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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

Poll: Neighborhood Fireworks OK

Tuesday Poll: By a slim margin, 24 of 89 respondents (26.97%) said they enjoyed neighborhood fireworks displays on Monday. 23 of 89 (25.84%) said they enjoyed them until midnight. But some continued too long. 22 of 89 (24.72%) said personal fireworks should be banned in…

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Hardliners Want To Vet GOP Hopefuls 

Many of the state's top GOP officials are shucking and ducking about a proposal that would allow party committees to vet would-be candidates before their names appear on a primary ballot. But not state schools superintendent Tom Luna. He doesn't like the idea. "I'm a…

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Pucker Up, It's Russia Kissing Day 

Two Russian women kiss a lipstick-smeared cardboard cutout of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev outside the Kremlin in Red Square, Moscow, earlier today to mark International Kissing Day. The cutout was later removed by police. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) Question: Who have you kissed today?

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Leave Your Dogs At Home, Not In Car 

Leaving animals in your car, even for a short time, can be extremely dangerous in the heat. On a day like Tuesday, with temperatures in the 80s on the outside, temperatures in a locked car can heat up to around 120 degrees fast.Police take this…

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Carl Burke: 2nd Man In This Picture 

I went looking for a photo of Carl Burke, the great Idaho attorney and the only campaign manager Frank Church ever had, and, of course, couldn’t find one online. He could have been the second man in this photo of the Senator and Bethine. Burke…

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Casey Anthony Could Go Free Soon 

Jurors aren't talking. Prosecutors are stunned that they lost. Defense attorneys are lashing out at the media. And Casey Anthony could be free by the weekend. A case that involved years of forensic investigation, weeks of often highly technical testimony and untold hours of media…

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AM Headlines -- 7.6.11

Helen Widener, 69, comforts her husband, Dennis, 67, June 29, as he recovers in Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Dennis was injured ina hit-and-run accident while he was riding his bike near the corner of Division Street and Garland Avenue. Story below. (SR photo: Dan…

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Rationing Toilet Paper In The Future? 

On her blog, Nicole Hensley points out the weird New York Post story re: toilet paper rationing on the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk: "Beachgoers also have been forced to line up for their paltry allotment of the city's cheap, single-ply toilet paper at the boardwalk's…

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McGee Refuses To Show Med Records 13 

Neither Sen. John McGee nor his lawyer has responded to requests to release medical records backing up his lawyer's claim in court that a concussion contributed to his bizarre behavior before a Father's Day drunken driving arrest, the Associated Press reports. Ada County Sheriff Gary…

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CdA Takes Fresh Look At Fresh Start 

Item: Fresh Start to get closer look: If ruled a nuisance, service could be required to move/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: The city of Coeur d'Alene is looking to determine whether a homeless provider on east Sherman Avenue is a public nuisance. City…

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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.5.11 

Dunno which was cooler during the 4th of July Parade -- Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem riding on the back of a motorcycle per usual or North Idaho College prez Priscilla Bell at the wheel of a monster truck. Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce deserves…

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Parting Shot -- 7.5.11

Independence Day was celebrated throughout North Idaho on Monday, including in Clark Fork, east of Sandpoint. Trish Gannon/River Journal and her camera were on hand to photograph the activities, which included a parade and community get together. You can see dozens more of Trish's photos…

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CdA Tour Showcases 6 Superb Yards 

Ron and Bev Noble have created their own little piece of heaven in Dalton Gardens, Idaho. On their one-acre property, they have a large vegetable garden, fruit trees, colorful flower beds, a water feature and a shade garden – all within a peaceful, parklike setting.…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.5.11

5:17 p.m. Coeur d'Alene firefighters responding to fire caused by burnt stove pot (location unknown). 5:08 p.m. Child not hurt when hit by vehicle in roundabout @ Spokane & Poleline/Post Falls. 5:05 p.m. Someone is suffering severe chest pain near basketball courts at City Park.…

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PM Headlines -- 7.5.11

Cleanup crews work to clear oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Tuesday. The Yellowstone River swelled above flood levels Tuesday, raising fears that the surge will push thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a broken pipeline into undamaged areas and…

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NI Blogs: Casey Anthony's Family 

Bent and Stickman prepare the next batch of Bent's special brew for a summer Huckleberries Bentfest this month (July 24, at Fort Ground Grill). The work was done on KeithinCDA's patio. If you've never consumed a Bent brew, you're in for a treat. We'll talk…

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Boise Most Prone To Skin Cancer 

Nicole Hensley of KXLY posts: "Coeur d'Alene, you're 379 miles via US-95 and ID-55 from the city most prone to skin cancer. Boise, with an average of 51 clear summer days per year leads the nation in the statistic put together by The Daily Beast.…

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Jerry Jaeger House Quite A Pistol 

Izzit just me, or does this photo of Jerry Jaeger's house on Sanders Beach, near the Jewett House, published by Google Earth, look like a pistol? A Berry Picker emails the photo to Huckleberries Online with the question: "How is it that Jerry Jaegar flies…

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Major Ben's Felony Warrant Roll 

Four men and a woman comprise the honors class of Major Ben Wolfinger's people wanted by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department on felony warrants. They are: Christopher James Boe (top left), 31, of Coeur d'Alene (for probation violation on an original conviction of receiving or…

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Razzles Set To Dazzle Hayden 

Offering a full bar, food and several options of entertainment, Razzle's Bar & Grill plans for a mid-July opening at 10325 Government Way, Hayden. The 4,200- square-foot building, with more space planned, was built in 1947 as the Hayden Inn and changed hands and names…

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OTV: Tea Partiers Had Worst Entry 

OrangeTV: Just like last year, my vote for most over-the-top unbearably obnoxious parade entry goes to the Tea Party “float”. They drive the most gigantic, louder than hell, bright yellow monster rig (what IS that thing anyways?), have cloying, cornier-than-corny “patriotic” country music blaring at…

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Priggee Observes Floyd Retirement 

After 42 years in the service of the Cowles Publishing Company, long-time Editorial Page Editor Doug Floyd is memorialized by a Milt Priggee cartoon at his retirement celebration last Thursday. Milt Priggee, of course, was the long-time political cartoonist for The Spokesman-Review. You can see…

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Judge Blocks Idaho Anti-Union Law 

Here's a link to the 22-page decision from U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill granting a motion for a preliminary injunction to block a new Idaho anti-union law from taking effect; Winmill issued his decision on Friday. At issue is SB 1007, the “Fairness in Contracting…

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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.





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