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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 3.4.11 24 

I'm still trying to get over the ridiculous statements and votes by North Idaho reps (Districts 2 thru 5) against extending jobless benefits to unemployed Idahoans. I know one unemployed fellow who fits the stereotype of a lazy bum. He and his wife have done…

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Parting Shot -- 3.4.11

Queen Latifah portrays Ursula the Sea Witch from the animated film "The Little Mermaid," as part of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin," campaign created by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. This portrait is one of the latest to be commissioned by Disney, which debuted the…

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High Schooler Planned Luna Protests 

Despite organized protests, public testimony, phone calls and letters, American Falls High School senior Madai Montes feels that Idaho legislators aren’t listening to the public’s outcry against proposed education reforms. That’s why the frustrated student decided to stop talking and start walking on Monday. Monday’s…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.4.11

5:16 p.m. Caller reports suspicious males are hanging out at 15th & Mullan/CdA. 4:56 p.m. A plastic container of some sort is lying near e/b I-90 onramp @ M/P 7 (H41). 4:55 p.m. 2-vehicle, non-injury crash is blocking s/b lanes of H41 @ Mullan/Post Falls.…

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PM Headlines -- 3.4.11 

Vince Vaccaro of Townsend, Mont., sports his rifle during the Lewis and Clark Conservative Tea Party's "Constitution Rally", earlier today, on the steps of the Sate Capitol in Helena, Mont. The Lewis & Clark's Conservative Tea Party group received permission to bring unloaded and secured…

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NIdaho Blogs -- 3.4.11

"On Sunday, St. Thomas the Apostle Church (shown here from Tubbs Hill), on 9th and Indiana Ave., will commemorate the first Mass service which was held at the church on March 5, 1911," posts Kerri Thoreson, More Main Street. "The iconic parish was established in…

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Cindy: Mexican Food w/o Aryans 

A coupla weekends ago, aryanwomen88 commented on this blog that she and other white supremacists planned to picket the handful of Mexican food stands in Coeur d'Alene on Fridays. With that in mind, Sidekick Cindy dropped by two of them around noon today during a…

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Tea Party: Bring Guns To Capitol 

Armed supporters listen to Tim Ravndal Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark's Conservative Tea Party at a rally on the Capitol steps earlier today in Helena, Mont. (AP Photo/Stephen Dockery) Just a couple of dozen people showed up for a tea party rally outside…

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DOTC Lands Another Job! 10 

Dan of the Camp: The last two months since I left office was the longest time I think I have been without a job since I was in early High School. While I know my relatively short-lived time of unemployment was a drop in the…

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Bar Report: Fake ID Leads To Fight 

I didn't realize that The Torch lounge had changed its name until I received the latest Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report. At 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Coeur d'Alene police report: "Officers responded to a citizen dispute at the Rendezvous (formally known as The Torch), 216 E.…

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NIdaho Joblessness 10.8 to 15.2% 

Slightly higher than normal job increases in February were not enough to drop the state’s unemployment rate below record levels of the previous three months and left the seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, unchanged from January and December. The addition of about…

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Leibovitz's "Beauty And The Beast' 

Penelope Cruz, right, and Jeff Bridges appear as Disney characters Belle and the transformed prince, from "Beauty and the Beast," as part of Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin," campaign created by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. This portrait is the latest to be commissioned by…

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Idaho Tells Feds Back Off Wilds Rules 

The Idaho Legislature will send letters to Congress and federal officials saying that Idaho citizens should be involved in any efforts to designate more land in the state as wilderness. The action from lawmakers comes after an order from the Department of the Interior that…

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Lady Gaga re: Breast Milk Ice Cream 

The planet's most flamboyantly dressed pop star is threatening legal action against British manufacturers of the world's most bizarrely flavoured ice-cream. Lady Gaga has told a store in Covent Garden, central London, to stop selling its latest brand, Baby Gaga – ice-cream made from human…

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Solons Erode Pend Oreille Protection

File this under the "win some, lose some" category. We were pleased to learn that funding for water quality monitoring made it through the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, but dismayed to hear that the committee voted to cut funding for the Pend Oreille Basin…

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INW Headlines -- 3.4.11

It's great that the sun is shining outside my second-floor windown in the Spokesman-Review window as I type this. But Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images offers a reminder, on her Facebook page, about the way we were here in Coeur d'Alene last week in this portrait…

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High Noon: Wallet Snatchers Arrested 

Two suspected wallet snatchers led the victim on a 100 mph chase in Spokane Valley Thursday night, police said today. Valley resident Robert A. Hunter, 25, and Jenna L. Myers, 25, of Coeur d'Alene, were arrested on theft charges after allegedly fleeing the Tesoro gas…

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Signs Of Things To Come 

Higher gas prices are posted at a Chevron gas station in San Francisco today. Gasoline prices have shot up an average of 35 cents per gallon since an uprising in Libya began in mid-February. AAA is reporting that gas prices experienced last week experiencing the…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.4.11

11:42 a.m. Wayne @ Echo & Corbin/PF reports neighbor borrowed tools & won't return them. 11:40 a.m. Woman @ Grenada & Liberty reports her neighbor has a vicious dog. 11:11 a.m. Drivelines Inc & Muffler @ 5050 E. Seltice Way reports man in white Toyota…

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Quotable Quote 

"I'm so ticked off at him, I told him he needs to think about getting his degree and finishing up. 'You've got a lot of amends to make.' That's what I think. He's supposed to be the leader of this team, and they depend on…

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Spokane Residents Fight CdA Levy 14 

Huckleberries Online has confirmed with SReporters that Duane Alton, formerly of Alton Tires, of Spokane, is one of the individuals behind that half-page ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press, attacking the Coeur d'Alene School District levies. In January, SReporter Jody Lawrence-Turner reported that Alton, John…

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Poll: District 3 Has Worst Delegation

Thursday Poll: 97 of 151 respondents (64.2%) consider House District 3's delegation (Vick, Hart, & Barbieri) to be the worst one from North Idaho. House District 5 (Hammond, Nonini, & Henderson) won runnerup honors for worst delegation with 72 of 167 votes (43.1%). Far back…

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Volkswagen Rolls Out New Van 

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stands beside Volkswagen Bulli concept car during an event of the Volkswagen group on the eve of the 81st International Motor show in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday. (AP Photo/dapd, Sascha Schuermann) Question: Did you ever own a Volkswagen van or Beetle?

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Bill Targets Late-Term Abortions 11 

A bill that would prohibit women from getting an abortion 20 weeks after pregnancy has cleared its first hurdle in the Idaho Senate. The Senate State Affairs Committee advanced a bill Friday based on emerging, yet disputed medical evidence that fetuses 20 weeks post conception…

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Hagedorn 'Illogical And Insensitive' 20 

(Rep. Marv Hagedorn's, pictured) argument against an unemployment benefits bill Wednesday managed to be both illogical and insensitive. The House was debating a common-sense move to allow 17,800 Idahoans to receive extended federal unemployment benefits through the end of the year. And there is a…

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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.