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MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

Gonzaga 84, West Virginia 50 

Gonzaga's Gary Bell (5) drives to the basket West Virginia in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday in Spokane. Bell scored 15 points as No. 19 Gonzaga crushed West Virginia 84-50. Story/boxscore here. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

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Wild Card/Monday -- 11.12.12 

We've arrived at that time of the year where even the political operatives are recuperating from the ever-lengthening political season on the calendar. Four months of winter are staring us in the face. On the plus side, no TV political commercials or robo-calls forecast in…

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P.S. Victoria Secret Upsets Many 18 

model Karlie Kloss wearing an Indian headdress during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York. Victoria Secret has apologized for putting a replica of a Native American headdress on a model for its annual fashion show. The company responded to criticism over the…

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Trustees Get Go Ahead On Bonuses 25 

Christa Hazel is attending the Coeur d'Alene School Board meeting that is now under way in the Midtown Coeur d'Alene conference room. Among the issues before the board tonight is possible lease or purchase of a building for a new district office. Moments ago, Christa…

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Petitioners Want To Secede From USA 20 

Politicians of every persuasion say it after every campaign, win or lose: "Elections have consequences." Want proof? Go to the White House's "We The People" website and you'll find formal petitions from people in more than a dozen states -- including Kristopher W. of Tillamook…

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PM Headlines -- 11.12.12

Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna talks with reporters earliler today in his first public comments since his school reform laws were rejected by voters last week. Story below. (SR photo: Betsy Russell) 90YO Spokane woman shoots at apparent burglar/KREM Owner looking for dog that…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.12.12

5:29 p.m. Elderly man who drove down railroad tracks is now stuck on them (5:22 item). Railroad has been notified. Railroad asks that flares be placed near vehicle. 5:22 p.m. Motorist reports elderly male drove pickup onto BNSF tracks @ Prairie & Meyer/Rathdrum. 5:14 p.m.…

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Johnson: Model After Obama Success 13 

Columnist Marc Johnson/The Johnson Reports tells Idaho Democrats to follow President Barack Obama's game plan to get back into the game -- Hispanics, women, young voters: The party must adopt a new approach that can, over time, broaden its appeal. This new approach should focus…

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Idaho Teachers Will Still Get Bonuses

Idaho school teachers who earned $38.8 million in merit-pay bonuses last year under the now-repealed “Students Come First” school reform laws still must be paid those bonuses for their work last school year, according to an Idaho Attorney General's opinion released today by state Superintendent…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 11.12.12

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson writes: "Celebrating with my two fabulous friends, the Veterans Day birthday "twins" Ruth Pratt and Ellen Jaeger, at the Blackwell House." Dinosaur Factor/Arch Druid A disconnect/Randy Stapilus I'm angry, but at who?/Bay Views A lesson, a plan/The Johnson Post…

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SR Blogs Roundup -- 11.12.12

"This was the No. 1 song on this date in 1974," posts Paul Turner, The Slice blog. "If it gets stuck in your head, well, that might be a good thing. You could spend the day hearing “It's alright, it's alright.” There are worse options."…

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Last Leaf 

On Election Day last week, outdoor photographer extraordinaire Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posted this photo on his Facebook wall of a last maple leaf in a Roseburg, Ore., park, entitled "Last Leaf." You can see more of Robin's outdoor photography here. Meanwhile, leaf pickup…

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Poems Celebrate 'Wallace, Idaho' 

Readers can feel the personal witnessing of history, says Frances McCue of Linda Beeman’s just published book of poems, “Wallace, Idaho,” and it’s really powerful. Beeman mixes the journalistic, historic and lyric to tell the story of a mythic, rough-and-tumble mining town that enriched the…

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15 Cartoonists To Attend Boise Event

Fifteen of the nation's top cartoonists, including Tom Richmond of MAD Magazine, Jeff Keane of the Family Circus, Mike Peters of Mother Goose and Grimm, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues, Todd Clark of Lola, Mason Mastroianni of B.C. and more, will be in Boise on…

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Petraeus Shocked By Galpal Emails 11 

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival. A close Petraeus associate said Monday that FBI investigators…

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Hi-Noon: Middle Names 12 

On his Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin writes: "I've figured it out. Middle names are necessary to comply with the gramatical case 'matre irata'; so that you can tell when your mom is angry with you." Question: What's your middle name? And:…

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Who Done It? 

Pam Campbell of Coeur d'Alene comforts Mitchell Youngs of Cheney, Wash., in a who-done-it, murder mystery dinner theater to raise money for Crime Stoppers at the Coeur d'Alene Inn Saturday. This was the third year for the event, which helps provide money for rewards offered…

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CdA Woman Killed In H41 Crash

A 40-year-old Coeur d'Alene woman was killed at 7:26 this morning when her out-of-control vehicle was hit by an oncoming pickup on Highway 41, near the intersection with Highway 54, south of Spirit Lake. Neta J. Clift was northbound on Highway 41 when she lost…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.12.12 

11:01 a.m. Coeur d'Alene woman killed in 2-car crash near Spirit Lake. ISP report here. 10:34 a.m. Caller reports man in blue Toyota Camri w/Oregon plates on e/b H53 @ stateline was "shooting up" in Washington state before driving into Idaho. 10:10 a.m. Abandoned vehicle…

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Durst: Christian Right Must Change 

On his Facebook wall, occasional HucksOnline commenter & Democratic Idaho state Representative-elect Branden Durst (re: Christian right rebuffed at the polls Tuesday) posts: "If evangelicals want to be relevant in American politics, we need stop focusing so much on things that divide us and start…

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Viet Vet: Recognize War Protesters 14 

In the Bonner County Bee, Vietnam War veteran Harvey Pine writes that those who demonstrated against the war should be honored for bringing the war to an end earlier than later: Many have claimed that if not for the “peacenicks,” we could still have troops…

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Poll: Quit Resisting ObamaCare 

Weekend Poll: 164 of 311 respondents (52.73%) want Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and other GOP leaders to quit resisting Obamacare, which is now the law of the land. 141 of 311 respondents (45.34%) want Idaho's political leaders to continue to resist the federal health care…

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More Women Drivers Than Men 

Diane Spitaliere and her pet dog Izzie sit in her car outside her house in Alexandria, Va. More women now have driver’s licenses than men, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have significant safety…

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Bedke To Challenge Speaker Denney 

House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke (pictured), R-Oakley, publicly announced he is running for speaker of the Idaho House. Bedke, who was first elected to the Legislature in 2000, is challenging current House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale. Denney has held the position for six years.…

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