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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Father's Day Weekend Wild Card 18 

Have a great Father's Day, folks! If you get a chance to go enjoy any of this weekend's area activities (Car d'Lane, Gyro Days, some brew fest at the fairgrounds, etc.), check back in here and let us know how it was. Monday morning, all…

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Thanks, Cindy! 

A special shout out to Cindy Hval, who usually sits in for DFO on vacation. If it weren't for her also going on vacation this week (not with DFO), I may not have had the opportunity to sit behind the controls here at HBO. Cindy…

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Quotable Quote 

New York State Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) responds to gay marriage opponents over criticism for changing his mind and now supporting the law moving through the senate legalizing same-sex marriage. Sen. McDonald told reporters, You get to the point where you evolve in your life…

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Hoffman: Go To Meetings, Demand Answers 

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, offers an opinion published at The Coeur d'Alene Press website here. Hoffman writes, Taxpayers should ask local government officials about staff levels. Is the local government planning office staffed like it was a few years ago when the…

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Rush Selling Tea 14 

Rush Limbaugh is selling his own beverage, Two If By Tea. Emblazoned with a picture of Limbaugh dressed in full colonial costume, 'Two If By Tea' takes its name from Longfellow's famous poem, Paul Revere's Last Ride, about the arrival of British troops during the…

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In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe, left, and Ralph Fiennes are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

More Potter with 

A newly launched URL,, indicates that author J.K. Rowling has a few more tricks up her sleeve. As of now, there really isn't much to go on. The site is bare-bones. Two owls sit atop branches and there's a "coming soon" message. That's it.…

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Idaho schools Supt. Tom Luna, back row, opens the first meeting of his Students Come First Technology Task Force on Monday. (Betsy Russell)

Cost of Ed Task Force Meetings 

On Monday and Tuesday, the 39-member education technology task force met for the first time, beginning work on how Idaho can best implement technological upgrades in Gem State classrooms. The two-day meeting, estimated to cost a little more than $11,000, is the first in a…

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Lead Creek Derby & Gyro Days 

The 70th Annual Lead Creek Derby & Gyro Days continues in Wallace this weekend. More information can be found at the Wallace Gyros website here. The Lead Creek Derby starts at noon at the Last Chance Bridge in Mullan where giant balls are dropped in…

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Giant vs. Giant 24 

Former New York Giant David Tyree spoke about his views against gay marriage in a video for the National Organization for Marriage while former New York Giant Michael Strahan openly advocates the legalization of same sex marriage in the state of New York. In his…

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Conservative Law Prof Doesn't Get Emeritus Status 

Former University of Montana law professor and outspoken conservative Rob Natelson has been denied his request for professor emeritus status, a decision he called "petty" and "inexplicable." Natelson, who retired in May 2010 after serving 23 years as a professor in the law school to…

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Tinfoil Robber Sentenced 

In a followup to a previous HBO post (here), David Hickam, the guy who stole 5 cents worth of tinfoil and then used pepper spray on the security guard who tried to subdue him, was sentenced to prison yesterday. Hickam received the 47 month sentence…

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Animal Cruelty Case Involves Camel 

Reports of a camel on a property in eastern Spokane County led to the recent arrest of a mother and daughter duo already charged with animal cruelty. The camel belonged to a neighbor, but animal control officers say Kelly J. Covey, 49, had two dogs…

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Local DMV Changes = Long Wait 

Customers at the Kootenai County Driver's License Office have been facing up to 4-hour waits this month, due to complications with the office's new, state-required computer system, training of new staff and seasonal crowds. The new system requires fraud-prevention technology that is only offered in…

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Wild Card/Friday 6.17.2011 

As a Huckster, I've always hated DFO vacations. The week drags out and its impossible for those filling in to provide the really important things like Scanner Traffic. I can tell you that sitting on this side of the HBO Controls, the week flies by…

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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.