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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.2.11 30 

I've been asleep at the switch and forgot to post today's Wild Card. I've been blogging at the speed of light this morning, with all the interesting developments in the courts (Westboro Baptist & Idaho primary decisions), in Boise (Idaho Education Committee hearing), and the…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.2.11 

5:14 p.m. ISP officer reports disabled vehicle along I-90 @ M/P 5 (Spokane/PF). 4:59 p.m. Caller reports an unoccupied, out-of-gas vehicle @ Huetter & Prairie/Hayden. 4:41 p.m. A 6YO in 6300 block of Trestle/Rathdrum was bitten by a dog. No medical sought. 4:27 p.m. Pawn…

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PM Headlines -- 3.2.11 

The Boise School District officials are asking parents to talk their students out of leaving school to protest Tom Luna's bills to "reform" Idaho public education. See story below (Photo taken by a Berry Picker) Adventures in Idaho: Hells Canyor/RV Life Larry Craig & losing…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.2.11 

A child watches frogs crawling on a window at an aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, earlier today, during an event marking the upcoming end of insect hibernation. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man) Top Cutlines: 1. As a youngster watches, Kermit and his…

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McMillan: Let Them Eat Cake 

Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton, debating against HB 109 on extended unemployment benefits, said, “My problem isn’t with the hand out or the hand up. My problem is with the length of time. … How long are we going to extend it out? It’s kind of…

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Larry Grant To Lead Idaho Dems 14 

Larry Grant, a former Micron Technology executive and congressional candidate, will chair the Idaho Democratic Party. "Our job as the minority party is to hold the majority party accountable," said Grant in his acceptance speech last week. "The Republican agenda is not hard to figure…

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Jobless Bill OK'd, 8 NI Reps Against 14 

After much debate, HB 109 has passed the House on a 41-28 vote; if the bill had been killed, 17,000 unemployed Idahoans would have been booted off their extended federal unemployment benefits over the next nine months. Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, the sponsor of HB…

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Paula Deen Rides CdA Resort 

Apparently, there's a Web site that features Paula Deen, the American cook and television personality, riding different things. OrangeTV/Get Out! North Idaho couldn't resist when he saw the meme that's sweeping the Internet. So he posted a photo of Paula Deen riding the most recognizable…

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How To Identify Idaho Republicans? 31 

Barring an appeal of federal Judge Lynn Winmill's ruling that Idaho's open primary is unconstitutional, it appears as though Idaho Republicans will now be able to bar Democrats from crossing over to vote in their primaries. Already, however, one rascally Democrat here has declared that…

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Where's Millie? 

Deputy City Editor Scott Maben and his 6YO young daughter, Joey, encountered these two moose on the loose near a bus stop in the Centennial Place area along Hanley Avenue, near Lake City High School, this morning. Joey, a Mudgy & Millie fan, wanted to…

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Iupati Gets Thumbs Up For 1st Year

From Niner Insider via Idaho Vandals Facebook: "Left guard Mike Iupati: One opposing coach said last season that if you want to find the 49ers running back, just follow Iupati. Whether pulling or drive blocking, the 49ers ran behind him too often. Staley is probably…

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Lookout Leads World In Snow Dump 

Lookout Pass ski area has just been cited as having received “the most snowfall in the world” among reporting ski resorts during the past seven days. The one week total: 6.5 FEET, most of which fell Sunday-Tuesday. The distinction has just been distributed around the…

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Once Every 823 Years -- Or Not ... 

From the Facebook wall of former SR colleague Jim Hagengruber: "Possibly the best news I've heard all year: July 2011 will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. Is there anything better than a July weekend? Thanks to…

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Crump: When Lingerie Wanders 

We have a small security problem at our house. His name is Henry. Henry is a 2-year-old Shih Tzu, and he’s an underwear thief. There are double dog doors on our premises — one leading from the kitchen to the garage and a second from…

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INW Headlines -- 3.2.11 

Jacob McHugh, 13, and Logan Kanta, 12, students at South Junior High School in Boise join other students in leaving classes and protesting at the Idaho Statehouse earlier today. Lawmakers in the Idaho House started taking public testimony on legislation to eliminate "tenure" for new…

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High Noon: Of Mama & Popcorn 

I saw this story on the wire Monday and it immediately took me back to the kitchen of my childhood home, watching my mother carefully measure oil and popping corn into our electric popper and then seeing the magic happen through the glass lid. Until…

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First Lady Offers 'Green Eggs & Ham' 10 

First Lady Michelle Obama reads "Green Eggs and Ham" during the National Education Association's 14th annual Read Across America Day earlier today at the Library of Congress in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Question: Which Dr. Seuss book is your favorite?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.2.11

11:48 a.m. Caller reports he's following a man in a blue Chrysler Sebring who was hitting a small child in the back seat e/b on Prairie from Poleline/Post Falls. 11:40 a.m. Caller reports a gas truck weaving on road @ H95 & Lacey/Hayden. 11:38 a.m.…

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Labrador Scores Zero In Enviro Votes 

In an unusual move, the League of Conservation Voters is keeping a running scorecard of environmental votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The LCV tallied 25 votes on the current spending bill, including 20 votes on amendments. New Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador scored a…

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NIC Cheerleaders Win National Title 

Sure, North Idaho College always has a great basketball team. And their wrestling team was a runner up at last week's national tournament in Spokane last week. But how about those cheerleaders? The NIC cheer squad won the 2-Year School national title over the weekend.…

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Idaho Open Primary Unconstitutional 21 

U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill has declared Idaho's open primary election system unconstitutional with respect to the state's Republican Party primary, which the party passed a rule saying it wants to close. “An important corollary of the right to freely associate is a right not…

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Hucks Poll: Stealth Candidate Luna

Tuesday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nations said Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna wouldn't have been re-elected if he'd campaigned on his plans for public education "reform." 176 of 221 respondents (79.6%) said Luna would have lost his re-election bid if he'd made the "reform" package the…

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Council: Still No To McEuen Vote 

Item: McEuen vote supporters try again/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: A week after a subcommittee killed the request of a public vote regarding the McEuen Field redesign project from reaching the Coeur d’Alene City Council’s desk, around 100 vote supporters attended the council’s…

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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.