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Briefs June 17, 2010

| June 17, 2010 9:00 PM

Newsweek honors Charter Academy

Newsweek magazine recognized Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy again this week as one of the nation's top high schools.

The college-prep came in 276th in the magazine's list of 1,600 schools. Of the six Idaho schools to make it on to the list, Charter's placement is the highest. The next Gem State school is Boise High School in spot 494.

The magazine determines the rankings by dividing the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests taken at each school in 2009 by the number of graduating seniors.

Schools with as many graduating seniors as tests taken make it onto the list each year.

Just 6 percent of the nation's 27,000 public high schools met the benchmark.

Last year, Coeur d'Alene Charter was in spot 261, out of 1,300 schools that made the list.

Charter is the only northern Idaho school on the list. It has been recognized previously on similar lists compiled by U.S. World & News Report and Businessweek.

Public invited to tour Naval base

All aboard.

The public is invited to tour the Naval base and brig at Bayview for free this Friday, as part of the city's centennial festivities.

The NSWCCD (Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division) Acoustic Research Detachment will hold its open house from 1-4 p.m.

Test facilities and models will be on display, including submarine and surface ship models. Engineers and scientists will also be on hand to discuss their research for the Navy.

No cameras, including cell phone cameras, firearms or alcoholic beverages are allowed on base.

Ex-postal worker indicted for stealing

COEUR d'ALENE - A 35-year-old Post Falls resident and a former Post Falls postal worker was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday on four counts of theft of mail matter.

Shamus Dean Lenon is accused of taking prescription pain medication from packages sent by the Veteran's Administration to four Post Falls veterans. The alleged thefts occurred between December 2009 and April 2010.

The case was investigated by the Offices of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence.

Spaghetti feed

supports center

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Rathdrum Senior Center, at the corner of Highway 41 and Montana Street.

The all-you-can-eat dinner includes salad, a vegetable, dessert and beverage for $5.50, with money going toward equipment and building maintenance.

Information: 687-2028

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