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HISTORY CORNER: Clarence Darrow defends a schoolteacher in the historic Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’

September 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Part II of the Clarence Darrow Story

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Opinion: The canine empire bites back

September 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s true.I’ve made several mentions of Sammie the World’s Greatest Cat in this space.Why?Well, on one hand (the biased one), she’s earned the publicity simply by living up to that magical five-word name. If you’re the greatest, you should ...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY — GOP stronghold in North Idaho about to be tested

September 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

Three decades ago, Democrats running for legislative seats in Coeur d’Alene didn’t have to make this kind of appeal to the party faithful.“I have reason to believe that Legislative District 4 is primed for Democrat victory,” wrote Cory Engl...

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Opinion: Growth puts pressure on planning

September 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

This is the second of two columns addressing the issue of Kootenai County’s explosive growth, attempting to answer some questions we hear continually from local residents. Why isn’t anything done to clear up traffic problems? Are area plann...

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County’s auditor is there for you

September 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

To the taxpayers of Kootenai County:As a taxpayer, you should know what the auditor’s office does for you. It is the essence of transparency, the buzzword everyone is using these days. The auditor is responsible for recording and reporting ...

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Opinion: With growth comes traffic trouble

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

This the first of two columns addressing the issue of Kootenai County’s explosive growth, attempting to answer some questions we hear continually from local residents. Why isn’t anything done to clear up traffic problems? Are area planners ...

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Research: The quest to transform a desert

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

As with any desert, forecasts for the African Sahara — a giant desert roughly the size of the United States — don’t typically include rain. With a twist of irony, that could change, thanks to technology’s harnessing of the sun. The Sahara ...

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Consumer advice: Come on now, folks: Stay off Suckers List

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

What’s a “come-on”? At best it’s something that is done to get customers for a business. At worst, it’s a dishonest way to entice consumers to click here, enter your email there, or provide identifying, confidential information to an entity...

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OPINION — Little moments of community bring big smiles

September 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Bright and early Saturday morning, the skies cleared — or at least stopped dripping rain — just in time for the Race for the Cure event at North Idaho College. A couple hundred breast cancer survivors and their enthusiastic family and frien...

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OPINION — Chat: Something for everyone today

September 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yep, it’s Wednesday, and that means all the excitement of our weekly Chat Day.We can’t waste any time getting started, since Celine Dion is waiting in the wings once again.But I have to toss out a reminder that our survey on the pros and co...

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