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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010

Get Out! & Sing Karaoke 

On his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV writes: "Wednesday is a good night for karaoke hopping with Jerry at Mik-n-Mac's, Yvonne at Icon, Marj at the Corner Bar and who-knows-who at the Shanty. If karaoke freaks you out, there's the big open jam…

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In this April 27, 2010 photo, Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the Guinness World Record-holder for world's tallest living horse at nearly 6-foot-11, at the Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis. (Carrie Antilfinger / Associated Press)

Parting Shot -- 4.28.10 

Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the Guinness World Record-holder for world's tallest living horse at nearly 6-foot-11, at the Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)Question: Do you now or have you ever owned a horse? Tell us about it.

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 4/28/10 

I'm beginning to get into the flow w/Twitter -- not only my own posts (or tweets) but also the re-posting (re-tweeting) of links and items of interest from the many news sources I follow in the Inland Northwest. You'll now find a lot of things…

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Top Story: Parkside Bistro Battles On 20 

OrangeTV offers this update from Parkside Bistro owner Kevin: "There is some confusion about what is going on with the bistro and some facts. 1. I own the building and all fixtures. 2. I have looked at buying the land and doing a land swap…

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A couple of toddlers, Rintaro Doi, left, and Hiyori Tsuchiya, right, held by college sumo wrestlers, compete in the baby screaming contest, known as Naki Sumo (Crying Sumo), a traditional ritual performed as a prayer for the good health of children, at Senso-ji temple in Tokyo, Saturday, April 28, 2007. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

APhoto Of The Day -- 4.28.10 

A couple of toddlers, Rintaro Doi, left, and Hiyori Tsuchiya, right, held by college sumo wrestlers, compete in the baby screaming contest, known as Naki Sumo (Crying Sumo), a traditional ritual performed as a prayer for the good health of children, at Senso-ji temple in…

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Otter Skirts GOPrimary Debate 

Gov. Butch Otter today declined to participate in the gubernatorial debate, which will feature GOP challengers Rex Rammell and Sharon Ullman, and will take place on May 18. Otter, in a letter from his campaign manager, Debbie Field, said he objected to criteria limiting the…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.28.10 

4:47 p.m. Caller reports a 13YO foster child who has been in detention for threatening to stab other children now is threatening to kill him.4:18 p.m. Caller reports 2 males, one w/a mustache, are trying to sell something on Julia.4:08 p.m. Officer reports railroad nails…

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Mansfield Joins Labrador Campaign 

State Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, looks to have a more lively campaign in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, as he announced Wednesday that he is bringing on blogger and political expert Dennis Mansfield to serve as his press secretary. Labrador’s campaign went silent for over a…

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April 26, 2010 - Roseburg, OR, USA-  Large spring Chinook salmon are seen through the viewing glass at the Winchester Dam fish ladder on the North Umpqua River near Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, April 26, 2010.  The fish ladder allows the ocean-going salmon to bypass the Winchester Dam on their way upstream to spawn in fresh water.  (Robin Loznak)

HucksOnline Best Of INW -- 4.28.10 

A small dog checks out large spring Chinook salmon are seen through the viewing glass at the Winchester Dam fish ladder on the North Umpqua River near Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, April 26, 2010. The fish ladder allows the ocean-going salmon to bypass the Winchester…

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FOIA: Marine Letter To Ward Aired 13 

The U.S. Marine Corps has released its letter asking Idaho GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward to comply with Department of Defense regulations regarding campaign activity by members of the armed forces. The Marine Corps questioned a $2,500 click ad that pictured Ward in uniform and…

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Office Hours: 30% Afraid Of Job Loss

Nearly a third of Washington residents are concerned about job security amid signs of a slow recovery, according to a new survey for Everest College. When asked about the high unemployment rate, 29 percent of workers in the state said they were concerned about losing…

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Poll: Pets Listen Better Than Husbands 11 

Husbands, if you end up in the doghouse, consider it a promotion. A third of pet-owning married women said their pets are better listeners than their husbands, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll released Wednesday. Eighteen percent of pet-owning married men said their pets are…

