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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

Wild Card/Monday -- 2.21.11 

We're facing another arctic blast this week that'll drive temperatures well down into the single digits. But I don't mind. At this point, winter's like the Big Bad Wolf, huffing and puffing at our brick houses, with March rapidly approaching. At this point, I'd like...

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Reagan Repubs Back Luna 'Reform' 

From Jeff Ward's Facebook page: "The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, in an unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, have whole-heartedly endorsed the “ Students Come First” plan proposed by Governor Butch Otter and Superintendent Tom Luna." Surprised?

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ICB: Luna Losing PR Battle 11 

I have been reluctant to venture out into Idaho State Superintendent Luna’s “Students Come First” initiative because I hate Politics and Education to mix but I guess there is no getting around it, with so much money involved when it comes to state funded education,...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.21.11

5 p.m. Cornerstone station, 8100 Cornerstone/Hayden, reports gas drive-off involving green Explorer. 4:52 p.m. Driver reports that a drunk woman walked in front of his vehicle @ Ramsey & Honeysuckle. 4:46 p.m. A 10YO girl on Lacey/Hayden wants her father arrested for some reason. 4:40...

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PM Headlines -- 2.21.11 

Lake Pend Oreille Education Association prez Brian Smith speaks to the crowd of educators and supporters against Superintendent Tom Luna's education "reform" proposals moments ago at the Human Rights Education Institute, adjacent to Coeur d'Alene's City Park. (Photo courtesy of William Love) Police: Dispute between...

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Goedde May Pull Back Ed Reform Bills 

Don Sausser snapped this photo 5 minutes ago as a group of 25 protesters cross entrance to Independence Point parking lot en route to Human Rights Education Institute for speeches. Educators and supporters are walking in groups of 25 because they don't have a parade...

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NI Educators March In Downtown CdA 12 

North Idaho educators and supporters are marching down Sherman Avenue in protest to Tom Luna's education "reform" plans as i post this. Here, Sandpoint High student Tyson Bird is talking to KHQ reporters about his objections to Luna's radical plan. (Photo courtesy of William Love)

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Cops: Girls' Spat Triggered Vandalism

Vandalism investigated as a possible religious hate crime was the result of a dispute between two teenage girls, Spokane police say. Detectives have identified a “potential suspect” and are continuing the investigation, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe. Police were called to the home in the 7000...

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Larry Craig Lobbies Against Wolves 

Former Idaho U.S. Sen. Larry Craig is working for a sportsmen's group that wants Congress to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves on grounds the prolific predators are hurting big game populations that are coveted by hunters in the region. Craig represents Sportsmen for...

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Erica Massages Pups & Pooches

In case you were wondering what former SReporter extraordinaire Erica Curless is doing now ... Erik Loney of KXLY will bring you up to speed in this clip. (Hint: Erica's still operating her Dog & Pony massage business for pooches and horses.

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Loertscher Blocks 'Conscience' Fixes 

There are now three bills seeking to amend Idaho’s “conscience law” to protect patients’ living wills and advance care directives from being overridden by a caregiver as they’re dying, but one House committee chairman has buried all three in his desk drawer and refused to...

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Idaho Needs Top-Two Primary 10 

After mulling the increasingly Far Right ideology of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature -- and particularly the three representatives of House District 3 last weekend -- I concluded that Idaho needs a top-two primary system, like the one used in Washington state. How else are...

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17-Year-Old Kid Smacks Down Luna 10 

17-year-old student Jonny Saunders of Timberline High School in Boise smacks down plans by Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna & Idaho's overwhelmingly Republican Legislature to "reform" public education in Idaho. H/T: Idaho Reporter

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43rdSB: Popkey Connects Luna Dots 

Popkey's promised story is published, fleshing out the details in the concerted effort, for most of a decade of private, profit driven corporations gradually taking over the public education system in Idaho. The article expands the cast of characters of wealthy ideologically right wing players,...

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Alaska Solon Refuses TSA Pat-Down 

An Alaska state lawmaker is making her way back to the state Capitol after refusing a pat-down search at a Seattle airport, a spokeswoman said. Rep. Sharon Cissna underwent a body scan as she was preparing to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sunday and was then...

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INW: Teen Dispute Incites Vandalism 

Police are investigating a hate crime against a family living on North Cochran in Spokane. Early this morning, their house was vandalized with foul-laced language, including disparaging remarks about Jesus and references to God hating them. A Bible had been set on fire on the...

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High Noon: To Kindle Or Not To Kindle 11 

Then came the Kindle, with its portable screen and easy-to-read formatting, and suddenly reading books became more cost-effective and much easier than ever before. So why would I resist buying one of these new electronic gadgets? To put it simply, I already have too many...

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More Than 1000 Rally Vs. Luna Plans 

More than a thousand people are closely packed into Capitol Park across from the state Capitol today for what was billed as a rally in favor of public education, and is decidedly a rally against state schools Supt. Tom Luna's school reform plan. Periodically, the...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 2.21.11 

Noonish: T. reports that someone poisoned his horse. Noonish: J. reports getting threats from new girlfriend's old boyfriend. 11:59 a.m. PFPD Blue is checking on boys loitering on golf course @ Stagecoach & Spokane. 11:49 a.m. Craig wants to see an officer re: questions re:...

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Still Columnizing At 93 

This undated photo shows Elizabeth Widel working on a typewriter at the The Omak-Okanogan County (Wash.) Chronicle. Widel, at age 93, has been writing her column, "Exploring the Okanogan," for the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle every week since May 9, 1957. Widel has no plans to...

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Combining Grades In Idaho's Future? 

First-grader Bobby Best worked independently in the rural North Idaho classroom, diligently making her way through an activity book. A short distance away, teacher Sara Butler instructed a reading group in Priest Lake Elementary’s K-2 class. Other students sat at their desks and read to...

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Aylward: Transformed By Desire

A puddle of sweat covers the concrete floor below Tom Aylward’s indoor training bike. But his trainer, Shawn Burke, doesn’t give Aylward much slack. As soon as the warm-up is complete, Aylward hits the ground for push-ups and squat thrusts, jumps laterally against a resistance...

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Poll: Girls Shouldn't Wrestle Boys 

Weekend Poll: 99 of 176 respondents (56.2%) voted that girls shouldn't be allowed to compete against boys in high school wrestling. This, after a top-ranked boy refused to wrestle in girl in Iowa state high school competition. 70 of 176 (39.8%) said girls should be...

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APhoto Of The Day -- 2.21.11 

Since I've gotten no bites on the Blake Griffin dunk at NBA All-Star game, how about this one: "Member of the "Optimalist" health club takes a dip in the icy water of a canal near the village of Viazynka, some 40 km (25 miles) northwest...

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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.