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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016

Mall brawl mayhem continues 12 

The mayhem that has rippled through malls in more than a dozen states continued Tuesday evening, when about 200 rowdy teenagers showed up en masse at a Philadelphia mall in a gathering planned on Snapchat, officials said. FYI: I hate shopping. And shopping malls. CH

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Trump defends foundation 42 

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday night to defend the charitable foundation he has pledged to close, saying the media had not given him enough credit for his generosity and ignoring the legal issues that have ensnared the organization in controversy. Thoughts?

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Minnesota outplays WSU, wins Holiday Bowl 17-12 

And to think Minnesota was the team that some folks worried would not show up for the Holiday Bowl. The Washington State Cougars were present, but played like they were the ones boycotting, declining to muster even an anemic offense until the final, unimpactful seconds of their 17-12 loss in the Holiday Bowl.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

Wild Card 12.27.16 12 

'Twas two days after Christmas and most of us mere mortals are back at work. Not DFO, of course. I'm trying hard not to lose my holiday glow, but I have a column due this morning and it's been a few days since I've had to sit at my desk like a grown up.

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Press letter: Christmas for atheists 26 

In a letter published in Sunday's Cda Press, Michael Quinn takes issue with a story about atheists and Christmas. He writes, "Had to laugh at Tuesday’s article, “Christmas for Atheists.” I mean, seriously. Isn’t that like prime rib for vegetarians?" He says he has a problem with atheism. Do you?

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N. Idaho businessmen launch Arizona hydroplane event

Two North Idaho businessmen are putting together a 4-day, water festival near Phoenix in Feb., featuring hydroplane racing, music and more. CEO Greg Cook, a retired Air Force Colonel from Coeur d’Alene, co-founded the effort with business partner Patrick Stroud, a Marine Corps veteran from Wallace. A public briefing is scheduled Thursday in Cda.

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Idaho's top 2016 stories

The list includes the presidential election, police shootings in Council and Boise, racism and rape in Dietrich and the shooting of CdA pastor Tim Remington. Anything you'd add to the list below?

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Caldwell mom pleads guilty in Amber Alert case

A Caldwell woman who triggered an Amber Alert after taking three children on a trip along with a suspected child molester has changed her plea in the case. The Idaho Statesman reports Sarah Joy Dunn pleaded guilty last week to a felony charge of custodial interference. She had previously entered a not guilty plea.

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Water: The difference between CdA and Spokane 

My husband and I spent the weekend before Christmas in CdA enjoying some much-needed time away-- dining out and attending a wedding. Aside from much lower restaurant bills one thing stood out-- water. At Bardenay and at Rivelle's servers brought water to the table without our asking.

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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.

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