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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.14.11 

Izzit just me, or are the evenings already feeling like fall in the air? Or are we still experiencing the leftovers of a very bad spring? We're right at the mid-point of our summer of discontent. And I'm still not sure when the sun will…

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Parting Shot -- 7.14.11

Inter Milan supporters grab the fence during a friendly match against a representative of Trentino Alto Adige region, in Pinzolo, northern Italy, Thursday. Inter Milan is in this resort in the Dolomites for a fifteen-day summer pre-season training camp. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Cindy: 10 Things To Do In CdA 

Here's what Cindy would do if she were a stranger visiting paradise (Coeur d'Alene): Attend a Cda city council meeting and note how many times council members make eye contact with community members. Register to vote in Cda. File a lawsuit about something. Anything. Spend…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.14.11 

6:06 p.m. Caller reports she handcuffed herself while trying to prove something to her son. Responding deputy asks dispatch: "She's not an escapee from prison, is she?" 5:51 p.m. Caller reports a hit-and-run semi on e/b I-90 but loses signal on 4th of July Pass.…

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PM Headlines -- 7.14.11

Seth Hamm holds the flag that had been draped over the casket of his brother Caleb Hamm, at DoubleTree Riverside in Boise on Thursday. Federal land managers say Hamm was working on a wildfire west of Fort Worth in the extreme heat a week ago…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 7.14.11 

Barbara Stopinska is cleaning a state-of-the-art toilet at Warsaw's Central train station, which is getting a face-lifting for the Euro 2012 football championships, in Warsaw, Poland, earlier today. Thousands of football fans expected for next year's European Football Championship in Poland will enjoy new stadiums…

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That's Why I'm In Lake City, Occifer 

Here's my second favorite Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report entry: "At 5:18 p.m. Saturday, July 2, officers cited a 25YO Washington man for open container after spotting him walking down the street with a beer can in his hand. The Washingtonian told CPD Blues that…

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Cowles Company Pension Plan Frozen 

Cowles Company, which owns The Spokesman-Review, KHQ-TV, The Journal of Business and other businesses, announced Thursday that it will freeze the company’s pension plan effective Sept. 1. At the same time, Cowles will open its 401(k) match to all employees affected by the change. The…

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Quotable Quote -- Shannon 

"Where is the petition drive to have the downtown bars removed? Seems like they're a bigger nuisance than Fresh Start" -- Facebook Friend Shannon, commenting on the latest Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report, July 1-11. Question: Shannon brings up a great point: Are downtown Coeur…

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Rep. Ringo: Royce Chigbrow Is Lucky 

tories abound related to Commissioner Chigbrow’s habit of using his position to favor some, and intimidate others. In fact, he was officially investigated over several months on suspicion of failing to appropriately deposit checks from a taxpayer. The allegations included his providing confidential information to…

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Missing: 2 Large Earthworms 

The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley appears to be as popular with vandals as it is with children. Parks and Recreation staff noticed yesterday that one of two larger-than-life inchworms in the Secret Garden area of the playground had been stolen (the yellow one) and…

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What Would You Suggest That He Do? 22 

Blogmeister Ryan has a reporter friend who's visiting from Florida, driving from Butte, Mont., over through Idaho and up to the North Cascades in Washington. He'll be spending just a day or two in the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls area, and wondering what he should be…

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Idaho R's Drop Candidate Screening 

Idaho Republicans have dropped a proposed rule change to let party committees screen candidates for primary elections and select just two for each office, but they'll consider plenty of other big changes when they gather Friday in Moscow for their annual state central committee meeting,…

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Sen. McGee Ap-hollow-gizes, Impedes 

You can watch the video of Sen. John McGee's ap-hollow-gy to the Canyon County Republican Central Committee as well as the discussion about his June run-in with the law on this YouTube video. You'll need to turn up the volume b/c this video was shot…

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Man Dies In CdA Police Custody

A 30-year-old man who lost consciousness while in Coeur d’Alene police custody died this morning at Kootenai Medical Center. Nicholas Andrew Clason was first contacted by police on Sunday at the Fourth Street on-ramp of westbound Interstate 90 after officers received reports of a suicidal…

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Family Medicine Residency In Offing 

Kootenai Health has named Dr. Richard McLandress program director of a family medicine residency program Kootenai has begun developing. The program is being developed in response to a national and regional shortfall in the number of family medicine physicians. Idaho ranks 49th in the nation…

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End Notes: Movies Killing Our Kids? 10 

After introducing a post, titled "Movies are killing our kids," Rebecca Nappi/End Notes writes: "How's that for a dramatic headline? It's a little bit of an exaggeration but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today a National Cancer Institute study that says there's…

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Sad, Angry 116th Goes About Work

Soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, which includes about 150 guardsmen from Nampa and Caldwell, were shaken by the recent killing of two members of their team. But they will continue to work hard to give Iraqis control over the country’s security, while…

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INW Headlines -- 7.14.11

Anti oil protesters beat on drums, sing, dance and chant in the governor's office in Helena, Mont. Tuesday. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer met with the pipeline protesters who occupied his office and demanded he renounce his support for a new pipeline project. (AP Photo/The Independent…

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High Noon: Unchartered Territory 

I’m no Rich Landers. This thought occurred to me last week, as I scanned the woods around me and looked in vain for something that resembled a trail. I’m quite sure this newspaper’s outdoors editor doesn’t often get lost in the woods. Particularly, when those…

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Huddling Over The Debt Ceiling 17 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and other Congressional leaders meet with President Barack Obama, regarding the debt ceiling, Wednesday in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: Any predictions re: how this game of chicken over…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.14.11

11:59 a.m. A woman is begging Coeur d'Alene Safeway employees for money. 11:51 a.m. Ty, on Camrose/Rathdrum, reports someone has scammed his grandma for money. 11:36 a.m. Caller reports possible DUI driver in "dark car" n/b on H95 from Worley. 11:21 a.m. Man throwing eggs…

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Update On Injured CdA Soldier

Update on Staff Sgt. Jason Rzepa (name is pronounced ‘zeppa’): Staff Sgt. Rzepa sustained serious leg injuries in the same attack that killed Sgt. Beyers and Spc. Newby. His family has released this update: Both his legs were amputated below the knees as a result…

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Bar Report: Naked Man Dumps, Runs 

At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Coeur d'Alene police found a resident at 421 N12th St. holding a gun on a naked 23YO male. The homeowner lowered his gun when police arrived, and the suspect in the unlawful entry took off running, jumping fences before he was…

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Poll: Remove Dike Trees? Hell No 

Wednesday Poll: 70% of Hucks Nation said the city of Coeur d'Alene should refuse to remove the picturesque trees that line the Dike Road around North Idaho College, including 45.16% who said, "Hell no." 56 of 124 respondents said "hell no." 31 of 124 respondents…

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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.