Sports scribe Greg Lee & I performed a good deed as new denizens of the SR building Wednesday morning. After a colleague noticed that a car had stalled in the parking lot, we went out, helped push her to a parking spot, and then gave her dead battery a jump. Greg told her to make a bee-line to Les Scwab's afterward. If we'd still been on the 2nd floor, we wouldn't have noticed the problem. I wonder if Huckleberries should add road-side service to its list of duties performed online and slightly offline? Here's today's Wild Card …
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile and his bride, Jennifer Regan, leave after their wedding ceremony at Fenway Park in Boston today. Fucarile, a 35-year-old roofer, lost his right leg from above the knee in the bombing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Also: Check in comments section to see photo of Marc Fucarile in hospital a year ago.
Top commented story today:
JTyler (RE: Fulcher OK with 17th Amendment repeal): Ok, I am not afraid. The term “Statesmen” was derived from the original Senators appointed by state legislators. That process set by the founding fathers worked well for over one hundred and a quarter years UNTIL under Woodrow Wilson and his progressive ideology he was able in 1913 to get an Amendment for; Income Tax, a Federal Reserve and changing of the checks and balances provided by State selection of Senators (17th Amendment) passed with the help of a liberal news media ( William Randolph Hearst). Sound familiar? Personally I will always side with our brilliant Founders before Woodrow Wilson. Now which side are you on?
DFO: I can think of several items that the founders had wrong — allowing slavery, denying women the right to vote, etc.
Question: I stand by my premise that the USA would never allow the repeal of the 17th Amendment. So why do some individuals get worked up that it has a snowball's chance of being repealed someday?
Workshop leaders Matt Roetter and Sandy Patano respond to a question from the audience of about 60 candidates for Kootenai County Republican Central Committee precinct committeemen today. Roetter and Patano were giving the candidates tips on how to campaign effectively. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
Susan Manthey, a mother of three, has filed as a write-in candidate for the Precinct 52 committeeman post now held by Bjorn Handeen. Above, she chats with former legislative candidate Mark Fisher, who is running for Precinct 6 committeeman against former Kootenai County Republican Central Committee chairman Tina Jacobson. The two participated in a workshop today that provided tips re: how to run for precinct committeeman. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
A room full of candidates for GOPrecinct committeemen gathered at an undisclosed location during the lunch hour today, to learn how to run for their positions. Here, Hank Martin shows off a new yard sign for his race against Ruthie Johnson in Precinct 16. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
KCres: An email has just been sent out by the CHS SRO warning of upcoming parties that include underage alcohol consumption and other drug use. I don't recall seeing such an email in previous years, so I'm not sure if things are expected to be worse this year or if this is a new approach by law enforcement.
Also: Copy of CPDetective Jon Spranget's letter to CHS, junior high parents here.
Question: How would you discourage your child from attending a party where there will be under-aged drinking?
Washington State Rep. Matt Shea has ridden out of his Spokane Valley district on his white horse to save us from the overpowering federal government as he stands in lock-step with a Nevada rancher who's stolen more than $1 million in grazing favors from public land. Whom will Shea stand up for next? The guy who says he has a Constitutional right to rob the Post Office? Shea says he was compelled to back Cliven Bundy as he joined Rep. Dave Taylor for a trip to the Bundy Ranch. As Taylor put it,“If we don’t stand up for our neighbors, there won’t be anybody left when they come for us”/Rich Landers, Outdoors blog. More here.
In posting the front cover of Time magazine, featuring Lee Iococca, on this date 40 years ago, Paul Turner/Slice blog asks: “Did anyone on your block own a Mustang?” (Illustration: www.content.time.com)
HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, April 16): 7891 pageviews/4797 unique views
Question: Which book was the last one you checked out at the library?
Chelsea Clinton said Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year, adding a new label to her mother, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential nominee: grandmother. “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and, hopefully, children as my mom was to me,” Ms. Clinton said. She made the surprise announcement at an event on the Lower East Side where she and Mrs. Clinton sat on stage with the actress America Ferrera to discuss the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s efforts to advance women and girls. Mrs. Clinton, who has for years joked that she is impatient to become a grandmother, said she was “really excited” about the news. Mr. Mezvinsky stood in the back of the packed room at the Lower Eastside Girls Club/New York Times. More here. (AP photo)
Question: How excited were you the first time you learned that you were going to be a grandparent?
How much do you know about a string of suspicious fires in the Inland Northwest, a historic change in “The Late Show” and other current events? Take The Spokesman-Reviewr weekly News Quiz and find out. You could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel simply by entering. You can take the News Quiz here.
Don’t let today’s weather trick you into thinking the coming weekend is going to be a complete washout. Saturday and Sunday should both bring sunshine with highs in the 60s. Saturday will likely be the nicest of the two days. A moist weather system is due to arrive this morning over the Inland Northwest and linger through Friday morning. There is a 90 percent chance of rain today and a 100 percent chance of showers tonight in Spokane. Rainfall amounts of up to a half inch through tonight in the Spokane area will give the landscape a good soaking. Higher amounts of rain are likely in North Idaho where the mountains add extra lift and could squeeze another quarter inch of precipitation from the clouds/Mike Prager, SR. More here.
DFO: SR colleague Mike Prager is now providing weekend forecasts in the Outdoors section of our Thursday edition.
Though he turns 72 on May 3, Gov. Butch Otter hasn’t slowed the rough-and-tumble lifestyle he began growing up on a Canyon County farm. This week, he’s nursing a strained back injured Sunday in a ranch wreck in Star. Otter is building a storage room in his barn. “I lifted this beam over the top in order to put it in place and I shoulda just waited until I had some help,” Otter said after his meeting with the Statesman editorial board Wednesday. “You know, I’ve done it before.” … His office said Otter didn’t miss any work following Sunday afternoon’s mishap, but his gouged right hand bore bright red iodine dressings Wednesday. So, I asked, “When are you gonna learn?” “When I’m dead!” he replied joyously/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: No matter what you think of Otter, you have to admire his refusal to back away from physical labor, right?
President Obama on Thursday announced that 8 million people enrolled in private health plans on ObamaCare's exchanges so far, surpassing the most optimistic projections for the program’s first year. Obama revealed the figure after meeting with state insurance regulators and insurance company executives at the White House and spoke defiantly as he closed the books on a rocky enrollment drive that was once in danger of failing. “The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working. I know the American people don't want us to spend the next two-and-a-half years fighting settled battles,” Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room/The Hill. More here.
Question: Does the Obama administration have a right to be proud of this Obamacare enrollment number?
Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to pay $500,000 and implement a new compliance program to settle allegations that it did not properly ensure that its contractors followed lead pollution laws, federal officials said Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice said some contractors that Lowe’s hired to do home renovation projects did not follow proper recordkeeping standards laid out in the EPA’s rules regarding lead renovation, repair and painting (RRP). The civil penalty is the largest ever related to the RRP rule, which applies to work completed in older homes and facilities occupied by young children, the agency said. The rule first took effect in 2008/The Hill. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Do you shop at Lowe's or Home Depot?
Hooded Filipino penitents flagellate during Maundy Thursday rituals to atone for sins earlier today in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines. The ritual is frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Question: What do you think of this practice?