1. Laura Dodge listens as classmates describe society's greatest problems. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
2. Katie Roberge tries to persuade classmates that AIDS is the biggest threat to humanity. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
Doris Ayars wasn't prepared for the incontinence after her elderly mother moved in with her. Or the abuse. Or her mother's middle-of-the-night wakefulness.
"Mom hits people, digs her nails in. We don't know what's going to happen with her now," Ayars told listeners at the 13th Annual Women's Forum on Friday. "We'll leave it up to the Lord, I guess."
Heather Cooper worked at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards at the Grand Ol' Opry and found out that things aren't always as they appear.
"When Vince Gill was doing the emcee stuff, they're changing the whole stage and you can't see any of it going on," she said from her room at Belmont University in Nashville.
When millions of television viewers gazed at country music stars seated near the stage, they actually saw Heather and 50 other relatively unknown people hired to fill seats.
The Coeur d'Alene Cultural Center will celebrate its opening starting at noon today with arts, crafts, singing, dancing and food in City Park.
The Rotary Bandshell will feature rock and roll band Out of Control, singer Marla Kilgore, Suzuki string students, Sherry Weizel and her Middle Eastern dancers and other performers.
1. Kyle Plue, 6, gets a little help with his hair from aide Maria Aceves as he prepares to have his picture taken. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
2. Photographer Wendy Reeves tries to coax a smile from one of the kids photographed at Ramsey Elementary. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
The Brazilian boy needed a hug. The German girl didn't. But the North Idaho families who opened their homes to them didn't know.
"Two months after the Brazilian boy arrived, his host mother worried that things were a little restrained," says Skip Kuck, chuckling.
"The Brazilian and Mexican kids - if they don't get a hug a day, they wilt on the vine. German families are more reserved."