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Team USA rallies to beat Turkey at Basketball World Cup

Basketball: Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup in Bilbao, Spain. A night after beating Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn’t take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter.

Spokane veteran recalls heartwarming, heartbreaking moments from D-Day

On a Sunday morning in the autumn of 1944, Idaho native Ben Brooks settled into his foxhole in liberated Luxembourg to write a letter while the rest of his squad attended Mass. A range-setter with the 457th Coast Artillery Battalion which had landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day a few months prior, Brooks described what happened next as his “greatest experience in the Army.”

Remembering D-Day

2014 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. From the first sketchy German radio broadcast to the distribution of images filmed in color, it has taken decades for the full story of the D-Day invasion to come out. At the time, the reporting, filming and taking of photos was neither easy nor straightforward. Photographs by Robert Capa who was embedded with U.S. troops on Omaha Beach, took more than an week for his images to reach American news.

Service members get break at Silverwood

Military veterans and personnel along with police officers, firefighters and EMTs can get in free this three-day weekend at Silverwood Theme Park. Their children and spouses get in for half price during the North Idaho park’s American Heroes Weekend.

Auto Racing: Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

Tempers flared in almost every corner of the IndyCar paddock Sunday at Long Beach, Calif., where Mike Conway was the unexpected winner. Ryan Hunter-Reay dominated most of the race but triggered a seven-car accident 24 laps from the finish when he tried to make an aggressive pass of Josef Newgarden. It left team owner Michael Andretti shaking his head in disgust because the accident wiped out his drivers – Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe.

Auto notes: Ryan Hunter-Reay seizes Grand Prix pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole Saturday for the today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif., knocking teammate James Hinchcliffe from the top spot while ensuring an all-Andretti Autosport front row. The American turned in a lap of 1 minute, 7.8219 seconds on the course through downtown streets.

GSL drops all 3 in State 3A openers

TACOMA – It wasn’t a good day for 3A Greater Spokane League basketball teams at the state tournament Thursday. It wasn’t a particularly good start for Shadle Park’s Highlanders, who quickly found themselves down 19-4 before succumbing 74-46 to defending state champ Rainier Beach at the Tacoma Dome.

In brief: Cap’s Holtby blanks Devils

HOCKEY: Julien Brouillette broke a scoreless tie with his first NHL goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 3-0 in the teams’ final game before the Olympic break. The win moves Washington to within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 63 points

Polar Bear Plunge 2013

This is an aerial view, courtesy of a radio-controlled helicopter and tiny camera, of the annual Polar Bear Plunge which takes place on Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene every New Year's Day

Coeur d’Alene to erect temporary flood wall

It would take a mighty flood for Lake Coeur d’Alene to spill over the seawall at City Beach – not something the city expects to happen. But officials must prepare for the worst, and to that end, city crews will erect a temporary wall on top of the seawall next week. The purpose is to demonstrate to federal authorities that a higher structure can be thrown up in a hurry to keep rising water from spilling over into City Park, the Fort Grounds neighborhood, the North Idaho College campus and the city’s wastewater treatment plant to the north.

‘Brighton’ family struggles, shines

Interplayers Theatre’s season opener “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” written by Neil Simon and directed by Michael Weaver, features several hallmarks of Simon’s work: humor, touching moments and very real characters. The semi-autobiographical play centers on members of the Jerome family, who live in a small house in Brighton Beach, N.Y., during the late 1930s. The family is seen through the eyes of Eugene Morris Jerome (Nich Witham), a literary stand-in for Simon.

Interplayers opens with Neil Simon comedy

There’s a great monologue in Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in which the play’s protagonist, teenager Eugene Jerome, details the deliberately elusive nature of adult conversations. In regard to diseases, Eugene says, his mother never outright names the ailment she’s talking about, instead referring to Aunt Blanche’s asthma as her “situation.” Even when she’s more direct, she resorts to whispering, out of fear that God might hear her say “diphtheria” and strike her down with it. (Eugene says, “Uncle Dave died six years ago from ...” – his voice turns into a hissing whisper – “…  cancer.”)

Coeur d’Alene hydro race has neighbors anxious

Frank Addeman grew up with the Diamond Cup in the late 1950s and early ’60s and has good memories of the boats streaking across Lake Coeur d’Alene. “When I was a kid I used to collect all the (commemorative) buttons,” he said. “I loved the hydroplane races and I was sad when they had to leave.”

Downward frog

Katie Fitzgerald’s yoga students, instructed to close their eyes and notice their surroundings at the start of a class last week, had much to be mindful of. The gentle breeze. The warm sun. The calling birds.