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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

Marc: Dunno Much About Politics 30 

The Pew Research Center is out with a new quiz probing just what we know about current issues and politics. Most folks who have taken the quiz - the questions range who the Senate Majority Leader is to which country holds most of the debt…

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Large snowflakes fall on uptown Butte, Mont. on West Broadway Street Tuesday morning, April 13, 2010. The wet and heavy snow started falling early in the day and had covered most of Western Montana with 3-6 inches by night fall and was a record for this day. (Walter Hinick / Montana Standard)

Parting Shot -- 4.14.10 

Large snowflakes fall on uptown Butte, Mont., on West Broadway Street Tuesday morning. The wet and heavy snow started falling early in the day and had covered most of Western Montana with 3-6 inches by night fall and was a record for this day. (AP…

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Wanted: Weird Food Combos -- Trish 32 

Trish Gannon/River Journal: Hey HBOers… I'm writing my next column on unusual food combinations. This came about when I remarked to my son about how good potato chips on a ham sandwich taste, and we started talking. I told him about peanuts in Coke (he…

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Retired teachers from Coeur d'Alene High School, from left Vikki Moormann, Susan Schreiber and Yvonne Deitz in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. They have just released their second murder mystery novel. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

PM Headlines -- 4.14.10

Retired teachers from Coeur d'Alene High School, from left Vikki Moormann, Susan Schreiber and Yvonne Deitz in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. They have just released their second murder mystery novel. Jody Lawrence-Turner's SR story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)Central Valley bus crashes in Spokane Valley/KXLYU-High administrators destroy…

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Chevy, the job site dog, is working hard Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010 keeping the Exhibit Hall work area at the fairgrounds in Miles City, Mont.,  free of stray sticksand piling them up in a convenient location near tools. Being an independent contract dog, Chevy is more then willing to prove his work ethic by bringing back any stick you throw. (Steve Allison / Miles City Star)

APhoto Of The Day -- 4.14.10 14 

Chevy, the job site dog, is working hard Monday afternoon keeping the Exhibit Hall work area at the fairgrounds in Miles City, Mont., free of stray sticks and piling them up in a convenient location near tools. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Steve Allison/Miles City…

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Scanner Traffic PM -- 4.14.10 

Top Post (2:21 p.m.) 2 men in a full-size, two-tone-green '80s Chevy Blazer almost hit a vehicle driven by an Idaho Transportation Department worker @ a highway construction site @ H95 & H53 (Garwood area) -- and flashed a black pistol at the ITD worker.…

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Adam: WalMart Embracing Lower Taxes 

Wal-Mart is not moving (from Moscow) to a place where they’ll pay higher taxes, but lower taxes. The National Tax Foundation has the run-down on the State of Washington. Washington ranks 9th in the Nation in Business Tax environment and has the nation’s 35th lowest…

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** FILE ** In these recent handout and file photos, top college football prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft are shown. They are, top row from left, Jermaine Gresham, Everson Griffen, Rob Gronkowski, Joe Haden, Montario Hardesty and Lamarr Houston. Bottom row, from left, Jerry Hughes, Mike Iupati, John Jerry, Chad Jones, Reshad Jones and Sergio Kindle. (Ap And University Handouts)

Vandal Iupati Among Top NFL Prospects 

In a tweet this morning, Josh Wright, who covers the University of Idaho sports for the SR, said that the S.F. 49ers has shown their interest in Vandal lineman Mike Iupati by paying three visits to him already. Iupati is shown in these recent handout…

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'Coffee w/Mayor' Blog Segment @ 5:30 

For those keeping score at home, the "Coffee with the Mayor" segment on blogging featuring Coeur d'Alene Press editor Mike Patrick and me (as well as Her Sandiness, Woody McEvers, and City Administrator Wendy Gabriel) will be shown next at 5:30 this afternoon on Woody…

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The 7th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale promises smoking hot deals according to promoter Steve Cody and the sales force from Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson of Coeur D'Alene took it the heart with this display of a 2010 Dyna Wide Glide Thursday February 11, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Seven Oaks To Buy Harley Dealerships 

In this Feb. 11 SR file photo, promoter Steve Cody and the sales force from Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson of Coeur d'Alene was promising smoking hot deals at the 7th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale. Now, the Lewiston Tribune is reporting that Seven Oaks…

