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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 2015

Wednesday Wild Card 12.30.15 11 

Well, this is it. The last Wild Card of the year. Use it wisely. Comments will be turned off at 8 AM Thursday morning and resume again when DFO returns on Monday. Until then I'll post a few things that may be of interest. Or not ;-)

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Is your job killing you? 

Have you ever had a job that negatively impacted your health? People often like to groan about how their job is "killing" them. Tragically, for some groups of people in the U.S., that statement appears to be true. A new study by researchers at Harvard and Stanford has quantified just how much a stressful workplace may be shaving off of Americans' life spans.

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Winter walking worrisome

COEUR d'ALENE — Snow and ice piled up recently on sidewalks and some businesses and property owners failed to keep them cleared. Pedestrians noticed. "None of the businesses in Coeur d'Alene think it's their job," said Rene Hall, 50, of Coeur d'Alene. Huge pet peeve of mine. Why don't people shovel their sidewalks?

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Zach's 3 wishes

A preschooler's 3 wishes

I've been immersed in a home-organization project, filling a bin for each son with childhood mementos etc. I came across #3 son wishes as dictated to he preschool teacher. Let's just say, he was granted one of them.

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Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault 13 

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago – the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad.

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Disabled veteran pushes for deer rule change in Idaho 12 

COEUR d'ALENE — A 74-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran filed court documents saying he wants to spend time in jail rather than pay a fine for allegedly using bait to hunt last month. Tacoma resident James L. Brummett — who is disabled from Agent Orange exposure, depression and heart problems — said he plans to plead guilty to the misdemeanor hunting citation if his recent motion to dismiss the case is denied.

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Call to discuss unity appears to cause division in GOP group 28 

A call for a meeting to discuss party unity by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has ruffled some feathers. A resolution, "A Call For Party Unity," is on the agenda but will not be distributed prior. “I keep asking them what the resolution is, but they won’t give it to me in advance,” said Kellie Palm, who sits on the committee. “

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A bald eagle pulls a fish out of Lake Coeur d’Alene at Higgens Point in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, Dec.  28, 2015. The lake is perfect place for eagles to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

25 years of North Idaho eagle watch 

Are you one of the thousands who've enjoyed watching eagles soar over Lake Coeur d'Alene? A river of I-90 eastbound traffic roars by, snow and ice whipped into a mushy froth. A dozen or so yards away Lake Coeur d’Alene lies tranquilly in the embrace of winter. Above both the traffic, and the water, float nearly a dozen American bald eagles.

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Snowmobiler dies from heart attack in Shoshone County  

Coeur d’Alene man died Saturday after suffering a heart attack while snowmobiling near the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. According to the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office, Kelly N. Nelson, 64, of Coeur d’Alene began suffering heart-attack-like symptoms while riding his snowmobile in the remote section of mountains near Grizzly Peak.

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Agreement gives Idaho students tuition break at EWU 

A proposed partnership between North Idaho Community College and Eastern Washington University would give NIC graduates in-state tuition at Eastern. Although the agreement isn’t finalized, 16 NIC students already have transferred to EWU under an informal agreement, said Graydon Stanley, NIC’s vice president for student services.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015

Kerrie Thoreson's squirrels

Parting Shot: Squirrely fun

Kerri Rankin Thoreson shot this photo and writes, "Our squirrel family really enjoys the snow, leaping from branch to branch, hanging upside down and playing tag. The entertainment value right outside our window is worth the price of peanuts."

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Tuesday Wild Card 12.29.15 

Well yesterday was certainly interesting. Blog comments didn't get enabled until after 10 AM, glitches and slowdowns in the system made posting and loading pages very slow. Kinda fitting for the last Monday of the year.

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Chad Gilbert leaps onto his snow sled at the top of the sledding hill at Valley Mission Park Monday. He and his family were enjoying the fresh snow. (J. Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

Woman injured while sledding at Valley Mission Park  

As the mom of 4 active sons who played most every sport aside from rugby, the two things that made me most nervous were skateboarding and sledding. The park near our house is fine, but when my husband took them to parks with steeper hills, I stayed home. Made me too nervous. Have you or your kids ever been injured while sledding?

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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.

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