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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

49ers Pick Iupati In 1st Round, No. 17 

The San Francisco 49ers picked Idaho Vandals lineman Mike Iupati with the 17th pick in the first round, making Iupati the first UIdaho football player to be drafted in round No. 1 in 43 years.Iupati was just on the conference call and he said he…

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Bent: Focus Less On Twitter, Quantity 16 

Bent: I have to say cross promoting it on this blog isn't doing much for my experience here at HBO. I have tried following you over there, and that's not working for me either. (that's probably just me, though. I can see where others may…

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Mike Iupati Wild Card -- 4.22.10 14 

The Oakland Raiders took Orlando McClain, a linebacker from Alabama, instead of UIdaho Vandal lineman Mike Iupati as had been expected in some quarters, with their No. 8 pick. Now, it'll be interesting to see where Iupati falls in the first round. You can follow…

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Lee: Kellogg Shouldn't Slash Sports 11 

Please don’t take this as me being insensitive in these belt-tightening times. When it comes to funding athletics and assorted activities, I wish school district officials from Brewster to Bonners Ferry would use more common sense. Take for example Kellogg, which is located about 30…

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Katie Givens, 11 of Hayden participated in the clean up of Independence Point in Coeur d'Alene on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010. The event was organized by Cub Scout Pac 293. (Kathy Plonka)

PM Headlines -- 4.22.10

Katie Givens, 11, of Hayden participated in the clean up of Independence Point in Coeur d'Alene on Earth Day earlier today. The event was organized by Cub Scout Pac 293. (Kathy Plonka, SR)A tale of 2 banks -- in Galena, Ill., Coeur d'Alene/Peter Crabb, Northwest…

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AM Headlines -- 4.22.10

As long as it's not raining, spring field work continues on the Palouse, as farmers race to get crops planted before the next storm rolls in. Foggy weather near the top of the Lewiston Hill didn't deter this farmer from working on Wednesday. (Lewiston Tribune…

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Scanner Traffic/PM -- 4.22.10 

5:20 p.m. Motorist reports that a silver car swerved, then plowed into the median and stopped @ I-90 & 15th Street/CdA. Driver may be drunk or ill.5:13 p.m. Caller reports seeing a wanted male riding bikes w/2 males dressed in black @ 16th & Spokane/Post…

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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2008 file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford looks for a receiver against Washington during an NCAA college football game in Seattle. Bradford  was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 22, 2010. (John Froschauer / Associated Press)

NFL Draft: Rams Pick Bradford No. 1

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford looks for a receiver against Washington during an NCAA college football game in Seattle in September 2008. Bradford was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the NFL Draft moments ago.…

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Deanna: Parks Dept. Can Save Bear 

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: It looks like the Parks Department has figured out a way to save the statue. It will take some rebar and a lot of work, but they are pretty sure it is repairable. There will always show some damage, but the Parks…

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Bailout Helps Vaughn Ward's Family 15 

Front-running Republican Vaughn Ward has made cutting federal spending a hallmark of his campaign for Congress. But one of the top recipients of federal bailout money puts food on the table in Ward's household. His wife, Kirsten, 35, is a technology project manager for Washington,…

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Crapo Refuses To Debate Primary Foe 

The news that Sen. Mike Crapo has declined to meet his GOP opponent in a statewide televised debate May 16 has prompted a gambit from Crapo's likely Democratic opponent in November. Tom Sullivan says he'll be glad to debate Republican Claude "Skip" Davis. "I can…

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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 picture, Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, left, and  Warde Nichols,  R-Gilbert, confer during a special session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers who still aren't convinced President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. are pushing a bill through the Legislature that would require the president to show his birth certificate to get on the state's 2012 ballot. "We're becoming a national joke," Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat who opposes the measure, said Thursday, April 22, 2010. (Matt York / Associated Press)

Arizona Birthers Seek Certificates 83 

Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, left, and Warde Nichols, R-Gilbert, confer during a special session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers who still aren't convinced President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. are pushing a bill through the Legislature that would require the…

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In this Wednesday, April 21, 2010 aerial file photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning. The oil platform that burned for 36 hours after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, April 22, 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard said. (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

