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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Seattle OKs Panhandling Law, But ... 12 

A divided Seattle City Council on Monday took action on one of the most controversial proposals to come before it in years, voting five to four to approve an ordinance that allows police to give tickets to aggressive beggars. But Mayor Mike McGinn says he'll…

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Brothers (from left) William, Ira and Frank Tankovich await their verdicts in a Kootenai County courtroom Monday, April 19, 2010.  The jury hung on all counts except for one count of conspiracy to disturb the peace against Ira.   At far right, is defense attorney Dan Cooper. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

P.S. Tankovich Verdict 

Brothers (from left) William, Ira and Frank Tankovich await their verdicts in a Kootenai County courtroom Monday. The jury hung on all counts except for one count of conspiracy to disturb the peace against Ira. At far right, is defense attorney Dan Cooper. Alison Boggs'…

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Wild Card/Monday -- 4.19.10 

I spent the weekend in Portland with the kids, after Junior and my daughter-in-law paid an unexpected visit to the Rose City. They'll be leaving for Florida and seven years of medical residency in less than two months. Not only did I enjoy them, but…

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Jorgenson's Try To Block Vick Fails 

A North Idaho senator’s initial attempt to get his primary challenger tossed off the ballot has failed, but Sen. Mike Jorgenson says he’s not giving up. Jorgenson, R-Hayden, last week filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office saying that his GOP challenger,…

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A peace flag is refracted in the raindrops of a car windshield as it rains in Fort Smith, Ark. Sunday April 18, 2010. (Kaia Larsen / Times Record)

APhoto Of The Weekend -- 4.19.10 13 

A peace flag is refracted in the raindrops of a car windshield as it rains in Fort Smith, Ark. Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Times Record, Kaia Larsen)Top Cutlines:1. The new Reece's Peaces are drop dead gorgeous -- JohnA.2. Pax, the goddess of peace,…

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PM Headlines -- 4.15.10 

KerriT/OnLocation North Idaho writes: "My sister, Janna was out for a Sunday drive on a beautiful 65-degree day in North Idaho when she spotted this couple in a long and lean canoe-type vessel on Fernan Lake in Coeur d'Alene." Sheriff's deputy suspected of DUI/Meghann Cuniff,…

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Scanner Traffic/PM -- 4.19.10

5:28 p.m. A 10YO child has injured his neck and leg in a fall from a trampoline on Danielle Road/Hayden.5:16 p.m. Motorist complains that bicyclists are riding 2 by 2 @ Upriver & Riverview/Post Falls, cursing at drivers and not allowing them to pass.5:14 p.m.…

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1 Tankovich Guilty Of Misdemeanor

Update (via Twitter): Update: Jury finds Ira G. Tankovich guilty of misdemeanor in hate-crime trial. Jurors hung on both counts against his two brothers/SR.Jurors have reached a partial verdict in the hate-crime trial of three brothers charged with harassing a Coeur d’Alene man last August.…

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Idaho Dad: On Public Speaking 

When the girls began swooning at his feet, I knew my son had found a special talent as a public speaker. But then I realized it was just one girl. And she had passed out from the heat in the small, cramped room where kids…

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Fillios: Others Lack Leadership 

Chris Fillios, a candidate for Commissioner Rick Currie's position, said this re: his opponents in a recent mailer: "There is an incumbent who has hurt not only the real estate community, but also the public at large by delaying the Comp Plan and subsequent ordinances.…

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Flu-like Symptoms Hospitalize Otter 

Idaho’s governor’s office has reported that Gov. Butch Otter, who cleared his schedule earlier today because he was out ill, was admitted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise today with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. “He is undergoing tests, and updates on his condition…

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Meatball, owned by Ryan and Kati Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa, sits on the throne after being crowned the winner of the 31st annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Monday, April 19, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University where a bulldog is the mascot. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Most Beautiful Of All Bulldogs 

Meatball, owned by Ryan and Kati Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa, sits on the throne after being crowned the winner of the 31st annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest today in Des Moines, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University…

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JohnA: Capitol Is Truly People's House 

