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INW: Iupati Named To All-Rook Team

The FBI is seeking information connected to the identity of the person or persons seen with this Swiss Army-brand backpack. The backpack, which was found along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane on Monday, contained an explosive device capable of inflicting casualties. The T-shirts were contained in the backpack. The backpack was found on a bench at the corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue. SR story here. (Photo courtesy of FBI)

Christie: Aryans Were A Downer

Christie Wood (re: Aryans stage protest near Human Rights Institute): I drove by them on my way to drop off some food for the Martin Luther King Gala event hosted by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. All of the good thoughts I had been having about our event, including the 26th year of the children's program hosted on MLK birthday at NIC, were suddenly dampened by the sight of hate. But I reminded myself that our unfortunate history in this arena is why I joined the Task Force two years ago- to help victims of hate, to help promote human rights and equality for all, and work with our community to celebrate diversity.

Question: Is Kootenai County fertile for the second coming of an Aryan Nations HQ?

Aryans Stage Protest Near HR Institute

I have a friend who moved here last year from the Portland area and she called me a few minutes ago about the Aryans on NW Blvd. She was freaking out, crying, saying she couldn't believe her eyes, that she'd never seen anything like it in her life and that she wanted to puke. She had driven around the block three times to holler (expletive deleted) at them, at which point they all gave her the finger and cheered wildly. To me, the saddest part is how nonplussed I was by this news. I told her that it's not that uncommon to see those idiots around town doing their hate thing. I told her that they thrive on attention and in the future it'd probably be best to just ignore them and go along her merry way, or she's just feeding into exactly what they're after: a reaction. Depressing, because I should be more outraged by these things but I have just become a bit numb to it/OrangeTV. More below.

Question: Have you become numb to the presence of supremacist activity in the Coeur d'Alene/Hayden area?

Idaho Tea Party Gathers At Capitol

Item: Idaho Tea Party gathers on Capitol steps to push agenda/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Several hundred supporters of the tea party agenda gathered Monday at the state Capitol for an event organized by the Idaho Tea Party. With banners proclaiming “Turning Back the Tides of Tyranny,” speakers — including Idaho Rep. Pate Nielsen, R-Mountain Home — outlined the tea party's priorities and called for citizens to take action. … The rally was sponsored by the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

Question: Has the Idaho Tea Party been effective?

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