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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 11.20.12 17 

I received a text from my brother early this morning. I didn't have to open it to know exactly what he wrote: "Happy birthday, you old fart." Same thing every year for as long as I can remember. You get to do that, I suppose,…

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Parting Shot -- 11.20.12

Meadow Poplawsky plays her flute in Friendship Square on Thursday in Moscow. Poplawsky is playing in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Estelle Gwinn story for Moscow-Pullman Daily News here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean…

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JeanieS: The Turkey & The Chicken 

When my sons were 8 and 9, they were in Boy Scouts and we had the annual bake sale/raffle, Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I remember this day very well. I had $6.00 to my name and knew I couldn't possibly afford a turkey and all the…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.20.12

5:43 p.m. Unconscious male reported in parking lot in 9100 block of F Street/Worley. 5:29 p.m. Shawn reports suspicious blue Jeep w/broken window an male inside in 1700 block of Marigold/Hayden. 5:09 p.m. Post Falls EMTs responding to 43YO female who has gashed her arm.…

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PM Headlines -- 11.20.12 

Brad Case, executive chef for Fedora Pub and Grille, moves a tray of roast turkey from the oven to a prep area of the kitchen Monday during his shift. The restaurant is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community on Thursday from 11 a.m.…

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Idaho Dad: Don't Fear The Teacher 

When my son was learning to ride his bike, he was afraid of falling down and getting hurt. So I always made sure to run along with him while he was figuring out how to do all those complicated bike things at the same time,…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 11.20.12

On the Priest Lake Facebook wall, photographer J. Rice writes of this photo of two children sitting on the dock of a bay: "Fall, my absolute favorite season at Priest Lake." Turkeys donated/Bay Views Twinkie capitalism/Fort Boise Disney on ice/A Butterfly Moment Thankful, Day 2/From…

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Facing The Knife Before The Turkey 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner offers this scenario: I know someone scheduled to have an operation tomorrow afternoon. She has been told it will start at about 3:30. Great, she said. The medical team will be tired and thinking about everything they need to…

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SR Blogs : Fave Idaho License Plates? 

In his Slice blog, Paul Turner wonders whether his readers have a favorite old-time Idaho license plate. If so, he also wonder if it's represented above. (Photo: www.worldlicenseplates.com) Dually Noted: Happy feet/Tricia Jo Webster End Notes: But no red convertible/Catherine Johnstone Dually Noted: Time to…

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Idaho Animal Cruelty Law Insufficient 

Here is the Idaho Statesman editorial that will run Wednesday re: monkey killing at Boise Zoo: It isn’t the early morning break-in at Zoo Boise that outraged a community and drew national attention. It’s what happened after the break-in. When authorities searched the zoo for…

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Study: Middle Age Suicides Jump 

The rise in U.S. suicides from 2000 to 2010 is largely attributable to an increase in hangings and suffocations – particularly among men and women ages 45 to 59, research published Tuesday morning finds. Reporting in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive…

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Eagle Count: 64 Soggy Ones Today 

An eagle soars above Wolf Lodge Bay in this Spokesman-Review file photo. Wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo counted 64 soggy bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Bald eagles from around the region congregate in the bay in November through…

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Back From A Birthday Walk 

Just got back from a 45-minute walk through the Education Corridor & around the North Shore. Only 1 jogger, 1 other pedestrian and a whole flock of ducks & geese to share the waterfront with. I didn't get very wet, as a result of an…

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Montana AP: We Aren't Birthers 20 

The Independent Record made a small but damaging alteration to Sunday’s Associated Press story about the president’s trip to Asia, and the change needs to be noted. Otherwise, your readers might make the embarrassing assumption that the AP has joined the birthers. As a retired…

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Hi-Noon: Her Sandiness Embraces 70 13 

Sandi is celebrating her 70th birthday and not hesitant to share that fact. I think 70 is the new 50. Considering I celebrated my 60th this year I’m hoping 60 is the new 40 -- Kerri Thoreson. Question: Is 70 really the new 50 --…

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What's To Become Of Sandi? 11 

In this 2005 file photo, City Finance Director Troy Tymesen, left, Mayor Sandi Bloem and Project coordinator Renata McLeod, rejoice over the city's good fortune as they write a press release announcing the awarding of a Kroc foundation grant of $25 million to build a…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.20.12 

11:56 a.m. Suspicious male reported @ Owl Cafe, 9178 Govt Way/Hayden. 11:51 a.m. Sheriff's deputy has arrested Hayden WalMart shoplifter (11:37 item). 11:47 a.m. Elderly Post Falls resident has dislocated her hip in a fall at home. 11:37 a.m. Hayden WalMart/Honeysuckle reports shoplifting that just…

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Poll: Face Painting As Punishment 

Monday Poll: 58 of 170 respondents (34.12%) said Republicans need to move to the center if they hope to regain the presidency in 2016. 52 of 170 (30.59%) said Republicans simply need to come up with a good candidate to win four years from now.…

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Face-Painting Complaint Filed 

A formal complaint regarding a Declo teacher’s treatment of students who failed reading goals has been filed with an Idaho commission on educators’ professional standards and ethics. The Idaho State Department of Education’s Professional Standards Commission examines complaints against certified teachers and has the power…

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AM Headlines -- 11.20.12

A firefighter keeps his distance as flames engulf an excavator Fifth Street in downtown Lewiston Monday after a gas line was struck. More via Eye on Boise. (Lewiston Tribune photo) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR WSU prof pleads innocent to rape/KXLY Spokane police have suspect in…

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SF Protesters Target Nudity Ban 17 

Woody Miller attends a rally in opposition to a city-wide nudity ban outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Wednesday. San Francisco appears poised to shed part of its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to…

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Fallen Spokane Soldier Returns Home 

Monday’s melancholy weather matched the mood at a private air hangar at Spokane International Airport as family and local military welcomed home the body of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz. The 26-year-old infantryman died last week from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his…

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Blanchette: What If Price had Stayed?

When the old Pacific-10 Conference held its annual football media briefing and cocktail-a-thon in the summer of 1992, Mike Price (shown in AP file photo) wandered into the hospitality room, poured two glasses of wine, handed one to a Washington State beat reporter of that…

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