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IDAHO FALLS (AP) â€” Maybe Chris Tapp wants to freeze the moment, to stop time from slowly slipping away. In prison time is all he has, and all he has to lose. He has lost 6,510 days so far.
"You wonder all the time. What would it be like if he hadn't got in the situation he's in right now? What kind of person would he become? If he'd have kids. The things you'd be able to do that you can't. I don't have Thanksgiving. I don't have Christmas," Vera Tapp said, biting her lips, trying but failing to hold back tears.
BLACKFOOT â€” Through the years, lifelong Blackfoot resident Arlene Yancey, who will turn 99 years old next year, always organized the class reunions for the 90 students in her Blackfoot High School graduating "Class of 1934," and she'd like to have another one: Blackfoot High School's "80th Class Reunion."
Yancey, who was born to Clara and Birtie Petersen on Jan.19,1916 and raised on a farm in the Rose area, is fortunate to have lived a good, long life. She is still in good health and is hoping that there are a few surviving classmates out there who could celebrate a class reunion with her.
READING, Pa. (AP) â€” A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly.
Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.
Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area's many bakeries.
BLACKFOOT â€” Whether shopping on Thanksgiving afternoon or at 4:30 in the morning on Friday some stores have reported that while business was busy on Thursday and Friday, things also went smoothly. Beall's in Blackfoot opened its doors Thursday at 4 p.m. and stayed open till 1 a.m. on Friday.
"Today has been quiet; we haven't had the flood of people that we had Thursday" said Cheryl Gertsch, the store manager for Beall's.
Some customers reported positive experiences with Black Friday shopping at Beall's. Beall's offered rewards to folks who were willing to wait in line to shop.
Sallee Weaver, a resident of The Willows assisted care facility, said she appreciated the chance to get out.
Michael Jordan, who produced his driver's license to prove that's his name, thanked a friend for telling him about it.
Both were among those who enjoyed the Community Dinner Table's third annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday.
A Chubbuck woman apparently thought Blackfoot's Walmart would be an easy place to load up a cart and leave without paying. She was wrong.
Blackfoot police say Jennifer Stowell, 41, took 77 items valued at more than $900 from the Blackfoot Walmart on Nov. 19.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) â€” A Maine man who authorities originally said fell to the sidewalk while rappelling down a fire escape after breaking into a Portland flower shop was actually part of a stunt that had gone awry.
Ronald Podlaski told the Portland Press Herald on Monday he was trying to surprise a friend Saturday by sneaking up the fire escape and climbing in her apartment window. The 29-year-old Podlaski, an artist who uses the name RookSye, says he got the wrong building and ended up in the florist.
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) â€” Police say an 18-year-old Maine man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into two homes while naked, at about the same time his own home was destroyed in a fire.
Logan Valle faces charges including burglary, theft and attempted theft.
Police allege Valle forced his way into two homes late Saturday night looking to steal car keys. He was found in the attic of one of them.
At about the same time, the nearby home owned by his parents was destroyed in a fire. No one was injured.
BOISE (AP) â€” Water quality in the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane river basins in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state is improving due to ongoing efforts to clean up one of the nation's largest Superfund sites, scientists say, a federal agency reported Monday.
The U.S. Geological Survey said concentrations of cadmium, lead and zinc decreased significantly since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began the cleanup in the 1990s.
"I was really pleased when I started looking at the data," said USGS hydrologist Greg Clark. "We just saw these dramatic decreases."