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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.6.11 12 

Mebbe the sun will break through when the dreadful 2011 Legislature finally adjourns to return home to the back slaps of their sympathetic disciples. Not much mischief remains that they can do, now that Vito has finally pushed his Grandson of Nullification through the legislative…

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Parting Shot -- 4.6.11 

A fan is hit in the head by a bat accidentally thrown into the stands by St. Louis Cardinals batter Lance Berkman during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Question: Have you…

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Idaho Is 16th Most Peaceful State 

The first-ever ranking of peace in the United States finds the nation overall is the most peaceful since 1995. Maine was ranked as the most peaceful state and Louisiana the least. Washington ranked in at number 10, Idaho came in at 16, and Montana at…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.6.11

5:39 p.m. Caller reports 2 juveniles on dirt bikes are racing in area of Fulton & Stockman/Post Falls. 5:37 p.m. Deputy seeks increased patrol of construction site where prowlers may be stealing lumber. 5:36 p.m. Traffic lights are malfunctioning at i/s of Government Way &…

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PM Headlines -- 4.6.11

Five-year-old Talan McCarthy watches the Coeur d'Alene Tribe Shooting Star Dancers at North Idaho College on Monday along with the rest of the kids from NIC Children's Center. The performance was part of American Indian Heritage Week hosted by the North Idaho College American Indian…

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Lakes MS Boy Pulls Knife On Another 

A 13-year-old boy was charged with aggravated assault and taken into custody after holding a knife to the throat of another 13-year-old boy during the lunch hour at Lakes Middle School, 930 N15th/CdA, according to Coeur d'Alene police reports. The school resource officer said the…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.6.11 12 

Magdalena, two-headed and five-legged tortoise, passes two figures in a toy ice hockey game in Zilina, Slovakia earlier today. Magdalena will predict the winners of matches during the Ice Hockey World Championship to take place in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia April 29 to May 15.…

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Warrant Roundup For April 4-8

A 40-year-old man who is wanted on a probation violation for attempted strangulation and domestic battery heads the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department warrant roundup list this week. Deputies are looking for William Bechtel of Coeur d'Alene (left), who has a bond set for him of…

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Groene Finds Voice In Social Media 

(Steve) Groene wants a national one-strike law for violent sex offenders. And he is getting support. In less than a week Groene's Facebook page for his son's Dylan and Slade has tripled in followers. Groene's boys were two of Duncan's five murder victims. His daughter…

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Owner Finds 'Friendly' Dog Shot Dead 

A local man reported to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department that he found his lost German shepherd dead with a bullet hole through the top of its head, after receiving an anonymous phone call Monday. Edward Detar said he got a call from a man…

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One Of Those Days 

Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore is helped off the field as Miguel Olivo, right, comes in to replace Moore during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, this afternoon. Moore left the game after hurting his right leg…

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House GOP OKs Closed-Primary 51-16 

The House has passed the new version of the closed-primary election bill, HB 351, on a 51-16 vote. House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said, “As I see it, this is a bill that was created behind closed doors by Republicans to address an internal…

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NIC Awarded 2014 Wrestling Event

North Idaho College, in conjunction with the Spokane Regional Sports Commission, has been awarded the rights to host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Wrestling National Championships in 2014. The bid was approved by the NJCAA Championship Events Committee and Board of Directors and…

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Remembering Dave 

Groundskeepers mow past a new outfield sign honoring long-time Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus at the team's ballpark Wednesday in Seattle. Niehaus died last November. The team opens their home season against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Cindy: Why Do Idahoans Walk? 

Cindy: So the other day I complained to my guests that NO ONE walks in Idaho. Each evening I take a neighborhood stroll and I'm the only one on foot. I wait forever to cross intesections because drivers don't seem to know what pedestrian right…

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Downtown Bar Report -- For March 

The Downtown Bar Report for the month of March has several interesting entries including one from 10:58 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in which a Baja Bargarita patron became disoriented while driving near the Coeur d'Alene Resort: "Officers responded to a call of a possible DUI…

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Charlie Nipp Retires From LCDC 16 

Charlie Nipp, pictured, has announced his retirement from the Lake City Development Corporation’s (LCDC) Board of Commissioners. Nipp was appointed to the LCDC Board at its formation in 1997, and was elected Chairman that same year. Nipp has served as a volunteer commissioner on the…

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5 Q's: Committee To Recall Luna 

I'm live-interviewing Morgan Hill & Nancy Berto, both of Boise, of the Committee to Recall Tom Luna: Huckleberries: Tell us about the number of signatures and process needed to put this measure on the Idaho ballot? Morgan Hill (chairman and manager of committee to recall…

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High Noon: What's For Lunch? 

On its Twitter page, North Idaho College tweets that this is the fare for the American Indian feast in the college SUB today (for $6): Steelhead, fry bread, corn, huckleberry dessert. Hungry? Question: What are you planning to eat for lunch today?

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INW Headlines -- 4.6.11 

Jason Guilford, left, and Carson Mesna, both 12, dissect a cow eyeball during class at Lafayette Elementary school in Albany, Ore. (AP Photo/Albany Democrat-Herald, Mark Ylen) Man shot by North Idaho ISPer returns to Montana prison/John Grant Emeigh, Standard Senate Dems: 2011 Idaho Legislature 'worst…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.6.11 

11:48 a.m. A woman who told friends she doesn't want to live any more left a home in 2400 block of Sheffield Trail/Hayden at high rate of speed in 2006 Pontiac w/Arizona plates. 11:21 a.m. Post Falls woman wants animal control to "back her up"…

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Bachmann: 'Cut Spending Now' 47 

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at an Americans for Prosperity "Cut Spending Now," rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, earlier today. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Question: Who will be blamed/credited if the federal government shuts down Friday -- Democrats or Republicans?

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Solon: Libya Can Have Our 'Muslim' 12 

Legislators have made more than their share of bad policy this year. Now they're just making stuff up. Consider this little joke that appeared recently on Rep. Marv Hagedorn's Facebook page. "The Islamic coalition supporting the UN efforts in Libya is having a tough time…

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Luna To Times: More Online Classes 

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna couldn't get lawmakers to agree to require online courses in high school, but he told the New York Times the State Board of Education will back a mandate. In January, Luna proposed mandating that eight of 46 required…

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KCSD: Alpine Store Robbed 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Alpine Country Store, north of Hayden, late last night. Initial investigation indicates that a lone masked gunman entered the store at about 11 PM, held the clerk at gunpoint and had…

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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.