WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.31.11 

How did we get to Aug. 31 without experiencing summer? Well, maybe we did during the two weeks that I was in California earlier this month. I shouldn't complain, I guess. The weather has been OK to brilliant since July 4. Before that ... not...

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Parting Shot -- 8.31.11

Charlie Taranto, of Valentino's in Coeur d'Alene, Id., prepares his chocolate-dipped, raspberry-topped chees cake today on the first day of the 32nd annual Pig Out in the Park in Riverfront Park. (SR photo: Dan Pelle) Question: Do you attend Pig Out In the Park? Which...

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What I Did On Vacay Blah, Blah, Blah 

When you ask someone about his or her summer vacation, you are … A) Not really listening to the answer. B) Sincerely hoping to hear that the person had a happy, restorative time away from work. C) Ready to compete by jumping in and explaining...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.31.11 

4:37 p.m. Driver reports seeing a woman in a red Chevy Lumina yelling & cussing at her kids at a gas station at H95 & Hayden. Woman cussed him out when he objected. 4:25 p.m. 34YO Post Falls woman left her mother at midnight this...

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PM Headline -- 8.31.11

North Idaho College will honor the memory of former student Brian Williams with a memorial bike ride fundraiser at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at O’Shays Irish Pub and Eatery, located at 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. Williams was 28 years old when he was...

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APhoto Of The Day -- 8.31.11 

A cadet checks a fellow classmate's cover before the First Formation of the Organization of the Corps of Cadets ceremony on Tuesday at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Daily News Leader, Pat Jarrett) Top Cutlines: 1. This is...

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Idaho 21st Worst On Gawker List 15 

In a way, we're lucky that Gawker has rated Idaho only the 21st worst state in the country, far behind the Top 5 (1. Arizona, 2. Alabama, 3. Utah, 4. New Jersey, and 5. Mississippi). Of the Spud State's positives, Gawker sez: "Americans probably know...

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NI Blogs: Lake Coeur d'Alene Sunset

Linda Lantzy of Idaho Scenic Images provides this view of a Lake Coeur d'Alene Sunset from the eastern end of the North Idaho Centennial Trail. We need a centrist media/Dogwalk Musings These boots are made for walking/From A Simple Mind Local Noise: Not quite punk/Get...

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Review: Red Bowl Feats Black Bowls

It's perhaps a smidge on the perplexing side that an eatery advertising itself under the moniker Red Bowl serves all their items in plastic black bowls. The situation conjures up several ponderous questions. Does the plastic bowl wholesaler charge an extra .02 per for the...

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Denver Swimmer Conquers Lake CdA 

Bruce Gordon, 49, of Denver, Colo., is a long-distance swimmer looking to do what has been done just 19 times before: cross the 26-mile Kaiwi Channel connecting the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Molokai. To prepare for his historic crossing, he swam 18.5 miles in...

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Gold Medalist Leads Caldwell Ride

Four-year-olds Venice MacDonald, left, and Jayden Frans, both of Caldwell, stand together as a staff member with the YMCA demonstrates bicycle maintenance following a ceremonial bike ride across the city Tuesday in Caldwell. Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong, community leaders, and youth took part in...

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Bobcats: End 'Money Games'?

An associate athletic director at Montana State says the school's newly remodeled football stadium could mean the end of so-called "money games." The Bobcats have played opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision in each of the past 12 years and the team will receive a...

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Sad Students Bid Adieu To Summer 

"I haven't been to school for three months and I'm excited to see my friends again," says Riley, a Chief Joseph Elementary fourth grade student. The building was all abuzz on the first day of school. Students meeting old friends, parents saying goodbye, and kindergarten...

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Review: Canton Upgrades Food, Venue

In the comments section of a Yelp review that lists the Canton Restaurant as Coeur d'Alene's best Chinese eatery, OrangeTV writes: "The cosmetic improvements alone make the Canton that I reviewed back then seem like a dusty old dive stuck in the ruins of some...

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INW Headlines -- 8.31.11

How bad are the Seattle Mariners this year? Their most popular player, "Larry Bernandez," isn't a real person. Above, Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, in his role as "Larry Bernandez," surprises fans by handing out bobblehead likenesses of his character before a baseball game against...

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Paper Rips Corps Levee Tree Policy 

When it comes to trees and levees, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to revise its one-chainsaw-fits-all policy. A new study by the Corps reveals why. The study, conducted by an Army Corps research unit in Mississippi, examined how trees affect flood-control levees in...

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Some Pumpkin 

Dale Marshall is dwarfed by an Atlantic Giant Pumpkin that he estimates to be around 1,780-pounds inside a greenhouse in Anchorage on Monday. The giant pumkin was started by seed on April 1 and has a 202-inch circumference. He plans to enter the pumpkin in...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.31.11 

11:57 a.m. CPD Blue tells dispatcher: "Sometimes we have to turn the leprechauns loose." 11:41 a.m. A bale of hay is lying in the passing lane of H95 & M/P 450.5 (Bonner County line). 11:18 a.m. Some sort of theft is reported by resident in...

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Poll: Willing To Pay $110 To Play

Tuesday Poll: 87 of 120 respondents (72.5%) said they'd be willing to pay $110, as Meridian High parents are forced to do this year, to enable their child(ren) to play sports. 25 of 120 (20.83%) said they weren't willing to pay-to-play. 8 (6.67%) were undecided....

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Docs: Bustamante Menaced Another

Ernesto Bustamante once threatened to kill a woman other than Katy Benoit, and had sexual relations with at least one other University of Idaho student while he was a professor there, according to court documents. Bustamante and Benoit, a UI graduate student, had a sexual...

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Sheriff IDs Man Missing In Lake CdA 

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has identified a man who is missing and presumed drowned in Lake Coeur d'Alene as Riley Odwire, 24, who recently moved from Fernwood to Coeur d'Alene. Odwire reportedly was urinating at the back of a pontoon boat at 8:40 p.m....

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Reagan Repubs Target City Elections 10 

In his Kootenai Weekly Conservative newsletter, Reagan Republicans president Jeff Ward announces that his group plans to raise $10,000 to help Republicans win nonpartisan mayoral, City Council, and fire district seats Nov. 8. Writes Ward: "As you may know the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans were...

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9/11 Event Set At Fallen Heroes Plaza

The Fallen Heroes Plaza will be the site of a 10th anniversary observation of the 9/11 attacks, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Cherry Hill location, followed by an open house at the nearby fire station. The event is sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene police...

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Quotable Quote -- Mike Kennedy

On his Twitter account, Councilman MikeK tweets re: fund-raising efforts by Gov. Butch Otter on behalf of the Idaho Freedom Foundation: "Governor raises money for lobbyists who run partisan 'news' blogs. What's next -- replace teachers with online corporate donor computers?"

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Idaho Woman Targets Abortion Law 37 

An Idaho woman prosecuted for terminating her own pregnancy with an abortion pill ordered over the Internet has filed suit challenging a decades-old law under which she was charged, as well as a new state ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The lawsuit...

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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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