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THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2015

Parting Shot -- 12.3.15 

Annie Saunders goes through the motions of window washing as water rises over her during a performance in a large aquarium titled Holoscenes, during Miami Art Week in Miami today. The piece, by artist Lars Jan, is meant to convey the issue of climate change and water in the 21st century, and the ability to continue everyday behav

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Simpson, Labrador split on 2 major bills 

Idaho’s two GOP congressmen split their votes on two major pieces bills that passed the House: The highway funding bill, which passed 359-65 today; and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, known as the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” which passed yesterday on a bipartisan 359-64 vote and replaces the No Child Left Behind act.

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Frank and Hilde Schoonover laugh while recounting stories of their early courtship, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at their North Spokane home. The couple has been married more than 60 years. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Cindy's Love Story: Globe-trotting romance

He bought a ring and put it in his pocket for their next date, but didn’t get around to proposing until Hilde had already boarded the bus headed to her job at a pharmacy. “I ran along the sidewalk trying to propose as she hung out the window. I remember her words – ‘Hurry up and give me the ring!’ So I handed it to her through the window.”

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Peggy Frye, the Victim Witness Unit Coordinator/Dog Handler from the Bonner County Prosecutors Office with Ken, the courtroom comfort dog at the Bonner County Courthouse on Monday, November 23, 2015. Ken was present in the courtroom to give support for a woman giving victim impact statement. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Courthouse dog comforts victims 

Ken, a retriever mix who was trained by Canine Companions for Independence to provide emotional support to victims, witnesses and others in a judicial setting, now is on the job at the Bonner County Courthouse. The 2 1/2YO dog has been preparing for his new role all his life. SReporter Scott Maben provides the story below.

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Tricksters to celebrate third year in Lake City 

Tricksters has done some growing up, and out, in its third year of operation. Since signing with major regional distributor Odom in August, the Coeur d’Alene brewery has increasingly focused on beer sales outside its cozy taproom. The place will likely be packed when Trickster’s celebrates its third anniversary on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.3.15 

The daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a good deal on a calendar full of Idaho Scenic Images + Hello, let's talk/Slight Detour, 2 to be thankful for/Carlson Chronicles, Should be tied to something/Fort Boise, Lake CdA eagle count grows to 79/Outdoors, & What is wrong with God's model?/Simple Mind ...

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Facebook photo: Heather Scott for North Idaho page

Letter: Don't politicize Syrian refugees 

In a letter to the SR editor, James Ramsey, of Sandpoint, denounces state Rep. Heather Scott's call for a special session to address Syrian refugee resettlement in Idaho. Noting that Scott helped force Idaho to pay for a special session to renew payments for child support, Ramsey says she "is up to her divisive tactics again."

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People leave their home in the neighborhood near a home being investigated in connection to the shootings in San Bernardino in Redlands, Calif., today. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

FBI: Not ready to call attack terrorism 

FBI officials are emphasizing that they were unclear what set off the attack that killed 14 in San Bernardino Wednesday, and said they were not ready to call it terrorism. But they are refocusing their investigation give the suspects' extensive arsenal, their recent Middle East travels & evidence that one was in contact with Islamist extremists.

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Senate votes to defund PParenthood 

The Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment to the ObamaCare repeal bill that would have allowed federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The measure sponsored by three Senate Republicans would have stripped language from the bill blocking federal funds for Planned Parenthood. It fell short by 3 votes, 48-52.

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Republicans say no to gun control 

Republicans in Congress made it clear Thursday that they will not be moving quickly to bring up new gun control legislation in the wake of Wednesday's shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday there are still too many unknowns about the San Bernardino shootings.

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Maia, 8 year-old reacts with joy after completing a gymnastics routine during a competition marking the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday. The Romanian Special Olympics organized a sports event meant to highlight the integration issues faced by people with disabilities in Romanian society.

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Combat positions open to women 38 

All U.S. military combat positions are being opened up to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. The decision allows women to fill about 220,000 jobs that are now limited to men -- including infantry, armor, reconnaissance and some special operations units.

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Katherine Carscallen in fishing gear. (University of Idaho courtesy photo)

UI grad fights to save Alaska's Bristol Bay 

University of Idaho graduate Katherine Carscallen grew up fishing in a small Alaskan town on Bristol Bay. Her involvement in UI's International Studies Program gave her a mission. Now, she's fighting to save her hometown from a series of environmental threats. (Question: Do you have a driving passion in your life?)

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UI charges top $$$ for public records 

When Tom Blanchard wanted to learn more about controversial murals at the University of Idaho, he filed a public records request. The university responded that the records were available. But first, Blanchard would have to pay a bill: $18,078.11. “They discouraged me from gaining access to public records, and it worked,” said Blanchard.

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Senate D's to force gun control vote today 14 

Senate Democrats are planning to offer a series of gun control amendments during the Thursday vote-a-rama on the chamber’s highly anticipated budget bill. A group, led by the chamber's No. 2 Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), announced Thursday that they would be forcing votes on measures such as universal background checks.

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Poll: Require GMO warnings 

In Wednesday's poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation said the feds should require labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO). Today's Poll: Do you support the military's move to open all combat positions to women?

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KVNI: 1st Xmas music, then 80s music 

Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits columnist for the Coeur d'Alene Press, provides the background re: what's happening with KVNI, the Coeur d'Alene sister station for KXLY. KVNI will provide Christmas music 24/7 through holidays & then switch to Top 40 and '80s music. Gone will be 24/7 sports. I wonder if that means Seattle M's broadcasts are out, too?

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Spokane cop faces rape charge 10 

A Spokane police sergeant was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting another police officer at a police party in October. Sgt. Gordon Ennis turned himself in to the Spokane County Jail about 4:20 p.m. and was booked on a charge of second-degree rape.

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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.