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Banned In Coeur d’Alene?

Coeur d'Alene High cheerleaders practice routines in front of other cheerleading squads in this photo taken by proud papa Dave Chamberlain at the USA Cheer competition at Eastern Washington University this summer. Dave's daughter is one of the Vik cheerleaders. A Coeur d'Alene School District dress code would ban the cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms to school on game day. Coeur d'Alene Press story here.

Dress Code Snags CHS Cheerleaders

The comprehensive dress code policy adopted a year ago by the Coeur d'Alene School District applies to all students, even cheerleaders in uniform on game day. Leslie Damiano, the parent of a Viking cheerleader, attended Monday's school board meeting and told trustees that her daughter and the rest of the girls on the cheer squad learned at practice Wednesday that their cheer uniforms violate dress code and can no longer be worn to school. Damiano said she was speaking on behalf of the cheerleaders who sat in the audience wearing their Viking blue and black outfits. She asked the board members to think back to their own high school days, when on Fridays, they saw their cheerleaders in uniform. "You knew right away, 'We've got a game tonight. Friday night lights are up. They're on,'" Damiano said. She said she believes that cheerleaders in uniform boost the morale of the athletes and help unify the students to support their team/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Question: Should Coeur d'Alene High cheerleaders be allowed to wear their uniforms to school?

CdA Middle Schoolers To Wear Unies?

The Coeur d'Alene School District is proposing a change in policy that is raising the ire of some parents. The district is considering requiring middle school students to wear uniforms. The district says it's a way to unify the school district and gives them one less thing to discipline. But, some parents argue it takes away students' individuality and that uniforms have no place in public schools/KXLY Facebook page.

Question: Should the Coeur d'Alene School District require middle schoolers to wear uniforms?

INW: Boise State Unveils New Uniforms

Jerard Rabb, right, presents a model wearing the new Boise State Nike football uniform, Wednesday in New York. Nike unveiled the uniquely designed Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms that ten of the top college football programs will wear in select games during the 2010 season at a special media event in New York City. Story here. More photos here. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Question: Do you like the new Boise State uniforms?

Dennis: Marines, Uniforms, My Family

Dennis Mansfield posts: Since the news hit earlier today about the action by the USMC against Vaughn Ward for his unwarranted use of the Marine Corps uniform in his campaign literature, etc, I’ve been thinking … Why was I so taken aback? Why was I so angry? Well, I spelled out part of it in my frustration with his inattention to detail in a way-early post last night before I hit the sack. Then, The Idaho Statesman piece hit this morning. Now, as the late morning moves toward noon, I think I “got it”. My folks, that’s why. More here.

Question: Did either of your parents serve in the military during war time?

Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s pre-game notes

A couple of notes as McKeon Pavilion begins filling up for the 8 p.m. tipoff. Gonzaga is breaking out new black uniforms. The shorts are black with a thick blue stripe on the side. The players are still wearing their shooting shirts, so I haven’t seen the tops.

The lighting inside McKeon is much different than a year ago. Gone are the bank of lights that were pretty much in the line of sight for players attempting 3-pointers in front of the team benches. The lights are now centered over the court and it’s much brighter.

UPDATE: San Francisco, which entertains Gonzaga on Saturday, has suspended four players until further notice, according to a school release. The four are senior center James Morgan, senior guard Manny Quezada, junior center Hyman Taylor and freshman guard Chioke Walker. They were suspended for not complying with his instructions during practice.

Back at half with an update.


Budget-crisis suggestions, from insiders and the hinterlands…

From the print paper:

Think back to the last time you renewed your driver’s license. Do you remember the shoes on the person behind the counter?

Of course not. But you probably paid for them. Taxpayers provide a $97-a-year “shoe allowance” for the 330 folks working at the state’s 60-plus driver licensing offices. You also pick up the tab for the employees’ shirts, pants, sweaters, jackets and hats, as well as a $27-a-month stipend for dry cleaning.

With Washington’s government facing a $5 billion to $6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years, residents are trying to find new ways to save. Doing away with the clothing allowance was among the nearly 2,000 ideas submitted over the past few weeks to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who recently release a budget proposal including deep spending cuts.

“We looked at all the suggestions and had them in mind as we were making decisions” on that proposal, said Glenn Kuper, a spokesman for the governor’s budget office. Many of the ideas, he said, could also be wrapped into a broader package of government reforms Gregoire plans to propose in January.