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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 7.20.11 

We're not just entering the halfway point of the week today. We're only four days from the 2011 Hucks Summer Bentfest at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill (3 to 6 p.m. this Sunday). Meat, beans, pop, water, & a venue will be provided. All you…

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P.S. WSU Vets Fix Up Tortoise 

Gamera, a 12-year-old, African spur-thighed tortoise, shows off his new front "leg" at Washington State University in Pullman Friday. Gamera had to have his leg removed after an infection set in. To aid in the tortoise's recovery, doctors at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital replaced Gamera's…

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Look, Ma, No Cavities 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "Sam is a proud member of the No Cavity Club. He was a bit more worried than usual. As he told the dentist: 'If I have a cavity, my dad's gonna subtract the bill from whatever he'd spend on…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.20.11

5:42 p.m. David reports someone put a tracking device on his friend's truck. 5:36 p.m. 50ish male & female smelling of alcohol left Midtown Safeway in red Honda Prelude. 5:33 p.m. Man bleeding from head & mouth after fight w/relative in 400 block of E.…

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PM: Now, That's A Snake 

This bull snake, also called a gopher snake, was found along the Centennial Trail in Washington near the Idaho state line on May 29. Estimated overall length about four feet long. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley) Grand jury indicts medical marijuana dispensers/Meghann Cuniff, SR Ex-Coeur d'Alene…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 7.20.11 11 

New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, left, and center fielder Curtis Granderson look up after Granderson lost a fly ball in the roof of Tropicana Field, allowing the ball to drop for a single by Tampa Bay Rays' Justin Ruggiano during the eighth inning…

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'Scotty' Beamed Up 6 Years Ago 

In this undated, Actor James Doohan appears in character as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in a scene from the 1994 film "Star Trek Generations." Doogan, who died on this date 6 years ago at age 85, wanted to have a few grams of his ashes launched…

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Crapo & Gang Forge Compromise 

Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo and five other senators unveiled their $4 trillion bipartisan deficit-reduction plan Tuesday to praise, if not immediate support, from both President Barack Obama and a number of senators from both parties. The so-called Gang of Six proposes to immediately cut…

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North Idaho Blogs -- 7.20.11

Priest Lakers are furious that someone has abandoned several docks that are lashed together in the narrows on their beloved waterway. Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns tells you all about it here. Computer files: Back it up/A Family Runs Through It Who needs a crow…

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CPD Looking For 16YO Runaway

The Coeur d’Alene Police Juvenile Crimes Unit is actively searching for a juvenile runaway by the name of Bryce William Gabbard, 16, of Coeur d’Alene. Gabbard left his home in the 1300 block of Kaleigh Court during the early morning hours on May 21. He…

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How To Become A 'Jeopardy!' Champ

Moscow resident Mark Runsvold started the process to be on America's favorite quiz show in January 2009 - a decision that has paid off big. The 25-year-old Jeopardy! champion has racked up $124,201 in three episodes, which locally airs on KHQ at 7 p.m. He…

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Jeanie: Ragin' Over 1-Finger Salute 

JeanieSpokane: Last night we were driving home in the Valley, when a car with two women in it, cut in front of us slowly from a gas station and then proceeded to stop in the intersection of our green light. Mechanic Man honked the horn,…

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Casey Anthony Dunking Booth Closes 

Harry Hosey winds up to throw a ball at the "guilty" target at a Casey Anthony dunking booth at the Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky. Organizers have shut down the booth in which a Casey Anthony lookalike taunted fairgoers to dunk…

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Bentwood Watches Its 'Hood 

You don't want to mess with the Bentwood subdivision, along 15th Street/CdA, south of Canfield Middle School. It has eyes everywhere. Case in point. Cindy Matthews, publisher/editor of the Bentwood Park Newsletter, reports how one neighbor chased down a boy, "about 5'10", 15 years with…

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County Land-Use Code Rewrite Starts

With a whirlwind week of committee meetings, focus groups, and “Citizen Congress” town hall gatherings, Kootenai County is finally getting on with the business of re-writing its out-dated land use laws. The initial meetings this week will set the stage for an 18-month process in…

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TFTN: 'Tis Idaho Judiciary Golden Age 

Lots of folks are understandably dispirited about the state of the legislative and executive branches of Idaho government these days. On some levels, frankly, they’re a mess. But Idaho has a third branch of government, the judiciary. And it may be the best it’s been…

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High Noon: Say It Ain't So, Mark Few 

Gonzaga's athletic director doesn't believe Mark Few and Ray Giacoletti's connection to David Salinas — a the founder of a summer basketball program and a suspected Ponzi scheme architect — has anything to do with basketball. But CBSSports.com is now reporting that the NCAA thinks…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.20.11

12:25 p.m. Brett, from Fish Lake Road/Rathdrum reports capturing a loose springer spaniel w/a dead duck tied around its neck. 12:13 p.m. Caller reports finding drugs in 1500 block of N. 4th Street/CdA. 11:58 a.m. Unknown type of trauma injury is reported at Silverwood Theme…

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INW Headlines -- 7.20.11 

Ruben Moreno of the Blackfeet Tribe puts his hands in pools of oil in order to take a sample for Blackfeet Community Hospital Water Lab Friday near Cut Bank Creek. FX Energy Inc. plans to permanently shut down two oil wells in northwestern Montana where…

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Washington Trust Robber Admits Guilt

A man who robbed two Spokane banks will serve his 10-year prison sentence the same as a pending sentence for a Coeur d'Alene bank robbery. Michael Richard Kent, 39, pleaded guilty to bank robbery Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene for a Jan.…

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On The Attack

A leopard prepares to attack a forest guard, left, at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and attacked several villagers, including at least four guards, before being caught by forest officials, according to…

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Update: Tribal Cops Catch Escapee 

Meghann's Update: Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police catch felon who got away from Benewah sheriff State authorities issued a warning Monday that a convicted felon escaped Friday from Benewah County Jail after learning local officials failed to do so. “Anytime someone is running from the law,…

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Adams: Urban Renewal Is 'Fascist' 

In responding to a Coeur d'Alene Press letter to the editor today in which Steve Adams calls urban renewal "fascist," Councilman Mike Kennedy writes on his Facebook wall: "Ever wonder why some people aren't taken seriously? Steve Adams says Urban Renewal is 'fascist.' Steve is…

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MikeK To Mediate Fresh Start Meeting 

Coeur d'Alene City Council member Mike Kennedy will be mediating a formal discussion at 5:30 tonight between Fresh Start and neighbors who have complained about its clients. "I really envision it as a neighborhood meeting with Fresh Start, to keep trying to work out the…

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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.