SATURDAY, AUG. 29, 2015

FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2015


Drunk listed? 

AURORA, Ill. -- The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication. Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly. Would you like your local PD to compile a similar list?

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TGIF Wildcard 8.28.15

I really don't know how Dave does it. We returned Sunday from a vacation in Houston where our second son lives. I'm still not sure of the day of the week. I scheduled a bunch of interviews for this week, thinking it was next week and had to call everyone back.

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Me in any language 

I have this embarrassing, unconscious habit of taking on the speech patterns and accents of people I'm talking with. This morning I interviewed a German who immigrated to the States in the late 50's. Sure enough I started saying, Ya, ya, istead of yes and my w's began sounding like v's. This afternoon I interviewed a Cuban national. By the end of our visit I sounded like Ricky Ricardo. Si.

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Majority of women's accounts on Ashley Madison were fake 12 

An analysis of the user data on millions of people exposed by the massive hack of AshleyMadison.com has concluded that a vast majority of the accounts supposedly belonging to women were inactive and possibly fake. Despite its popularity among men, with 31 million male users (including some using official government email addresses), the site for people looking to have an affair had only 5.5 million registered female users.

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Wildfires shake up Idaho football’s opening weekend

Poor air quality as a result of wildfires in the region have had North Idaho high schools scrambling to figure out options for scheduled season-opening games this weekend. It’s been a fluid situation all week with seemingly changes daily. The result for Coeur d’Alene-area fans is a unique doubleheader today at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. Lake City and Coeur d’Alene secured time slots to play their openers there.

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Genetically engineered potato news 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops. Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. says that the Russet Burbank can also be stored at colder temperatures longer to reduce food waste.

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Arson investigation underway in CdA grass fire

A Thursday evening grass fire that burned an area about the size of a city block on Coeur d’Alene was the work of an arsonist, investigators have determined. The fire started around 6:40 p.m. near the vacant motel on Northwest Boulevard near West Davidson Avenue, according to a news release from the Coeur d’Alene police department.

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Raindrops! 

Just got back from my afternoon walk and I am happy to report raindrops kept falling on my head. Just a light pattering of scattered drops-- but still RAIN!

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Twitter working hard to add tweeters

NEW YORK – Twitter’s most urgent task is naming a new CEO. But the most formidable one is convincing more people that its service is essential, easy to use and not just meant for celebrities, 16-year-olds and news junkies. To help with the latter, there are big promotions, such as last year’s World Cup push and this year’s expanded content and advertising deal with the NFL.

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Favorite swimming hole? 

We asked our readers to share their favorite swimming hole. I'm not a fan of swimming with the fishes. And the seaweed. And crowds. My favorite swimming hole is my mother-in-law's backyard pool. What's yours?

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Music in the making: Rapper Macklemore, center facing camera, pauses to reset the action with a troupe of dancers in the courtyard outside the Rite Aid drugstore in downtown Spokane on Tuesday during the filming of a music video. The production will go on all week in various locations around Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley)

Macklemore video shows off Spokane 

Seattle rapper Macklemore and his producer buddy Ryan Lewis spent a week in Spokane in July filming a video for the first single off their upcoming album. "Downtown" went live on YouTube this morning, and features Macklemore getting funky with collaborators Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Foxy Shazam's Eric Nally - and a whole lot of Spokane moped, scooter and motorcycle enthusiasts

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Coeur d’Con arrives Saturday 

Gotta say I've nver been a fan of comic books or graphic novels. They've always seemed like senory overload to me. Do I look at the pictures first, read the words? Of course, all four of my sons LOVE them.

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General manager Jack Zduriencik, left, with manager Lloyd McClendon, was fired by the Seattle Mariners on Friday. (Associated Press)

Mariners fire GM Jack Zduriencik 11 

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. Team President Kevin Mather announced the decision to fire Zduriencik on Friday. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will take over on an interim basis.

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Katherine Cousins, Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist, boats through the $6 million Clark Fork Delta restoration project on Tuesday near Clark Fork, Idaho. Restoration work started last fall, targeting 680 threatened acres of the delta. The intent is to preserve the delta and prevent fertile shorelines from eroding. Cousins and her team put in 90,000 plants. (Dan Pelle)

Clark Fork Delta on the mend

CLARK FORK, Idaho – Katherine Cousins motored a small boat through the Clark Fork Delta’s back channels this week, pausing to watch a belted kingfisher swooping over the water near a stand of young willows. The natural-looking scene is the result of $6 million worth of construction at one of Idaho’s most important wetlands.

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No decision in Renfro hearing 

COEUR d'ALENE - Jonathan Renfro's defense demanded to know why he was ever stopped and questioned by Sgt. Greg Moore the morning the veteran officer was murdered. "You're not giving me the facts," Chief Public Defender John Adams said Thursday to the case's lead investigator.

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San Francisco woman’s killing leads to bill on deporting felons 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Republican lawmakers in California introduced legislation Thursday to restrict local law enforcement agencies from seeking custody of accused criminals scheduled for deportation, a response to the death of a San Francisco woman allegedly killed by a Mexican national who had been deported five times. Good idea or bad?

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Rafters camping on the Salmon River were upstream from where a fast-growing wildfire forced the closure of a 17.78-mile stretch of the river on Thursday.

Emergency closure of Idaho public lands starts Sunday 

Public lands in the Idaho Panhandle north of Interstate 90 will be closed starting Sunday because of extreme wildfire danger. The Thursday evening decision by government agencies is the latest move to restrict recreational and industrial use of federal and state lands. Have you done a rain dance yet?

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THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 8.27.15 

Cindy plans to pause long enough, in writing her new book, to take the controls of Huckleberries Online for a few days, from Friday through next Tuesday. I need a break before we get serious about the municipal elections. So I'm going to kick back for a few days. So, I'll repost this Wild Card and step aside for the Lady with the Cats ...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.











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