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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 4.1.11 12 

On her Twitter account, Melissa Luck of KXLY tweets that she hates April Fool's Day. The Twitter format with 140 characters didn't provide space for her to explain. But I sorta understand what she means. I'm not a fan of April Fool's Day either. I…

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P.S. M's Open Season In Oakland

In this 2010 file photo, Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez is kicked in the head by catcher Rob Johnson after the two chased a bunt from Baltimore’s Cesar Izturis in the fifth inning. Hernandez finished the game. Johnson is no longer with the club. But…

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Spokane Deputy Cited In CdA DUI 18 

Update: The lead firearms instructor for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last weekend in Coeur d’Alene. Deputy Daniel Knight, 42, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 and 0.188 during breath tests administered after his arrest early Sunday. The…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.1.11 

5:07 p.m. Business at 912 Northwest Boulevard reports a disorderly male on premises. 4:52 p.m. Caller reports wife bitten by dog for 2nde time @ Walker & Miles/Hayden. 4:51 p.m. A 3-vehicle, noninjury accident is blocking H95 & Hanley/CdA. 4:30 p.m. Caller has questions re:…

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PM: House OKs 3rd Luna 'Reform' Bill 

House Rep. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, argues for passing the third pillar of public schools chief Tom Luna's education reforms earlier today in Boise. Rep. Jeff Nesset, R-Lewiston, looks on during better than two hours of debate. Read Betsy Russell's complete coverage of the debate, which…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.1.11 16 

Model show creations by David & Alexander during Moscow Fashion Week in Moscow, Russai, Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Top Cutlines: 1. Ever since that Egyptian Cobra bit me on the head at the Bronx Zoo everyone looks at me funny --…

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Prosecutor's Son Jailed For Car Spree 18 

The son of a North Idaho federal prosecutor is in the Bonner County Jail for a drunken vehicle prowling spree last December. Christopher Alan Cook, 22, was ordered this week to serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor theft after a felony burglary charge was…

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Stretching For Final Four 

Butler players stretch during a practice for a men's NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Friday earlier today in Houston. Butler plays VCU on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Question: Which team do you want to win the NCAA tournament -- Kentucky, UConn, Butler,…

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Keel: Indian Country Faces Old Joke 

A misinformed member of the media is once again playing a joke on Indian country: ignore the federal trust responsibility and tribal people will be better off. Don’t be fooled, it’s not a new joke. Indian country heard this same argument during the termination era.…

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Mayor Cancels Meeting For NCAAs 

Monday's Bozeman City Commission meeting has been called on account of March Madness. Mayor Jeff Krauss says he can't attend because there's a chance that his favorite team, University of Kentucky, could be playing in the NCAA men's basketball championship game. "Everybody knows Kentucky basketball…

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Jumble Will Not Be Discontinued 

Apparently, the Idaho Press Tribune has been hammered by readers who deciphered a message on their daily puzzle that Jumble was being discontinued. An IPT staffer writes: "Attention Jumble puzzle fans. April Fool's Day. The puzzle will not be discontinued. The creator of the popular…

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INW: Montana Rep Backs DUI Driving 

Representative Alan Hale, R-Boulder Valley, listens to instructions during the meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee in Helena, Mont. Bar owner Hale said in a speech on the House floor this week that DUI laws are harmful to small businesses. The Republican from Basin…

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Bree: Hold The Diamond, Pass Menu 

Husbands and boyfriends are always looking for tutorials re: surprise gifts to get their wives and significant others. In the comments section, Bree offers some help with this comment about the photo of that humongous diamond that I posted this morning: "I’d rather spend the…

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Hayes Vs. Wolfinger For Sheriff? 

Digger (responding to Fishwife comment that County Clerk Cliff Hayes is eyeing run for sheriff, in making changes in his office): That wouldn’t surprise me either DFO and I don’t even live in CDA. What makes a former police chief qualified to be the county…

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Opinion: Juror Duty Isn't Social Invite 

A jury summons isn’t a social invitation. It’s a civic responsibility, and for those who dodge it there are legal consequences. So why does Cassia County have such a hard time getting jurors to show up in court? Cassia County Jury Commissioner Elizabeth Kenner says…

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High Noon: Send In The Clowns 

While one side is slowing it down The other just wants to leave town. So read all the bills 'Til we're blue in the gills And wait 'til they send in the clowns. Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise Question: Can you write a limerick or short…

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Quotable Quote -- IEA 

Idaho history will record that the final Tom Luna plan bill fittingly passed on April Fools Day. Unfortunately, the joke is on our kids -- Idaho Education Association tweet.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.1.11

11:41 a.m. Older man in 2008 red Town & Country van w/Kootenai plates swerved at another motorist and flipped her off on I-90 @ M/P 7 (H41) in road rage incident. 11:35 p.m. Someone @ American Legion on Poleline/PF is letting propane out of tanks.…

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Cronin: 'We've Devalued Teachers' 

Update: The House has passed SB 1184 on a 44-26 vote. Now, it's adjourning until Monday. (George Eskridge, R-Dover, was only North Idaho legislator to oppose. How they voted.) Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, debating against SB 1184 in the House, said stakeholders' concerns weren't addressed,…

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Rebecca Black Enjoys April Fool's Day

In this screen image released by FunnyOrDie.com, the homepage for the popular comedy video website "Funny or Die," is shown with an April Fools' Day redesign featuring teenage viral video star Rebecca Black. Story here. (AP Photo/FunnyOrDie.com) Question: Do you enjoy April Fool's Day?

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Colvilles Join Stossel Protest 

The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, joining Tribal leaders throughout Indian Country in protest of Fox News’ latest rant by commentator John Stossel, has some advice for Fox President Roger Ailes: don’t fire Stossel, re-educate him. Michael O. Finley today sent…

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Poll: Subsidy To Idaho GOP Wrong 

Thursday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation opposes the move by the legislative budget committee to provide $100,000 in reimbursement to pay for legal fees in the Idaho Republican Party's successful lawsuit against the closed-primary system. A whopping 116 of 140 respondents (82.86%) said the budget committee…

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CNN Poll: Tea Party Slipping 

Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 32% of the public…

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No Diamond In The Rough 

A Christie's employee presents an unmounted heart-shaped diamond, D colour, internally flawless, type IIa diamond, weighing 56.15 carats, with excellent polish and symmetry during a press preview in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, April 1, 2011. The gemstone is estimated to fetch 9 to 12 million…

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Quotable Quote -- Bob Nonini 

"Just like a laptop cannot replace a legislator, this bill does not replace teachers with a laptop" -- House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini (according to tweet by Mitch Coffman/Idaho Reporter). Question: Which North Idaho legislators would be easiest to replace with a computer? How…

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Huckleberries Online

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.