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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

Obama: US 'Always AAA Country' 

The decision by Standard & Poor's to downgrade U.S. debt underscores the need for a major agreement on deficit reduction, President Obama said Monday. The president said U.S. debt remains world-class in the eyes of the markets despite S&P's downward revision — from Aaa to…

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Texas Governor Leads Day Of Prayer 

It was supposed to be a day of prayer, and fasting: Some 30,000 people converged a Houston, Texas, football stadium Saturday for an event called "The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis." The featured speaker was Texas Gov. Rick Perry (shown…

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990 Sign Petitions To Save Dike Trees 

Terry Harris of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance tells Huckleberries Online via Twitter that his organization collected 990 signatures to Save The Trees on Dike Road from the mindless (you can see what side of the issue I'm on) demand by the U.S. Army Corps of…

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Geithner Slams S&P's Poor Judgment 

The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s showed “terrible judgment” in lowering the U.S. government’s credit rating, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (pictured w/President Obama) said Sunday. “They’ve handled themselves very poorly. And they’ve shown a stunning lack of knowledge about the basic U.S. fiscal budget…

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County May Require Bike Helmets 

As deputies describe it, the 6-year-old boy hit by a truck in Newman Lake on July 28 bounced between the Dodge’s undercarriage and the asphalt like a pinball. The boy’s bicycle helmet, which cracked in two places, may have saved his life. According the Sheriff’s…

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AM: Friends Plan Surprise For Soldier 

Mark Mitchell of Coeur d'Alene is fixing up this camper trailer for Tristan Neilson, one of the Idaho National Guardsmen who is in Iraq. Mitchell is looking for a little help, supplies and labor in refurbishing the trailer. Jim Camden/SR tells the story here. (SR…

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Hucks: I.P. Freely Waters Sidewalks 

A whole lotta peein’s goin’ on in downtown Coeur d’Alene after hours. And, judging from the latest Downtown Bar Report, not all of that urine is finding its way into proper receptacles. In a recent 12-day period, CPD Blues arrested eight drunks for public urination,…

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Dandelion Treecraft, 62, RIP 

Dan Treecraft lived his life the way he wanted. He ended it that way, too. When diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010, he decided against fighting the disease and began planning suicide. He shared his decision in a Spokesman-Review story published last summer. Early Thursday…

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Hagadone Home Auction Sept. 8 

Duane Hagadone’s former Coeur d’Alene home on the hill will be sold at auction next month, if someone is ready to pay $7.5 million or more. That’s the starting price listed by J.P. King, a high-end auction house that calls the Sept. 8 auction “an…

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District 3: How Far Right Can You Go? 

Conservatism is practically a religion in Idaho’s legislative District 3, the district that elected tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart four times and this year added two like-minded lawmakers he recruited to run. “I was considered a radical to my friends in California, and then I…

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