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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016


AP New Year’s poll: Americans hopeful for a better 2017 10 

Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. How hopeful are you for 2017 on a scale of 1 to 10?

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FILE- In this 1997 file photo, Carrie Fisher meets with the media at the library in the Spokane Club. Fisher was in town as the guest speaker at the Women Helping Women Luncheon. (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)

RIP Carrie Fisher 

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher, who rose to global fame as the trail-blazing intergalactic heroine Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise and later went on to establish herself as an author and screenwriter with an acerbic comic flair, has died. My sons are sooo sad this morning. All of them had a Princess Leia crush.

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Nampa police to get body cameras

Police officers in Nampa are likely to be wearing new body cameras in 2017. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that police department administrators selected Utility Associates Inc. to provide new cameras and software at a price of no more than $100,000.

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Tributes are left on the gate outside the home of British musician George Michael in London on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (Tim Ireland / Associated Press)

RIP George Michael

Grieving fans on Monday mourned the death of George Michael as British charities revealed that the pop star had secretly been a major behind-the-scenes donor who gave his time and money to support cherished causes. Which celebrity/notable figure's passing has impacted you most in 2016?

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Ava Sharifi has had a big year: a school speech she gave at Lewis and Clark High School went viral on social media, she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and other events followed. She is photographed here at her home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Student’s poignant speech on tolerance continues to resonate

In January, then-senior Ava Sharifi delivered a powerful message to her fellow students at Lewis and Clark High school. “I do not want to live in a world where at 17 years old I must worry about the color of my children’s skin,” she said in a speech delivered in mid-January. “We must take action; we cannot let darkness consume our hearts.”

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SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016

Christmas Weekend Wild Card 

We're shutting down Hucks Central for the 3-day Christmas weekend. Super Sub Cindy will be here Tuesday through Friday to keep you entertained with cat photos, random observations of family life and, of course, commentary and breaking news. I'll return Tuesday, Jan. 3, to begin my new life as a columnist/blogger rather than a blogger/columnist.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016

Merry Christmas, Hucks Nation 

Before I head out on vacation next week, I wanted to share a few thoughts re: slight change in career that's coming and thank you readers for being part of this journalistic journey that almost spans a half century. You've helped make my new hobby (blogging) successful. I appreciate that deeply. And wish you a Merry Christmas.

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Parting Shot -- 12.23.16

People walk through a light installation titled "Universal Journey," comprised of 824,961 light bulbs, at Universal Studios Singapore as part of celebrations in the lead up to Christmas on Friday.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 12.23.16 14 

'Tis nice to get my old Toyota 4Runner back with 2 new doors on the driver's side and a spic-'n-span buff job, courtesy of Gerber Collision. The deer that hit the 4Runner on Thanksgiving Eve also caused a $500 deductible dint in my wallet. But my insurance company and the upbeat lads at Enterprise rental made the transition as easy as possible ...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.23.16

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (13 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 17 more items) includes several slide-offs and crashes on H41/H53 near Rathdrum, as a result of slick conditions ...

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

The Cutline Contest today features former Coeur d'Alene High football star Deon Watson scoring a 74-yard TD for Idaho against Colorado State in the Famous Potato Bowl in Boise last night. The Vandals won 61-50. Thursday Winner: gitrdun.

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Aw

"Fries are kind of like a ketchup spoon" -- Rose Backs, of Coeur d'Alene, quoting her 4YO daughter in the back seat.

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A good idea in concept 

In concept that "Click List" service offered by Coeur d'Alene's Fred Meyer is a good idea. You, the customer, order items online and then you park in one of the 10 designated spots to have an employee bring them out to you. Rose Backs of Coeur d'Alene discovered reality is something else.

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Herb celebrates 11th blogiversary 

I've said many times that blogging is hard work, esp. for those who don't have my media support to make it happen. Last month, Marianne Love/Slight Detour celebrated her 12th blogiversary. Now, Herb Huseland/Bay Views checks in with his 11th blogiversary.

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Fisher suffers heart attack

Fisher, 60, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in "Star Wars" films, reportedly suffered a massive heart attack today near the end of an international flight from London to Los Angeles. Her brother, Todd Fisher, told reporters later that his sister's condition has stabilized.

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A satisfied customer 

"Customer surveys can be a pain to fill out," Facebooks Cindy Hval, "but we had such a good experience at the Hampton Inn in Cda last weekend that I took the time to complete it." For her troubles, Cindy received a warm note back from the Hampton Inn manager. Q: Do you fill out customer surveys?

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Jeers: Supreme Court helps Goliath 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives well-deserving JEERS ... to the Idaho Supreme Court. On a 3-2 vote, the Idaho court made it harder for the little guy to sue the big guy. A plaintiff now can be made to pay a defendant's legal costs, if the defendant wins.

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Laura Rumpler. (North Idaho College photo)

NIC picks Rumpler as spokeswoman 

North Idaho College President Rick MacLennan announced the hiring of Laura Rumpler to fill the vacant position of chief communications and government relations officer. Rumpler, who now works as spokeswoman for the Coeur d'Alene School District, replaces Mark Browning.

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Caught on tape 

Adding insult to injury, Christina Oss LaBang butt-dialed her daughter as she fell on ice last week. And her offspring recorded the naughy words that escaped Christina’s mouth. “Technology doesn’t miss a beat,” muttered Christina later, as she reached for an advil -- and the...

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Preparing to celebrate

Photographer Kyle Mills of the Lewiston Tribune was on hand at the tail-gate party, in freezing temps, before Idaho's big Famous Potato Bowl victory over Colorado State at Boise State University Thursday. Mills shot this photo of Vandals fans tail-gating. Q: Tell us of a time when you tail-gated before a college football game.

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An eyeful 14 

Facebook Friend Sharon Fisher of Kuna got an eyeful and then gave a drunk who was peeing in public, in broad daylight, an earful before the Famous Potato Bowl game in Boise Thursday. She had ventured out into the cold to pick up tickets for Boise State's Cactus Bowl game. Now, she wonders whether men really can't control their bladders.

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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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