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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

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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Vestal: Hate Depends On Outlook 38 

Then, this week, Michael Hop came rushing to his brother’s defense. He claimed – in a long story the S-R published on its website, and a shorter version that appeared in the paper – that his brother is merely proud of his white heritage, and…

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Huckleberries Interviews Sen. Risch 21 

General Bob Brooke, United States Army retired, gives U.S. Sen. Jim Risch a mug for speaking at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club breakfast this morning. Huckleberries: What do you consider the top 2 or 3 issues today? U.S. Sen. Jim Risch: By far and away…

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Obama To Visit Tornado Hit South 

Rescuers in the tornado-ravaged South searched through debris for survivors and bodies on Friday ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama to the state worst hit by the disaster that killed 310 people. Obama will view the destruction in Alabama, the hardest hit of…

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No Unions For County, Post Falls 

Item: Post Falls, Kootenai County decidedly union-free/Brian Walker & Alecia Warren, Press More Info: Kootenai County has never looked at using a union, as far as Commissioner Todd Tondee knows. "Why should we?" Tondee said. "Everything's working OK." The county sets wages for its 792…

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CdA Coke Kingpin Gets 15 Years

A longtime Coeur d'Alene cocaine dealer who laundered money through a bar and restaurant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. James Roy “Slim” O'Neill, 49, was the kingpin of a cocaine distribution ring that supplied the drug in North Idaho for at least…

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.28.11 23 

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch is going to swing by Huckleberries HQ tomorrow morning for a quick 5-question Q-and-A w/your Huckleberry Hound. Should be interesting. Dunno what I'll ask him. Pretty hard to get too deep in 5 questions. But I won't worry about the questions…

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P.S. Cam Newton No. 1 Draft Choice 

Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton, right, holds up a jersey with NFL commission Roger Goodell after he was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday in New…

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Superman To Reject US Citizenship 

Superman is no longer an American. In Action Comics’ new record-breaking 900th issue, the iconic super hero renounces his U.S citizenship following a clash with the federal government. The Man of Steel, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, has always been recognized…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.28.11

5 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for April 27-28 here. 4:51 p.m. A staggering man dressed all in black is in middle of H95 @ Tensed. 4:46 p.m. Mary reports that a small dog is running in & out of traffic @ Ash…

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PM: DEA Raids Spokane Pot Outlet 

Outside the THC Pharmacy pot dispensary, marijuana activists chant "DEA, go away!" in protest on Perry St. in Spokane today. The DEA raided the dispensary while most dispensary owners and pot activists were at a meeting about how to handle DEA raids. SR story by…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 4.28.11 

Canadian skater Meagan Duhamel hits Eric Radford with her elbow as they perform their pair's short program at the ISU Figure skating World championships in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) Top Cutlines: 1. Eric soooo regrets answering that fatal question…

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'Thunderballs' Issues Mullet Call 

The Spike TV sitcom pilot, “Thunderballs,” will start filming in Spokane next week and the casting call speaks volumes about the show. For one thing, they are seeking someone to play the “Olympia Beer Bikini Girl.” The show is about a group of 30-something guys…

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NIdaho Blogos: Meet 'Kiddo' 

“Kiddo” is Spencer, an 8 year old, first grader at North Star School. “Kiddo” has autism. In many ways Spencer is like any first grader, he loves the trampoline, he loves Sponge Bob and he loves the water. But in many ways he is not…

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Baby Names In Idaho 12 

Idaho Statesman has posted a sweet database on its Web site that enables you to check how your name or your child's name (or any other name for that matter) rated among the top Idaho names for 2009. David ranked No. 19 (with 68 babies…

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Adam: Birthers Forever 

For some (in the Birther movement), it’s an emotional thing. They’ve put themselves too far out on the limb to come back and sheepishly say I was wrong. Anytime, there’s a conspiracy theory that people become obsessed with, some become too emotionally invested to admit…

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Hate Group Spurs NIC Speech Policy 

John Martin, vice president for community relations and marketing at NIC, said the policy was created for safety reasons and to allow students to get to their classes. “The policy is to keep the campus safe and undisrupted when demonstrations are taking place. When Westboro…

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Believe It Or Not ...

... The Seattle Mariners beat host Detroit again today to sweep their three-game series with the Tigers, scoring 24 runs in the process to improve their record to 11-15. Here, rookie M's pitcher Michael Pineda delivers against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of…

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Crash Injuries Claim Sandpoint Driver

A 69-year-old Sandpoint woman has died as a result of injuries she suffered when a deer hit by another vehicle crashed through her window near western city limits of Sandpoint Monday morning. Judith Linker died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Wednesday afternoon. Linker was…

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