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Bad behavior is trending 

Young children know that name-calling is wrong. Tweens are taught the perils of online bullying and revenge porn: It’s unacceptable and potentially illegal. But celebrities who engage in flagrant attacks on social media are rewarded with worldwide attention. Have you ever denigrated someone online? CH

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Kootenai County job request sparks war of words

A request for a new position at Kootenai County erupted into a war of words Wednesday. Commissioner Bob Bingham, known for diving deep into data to develop decisions, brought forth his request for a new research and financial analyst position for other commissioners to consider. Do you think this position is needed? CH

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Kim Ashbaugh picks up trash on Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She has been cleaning the popular hiking spot for 15 years. "To me it's all about Tubbs Hill," she said. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Tubbs Hill 'litterbug fairy' 13 

We've appreciated the litterbug fairy's unceasing efforts hear at Hucks Online for many years. She is truly inspirational. Read more about Kim Ashbaugh in the story below. PS: You're welcome to add a word or two of thanks, here.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Tell me something good 

It's easy to find things to complain about-- especially when you've been at your desk reading and writing newspaper stories all week. So let's use this thread to share some good news. I'll start. I just had lunch with a dear friend who always makes me smile.

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The search for Roberta Sunday 

Robert Martin's platoon was sent to check out an enemy bunker complex that had been hit with heavy airstrikes. He heard a coughing sound. "In this one bunker I found three dead Vietnamese — two men and one woman," the Coeur d'Alene man said softly. "I turned to go to the next bunker when I heard a cough from under the dead bodies."

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May ready to step in for Hazel

Lisa May said running unopposed for a position as a Coeur d’Alene School District trustee was a double-edged sword. May, who will fill the seat vacated by Trustee Christa Hazel beginning in July, wasn’t able to connect with residents and learn their feelings about education issues while on the campaign trail.

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Paul Simon will play the Spokane Arena on Friday night. (MaryEllen Matthews)

Paul Simon’s solo career in 12 songs 

A conversation with a twenty-something colleague in the newsroom about Friday’s Paul Simon concert at the Spokane Arena elicited this unexpected response from my young co-worker. “I’m really not familiar with his music.” Read Carolyn Lamberson's list below. Any songs you'd add?

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Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia 14 

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell--

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Idaho Dems head to north to recruit volunteers

The Idaho Democratic Party is sending field organizers up north for the first time since pulling a volunteer nearly a year ago amid intimidation accusations. Democratic leaders announced this week that the move is part of a statewide effort to locate volunteers and train activists in an overwhelming Republican-dominant state. Thoughts? CH

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NIC Beach Grill

NIC replacing 36 cooking grills on beach 

North Idaho College’s Landscape Services/Facilities Operations has already replaced 18 out of 36 cooking grills at the NIC Beach. Funding for the grills was awarded to Landscape Services/Facilities Operations through a grant from the NIC Foundation. Have you ever used the grills? CH

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Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that’s alive. But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital’s expansion.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.