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Hump Day Wild Card — 8.20.14

I don't know why, but I decided to re-read Ian Fleming's James Bond series in the order that he wrote the books — “Casino Royale,” “Live & Let Die,” “Moonraker,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” and now “From Russia with Love.” Bond is evolving into the ruthless Daniel Craig killer as I move my way through the books. He's survived so far because he has been lucky. No tricky gadgets have cropped up yet. I suspect “From Russia with Love” will advance the character quite a bit. He needs to cut back on smokes though (about 70 per day). Have you ever re-read a series? With that thought, I'll post today's Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 8.20.14

Autumn Jolly of Power of the Paw booth at North Idaho Fair offers Justice 4 Arfee stickers and magnets to help support Craig Jones, owner of the 2YO black lab that was shot earlier this summer by a Coeur d'Alene police officer. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Top Comment — Randy Myers

The Ice Bucket Challenge is swiftly overtaking sports as a leading cause of concussions — Randy Myers.

DOTC: More Courthouse D’s Than R’s

Dan of the Community (RE: Kootenai County observes 150th anniversary): OK, and this is from the election records online. Since 1932 there were 272 persons elected to county office. Of that number 164 or 60% were Democrats and 108 or 40% were Republicans. The Coroner was heavily tilted towards Republican office holders while same was true for the Democrats with the Clerk's office.

Question: Do you expect the pendulum to swing away from GOP office holders at the Kootenai County Courthouse any time soon?

Cutline Contest — 8.20.14 Edit

A bird takes flight as Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau delivers to the Detroit Tigers during the 11th inning of a baseball game Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Tuesday Winner — Eman, with 7 likes: “After years of training by her father, Cami launches a 'one cheek sneak' to ward off a stray varmint.” You can see Tuesday Photo & all Cutline Contest entries here.

PM Scanner Traffic — 8.20.14

  • 4:39 p.m. 2-vehicle accident reported @ H95/Neider Avenue, CdA; unknown injuries.
  • 4:35 p.m. Non-injury accident reported @ H95/Spokane River bridge.
  • 4:34 p.m. Young male is shooting BB gun in area of Winschester/Juniper, Rathdrum.
  • 4:18 p.m. BOSS hit on stolen license plate on vehicle that turned s/b from I-90 onto NW Blvd/CdA.
  • 4:05 p.m. You can read report re: Tuesday PM crash that tied up traffic @ e/b I-90/MP 9.8 here.
  • 3:44 p.m. Alarm sounding in house @ Fairmont Loop/Spokane River, CdA.
  • 3:21 p.m. EMTs from Kootenai Fire dealing w/29YO male who overdosed by trying to get high on cold medicine.
  • 2:52 p.m. Possible juvenile problem reported after car crash @ 4300 block of Maplewood/Hayden.
  • 2:51 p.m. Officer wants backup as he enters woods @ 190 E. Wyoming/Hayden to check on 2 men.
  • 2:39 p.m. Someone is suffering uncontrolled bleeding @ 300 block of Cederbloom/CdA.
  • 2:04 p.m. Someone has been injured in a fall @ 11400 block of Crystal Bay Road/Post Falls.
  • 1:38 p.m. Female in light-blue Mercedes is gesturing and talking to herself on 14th Avenue/Post Falls.
  • 1:05 p.m. 2 ex-employees are harassing manager @ Coeur d'Alene Super 8 on Appleway.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

PM Headlines — 8.20.14

Zach Petersen, 13, of Post Falls, shows his 289-pound Yorkshire x pig, Malcomb, during the opening day of the North Idaho Fair today at the Kootenai County Fair Ground in Coeur d'Alene. Petersen and Malcomb won first place in this round and were headed to the finals. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

 

Elephant Poo Produces Pricey Coffee

I s#&% you not: The world's most expensive coffee is now being produced in Thailand's Golden Triangle, a region better known for another high-priced, if illegal, export: opium. Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, is betting his life savings he can turn his idea into, well, gold. Here's the catch: His Black Ivory Coffee is made by passing coffee beans through the not insubstantial stomachs of elephants and then picking the beans out of, well, yeah, that. It's similar to Kopi Luwak, the civet coffee that was all the rage a few years back; Dinkin has just supersized the idea. He knows Kopi Luwak's image has been trashed because of concerns over counterfeiting, disease and animal abuse. But he insists there's nothing fake — or frivolous — about Black Ivory Coffee/Michael Sullivan, Boise State Public Radio. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you drink a cup of Black Ivory Coffee, made from beans found in elephant poo?

