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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

Wild Card/Monday -- 11.26.12 

We're officially through the election season (except for the 30-day, post-election campaign finance report that'll show us who coughed up all the late contributions and where that money went). Now we're in that transition holiday season that will take us to the 2013 Idaho Legislature…

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Parting Shot -- 11.26.12 

With the Capitol in the background, workers deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, a 73 foot Engelmann Spruce from the White River National Forest, near Meeker, Colo., earlier today on Capitol Hill in Washington. The 74 year-old tree will be decorated with more than 5,000…

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JeanieS: Never On Sunday 16 

I really hate what the holidays have become - so materialistic. Everybody's on a shopping frenzy for Christmas presents today (Black Friday) for items that are almost guaranteed to be put in a yard sale next summer, or high up in a closet, or deep…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.26.12

5:47 p.m. Female driver of white Plymouth w/Nevada plates allegedly ran vehicle into house in 2700 block of East Fernan Hill Road several times, almost hitting home owner, before driving off. 5:39 p.m. Caller reports possible DUI driver in 2008 blue Dodge minivan @ H53…

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PM Headlines -- 11.26.12 

This is what Kerri Thoreson saw on the way into work at KVNI1080 AM this morning -- the Coeur d'Alene Resort lit up in all its glory. Zags now No. 12/SWX Idaho's Christmas tree lighting tonight/KTVB Boy Scouts, Mormons settle sex abuse suit/AP Cancer kills…

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NIdaho/Friends: Unusual Yule Tree 

You can see how JeanC transforms these books into a tree for the Christmas holidays here. Movie/Tumblewords Monday Miscellany/Slight Detour Survey says/From A Simple Mind Surviving leftovers/Stebbijo's Place Bonner County: At it again/KEA Blog Christmas stories/Writing North Idaho 10 things about Thanksgiving/A Butterfly Moment Never…

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SR Blogs -- 11.26.12 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner posts a reminder of "Seinfeld" episodes of years gone by, including the one in which the Costanzas introduce us to the "Festivus" holiday. (Photo: www.t-shirtguru.com) Featured Post: A few years back, there was an S-R editor who passed out…

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Johnson: Lessons From 'Lincoln' 17 

First the obvious: Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln is a modern masterpiece and just maybe the best film about politics ever made. Daniel Day-Lewis once again establishes himself as film’s finest living actor. Before Day-Lewis’ Lincoln, every film version of the life and accomplishments of our…

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Stones At 50 Still Rolling Along 21 

Mick Jagger, center, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, left, and Charlie Watts, right, of The Rolling Stones perform at the O2 arena in east London, Sunday. (AP photo) The Supreme Court used to be called Nine Old Men. That's nothing compared to the ageless Rolling Stones.…

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Bumpersnicker 

On a blue SUV with Shoshone County plates parked along the waterfront near North Idaho College during the noon hour: "Sorry I missed church; I've been busy practicing witchcraft and becoming a lesbian."

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4th WSU Student Falls From Building 

A Washington State University student is in critical condition in a Spokane hospital after falling from a fraternity house balcony. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday when 19-year-old Griffin Healey fell from a second story balcony at the Lambda Chi Alpha house in Pullman.…

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Idaho Suicide Hotline Now Functional 

Starting Monday, Idahoans will have free access to a new statewide suicide prevention hotline. The hotline — 1-800-273-TALK — will operate free of charge for callers. Since 2006, Idaho has been the only state in the country to not have a statewide suicide hotline. Idaho…

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High Noon: 'Gangnam Style' Anyone? 15 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy wonders if she's "the last person in the universe who neither knows nor cares what 'Gangnam Style' is. She isn't. I heard the term for the first time recently. And wasn't interested enough to pay attention to an explanation. Now…

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Undefeated Zags Win Tournament 

Gonzaga players including David Stockton (11) and Kevin Pangos (4) hoist the trophy after defeating Davidson 81-67 to win the championship NCAA college basketball game in the Old Spice Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., Sunday. (AP Photo/Roberto Gonzalez) Question: How good do you think the Zags…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.26.12

11:36 a.m. Undisclosed theft reported on 16000 block of Vernon Baker Blvd/Garwood. 11:26 a.m. Bee Hive manager wants female panhandler trespassed from 9551 H95/Hayden. Manager reports female sometimes comes into store and stays an hour in the bathroom. 11:15 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities…

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Poll: Sure, Post Drink Recipes

Weekend Poll: 78 of 138 respondents (46.52%) support the practice by Idaho Liquor Division to post drink recipes and party tips on its Web site. 54 of 138 (39.13%) oppose the practice. 6 respondents (4.35%) were undecided. Today's Poll: Are you concerned that ITD sells…

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Hoffman: Black Friday Illegal In Idaho 17 

Like many Idahoans, I participated in post-Thanksgiving sales. Though weighted down by turkey and other fixings, I managed to wobble out of the house Thursday night and get our family to fight through the thicket of people doing their level best to take advantage of…

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Rural Gay Community Living In Open 

Washington legalizes same-sex marriage next month at a time when the geography of the Northwest’s gay and lesbian population is changing. Their numbers are still largest in metropolitan areas. But if you look for the biggest increases – that trend is happening in small towns…

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ITD Makes $$$ Selling DMV Records 

The Idaho Transportation Department makes more than $5.4 million a year selling motor vehicle records and other personal information to companies that use it to research car buying patterns, send out recall notices and even track down scofflaws who don't pay parking tickets given out…

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AM Headlines -- 11.26.12 

Rail cars on elevated tracks make their way through downtown Spokane last week. Freight trains filled with coal could soon be passing through town if the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County is built. Jim Camden's SR story here. (SR photo: Colin…

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Let The Christmas Season Begin 

Volunteers Dayna Marchesseault, left, and Bambi Marshall string ribbon around 32 displays, which include 29 themed and decorated trees, prior to the evening viewing in the Coeur d'Alene Resort convention center Friday. The annual Festival of Trees, put on by the Kootenai Health Foundation, has…

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Editorial: Time For Denney To Go 

Current Idaho Speaker of the House of Representatives Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, has served in the House since 1996 and has been speaker for the past three terms. House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, has been a representative since 2000. A look at their voting…

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Koler Wants Another Conservative 

Mike Patrick’s Nov. 16 editorial presents an interesting call for appointment of a trustee to replace outgoing trustee Jim Purtee — one with “views distinctly different from those now on the board.” Please consider: This is not the same old (and sometimes illegal) resign/appoint situation…

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CdA To Seek Front Avenue LID 24 

The city of Coeur d'Alene will meet with Front Avenue property owners beginning next week to see if they would be willing to help pay for street improvements tied to the McEuen Field project. How much a potential Local Improvement District would cost property owners…

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Idaho Senator Still Pushing Romney 34 

A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result. Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll,…

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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.