Huzzah. We can now arm ourselves to the teeth to watch the 2015 Coeur d'Alene Fourth of July Parade, thanks to uber-con Councilman Steve Adams and the unanimous vote of the Coeur d'Alene City Council. I suspect that most city residents opposed the change. But the noisy minority has spoken. So be it. Here's your Wednesday Wild Card …
Sylvia Iriondo, with Mothers Against Repression, makes a fist as she speaks during a news conference along with representatives of Assembly of the Cuban Resistance and the Cuban National Civic Resistance Front earlier today in Doral, Fla. President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
JDanMike: My desktop pic is of my son topside on the sub he is on, cigar hangin' to the side (with wide) grin. my wife's employer asked if it was Cuban — he was in florida at the time — his reply was — “No, Panamanian (wink wink)!!
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A Post Falls man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for the 2012 death of a teenager who drowned in Spirit Lake. Dylan P. Paschall, 22, had been charged with second-degree murder for his involvement in Luke Anana-Kuewa’s death but pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. First District Judge Fred Gibler gave Paschall four years fixed and six years indeterminate, with credit for 452 days he already served in jail. Paschall will spend at least 33 and a half months in prison. Investigators said Anana-Kuewa had been beaten, choked, smothered and left in the frigid water of the lake’s mill pond on the evening of March 24, 2012. More below
Top Comment — OtisG Experience (RE: Buying Cuban cigars): “If I had hypothetically smoked a Cuban with someone recently, I'd theoretically say it was barely less crappy than other cigars. I actually like the idea of smoking a cigar… but I've yet to have an enjoyable experience doing it. And I used to be a regular cigarette smoker.”
Most Commented Stories — Coeur d'Alene OKs guns at parades (18 comments), and: Search: No drugs at Post Falls High (16 comments), and: Otter: Court should hear Idaho case (14 comments), and: Oregon 2nd most humble state (10 comments).
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A man dressed as Santa Claus looks at Monaco Chief of staff Luc Fringant, left, and an unidentified Monaco's military officer during the traditional Christmas tree viewing and present receiving session at Monaco palace Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Tuesday Photo: DFO, with 19 likes: “A Green Bay Packers fan indulges himself in a little whine to go with his cheesehead,” and Runnerup: Fort Boise, with 13 likes: “Packers fans got the wrong kind of wedgie in Buffalo.” You can see Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Skiers and snowboarders dodged weeds and bare ground at Schweitzer Mountain on Wednesday. It's been a slow start to the ski season, but the next big storm looks warm and wet with snow levels rising to ski lodges or higher. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Dewey Allen Howard. Howard is being sought based on an Idaho State Correctional warrant charging Howard with felony parole violations. Howard is on parole for a 2005 injury to child offense. This is a no bond warrant with Western United States extradition. Howard, 28, is a white male, 5-7 tall, 175 lbs, with blue eyes and red hair. Howard was last known to be living in Post Falls. Anyone with information regarding this subject or other fugitives being sought for violent crimes should call the NIVCTF at 208-665-4455. More on CPD Facebook site here.
Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebooks: A female employee who works at a local business received a call on its business line today. The male caller identified himself as “David Brown from the Coeur d'Alene City Water Department.” He told the employee that the city was prepared to shut off the water to the business at 202 W Ironwood Drive and had sent a shut off notice two weeks ago. The employee explained the business was no longer located at that address, and the caller hung up. More here.
Coeur d'Alene Today's announcement: “Congratulations to Mark Dotson and Bryan Varney, winners of the city’s photo contest. Mark won the People's Choice award for his picture (above) of a sunset taken from the balcony of his residence on the sixth floor of The Lofts downtown. The other winner’s photo, taken by Bryan Varney, was selected by employees at City Hall. It is of the Allium Spring Chorus public art at McEuen Park.” More here.
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James Franco, center left, as Dave, and Seth Rogen as Aaron, are shown in a scene from Columbia Pictures' “The Interview.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures — Sony, Ed Araquel)
With movie theater chains deciding not screen The Interview, Sony has decided not to release the movie on Christmas as planned. “We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome. Exhibitors, including AMC and Regal, chose not to show the film following a threat claiming to be from Sony hackers Guardians of Peace that invoked 9/11. The film finds James Franco and Seth Rogen playing a television host and producer recruited to assassinate Kim Jong-un/Esther Zuckerman, Entertainment Weekly. More here.
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A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday in a case that attracted attention as a test of “stand your ground” laws that govern the use of deadly force to defend life and property. Cheers erupted in the packed courtroom when the verdict was read in the case against Markus Kaarma, 30, of Missoula. Kaarma shot 17-year-old high school student Diren Dede in the early hours of April 27 after being alerted to an intruder by motion sensors. Witnesses testified Kaarma fired four shotgun blasts at Dede, who was unarmed/AP. More here. (Missoulian/AP file photo: Flanked by his defense attorneys Brian Smith, left, and Paul Ryan, right, Markus Kaarma listens to testimony Dec. 8)
Anti-Castro protester Don Hernandez chants anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami on Wednesday. Hernandez expresses his disagreement with a surprise move announced by senior Obama administration officials that could pave the way for a major shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island nation. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Coeur d'Alene's decision to unanimously embrace gun presence at city parades and public events hasn't escaped the notice of USA Today. Story here.
How much do you know about proper care of Christmas trees, the main contractors in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program and other recent items in the news? Find out in our weekly quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Take News Quiz here.
Two Kootenai County women were among the 50 selected by Idaho Business Review as 2014 Idaho Outstanding Women of the Year — Judy Meyer and S.C. Danielle Quade. Meyer is a North Idaho College trustee and co-founder of Parkwood Business Properties. Quade is a partner with Hawley Troxell of Coeur d'Alene. You can see entire list here.
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Post Falls Police Department Facebook: “The Post Falls Police Department, with the assistances of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, conducted a drug dog search at Post Falls High School this morning. K-9 Koda (PFPD) and K-9 Max (CDA PD) were the dogs involved. We assist the school periodically by conducting these searches to keep drugs off of campus. We are proud to say that nothing was found at the school! Way to go Trojans!”
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Maybe it's the Marcus Mariota influence. Mariota's humble Heisman speech is just the latest example of Oregon's modest ways, according to a report released this week. In a survey of 2,500 Americans, Oregon ranked as the second-most humble state in the union. Utah came in first. HeyLets, the developers of a mobile app that allows users to share and track those with similar interests, analyzed social media posts for the report. Any posts or tweets about good weather, a vacation or work-related good news counted as bragging/Casey Parks, Oregonian. More here. (AP file photo: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota kisses his Heisman Trophy at awards ceremony Saturday)
DFO: Idaho doesn't appear on either the 20 most humble states or 20 most braggadocious states. So it must be in the 20-30 range for most humble. However, Washington is second, behind California, in most braggadocious states.
Question: Do you consider yourself to be humble?