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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2005

Best of the Local Blogs -- 7/29/05

*Marianne Love/Slight Detour is ready to have fun tonight as she meets former classmates in her Class of '65s 40th reunion here.*Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise tells how you can be involved in designing Idaho's 2007 quarter here.*Dogwalk Musings has its crosshairs on the "invisible" Rathdrum...

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Extra! Senate Votes to Protect Gunmakers

The Senate voted today to shield firearms manufacturers, dealers and importers from lawsuits brought by victims of gun crimes, a measure opponents said had been ordered up by the gun lobby. The 65-31 vote passed a bill that supporters said protects the industry from financial...

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Overheard ...

... at Boulder Beach, the Silverwood water park, wave pool Wednesday: "Hey, the water's really warm. Everybody must be peeing in it."Hat Tip: Phil Corless

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Northwest Headlines -- 7/29/05

West urges justices to toss recall petition: Lawyers argue his private life not a public offense/Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review -- Seems like only yesterday that Boy Mayor Jim West was saying, with a sincere face, that he'd do what the people want. Basically, West's all about...

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I Survived

I'm back from Dr. Brent Unruh's office and a one hour and 45 minute oral surgery. It was as painfree as possible and now I have an ice pack over the affected area. I'm very impressed with the professionalism of Brent and his staff. I'm...

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Franks And Beans And Jail, Oh My

A Tuggle the clerk did see in the lightA man who had sinned, and taken flightSearched they all did, hard through the woodBut he had hidden neatly, and pretty goodHungry, still, the Tuggle he wasSo he crept into town famished, probably buzzedAnd when he arrived,...

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Question of the Day -- 7/29/05

Issue: Dems need to get their act together: Party's present choices, actions enough to make a grown-up Democrat consider converting/Susanna Rodell, Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette.Susanna Rodell: "I love this party. It is my party. Its ideals are my ideals. I am not about to abandon it....

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2005

Thursday Wild Card -- 7/28/05

With a morning of oral surgery facing me tomorrow, I'm taking Friday off to baby myself. Dunno what to expect because it's relatively isolated stuff. But I haven't been through this one before. So, tip a glass in my memory tonight, and I'll swallow a...

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Photo of the Day -- 7/28/05

Suz Shafner takes a look at low flying pelicans as their shadows are cast on the beach while she sunbathes in Flagler Beach, Fla., Wednesday. You write the cutline.Top Cutlines (courtesy of Judge Green Libertarian):1. Sunbather Suz Shafner shows surprise as she realizes what she...

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Extra! Extra!

"I just wanted to let you know that the Senate just unanimously approved “Dru’s Law”, creating a national sex offender registry" -- Sid Smith, assistant press secretary to U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, a CDA native and a former football teammate of my son, Seth, at...

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Peanut Gallery -- Vandals Rock

re: When the Vandals were beating BSU every year.13 years in a row... Yeah, the pendulum swings, doesn't it. Someone once said that even the best sports teams are just one or two factors away from being mediocre. For the Vandals, it was hiring He...

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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest -- 7/28/05

See: Item No. 2Four workers at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, were disciplined recently for violating Shasta Groene's privacy, after they viewed her medical records even though they weren't part of her medical team. The four were among 1,000 KMC employees with security...

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How Do You Survive A 21st Birthday?

Friday is my 21st birthday. My friends here in Moscow have planned a large celebration in my honor that involves me most likely drinking too much for my own good. I'm still trying to figure out what to eat Friday night before I go out...

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Local Question of the Day -- 7/28/05

Issue: Gondola safety in doubt: Silver Mountain disputes claims by former lead gondola mechanic/James Hagengruber, SRJim Hagengruber: "Pipkin said that when he quit, at least 60 of 109 gondola cabins were overdue for their mandatory five-year safety inspection – in at least one case, the...

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Huckleberries 5 -- Or Why Tuggle Got Caught

1. He was the first contestant to be voted off "Survivor: Shoshone County."2. Stupid is as stupid does.3. Euell Gibbons he's not.4. 3-for-1 hot dog special at Wallace's Conoco was too much to pass up.5. What's the use modeling a camouflage, macho man outfit if...

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SR Letter of the Day -- 7/28/05

I read Darrell Sullens' comment ("Secularists finally noticed," July 21) with interest. He states that it has taken two-thirds of his life to break free of the bondage (of religion) to think freely.Religion defined is how one views the world (one's world view) and the...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2005

Photo of the Day w/Top Cutlines -- 7/27/05

A scene in Dhaka Bangladesh earlier today. You write the cutline.Top Cutlines: 1. (tie, after further review) Too hot to fly in BanglaDesh, these ducks are shown getting "frequent rider miles" -- CDADave. And: Said one quacker to another: "Would you please get "down" off...

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Pedestrian Rage

This morning a CdA Resort van headed south on Second Street with a green light to go through the Sherman intersection but had to stop for a jaywalking woman. The van driver, a salt & pepper-haired older man with a beard, hollered at the woman...

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Inside Huckleberries -- 7/27/05

*Fellow blogger Russ Lipton/News Is A Conversation tipped me off to Michael Yon, a sensational e-ziner who may be providing the best, evenhanded reporting from Iraq, here....*Can anyone explain to me how violent sex offenders John Collins Tuggle and Joseph Edward Duncan III could chance...

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Peanut Gallery -- Midtown

I am reading with great interest of the foresight and support that midtown received in the past. My question is, "Does the current City Administration get very involved in midtown issues?" From the outside looking in, I always "hear" that it is the red-headed step...

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GOPrez Online Straw Poll

With nearly 7,000 votes counted, U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., edged ex-NYC mayor Rudy Giuilani for the 2008 GOPrez fave in an online poll here. Meanwhile, blogger TimSaler.com sees Allen and Hillary as the frontrunners for the '08 nominations in his analysis of the top...

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Question of the Day -- 7/27/05

Issue: Papers pull 'Doonesbury' over potty put-down: Others editing comic strip featuring Rove's nickname 'Turd Blossom'/Associated Press. (You can find the controversial strip here and a subsequent one here.)DFO: Dubya calls Rove "Turd Blossom"? Funny. I don't think I'd have pulled Garry Trudeau's comic strip...

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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.