For the record, I'm wearing a gray Hawaiian shirt with green palm trees, black jeans and black skechers as I type this. No tutu (for those checking in from Bonner County). What did you wear to work today? You can answer that question or start a thread on any subject under this Wild Card …
Turks, some of them reading and the newspaper headline reading “Standing men,” stand in a silent protest in Guven Park in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday. After weeks of sometimes-violent confrontation with police, Turkish protesters have found a new form of resistance, standing still and silent. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Question: Have you ever participated in a political protest? Care to describe it?
Some farmers in the Walla Walla area have already started harvesting their Walla Walla sweet onions. KVEW reports the harvest is starting about a week-and-a-half early. The Walla Walla sweet onion is the official vegetable of the state of Washington/Associated Press.
Question: I ♥ onions, especially Walla Walla ones (which I plant annually). Mebbe it's the whole bit re: how fun it is to say Walla Walla. How about you? Do you love/hate to eat onions in your food?
From left, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Vice President Joe Biden applaud during a ceremony to dedicate the statue of Frederick Douglass, seen behind them today in the Emancipation Hall of the United States Visitor Center on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner will be the focus of a fundraiser in Coeur d'Alene in which 1st District Congress Raul Labrador wasn't invited. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
U.S Speaker of the House John Boehner will visit Coeur d'Alene Friday for a private fundraiser in Congressman Raul Labrador's 1st District. According to organizers, Labrador is not attending the private event, and he's not talking about it either. “Sorry it's taken me awhile to get back to you,” said Labrador's spokesman Todd Winer, responding to repeated inquiries about the event. “We don't have any comment on the story you're working on.” Ron Nilson, CEO of Ground Force Worldwide, is helping to organize the event at the local level. He said Ed Schweitzer, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering in Pullman, is hosting the event/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Hmm. Let's read between the lines. Why would Congressman Raul Labrador not attend (not be invited to?) fund-raising event in his district that features House Speaker John Boehner? Pay back?
As the Pentagon unveiled to reverse a ban on women serving on the front lines, a poll released Wednesday found that most registered voters believe women should be eligible for a military draft if one is reinstituted. The survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & shows that 59 percent believe women should be included if a draft becomes necessary again, compared to 38 percent who say they should not be included. The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon and the news site CapitalSoup.com to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the draft, according to the website/David Sherfinski, Washington Times. More here.
Question: Do you agree that women should be eligible for the draft if this country reinstitutes it?
Officers from Shoshone County Sheriff Department stand by the scene of a fatal shooting last Wednesday on I-90 at milepost 72.8 near the Idaho-Montana state line east of Mullan. An Idaho State Police trooper shot and killed a motorist along Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass as a sheriff's deputy struggled with the man over a gun. The identities of the officers involved in the shooting are listed below. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)
On her Facebook wall, Teri Runge Nipp posts: “Hanging out downtown today I was asked three times if I was competing in the Ironman. I am very proud that I brought it here to CDA; however, not sure if I could ever endure the challenge. What an amazing accomplishment for all the athletes involved. I could do the swim and call it good.”
Question: Has anyone mistaken you for an Ironman participant?
Moving across a rooftop, a wild turkey becomes a fowl shot while photographed as it emerges from behind a basketball hoop in the front driveway of a Walla Walla, Wash., home on Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jeff Horner)
Tuesday Winner — CindyH w/10 votes: “These cyclists discover what the travel brochure meant by “no private bath.'” You can see Tuesday photo & all 19 cutline entries here.
Digger (re: Rasor's gays in tutus goes viral): “This is where I differ from “the community” … I often get my hand slapped for saying things that aren't in the agenda's talking points… but where does Rasor get the idea that gays wear tutus? Media? The internet? Watching any gay pride parade? I'm out and proud and won't deny who I am to anyone. But you won't find me in pink briefs walking down Main Street Moscow waving a rainbow flag. I think thats kinda counterproductive to our cause of proving we're “normal” just like everyone else.”
Question: Do you know anyone who wears a tutu to work?
Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state's largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for its work operating the Idaho Correctional Center. But the Idaho Department of Correction won't be allowed to submit its own bid or take over operations at the prison south of Boise, because Board of Correction Chairwoman Robin Sandy said that would amount to expanding state government. The three-member Board of Correction made the decision during a meeting Tuesday evening, opting not to let an automatic two-year extension of CCA's $29.9 million contract kick in when the current contract expires on June 30, 2014/Rebecca Boone, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: The Idaho Department of Corrections won't be allowed to submit its own bid b/c the board chairman doesn't want to expand state government? Are. You. Kidding. Me?
That’s life in Idaho, where about four out of five lawmakers are Republican, the right to petition the government is trampled and local rule is overruled. More here.
Question: Now repeat after me, fellow Republican: “It's time to quit voting straight-ticket Republican until the Idaho Republican Party begins listening to Idahoans instead of extreme activists.” Got it?
Melanie Strandberg shaved her head to support her sister, Marisa Lowe. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)
There was no doubt in Melanie Strandberg’s mind when her sister was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. She had to shave her head. She’d already done it once. Marisa Lowe, now 24, was first diagnosed with cancer in February 2012, and Strandberg shaved her hair to support the sister she calls her best friend. This time, when 25-year-old Strandberg’s employer told her she had to hide her bald head with a wig, there was no doubt in her mind what she had to do: She resigned. In a move that rapidly went viral, Strandberg quit her job as a salon supervisor at La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort and Casino last Thursday/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.
Question: Would you shave your head to support a friend diagnosed with cancer?
We have been visiting your area a couple of times per year for almost a decade. We love the small town charm, spectacular scenery, slower pace and warm and friendly people. This trip, we drove into town and noticed a building boom, including a new McDonald’s. OMG…what are you thinking? A McDonald’s on that beautiful entry to your city! I’m sorry to say the charm is disappearing way too fast. I watched what happened to Lake Tahoe and now you can barely drive through that town in the summertime. Coeur d’Alene, please slow down a little, or is it too late?/Kathleen Blakeney, Moorpark, Calif., letter to Coeur d'Alene Press editor.
Question: I think I agree with the letter writer re: a McDonald's at the mouth of Riverstone. What were they thinking?
Kootenai County officials went back to the drawing board Tuesday after failing in their first attempt to hold planning commission hearings on the controversial Unified Land Use Code proposal Monday evening. “The meeting didn't go exactly as planned,” Community Development Director Scott Clark told the board of county commissioners. “We had a big crowd, bigger than expected. It was a pretty busy place.” Coeur d'Alene Fire personnel interrupted the hearing Monday night to inform the county planning commission that it was over capacity in its meeting room and said that many of the attendees would have to leave. Planning Commission Chairman Wes Hanson opted to adjourn and continue the Monday hearing “to a date uncertain” rather than asking half the attendees to leave. There will be no more hearings this week/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.'
Question: Obviously, organized opposition is going to greet every meeting held to discuss the Unified Land Use Code. At this point, are these hearings an exercise in futility? What would you do if you sat in a county commissioner's seat?
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Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium staff biologist Kadie Burrone offers her head as a climbing toy for an endangered clouded leopard cub, Tien, during his afternoon feeding time in Tacoma, Wash., on Monday. The 4.6 pound cub, born May 1, can be viewed during feedings at daily in the zoo's Cub Den. (AP Photo/The News Tribune,Janet Jensen )