Showing The Boys How To Throw

Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis delivers a pitch against Nashville during her team's 4-0 win in a U.S. pool play baseball game at the Little League World Series on Friday in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)

Mo’ne Davis, the ace of the Taney Dragons in the Little League World Series, spoke fluently about “release points” and the art of confronting batters who are uncomfortable hitting the ball to the opposite field. It was advanced stuff for any pitcher, let alone one who is 13 years old. Davis, having captured much of the nation’s attention in recent days with her blazing fastball and her waist-length braids, was preparing to take the mound Wednesday night for her Philadelphia-based team against a team from Las Vegas, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s United States championship game/New York Times. More here.

Question: Have you been following the exploits of Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis in the Little League World Series?

Effort To Curb Panhandling Working Edit

A month long campaign to redirect money usually given to panhandlers is helping non-profits assist the local homeless community. City leaders launched the campaign at the start of August to stop panhandlers on the roadside. On Tuesday, organizers of the Give Real Change campaign said the movement is making a difference. In the past few weeks, the program has helped get some panhandlers off of the street and working with non-profit groups according to organizers. Former panhandlers told KREM 2 News that most of the money they collected went to feeding their addictions. “It went to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes,” admitted Jeff Chambers who used to ask for money on the roadside/Shawn Chitnis, KREM2. More here.

Question: When & where did you last encounter a panhandler in North Idaho?

Crapo’s Message To Labrador

Republican Senator Mike Crapo, and his political advisors, lost little time this past week in reading and reacting to First District Congressman Raul Labrador’s hiring of Idaho Statesman ace political reporter Dan Popkey as his press secretary. Some pundits speculated the move indicated Labrador was contemplating a possible run for the United States Senate. The next Senate election is in two years with Senator Crapo presumably standing for re-election to a fourth term, but there has been additional speculation that Crapo might retire and stay in D.C. to earn some big bucks like his former Senate colleague, Dirk Kempthorne. The message to Labrador was unequivocally clear: “If you think this is going to be an open seat you can just waltz into, you’re whistling past the graveyard”/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Do you think Labrador could beat Sen. Crapo in a 2016 U.S. Senate race?

HBO Blogosphere — 8.20.14

“When Goosie showed up at the Tibbs farm and started following my sister Laurie everywhere she went, even the usual chores got backed up a bit more,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “Turned out to be “Goose for a Day” for Laurie and anyone else who happened to be around.” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (from Tuesday, Aug. 19): 6697 page-views/4181 unique views

Triple Boat Float

On his Facebook wall, Don Sausser refers to this corporate outing on Lake Coeur d'Alene as a “Triple Boat Float.” Three Coeur d'Alene Resort boats are linked together for the Sunday outing involving employees of Bozzi Media.com, a Spokane Media/News/Publishing company.

Question: It has been quite awhile since I've been aboard one of the resort's boats. When did you last sail on one of them?

SR News Quiz — 8.17-22.14

You don't have to be an expert in current events to win the Spokesman-Review Weekly News Quiz, but it can't hurt! All entrants this week are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ will take home a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Click here for SR News Quiz.

