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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

Weekend Wild Card -- 11.17-18.12 

The Coeur d'Alene Viks were denied their three-peat by Madison of Rexburg but they were game until the end of their 5A high school football title game, falling 37-30 in Pocatello. Nothing to be ashamed of there. Next week brings two things. Another birthday that…

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Parting Shot -- 11.16.12

Milton Finster, 94 works to harvest the 250-300 pounds of Ida Red apples from his backyard tree in the Lewiston Orchards recently with the help of his wife June. "This is the only Ida Red apple tree in the Valley that we know of, said…

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Madison 37, Coeur d'Alene 30 

You can follow the 5A high school football championship game between Coeur d'Alene and Madison in Pocatello on ESPN/KVNI 1080 or via @1080ESPN Twitter. 6yd Coeur d'Alene Viks TD option pass from Mahaffy to DeHass, PAT good, 37-30 Madison. 41yd TD run by Hayden Hastings…

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City Paid $126K To Defend Kennedy 15 

“I’m happy to put it to bed once and for all,” Kennedy said Friday. He estimates he spent at least $10,000 of his own money in the case, and the city covered legal bills on his behalf to the tune of $126,000, not counting many…

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PM Headlines -- 11.16.12

Amid an ongoing contract dispute, musicians with the Spokane Symphony picket outside the Fox Theater Saturday night. The striking musicians of the Spokane Symphony are planning a show of their own Saturday. Five symphony performances have been canceled since the musicians announced the strike Nov.…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.16.12

5:58 p.m. Elderly male in vehicle in Burger King/Appleway handicapped spot for hour is unconscious. 5:45 p.m. Motorist reports fire above tree line along H95/MP 450 (H54, Athol). (Update: slash pile) 5:31 p.m. Shoplifter located after chase trespassed from Best Buy (4:17 item below). 5:21…

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Brannon Issues Press Release 13 

Challenge Jim Brannon has issued a single-page announcement re: his reaction to the Idaho Supreme Court decision this afternoon denying his appeal in the 2009 Coeur d''Alene city election case. Brannon said he was disappointed with the ruling but insisted the case had "several beneficial…

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Thinking About Taking The Plunge 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner writes: "If you have given a friend tentative indication that you might actually join him for the potentially heart-stopping annual event in Coeur d'Alene on Jan. 1, when is it appropriate to start asking yourself “What was I thinking?”…

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SR Blogs -- 11.16.12 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner posts this front-page drawing from Nov. 26, 1955, by artist was John Clymer, who was born in Ellensberg, Wash. Brandon's Blog for Cars: Little Red Express/Brandon The Slice: Holiday season is unofficially on/Paul Turner Dually Noted: Best behavior required/Tricia…

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The Band Played On 

Nice video article by Dylan Wohlenhaus/KHQ re: long-time musician Larry (french horn) and Sharon (flute) Strobel, who helped mentor eighth-grade local musicians at North Idaho College this week. KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |

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Mansfield: A Nation Unable To Blush 

As I listen to talk show hosts and guests saying that Gen. Petraeus should not have been "forced" to resign his prestigious post as CIA Director because "what a person does in private has no bearing on one's public life", they fail to grasp the…

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WSU Sorority Target Of Orange Mess

Residents of a Washington State University sorority have awakened to find a pulpy mess at their backdoor several times over the past month. About a month ago, someone started throwing oranges at the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, located at 600 NE Campus Road, says chapter…

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Hostess Twinkies, RIP 12 

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, announced today that it will liquidate because not enough striking employees returned to work by a Thursday evening deadline set by the company. Story here. (AP file photo) Quotable Quote: Sorry. I have to decline…

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Little Changes In Idaho Politics 

For all that nothing has changed in the numbers of Republicans and Democrats in the Idaho congressional and legislative delegations, the state's battleground picture may have shifted a little. Not a lot. But in some notable places. Of the 105 seats, 21 were unopposed (one…

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4th-Graders Punished w/Face Paint 15 

Fourth-graders who failed to achieve reading goals had their faces scribbled on with permanent markers by other students last week at Declo Elementary School — under the supervision of their teacher. Some parents and Cassia County School District leadership are now decrying the consequences for…

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Obama Favorables At 3-Year High 

President Obama's favorability has jumped to a three-year high in the week following his reelection, with 58 percent of Americans now saying they have a positive opinion of the president. The number represents a three-point improvement for the president since a similar survey conducted by…

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Breaking: Court Rules For Kennedy 42 

Originally posted at 11:02 a.m. today A Coeur d’Alene man who contested his loss in a 2009 City Council election has lost his appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. The court today issued its opinion in Jim Brannon’s legal fight over the narrow election loss…

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Hi-Noon: Dating In The 7th Grade? 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy tells of something you don't want to hear from your seventh-grader: "Mom! Everybody's dating. Everybody!" I remember as a high school freshman taking a girl to a prom. But I don't think I started dating until I was 16. My…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.16.12

11:41 a.m. 3 or 4 males have been sitting in vehicle in Friends Church lot, 3263 E12th/PF for hours. 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 15-16 here. 11:07 a.m. Stolen Fed Ex truck located in a field across from North Idaho…

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AM: WSU Players Leave Program

There has been a wide range of reasons for players leaving the football program since Mike Leach became head coach. Christian Caple SR story here. (Tyler Tjomsland SR file photo of Leach on sidelines) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Wet Thanksgiving week forecast/SR WalMart workers may…

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Poll: We Don't Shop Black Friday

Thursday Poll: 140 of 191 respondents (73.3%) said they never shop on Black Friday. Only 13 (6.81%) said they always shop on the day after Thanksgiving. 38 (19.9%) said "sometimes." Christmas Music: 60 of 158 respondents (37.97%) said Christmas music shouldn't start until Dec. 1.…

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Either Way, Gesser Wants To Stay 

Idaho's interim head coach Jason Gesser, right, talks with Mike Scott during a game against Brigham Young during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah, last Saturday. BYU beat Idaho 52-13. (AP Photo/George Frey) Jason Gesser insists the Idaho football…

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One Sometimes Leads To The Other 

On his Facebook wall, Erik Michaels provides a slice of North Idaho life that he spotted at the Real Life Ministries thrift store on Cecil b/n Poleline & 16th/Post Falls: "Yesterday I shopped the (Real Life Ministries) thrift stores & discovered a 'Hmmm moment"'... they…

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Ex-Otter Aide: Luna Ignored Guv 

Republican Clete Edmunson left the Legislature in 2007 to become Gov. Butch Otter's point man on education and transportation and spent 3 1/2 years in the Otter administration. In a guest opinion submitted Friday, Edmunson says he was present when Otter told Superintendent of Public…

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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.