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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Wild Card/Monday -- 4.11.11 10 

I'm headed to the 14th annual Human Rights banquet of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations this evening. It's been too long since I've seen some of my long-time friends from the task force (read: Tony Stewart, Norm Gissel, Marshall Mend, among others).…

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P.S. Luna Recall Drive Kicks Off 

Nancy Berto of Boise answers questions for the media before submitting a petition to the Idaho Secretary of State to initiate the recall process of state schools superintendent Tom Luna on Monday at the Statehouse in Boise. The Committee to Recall Tom Luna kicked off…

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Herb: You Can't Go Home Again 

As I sit here in Federal Way, Washington, I've come full circle. I left this place for Idaho 20 years ago. Business and marital failure caused me to seek new horizons which I had left in Idaho in the '70's. One should never go back…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.11.11

5:21 p.m. Caller reports boy in hoodie may be carrying handgun or BB gun near Singing Hills Park @ Teton & St. Elias/Post Falls. 5:03 p.m. 2 girls walking home from Post Falls school say boy in black hoodie exposed himself. 4:45 p.m. Driver reports…

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PM Headlines -- 4.11.11 

Lewis-Clark State College students Douglas Cruthirds, Sabrina Wakefield and Kat Mewes hold some of the 99 cardboard cutouts that will be displayed throughout campus at Lewiston, Idaho, to promote suicide prevention awareness. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Barry Kough) Young cougar killed in Wenatchee neighborhood/Associated Press Novel…

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Photo Of The Day -- 4.11.11 15 

A wandering moose apparently had some business with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department this morning. Major Ben Wolfinger emails this photo to Huckleberries Online that shows an increasingly regular sight in urban areas around Kootenai County. You write the cutline. (Courtesy photo: Kootenai County Sheriff's…

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Recall Targets Luna, 2 Boise Solons 

A citizens group organized to unseat Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna also filed the initial petitions Monday to recall Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Rep. Julie Ellsworth, both Boise Republicans. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said he expects the deadline for collecting signatures to be…

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NI Blogs: Idaho Dad Goes Old School 16 

"Last week we traded our home school for an old school," writes Idaho Dad/A Family Runs Through It. "On spring break in Montana, we stopped in at Bannack State Park, a well-preserved ghost town, for a little old-fashioned book learnin’." More here. Filming PSA for…

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Idaho Blogs: Overturning Health Care 

As the first anniversary of the controversial national health care reform legislation – or more correctly health insurance reform legislation – came and went a while back there was increasing acceptance of the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court will get the last word on…

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Gandhi To Speak At Task Force Event 

Arun Gandhi, grandson of legendary Mahatma Gandhi, will be the featured speaker for the 14th annual Human Rights banquet of the Kootenai County Task Force On Human Relations this evening at the Coeur d'Alene Inn. Arun Gandhi grew up in South Africa during apartheid and…

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Weather Only A Duck Could Love 

On its Twitter account, the city of Post Falls announces that the addage that this is "weather that only a duck could love proved true today at City Hall as two "local" ducks visited City Hall Plaza and took a dip in the water feature."…

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CDAJim: And A 10YO Will Lead Us 

CDAJim: Over the weekend we got the final report on the March Madness bracket contest that we competed in. There were 133 of us in the competition with me, my wife and son nowhere close to getting in on the winnings. However, the winner, who…

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Winklevoss Twins Lose FB Legal War 

The billionaire's battle over the founding of Facebook is finally over. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss -- the former Harvard University classmates of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg -- can't undo their settlement over the social networking…

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Crump: Truth About Checkout Lines 

I conducted a highly scientific experiment last week, visiting three large Twin Falls supermarkets. There I tested the theory that the checkout counter line in which you are standing is always the slowest. Everybody thinks so, but everybody is wrong. Turns out it was only…

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INW: Chicago Picks Vandersloot No. 3 

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot speaks to the media after being chosen by the Chicago Sky as the No. 3 pick in the WNBA basketball draft in Bristol, Conn., earlier today. Chicago also took Spokane's Angie Bjorklund, who played for Tennessee. Story here. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton Robb)…

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High Noon: Sack Vs. School Lunches 

Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day. The students can either eat the cafeteria food--or go hungry. Only students with allergies are allowed to bring a homemade lunch to school, the…

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Reusable Diapers Making Comeback 

This undated image courtesy of Pampers shows an old advertisement for Pampers diapers. Disposables, cloth. Cloth, disposables. The diaper battle rages on 50 years after diaper latecomer Procter & Gamble rolled over old fashioned reusables to mass market an affordable throwaway for the first time.…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.11.11 

11:40 a.m. Hayden WalMart personnel report seizure in Honeysuckle Avenue store. 11:17 a.m. Daphne wants to see a sheriff's deputy about a horse. 10:25 a.m. Pinewood Care @ 7th & Best reports wants to see an officer re: drugs. 10:24 a.m. A disabled vehicle is…

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The Challenge Of Living With Autism 12 

Item: Living with autis: Greg Washington will be racing Ironman and raising money for autism society/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: Today, in many ways, Maara is a normal 4-year-old. She loves to eat strawberries. She goes to the bathroom on her own. She…

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Chronic Drunken Driver Nabbed 

A chronic drunken driver convicted of vehicular homicide in 1990 was arrested early Thursday on suspension of drunken driving. Lance Dean Falcon, 44, of Plummer, Idaho, had a blood-alcohol level of .167 and .162 in two breathe samples submitted at the Spokane Public Safety Building…

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Hucks Poll: 'Feathers' Favorite Art

Weekend Poll: 'The Feathers,' Mudgy & Millie, and Fallen Heroes Plaza are the three most popular pieces of public art in the Coeur d'Alene area. 'The Feathers' on Northwest Boulevard was deemed most popular with 43 of 150 votes (28.67%), followed by the 5 Mudgy…

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Wolf Delisting Part Of Budget Bill 

Two Western lawmakers say gray wolves in Montana and Idaho would be taken off the endangered list under the budget bill pending before Congress. Inclusion of the language to lift protections for wolves was confirmed by the offices of Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and…

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AM: Black Sheep Jets Visit Airport 

Two fighter jets from the U.S. Marines’ famed Black Sheep squadron landed (Friday) at the Coeur d’Alene Airport/Pappy Boyington Field, coming at long last to recognize the airport’s renaming in honor of their most famous member. Alison Boggs' story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho…

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Team McEuen To Release Estimates 

Item: Show us the money: Cost estimate for McEuen project to be unveiled Thursday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: On Thursday, the architect team behind the McEuen Field redevelopment project will present estimated price tags tied to revamping the downtown park. While estimates are…

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Hayden To Collect Boat Launch Fees 

Under gray April skies, Bill Whisner pulled his fishing boat ashore at the Honeysuckle Beach ramp on Sunday. Hayden Lake was cold and high, and the dock alongside the launch was partially submerged. Guiding the boat and trailer into position, the fisherman jumped through a…

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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.