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Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s impossible not to be moved by the wonderful spirit of giving and generosity for over a hundred local youngsters and their families during the annual Holidays and Heroes event. It’s a huge event that requires months of planning and logi...

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Chat Day: Freaks, phones and felines

December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hello, out there in our winter wonderland.It’s Chat Day, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’m safely back home and scraping snow with the rest of you.I spent a delightful holiday in Kansas City, with doctors anxiously poking, prodding and ...

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Research: Check out Scrabble’s newest additions

December 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

I had one of those moms. Whenever I asked, “What does ‘X’ mean?” I got the same answer: Look it up. Naturally, we were a Scrabble family. So are one-third of American, and half of British, families. Nearly a century after its invention in 1...

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Seismic stats might rattle your cage

December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

On Nov. 30, Anchorage, Alaska, was hit with a 7.0 earthquake that led to widespread damage of buildings and roads as well as knocking out power. Fortunately, there were no reported deaths.Since the big event, there have been over 230 smalle...

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Credit freeze can warm your security

December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Did you know you can freeze your credit for free? Credit freezes are one of the most effective ways for consumers to protect themselves against identity theft, even if you haven’t been victimized.As of Sept. 21, TransUnion, Equifax and Expe...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lions have long played a role in human history, but Idaho’s mountain lions aren’t really lions

December 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

Since prehistoric times, lions have roamed most of the Earth. Not anymore. Most are extinct, with sub-species found only in Africa below the Sahara and in India. But what about mountain lions — also called pumas, cougar, panthers and other ...

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Opinion: Come together: Tonic for troubled families

December 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Let’s assume you paid attention to Friday’s column because we mentioned sex a lot.Hopefully, though, you also picked up on a theme that isn’t, well …Very sexy.The problem is that we, American society in general, seem to be drifting in the w...

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A tribute to two men who happen to be coaches

December 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hello my name is Kelsey Lyle. I am the mother of Wyatt Lyle. I am writing to you today in hopes that you will deeply consider helping me recognize two amazing coaches. We have had the privilege of being a part of their football team for fou...

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Opinion: We’re hanging up on intimacy

December 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

Are you having sex?No, no, calm down a second …I don’t mean NOW!The question here is whether or not you’re having sex, um …Generally?Kind of regularly, maybe?This may all sound like the beginning of a “giggle” column, but it’s actually aime...

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District gets an earful from taxpayer

December 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

The front-page headline “School district gets earful from survey” (Monday, Dec. 3, 2018) doesn’t seem appropriate at all. The article begins with “827 local residents made their voices heard …” that is less than 2 percent of Coeur d’Alene’s...

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