One of Georgia’s most famous politicians has just reached a milestone birthday. Former President Jimmy Carter turned 90 years old Wednesday and Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer was at the Carter Center to see how supporters helped make his birthday memorable. Volunteers at the Carter Center celebrated with the former president and his wife. They also welcomed the former first family to check out their newly planted garden at the Carter Center. People sent in cards from all over the country to President Carter with messages like, “Happy birthday” and “You are my hero.” Even his 5-year-old great-granddaughter presented him with a handmade card. “It’s been a good first 90 years,” Carter said/WSB-TV 2. More here.
Question: Do/don't you think you'll live to be 90? Why? Why not?
Video (above): Greg Lee & Sam Adams offer weekend prep predictions.
SR sports scribe Greg Lee and KHQ/SWX sports director Sam Adams predict that Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls will win their high school football games this weekend. Of the Coeur d'Alene-Hermiston game, the said:
Gov. Butch Otter & friends will be invading Coeur d'Alene in two days for a debate at the library community center room. I'm sure Jimmy Mac & Co. have everything under control as we move toward another gubernatorial election. The voters should begin awakening from their slumber to start paying attention. Or mebbe they'll simply vote straight ticket rather than think for themselves. Who knows? A number of favored candidates on the state, legislative and courthouse ballots are scary. But the shire will endure. Now for today's Wild Card …
Sometimes the Italians just don't fight fair. They get all the great food. We get all the great size. They get things like fettuccine and ravioli. We get things like 43-inch waists and tent-size T-shirts. I have been puzzling for years over what makes so many of us fight fat while Italians eat fabulous food but remain slimmer than most Americans. If there is a god (with taste buds), why doesn't he give us the best-flavored food along with our curse of fat or give us hot slender bodies with mountains of greasy burgers? But no. The Italians are charming so they get both the great food and the great looks. They are the chosen ones/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Do you have any Italian blood in you?
The Pac-12 Conference announced on Wednesday that it has notified the NCAA that it will propose new benefits for student athletes. In May the presidents and chancellors of the Pac-12’s member schools wrote a letter to their colleagues at the NCAA’s five major conferences outlining ways to better support student athletes athletically, academically and monetarily. “The landscape of college sports is changing, but no matter what happens, we want to protect the college experience and preserve the traditions that make college sports enjoyable for athletes, fans, parents and alumni,” said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University and Chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group in a release. “We are seizing our opportunity to usher in meaningful reform to help student-athletes and restore the academic primacy of our universities”/Jacob Thorpe, SR. More here. (AP file photo: WSU President Elson Floyd)
Question: Should student athletes in college be paid?
From Eye on Boise quotes respected political forecast site “Sabato Crystal Ball“: ““Those looking for a sleeper race this year ought to take a look at Idaho,” Crystal Ball managing editor Kyle Klondik wrote. “In his quest for a third term, Gov. Butch Otter (R) really struggled in his primary, getting only 51% of the vote, and we’ve heard from some sources there that he could be vulnerable. Apparently, Otter is having trouble unifying his party, and deep-pocketed challenger A.J. Balukoff, a conservative Democrat who said he voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, might give disaffected Republicans an alternative (a Libertarian is also running).” More here.
Question: Obviously, the Otter camp is worried — or it wouldn't be hiding behind IACI hit ads & tweets, as well as the Republican Governors' Association, right?
Cindy Hval's “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation” tells the stories of marriages and families forged during and after World War II, as the Greatest Generation became the backbone of our society. You can pre-order your copy of War Bonds today! Click here to reserve your copy/copies from Barnes and Noble. The book is scheduled for publication February 14, 2015 from Casemate. Young people have been falling in love since time began, but romance during a world war had a unique set of challenges. The uncertainty of the time led to an abundance of couples marrying quickly, after brief courtships. Yet amazingly, these couples created lifelong bonds. More here.
Question: Will you please join me in giving a monster H/T to Cindy for reaching this amazing milestone? Saa-LUTE!
How much do you know about Valleyfest, budding north Idaho scientists and other items in the news? Take the weekly News Quiz of The Spokesman-Review and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Take News Quiz here.