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Latino Economy Helps Struggling Idaho 

As harsh as the Great Recession has been for Idaho, it would have been worse except for the resilience of the state’s Latino economy. That’s the conclusion of a study by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia for the Idaho…

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Ward Airs 1st Ad In Congress Race 11 

Vaughn Ward is airing the first TV spot in anticipation of the May 25 Republican primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Leaning on a pickup truck and talking to an unidentified man, Ward says, “Washington liberals are bankrupting our country. We need to send someone…

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10 Days For Killing, Life For Lewdness? 10 

Item No 1: A Twin Falls woman convicted of forcing a 13-year-old boy to touch her breasts was sentenced Monday to life in prison/Ali Helgoth, Elko Daily Free PressItem No. 2: Teen who caused crash which killed Boise cycling enthusiast Kevin Pavlis must spend 10…

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Steve: Liberals Claim Bobblehead Market 

But this industry is the realm of the left in America. Although the Sarah Palin bobblehead is popular, the John McCain bobblehead sells for just $3.95 used on eBay, and the Mitt Romney bobblehead is out of production. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for just…

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Former West Texas A&M University assistant football coach and former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, leaves the courtroom followed by his mom, Marcia Leaf, in downtown Amarillo, Texas Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Leaf has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas. (Michael Norris / Amarillo Globe-news)

HBO's Inland Northwest -- 4.14.10 

Former West Texas A&M University assistant football coach and former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, leaves the courtroom followed by his mom, Marcia Leaf, in downtown Amarillo, Texas, today. Leaf has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges…

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An activist protests meat products outside the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (Alexandre Meneghini / Associated Press)

High Noon: Protesters Dis Meat Products 

An activist (who's holding the poster in front of him) protests meat products outside the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)Question (with apologies to Stickman): How often do you eat meat in a given week? Which cut is your favorite?

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.14.10 

'Tis the day before Tax Day, and I'm feeling fine because the amount of money I sent to the state to pay my taxes is $18 less than the amount of money I'm getting back from the feds. It could have been much worse, if…

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Inlander: Why Tea Partiers Mad As Hell 16 

Thomas Dixon is a red-blooded American, a military man and a citizen who absolutely despises his government. The Spokane Valley resident despises what he sees as a tyrannical president and a new health care law that will lead to Soviet-style control of his countrymen. He…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.14.10

Noonish: C. on Bruner reports that a friend left her motor home on her property and later signed it over to an attorney. Who hasn't picked it up. Now, C. is trying to sell her property and wants motor home removed.11:57 a.m. A motorcyclist is…

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HBO Poll: MikeK Should Ignore Challenge

Tuesday Poll: 138 of 182 respondents (76%) said Councilman Mike Kennedy should ignore Jim Brannon's challenge for a do-over election in their City Council race in conjunction with the spring primaries May 25. 39 of 182 (21%) marked that Kennedy should accept the challenge.Today's Poll…

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McCrorys Give Reason For Motion 

In the Coeur d'Alene Press today, a letter from Bill & Lisa McCrory explains the reasons why they're asking to be involved in Jim Brannon's attempt to overturn his 5-vote election loss to Councilman Mike Kennedy. As pointed out here a few days ago, Bill…

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Elaine Scholtz waves at cars in front of Liberty Tax Service in Laconia, N.H., Wednesday, April 14,2010. The deadline for filing taxes is Thursday. (Jim Cole / Associated Press)

The Political Sandbox -- 4.14.10 53 

Elaine Scholtz waves at cars in front of Liberty Tax Service in Laconia, N.H., this morning. The deadline for filing taxes is Thursday. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)TPS: Did you pay/receive money back/break even on your federal/state income taxes this year? You can discuss this question --…

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Simpson Withdraws From Brannon Case 13 

Huckleberries has learned that Judge Benjamin Simpson has recused himself from Jim Brannon's suit to overturn his 5-vote loss to Mike Kennedy in the 2009 City Council election. County Clerk Dan English said this morning that he'd received notice of Simpson's decision Tuesday afternoon, confirming…

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CdA Tribe Now No. 2 NIdaho Employer 

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has become one of North Idaho’s largest employers, issuing paychecks to nearly 1,700 people last year. Only Kootenai Health, the parent company of Kootenai Medical Center, a cancer and heart center, and several clinics, had more workers. The tribe employed 1,699…

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