JohnA: The best part of the visit was the completely hassle-free entrance. No metal detectors, security guards or anything else, just as it's always been. Truly designed to be the 'People's House', the building is just that, as inviting as it is beautiful. Just walk…

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Renewing Those Family Ties That Bind 

As I mentioned in the lead-in to the Wild Card, I spent the weekend in the Portland area, where I spent time with my daughter, who's a public relations specialist, and my son and his wife. Junior (pictured) is headed from the UColorado medical school…

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Wayne To Media: Pot Meet Kettle 37 

The reason for this new approach to journalism is the mainstream media's increasing abandonment of state government news. I spent 18 years in journalism and can safely say some in the mainstream media have given up on daily coverage of the government. The AP's story…

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Flathead Valley Community College's Ryan Pearson, right, races University of Montana's Aric Clark, left, 50 feet into the air on a wooden pole during the Stumpjumper Days logger sports competition in Kalispell, Mont., Saturday April 17, 2010. An annual competition hosted by FVCC since 1972, the event honors the history and tradition of logger sports. (Lido Vizzutti / Flathead Beacon)

HBO's Inland Northwest -- 4.19.10

Flathead Valley Community College's Ryan Pearson, right, races University of Montana's Aric Clark, left, 50 feet into the air on a wooden pole during the Stumpjumper Days logger sports competition in Kalispell, Mont., Saturday. An annual competition hosted by FVCC since 1972, the event honors…

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Robert Cheruiyot, of Kenya, left, runs ahead of Deriba Merga, of Ethiopia, right,  in Newton, Mass., during the 114th running of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 19, 2010.  Cheruiyot won the race. Merga finished third. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

High Noon: Kenyan Wins Marathon 15 

Robert Cheruiyot, of Kenya, left, runs ahead of Deriba Merga, of Ethiopia, right, in Newton, Mass., during the 114th running of the Boston Marathon, Monday. Cheruiyot won the race. Merga finished third. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Question: Have you ever participated in a marathon, triathlon, or any…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.19.10

11:23 a.m. Post Falls firemen report a vehicle is tailgating a truck responding to a call.11:22 a.m. Daniel reports someone broke into his chicken coop & stole eggs @ 18812 Atlas/Rathdrum.11:21 a.m. Caller reports a "suspicious occupied vehicle" @ 7834 Westview Drive/Harrison.11:04 a.m. 2 males…

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Letter: Talk w/Larry Spencer Disturbing 

"This discussion with Mr. Spencer was very disturbing for me, in that some of the talk regarding the candidate I support was very incriminating and was being told to me as fact. Mr. Spencer, who has had issues in the past with exaggerated opinions, states…

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HBO Poll: Fillios, Piazza Win Straw Poll 

Weekend Poll: With a record 4,001 votes cast, challenger Chris Fillios and incumbent Rich Piazza emerged as winners of a weekend straw poll of Kootenai County commissioner candidates here at HBO Nation. Fillios attracted an incredible 1,215 votes (30%), to outdistance runnerup Jai Nelson (720…

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Should KHQ Cover Playboy WSU Story? 

KHQJett tweets this morning that Playboy magazine is in Pullman today for "Girls of the Pac-10" talent scouting. Then, KHQJett asks: "Think we should make the trip and cover this story?"Question: You be the news director? Should KHQ cover a story of WSU female students…

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Marc: Why Isn't Hoffman Transparent? 31 

None of the people running these efforts, including former reporter Wayne Hoffman in Idaho, will talk about the deep pockets. Ironically, while Hoffman regularly blasts government for a lack of transparency and frequently posts the results of his requests for public records - salary information…

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Pipe Sergeant Kevin M. Donnelly, of the DEA Black and Gold Pipes and Drums, walks past the Field of Chairs and the Reflecting Pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Monday, April 19, 2010 to start the memorial ceremony on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

The Political Sandbox -- 4.19.10 15 

Pipe Sergeant Kevin M. Donnelly, of the DEA Black and Gold Pipes and Drums, walks past the Field of Chairs and the Reflecting Pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial this morning to start the memorial ceremony on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City…

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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.