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MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012

Wild Card/Monday -- 11.19.12 10 

We're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, with Amy Dearest and Okie Doke coming in from Portland. Some of the extended Coeur d'Alene Family Oliveria will be sharing turkey with us. Always a nice time to kick back and enjoy family. How about you? Are you…

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Homeschooling Isn't For Faint Hearted 12 

There are many reasons why people decide to start homeschooling their kids. But what prompts a family to stop homeschooling? Last summer some friends of ours decided to pull their two boys out of public school because they were frustrated with the quality of teaching…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.19.12

5:42 p.m. Undisclosed type of threatening reported in 4000 block of Pleasant Lane/PF. 5:38 p.m. Unknown medical emergency reported from Crystal Bay Road/PF. 5:28 p.m. Unknown type of dead animal blocking e/b I-90/MP 4, west of Spokane Street/PF. 5:12 p.m. Downed tree blocking both lanes…

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Traffic in Interstate 90 travels westbound Friday past the section of Greensferry Road that ends on the north side of the freeway in Post Falls. (Jerome Pollos/press)

PM Headlines -- 11.19.12

Traffic in Interstate 90 travels westbound Friday past the section of Greensferry Road that ends on the north side of the freeway in Post Falls. Brian Walker story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos) Arrest made in fatal monkey beating in Boise/AP Gregoire…

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How Do we Get Rid Of Malcontents 

The latest lunacy from the far right is a top-of-the-voice demand to be allowed to secede from the good ol’ U.S. of A. or, in the alternative, renounce citizenship. Anyone that wants out that badly not only has my blessing but a foot firmly planted…

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KCSO Seeks ID Of Unconscious Man

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in identifying a man who was found about 9 this morning lying in a field near Chase Road and Highway 53, west of Rathdrum. The unconscious man is reportedly in critical condition at Kootenai Medical Center. It…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs: Pecan Sandies 

"You can use any nut, I don't mind," posts Stebbijo/Stebbijo's Place, "whatever is handy or on sale is good with me. Our daughter who gets her pecans for next to nothing back in Missouri - but she has to crack them, spurred me into action…

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SR Blogs: 29 Years Ago This Week 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner writes: Do you have a favorite scene? Mine might be when Ralphie is composing his “What I want for Christmas” theme for school and is mightily impressed with the quality of his own prose. “This is great.” Featured Blog:…

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Poll: Bedke Over Denney In A Walk 

On his Facebook wall, Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press reports: "The last week, we’ve asked readers whether incumbent Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney or challenger Scott Bedke (the assistant majority leader) would emerge as winner when the session holds its organizational meeting next month. Results: 87.5% say…

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Labrador Among GOP 'Leading Lights'? 

An article this morning on the Salon website, 10 Reasons Republicans Think Their Party's Dysfunctional, includes Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador's Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. The article features what Salon calls "some of the Republican Party's leading lights" giving their reasons why…

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CAMera: Brain Washed 

You'd think after a lifetime of trying to be something different, I'd accept that I am who I am. This morning I was confronted, again, with my natural tendency to simply fall into a daydream or memory and stay there. For as long as I…

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Stocks Have Best Day Since Election 

U.S. stocks had their best day since the election. Market-watchers are citing optimism about a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of tax increases and government spending cuts. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 207 points to close at 12,795. The Standard & Poor's…

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Mac Store Opens In Downtown CdA 

MacServiceNW.com has moved its headquarters from Portland, Oregon to downtown Coeur d’Alene (411 E. Coeur d'Alene Ave.), according to a news release. Mac Service Northwest offers Mac users in the Inland Northwest a local Apple Retail Store alternative for specialized service and support for Apple…

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Ed Board Repeals Online Grad Rule 

It was Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna himself who made the motion at the state Board of Education this morning to repeal the rule requiring that every Idaho high school student take at least two online classes to graduate from high school. “Proposition 3…

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Gettysburg + 149 Years 

Jim Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, delivers his rendition of the Gettysburg Address during a ceremony to mark the 149th anniversary of Lincoln's speech at Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., Monday. Director Steven Spielberg and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin were also on hand to…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.19.12

12:17 p.m. A large piece of metal is lying ons/b H41/MP 5 (b/n Wyoming & Lancaster, Rathdrum) 11:48 a.m. Female baby-sitting on Ross Point/PF for sister reports ex-brother-in-law has shown up. 11:44 a.m. Hayden Lake Family Physicians, 8181 Cornerstone/Hayden, reports unconscious person. 11:43 a.m. Unattended…

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Hedberg: Dental Visits Pure Anguish 

There are certain words that can be spoken to make all the difference between whether a person goes just for the basic health care procedures or opts for the Hollywood blow-out version of self-improvement. Those words are: "Your insurance won't cover it."You have to give…

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Poll: Thompson Sentence Too Lenient

Weekend Poll: 93 of 160 respondents (58.13%) said the 51-month prison sentence handed to former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson was too lenient. 43 of 160 (26.88%) said it was appropriate. Only 24 of 160 (15%) said the sentence was excessive. Today's Question: How can…

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AM Headlines -- 11.19.12

Adrian Alvarado Baldeon is bathed in early morning light as he drives his sheep from the ridge where he beds them at night to river where he waters them in the morning earlier this fall in Sun Valley. Baldeon is involved in an experimental project…

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WSU Students Teach Composting 

Andrew Larsen, left, dumps uneaten organic materials into the compost bin outside Lincoln Middle School as Katie Vetter watches on Friday in Pullman. Larsen, 21, of Spokane, is a senior at Washington State University majoring on history education. Vetter, 21, of Port Orchard, Wash., is…

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Republicans, To The Right March 35 

As predictable as Al Gore blaming a Hurricane Sandy on global warming, the Republican establishment is blaming the party's losses in the last election on conservatives. And that is nonsense. A quick examination of the last three general elections disproves the theory that Republican moderation…

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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.