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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 3.10.11 48 

Our "Outrage A Day" Legislature has already produced a screwy headline this morning -- the 11-8 passage of Rep. Simpson's legislation that would allow college kids to carry guns on Idaho campuses. Imagine that "nasty, inebriated" -- BSU's Bob Kustra's words, not mine -- gang…

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Parting Shot -- 3.10.11

Students demonstrating at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., form a peace sign on the floor of the rotunda Thursday. Demonstrations at the Wisconsin State Capitol continue as Assembly legislators voted to approve an amended version of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget repair bill.…

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RRepublicans Issue Urgent Alert 20 

From Ron Lahr, of Reagan Republicans, via Facebook re: Town Hall Meeting to be Held on March 12th -- Legislators to Discuss 2011 Session. The City of Coeur d'Alene's Legislative Committee, in partnership with the Panhandle Coalition, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting this…

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Dustin: What Can We Agree On? 18 

Dustin Hurst, my young Tatooine, is on a roll re: providing ideas for offbeat Huckleberries Online fodder today from his Facebook wall. Earlier today, he posted this observation and question: "After seeing my status update from last night blown up with left-right fighting, I'm wondering…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.10.11

5:45 p.m. Woman fears moose hiding in woods north of Hanley will run into traffic. 5:43 p.m. P. reports that M. has violated his no-contact order. 5:38 p.m. Male involved in 5:28 p.m. beating is in a tan jacket walking w/2 others toward Super 1.…

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PM Headlines -- 3.10.11

All-North Idaho Wrestling Team, front row from left: A.J. Konda (Coeur d'Alene), James Ost (Post Falls), Hudson Staub (Coeur d'Alene), Cole Jerome (Kellogg), James Hegge (Priest River). Middle row: Coeur d'Alene coach Jeff Moffat, Trevor Hampton (Bonners Ferry), Ben Watt (Bonners Ferry), Tyler Booth (Post…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.10.11 

Male cheerleaders from Bowling Green toss their female counterparts into the air as their team took on Western Michigan in an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) Top Cutlines: 1.…

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Dustin: Are We More Divided Today? 20 

On his Facebook wall, Dustin Hurst of Idaho Reporter asks this question: "The more I see protests from the right and left, the more I am convinced we are involved in ideological warfare. I know this isn't a surprise to anyone, but I'm watching and…

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Columnist: No To Anonymity 13 

"I can't speak for my bosses, who might feel differently than I do," writes Farhad Manjoo/Slate. "But as a writer, my answer is no (don't we want every reader to participate, even if they're skittish about revealing their names?) — I don't want anonymous commenters.…

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Lindsay Lohan Faces Theft Charge 18 

Lindsay Lohan leaves Los Angeles Superior Court earlier today, followed by her mother, Dina, far left, and sister, Ali, second from left. Lohan rejected a plea agreement Thursday offered by prosecutors in a grand theft case that included a guaranteed return to jail. She told…

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LeFavour: Trim Grocery Credit For Ed 

Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, is asking lawmakers to make temporary changes to the structure of Idaho's grocery tax credit in order to free up at least $27 million for public education this budget year. LeFavour wants to reduce the credit to its 2007 level. LeFavour,…

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127.3% More Blacks In Kootenai Co 

Kootenai County was 1.3% less white in 2010 that it was at the turn of the century. My Spokesman-Review playmates have produced a nifty breakout that shows the break down in ethnic makeup of North Idaho (actually throughout the state) in terms of county, city,…

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WAC Tourney: SJS 74 Idaho 68

San Jose State's Garrett Ton fouls Idaho's Landon Tatum during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament this afternoon in Las Vegas. San Jose State eliminated Idaho from the WAC tournament 74-68. ESPN running…

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Cops Threaten Wallace HS Protesters 19 

A walkout protest by students at Wallace High School ended abruptly when they were told by police that they'd be arrested and have to spend the night in jail, according to a parent who sent the information to Mike Perry/KHQ. The students walked out of…

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Only 1 Idaho Billionaire, Not Hagadone 

Robert Holding, the owner of the posh Sun Valley Resort, is the only billionaire listed on the Forbes List of billionaires for 2011. Holding, who lives in Sun Valley, was 362 on the list of the world’s richest billionaires. He was 115 in the United…

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Otter 'Disappointed' In Ed Protests 29 

Gov. Butch Otter said Thursday that he plans to sign Senate Bills 1108 and 1110, the first two parts of school superintendent Tom Luna's "Students Come First" education-reform package. Otter is a co-sponsor of the legislation. SB 1108 deals with labor negotiations between local districts…

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Brian Cronin's Statement Vs. HB 1108 

Here is Rep. Brian Cronin’s (D-Boise, pictured) prepared text for his floor debate in the House against Senate Bill 1108 today. We reprint it here with his permission: "This bill is flawed seventeen ways from Sunday. But rather than talk specifics, the so-called details that…

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Post Falls Grows 60% In 10 Years 

In North Idaho, Post Falls was the boom town, growing 60 percent since 2000. It added 10,327 residents for a total of 27,574, and now ranks as the state’s 10th-largest city, up from 12th a decade ago. Hayden also saw brisk growth of 45 percent.…

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Kootenai Co Population: 138,494 15 

Census Map: SR has cool map that shows growth in all Idaho/U.S. counties here Population: North Idaho, 212,393; Benewah County, 10972; Bonner, 40,877; Kootenai, 138,494; Shoshone, 12,765; and Benewah, 9285. Boise suburbs were among the fastest-growing areas of Idaho in the past decade, the U.S.…

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INW Headlines -- 3.10.11 

A freight train derailed near Glacier National Park in Montana on Wednesday. No one was injured. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said Thursday that crews hope to have the line cleared, repaired and reopened by 6 a.m. Friday. Nineteen cars of the 115-car train derailed shortly…

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High Noon: Celebrating Adoption 

Under a canopy of twinkling white lights at the Sons of Norway hall on Feb. 27, a crowd gathered to celebrate the creation of four new families. “This is our first-ever adoption celebration,” said Carol Plischke, Olive Crest’s eastern Washington area director. “We’ve had 12…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.10.11 

12:34 p.m. (from Mike Perry/KHQ Twitter): "Just got word that Wallace H.S. students walked out in protest of education reform bills passing in the legislature." 12:06 p.m. Woman is in the PFPD Blue lobby w/questions for officer re: pepper spray. 12:03 p.m. Woman is in…

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Poll: Solons Care Less For Education 10 

Wednesday Poll: 116 of 173 respondents (67.1%) said the 3 members of their legislative district care less for public education than they do. Only 18 of 173 (10.4%) said that their legislators cared more for education than they do. 27 of 173 (15.6%) said they…

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'Nasty, Inebriated, Armed To Teeth' 13 

A divided House State Affairs Committee sent this half-baked idea to the House floor on an 11-8 vote — over the objections of university officials, who would seemingly have a pretty good handle on matters of campus security. Not much more to add, except my…

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Idaho Teacher Leading Iditarod 

Trent Herbst of Ketchum, Idaho, drives his team down Fourth Avenue at the ceremonial start of the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday in Anchorage. (AP/Anchorage Daily News photo: Erik Hill) A fourth grade teacher from Ketchum, Idaho is proving himself as a leader…

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