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Press: Slow Start To Hydro Races

All right, so the celebratory bottle-smack was a bust. The 2013 Diamond Cup Regatta hydroplane races won't be. On Wednesday, a staged media event in downtown Spokane to promote the hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d'Alene this Labor Day weekend drew all of one media outlet: The one you're holding in your hands right now. So when Spokane Mayor David A. Condon whacked Miss Spokane — the hydroplane, not the beauty queen- with a champagne bottle that refused to explode, there were no national TV cameras or live web feeds to make the red-faced moment go viral. Bad luck that almost nobody showed, and that embarrassed smiles, rather than champagne bottles, were all that were cracked? Hardly. It ended up feeling like the kind of good fortune that big events like these can always use to ramp up momentum/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

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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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