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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 6.21.11 

I've shaken off most of the cobwebs from my vacation last week -- and I'm almost ready to rock 'n roll at Huckleberries Central today. I envy those of you who can be outside today because it appears as though summer finally decided to appear…

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P.S. Summer Officially Here

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson publishes this photo of a thermometer in Post Falls showing a temperature of 83 degrees today. Anyone remember the last time the temperatures in the Inland Northwest topped 80?

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'Green Mile' Actor, 51, Marries 16YO 

In the annals of May-December romances -- heck, early April-late December romances -- we have this: a 16-year-old beauty queen from Ocean Shores has married an actor older than her father. Internet entertainment sites are all abuzz over the nuptuals of Courtney Alexis Stodden, who…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.21.11 

5:32 p.m. Possible head-on crash reported @ Atlas & Hayden. Unknown injuries. 5:19 p.m. Post Falls WalMart reports a cooperative shoplifter being detained in store office. 5:08 p.m. Caller reports dog locked in vehicle for hours w/o water outside local golf course. 4:42 p.m. Tyler…

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PM Headlines -- 6.21.11

Darren O'Donnell, 24, a lifelong baseball fan, poses with his bicycle in Tampa, Fla., on June 14. O'Donnell is riding his bicycle to all 30 major league baseball stadiums. The Bellingham, Wash. man is about half way through a bicycle trip to all 30 major…

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LaPierre Featured At Tea Party Event 

Huckleberries just received poster of next Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho confab. So here it is. Seems NRA executive veep Wayne LaPierre and Dr. Marshall Foster (founder & prez of the Mayflower Institute) will be keynote speakers at the event, tabbed: First Great Northwest…

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Aardsman Brings M's To Tweeple 

Ever wonder what the showers look like inside the Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse? Mariners closer David Aardsma tweeted a photo a few weeks ago. Want to see the view from the Safeco Field roof? Aardsma is working on that. Aardsma, 140 characters at a time via…

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Saxophonist Clemons, 69, RIP 

Clarence Clemons is shown in this Jan. 29, 2003, AP file picture during an interview at his Singer Island, Fla., home. A spokeswoman for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band says the saxophone player died in Florida at age 69 on Saturday. Story here.…

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Spokane No. 4 for Stolen Vehicles 

Spokane just made a dubious list. It was ranked No. 4 in the country for car theft rates. The annual “Hot Spots” report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau said the Spokane metropolitan area had 2,763 car thefts in 2010, a rate of 586.35 per…

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My 2 Cents: Sims Should Apologize 

I remember sitting through the taunting public commentary by state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, at the last McEuen Field make-over hearing in which she accused Mayor Sandi Bloem and almost every council member of conflicts of interest on the proposal. Sims seem to be…

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Long-Board Surfing The North Shore 

Four long boarders pass by as the Mish-an-Nock prepares for its 8 p.m. Monday cruise. "Actually, writes Eye On Sherman Avenue Don Sausser, "there were a group of eight boarders, the most I have ever seen, sailing from around Tubbs Hill toward the NIC beach."…

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Montana Among Home-Birth Leaders 

Item: Montana among leading states as births at home rise nationally/Cindy Uken, Billings Gazette More Info: Less than 1 percent of U.S. births occur at home. But the proportion of home births is markedly increasing, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and…

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Portland Drains 8M Gallons After Pee 12 

Call it the big flush. Because a 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon's biggest city is sending 8 million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain. Portland officials defended the decision Monday, saying they didn't want…

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Religion Finds Home At Rodeo 

The sounds of cowboy gospel music and the faint smell of manure wafted down to the door of the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds’ indoor arena on Saturday. Corey Ross, a preacher from Texas, stood before men in cowboy hats and women wearing large belt buckles. As…

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Meester: Walmart Customers Crazy 

Meesterbox: I worked for Walmart as an assistant manager for a short stint in my early career (regret it and still have nightmares at times) and the number of crazy customers I had to deal with trying to take advantage of ‘the system’ was phenomenal.…

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INW Headlines -- 6.21.11

Traci Warner of Victor, Mont., describes the harrowing rescue of her six-year-old Tennessee Walker named Calvin from the freezing cold waters of Willow Creek in Corvallis on Sunday. Missoulian story here. (AP Photo/Ravalli Republic, David Erickson) Cartoon: Obama's biggest obstacle to re-election/David Horsey, Seattle PI…

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High Noon: Managing At 80 

Florida Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon, left, smokes a cigar in the dugout as he talks with third base coach Joey Espada before an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday in Miami. At 80 years old, McKeon is the second oldest person…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.21.11

11:59 a.m. Officer on scene of Dalton Gardens call asks dispatcher to send a chaplain. 11:49 a.m. Dalton Gardens mother reports 6MO baby wasn't breathing when she turned it over. She & her husband fear it's "too late" to perform CPR. 11:45 a.m. PFPD Blue…

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Avista Named Top Utility Social Media 

Via email, Avista's Dan Kolbet writes: "Avista was just named the top utility in social media by our utility peers through a survey conducted by E Source, an energy analysis and research firm. Part of that recognition speaks to our commitment to have the sometimes…

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WalMart Bans Extreme Couponer 12 

She was banned from every Walmart in the United States for life, and it was all because of an argument over coupons. April Cuevas says Walmart has started "cracking down" on extreme couponers like herself who want to use coupons from other stores to save…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 6.21.11 

Mark Hill of Nashville, Tenn., has his photo taken by Sayde Lewis, 11, of Nashville, Tenn., outside the office of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington this morning. Weiner's last day in Congress will be today, he has told House and New…

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Hucks Poll: McGee Should Go

Monday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation say state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, should be booted from the Idaho Legislature, if he's found guilty of DUI and grand theft auto. 121 of 183 respondents (66.12%) say he should be forced from Legislature. 24 respondents (13.11%)…

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Redistricting Will Affect North Idaho 

At the KEA Blog, Terry Harris writes: "New lines for Congressional districts are not likely to affect north Idaho, as the entire panhandle is expected to remain in the 1st Congressional district. However, new lines in legislative districts are likely to shift significantly. Census data…

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AM Headlines -- 6.21.11

Investigators examineacrash scene Monday on U.S. Highway 395 near Deer Park. The driver of the red car was killed, after he attempted to outrun police during a routine traffic stop. Meghann Cuniff SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Monday Scanner…

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Judge: Online Editorial Re-Post OK 

Here's good news for bloggers and online commenters who may have been intimidated by the suit-happy tactics of Las Vegas Review-Journal and partner Righthaven. A judge has ruled "that a man didn’t violate copyright law when he posted a complete Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial to…

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