areas. KHQ...

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ValleyGirl94: He LOL'd 'till he dropped 

On the Secretary of State faints thread, ValleyGirl 94 writes of her son fainting during PE class and getting a concussion as a result. When I asked if she learned the reason for his fainting spell she replied: ValleyGirl94 on December 17 at 10:05 a.m....

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Patterson tones down bio claims 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A newly-minted Idaho lawmaker changed his Internet biography after questions about its accuracy. When Rep. Mark Patterson was elected in Boise's District 15, his Facebook site listed him as a University of Southern California student and petroleum engineer. But Patterson never...

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An AR-15 assault rifle at Brock's Gunsmithing can now have a larger clip than the previous 10 rounds. 
 (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Lawmakers support ban on assault weapons 52 

An AR-15 assault rifle WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States. The proposals were among the first to...

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City views differ in the wake of embezzlement 11 

COEUR d'ALENE - Mayor Sandi Bloem supports the city's decision not to reprimand anyone in the finance department in light of an embezzlement case that netted a former employee $365,000. Not everybody at City Hall agrees. The embezzlement issue will be a topic at Tuesday's...

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"I am Adam Lanza's Mother" 18 

Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants. “I can wear these pants,” he said,...

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for a round table meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. NATO foreign ministers were set Wednesday to shift their focus to the way forward in Afghanistan during a second day of talks in Brussels, as the military alliance prepares to withdraw its combat troops in 2014. (Virginia Mayo / Associated Press)

Secretary of State faints 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for a round table meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of...

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Eknoor Kaur, 3, stands with her father Guramril Singh during a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School before an interfaith vigil with President Barack Obama, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Obama speaks at Newtown

Eknoor Kaur, 3, stands with her father Guramril Singh during a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School before an interfaith vigil with President Barack Obama, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — He spoke for a nation in sorrow, but the...

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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.