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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 8.4.11 17 

I'm headed to Riverstone Park tonight (6:30-8 p.m.) to hear the contemporary pop group, Common Ground, in a free concert sponsored by North Idaho College & Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance. I'll probably see Don Sausser there b/c he enjoys the concerts as much…

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Another 'Grease' Actor Dies

Another Grease actor has died. Annette Charles, who played Cha Cha DiGregorio in the 1978 movie musical, lost her battle with cancer at age 63 on Wednesday, Access Hollywood reports. As the self-proclaimed "best dancer at St. Bernadette's," Charles's character famously hit the floor with…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.4.11

5:41 p.m. Male driver @ Growing Place Day Care lot by Furniture Doctor/Rathdrum may be drunk. 5:44 p.m. PFPD Blue is stopping to roust a male hitchhiker from I-90 & H41/PF. 5:36 p.m. Heavy smoke but no flames from boat on fire in SW corner…

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PM News -- 8.4.11

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen watches his team in the rain shower during NCAA football training camp Thursday in Boise. (AP Photo/Statesman: Joe Jaszewski) Another ExxonMobile load headed toward CdA Saturday/Press Work blocks access to Elsie Lake in CdA district/Rich Landers, Outdoors Magazine spotlights…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 8.4.11 15 

Fans battle for a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres Wednesday in San Diego. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Top Cutlines: 1. (tie, and winners of 4 tickets each to…

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Crime Stoppers Seek CdA Vandals 

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has teamed up with The Landings Homeowners Association in Coeur d’Alene to offer a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects responsible for recent graffiti, and vandalism in the Landings sub-division. Sherry Lenarz, Manager of the…

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Huckleberries Hears ... 21 

I've had two other Berry Pickers who said bikini-clad NIC volleyballers washing cars for program at Runge's were wearing appropriate attire for Coeur d'Alene's City Beach. Don Sausser provides this proof. More of Don's photos here. ... that the North Idaho College volleyball team are…

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Pend Oreille Trail Wins More Backing

The Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail have climbed another rung of the ladder in their effort to secure a public waterfront trail. At the Ponderay City Council meeting Monday night, members decided to support the group by purchasing the third of four property parcels…

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Starbucks Chases 'Laptop Hobos'

Some Starbucks may be cracking down on so called “laptop hobos” – those people who spend hours at the store on their computers, according to a popular but unofficial Starbucks blog. The blog reports that some Starbucks stores in New York have started covering up…

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Polygamist Guilty of Child Sex Abuse 

Religious leader Warren Jeffs, arrives at the Tom Green County Courthouse escorted by a law enforcement officer Wednesday in San Angelo, Texas. Jeffs, 55, was found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls he took as brides during so-called "spiritual marriages." More here. (AP Photo/San Angelo…

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IPT: Speedy's Suicide Wake-Up Call 

The sad, tragic suicide of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson last week helped bring attention to an issue that’s never pleasant to talk about, but one we can’t ignore. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the daily challenges and travails of our own lives…

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NW Same-Sex Houses On Increase 

Bree Abbey, left, and Randi Orth, right, sit for a portrait in Portland, Ore. Their dog, Tiffin, and their cat, Bunsen, sit at their side. Census figures analyzed by Portland State University's Population Research Center show the number of same-sex households in Oregon increased nearly…

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Jamie: Super 1 Produce Massacre 

Jamie Lynn Morgan almost became a casualty statistic when she made the mistake of visiting Hayden Super 1 today in the midst of a produce sale. Writes Jamie: "Have you ever seen people elbowing and doing a bit of pushing to get what they believe…

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Nez Perce Commish Cut Own Pay 

Item: Nez Perce commissioners cut their own salaries: Other elected officials decline to do the same/Sandra Lee, Lewiston Tribune More Info: Nez Perce County commissioners will cut their salaries by almost $3,000 each, starting Oct. 1. But the other six elected county officials declined to…

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Edinger Calls For McEuen Vote Again 

Gone are the big crowds, but City Councilman Ron Edinger is still going against the council grain regarding the McEuen Field project. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting the longtime city official and council president made a motion to put the project to a public advisory…

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INW News: Still Enjoying Whitewater

Three rafts bounce through Wolf Creek Rapid on the Selway River in 2005. This year's higher-than-average flows are attracting rafters and kayakers to the Selway's post-permit rafting season, which started Monday Lewiston Tribune story here. (Idaho Department of Fish & Game via Lewiston Tribune) Metal…

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Noon: When Love Goes Wrong 

On her Facebook wall, CindyH tells of a couple she knows who are getting a divorce. Cindy wonders if the couple's divorce "had anything to do with the difficulty of making dinner reservations, doctor's appointments, etc." The post prompted FF Jesse & Shawn to suggest…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.4.11

11:47 a.m. Man has questions about arrest of daughter Alicia who's now in Benewah County Jail. 11:44 a.m. Cavalier driver @ H95 & Hanley brake-checking & mebbe throwing pot out window. 11:40 a.m. 2 motorcyclists w/California plates are driving recklessly from Appleway north on H95.…

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Sandberg Greatest INW Athlete? 15 

Howie Stalwick, long-time buddy and former SR colleague, has compiled a list of the 50 best athletes of all time from the Inland Northwest. First 5: Ryne Sandberg, John Stockton, Gerry Lindgren, Drew Bledsoe, & Mark Rypien. You can see the entire list and read…

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Hucks Poll: Labrador Hurt Himself

Wednesday Poll: A plurality of 40% (42 of 105 respondents) of Hucks Nation voted that Congressman Raul Labrador hurt himself by voting "no" on the debt ceiling deal. 28 of 105 (26.67%) said he helped himself politically with his vote, while 22 of 105 (20.95%)…

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Woman Claims D.B. Cooper As Uncle 

His last name is Cooper. And a woman calling herself his niece says he acted suspiciously before suddenly disappearing. But it remains to be seen if Lynn Doyle Cooper – the deceased man the FBI is investigating in the 40-year-old D.B. Cooper skyjacking – will…

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Johnson: In Praise Of Spud Bowl 

Let’s get this out of the way right off the top: there is no better potato in the world than the Idaho potato. World class. Dependable quality. The tuber gold standard. And the “brand” is valuable. Years ago some enterprising fellow in New Mexico got…

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Disappoint Mints Pulled From Shelves 10 

A box of satirical breath mints poking fun at President Obama is seen at the office of University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor of Communication Margie Nichols in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday. The mints were pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local…

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Priest Abandons Church For Love 23 

Sometimes falling in love has painful consequences. For Jim and Andy CastroLang it meant giving up another lifelong love. The couple met in August 1981 at Blessed John XXIII University Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Andy had been hired to facilitate campus ministry. Jim was…

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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.