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An Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull looks at a pink capote during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." (Daniel Olza / Associated Press)

Parting Shot: That's bull

An Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull looks at a pink capote during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part on some of the eight days of...

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Monday Wild Card 7.8.13 

What a glorious weekend! Fireworks, lake time, sunshine, barbecuing.... Kind of makes Monday seem even harsher. Where I really want to be right now is sipping coffee in the gorgeous gazebo in my backyard. Where I am is at my desk with deadlines breathing down...

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Victim makes teen face up to crimes 

When Eliza Webb found a stranger’s cellphone inside her ransacked car last month, it didn’t take a lot of sleuthing to determine two things: one, the cellphone probably belonged to the person who’d prowled her car; and two, the culprit was likely a teen. Webb,...

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Thor's near death experience

Thor's near death experience 

No need to be alarmed. Thor isn't really dead, he's just reenacing his near death experience. You see, this afternoon I accidentally shut him in the linen closet. I kept hearing this scratching sound while I was eating lunch. He was only in there about...

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Phil Hart (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Hart: The lawyers are lying 14 

BOISE – Tax-protesting former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart denies that he hid any assets or income, and charges that the U.S. Justice Department attorney in his case is the one who’s made false statements, according to newly filed documents. “None of his allegations are...

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State employee gave 85 hrs of massages at work 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Department of Ecology employee gave 85 hours of free massages at work last year as she practiced to become a massage therapist, according to an audit report released Monday. The State Auditor’s Office said in its findings that the unnamed...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces his withdrawal from the presidential race on Jan. 19. (Associated Press)

Perry won't run for re-election 

SAN ANTONIO — Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history who famously muttered “oops” after forgetting during a 2011 presidential debate the third of three federal departments he’d pledged to close, announced Monday he won’t seek re-election next year to a fourth full term....

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Arbor Crest crowd

Favorite family friendly activity?

(PHOTO: The crowd enjoys Single Wide during the Arbor Crest Sunday Concert Series in July 2011. Sunday concerts cost $5.) Free movies, concerts and festivals abound from downtown Spokane to Liberty Lake to Coeur d'Alene. What's your favorite family-friendly summer activity in the Inland Northwest...

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Failure to expand Medicaid could cost Idaho industry 

Large Idaho employers would face millions in costs if the state declines to expand its Medicaid program, according to a new report from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. “For us, it's a business-numbers issue,” IACI President Alex LaBeau told Idaho Statesman reporter Audrey...

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This architect's rendering of the proposed University District bridge for bikes and pedestrians shows the view looking toward downtown.

A bridge too far? 

This architect's rendering of the proposed University District bridge for bikes and pedestrians shows the view looking toward downtown. Perhaps lost in the recent debate about a proposed pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District is its massiveness. It wouldn’t be an inconspicuous walkway like the...

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Playing video games can be educational. 
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Video Game Day 

SR file photo According to my son, today is Video Game Day. So, I asked him, "How is this different from any other day for you?" Silence. That's what I thought. Back in the day when I had free time, I was a whiz at...

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A girl feasts on huckleberries during the Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Huckleberry King 

In this file photo a girl feasts on huckleberries during the Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. In the latest edition of Sandpoint Magazine and on her blog Slight Detour, Marianne Love writes of Joe Nieman, the Huckleberry King. "This Porthill native and Co-Op front-counter clerk owns a...

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Crime in Idaho 

BOISE – Idaho’s crime rate dropped 1.5 percent in 2012, according to the new Crime in Idaho report, continuing a five-year decline, but the number of violent crimes – murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault – increased 5.2 percent. That was partly due to...

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Teen drowns in Blue Lake

Spokane teenager Mitchell Raymond drowned Saturday in a swimming accident at Blue Lake south of Coeur d’Alene. Divers removed his body today. Raymond, 14, was a student at All Saints Catholic School in Spokane. “May God give His comfort to Mitchell’s family and our community,”...

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For many, Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” is unmatched. (Associated Press)

High Noon: Best Westerns 25 

For many, Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” is unmatched. LOS ANGELES – It won’t be only Disney executives who are watching the box office returns for “The Lone Ranger” this weekend. Lots of people are wondering whether Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer can ride to the rescue...

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Claudia Lowry and Bob Bloem have been working on Lowry’s Hayden garden for about 10 years. (BRUCE TWITCHELL)

In the garden

Claudia Lowry and Bob Bloem have been working on Lowry’s Hayden garden for about 10 years. One of the high points of summer is the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club’s annual garden tour. It will feature five gardens in Coeur d’Alene, Dalton Gardens and Hayden, and...

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The downtown core lies in ruins as firefighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. (Associated Press)

40 missing in deadly Canada rail crash 

The downtown core lies in ruins as firefighters continue to water smoldering rubble Sunday in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec – About 40 people were still missing a day after a runaway train derailed in Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a busy downtown district...

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ISP chief writes 1st ticket in 11 years 

The Idaho State Police is running an “all hands on deck” operation for enhanced patrols on this holiday weekend, with all commissioned officers, even those who usually work behind a desk, hitting the road as the holiday weekend opened July 3. David Frazier of the...

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Couple sues Kootenai Co. 

COEUR d'ALENE - A North Idaho couple filed a lawsuit against Kootenai County and county officials saying the wife, a county employee, was improperly terminated. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene by the couple's attorney, Larry Beck of Hayden, said the...

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This aerial photo shows the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. (Associated Press)

Boeing 777 crash: Did rescuers run over teen? 

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. SAN FRANCISCO – The pilot at the controls of an Asiana plane that crash-landed was guiding a Boeing 777 into the San Francisco airport for...

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Edward Lodge: On the job 50 years 

BOISE – From the Ruby Ridge standoff to tribal ownership of Lake Coeur d’Alene, from Claude Dallas to Sami al-Hussayen, from mining damage in the Coeur d’Alene Basin to the death penalty trial of child-killer Joseph Duncan, one judge presided. That judge, U.S. District Judge...

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Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Murray wins Wimbledon 

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. LONDON (AP) — From the lawns of Wimbledon to the lochs of Scotland,...

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Teresa Heinz Kerry in critical condition

BOSTON – Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and heir to a ketchup company fortune, was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday while on Massachusetts’ Nantucket Island. Heinz Kerry, 74, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday...

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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.