WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2007

Hump Day Wild Card -- 1/31/07

I'm typing this while listening to the sound track of "Phantom of the Opera." Mebbe my all-time favorite. Colleague Erica Curless glared at me yesterday when I inadvertently left my cubby-hole door open while my new office speakers were blaring away. So, the door's closed....

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Question: Which Grocery Tax Relief Plan Is Best?

Full post hereLawmakers are considering four separate plans to reduce or eliminate the sales taxes Idaho residents pay on food. The bills, introduced at a hearing Wednesday, include one from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to give $46 million in tax relief to the state's working...

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APhoto of the Day -- 1/31/07

This photo, supplied by Peter Thompson Associates, is a recent but undated photo of Daniel Radcliffe, the boy wizard from Harry Potter movies, who opens on the London stage in the Tony Award-winning drama "Equus" on Feb. 27, 2007. Previews begin on Feb. 16. The...

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Breaking! WSU Fan Facing Charge for Bottle Throw

A fan may be charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly throwing a water bottle at a Pac-10 official after the WSU men's basketball game Saturday. Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said the incident occurred after officials made a controversial call near the end of the...

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Inside Huckleberries -- 1/31/07

*For you fans of Doug Clark's music, he's cut three more songs with the Trailer Park Girls, including "When I Die" (a song re: what to do when he checks out), "Anita" and "Monoxide Love" that you can hear at his MySpace page here....*Raymond Pert:...

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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest -- 1/31/07

Two coyotes fight over an animal carcass next to the Gardner River near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo., in Yellowstone National Park, Tuesday morning/Garrett Cheen, AP Photo/The Livingston Enterprise.Stapilus: An evolution of sorts was behind the 9th Circuit's decision to yank field burning from Idaho's purview...

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Question: When Should PD Cut Cop Loose?

Issue: Officer's $500,000 claim reveals disciplinary actions/Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman-ReviewMore Info: An internal investigation into the conduct of a former Post Falls police officer reveals that his actions were called into question multiple times, leading to his May 2006 firing. Post Falls Police Lt. Scot Haug...

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Hot Potatoes -- 1/31/07

Eli Weston, cooking in place of co-owner Steve Hudson, holds up a hamburger before serving the customer Tuesday at Hudson's Hamburgers in Coeur d'Alene. The century-old business still serves simple grilled hamburgers and slices of pie to locals who crowd into the tiny storefront and...

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AM Hucks: Councilman Contributes to Urban Sprawl

Put your hands together for Mike and Kathleen Kennedy, who welcomed Baby No. 6, John Patrick Kennedy (pictured), to Coeur d'Alene around 5 p.m. Tuesday. John Patrick, or "Jack," evens CdA Councilman Kennedy's household at three boys and three girls: Will, 11; Nora, 9; Maggie,...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 30, 2007



APhoto of the Day -- 1/30/07

Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson, left, is crowned Miss America 2007 by Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry at the Miss America pageant at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Top Cutline1. In a surprise to the show's producers, Boise State...

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Inside Huckleberries -- 1/30/07

*At 4:27 p.m., fire engines respond to Coeur d'Alene Oral Surgery, 1027 E. Sherman Ave., where employees reported the strong smell of electrical burning....*Hmm. I see newby Gov. Butch Otter didn't bother to call the SR for a chat when he came to town yesterday....

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Question: What to Do About Teen Suicide?

Issue: Local students mourn suicides: Coeur d'Alene High student found Thursday, Lake City High student found Sunday/Marc Stewart, Coeur d'Alene PressSuperintendent Harry Amend: "The most important message is to, of course, hug your kids more than you already did. Watch for major changes in clothing,...

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Update: 2 Men Survive Train-Pickup Crash

The driver of a truck that collided with a train walks with an Idaho State Police trooper by his damaged truck near the train tracks at Idaho Rd. and Prairie Ave/Jesse Tinsley, Spokesman-Review.Police Scanner: at 10:44, report of car-train accident at Prairie Avenue and North...

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UI Graduation Exercise Change Ires Seniors

Full column here; related UI Argonaut editorial hereIt has recently been disclosed to students at the University of Idaho that graduation ceremonies in individual colleges are no longer permitted and will not be held. Instead, the UI administration has decreed that there will be one,...

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Thom George: Idaho Not, Er, Now -- for Sale

From HBO"Today, speaking to the Idaho Chamber Alliance, Otter had this to say to chamber officials and business people from around the state: “I’m going to be your general sales office here in Boise. … If you hear of a business lead, tell us. …...

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Question: Are We Involved in Backdoor Draft?

Full editorial hereAlmost from the beginning of the conflict in Iraq, there has been an irresistable temptation to find, or refute, similarities to the one 40 years earlier in Vietnam. There is one distinct difference, though. In the 1960s, as the fighting in Southeast Asia...

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Hot Potatoes -- 1/30/07

*Bus scare a mistake: "Call Police" alert shakes up early-morning Spokane commute/Amy Cannata, Spokesman-Review -- Better safe than sorry, right? But the Spokane Transit System should be careful about its false alarms. (See: "Little Boy Who Cried Wolf")*Local students mourn suicides: Coeur d'Alene High student...

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AM Hucks: HBOers Not Gaga Over Baby Discussion

Please believe me when I tell you that I seldom read Miss Manners. Or Heloise. Or Annie's Mailbox. Or anyone else peddling advice. However, the headline on Judith Martin's Miss Manners column Monday caught my eye: " 'Trying to have a baby' unsuitable for conversation."...

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MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2007

Wild Card/Monday -- 1/29/07

We started our 24/7 newsroom this morning, with a reporter beginning online work at 6 a.m. That's why we were able to break stories about the attack on the SR deliverer, the man exposing himself to baristas (not those just below), the snow weather report...

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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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