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Idaho Hall Of Shame Keeps Growing

A Sunday editorial in the Coeur d'Alene Press begins:

From notorious to just plain nutty, Idaho keeps cranking out more than its fair of undesirable headline-makers. You start with Richard Butler of the Aryan Nations and you think there's nowhere to go but up, right? Well, you can go laterally - with an extra wide stance in a Minneapolis airport men's room. Thanks for that, Senator Craig.

Then, the editorial focuses on the latest embarrassment:

All of these Spud State embarrassments made the rounds of national newspapers, TV programs and blogs, and the trend is assured extended life due to the recent alleged racial incident involving a Kootenai County man. No, silly, not the school board guy; the business guy. When reports spread far and wide that Hayden resident and business exec Joe Rickey Hundley allegedly slapped and racially insulted a 2-year-old child on a commercial flight, even the mighty Onion couldn't help but shed some tears of mirth. Complete editorial here.

Question: Is there something in the water in Idaho?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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