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Boise mall shooter’s home was riddled with bullets. How did neighbors, police not notice?
Author: Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman

BOISE, Idaho — Police reports noted dozens of spent shell casings inside and outside Jacob Bergquist’s residence, as well as a homemade firearm silencer.

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Nearly 20% of US firms expect to reduce headcount, survey shows
Author: Reade Pickert, Bloomberg News

A new survey of business economists suggests U.S. job market conditions are beginning to soften, with firms indicating an easing of labor shortages and a pullback in hiring expectations.

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Lack of rural lawyers leaves much of America without support
Author: Elaine S. Povich, Stateline.org

While the running joke may be that there are too many lawyers in the world, in many rural places in the United States, there are demonstrably too few.

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Avista makes deal to get out of aging Colstrip power plant in Montana
Author: Thomas Clouse, The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE — Avista Corp. has a deal to get out of its ownership stake in one of the largest polluters of the Northwest: The Colstrip coal-fired power generation plant in eastern Montana.

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Boy Scouts selling off storied camps under pressure from sex abuse claims, bankruptcy — and locals are worried
Author: Frank Kummer, The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Camp Trexler drapes across 755 sylvan acres in the Poconos where, for a century, Boy Scouts have enjoyed swimming, making campfires and hiking.

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Washington parents push back against proposal to lower required school age
Author: Venice Buhain, Crosscut.com

Washington is a national outlier when it comes to the age at which students are required to be registered for school.

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Director Chloe Domont’s new thriller takes on the male ego. She hopes it starts fights in the parking lot
Author: Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

PARK CITY, Utah — One sub-theme seen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been piercing examinations of the dynamics between men and women. Susanna Fogel’s “Cat Person” is an adaptation of Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker short story on differing perspectives on a date gone wrong. Nicole Newnham’s documentary “The Disappearance of Shere Hite” looks at the responses to the noted sex researcher and author.

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Tesla’s skid leaves Old Auto with a new quandary
Author: Liam Denning, Bloomberg Opinion

A weird thing happened to the global auto industry during the pandemic: Its valuation roughly tripled to about $3 trillion. Roughly a year on, a lot of other weird stuff has happened, most notably the head of the world’s most valuable automaker trying his hand at running a certain social media platform. The concurrent collapse in Tesla Inc.’s valuation explains a big chunk of the retracing in the industry’s value, just as it did on the way up — but not all of it.

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School librarians vilified as the ‘arm of Satan’ in book-banning wars
Author: Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

In her time as a Texas school librarian, Carolyn Foote watched the image of her profession veer from “shrinking violets behind spectacles” cataloging titles to “pedophiles and groomers” out to pollute the minds of the nation’s youth.

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Oscars 2023 tip sheet: Who should win, who will win
Author: Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

Will win: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

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