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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

Parting Shot -- 3.31.17

The Parting Shot this week features a Spokane mother and her 9YO daughter posing for a photo in front of a giant Gonzaga University logo at the entrance of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest in Phoenix, Ariz., today.

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SR book presents Gonzaga's amazing 2016-17 season

The Spokesman-Review has produced a 144-page book that captures Gonzaga basketball through its exciting 2016-17 season. From early-season momentum to the Zags' deeprun in the NCAA Tournament, the hard-cover book features stories and photos from the award-winning SR sports writers and photographers.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 3.31.17

Well, March came in like a lion and it's going out like a ... ah ... meh. Unimpressive month. But it served to transition us out of that horrible winter. OTOH, we might look back on Winter 2016-17 as the best of winters, if the Zags go on to become national champions this weekend in Phoenix.

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Labrador insults female U.S. rep 

It appears that U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has gone from fighting with President Donald Trump over health care reform to insulting a female U.S. representative from Washington state. During a recent hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Labrador reportedly told fresham Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal to "learn how to read."

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Itch to garden 

At the Lovestead, Marianne Love has started her geranium plants inside and is waiting for decent weather to put them in the greenhouse. Q: What preparations have you made to begin your annual garden?

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Clock ticks on grocery tax veto 

A proposal to repeal the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries has been sent to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office, kicking off the 10-day deadline the Republican governor has to either veto or approve the bill.

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The last time a Spokane mayor made a flag bet against an opponent in the NCAA tournament, the Michigan State Spartans’ flag flew downtown following a Sweet 16 loss by Gonzaga in March 2001. (Jonathan Brunt / The Spokesman-Review)

Mayors wager on Final 4 outcome 

Mayors David Condon of Spokane and Stephen Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, announced a friendly wager Friday that will have the winning team’s flag flying above their opponent’s City Hall following Saturday’s game.

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Life of a sub 

While Gonzaga Bulldog players are interviewed elsewhere after their practice session at the NCAA Final Four Thursday, Rem Bakamus looks at his cellphone. Question: Would you rather be a sub on the Gonzaga Bulldogs or a starter on one of the lesser teams in the NCAA Tournament?

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Of ruined tires & studs 

Erica Curless reports that the potholes in Winter 2016-17 has cost her 3 tires. I need to run my car into Les Schwab's tomorrow to fix the right front tire, which I consider to be a winter casualty. However, that might be easier said than done. Schwab's is slammed with motorists dumping studded tires. Q: Did you run studs this winter?

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Carousel to open June 9 

In case you were wondering, as Huckleberries was, the target date for the opening of the Coeur d'Alene Carousel is June 9. According to the Coeur d'Alene Carousel Foundation Facebook site, the Carousel will open with a Family Day in the Park & Fancy Flea Market.

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Lt. Gov. Brad Little socializes with senators as the Senate is at ease on Wednesday morning, March 29, 2017, finishing up the last of their work before adjournment in Boise. Both the Idaho House and Senate adjourned Wednesday. (Katherine Jones /Idaho Statesman via AP)

AM Headlines -- 3.31.17

AM Headlines: Public Records (March 31)/Press, Building permits booming in 2017/Press, Memory Lane filled w/ex-Zag players/SR, Twitter war erupts b/n Trump, Labrador/SR, IRS scams lurk as tax day approaches/Press, Cherry Blossom fest invited Blazen Divaz/Press, Blues Festival brings top talent to CdA Resort/SR ...

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Sun is on the way

A rainstorm on Wednesday boosted the March precipitation total to second wettest on record. But a break in the weather on Friday and Saturday should brighten the stage as national media like ESPN visit Spokane to highlight Gonzaga University’s first appearance in the Final Four. Mike Prager/SR reports ...

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Pence breaks tie in anti-PP vote 54 

Senate Republicans needed Vice President Mike Pence to dash to the Capitol twice on Thursday to cast tie-breaking votes to pass legislation that will make it easier for states to restrict federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other providers of family planning services.

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Poll: 68% roots for Zags

In the Thursday poll, 68% of Hucks Nation said it root for the Gonzaga Bulldogs and most of that number have done so far a long time. Today's Poll: What will become of President Trump's war on Raul Labrador & the House Freedom Caucus?

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Feeling uneasy about Trump fam 22 

Writing for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board, Anthony Kuipers comments that he's uneasy that family members play key roles in President Donald Trump's administration. Question: Does it bother you?

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All of the TVs were tuned to basketball at Capone’s Pub & Grill in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

SR's best bars to watch GU Bulldog basketball 

Colleague Kip Hill/SR lists the best bars to watch Gonzaga basketball this weekend, including Capone's in Post Falls. Most of the bars are in Spokane. Question: Where do you plan to watch the Gonzaga-South Carolina game Saturday? And/or: Which local bar is best for watching sports?

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Oh great! Another uber-con group! 14 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the move by freshman Reps. Mike Kinglsey, R-Lewiston, and Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, to form another ultra-conservative faction within the GOP legislative caucus.

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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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