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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.13.11 

Busy day so far. It began at 7 o'clock -- or at least two hours before I truly become conscious -- with a good chat about blogs/Twitter/Facebook with local social media whiz Jamie Morgan at Starbucks. And included that 5 questions chat with old buddy…

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Parting Shot -- 4.13.11 

Selena Drexel, of Bowling Green, Ky., sits in front of her home computer earlier today with a video showing her 6-year-old daughter Anna getting frisked at the New Orleans airport earlier this month by the TSA officials. Story here. (AP Photo/Joe Imel) Question: Is it…

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Biden Nods Off During Obama Speech 

For the millions of Americans who find talk of deficit reduction to be one of the less rousing political subjects, Vice President Joe Biden feels your pain. At a Wednesday press conference where Obama presented his ‘framework‘ for reducing the budget deficit, Biden was caught…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.13.11

5:32 p.m. A dog that has been creating a safety hazard for days by running into traffic on H97 (around Lake Coeur d'Alene) is now near Beauty Creek Bridge (M/P 94). 5:29 p.m. A tall man is begging for money from door-to-door in 6600 block…

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PM Headlines -- 4.13.11 

"He's great company," said John Anderson, golf course supervisor of Hayden Lake Country Club as he and his dog Jake worked together earlier today. "He also keeps the geese in check," he added. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Study: Idaho 15th greenest state in nation/George Prentice,…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.13.11 

East Carolina University students, from top to bottom, Matthew Archibald, Matt Schurtz, Thomas Briley, Chris Dowd, Danielle Spence, left in bottom hammock, Matt Ghezzo and, standing, Ryan Williford, "hang out" in the quad on campus, in Greenville, N.C. The group hung their hammocks between trees…

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SOS From Mike Kennedy 

Councilman MikeK tweets/Facebooks this SOS to "Kootenai County Locals: Anybody have a lightly used pair of crutches for use by, say, an 11-year old ballerina and soccer player with a newly torn ligament in her foot? I don't think I'll make the "crutch store" before…

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NI Blogs: Patting Down 6YO Wicked 

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook page, Linda Lantzy writes: "The shoreline (of Hauser) is quite flooded which I thought made this tree scene interesting." Post of the Day: We really need to get over our paranoia about terrorists and flying. According to the TSA…

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Bonds Guilty On 1 Of 4 Charges 

Former baseball player Barry Bonds arrives at federal court as a jury deliberates perjury charges against him on Wednesday in San Francisco. Bonds was found guilty of one count of obstructing justice but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on the question of whether Bonds…

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Silver Mountain Still Open For Skiing 

This just in from Silver Mountain: "Don't put away the skis and boards just yet! Silver is once again the last resort in the region to remain open for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Silver Saturdays start (this Saturday, April 16). Question: Anyone out there…

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DFO's Critters: Max The Short Hair 

Max, a three-year-old domestic short hair, is seen with an arrow through his ear on Sunday in Santa Cruz, Calif. Nancy Paquin, Max's owner, says after a weekend away from home, the cat returned Sunday night with an arrow sticking through one ear and into…

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Hayes Responds To Kennedy Request 18 

As you recall, County Clerk Cliff Hayes circulated a press release April 5. (You can read Huckleberries Online post here.) If you follow the link above and go to the comments section, you can find three questions that Councilman Mike Kennedy asked Hayes (at 10:29)…

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Sims Rips 'Bloom' RE: Urban Renewal 22 

Wanna know how close-minded Kathy Sims, R-OpenCDA.com, is when it comes to urban renewal? During the long-running Idaho Legislature debate on six bills sponsored by Sims, Hart, and other anti-urban renewal legislators, Mayor Sandi Bloem sent an SOS to Idaho legislators, urging: "Please support economic…

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Luna Pulls ISAT Q Re: Online Classes

As Idaho students prepared to take ISAT tests this week, a sample question for 10th graders on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's website advocated online learning. The question touted flexible scheduling and said online classes can be "equally challenging" as traditional courses, as long…

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Stickman: Who Are You Reading? 31 

Stickman: I would love to see a segment once a week or so about books and what the bloggers are reading. I think it would be very interesting. I take one whole day off a week and just spend it reading, all day. I know…

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More Idaho Women Running Biz 

Item: Working for themselves: Study finds more Idaho women running businesses/Blair Koch, Twin Falls Times-News More Info: Women-owned businesses in Idaho have increased nearly 41 percent since 1997. That is one of the findings in the American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Business report, a…

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INW Headlines -- 4.13.11

Kelly Schafer, 6, poses as an astronaut at the Yuri's Night celebration at the Montana State University-Northern Student Union Building Ballroom in Havre, Mont., Tuesday. The event was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12,…

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Idaho's No. 32 For Making A Living 10 

In MoneyRates.com's 10 best/worst places for making a living, Idaho ranks slightly below mid-pack, at No. 32, with an average adjusted income of $34,393.37. Idaho is also in the middle of Northwest states. Washington ranks No. 2 with an average adjusted income of $41,455.73. And…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.13.11

11:45 a.m. Rick reports confronting and being dissed by teens who ran a red light @ Honeysuckle & Kathleen/CdA Tuesday. He wants an officer to speak to their parents. 10:50 a.m. Woman reports that Ashley is not properly licensed to drive her son's pickup. 10:17…

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5 Q's w/McEuen Backer Darrell Dlouhy 

ILoveCDA.com, another supporter of the 10 minute show of support for proposed McEuen Field changes, provides her insights about the project here. Question: What do you intend Thursday by meeting for 10 minutes (beginning at 5 o'clock) to promote McEuen Field change? Darrell Dlouhy: I…

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A Whole Lotta Dough 

Lucian Vasile Leicu, of Romania, performs with his dough during the freestyle event, part of the Pizza World Championships, in Salsomaggiore Terme, northern Italy, earlier today. The 20th edition of the Championships began Monday and continues through today. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini) Question: Where do you…

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Hucks Poll: Most Know Suicide Victim 

Tuesday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation has had someone close commit suicide. 72 of 130 respondents (55.38%) said someone close to them has committed suicide. 58 of 130 respondents said no one close to them have committed suicide. Today's Question: Now that barbecue…

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ISP, CPD Reap Drug Bust Rewards 

Robert Mertens is serving a 37-year term in federal prison for drug trafficking, firearms violations and money laundering - he's been behind bars since 2004 - but it's taken until now for all appeals and asset forfeiture proceedings in the case to be completed. As…

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Cindy: Food Service Hard On Families 

As a restaurant reviewer for several local publications, Kevin Finch thought he’d found a recipe that combined his greatest passions. “I love food and I love to write. I also love people,” he said. But what he saw and heard while writing about area restaurants…

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Were Nils Rosdahl's Remarks Sexist? 19 

In his Coeur d'Alene Press business column last week, Nils Rosdahl commented, "The national college women's basketball tournament would be more "interesting" if the ladies wore outfits that were more flattering and not what the men wear. Someone could develop/promote this and make lotsa bucks."…

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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.