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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.2.12 13 

The Idaho Legislature is finished, and Major League Baseball is about to resume (if you figure the two games between Seattle and Oakland last week to be the start of the season). Huckleberries forecasts turbulent political weather for the next 6 to 7 weeks as...

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Parting Shot -- 4.2.12 

Kentucky fans cheer before the start of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game tonight in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Question: Anyone picking Kansas?

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Idaho Dad: A Powerful Addiction 10 

Idaho Dad re: "Ryan Leaf arrested 2 times in 2 days": That’s a powerful addiction, which I can only barely understand (Coca-Cola being the one habit I can’t seem to quit). I do feel sorry for him being an addict. Hope he gets some serious,...

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Servers Can't Handle '40 Census Hits 

Americans' fascination with their roots overwhelmed Monday's ballyhooed online rollout of the complete 1940 Census when 22.5 million people swarmed the website in the first three hours — paralyzing the system. Most people couldn't access the free data on the National Archives and Records Administration's...

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PM Headlines -- 4.2.12

The Idaho Potato Commission displays its six-ton tuber replica on the street in front of the Idaho Capitol on Friday in Boise. It plans to truck the potato, made from steel, plywood, foam and concrete, around the country promoting the state's signature agricultural crop and...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.2.12

5:14 p.m. Male who'd been ripping wires from breaker box on Bancroft/CdA now barricaded. 4:51 p.m. Caller is concerned friend might be hurt after seeing blood around her freezer area. 4:44 p.m. Mother on Atwater Street/Hayden reports to KCSD that missing daughter has returned. 4:39...

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NRA Ranks Idaho U.S. Reps Highly 

Incumbent GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have received grades of “A-plus” and “A,” respectively, from the National Rifle Association. According to the NRA’s website, an A-plus candidate is “a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but...

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Top HBO/SR Commenters For March 19 

1. misjustice: 332 (2.509%) comments 2. Stickman: 225 (1.700%) comments 3. duroc: 206 (1.557%) comments 4. dinosaurman: 162 (1.224%) comments 5. Phaedrus: 141 (1.066%) comments 6. fortboise: 137 (1.035%) comments 7. JBlim: 133 (1.005%) comments 8. Digger: 121 (0.914%) comments 9. Northerner: 101 (0.763%) comments...

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County "Republicans" Disagree 

Seems two of the three wings of the Kootenai County Republican Party disagree on the candidates running in the GOPrimary, except for three: Congressman Raul Labrador, Bob Nonini in Senate District 3, and Steve Vick in Senate District 2. The anonymous posters behind the new...

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North Idaho Blogs -- 4.2.12

On her Facebook wall, Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images writes: "This little roadside falls flows in spring and summer on Moon Pass in the St. Joe National Forest. This was August of 2010." Spring break staycation/A Butterfly Moment Panhandle Sun/Bay Views I've gone liberal ... after...

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Ryan Leaf Arrested 2 Times In 2 Days 

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf makes an initial court appearance before Cascade County District Judge Dirk Sandefur via video link as his defense attorney, Eric Olson, listens at left, Monday in Great Falls, Mont. Leaf was arrested again on Monday and is accused of committing...

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De Pasquale: Living American Dream 

The Left and their cohorts in the media love a personal story to illustrate the need for a government-centered society. Here’s one they wish they could manipulate. It’s the story of a single mother who sacrificed a lot to raise her only son in Puerto...

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Idaho Wolf Number Cut In Half 

Wolf hunting ended Saturday in most of Idaho. Hunters have bagged 372 animals since the season began in August, cutting the state’s estimated wolf population roughly in half, according to the latest count. Idaho Fish and Game officials are pleased, while wolf advocates find the...

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Palin Gets 'Today' Show Gig Tuesday 

NBC's "Today" show is bringing Sarah Palin, left, on board as a co-host _ for one morning, this Tuesday. The announcement was posted Sunday on NBC's website. It says the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate will "reveal a different side" than viewers...

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Apartments Coming To Vacant Field 

Ah, the ways we find things for this column... One way is spies. A fellow (whose email address I lost) asked "What's going on between Safeway and Black Sheep?" I replied that I'd check. When I did check with the Cd'A Building Department at the...

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Kempthorne Still Has Political Itch 10 

Dirk Kempthorne is profiled in the latest edition of the subscription-only "CEO Update," a magazine covering national associations like the one run by the former Idaho governor. Since 2010, Kempthorne has been CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, where he says the job...

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Layoff A Shock After Life Of Work 

Linda Hall, of Spokane, has worked hard all her life but hasn’t earned any respect from the labor market. Laid off for the first time at age 62, Hall has no health insurance, not enough savings for retirement and almost no chance of getting hired...

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High Noon: Best Oregon Coast Spot? 21 

On his Facebook wall, Idaho Statesman opinionator Kevin Richert posts: "It's pretty likely that Chris and I are going to explore the Oregon coast for our kid-free vacation in July. And since I'm probably the only person who has never gone there, I'm looking for...

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Blue Angels In Training 

Two US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron jets, better known as Blue Angels, seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., execute a survey flight over the Statue of Liberty Monday. The two F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Jets, flew practice runs to familiarize and evaluate a...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.2.12 

12:14 p.m. Woman reports that a Washington man is illegally dumping in Rose Lake Dumpster after he left Wolf Lodge Dumpster area because she was taking a photo of him. 11:49 a.m. EMTs are responding to rear-end crash @ H41 & Prairie/Rathdrum, partly blocking. 11:35...

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Ruling Elates Ex-ITD Director Lowe 

“I am absolutely elated,” fired former ITD Director Pam Lowe said this morning, after a federal judge sided with her over the weekend in a key ruling in her wrongful termination lawsuit. “It absolutely vindicated me and what I had been saying, and that is...

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.2.12 

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, puts a cheese head hat on his friend Josh Duggar during their visit to Simon's Specialty Cheese in Appleton, Wis., Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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DanG: Costco Dumps Self Checkout 13 

On his Facebook wall, Councilman DanG reports: "Self-checkout is gone at the CdA Costco. Apparently there were too many missing items for the store to continue the practice." And comments later that customer service is important to him: "If you're going to succeed in business,...

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Poll: 2012 Legislature Gets 'F'

Weekend Poll: The 2012 Legislature was very unpopular with Hucks Nation, which overwhelmingly graded the sessions with F's, D's and incompletes (83%). 110 of 213 respondents (51.64%) gave the Legislature "F's." 42 of 110 (19.72%) awarded D's. 26 of 110 (12.21%) gave incompletes. Of the...

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Supreme Court To Hear Hart Appeal

Tax-protesting Idaho State Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, takes his appeal of his state income taxes to the Idaho Supreme Court today; the arguments start at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time in the old courthouse in Coeur d'Alene, second floor, Judge Luster's courtroom. S-R reporter Tom Clouse...

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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.