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Tried in vain to convince my youngest son to become a dentist. Yesterday I found out it's going to cost us more than $2,000 to get his wisdom teeth pulled. I get to go to the dentist myself for my regular cleaning this afternoon. Glad I could get in since he only works THREE DAYS A WEEK.

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Lt. Col. Ked Wills next ISP chief

Idaho State Police Lt. Col. Kedrick “Ked” Wills has been named the next director of the Idaho State Police, to succeed Col. Ralph Powell when he retires July 2 after 34 years with the ISP. Gov. Butch Otter announced the decision on Wednesday; Wills will be promoted to colonel as part of his promotion.

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This illustration released by Antonio Battaglia shows toilet paper wrapped in mock-up packaging, featuring a cartoon image in the likeness of President Donald Trump, with the Spanish phrases “Softness without borders,” center, “This supports migrants,” top right, “Four pure rolls,” bottom right, which is a play on words in Spanish that roughly translates as “Pure nonsense.” (Antonio Battaglia / Associated Press)

Mexican to market 'Trump' toilet paper 10 

A Mexican businessman offended by President Donald Trump’s insults to his countrymen is seizing on a possible oversight in the magnate’s branding plans. Corporate lawyer Antonio Battaglia is introducing “Trump” brand toilet paper. It’s marketed under the slogans “Softness without borders...." Would you use this? CH

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Oregon governor signs transgender equity bill into law

Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people in Oregon to update their birth certificates away from public view beginning next year. The measure makes Oregon the second state after California to adopt laws specifically designed to help mitigate potential discrimination against transgender individuals.

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CDA Arts Commission Seeks Artists for ArtCurrents 2017

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists to participate in its “ArtCurrents” program. Artists submit applications for placement of their sculptures around CdA’s downtown for a period of one year. The displayed works will also be offered for sale, with the City of Coeur d’Alene receiving a 25% commission from the sale.

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Husband of Mary Kay Letourneau files for separation 

The man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was jailed for raping him has filed for legal separation from her. Regardless of the situation, I've never thought a large age difference between partners is a wise thing. What's the age difference between you and your partner? CH

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Updated: CNN fires Kathy Griffin 61 

I have no problem agreeing with Trump on this. Holding up the bloody severed head of the president for a photo is beyond disgusting. Then again, Griffin hasn't been funny for a very long time. Of course your thoughts may differ. Did you see the photo? CH

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Idaho Humanities Lecture to feature Pulitzer winner 

Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 14th annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Meacham’s topic will be “America Then and Now: What History Tells Us About the Future.”

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Romphim: Rompers for men.

Fashion: Rompers for men 21 

When you have four sons, you keep up with male fashion trends, but this one makes me shudder. Call them RompHims or Brompers, I call them disturbing. So guys, could you? Would you? Wear a romper?

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What does ‘covfefe’ mean? 37 

A garbled late-night Twitter posting by President Donald Trump sent the internet into a frenzy on Wednesday. Six hours after Trump wrote it, the tweet that befuddled the world and launched a thousand memes was deleted. But questions about the true nature of “covfefe” remained. Challenge: Use covfefe in a sentence. CH

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Baltimore Book Festival disinvites Rachel Dolezal 

Here's my Dolezal story. A couple weeks ago I was at an invite-only art function at a small gallery. It was fairly crowded. In walked Rachel Dolezal pushing her son in a stroller. The crowds parted. The chatter quieted. I didn't see anyone greet or talk to her, but I soon left. It was awkward and a little sad. Now, she's uninvited to Baltimore.

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In this April 6, 2016, file photo provided by  Yellowstone National Park, a white wolf walks in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the shooting death of a similar rare white wolf near Gardiner, Mont. The wolf is believed to have been shot April 10 or 11. (Neal Herbert / Yellowstone National Park)

Reward upped in Yellowstone white wolf death 

Yellowstone National Park is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the shooting death of a rare white wolf near Gardiner, Montana. The wolf is believed to have been shot April 10 or 11. Wildlife managers euthanized the 12-year-old female wolf after hikers found it injured.

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TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

Zoo Boise veterinarian Holly Holman weighs one of the zoo’s Magellanic penguins as part of an annual wellness exam. (Zoo Boise / Idaho Statesman)

Cancer, death at Zoo Boise 

One part of housing roughly 250 animals that not everyone talks about is their medical care. Creatures at Zoo Boise get yearly wellness checks. They’re given vaccinations and have bloodwork done.And like humans, they get sick. Cancer is a particular scourge. When is the last time you visited a zoo? CH

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In this May 24 photo, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley holds a food parcel provided by the World Food Programme, part of the humanitarian aid shipments into Syria, during a visit at the Reyhanli border crossing with Syria, near Hatay, southern Turkey. Haley is presenting another side of President Donald Trump’s America First doctrine, one that focuses on human rights and humanitarian assistance. (Burhan Ozbilici / Associated Press)

Nikki Haley, another side of Trump’s ‘America First’ 

Haley’s trip last week to Jordan and Turkey showcased the outspoken former South Carolina governor-turned-Trump diplomat’s emergence as Trump’s foreign policy alter ego-- “I think ‘America First’ is human rights and ‘America First’ is humanitarian issues,” Haley said. Agree or disagree with Haley? CH

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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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