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SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2015

FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2015

TGIF Wild Card 10.30.15 

I have to say I do NOT miss having a bunch of anxious kids to get ready for trick-or-treating. I did enjoy raiding their candy bowls (shhh!), but I'd rather buy my own than struggling to wrestle healthy food into fidgeting tots and trying to fit costumes over coats in inclimate weather

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Cocoa, the kitten. KREM @

Kitten rescued from Colbert power pole 

COLBERT, Wash. – Avista Utilities rescued a cat on Friday in Colbert that was stuck on a power pole for 27 hours, according to the cat's owners. Coco, the 8-month female old cat, was stuck on the pole since Thursday. What? No handsome firefighters to the rescue? Another dream destroyed.

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FILE - This Sept. 30, 2007 file photo shows "Fun Size" and "Mini" candies in New York. The cost of the ingredients in chocolate is rising, and the nation�s biggest candy makers have already warned that shoppers are going to see price hikes in 2015. (Dan Goodman / Associated Press)

Favorite candy? 15 

Sources tell me that Cda city councilman Dan Gookin hands out FULL SIZE candy bars at his house on Halloween. If they happen to be Snickers or Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, I may just swing by.

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Regents approve making WSU campus nicotine-free  

Cigarettes and other products containing nicotine will soon be outlawed on the Pullman campus of Washington State University. The school’s Board of Regents approved the ban at a meeting on Friday morning. The Pullman campus has around 20,000 students, who make up the majority of the population of the town of 30,000 people. The ban, first proposed by students, makes the sprawling campus tobacco and nicotine free.

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This Tuesday image made from video by KTVZ-TV shows investigators inspecting the scene of an explosion inside a World War II-era tank at a public firing range that left two people dead near Bend, Ore. (Steve Kaufmann/KTVZ-TV via AP / Steve Kaufmann/KTVZ-TV via AP)

Victim of Oregon blast in vintage tank appeared in TV shows, ads 

PORTLAND – Two men killed by an explosion inside a World War II-era tank at an Oregon firing range were participating in a video shoot in a military vehicle owned by one of the victims, a collector who had been filmed for shows on the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Channel and a video game commercial. A crew was filming the tank firing rounds when the blast occurred Tuesday east of Bend, killing vehicle owner Steven Todd Preston, 51, and Austin Tyler Lee, 22, Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said

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Hval Halloween past

Halloween Past 

Halloween ranks right up there with Christmas morning when you're a kid. When our boys were little we couldnt' afford store-bought costumes, so they had to wrangle up their own. Except of course, for the baby. Grandma bought him a new costume until he was old enough to cobble his own.

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Idaho school district debates switching from 4-day week to five 

Five years after shifting to a four-day schedule, the Preston School District is now reviewing whether it should switch back. Idaho EdNews reports that the change was originally branded as temporary, until state funding improved; now the district is surveying parents and debating everything from dollars and cents to impacts on students from longer school days and longer weekends. You can read EdNews’ full report here. Thoughts?

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US commandos heading into Syria 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior U.S. officials say a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be deployed to northern Syria to work with local ground forces in the fight against Islamic State militants. The deployment marks the first time U.S. troops will be working openly on the ground in Syria. Reaction?

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US avoids debt default as Congress passes two-year fiscal plan 

WASHINGTON – Congress passed a two-year bipartisan budget plan that avoids a catastrophic default on U.S. debt, increases spending on domestic and defense programs and ends months of turmoil among House Republicans. The 64-35 Senate vote early Friday, following House passage two days earlier, sends President Barack Obama a bill that will extend U.S. borrowing authority until March 2017, after he leaves office.

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Colin A. Slaughter

Nampa man arrested after using Facebook to meet teen for sex 

A 27-year-old Nampa man has been arrested after using Facebook to arrange sex with an underage teen, according to police. Colin A. Slaughter is charged with felony counts of sexual battery of a minor between the ages of 16 and 17 and use of a child in sexually exploitative material. How closely do you monitor your teens use of social media?

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McCall voters to decide minium wage 19 

MCCALL, Idaho (KBOI) -- If voters in McCall approve a ballot initiative Tuesday, this resort town of 2,900 people would become the first city in Idaho to adopt a local minimum wage. "McCall likes to lead," said former state lawmaker Gail Bray, who is a member of Fair Wage McCall, the grassroots group that got the initiative to raise the minimum wage on the ballot. "We hope that other cities and communities around the state will do the same thing."

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Post Falls PD photo, credit card skimmers

Post Falls PD reports credit card skimmers found at local pumps 

Investigators have traced several covert credit card skimmers to gas pumps in Post Falls. The suspects have opened gas pumps undetected, connected credit card skimmers to the interior electronics of the gas pump and collected credit card numbers of customers as they insert their cards into the pump. The pump function normally and there is no way a customer would know the skimmer is collecting their credit card data. Have you ever been the victim of credit card fraud?

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2015

Thursday Wild Card 10.29.15 

Yesterday I got an email from advising me that they're expanding services for "Live Parties Entertainment, Employee Parties etc." They offer Disco "Saturday Night Fever", "Pulp Fiction" and "Grease" themes. Trying to picture a Pulp Fiction party.

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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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