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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 4.29.11 28 

It's been a busy day so far, beginning with the online interview with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch this morning -- and continuing at Hucks Central with my weekly writing of the Huckleberries print column. I haven't even had time to indulge in a guilty pleasure:…

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Parting Shot -- 4.29.11 

Kate Middleton and Prince William hold hands during their wedding ceremony earlier today at Westminster Abbey, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, Pool)

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Carell Sez Goodby To 'The Office' 

Steve Carell’s last episode of The Office was the top-rated scripted show of the night boosting NBC to a second place tie with CBS in the 18-49 demographic behind Fox and American Idol. On a night when the broadcast networks faced stiff competition from the…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.29.11

5:26 p.m. Someone is suffering an allergic reaction at Petco, 420 W. Wilbur/Hayden. 5:06 p.m. Possible drunk driver in white Ford pickup is traveling on Conkling/Worley. 4:53 p.m. Allen in Hayden WalMart security wants to see an officer re: Thursday shoplifting. 4:34 p.m. Deputy is…

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PM: Vaulter Competes With Leukemia 

Washington State sophomore Shawn Swartz practices the high jump at Mooberry Track Tuesday afternoon in Pullman. Swartz recently returned to the track after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. John Blanchette SR story here. (Special to the SR: Kevin Quinn) Gregoire vetoes most of marijuana…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.29.11 12 

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch as Britain's Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in London earlier this morning. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Top Cutlines: 1.…

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When Religionists Come Knocking 19 

A Facebook Friend writes: "Hmmm ... Just stopped by the house and was shocked to have a couple Jehovah Witnesses drive down my long driveway to come preach to me when I am in a rush. Maybe a gate IS a good idea ... If…

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NIdaho Blogos: Remembering 1989 

After finding a 1989 Polk Directory for $1 at St. Vinny's, OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho got nostalgic: "Remember the fun midnight madness sales that downtown merchants used to make happen on warm summer nights? The pre-Art on the Green/Mega-Street Fair-era sidewalk sales which only the…

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CdA 4th-Grader Going To Hoop Shoot

Young basketball players from all over the country will show off their free throw talent at the National Elks "Hoop Shoot" Finals in Springfield, MA on April 29th and May 1st. Dylan Bengtson, a fourth grade student at Dalton Elementary, has earned his spot in…

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NASA Scrubs Shuttle Flight

Jacob Lewis, 8, left, sister Hope, 3, second from left, brother Caleb, 1, and their mother, Joy Lewis, right, and grandfather, Ed Blankenship, second from right, all of Stafford, Va., walk past the Rocket Garden while leaving a launch viewing area, after the space shuttle…

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Dad Gives Sick Toddler Medical Pot 

To call what the Hyde family has been through a "parent's worst nightmare" sounds like a horrible cliche. But, it's hard to imagine what else you could call it. Their two-year-old son Cash was diagnosed last year with a stage 4 brain tumor; he nearly…

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Thief Targets House Plumbing System 

What kind of low-down louse would steal copper pipe from a house plumbing system? Agent Deborah Leigh Saunders of Coldwell Banker is asking herself that after a burglar swiped copper pipe from a vacant house at 27142 Clagstone Road/Athol, between April 18 and Wednesday, when…

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Downtown Bar Report -- April 23-24 

In the "Stupid Drunks Do Stupid Things" Department, two 21YO men were cited for open containers @ 2nd & Lakeside early Saturday morning. No big deal, right? Here's the back story. The pair were walking home after being with a 25YO buddy who'd been arrested…

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Henry Gets Wired On Caffeine 

On his Facebook wall, Henry Johnston writes that he got more than he asked for when he asked the Daily Grind in Moscow today for "The biggest Mocha you have, double shots" He'd seen the biggest cup on display as a 20 oz thought that'd…

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Dropping 'F word' Or 'Curse Bombs'? 11 

A Romenesko reader notes that the Associated Press story on Donald Trump‘s Las Vegas speech reports the real estate mogul “unleashed a tirade of profanity,” but doesn’t give any examples. (The AP described Trump’s profanities as “curse-bombs” while Reuters said he used the “F word.”)…

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Work Resumes At Lucky Friday Mine

The Lucky Friday Mine is back in operation, Hecla Mining Co. officials said today. The underground silver mine near Mullan was closed for nearly two weeks following a fatal accident at the mine. Larry “Pete” Marek, 53, was killed in a roof fall at the…

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Poll: 2/3s 'Concerned' re: Gas Prices 19 

Item: Two-thirds 'very concerned' about rising gasoline prices/Rochester Business Journal More Info: New York last week joined the growing list of states where the average price of self-serve regular gasoline has topped $4 a gallon. The national average has reached $3.86 a gallon—up 32 cents…

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High Noon: Kate Becomes A Princess 13 

Britain's Prince William drives his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, away from Buckingham Palace in a vintage Aston Martin Volante convertible after their wedding at London's Westminster Abbey, Friday. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) Question: An estimated 2 billion people watched the royal wedding this…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.29.11

11:24 a.m. Possible structure fire near Rick's Appliance in 3500 block of Government Way/CdA. 11 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 28-29 here. 10:24 a.m. Caller reports finding a small child alone near Humane Society Thrift Store. Mother reportedly was visiting North…

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Cindy: Driver's Lesson For Mom, Son 

He tossed his head and his shaggy blond bangs shrouded his blue eyes. “How’s this?” he asked as he flashed an oversized grin. “The girls call this my Joker smile.” I sighed and squirmed, trying to get comfortable on the beige plastic chair at the…

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Steele Sent 14K Emails To Other Gals 10 

Jurors this morning saw emails Edgar Steele sent to a 25-year-old European woman with whom prosecutors say he was seeking an intimate relationship. The messages were among more than 14,000 Steele sent through a Ukrainian online dating website in the months before his arrest last…

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ISP: 'Intel' Tells Of Megaload Threats 

Idaho State Police Capt. Lonnie Richardson told a hearing officer at the Highway 12 megaloads contested-case hearing today that ISP has received “intel” about “people who may want to interfere with the loads.” He said, “There are organizations who would like to disrupt the movement…

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AM: Hundreds Recall Miner Marek

Linda Miller sister-in-law of Larry"Pete" Marek hugs an attendee of Marek's memorial service at Kellogg High School on Thursday in Kellogg. Marek died April 15 after a roof collaps at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Thursday…

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Kevin: Well, Isn't This Special 

From the University of Minnesota comes this snippet of curious — although not particularly useful — political trivia. By year’s end, Idaho may be the only state in the union to never hold a special election to fill a U.S. House vacancy, Idaho has shared…

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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.