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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 6.21.11 

I almost got picked off on my bike en route to work today, on Homestead Avenue along the north side of the Assembly of God church. A woman in a parked van attempted a U-turn just as I rode up behind her. She didn't know…

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Parting Shot -- 6.29.11 

Bristol Palin prepares to sign her new book, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far" as she and her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signed their books at the Mall of America today in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Question: Can you think…

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Newspaperman Becomes An Ironman 

Following is a report by Jody Genessy of the Deseret News who became an Ironman in Coeur d'Alene last weekend: "I was anything but calm race morning. Amazingly, I actually slept for five hours after dealing with internal issues Saturday (mostly butterflies from the enormous…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.11

5:29 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino security reports catching a male & a female trying to pass fake $20. 5:21 p.m. Kathleen, from 7600 block of Baillie/Dalton Gardens reports possible trespassing. 5:14 p.m. A light pole is down on n/e corner of I-90 & Ramsey/CdA. 5:19…

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PM Headlines -- 6.29.11

Window washer Chris LaPrelle, works his way around the Wells Fargo Bank Building today in downtown Boise. (AP/Statesman photo: Darin Oswald) Western governors: States must help returning vets/Betsy Russell, SR Cookie jar fingerprints lead to arrest/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels Lost climber found unhurt near…

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Idaho Biz Climate #31, Education #45 

Remember when Idaho business and economic development leaders bragged about the quality of education and educated workforce available for companies considering relocating? Well Idaho now ranks No. 31 among "America's Top State for Business," according to CNBC (which ranked states with the help of National…

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NI Blogs: Fried Kool-Aid Balls At Fair 

OrangeTV reports on his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall that fried Kool-Aid balls will be available for your guilty pleasure at the North Idaho Fair later this summer. Wonders OTV: "Does this sound delicious or atrocious? Above, "Chicken Charlie" holds one of his fried…

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Lake City Paintballer Faces Charges 

Coeur d'Alene police arrested a 21-year-old man for shooting a paintball gun at cars passing on I-90.Investigators say Samuel Whitehead was spotted on a roof in the 1900 block of North Ninth Street allegedly shooting a paintball gun.After getting a 911 call, police responded and…

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Council Ripped For Pledge Stand 26 

Hundreds of hostile calls and emails poured into Eugene City Hall after the city council's vote Tuesday to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at four meetings a year. City spokeswoman Jan Bohman told The Register Guard more than 90 percent were from out of state,…

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Ironman Gives Kroc Center $10,000 

Ironman Foundation Director Dave Deschenes, left, presents Executive Director Major John Chamness of the Kroc Community Center with a check for $10,000 during the 2011 Coeur d'Alene Ironman Welcome Banquet. The Ironman Foundation is the charitable arm of the World Ironman Corporation. The donation was…

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Possible Oldtown Chop Shop Raided

Investigators looking for fugitives uncovered what they suspect to be a large stolen vehicle operation near Oldtown last week. Most of the cars located at Mr. D's Auto Repair and Salvage Yard on Highway 41, just south of Oldtown in Bonner County, appear to have…

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Braves Sweep M's w/5-3 Finale Win

Seattle Mariners' Dustin Ackley (13) safely steals second base just ahead of the tag by Atlanta Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez during the second inning of an interleague baseball game this afternoon in Seattle. The Braves beat the M's 5-3 today to sweep the three-game series.…

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Coach Tells Guvs About Success Model 

BSU head football coach Chris Petersen told the Western Governors Association that for the past decade, he's been studying successful teams -- not just athletic teams, but other groups, and what makes them successful. “It doesn't matter if it's sports, business, government, individual success, the…

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Rall: Puritanism Not Weiner To Blame 

In his Boise Weekly column, Ted Rall lambastes the Puritanism of our culture -- he considers it a curse second only to racism -- that resulted in the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner. Writes Rall: "It is well past time we Americans grew up. No…

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Director defends Public Staff Bonuses 

Item: Legislative services director defends staff bonuses/Ben Botkins, Twin Falls Times-News More Info: The state Legislative Services Office director is defending bonuses paid to all his agency's staffers, telling legislators email that rewarding and motivating employees, especially in tough times, is part of his duty.…

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INW Headlines -- 6.29.11

No one needs an excuse to kick back with a cold brew on a holiday weekend. But just in case, there are two new area breweries to check out. Bi-Plane Brewing Co. in Post Falls and Budge Brothers Brewery in Spokane are sporting new Northwest-…

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Review: Bristol Lacked Good Sex Info 

"I'm gonna bear bait," Levi Johnston texted Bristol Palin in 2008. "Want to come?" And so began the encounter in a Mat-Su bear stand that led to Palin's teenage pregnancy, at least according to "Not Afraid of Life," the 20-year-old mother's autobiography that came out…

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High Noon: Household Chores? Yawn 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy reports that her new cat, Thor, has the same attitude toward laundry that she has. Cindy continues: "Trish Gannon thinks it's suspect that I don't own a pair of 'sleepy pants.' Don't know what she'll think about my confession that…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.29.11

11:59 a.m. Man is slumped over wheel of vehicle on H41, 1/4 mile north of Seasons/Twin Lakes. 11:54 a.m. Cardiac problem reported @ Post Falls Family Medical, 1220 E. Polston/PF 11:47 a.m. A w/b semi has lost a lot of hydraulic fluid near Blue Creek…

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Kevin: Potato Study Raises Questions 

Now those researchers — those meddling quinoa-cooking do-gooders — have just gone too far. They’ve singled out the potato, our potato, as a leading cause of weight gain. Those scapegoating scientists! Where do they get off, slathering on the blame like so much sour cream…

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Poll: Failed Recall Try Supports Luna 

Monday-Tuesday Poll: 56% of Hucks Nation say the failure of the Recall Luna effort is an endorsement of Superintendent Tom Luna & his reform legislation. 231 of 410 respondents (56.34%) voted that way, while 173 of 410 (42.2%) said the failed campaign wasn't an endorsement…

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Travolta Gives Pep Talk To Munchkins 

Laura Little of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre sent along this photo of John Travolta talking to all of the Munchkins in the cast of “Wizard of Oz” during intermission. Travolta was in town to attend “The Wizard of Oz” because two of his sisters,…

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BSU Coach To Address Governors 

After several days of gorgeous weather, clouds have moved in over Coeur d'Alene, the breeze is kicking up and thunderstorms are threatening as the Western Governors Association gathers for its annual meeting, which starts today at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Eight western governors will convene;…

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Reporter: Dover Fire Chief Gets $80K 

Dover, in the panhandle of Idaho, has a population of about 400, and a fire chief who is paid $80,000 annually. According to records obtained by IdahoReporter.com, Mike Tucker, the head man at the Westside Fire District, has made that wage for the past four…

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Atheist Billboard Gets Boot 20 

A June 21 photo shows a billboard at 417 North James in Columbus, one of several put up by Freedom From Religion Foundation around Columbus. The billboard supporting atheism has been taken down from property owned by an Ohio church after the pastor complained. 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.