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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

Kevin: Dissed By A 'Busy' Solon 14 

Following is a response that Opinion Editor Kevin Richert/Statesman got from the campaign of Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian (pictured), who had been invited to an Editorial Board interview: "Joe is extremely busy running several companies and doesn't have time to meet with media. He apologizes…

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A demonstrator smokes a marijuana joint on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. (Pawel Dwulit / The Canadian Press)

Parting Shot -- 4.20.10 10 

A demonstrator smokes a marijuana joint on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today. Thousands of people gather annually on April 20 (4-20) on Parliament Hill to call for the decriminalization of marijuana. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)Question: Have you ever smoked pot?

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.20.10 18 

Today is the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High/Colorado slaughter. Since then, of course, there have been worse slaughters. And the specter of mad men and boys -- the killers are almost always male, aren't they? -- haunts us today. You can use this Wild…

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Cis: Who Let The Tourists Out?! 

We have gone to town about 3 times in the past 3 days … and I got to ask, did someone let the tourist loose … if not where did all these people come from? Now only that, but I think all the Sunday drivers…

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This Monday, April 19, 2010 picture shows a sign reading "LEVITICUS 20:13, TO BE GAY = DEATH" on the outside of a homeowner's fence in Casper, Wyo. Casper officials say the anti-gay sign painted on Chris Trumbull's fence near a high school will be allowed to remain because there's nothing the city can or should do about it. (Dan Cepeda / The Casper Star-tribune)

PM Headlines -- 4.20.10 

A sign reading "LEVITICUS 20:13, TO BE GAY = DEATH" is shown on the outside of a homeowner's fence in Casper, Wyo., Monday. Casper officials say the anti-gay sign painted on Chris Trumbull's fence near a high school will be allowed to remain because there's…

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In this Sunday, April 18, 2010 photo released by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, a 120-pound Vermont black bear is seen with its head stuck in a milk can in Reading, Vt. It took a state biologist, firefighters and police about 45 minutes to free the bear's head from the can after the animal was found late Sunday morning off Vermont Route 106 in Reading. Officials estimate the bear had its head stuck in the old-fashioned milk can for at least six hours before it was found. Fish and Wildlife Biologist Forrest Hammond says the bear had been running and bumping into trees and boulders. (Forrest Hammond / Vermont Department Of Fish And W)

APhoto Of The Day -- 4.20.10 15 

A 120-pound Vermont black bear is seen with its head stuck in a milk can in Reading, Vt. It took a state biologist, firefighters and police about 45 minutes to free the bear's head from the can after the animal was found late Sunday morning…

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Scanner Traffic/PM -- 4.20.10

4:19 p.m. Caller reports seeing a male driver of a white pickup scratch his head w/a gun before entering F&G lot on Kathleen.4:06 p.m. Landlord of Nicklaus/CdA reports chasing off ex-tenant w/a baseball bat.4:03 p.m. Caller reports chasing off 7YO who was fishing on his…

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Tim Lewis: Las Vegas Is Amazing 12 

At one point an older guy posted up at the end of the table with two of his friends. He started playing stacks of $500 chips. I was rolling at the time and I kept hitting numbers for him. I don’t know how much I…

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The Morton Salt distribution facility is seen in Chicago, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Too much salt is hidden in Americans' food, and regulators plan to work with manufacturers to cut back, but the government isn't ready to go along with a major new recommendation that it order a decrease. (Paul Beaty / Fr36811 Ap)

Should Government Rein In Salt Use? 

The Morton Salt distribution facility is seen in Chicago today. Too much salt is hidden in Americans' food, and regulators plan to work with manufacturers to cut back, but the government isn't ready to go along with a major new recommendation that it order a…

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Wonkette Spotlights Odd 1CD Wannabe 13 

At the popular Wonkette blog, 1st Congressional District candidate Harley D. Brown is getting some of his 15 minutes of fame. In a "Meet your candidates" section, the DC gossip blog shows a mug shot of 76YO Brown, along with one of his mottos: "Nuke…

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**COMMERCIAL IMAGE** In this photograph taken by AP Images for US Mint, Miles Brantley, 10, of Hot Springs, Ark., holds one of the America the Beautiful quarters honoring Hot Springs National Park, after a Ceremony in Hot Springs, launching the first coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters program, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. (Mike Wintroath / AP Images/ US Mint) (Mike Wintroath / Us Mint)

US Mint Unveils 1st Park Coin 

In this photograph taken by AP Images for US Mint, Miles Brantley, 10, of Hot Springs, Ark., holds one of the America the Beautiful quarters honoring Hot Springs National Park, after a Ceremony in Hot Springs, launching the first coin in the America the Beautiful…

