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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

Hump Day Wild Card -- 11.14.12 19 

Dunno about you, but I'm looking forward to that free jazz concert at North Idaho College Thursday night, featuring the jazz ensemble & Cardinal Vocal Jazz choir. “Oh, Lawd, I’m on my Way,” by Bill Potts, “Foxy,” by Slide Hampton, and “Sister Sadie,” by Michael…

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Parting Shot -- 11.14.12 

A snowy owl responds to a nearby crow from its perch on the western side of Everett High School along Hoyt Avenue in Everett, Wash. Various crows swooped by trying to harass the owl, but the owl refused to move from its perch on the…

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Eagles Are Landing Early 

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson reports the eagles have landed: "The eagles have landed! Took a little look-see out at Higgins Point when I got off the air this morning and in about 20 minutes saw at least 12-14 eagles. Their migration each year…

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Romney Blames Loss On Obama Gifts 26 

A week after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics. In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.14.12 

6:03 p.m. Driver of Ford Ranger hits moose on H41/MP 17 (Spirit Lake Loop). Driver not injured. 5:50 p.m. Caller reports pedestrian on Locust/CdA walking toward Adventist Church claimed he had a gun on him. But he didn't brandish it. 5:49 p.m. Resident in 1200…

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PM Headlines -- 11.14.12

A Spokane firefighter emerges from an apartment complex covered in ash and dust a fire at East Mission Ave and 1600 North Cincinnati Street on Tuesday Spokane. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland) Beware of scrap metal scam/SR Killing northeast Washington wolf pack cost $77K/KXLY Nampa police…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs: Cheese-ease 

"I should rename this blog to 'Stebbijo's Deep Fat Frying Madness or My Deep Fat Fryer and Me,'" posts Stebbijo/Stebbijo's Place." I swear if I could not cook with a deep fat fryer, I would just shrivel up to nothing! Now, that is a thought.…

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Hammes: Feds Hound Hero's Widow 

In this Jan. 13, 1997, SR file photo, President Clinton and Sandra Johnson applaud after after Vernon Baker received The Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House. Now the feds want Baker's in-laws to return to Germany from St. Maries, where they…

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Why Does NIC Have Cardinal Mascot? 14 

Maybe lots of people know the answer. But I don't. Why is “Cardinals” the sports nickname for North Idaho College athletics even though we don't have the red birds here? I suppose I could bestir myself to look into this on my own. But last…

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Dow Down Another 185 Points 

Just checked D.A. Davidson readerboard outside my window on Northwest Boulevard. The Dow is down another 185.23 points, as I type this. At this rate, I'll have to work until I'm 70 to afford to retire. Question: What's up with the dropping Dow?

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SR Blogs: McMorris Rodgers Wins Post 

"Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is hard enough – just making sure that everyone’s favorite dish is on the menu is enough to make even a seasoned cook’s head spin," writes Lori Hutson/Too Many Cooks. "Add a vegan or vegetarian to the guest list or someone with…

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Pelosi Scolds Reporter For Age Query 17 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by women House Democrats, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, where she announced that she wants to remain as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives. From left…

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NASA: World Won't End Dec. 21 

Although Republicans may think that there world ended on general election day 2012, NASA says the world will go on -- even past the end of the Mayan calendar, Dec. 21: Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know, however,…

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Labrador: Immigration Reform A Must 

Republican Congressman Raul Labrador said Wednesday that Mitt Romney’s unpopularity among Hispanics was key to his defeat and that Republicans must press for immigration reform or give up on electing a GOP president. “We are never going to be a majority party if we don’t…

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Defiant Obama Meets The Press 

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has seen no evidence that national security was threatened by the widening sex scandal that ensnared his former CIA director and top military commander in Afghanistan. Facing questions from reporters, Obama also reaffirmed his belief that the U.S. can’t…

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Hi-Noon: Statesman Launches Paywall 

Statesman posted following announcement this morning: What’s happening? Starting today, we are offering a plan that allows you to read and enjoy the Idaho Statesman in all its digital forms. Who is affected? Anyone who accesses our content on our website, mobile site, smartphone apps,…

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What's Wrong With This Picture? 

A Berry Picker emails: "One week later. Hayden and Ramsey. Lady Bird Johnson would not be happy." Question: Feel free to use this post to alert candidates & their followers re: political yard signs that are still polluting our vistas.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.14.12 

12:04 p.m. Elderly female w/suitcase walking e/b on I-90 b/n 4th Street & Sherman/CdA. 11:45 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 13-14 here. 11:28 a.m. Smoke detector sounding @ Bojacks Pub & Grill, 816 N4th/CdA. 11:13 a.m. Caller reports suspicious situation in…

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Fort Boise: No Means No 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution picked up John Miller's AP story about Idaho's post-election education kerfuffle, where the top story seems to be the incredible density of our Superintendent of Public Instruction. Give him credit for recognizing that "union thugs" wasn't the best angle. That must have…

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A crowd of children and parents get their first glimpse of Santa's workshop Nov. 22, 2011 as the "Journey to the North Pole" cruise reaches its destination. (Jerome Pollos/press)

AM Headlines -- 11.14.12

A crowd of children and parents get their first glimpse of Santa's workshop Nov. 22 as the "Journey to the North Pole" cruise reaches its destination. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Gregoire: Moving ahead on marijuana/Jim Camden,…

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Poll: 85% Would Give Anyway 

Tuesday Poll: 120 of 142 respondents (84.51%) said they would continue to give to charities & church organizations, even if they weren't allowed to deduct their gifts from income taxes. Only 16 of 142 respondents (11.27%) said they would quit giving if the deduction was…

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Shivering For The Homeless 

Caitlin Tompkains, left, 18, of Westland, Ore., talks to Kayla Lowe, center, 18, of Sammamish, Wash., while Bryce Henderson, 19, of Silverdale, Wash., puts a cover on his cardboard shelter as they illustrate National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week on the Washington State University campus…

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Poll: Most Back Citizenship For Illegals 

More than half of all Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, according to a poll released Wednesday, giving further ammunition to those pressing for comprehensive immigration reform. According to the survey, from The Washington Post and ABC News, 57 percent of Americans…

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