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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 6.22.11 

I wonder if the first day of sunny weather is like the first day of snow, after listening to the scanner Tuesday. Seems drivers were playing bumper cars throughout Kootenai County, particularly at intersections. T-bones. Head-ons. Kids crashing near Sanders Beach. The ever-present DUI drivers.…

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Parting Shot -- 6.22.11 

San Diego Padres rookie pitcher Evan Scribner wears a "Star Wars" Yoda backpack as he walks in the pouring rain from the bullpen to the clubhouse after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 in a rain-shortened eight innings of an interleague baseball game at Fenway…

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Obama: 10K Troops Home By Dec. 31

President Barack Obama says 10,000 troops will come home from Afghanistan by the end of this year as the U.S. mission shifts from combat to support after nearly 10 years of war. The president said a total of 33,000 troops would be withdrawn by next…

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Potato Chips Pile On Pounds 

Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. And the reason is partly that old advertising cliche: You can't eat just one. "They're…

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PM: Bear Family Attracts Tourists

Grizzly bear No. 399 crosses a road in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., with her three cubs. The bears are part of a family that's become a tourist attraction because of their frequent appearances near roads. Biologists speculate this behavior keeps at bay adult male…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.22.11 

6:04 p.m. All 3 individuals in flipped raft have made it safely to shore. 5:58 p.m. Dive team being called out for missing 3rd person on raft in 5:52 incident. 2 individuals in lifejackets have been confirmed floating around the river bend below Corbin Park.…

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Bike Rack Becoming Fan Favorite

It's apparent that the handcuffs on the Coeur d'Alene Police Department bike rack will become a favorite near the police substation at City Park. Huckleberries hears that this photo, featuring William Tickman & Chase Helgeson from Issaquah, Wash., is one of several already taken at…

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SPLC: 7 Hate Groups In Panhandle 

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified a total of 54 hate groups operating in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana in 2010. The Alabama-based human rights group found 15 such groups in Oregon, and 13 each in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Hate groups are defined as…

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No Discipline In Valley Pastor Killing 

The deputy who shot a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor will face no disciplinary action over the fatal encounter. Deputy Brian Hirzel (of Hayden) properly followed all departmental policies and procedures during the fatal Aug. 25 encounter with Wayne Scott Creach, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said today…

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Friends: Dead Driver Was Diabetic

A driver who crashed into a log truck and died while being chased by sheriff’s deputies was a Post Falls man with severe diabetes, friends say. Authorities identified Daniel James Marinovich, 50, late Tuesday after an autopsy, which concluded he died from injuries sustained in…

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CPD Blue Installs Artsy Bike Rack 

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department recently installed a new bike rack in Coeur d’Alene City Park near the department’s sub-station. The rack was created by students in the North Idaho College welding program on request by the police department and features large handcuffs and the…

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Idaho Drivers Slip To 11 From Safest 

You had to know this was going to happen. Two years ago, in a fit of irrational exuberance, GMAC Insurance proclaimed that Idaho drivers were the safest in America. It did so after asking drivers in all 50 states questions taken from actual state Division…

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4 Jobless Idahoans For Job Openings 

Item: Study shows nearly four unemployed Idahoans for every job opening; more people exhausting benefits/Twin Falls Times-News More Info: A report released today by the New York-based Conference Board, showed there were still nearly four unemployed Idaho workers for every job opening in the state.…

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Marc: GOPer Obama Should Fear 

Nothing, ever – nothing – is certain in politics. A candidate or officeholder can literally go from hero to zero in the length of time it takes to send a tweet or jackknife a trailer behind the SUV you have apparently just stolen. There are…

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INW: Anti-Gummint Extremists ♥ INW 

A Missoula County Sheriff's Department SWAT team drives on U.S. Highway 12 near Lolo, Mont., last week after officers responded to a tip about about person living in a remote cabin in the area that they suspected might be fugitive former militia leader David Burgert.…

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Hi-Noon: Hart Targets TSA Pat Downs 

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry reintroduced a bill that would make it a felony in his state for employees of the federal Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to conduct pre-flight pat down searches at security check points. It looks like Idaho might follow Perry’s…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.22.11

Noon: Officer reports to dispatcher that 2 vehicles are in place for extra patrol near Post Falls Jr. High. 11:59 a.m. Scott wants to see an officer re: a theft @ 3rd & Coeur d'Alene/CdA. 11:54 a.m. Father on Troy (near Coeur d'Alene High) sez…

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Proper Attire For Airplane Flight? 14 

Airline passenger Jill Tarlow provides this June 9 photo of an unnamed passenger scantily dressed at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. US Airways is defending its decision to allow the man wearing skimpy women's panties and high heels to fly days before a football…

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David: CdA Gives Much To Ironman 

David Townsend, via Facebook: "Coeur d'Alene is gearing up for Ironman on Sunday. I'm afraid I'm going to have to skip it again this year. The race pretty much shuts down streets throughout downtown and reroutes traffic all over the county. I appreciate how much…

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Hucks Poll: Bring Troops Home Now

Tuesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation voted that President Obama should bring all American troops home from Afghanistan now. 54 of 117 respondents (46.15) want our troops home immediately. However, 38 of 117 respondents (32.48%) favors a slow withdrawal that ends in 2014. Also,…

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Silverwood Unveils Recycling Kiosks

There's a new attraction at Silverwood Theme Park in North Idaho. No, not another roller coaster! Dream Machines (interactive computer recycling kiosks) premier this summer at the park. Silverwood has teamed with Pepsi Co. and local Waste Management offices to install 150 recycling receptacles within…

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Weed Shuts Dog Park Temporarily 

Dogs race through the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge, including G, at left, and Tesla, right, on Tuesday. A non-native weed, called houndstongue, which spreads easily in animal fur and is toxic to cattle, is forcing the closure of Spokane’s only dog park for…

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Adam: Bristol's Like Mother Sarah 11 

(Bristol Palin) has right to be angry with Levi Johnston, and to be miffed as Cindy McCain, Megan McCain, and all the rest. However, it doesn’t mean that she has to publicly voice everything, particularly against Johnston who has shown himself to be a trashy…

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MT: DUI No Big Deal For Idaho Pols 

In an editorial today, Lewiston Tribune opinionator Marty Trillhaase writes of Idaho's tolerance for officials involved in drunken driving (as state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell was Sunday). Among others who were cited for DUI and survived: Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter got arrested for driving drunk…

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