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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010

In this Jan. 15, 2010 photo, a candlelight vigil is held at South Hadley, Mass., High School for freshman Phoebe Prince, 15, originally from Ireland, who had killed herself the previous day. On Monday, March 29, 2010, nine teens were charged in the "unrelenting" bullying of Phoebe Prince, who killed herself after being raped and enduring months of torment by classmates in person and online. (Don Treeger / Springfield Republican)

Parting Shot -- 4.6.10 

In this Jan. 15 file photo, a candlelight vigil is held at South Hadley, Mass., High School for freshman Phoebe Prince, 15, originally from Ireland, who had killed herself the previous day. Last Monday, nine teens were charged in the "unrelenting" bullying of Phoebe Prince,…

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.6.10 

I see there's more hand-wringing going on re: the nastiness of online commenting. On my HBO Nation Twitter this morning, New West links to a Washington Post ombudsman column re: online comments here. Ombudsman David Alexander took the same approach that columnist Leonard Pitts did…

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Dan: Idaho Pols Rank Low In Spending 

It’s still relatively cheap to run for Idaho’s part-time Legislature, according to a new study of the 2008 election by the Montana-based National Institute on Money in State Politics. The average Senate race in Idaho cost $43,877, sixth least expensive in the country. The average…

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The Spokane River flows quietly past the Inland Empire Paper plant in Millwood Monday April 5, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

PM Headlines -- 4.6.10 

The Spokane River lows quietly past the Inland Empire Paper plant in Millwood Monday. Today, cities in Kootenai County told attendees at a cross-state meeting that plans to reduce phosphorous in the Spokane River could strangle growth in their towns. Read Becky Kramer's story here.…

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Participants take part in a mass pillow fight Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Union Square in New York. (Frank Ii / Associated Press)

APhoto Of The Day -- 4.6.10 11 

Participants take part in a mass pillow fight Saturday at Union Square in New York. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Top Cutlines:1. Tired of getting fleeced by his 'wear-feather' friends, Ed gets 'down' to business in New York -- JohnA.2. Now maybe you…

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Scanner Traffic/PM -- 4.6.10 

Top Story (2:09 p.m.): A crash involving up to 6 vehicles, including one or two head-on collisions, is being reported in front of Chilco Mill on Highway 95. At least 2 or 3 injuries are being reported. Extrication may be needed. The highway is blocked.…

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OTV Review: Panda Express 

I don’t necessarily agree with this consensus, but I was surprised and alarmed to see the name that popped up the most as the best local place to load up on fried rice and egg rolls was the ubiquitous fast-Chinese chain Panda Express. To me,…

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Kelsey: Tats Don't Equal Trash 21 

Tattooed people have a stigma of being riddled with angst and rebellion. It actually takes a lot of courage to get one. Admittedly, there are some who make an ink mistake due to inebriation, puppy love or lack of planning. The good news is that…

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Crashes Galore 

Web Giu Rob Kauder/KXLY tells Huckleberries Online provides this photo of the spectacular crash at I-90 & University, taken by KXLY chief photographer Brian Belanger. KXLY reports: "The eastbound lanes of I-90 have been shut down after a vehicle collision near the freeway and University.…

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LA To Shut Depts Down 2 Days/Week 

The mayor of Los Angeles says all city departments except police, public safety and those that make money must close two days a week because of a budget crisis. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah), pictured, announced Tuesday that the city's chief administrative officer will put the…

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F&G Hide, Fur Auction Coming To CdA 

For the first time in seven years, the annual Idaho Department of Fish and Game hide and fur auction will take place in Coeur d’Alene. Each year, the department sells hides, furs, antlers and horns confiscated from poachers or taken from road kill. The auction,…

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class poses with their jerseys, Monday, April 5, 2010, in Indianapolis. Receipients, from left, are Larry Bird who is representing the 1992 USA Olympic team, Walt Bellamy who is representing the 1960 Olympic team, Scottie Pippen, Robert Hurley Sr., Cynthia Cooper, Donna Johnson wife of Dennis Johnson and Terry Johnson, brother of Gus Johnson. (Mark Terrill / Associated Press)

UI's Gus Johnson Inducted Into Hall

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class poses with their jerseys Monday in Indianapolis. Receipients, from left, are Larry Bird who is representing the 1992 USA Olympic team, Walt Bellamy who is representing the 1960 Olympic team, Scottie Pippen, Robert Hurley Sr., Cynthia Cooper,…

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Nicole's 2010 Legislative Quiz

State Rep. Nicole LeFavour has compiled a tough test re: the 2010 Legislature, for those of you bold enough to take it -- and wait for the answers. The two-term Boise legislator said she won't provide the answers until after an end-of-session celebration May 6.…

