TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 1.27.15 

I'm delighted that someone of Betsy Russell's caliber represents The Spokesman-Review in Boise. She's a one-woman dynamo. Her live-blogging of the emotional "Add the Words" hearings of the last two days underscore what a value she is to this newspaper and to the state of...

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Parting Shot -- 1.27.15 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Freedom Summit Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Palin has ignited the social media by saying she's interested in running for president in 2016. Story here. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Question: Do you expect to see Sarah Palin run...

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Pipebomb Device Found At Motel

From Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebook: At 2:01 p.m. today, staff from the Budget Saver Motel, 1519 Sherman Ave., contacted the Coeur d'Alene police in regards to a suspicious device that had been found in one of the rooms. The person that rented the room...

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Add The Words Hearing Resumes 

Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise, has resumed her live-blogging of the "Add the Words" hearing being conducted by the House State Affairs Committee in Boise Monday and today. If testimony concludes today, the committee may vote on legislation Wednesday.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

Julia takes a selfie with a seal in a water tunnel at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Monday Winner (tie with 7 likes apiece) -- Bubba32: "DFO and Cindy expose some of Rep. Eric Redman's venom/snake oil...

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PM Headlines -- 1.27.15

Verlin: UI, EWU should become rivals/SportsLink Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges/AP Washington adopts flow rules for Spokane River/Becky Kramer, SR Blanchette: Looking for end of Super Bowl silliness at Media Day/SR

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Ybarra Backs Public Ed, Alernatives 

More than 500 people, including hundreds of Idaho charter school students wearing bright-yellow fleece scarves, gathered on the state Capitol steps today for a rally celebration National School Choice Week, and state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra offered supportive words.

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LDS Stand On Gays Makes Waves 

As Idaho lawmakers held a second day of hearings Tuesday on legislation to add civil rights protections for gays, big news emerged from the Mormon church, which announced support for measures protecting the rights of gays and lesbians as long as religious rights also are...

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 1.27.15

Pecky Cox/As the Lake Churns blog & Priest Lake Facebook, provides this scenic from a foggy Priest Lake morning. Not-so-happy camper/On Tap Retreads & unqualified newbies/Dogwalk Musings Flopping like a flag in the wind/From A Simple Mind USFS sets rule for oversnow vehicles/Outdoors Friday's openings:...

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IFF: 'Add The Words' Misguided 12 

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation says attempt to "Add the Words" to human rights law in Idaho is "misguided" and "disheartening." Hoffman contends that attempt by government to add protections for gays to human rights statutes will make matters worse.

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Crapo Seeks To Bolster Gun Rights 

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation to reaffirm the Second Amendment rights of Idahoans. The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property. Under current law, a...

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Newspapers Try Not To Feed Trolls 13 

Trolls continue to be a problem on most blogs and Web sites operated by newspapers and other media. The SR has taken two big steps to cut down on troll activity. Have you noticed? Do you find many trolls hanging out at Huckleberries Online?

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Remembering Auschwitz

A Holocaust survivor wipes her eye while standing outside a detention block of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, today. Some 300 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945,...

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On The Waterfront 

Greg Lee & I counted a few more dozen trees that gave their lives to the Street Department buzz saws since our noon walk Monday. The city crews are concentrating their buzzsaws in the area above the North Idaho College volleyball sand courts east to...

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Teacher Pension Fund Solvent 

Nationally, teacher pension programs are headed on a downward spiral, towards crisis — but Idaho’s system is relatively sound. Idaho’s teacher pension system is nearly fully funded, with 93.9 percent of its liabilities covered, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington, D.C.-based...

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Vito: When In Doubt, Vote No 

District 1's Vito Barbieri was the only House member to vote "no" on a bill that calls for paying past due bills for firefighting. His reasoning? When in doubt, vote no. Which raises the question: Why was he the only one of 69 legislators who was in doubt?

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Lynch 'Shows Up' For Media Day 

A year ago at Super Bowl media day, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch played peek-a-boo with reporters, using a side entrance to make a late arrival and an early getaway. This year, the NFL put him on a podium for a tougher escape, probably as...

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Moscow Arby's Reopens After Killing 

Arby's coworkers embrace on day of emotional reopening. 3 of them spoke at Belinda Niebuhr's funeral. (Photo: KHQ) Amid tears and emotion, Moscow's Arby's employees went back to work Monday as the restaurant reopened two weeks after its manager, Belinda Niebuhr, was shot and killed...

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LDS Seeks Balance On Gay Rights 13 

As the Idaho Legislature continues to hear testimony this morning on "adding the words," Mormon church leaders made a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. Question: Is there middle ground on this issue?

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AM Headlines -- 1.27.15 

The Army is denying a report from NBC News that Idaho native Beau Bergdahl will be charged with desertion for leaving his base in eastern Afghanistan before being captured and held by the Taliban for five years. Apparently, there's a tug of war going on behind the scenes with the White House, which doesn't want Bergdahl charged.

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UI's Staben Offers To Freeze Tuition 

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben wants to freeze resident undergraduate tuition rates next year, if the Legislature commits to fully funding a 3 percent salary increase for faculty and staff. Staben, making his first presentation to the joint budget committee since being hired as...

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Dunlap: CCs Being Left Behind 

As the Legislature’s joint budget committee continues a week of hearings on education budgets, North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap told lawmakers this morning that state funding for NIC is now about the same as it was 12 years ago. “When factoring in an inflation...

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Edit: Standing Up To Otter Rhetoric 

Gov. Butch Otter wasn't ready to be challenged by a school superintendent when he took his sunny disposition and empty rhetoric re: public education on the road to Idaho County recently. But he was, says Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune. And he didn't like it.

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