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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010

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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FYI: Blogs Make Politicians Nervous 17 

Huckleberries hears from a Berry Picker ... that Starr Kelso gave a rundown re: his version of Jim Brannon's Coeur d'Alene City Council election lawsuit against Councilman Mike Kennedy at the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee meeting last night. I'll let my Berry Picker take…

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Is School District Hiding Something? 

A Berry Picker provides evidence that the Coeur d'Alene School District may be trying to rush this teacher "collaborative" idea through the process. The Berry Picker e-mails: "The Press article stated that the District will be voting on this new schedule next Monday. School District…

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Boredom Led To Craigslist Hoax 

Selling your son on Craigslist sounds like the work of a depraved father or a bored teen. Fortunately for Spokane police, it's the latter. Last month, a Spokane woman saw an ad from a man named Rick Obelophy offering his son Gavin to anyone who…

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AM Headlines -- 4.28.10

North Idaho College student Kim Plucker, a medical billing specialist major from Coeur d’Alene, looks on as her daughters 10-year-old Autumn and 7-year-old Alexandra try on her cap and gown in preparation for NIC’s commencement ceremony May 14. Nearly 700 students are eligible for graduation…

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Health Advocates Target Happy Meals 32 

Craig/Year of Plenty blog writes re: a possible ban on toy giveaways w/McDonalds Happy Meals in a California county: "I have mixed feelings about this. My kids love for a cheeseburger and fries does not seem to be too swayed by toys. It’s more of…

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Schools Look @ Later Monday Start-Up 18 

Item: School bells will ring later: Teachers getting extra time for 'collaboration'/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene PressMore Info: Monday mornings won't be the same in Coeur d'Alene schools next year. Beginning in September, the first bell of the day will ring later on Mondays if the…

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Kevin: Burdick Not Taking Foe Lightly

(John) Bradbury has run as an outsider and a reformer, and he has a personal history with the Supreme Court; last year, justices rebuked the Grangeville-based district judge for failing to live in Idaho County. (Justice Roger) Burdick, pictured, a seven-year court veteran, is an…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010

Kellogg Passes $2.78M School Levy 

The two-year, $2.78 million levy for Kellogg Joint School District 391 passed Tuesday. There were a total of 1,079 votes in favor the levy, passing it through by 61.27 percent. ... More than 1,700 people turned out for the election between noon and 7 p.m.…

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