“If a guy comes and wants to sell hot dogs and asks us what the rules and regulations are, there aren't any,” says Coeur d'Alene city council member Dan Gookin. Gookin says it was only after seeing someone selling knives next to a school that he realized the city can do nothing about mobile vendors. There is no ordinance governing them and that is something he's hoping to change. “There's a price of doing business in the city, unless you're a mobile merchant,” says Gookin. The city is hosting a public workshop on October 1st to discuss the possibility of an ordinance that would regulate mobile vendors, for reasons Gookin says is simple public safety but also fairness. “At the end of the season these guys just pull up their stakes and then they're gone, but the brick and mortar guys are still here, they're fighting for that business,” says Gookin/Victor Correa, KHQ. More here.
From city spokesman Keith Erickson: “What do you picture when you think of a great community? We want to know! In recognition of National Community Planning Month in October, the city of Coeur d’Alene is sponsoring a “What Makes Places Great” photo contest all month long. Send us photos that you feel best represent the city and make this a great place to live or visit.” Winning entry will win a free lunch with Mayor Steve Widmyer. More here.
HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday): 7058 pageviews/4450 unique views, and (for September 2014): 153,095 pageview/96,073 unique views, and (for YTD): 1,589,744 pageviews/958,095 unique views.
Texas coach Charlie Strong met with embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last Sunday and the two concluded that college coaches need to do more to prepare their players. Goodell has faced heightened scrutiny in the wake of a number of recent domestic violence scandals, most notably that involving Ray Rice and accusations that the NFL did not adequately investigate the incident or punish the player involved. Strong said that colleges were sending players of questionable character to the NFL. On Tuesday the head coaches at Washington’s two FBS programs offered dissenting opinions/Jacob Thorpe, SR. (SR photo: Mike Leach says any player who hits a female would be dismissed immediately at WSU)
Question: Who's to blame for the bad behavior of professional football players — the NFL or the colleges that nurtured them?
Police chasing after doughnuts — am I stuck in one of Uncle Larry’s jokes? No, not this time: Someone stole a van full of doughnuts and led police on a merry chase for it through Portland, OR, before cops were able to apprehend the suspect and make him drop a pilfered pastry he was apparently munching on during the pursuit. No doughnut left behind. According to FOX 12 Oregon, a delivery driver from a local doughnut store had stopped his van at one point to make a delivery, leaving it unlocked with the keys inside. With such tantalizing treats sitting there for the taking, the van was stolen at some point. Police caught up with the vehicle, turning on the flashing lights to pull it over, but the driver instead sped off with officials chasing after/Consumerist. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes: Bacon maple bars from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland are shown)
Question: Why do we have the impression that cops eat a lot of doughnuts?
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to improve the Spokane River’s water quality. Now state regulators say it’s time to ensure that the urban waterway has enough flow to support healthy fish populations and recreational uses. To help achieve that goal, the state Department of Ecology has drafted rules for how much water should flow in the river. They would apply to Spokane County and part of Stevens County. “It’s kind of like a water right for the public,” said Guy Gregory, a hydrogeologist for the Ecology Department. “It protects the surface water uses the public has an interest in.” Public comment will be accepted on the proposal through Nov. 7, with a decision expected by January. But critics already say the agency’s proposal isn’t adequate/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo by Tyler Tjomsland: Gregory Arut fishes on a tranquil portion of the Spokane River on Tuesday south of Nine Mile Falls)
Question: Are you concerned that Washington is drafting flow rules for the Spokane River?
In this March 29, 2012, AP file photo, Floyd “Creeky” Creekmore puts on his makeup before a performance in Billings, Mont. Creekmore, the world's oldest clown, died Saturday night of complications from heart disease at his home in Billings, Mont. He was 98. Story here. (AP file photo: Matthew Brown)
Facts: A pair of tandem surfers catch a wave at the Surf City Dog Surf competition Sunday in Huntington Beach, Calif. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register: Ana Venegas)
Tuesday Winner — Charlie, with 7 likes: “Pull my finger, you'll get a bang out of it.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.