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MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016

Leap Day Wild Card 2.29.16 13 

Happy Monday and Happy Leap Day! Super Sub Taryn is in the house! I guess Friday must have gone OK because DFO has invited me back once again. In between baking bread, working with the roof repairman and tending a sick kid I will be bringing you all sorts of juicy news bits today.

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Zika virus confirmed in Spokane County 

A woman in her 20s was diagnosed with the Zika virus in Spokane County, health officials said Monday. The Washington resident was infected while she was traveling out of the country, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. The woman was pregnant when the symptoms occurred.

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My 'Slice' answer: Always dressed for gym, rarely left home. Last to bring trash to curb. 11 

Paul Turner/The Slice asks: How would neighbors characterize you to news reporters if you were accused of a sensational crime? Mine: "She was always dressed for the gym, but rarely left home. She was so cheap she shared a newspaper subscription with the old lady next door. She was always last to bring her garbage can to the curb on trash day." You?

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Nielsen regrets rape, pregnancy comments 28 

Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, told KTVB-TV over the weekend that he was wrong when he said repeatedly last week that women who are raped or victims of incest are unlikely to become pregnant. "I was in error, and I regret it," he told the station on Saturday evening.

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Facebook post about cop lands man in jail 

The Idaho Statesman reports on a Meridian man who was arrested and charged with felony witness intimidation for Facebook posts about an officer who had previously arrested him. Question from The Statesman: "How worried should the public be about saying something on social media that could send our lives into a tailspin — and land us behind bars?"

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This is Lily. She isn't a cat.

No cat photos, I promised 

There must be something about HBO, like when you sub for DFO your pets are so dang excited that they just have to be in on the action. I promised no cat photos and I'll keep true to my word on that. First, I'm allergic...

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'Right to Try' bill passes House 

The Idaho House has voted 66-1 in favor of the “Right to Try” bill proposed by Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, that would allow terminally ill patients to use investigational drugs that haven’t yet gained full FDA approval, at their own risk.

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SR: Idaho lawmakers don't trust women 

In a Sunday editorial, The SR editorial board says Idaho lawmakers distrust women: "Through their ceaseless attempts to adopt unconstitutional anti-abortion laws, it’s become clear the majority of Idaho legislators do not trust women with this personal decision."

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Spokane’s first African-American newspaper, The Black Lens, is published by Sandra Williams. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane's black newspaper gives different perspective 

Cindy Hval reports on Spokane's black newspaper: As Sandra Williams sat by her father’s sickbed, the hours ticked by slowly. “Dad wasn’t much of a talker,” she said. It was enough for both of them to simply be together. But during those quiet hours, an idea took shape and sprang into life – Williams would publish a newspaper.

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Major pieces still TBD, school budget set 

Overall, the school budget set today reflects a 6.8 percent increase in state general funds, but it leaves several major pieces still to be decided, including Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed $10.7 million early literacy initiative, which has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.

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BenCo sheriff addresses "harassment" 

Whoever is manning the Benewah County Sheriff's Office's facebook page has a sense of humor. So do I. I've been enjoying the posts about their new K-9 Chihuahua attack unit, the donut trap set up in their parking lot and, most recently, their response to a citizen's question about police harassment.

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Dems fail attempt to add discretionary dollars 

The one big debate this morning during the setting of the public school budget came when Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, tried to add $5 million to discretionary funds for school districts next year, beyond the amount needed to get them back up to the fiscal year 2009 level on a per-classroom basis.

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Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, demonstrates a 5-year-old's Play-doh electric circuit project to lawmakers on JFAC (Betsy Z. Russell)

STEM initiative funding fails 17-2 

Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, brought props this morning to support her bid to fund part of the Idaho Commission for Libraries request for $183,700 for a STEM initiative. “This was put together by a 5-year-old,” she told JFAC. “It shows that Play-doh can conduct electricity. … This is completing a circuit.”

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Schools budget to be decided today

Today JFAC sets the budget for Idaho's public schools. Betsy Russell at SR's Eye On Boise blog brings you the play-by-play today on what's happening with the largest pie-piece of the state budget. First, reports Betsy, "JFAC is setting budgets for the state Commission for Libraries and the state Controller's office."

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Leo wins first Oscar, Rock steals spotlight 22 

A newspaper drama that probably makes the job look more exciting than it really is (haven't seen it) took best picture at last night's Oscars. Leo FINALLY won an Academy Award. According to the AP, though, the night belonged to host Chris Rock who called it "The White People's Choice Awards." Question: Did you watch the Oscars?

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MOLLY QUINN/SR PHOTO

Free chopper service makes daring rescue 

A backcountry skier who’s a textbook example of preparedness tapped most of his expensive tools and training to survive an avalanche last month near Lookout Pass. Yet the ordeal came down to a free helicopter rescue service and a gutsy pilot – after dark with just minutes to spare in a blinding snowstorm.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 2.27-28.16 

Taryn did a terrific job during her first day running Huckleberries Online and its unruly crew that lurks in the comments thread. Then, I didn't expect anything else. She has been around Huckleberries during most of its existence, as a reporter in the Coeur d'Alene newsroom of The Spokesman-Review. And as a commenter.

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TGIF Wild Card 2.26.16 

It's Friday, it's sunny, I'm out of hours and there's a cold PBR in my fridge. I'll check in throughout the afternoon to make sure nobody needs to be coolered or cyber waterboarded or put in the corner. You get to see me again on Monday. Luckies.

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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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