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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

Hump Day Wild Card -- 7.24.13 

In a way, all the political fighting in Kootenai County is annoying. In a way, it's refreshing. The locals are fully engaged in the political process. Conservative hardliners, of course, want to transform Kootenai County into their own private Idaho. Most simply want to enjoy...

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Parting Shot -- 7.24.13 

Two security guards tackle a man who ran onto the field during the ninth inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Minnesota Twins, today in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Wifi Contractor's Money Trail 

Education Networks of Idaho — the recipient of a state WiFi contract that will be worth more than $2.1 million in 2013-14 and could run for 15 years — has been an active player in Idaho campaign finance. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company contributed $38,750 in...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.22.13

5:46 p.m. Wrong-way driver on I-90/MP 11 (NW Blvd), going e/b in w/b lanes. 5:23 p.m. Couple w/history of Post Falls WalMart shoplifting may be trying to steal TV. 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for July 23-24 here. 5:02 p.m. Female suffers...

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PM Headlines -- 7.24.13

A sign at Ali Salem Air Base in Kuwait less than 40 miles from the Iraq border depicts the distance to Kalispell, Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock is on a three-day trip to Kuwait and Afghanistan to visit with the Montana troops deployed there. Story here....

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Cutline Contest -- 7.24.13 

Time 2 Vote ... A hawk is harassed by a mockingbird in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuesday. Nearby business workers said the sight has gone on for weeks with the mockingbird not giving up and the hawk holding his ground. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa...

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HBO Blogos -- 7.24.13

At Slight Detour, Marianne Love posts several photos of her viewtiful corner of this paradise that we share, including the one of the old fence gate above. You can see the rest here. Summer writing/Writing North Idaho The Basque spot/Carlson Chronicles Help wanted: Diamond Cup/Bay...

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Luna Awards Possible $33.3M Wifi Pact 

Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna has awarded a multimillion-dollar wireless contract to Education Networks of America, choosing the Nashville, Tenn. firm to provide WiFi in every Idaho high school for up to the next 15 years; the contract could cost the state up to...

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Bush Shaves Head For Cancer Victim 

President George H.W. Bush with Patrick (last name withheld at family's request), 2, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush this week joined members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show solidarity for Patrick, who is the son of one of the agents. The...

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Columnist Defends Race Slang Words 16 

I see where Paula Deen has admitted that she had probably used the N-word a few times in the past. She wasn't that good of a cook. She used that Southern cooking where grease is the central player. But, my God, are they going to...

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Ties Between Luna, Wifi Contractors? 

I’ve had lots of readers asking me if there are any ties between Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and the companies bidding on the multimillion-dollar WiFi contract for Idaho high schools, which could run up to 15 years and cost the state up to...

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Mary Lou: Idaho Keeps Its Poor Down 

An old Frank Sinatra song puts the American Dream to music: “You could be better off than you are, you could be swinging on a star.” But stars to swing on are not in the skies of the 31,000 Idaho workers who eke out a...

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Kendama Craze Arrives In Lake City 

Several elementary and middle schools have banned the game from classrooms. They are out of stock in stores. There are even professional teams, and one such team will have its own documentary with a stop in Coeur d’Alene today. It’s Kendama — essentially a Japanese...

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Poll: Only 12% Approve Of Congress 

A new Wall Street Journal poll finds that only 12 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing and 83 percent disapprove – an all-time low for the survey. Fifty percent of the 1,000 people polled disapprove of the job President Barack Obama...

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Right Girl: Use 'Courthouse' Carefully 

Right Girl (re: County workers not happyhappy): "It is the County building in total and not just the courthouse. The courthouse is just one wing of the County building. So please do not lump everyone as County "court" employees." DFO: "I've used Kootenai County Courthouse...

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Lean Bean Robbery Reward Offered 

Video still from Coeur d'Alene Police Department, of robber brandishing gun at Lean Bean. Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a male responsible for the Lean Bean Espresso Robbery that occurred on Tuesday...

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A Lot Of History With City Beach

"I came to this beach when I was a teenager," said Bonnie Erickson of Coeur d'Alene as she kept an eye on her 10-year-old grandson at Coeur d'Alene's City Beach on Tuesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Question: Did you teach your children to swim on...

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SR News Quiz -- 7.21-25.13 

You don’t have to be an expert on current events to win our weekly news quiz, but it can’t hurt! All entrants this week are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ – drawn from among the top scores – will take...

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MEJDAE: PFalls Workers Paid Poorly

MEJDAE (re: Coeur d'Alene city salaries in spotlight): Isn't Post Falls having the opposite problem? They have paid so little that people just take all the training and knowledge that PF provided and head out as soon as a similar job opens up nearby. I...

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Luna Pushing Ahead w/Wifi Contract 11 

Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna still plans to go ahead with awarding a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract for high school WiFi today, according to his spokeswoman, Melissa McGrath. “I hope it’s today – we’re just finalizing it, but hopefully within the next couple of hours,” McGrath...

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County: Can't Get No (Satisfaction) 

Here's what Kootenai County employees said in the "job satisfaction" portion of the recent courthouse survey: I love the work that I do We deal with a lot of crap and get paid crap If I can find something that pays more I won’t hesitate...

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The Hydros Are Coming 

Pointing to the return of hydroplane races, off Silver Beach, east of Coeur d'Alene planned for Labor Day weekend, Miss Spokane was displayed in front of the Coeur d'Alene Resort Tuesday. (Photo: Don Sausser)

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.24.13

11:55 a.m. Female driver stopped under I-90/Spokane overpass/PF reports vehicle smoking. 11;42 a.m. Post Falls MS administrator reports hit-and-run driver on school grounds. 11:24 a.m. Male reports male w/restraining order is at his girlfriend's home. 10:58 a.m. Several Budget rental trucks are traveling together causing...

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Meet George Alexander Louis 12 

Britain's Prince William carries his new born son, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday, into public view for the first time, outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London. Royal officials say Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander...

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Keough: Take Stock Of School Tech 

Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, says Idaho needs to be taking stock of what it already has as far as technology in its schools, in order to sensibly plan for additions. “A majority of legislators agree that we need our public K-12 schools and all of...

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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.