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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

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Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch 

Remember that Vanity Plate that a Merry Huckster spotted in the Fortgrounds area that mimicked the abbreviation for Huckleberries Online: HBO? I posted it Nov. 11. Well, now I hear from a Berry Picker that he knows a northern Kootenai County councilman, who shall remain...

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Idaho D's: Don't Raise Solon Pay 31 

Back in June, a citizens committee recommended that state legislators get a 5 percent raise this year, from $16,116 to $16,921, effective this month. The committee's recommendation takes effect unless lawmakers reject it by concurrent resolution prior to the 25th day of the upcoming legislative...

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JeanieSpokane Has Blast w/Cheap Gas 13 

"I about danced a jig in the middle of the service station, in the freezing cold. Who cares!!!!" posts JeanieSpokane. "Gas was $1.49! I sat at the light by the station and saw the price and my tank was nearly empty and I jumped (in...

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Marianne Wows 3C's Luncheon 

Earlier this morning, Marianne Love posted this: The day has come. It's been nearly a year since Betty Cheeley called me up and asked me to speak about my book "Lessons with Love" to the 3 C's Book Club of Coeur d'Alene. If all goes...

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Update: I90 Crash Kills Bar Trendsetter 

A veteran Spokane bartender who was one of the trendsetters in the nightlife of the Inland Northwest was killed Tuesday night when the vehicle he was driving was involved in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho State Police reported today/Mike Prager,...

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Local Blogs -- 12/17/08 15 

At Remember The Roxy, OrangeTV has posted this shot of a 1942 ticket to a Sandpoint High School Band concert. This was so far back that I doubt Marianne Love remembers who was playing. But I'm not sure. Check out the ticket price. Can you...

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Protesters Join Iraqi Shoe Tosser 21 

Code Pink members Fred Bialy, left, and Toby Blome, right, both of El Cerrito, Calif., hang shoes outside a Marine Corps recruiting station during a protest in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday. In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush during a...

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Adam: Handicap Parking Fines 13 

You want a classic example of why newspapers are in trouble? Look no further than today’s riveting Idaho Statesman Editorial alleging that Idaho’s too lenient on those parking in disabled parking places, saying, “Meanwhile, state law sets a $100 fine that doesn’t provide much deterrent.”...

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APhoto of the Day -- 12/17/08 21 

Sarah Palin, the Sandpoint-born governor of Alaska, finished second only to President-elect Barack Obama as Time magazine's "Person of the Year." In the photo above, Palin winks as she speaks during her VP debate against U.S. Sen. Joe Biden at Washington University in St. Louis,...

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A Work In Progress 74 

As you can see by now, there's some bugs in the roll-out of the new Huckleberries Online. But I can already see the plusses outweigh the minuses. Blogmeister Ryan & Co. fixed a bunch of things yesterday. And had 60 more work orders this morning...

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Craig Gets 2 Standing O's 20 

Item: Boise chamber welcomes Larry Craig at luncheon; he receives 2 standing ovations: Retiring senator says he's formed a consulting firm, accepts thanks for work on Idaho issues/Idaho Statesman More Info: Retiring U.S. Sen. Larry Craig came before a friendly audience Tuesday at the Boise...

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This image supplied by Time Magazine, shows the cover of the magazine's December 29, issue naming President-elect Barack Obama as their "Person of the Year" for 2008. The news magazine's cover is by ex-street artist, Shephard Fairey, whose early poster of Senator Obama became a populist image of the campaign.  (Time/AP / The Spokesman-Review)

Time Names Obama 'Man of the Year' 21 

This image supplied by Time Magazine shows the cover of the magazine's Dec. 29 issue naming President-elect Barack Obama as its "Person of the Year" for 2008. The news magazine's cover is by ex-street artist Shephard Fairey, whose early poster of Sen. Obama became a...

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Larkin Sez PF In Good Shape

Item: Larkin delivers State of the City: Post Falls caps 'interesting' year, looks ahead to 2009/Brian Walker, CDA Press More Info: Linda Panabaker, among those who attended, said she realized Post Falls has a lot to cheer about despite the economic downturn after hearing Larkin's...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008

Breaking! Fatal I90-CDA Crash

The police scanner is reporting a head-on collision between a semi and a wrong-way driver on I90 at the Sherman Avenue exit that has closed a stretch of the freeway and the 15th Street ramp. Apparently, a driver drove the wrong way on the Sherman...

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Wild Card 12/16/08 132 

I'm about to call it a today, Merry Hucksters. It hasn't been a good day. The blog certainly didn't provide material that you've come to expect. But we muscled our way through it. You didn't see a lot of photos b/c I'm still trying to...

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Best of Marilyn 21 

In this Sept. 9, 1954, file photo, Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in New York.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman, file) Question: Which Marilyn Monroe film is your favorite?

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Scanner Traffic 11 

5:56 p.m. Vehicle versus deer or elk @ M/P 8 on Highway 53, near Hidden Valley Road. 5:51 p.m. An SUV has gone over an embankment near Riverview and come to rest near the Spokane River. A small crowd has gathered around. 3:53 p.m. Traffic...

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Torture Reform Illuminates US Atrocity 

To paraphrase one of the more ignominious comments from the Iraq war, "We go to war with the defense secretary we have, not the one that we want." A bipartisan Senate committee recently released a torture report that highlights then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's endorsement of...

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Tribe, Avista Reach Dam Deal 

Item: CDA Tribe, Avista reach deal for hydroelectric dam on Spokane River/AP More Info: Avista will pay more than $150 million over the life of the deal to compensate the tribe and to protect the environment of the lake. The tribe owns the lower one-third...

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Former Senator McClure Suffers Stroke 

Item: Former Idaho Sen. Jim McClure suffers stroke/Idaho Statesman More Info: Former Sen. Jim McClure, who represented Idaho in Congress for 24 years, suffered a stroke on Friday and is in the intensive care unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. McClure, 83,...

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Online Poll: Panhandlers 19 

When it comes to panhandling (from Lewiston Tribune) ... I give then money when I can. I don't give them a cent; they don't deserve it. I offer to pay them for work they can do for me. I trust that my regular charitable contributions...

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Local Blogs -- 12/16/08 25 

We, ourselves, should be more accountable. When did we decide we were entitled to all the toys NOW, and pay for it later. Credit is fine for a house, a car, and small purchase to get you thru to payday. But houses, cars, (the newest...

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IVA Declares War-On-Xmas Win 15 

Two weeks ago, "Christmas" was virtually absent at Costco's website and stores. But thanks to the volume of emails and complaints the c ompany received when the American Family Association exposed their holiday purge, receptionists now answer the phone at corporate headquarters with "Merry Christmas,"...

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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