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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2007

Hump Day Wild Card -- 8/22/07

I'm back and I'm fairly rested after setting up Amy Dearest for her senior year at college in Portland. We all know how fast time goes. But it truly seems like yesterday when we were dropping her off for her first year of college, wondering…

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In The News: Idaho Astronaut Barbara Morgan

Steve Ueckert/AP Photo, Houston ChronicleBob Fitzmaurice, who is retired from the Johnson Space Center, greets teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan with a hug Wednesday at Ellington Field in Houston. Fitzmaurice worked with Morgan as she prepared for the recently concluded mission of the space shuttle Endeavour.

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Rep. Hart Not Convinced re: Dog-Fight Felony

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, (pictured) made the successful motion to kill the bill in the House Judiciary Committee in 2005. Hart said he was concerned about overloading Idaho's prisons by creating another felony crime. "I would have that same concern" again, he said. "I think…

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DFO's Weird Animals -- 8/22/07

Christian Parley/AP Photo,The Fresno BeeGreg Hamstra poses with a two-headed calf Tuesday that was born on his dairy farm in Tulare, Calif. She has two ears, but four eyes and two mouths. Blinky was born about 9 a.m. Tuesday and was promptly discovered by one…

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Question: Is County Handling Young Matter Properly?

Item: County admits planner's error: Supports Young as competent, valuable employee/Erica Curless, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: The Kootenai County Commission called an impromptu press conference Tuesday to acknowledge that a county planner erred by signing off on her own development but reiterated that she is a competent…

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HBO Question: North Idaho Fair

I'll attend the North Idaho Fair tonight with my wife and four other members of my extended family. I generally attend on opening night when all the flowers and vegetables are still very fresh in the exhibit barns. I enjoy looking at the exhibits, gabbing…

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DFO Thoughts: On Cell Phones

I admit that cell phones are nice. Too nice. I've already used my new cell phone on several occasions to avoid frustration -- once when I lost sight of her while traveling in heavy Portland traffic in two cars and another time when I lost…

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Dogwalk Musings: Vick's Crime & Punishment

Susan Smith drove her car into a lake and drowned her two sons because her boy friend rejected her. Life in prison. Andrea Yates drowned her five children. Post partum depression. Life in prison commuted to a mental institution. Michael Vick. Tortured and killed dogs…

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Q: Would You Bare All for Calendar Fund-raiser?

Item: Women shed modesty to put on fundraiser/Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: Calendar model Karen Olson, 64, said she watched the movie "Calendar Girls," loosely based on the real-life women of Yorkshire, England, who bared all for a charity calendar in 1999, and couldn't imagine how…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2007

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2007

APhoto of the Day -- 8/20/07

AP Photo/Chuck BurtonCarolina Panthers rookies Jon Beason, center, Tim Shaw, left, and Mickey Pimemtel, right, are doused with water and ice after being tied to a goal post after the last practice for practice during the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Monday.You…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2007

Wild Card/Sunday -- 8/19/07

The vacation is winding down HBOers. Three more days, counting today. I'm looking forward to our regular chats on the blog. But first a few more days in the garden and reading. I've gotten the bug for reading books again, thanks to our encounter with…

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Get Out! A Review of the Sunshine Trader

From its roots as a little “hippie joint” which opened in 1981 in the tiny building that now houses the Parkside Bistro, to its current digs near the mad rush of the Hospital District, the Sunshine Trader has changed relatively little. When they first opened…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2007

FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2007

Vacation Thoughts: Retirement

For the first time in my life, I can see retirement approaching -- in 4 to 7 years, depending on when I take it (62 or 65). Or on the near future of the newspaper industry. I've been working since I was 14, beginning by…

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APhoto of the Day -- 8/17/07

AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenMarlys Erickson of the Pike Place Market Foundation pushes a decorated pig past market stalls Friday in Seattle as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the public produce market, which features a bronze statue of a pig as its…

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Question: Have You Been Victim of Car Burglary?

Item:Man accused of 60 vehicle break-ins: Police say car stuffed with stolen items/Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: Police allege that Matthew D. Campbell was methodical in his search for vehicles to burglarize, sometimes returning to the same location over and over, and not hesitating to smash…

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Realtors Cut Off Access to Home Sale Data

On the Idaho edition's front page this morning, reporter Erica Curless tells us that the Multiple Listing Service of the Coeur d'Alene Association of Realtors has taken its ball and gone home. No more playing nicely with Kootenai County. No more sharing home sale prices,…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2007

Elvis' Anniversary Wild Card -- 8/16/07

I remember watching Elvis perform in real time on the famous "Ed Sullivan Show" in which cameramen filmed him from the waist up. I remember seeing his movie "Hound Dog Man" while visiting my cousin in Manteca, Calif. However, Presley was the icon of my…

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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.