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The Slice: One has to wonder if the teacher asked him how to spell detention

A fourth-grader at Holmes Elementary had a question for teacher Betsy Weigle.

“How do you spell ‘tornadoes’?” asked Dakota S.

Weigle answered.

Then another kid, Enrique, raised his hand.

The teacher called on him.

“Speaking of tornadoes,” said Enrique. “What’s with your hair?”

Basketball fans vs. skating fans: “Haven’t seen any skating fans with painted faces and angry looks, shouting at the camera and claiming they’re No. 1,” wrote Rick Miller of Sandpoint.

Backyard grilling: How do you determine when something is done?

A) Meat thermometer. B) Carbon dating. C) Guess. D) Cut into it. E) Wait for that little voice that says “They’re ready.” F) If I later hear that my guests got violently ill, I leave things on a bit longer next time. G) Other.

Snoring, continued: Kaylah Summerfelt’s husband is a Marine serving in Afghanistan. “I look forward to the day when I can be kept awake by his snoring once again,” she wrote.

You make the call: Are the loudest sneezers guilty of embellishing these explosive exhalations by simultaneously yelling?

There are several possible explanations: So when you see women with wet hair in restaurants on Saturday mornings, please don’t assume that they unexpectedly spent Friday night away from home.

Playing with pain: We don’t usually think of gardening as a test of toughness. But for some who suffer from back problems, it can require impressive resolve.

Warm-up questions: Did you start watching “The Pacific” last Sunday? What did you think?

Today’s Slice question: Who around here is so consistently wrong that he or she could serve as a useful reverse barometer in guiding actions and decisions?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Because its relatively gradual rise and calm traffic make it popular with cyclists going up the South Hill, a friend refers to South Adams as the Bike Highway.

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