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Raven Lady: Battered On Aisle 

Raven Lady: I am an aisle sitter, so when the people started carrying on instead of checking, my body, arms and legs got smashed numerous times from the lack of concern of people when they wheeled things. I even get whapped in the head with…

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Bomb Squad Reacts To I-90 Explosives 

An explosive device was found during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene Sunday night. Julianne M. Lewis, of Pasco, and William F. Heavyrunner, of Browning, Mont., were arrested near milepost 13 after Idaho State Police troopers found the device in their vehicle,…

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Gov. Chris Gregoire, center, crosses a small stage to greet Theodore Breyer, deputy CEO of SGL Group, left, as Friedrich Eichiner, CFO of BMW Group, right, and Robert Koehler, CEO of SGL Group look on during a news conference Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in Seattle.  The companies announced a joint venture to manufacture carbon fiber parts for a new BMW electric car in Moses Lake, Wash. Officials from SGL and BMW said it was in part because of the availability of cheap and sustainable hydroelectric power at the central Washington site. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

HBO's Inland Northwest -- 4.6.10 

Gov. Chris Gregoire, center, crosses a small stage to greet Theodore Breyer, deputy CEO of SGL Group, left, as Friedrich Eichiner, CFO of BMW Group, right, and Robert Koehler, CEO of SGL Group look on during a news conference earlier today in Seattle. The companies…

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H&W To Lay Off 126, Shut BF Office 

About a third of the state’s field offices for the Department of Health and Welfare are being closed and 126 workers are being laid off within the next two months as the department struggles to cope with a shrinking budget. Department officials announced Tuesday that…

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Certified yoga instructor Jeffrey Duval, left, and student Todd Erickson roll up their mats following a nude yoga class in New York, Wednesday, March 24, 2010.   Fans of nude yoga say the nudity aids in deepening their yoga practice. (David Goldman / Fr91654 Ap)

High Noon: Yoga Sans Clothes 18 

Certified yoga instructor Jeffrey Duval, left, and student Todd Erickson roll up their mats following a nude yoga class in New York on Wednesday. Fans of nude yoga say the nudity aids in deepening their yoga practice. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Question: Isn't yoga difficult enough without…

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Obama To Limit USA Nuclear Use 

Item: Obama limits when U.S. would use nuclear arms/New York TimesMore Info: Under the new plan, the U.S. promises not to use nuclear weapons against countries that don't have them. The policy would not apply to states like North Korea and Iran, however, because of…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.6.10 

Noonish: A piece of plywood is lying on I-90 @ M/P 5.5 (near Spokane Street).11:32 a.m. A pickup w/a refrigerator in back has been abandoned on an I-90 offramp.11:18 a.m. Officer reports that s/b turn signal @ I-90 & Pleasantview isn't recycling, causing traffic to…

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Dennis: Pope Resignation Talk 'Age-ism' 

Is this a publicity grab? Or a real newsworthy article. Or a blatant act of age-ism. "Stronger...younger man..." Hmmm. I am not a Catholic. Though, schooled as one when I was a boy, I understand that the chain of command of the Catholic Church is…

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FILE - In this May 21, 2008 file photo, a person is seen rolling luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia. Spirit Airlines said Tuesday April 6, 2010, it will charge as much as $45 each way for a carry-on bag, adding a fee that bigger airlines have yet to try. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Airlines Charges $45 For Carry-On Bag 14 

A person is seen rolling luggage at Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia. Spirit Airlines said today, it will charge as much as $45 each way for a carry-on bag, adding a fee that bigger airlines have yet to try. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)Question: How long will…

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HBO Poll: Go Butler -- Or Not 

Monday Poll: HBO Nation picked tiny Butler to prevail over Goliath Duke in the NCAA tournament finals last night -- and Butler would have if that half-court shot had banked in at the end. 49 of 85 respondents (58%) thought Butler would win. 36 of…

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Phil Batt Endorses Vaughn Ward 

Former Idaho Governor Phil Batt today endorsed Idaho 1st Congressional District candidate Vaughn Ward. "It is my opinion that the United States is headed for bankruptcy," said Batt. "We must stop our reckless spending. We know that the Democratic majority in Washington will not do…

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) greets supporters following a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Monday, April 5, 2010. (Laura Rauch / Fr158760 Ap)

The Political Sandbox -- 4.6.10 38 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) greets supporters following a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Monday. Reid is currently trailing in the polls in a state that solidly opposes recent health care reform by congressional Democrats. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)Question: Do you think Harry will…

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.