In The News: Oil Rig Burns, Sinks 

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning in this Wednesday photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip. The oil platform that burned for 36 hours after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of…

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Extra! Ed Board OKs Petersen Pact 8-0 

Idaho Reporter Twitter: (State Board of Education) unanimously approves (8-0) new contract for BSU Head Football Coach Chris Petersen. Post by Chadd Cripe/Statesman here.BroncosoverVandalsofcourse: I just want Vandal fans to know they are right, Boise is a different world than the sadder parts of Idaho,…

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Montana Offers Restraining Order Cards 

Montana has become the first state to offer the "Hope Card," a wallet-sized card that will be carried by someone who has been granted a restraining order. The card contains information about the person who has been granted the permanent order of protection and who…

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Republican Minnick Site Taken Over 

At MountainGoat Report, the blogmistress is enjoying the alignment of the stars that placed the old "Republicans for Walt Minnick" Web site into the hands of someone who offers Russian women and "Lucullus Aliment Offering Basket - A Savory Treat In compensation Any Chance." If…

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In this Wednesday, April 21, 2010 photo, Jessica Robinson stands next to her dead llama named Curly, which was killed last week at her home near Buhl, Idaho. This was the second of Robinson�s llamas killed by a gunshot on her property in the last month. The two llamas were used to keep watch over the family�s sheep and scare off coyotes. (Ashley Smith / Times-news)

HucksOnline: Best of INW -- 4.21.10 

In his Wednesday photo, Jessica Robinson stands next to her dead llama named Curly, which was killed last week at her home near Buhl, Idaho. This was the second of Robinson’s llamas killed by a gunshot on her property in the last month. The two…

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Dennis: Dissed By Vaughn, Raul 

Raul Labrador has not responded to my comments regarding his immigration-bidness "Achilles heel". I stand by my comments. It's a ticking time-bomb, unless he deals with it soon. Why so quiet? People want to know. Come forward and let us know, Raul. Apparently, my two…

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Britain's Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in wheelchair,arrives at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in London to sign  the book of condolence for the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash, Thursday, April 22, 2010. The Polish President, his wife and some of the country's most prominent defence and civilian leaders died April 10, 2010 along with many others when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for landing in thick fog at Smolensk in western Russia. Camilla is in a wheelchair because of her broken left leg which she sustained on April 7 during hill walking in Scotland. (Sang Tan / Associated Press)

High Noon: Broken Bones 

Britain's Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in wheelchair,arrives at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in London to sign the book of condolence for the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash, today. The Polish President, his wife and some of the…

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Scanner Traffic/AM -- 4.22.10 

Noon: A small green car drove away from a 2-vehicle crash on NIC campus and may now be parked at a dental office on Northwest Boulevard.11:53 a.m. R in 6800 block of Davenport/Dalton Gardens reports identity theft.11:39 a.m. Female in a domestic violence hearing says…

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Arpie: Recession Stopped Fancy Dancers 

Arpie: Stickman's comments make me realize how the recession has (at least temporarily saved Sandpoint. The “Fancy Dancers” were just starting to take over town when the recession hit. Now one can drive by mothballed developments, half built marinas and a 15 hole golf course…

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Bradbury: Court Botched Schools Suit 

Judge John Bradbury of Idaho/Clearwater counties offered good answers to the five questions that I asked him turning a half-hour interview this morning. Here's the answer he gave to my question re: the worst court decision of the last five years: "It's the school funding…

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Hayden Woman Proposes 17 Initiatives 13 

The Idaho Freedom Initiatives are a set of 17 initiatives that a volunteer group wants to get on the November ballot. Two of the 17 proposals are similar to measures approved by lawmakers this year. Supporters are no longer gathering signatures on a plan comparable…

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First lady Michelle Obama walks with the family dog Bo down the Cross Hall to an event to welcome children of Executive Office employees at the White House's annual take our daughters and sons to work day on Thursday, April  22, 2010 in Washington. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Political Sandbox -- 4.22.10 33 

First lady Michelle Obama walks with the family dog Bo down the Cross Hall to an event to welcome children of Executive Office employees at the White House's annual take our daughters and sons to work day this morning in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Have you…

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