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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.27.11 19 

We need Marmitetoasty to check in today or tomorrow, to provide a Brit's perspective of the royal wedding. I'm sure some of you (65% according to polls) aren't as thrilled as you should be re: the scheduled nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I'm…

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S.F. Mulls Male Circumcision Ban 18 

Item: San Francisco male circumcision ban has enough signatures for ballot, backers say/San Francisco Examiner. More Info: The measure has gained nationwide attention since it was first reported six months ago, and is the latest much-talked about ban proposal to come out of San Francisco…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.27.11 

5:43 p.m. A possibly drunk woman is stumbling in the road in 1800 block of W. Garwood. 5:30 p.m. Caller has written down license numbers of all 4 vehicles parked in handicap spaces at Finucane Park/Hayden parking lot. 5:29 p.m. Josh reports that a toddler…

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PM Headlines -- 4.27.11

Sara Lindberg, right, of Bremerton tries to entice her son Cooper,1, with a cookie from one of the vendors at the Silverdale Farmer's Market which is open on Tuesdays from 11-4 p.m. in the parking lot between Silverdale Waterfront Park and the boat dock. (AP…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.27.11 

A bookmaker touts for trade on the pavement near to Westminster Abbey in London earlier today. Royal enthusiasts are camping out outside the Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton are due to get married on Friday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Top…

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NIdaho Blogos -- 4.27.11

On her Idaho Scenic Images Facebook wall, photographer Linda Lantzy writes of this shot from the Skagit Valley (Wash.) Tulip Festival: "My back is still feeling the aftermath of the acrobatics required for a shot like this." Las Vegas/Accidental Rabbit Trails An elegy for Sweet…

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A Hysterical Woman In Post Falls 

I haven't been pulled over by a traffic cop in years. I remember being pulled over in the Spokane Valley some years back, for speeding slightly. I rarely go faster than 5 mph over the limit. I was given a warning. I was also pulled…

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Oprah Hosts The Obamas 21 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured with Oprah Winfrey during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Harpo Studios in Chicago earlier today. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: I must confess that I've never watch an Oprah Winfrey show, from beginning…

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Humane Society Medicine Spoils 

The Kootenai Humane Society is soliciting funds from the public to replace expensive medicine that was ruined recently when the refrigerator door to the veterinarian room was found open. "We believe that the seal for the door didn’t stay secured (old fridge), so while the…

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IEA Sues Luna Public Ed 'Reforms' 

The Idaho Education Association filed a lawsuit in 4th District Court in Ada County today challenging the constitutionality of SB 1108, the bill to remove most collective bargaining rights from Idaho teachers, and related “trailer” bills including one adding an emergency clause to that measure.…

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Marmie: Why Brits ♥ Royal Wedding 

Many people moan about our royals, but you wait come Friday and you will see the utter outpouring of pride and love and that comaradery that this country shows upon such events…. like during the war years or the world cup…. buntings galore will start…

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Dennis: Will Birthers Be Satisfied? 61 

This handout image provided by the White House shows a short-form copy of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Dennis Mansfield writes: Mother's Race: Caucasion ... Father's Race: African. Say what? That's what Mr. Obama, Senior was listed as -…

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HMO: Avista Should Open Dam Gates 17 

HMOffsuite: I surely don’t want to belabor the point, but Avista best get those gates open at the Post Falls dam and empty the lake some, or flooding will be severe this year. They were negligent a few years ago, imo, in not anticipating the…

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Don't Stop In Middle Of Highway 95 

A Berry Picker who came thisclose to getting a ticket called to warn others here re: the proper way to cross Highway 95 intersections that don't have traffic lights. Do you know it's against the law to go halfway across the intersection, say, at Miles…

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Steele: 'Odor Of Fecal Matter' Filled Air 

Agents soon told Steele his wife wasn't actually dead and that they knew he'd hired Fairfax to kill her. Steele stood up and an “odor of fecal matter” filled the air, Sotka said. The agents “feared that Mr. Steele had defecated himself,” Sotka said. But…

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INW: Murder-for-Hire Trial Starts

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws, left, delivers his opening statements in the trial against Edgar Steele at U.S. District Court in Boise today. Steele, an attorney who is well known for his defense of white supremacist groups, is accused of hiring a hit man to…

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Administrative Assistant Day Arrives 

On his Facebook wall, Jimmy-Mac points out that today is Administrative Assistant Day. Then, Jimmy proclaims: "My assistant, she's the best (also on vacation right now). You are the best, Carol!" We don't have any administrative assistants in the Coeur d'Alene bureau of the Spokesman-Review.…

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High Noon: Saying Love w/Pee Chees 

As you may recall, Cindy's son, Zack, received a silver bullet and crayons from a girl who has a crush on him. Which surprised Cindy, who wrote on her Facebook wall "Remember these? Zack's experience with the bullet-giving girl reminded me that when I was…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.27.11

12:06 p.m. Ronald is at KCSD office to report that checks were stolen from his mailbox. 12:02 p.m. PFPD Blue reports he has found 15YO runaway Brittany & is taking her to her home. 11:53 a.m. A greenhouse on W. Wyoming (near county airport) reports…

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Hucks Poll: Airport Workers Are Pros

Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation sez airport workers (security, check-out, concessions, etc.) are "professional." But a third voted that they're "unfriendly." 56 of 125 respondents (44.8%) said airport workers are pros. 42 of 125 respondents (33.6%) said they are unfriendly. 22 of 125…

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Madame Nhu, 86, Vietnam, RIP 

Facebook Friend Val Hughes writes of the death of former South Vietnamese First Lady Madame Nhu (shown at press conference in 1963): "I met her. She came to San Francisco to speak to the Commonwealth Club when my father was its President. Since I spoke…

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Learning Young At Silver Mountain 

Although the snow shows no sign of letting up in the mountains of the Inland Northwest, there was some grass poking through the snow on Dec. 26, 2009, when Northwest Elite Photographer Chris Thompson snapped this photo on Silver Mountain. Chris reports to Facebook Friends…

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16YO Youngest To Get WSU Degree 

A 16-year-old will become the youngest person on record to graduate from Washington State University this May. Kayla Heard of Union, Washington, could talk when she was 1, and read at 18 months. She started first grade at age 3, graduated from high school at…

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No Death Penalty In Plummer Slaying 

Benewah County Prosecutor, Doug Payne, will not seek the death penalty in the murder of Antowyn D. Swiney, April 17. Mr. Payne filed first degree murder charges against four defendants involved in the murder, which may have been sparked by jealousy. “Based on what I…

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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.