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Here comes the first day of summer and hot temperatures

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

The first day of summer will arrive at 3:07 a.m. on Thursday. On that day, the sun’s angle in the sky is the highest and the Northern Hemisphere will experience the most daylight hours. The exact number of hours and minutes will have some s...

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BROOKS - OPINION: Biting into a big, fat bogus burger

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Don’t you be scammed! I love to collect and investigate phony looking email offers. I got an email last week that looked like it came from Burger King and offered me a $100 gift certificate. All I had do was answer a few short questions on ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Cataldo Mission’s Jesuit Father De Smet was one of the Church’s best

June 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Josse De Smet was worried about his 13-year-old son, Pierre-Jean (Peter-John), who seemed to have an insatiable appetite for adventure. “May God protect him,” the boy’s father said. “He will either be a soldier or a great traveler, but he w...

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Opinion - Cameron: Garfield celebrates birthday with a win

June 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s official …North Idahoans love cats.The first hint was when I asked readers to send in stories and photos of their pets doing unusual or funny things.I received almost three dozen replies, and they were ALL about cats.Every one.Where we...

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50: Yes, it’s a big deal

June 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

So what’s up with the number 50? Have you ever contemplated that question? Am I the only person quirky enough to consider this? It is sort of a cool number. Did you know that 50 is the sum of three square numbers: 3-squared + 4-squared + 5-...

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When police cross the line

June 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

When I was a little girl, I can remember my kindergarten teacher telling us that if we were ever lost or afraid to “go find a police officer and they will help you.” Indeed, I taught my children the same, that there is safety and harbor fou...

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Opinion - Cameron: Men, we’d better listen to Sholeh

June 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

How are you feeling, guys?It probably ought to be better.Hopefully, the male portion of today’s audience read Sholeh Patrick’s column in Tuesday’s Press. She reminded us that while leading up to Father’s Day this weekend, we’re supposed to ...

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Opinion - Cameron: Bullet holes and bogus reviews

June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s Chat Day, or in this case, the pleasant calm before the storm.I’m referring to the column that ran on Wednesday — describing my first up-close encounter with the AR-15.That’s the gun the NRA calls “America’s Rifle.”There will be blowba...

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You’re a grand old (living) flag

June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

What is it about a piece of cloth that can cause such intense emotion? Nearly two and a half centuries after a painful war of independence and its official adoption by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes continu...

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Opinion - Brooks: Sickness, serious charges and a writer’s apology

June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

In Monday’s column I suggested that people who were not “wheelchair-bound” (this is a key word, necessary to understanding my advice) consider using a wheelchair in their transit through airports. There are many, like me, who are not “wheel...

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