  • Answer to Question No. 2: 19.
  • Leaderboard: 4 Merry Hucksters are ranked among 18 current finalists for free tickets & a possible $50 Davenport Hotel gift card — RaynTim, Lets Talk, Sibulsky & Duffer. Deadline for entering the contest is 5 p.m. Friday

Age 65 Minus 3 Months

Today marks three months from the day that I'll turn 65 (Nov. 20). So I decided to call the Social Security Administration to make sure I'm taking all the steps to let them know that I want supplemental insurance if/when I retire (no current plans to do so in near future). After a brief trip through phone tree, I reached an automated voice who told me that the early morning hours and the first of the week are the heaviest times for Social Security calls — and that no one was available to take mine. Thus, begins my trip into that netherworld of Senior Citizenship. I won't go softly into that good netherworld of aging.

Question: Anyone out there have trouble getting ahold of Social Security?

County Observes 150th Anniversary

The Kootenai County Commissioners and North Idaho Fair Board are pleased to announce this year’s North Idaho Fair & Rodeo events which feature a milestone celebration that only occurs once in a lifetime.  The Fair will commemorate Kootenai County’s150th anniversary with the dedication of a new grand entryway into the facility.  Features include a new Main Gate with state-of-the-art ticketing booths sponsored by Idaho Forest Group and the ACI Northwest Plaza with a monument designed by local artists paying tribute to the industries upon which Kootenai County was built: timber, mining, agriculture and tourism/Kootenai County Commissioners Office. More here.

Question: Tell us one thing that you know re: history of Kootenai County?

Lentils For More Than Just Soup, Stew

Growing up, we ate lentils galore. Packed with protein, fiber and folate, they’re hearty, stick-to-your-ribs ingredients, popularized in America by 1971’s “Diet for a Small Planet.” Mom – well-meaning, health-conscious and thrifty – tucked lentils into almost every soup or stew throughout the 1970s, ’80s and beyond. Mentioning how good they were made me – as a kid – want to eat them even less. I still picture the legumes by the bowlful – mushy, watery and brown, with onions and a few carrot discs for color. I bought them anyway as a young adult, keeping them on hand as an affordable and versatile staple. Maybe I was just used to having them on the shelf. For years, I kept them as an emergency food/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: How often do you eat food with lentils in it?

Pitbull Has Close Encounter w/Cindy

So, I just got back from walking my dog. What? You didn't know I had a dog? Neither did I. This fella started following me a quarter mile into my walk. Kept trying to shoo him and send him home, but he would have none of it. He stayed closely and happily by my side. I worried he'd run front of a car so when he tried to cross the street, I clicked my tongue and he'd trot back to my side. I circled back to where he first started following me and sure enough, he ran up and sat on the porch of a house. I was really glad because I didn't know how I'd explain him to my cats. My relief was short lived because he immediately started following me again. Lo and behold I spot an animal control truck driving toward us. ”This your dog?” the officer asked. ”No, but I just took him on a four mile walk,” I replied. ”What kind of dog is he?” ”Oh, he's a pitbull,” the officer said. The officer asked how he behaved and I said he was very good other than he wouldn't go home. ”Really?” said the officer. ”He's been reported as a very aggressive pitbull.” I'm going to lay down for a while now. PS: I'd already named Arfie/Cindy.

Question: Have you ever been followed by a loose dog?

Update: Obama Vows ‘Justice’

Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son, James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

President Obama delivered an angry condemnation Wednesday of the Islamic militant group believed to be behind the beheading of an American journalist, labeling the group a cancer and calling on Muslims around the world to reject its brand of “hateful terrorism.” “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said. “No just god would stand for what they did.” The president said he had spoken with the family of the journalist, James Foley, and expressed his support. “Jim was taken in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world,” Obama said. “We are all heartbroken at their loss”/Los Angeles Times. More here.

Question: How should the US react?

Poll: Small % Serve On Jury

  • Tuesday Poll: Slightly more than 1 in 5 respondents to Huckleberries Online poll say they have served on a jury in the last 5 years. Only 32 of 150 respondents (21.33%) say they have served on a jury in last 5 years. 118 of 150 respondents (78.67%) say they haven't.
  • Today's Poll: What should President Obama do about the murder of US journalism James Foley at the hands of Islamic terrorists?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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