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Larry Craig, out-of-control spiders, and an unsolved murder are in Sept. 4's News from the Web

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s resignation over the weekend still tops headlines on most local media news sites.

IdahoStatesman.com has complete coverage of the unfolding story here. Look for more stories later today about what the future holds for Craig and his family as we wait to see how he responds to his own guilty plea to disorderly conduct after the now-infamous incident in the Minneapolis airport bathroom.

Craig’s children appeared on the Good Morning America show this morning. Click here to read that show’s report of what they said.

Then click here to read McClatchy reporter Erika Bolstad’s coverage of the interview at IdahoStatesman.com.

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The Times News in Twin Falls is reporting that a man there just might be the proud owner of the state’s — and possibly the nation’s — largest Russian Olive tree.

The story talks about the introduction of the tree, which is now considered an enormous weed by many, to the area.

At my house, Russian Olives were blamed for every little sniffle.

The sweet smelling seeds, according to the story, can cause severe allergies.

No kidding.

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The Spokesman Review in Northern Idaho is going all Cold Case this morning with a story about a 23-year-old unsolved murder of an unidentified woman.

The story reads: “The woman's dismembered body was discovered near the T.J. Meenach Bridge in 1984. A month later, her severed hand was found in a nearby neighborhood. In 1998, her skull was unearthed on the lower South Hill. Her feet have not been found.”

Click here to read the full story.

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It’s still fair season on the other side of the state.

If I didn’t have to work, I’d head on over to Blackfoot for a corndog and an Elephant Ear.

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This story in the Rexburg Standard Journal is exactly the kind of story you hope to see in a small town newspaper.

It’s about the world’s biggest horse visiting the small eastern Idaho town.

From the story: "Radar is a Belgian draft horse that measures 6 feet 7 1/2 inches at the withers, or 19 hands, 3 and 1/2 inches in cowboy terms, and he weighs 2,600 pounds."•••



Speaking of freaky, check out this story from the New York Times last week.

It’s another horror-story-come true (like the Spokesman Review’s Cold Case story), only this time it’s more supernatural than forensic anthropological.

If you’re arachnophobic, don’t click on the link. It’s a story about a community of spiders in Texas that have gone crazy in the last month, wildly spinning webs to cover trees, shrubs and anything else in their path.

Reading it again this morning, I feel decidedly uneasy.

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