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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

Wild Card/Wednesday 8.10.11 10 

It's nice to be off the bench and called in to play a little on the field of HBO. Use this Wild Card to leave comments or complaints for the Big Guy in case he's checking in or to get my attention on a topic.…

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Rebecca Daoust of Tilton, N.H., rides a mechanical bull during the first annual Redneck Olympics in Hebron on Saturday. (Jose Journal)

Redneck Olympics Can't Be Olympic 

Redneck Olympics organizer Harold Brooks told he received a telephone call Monday from a paralegal at the USOC warning him to change the name of his event or face a lawsuit. The redneck games in Maine last weekend included bobbing for pigs' feet, toilet-seat…

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Some Steamed by Spokane 'Sexpresso' Stand  

Several espresso stands with provocatively dressed employees have opened in the City of Spokane, including a few stands where baristas cover their breasts with little more than stickers. Big Shots Espresso, a bright pink kiosk on the corner of Francis and Lidgerwood, took the hot…

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Con Artist Sought Fake Support Letters

A former Washington legislative candidate and convicted conman will spend five years in prison for scheme that bilked a Coeur d’Alene woman out of her high-end riverside home and drew the wrath of a federal judge. “I think the bottom line in all reality is…

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KTEC Seeks Principal

As reported in today's Coeur d'Alene Press, the KTEC board and the Coeur d'Alene School District are in the process of hiring an individual whose work time will be evenly split into two positions - one as administrator of the new high school and the…

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MikeK: What's Your Ringtone? 11 

On MikeK's Facebook page, he offers Love Tip #28: "call your mate's cell phone while you are together and check what ringtone they assigned to your number. #discuss" I believe Mr. Hazel has assigned Queen's 'Under Pressure' as my special ringtone. Do you know what's…

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Whole Foods: Not Promoting Ramadan 13 

According to an internal memo obtained by the Houston Press, Whole Foods has directed its stores nationwide to not promote the Muslim holy month of Ramadan due to pressure from conservative bloggers. "It is probably best that we don't specifically call out or 'promote' Ramadan,"…

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Newsweek Defends Bachmann Cover 

Newsweek editor Tina Brown defended the controversial cover photo of Michele Bachmann in appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Brown called the presidential candidate a "very strong-looking woman" and believed that the photo reflected the personal intensity that was driving the Bachmann campaign. “The intensity in…

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Dirty Dancing Slated For Remake 

Lionsgate says it is remaking the 1987 film that starred Jennifer Grey as a naïve dance student and Patrick Swayze as her teacher and lover. The studio said Monday that Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original film, will direct the remake. Ortega says he is…

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Boise River Jumping: OK For Now 

The Boise City Council has agreed to convene a group to think of ways to best address the few kids and adults that may be causing problems along the Boise River. A proposed ordinance called for making changes that would clarify the rules and alter…

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Ouch: "Palin In A Suit" 12 

A new trend in punditry is to compare current candidates to Sarah Palin as an insult. The trend is bi-partisan with both Republicans and Democratic strategists using the comparison. GOP strategist Alex Castellanos stated that Gov. Rick Perry has some challenges ahead, one of them…

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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.