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DFO: Getting A Jury Duty Pass 20 

I don't mind getting called for jury duty. But I do mind serving on a jury, at least at this point in my life, when I'm so busy. That's why I was delighted over the weekend when I checked in with the recording to Bailiff…

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Idaho Blogosphere -- 4.20.10 

When things happen to us we aren’t shocked, and we don’t live each day expecting a perfect outcome. It isn’t a surprise that car accidents happen, so we are ready in case it happens to us. Tires go flat, so we are prepared to fix…

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Hart, Clark Back Vick Over Jorgenson 

(Steve) Vick told Eye on Boise he was recruited to run against Jorgenson by the two state representatives from Jorgenson’s District 3: Reps. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, and Phil Hart, R-Athol. “They just felt like their district there would be better represented by somebody else…

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** CORRECTS THIRD SENTENCE TO READ "NOT UNUSUAL"  **Pam Martin with Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network examines a dead gray whale that washed ashore in the Arroyo Beach neighborhood in West Seattle, on Thursday, April 15, 2010.  It's reportedly the fifth dead gray whale found this month _ four in Puget Sound waters and the fifth near Vancouver, British Columbia. Marine biologists say it's not unusual for five to seven whales to die in a migration season as they make their way north to their summer feeding grounds around Alaska. But more deaths would be cause for concern. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

HucksOnline: Best Of INW -- 4.20.10 

Pam Martin with Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network examines a dead gray whale that washed ashore in the Arroyo Beach neighborhood in West Seattle April 15. It's reportedly the fifth dead gray whale found this month _ four in Puget Sound waters and…

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High Noon: Older Idahoans Dominate 20 

In Idaho, according to AARP.org, 56 percent of the population is 50 or older. Of that group, 37% identify themselves as Independents, 29% as Republicans, and 17% as Democrats. In other findings, 60% of the 50-and-older crowd said they always vote, 23% that they vote…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.20.10 

Noon: A half-acre grass fire is reported @ 11700 Nunn Road/Athol.11:58 a.m. Officers are checking on a suspicious male loitering in front of Borders and Bath & Beyond/Coeur d'Alene.11:50 a.m. A 14YO foster child named David is angry and kicking a fire extinguisher outside after…

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Chris Peck: On Hiring J. Todd Foster 

Foster grew up in a hard-scrabble household in Tullahoma, Tenn. He was a sports editor for a weekly newspaper and then went on to Middle Tennessee State University in 1982. At another newspaper, I hired Foster as a reporter. He was a bulldog. When he…

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Women dressed as clowns hold signs offering free hugs at the opening of the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Tiquipaya on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. (Dado Galdieri / Associated Press)

The Political Sandbox -- 4.20.10 27 

Women dressed as clowns hold signs offering free hugs at the opening of the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Tiquipaya on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, earlier today. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)You can use the political wild card…

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HBO Poll: Don't Cover Playboy @ WSU 

Monday's Poll: 83 of 121 (69%) of the respondents said that the regional media shouldn't cover Playboy magazine's appearance on the Washington State campus to recruit females for its "Girls of the PAC-10" photo spread. 31 of 121 (26%) said local media should report the…

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BSU's Peterson Gets Big Pay Day 14 

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen will receive a five-year contract worth more than $8 million if the State Board of Education approves the deal Thursday. Boise State announced the new contract Jan. 1 at the Fiesta Bowl, but didn't release details. The specifics were…

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86YO Woman Scores Hole-In-One 

Some golfers spend a lifetime – or in many cases, longer – in pursuit of that ultimate stroke that results in a hole-in-one. Virginia Lemmer, as it turned out, spent only a little over 45 years on such a noble quest – which might not…

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Idaho Ranks 3rd In Volunteerism 

At Idaho Facts, blogger Boise Diva points out: "This is National Volunteer Week, and according to NationalService.gov, Idahoans volunteer almost 54 hours per person, per year. That ranks the state third nationwide in terms of most time served. Almost 375,000 of us volunteer each year."…

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UIdaho Athletes Average GPA 3.1 

The average GPA for all University of Idaho student-athletes is a 3.1!/Idaho Vandals, via TwitterQuestion: Are you smarter than the average University of Idaho athlete? What was your gpa in high school/college?

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County Wrestles w/Duncan Trial Costs 13 

The death penalty trial of Joseph Edward Duncan III already has cost Riverside County more than $167,000, and legal experts say the murder trial could total several million dollars by the time it's completed. Since January 2009, the Riverside County district attorney's office has been…

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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.