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State grant helps dental center move

A nonprofit health center in Coeur d’Alene is relocating its dental services and upgrading equipment thanks to a state grant.

The new Dirne dental center will open Monday at the Maple Tree Professional Building, 1800 Lincoln Way, which is also home to Dirne’s Counseling and Behavioral Health Center, according to a news release from the nonprofit agency.

A $193,000 state grant received in October will help double the number of patients the dental clinic can see. Last year, the dental center provided 3,000 visits to 1,230 patients, the release said.

In the past three months, Dirne Health Centers has consolidated services from four locations to two.

For an appointment at the new dental center, call (208) 292-0697.

Spokane

No injuries reported in North Side fire

A family of five was assisted by the American Red Cross after a blaze likely sparked by an electrical problem damaged their north Spokane home.

No one was hurt in the fire that ignited about 3:50 a.m. Friday in the 3000 block of North Cincinnati, said Spokane fire Battalion Chief Bruce Moline.

Firefighters who responded to the fire found flames shooting from the roof of the 1 1/2-story home, Moline said. The five residents were already outside.

“The wood frame home suffered extensive damage to the upper-level attic space and also sustained smoke damage throughout,” Moline said. The estimated damage is $30,000.

The fire remains under investigation, Moline said.

PERUGIA, Italy

Murder trial will stay open to public

A judge ruled Friday that the trial of an American student accused of killing her British roommate would remain open to the media despite concerns about the indignity of releasing sensitive details of an alleged sexual attack.

On the first day of the trial of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, presiding Judge Giancarlo Massei rejected a request by the family of victim Meredith Kercher to have the proceedings closed to the public and the media.

Massei barred cameras from filming, but ruled the trial would remain open to print journalists – although some sessions could be closed. The next session was scheduled for Feb. 6.

The ruling was one of several technical issues ironed out at the start of the trial of Knox, 21, from Seattle, and Raffaele Sollecito, 24.

Both are charged with murder and sexual violence in the slaying of Kercher, who was found stabbed to death Nov. 2, 2007, in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, 115 miles north of Rome, where both were exchange students.

Both Knox and Sollecito deny any wrongdoing.

A third defendant, Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede, was convicted last year of the same charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Guede, who had denied wrongdoing, underwent a fast-track trial at his request.

From staff and wire reports

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