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Zimmerman Makes 1st Appearance

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, as a court document provided new details on the prosecution's case. During the brief appearance, Zimmerman stood up straight, looked straight ahead and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer “Yes, sir,” twice after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him and his attorney. His hair was shaved down to stubble and he had a thin goatee, which appeared consistent with his booking photo from the day before. He had resurfaced Wednesday to turn himself in after weeks in hiding. Judge Mark E. Herr said he found probable cause to move ahead with the case and that an arraignment would be held on May 29 before another judge/AP. More here. (AP photo: George Zimmerman, center, stands with his attorney Mark O'Mara, right, during a court hearing today)

Question: Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial in Florida?

Florida To Charge Zimmerman Today

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will hold a 6 p.m. ET news conference today to “release new information” about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin (left). The Associated Press is reporting that she will announce charges against George Zimmerman (right), the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who has claimed he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. The unidentified law enforcement source who spoke to the AP did not know the exact charge or charges that Corey is expected to announce at the state attorney's office in Jacksonville. Zimmerman is also expected to be arrested soon, the AP said/Michael Winter, USA Today. More here.

Question: Does the projected charge fit the crime?

Dennis: What Sayeth Thou, McGee?

I love neighborhoods that subscribe to familiar “watch programs.” It's a case of neighbors helping neighbors. And it works. Often in politics, when citizens are busy living their lives, the only people looking at certain things are lobbyists, politicos, elected officials and (at times) bloggers, including me. So, I decided to look around and see how my “neighborhood” was doing. Were people OK? Anyone sick? I looked at current-State Senator Mike McGee of Idaho to do a follow-up on his illness. Illness? What illness? Well, back when he was arrested for the drunk driving and boorish behavior of grand theft of an auto, part of current-Senator McGee's defense was that he was ill, with a “likely” head problem/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (Illustration courtesy of Dennis Mansfield)

Question: Have the always accommodating Republican leadership of the Idaho Legislature officially swept McGee's misstep under the rug, hoping HucksOnline and loyal supporters, like Dennis Mansfield, won't notice and go away?

Bentwood Watches Its ‘Hood

You don't want to mess with the Bentwood subdivision, along 15th Street/CdA, south of Canfield Middle School. It has eyes everywhere. Case in point. Cindy Matthews, publisher/editor of the Bentwood Park Newsletter, reports how one neighbor chased down a boy, “about 5'10”, 15 years with sandy blonde hair & a thin build” who was ringing doorbells, adding: “The police … would like people to call them for the door ringing and/or any problems so they can have an idea where this kids is going and patrol accordingly.” Then, there's the egg attacks. An early-morning walker reports to Matthews that he spotted five freshly egged vehicles — 3 on Miner's Loop & 2 on Thomas Lane near 22nd. Based on the “spatter from the eggs,” Matthews reports, “it's obvious they were thrown from a moving vehicle.” A carton of broken eggs was found in the middle of Playfair Street Tuesday morning. Matthews: “It looks as if they fell out of a moving vehicle.” Egg spatter? Bentwood takes its petty crime seriously.

Question: Do you have a Neighborhood Watch group?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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