TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.28.15 

I almost nailed a jogger in a crosswalk on the way to work today. I'd stopped at the crosswalk of 3rd St & Foster Ave (by Coeur d'Alene Fire Station) per usual. Checked the southbound traffic on the one-way headed south. And was just about...

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 (Joel Osborne / Idaho Panhandler)

A Touch Of Europe At McEuen

Joel Osborne, of the Idaho Panhandler, has Facebooked more than a dozen photos of the European car show at McEuen Park from Sunday. Vehicles on display included Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Bentleys, BMWs, Porsches, Mercedes-Benz, Fiats, and Alpha Romeos.

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In this Saturday July 31, 2010 photo, John Lejardi, 6, right, and Tea Uranga, lead fellow dancers from the Basque dance group Herribatza Danzariak in Boise. One of the largest Basque communities in the United States will spend the next five days celebrating the traditional Jaialdi festival in southwestern Idaho. An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 people are expected to attend the event. (Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman file photo)

AM Headlines -- 7.28.15

AM Headlines this morning include: Drunk woman on bridge causes concern/Press, Teens suspected in golf course rampage/Press, New biz on water provides boater convenience/KXLY, Magistrate candidates to interview Wednesday/Press, Caldwell youth pastor imprisoned for sex w/teen/KTVB, Idaho Water Board discusses drought, aquifer/Press + more ...

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From his perch high above downtown Coeur d'Alene, Don Sausser snapped this photo of The Buoy water food business in operation. (Don Sausser / Special to Huckleberries Online)

New Biz Serves Boaters On Lake 

4 Coeur d'Alene High grad have launched a very unique business venture where all of their customers must arrive by boat. The converted houseboat with a fully functional kitchen is named The Buoy. It cranks out both hot food and ice cream bars to its customers who never have to leave the cozy confines of their own boat. See KXLY report below.

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Trump Leads NH By Double Digits 

Businessman Donald Trump has opened his biggest lead in the early voting state of New Hampshire, holding a two-to-one lead over his nearest 2016 GOP White House competitor, according to a new Monthmouth University poll. Nearly a quarter of likely primary voters support Trump, 24...

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Former House Speaker Boyd Dies

Former Republican Speaker of the Idaho House Tom Boyd of Genesee died Monday at the age of 86. Described as a "peacemaker" and [Click and drag to move] "consensus-builder" who was respected by members of both parties, Boyd represented Latah County for eight terms in the Idaho Legislature, from 1977-92. He spent the last six years as speaker.

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Rooting For Boulder-White Clouds 

Congressman Mike Simpson's long struggle to protect the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area clear a major hurdle in the last week when it won U.S. House approval. In this age of extreme partisanship, Simpson's ability to pull together groups that are usually at one another's throats is amazing. An Idaho Statesman editorial agrees.

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Study: USA's Health Improving 

Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Question: Do you think Obamacare is working?)

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Steven Peters has a hug for his son Anthony, 4, after a fire swept through their unit at the Broadway Square Apartments in Spokane Valley on Monday. Their dog, Bonita, alerted the boy and his mother, Tara Peters, to the blaze. (Dan Pelle / Spokesman-Review)

Dog Alerts Family To Fire 

A puppy named Bonita is credited with alerting a Spokane Valley family to a fire early Monday that heavily damaged their apartment complex. Bonita started barking around 9 a.m. when a row of garages at the Broadway Square Apartments, 11910 E. Broadway Ave., caught fire. (Question: Would you trust your dog to warn you of danger?)

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VW Passes Toyota As Top Automaker 

Volkswagen surpassed Toyota as the world's largest automaker in the first half of 2015, fulfilling a long-held goal, but the achievement came at a cost as U.S. quality remained low. Volkswagen sold 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year. (Question: Do you own a foreign vehicle. Which brand?)

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Clark: Dreaming Of Striking It Rich 

Columnist Doug Clark thought he'd struck it rich when he tapped into the Clark Family safety deposit box recently. He didn't. But don't we all dream of striking it rich, one way or another. Through the lottery. Through a long-lost relative. Etc?

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MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 7.27.15 

Well, Ladies & Germs, we've reached the final week of July, which means Art on the Green is upon us -- and the days left to cross off things on your summer to-do list are running short. I was so busy during the first half...

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 (Dan Pelle / Spokesman-Review)

Parting Shot -- 7.27.15 

Randy Muscarella offers a taste of his banana split to his 10-year-old rough collie, Whiskey, outside Doyle's Ice Cream Parlor at the corner of Boone and Nettleton. Doyle's has been a fixture at that location since 1939. Muscarella moved to the neighborhood a few months...

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This July 2004 file photo shows, true-crime author Ann Rule, who wrote a book about serial killer Gary Ridgway, who left some of his victims’ bodies along the Green River outside Seattle, Wash., shown in the background. Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83. Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, said Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015.  (Betty Udeson photo)

True-Crime Writer Ann Rule, 83, RIP 

True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83. Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health....

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Bike Crash Paralyzes KZZU AM Host 

Ken Hopkins from the "Dave, Ken and Molly" show on 92.9 KZZU's morning show was involved in a bike crash on Monday evening, July 13, 2015. He suffered a devastating injury and at this point has no feeling from the mid-chest down. Ken slid on...

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 (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

Today's Cutline Contest features gold medalists from the USA during the synchronized swimming mixed duet technical final at the Swimming World Championships in Russia on Sunday. Weekend Winner -- TwoZeroEight.

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For The Birds 

I don't want to go all Audobon on you, but I'm becoming interested in birds (at least those that visit my back yard). It started with humming birds and has expanded to include a yellow Finch, that I named "Atticus," a Fat Robin and his pals, and a quartet of magpies that I've dubbed Skipper, Rico, Kowalski & Private. (Do you watch birds, too?)

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A Boy Scout wears his kerchief embroidered with a rainbow knot during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade. The Boy Scouts of America's top policy-making board today to end its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion if that accorded with their faith. (Rick Bowmer / AP file photo)

Scouts End Ban On Gay Adults 10 

The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that embroiled the Boy Scouts for years and threatened the...

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Otter Wants Prez w/Guv Resume 16 

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter wants our next president to be a governor, like him. Otter, who called in to conservative talk radio host Bill Colley’s show on Twin Falls’ Newsradio 1310 KLIX Thursday morning, said that running a state is different than being in Congress, where you’re one vote out of hundreds.

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 (Cindy Hval / Courtesy Photo)

HucksOnline Blogos -- 7.27.15 

The daily blog roundup from the HucksOnline blogosphere features Cindy hanging out at a local retirement center where she renewed acquaintances with 3 people featured in her book, "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation." Also, I've posted links to 7 other blog posts from the weekend.

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 (Jana Hipp / HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation)

Dieting Cat 11 

No, this isn't Cindy's feline Thor. It's Skinny, a fat cat who shed more than half ot its body weight, from 41 pounds to 19 pounds, with exercise and a special diet. See before and after photos. (Question: Is your cat/dog fat?)

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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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