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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.4.11 

Today's observance of the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., plus the mini-series on the Kennedys that's now airing on television, prompts reflection. What would have happened had these three men lived? How would things have been different had JFK escaped…

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P.S. Serendipity 

"Why is it when I need to find a feature photo for the newspaper, it is usually an exercise in frustration?" posts Colin Mulvany, Snaps & Frames. "I can drive around for hours and not find a fun moment. But on my day off, I…

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NPR Blog: Codgers Can't Multi-Task 

I've never been a coordinated person. I've always had trouble walking and chewing gum, and now the 'experts' are telling me it's just going to get worse?? That's right, this article from NPR's Health Blog says individuals over age 59 face an increased risk of…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.4.11 

5:20 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 3-4 here. 4:55 p.m. Caller reports an unconscious person can be found @ 4th & Foster/CdA. 4:47 p.m. Dave, of county solid waste, reports copper & wagon stolen from Prairie & Pleasantview. 4:43 p.m. Chimney…

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PM Headlines -- 4.4.11

On her Slight Detour blog, Marianne Love posts several rustic photos from around her neck of the Bonner County ruralscape, including this one above. More here. IED damages mailbox near Moses Lake/KXLY Cat returns to Spokane owner 9 years later/KXLY Feds seeking $7M worth of…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.4.11 

Girls learn how to curtsey as they take part in the 'A Princess Tea Party' event, at a hotel in London on Saturday. A scene straight from "My Fair Lady" played out at a posh London hotel Saturday as a dozen girls in frilly dresses…

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NI Blogs: Heikkila Top Tree Farmer

Long-time Harrison Flats resident Don Heikkila was recently recognized as Idaho's Tree Farmer of the Year. Ralph Bartholdt's story here. (Skookum Photography) 10 Things About Chuck E. Cheese/A Butterfly Moment Appliances/Accidental Rabbit Trails Dental hygiene is important/A Family Runs Through It Addressing the labor issue/Arch…

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OTV Smitten By Frosted Cupcakes 

On the Frosted Cupcakes wall, the poster/baker writes: "I just made these yesterday ... German Chocolate cupcakes (2 kinds) and Devil's Food cupcakes with a Chocolate Ganache glaze and a chocolate dipped Banana with mini chocolate chips on top. I also made 2 dz Tiramisu…

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GOP Senate OKs Paying GOP Fees 

The Senate has voted 25-10 to pay $100,000 to the Idaho Republican Party for its attorney fees in its successful lawsuit against Idaho's primary election law, a settlement that was reached between the state and the party, revising the amount down from close to $144,000.…

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D's 1000 Job Loss Not Base On Facts 

It’s the claim that just kept coming: House Bill 260 will cause the loss of at least 1,000 private sector jobs in Idaho if passed. The claim made its way into debate in House and Senate committee and floor debate, a press release, and a…

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Butler Vs. UConn In NCAA Finale

'Butler's Chase Stigall rubs mascot Blue II after his team beat Virginia Commonwealth 70-62 at a men's NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game Saturday in Houston. More here. ( (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Question: Who had Butler and/or UConn making the finale of the NCAA…

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LCDC's Berns Reacts To Hayes' Info 

The information contained in Mr. Hayes’ email today regarding estimated urban renewal tax increment receipts for the 2010 tax year are higher than the fiscal year 2011 LCDC district budget tax increment receipts adopted by the LCDC Board last August (please refer to 8/18/10 LCDC…

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Montanan To Run Obama Campaign 

Four years ago, Barack Obama was an upstart in the midst of becoming a phenomenon. Now, he's an established juggernaut with the power of the presidency at his back. But his re-election bid, formally announced Monday, seeks to re-create the grassroots effort - the armies…

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Crump: Playing Chicken In Hailey 

It’s official: Hens are now citizens of Hailey. But not roosters. Smart move on the city’s part. For roosters are trouble, and as an old farm boy I can tell you they don’t just crow at 5 a.m. After a year-long test of an ordinance…

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Are Music, Electives Still Important? 

For band director Cara Sommers, a rich musical score harbors more than an assembly of instruments - it also taps the major academic disciplines. ``I think there's been so much pressure put on the core subjects that people are failing to realize that all of…

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INW Headlines -- 4.4.11 

Valerie Fast Horse, 46, is the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s director of information technology. She’s a “technological visionary,” says Chief Allan, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s chairman, “helping bridge the digital divide in Indian Country.” More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Report of puppy abandoned in Dumpster…

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High Noon: Steinbeck Reality Check

According to Mr. Steigerwald (who questions accounts provided by John Steinbeck in "Travels with Charley"), Steinbeck stayed in motels a lot — when he wasn’t at luxury hotels. On a night when he supposedly camped out on a farm near Lancaster, N.H., Steinbeck was actually…

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Best Place For Heat Lamp Burrito? 

OrangeTV @ Get Out! North Idaho is conducting a lunchtime survey on his Facebook wall that asks: "Where is your favorite gas station in the area to buy a cheap, heat lamp abused, deep-fried gut-bomb beef and bean burrito?" (Click here for survey) Question: Do…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.4.11 

Noonish: Rottweiler running loose on Surfaces & Stone lot near Post Falls police HQ. Noonish: Someone has broken flags of school bus signs along H97, east side of Lake CdA. 11:55 a.m. Caller wants to report some sort of investment fraud @ Miles & Strahorn/Hayden.…

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Quotable Quote: John Rusche

“I didn't know how important it was to be a bully, and they showed that they're big enough that they can do it. What's the next best thing? Well, let's get out of town before they can do any more harm” -- House Minority Leader…

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Edit: GOP Experiments w/Idaho Kids

Idaho’s public school system is now Idaho Republicans’ public school system. Republican State Superintendent Tom Luna cooked up this overhaul outside public view, with limited input from the very people who will be tasked with making it work. Republican legislative majorities voted for all three…

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Flight Makes Emergency Landing 

Kim Franci of Clovis, Calif., reacts as she recounts her experience aboard a United Airlines flight that made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, La., Monday. The flight from New Orleans to San Francisco returned to the New…

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Boise: Fashion Capital Of Idaho? 

In a city known more for hiking trails than fashion runways, photographer Thomas Lea scours the streets for style. "It's a fairly remote place, way out in the west," he said. "But people in Boise have great taste." Lea, 65, relocated to Idaho's capital from…

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Poll: Tea Party Viewed Unfavorably 

Weekend Poll: Almost 62 percent of Hucks Nation has a negative view of the Tea Party. 201 of 325 respondents (61.85%) voted that they viewed the Tea Party unfavorably. 115 of 325 respondents (35.38%) said they viewed the Tea Party favorably. 9 were undecided. Today's…

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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.