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Write-In Jokes re: Shooting Simpson

Well, that’s one way to launch a campaign. Buhl resident Jack Wayne Chappell announced his intent to run as a write-in candidate for Congress, with a press release implying he wants to shoot Congressman Mike Simpson. In the lengthy announcement, Chappell acknowledges his bid is less about politics and more about publicity, though he did have criticisms for Simpson. He ended with this: “So here’s the famous original quote, Mike, written especially for you. To wit: ‘You can’t even be a duck in this world without somebody wanting to shoot you.’” Chappell ran against Nicole LeFavour in the May Democratic primary, calling his campaign a “political cartoon” and acknowledging that he ran mostly to drum up support for Simpson primary challenger Chick Heileson. LeFavour won with 84 percent of the vote/Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Congressman Simpson's campaign isn't taking Chappell's words seriously. Should it do so?

Trib: UI’s Ho-Hum Shooting Response

You can be reasonably certain when the University of Idaho and Moscow Police will not trigger an alert: When someone fires a gun at a dormitory. When he flees the scene. And when for hours, if not days, nobody knows where he is — or who he is. So it went Sunday. Somebody fired a .45-caliber gun at Targhee Fine Arts Hall, a small dormitory filled with art and architecture students. A bullet crashed through a window, struck a ceiling fixture and then bounced back down into a a cinder block wall. Miraculously, it intercepted no human along the way/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: In light of the murder-suicide involving former assistant professor Ernesto Bustamante, shouldn't the University of Idaho have a better response to shooting situations than this?

Did Shooting Give Hoopfest Black Eye?

Spokane’s biggest Hoopfest in history is behind us but not before a gang-related shooting gave the event a black eye. Luckily the shooting happened right in front of an off-duty policewoman who played an integral role in bringing the incident to a swift conclusion. Detective Stacey Carr had volunteered for a charity event in the park along with her 11-year-old daughter when she saw the shooting happen. Carr discretely followed the suspects until she could guide other officers to the scene on her cell phone. “I saw his hands out like he’s holding a gun, but I don’t see the gun … [and] he turns around and he looks like he’s firing but again I don’t see the gun and I hear the pop, pop,” Carr said. The bullets intended for a rival gangster ended up hitting two innocent bystanders who did not want to be identified/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here. (SR Photo)

Question: Did the shooting really give Hoopfest a black eye? Or will most people simply shrug it off as something that can happen anywhere that crowds gather today?

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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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