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Seattle Mariners' Chone Figgins, right, is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Jason Kendall as Figgins tries to score in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. Figgins tried to score from third on Jose Lopez's grounder to third. (Ed Zurga / Fr34145 Ap)

Visiting Mariners Edge Royals 6-5 

Seattle Mariners' Chone Figgins, right, is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Jason Kendall as Figgins tries to score in the fifth inning of a baseball game this afternoon in Kansas City, Mo. Figgins tried to score from third on Jose Lopez's grounder to…

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OTV: A Salon Of A Different Name 

On Facebook, OrangeTV published an oldie but goodie post: "Years ago, at the Cd'A intersection where 3rd and 4th separate into one way streets, there used to be a beauty shop named "Salon de Chevaux." In High School, I took four years of French. That…

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Expert: 'Quad Cities' Means Nothing 

A business consultant says the "Quad Cities" moniker used by four northcentral Idaho and eastern Washington cities as an economic development tool is falling flat and should be abandoned. David Leland, a Portland, Ore.-based consultant, told leaders from Lewiston and Moscow in Idaho, as well…

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High Noon: Sushi Anyone? 11 

On Facebook, Jay Baldwin got my curiosity up with this post: "No offense to Idaho & Arkansas but sushi is better here in California. Much better." I asked him to expand on that comment. And he rated three sushi places in Coeur d'Alene for me:…

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No Public Last Words For Condemned 

Corrections officials said Tuesday they won't allow any media to interview Ronnie Lee Gardner in prison before he is scheduled to be put to death -- a departure from past practices. Gardner's defense attorney and free speech advocates criticized the move. A Department of Corrections…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.28.10

11:44 a.m. Teresa has lost her Lab mix.11:31 a.m. An 80YO male fell out of his chair & was temporarily unconscious @ Post Falls Senior Center, 1215 3rd Ave.11:12 a.m. A disorderly male is behind Fasteners b/n 4th & 5th, near Locust.10:27 a.m. A blue…

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Protestor Paul Bodin, from Eugene, Ore.,  displays Sarah Palin alarm clocks outside the hotel where Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate and Alaskan governor, is scheduled to speak to a gathering of Lane County Republicans in Eugene, Ore., Friday, April 23, 2010. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)

What Time Is It? 13 

Protestor Paul Bodin, from Eugene, Ore., displays Sarah Palin alarm clocks outside the hotel before Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate and Alaskan governor, spoke to a gathering of Lane County Republicans in Eugene, Ore., Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)Question: Some have said…

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Rammell Campaign To Use T-Rex 

GOP gubernatorial challenger Rex Rammell, who’s campaigned for office in the past by driving a giant, decorated RV around the state that doubles as a rolling campaign billboard, plans to unveil a new gimmick tomorrow: A giant model of a 16-foot tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur, “which…

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Another View: Local GOP Wasn't Afraid

Another Berry Picker at the local GOP CC meeting last night offers this: "After Starr's presentation, which he emphasized a number of times the suit is to contest the handling of the election, a committee member made a motion to donate $2,500 to the legal…

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Blogs: Mansfield Endorses Labrador 10 

"After the events of this past few days, I have decided that I'm going to volunteer to help Raul Labrador in his run for US Congress - even if it's only in these last 30 days till the election. The momentum is shifting. Here's why:…

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Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, left, looks on as Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks with media outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 28, 2010, after a court case on whether the names on a petition asking for the repeal of Washington state's domestic partnership rights should be kept secret. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

The Political Sandbox -- 4.28.10 57 

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, left, looks on as Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks with media outside the Supreme Court in Washington Wednesday, after a court case on whether the names on a petition asking for the repeal of Washington state's domestic partnership…

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HBO Poll: Fabulous Shadows Rule 

Best Local Band All-time: 61 of 118 respondents (52%) said the 1960s "Fabulous Shadows" is the best all-time local band, followed by the Kelly Hughes Band (31 of 118, 26%), and Black Happy (24 of 118, 20%). Two respondents chose other groups.Tuesday Poll: 58 of…

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