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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 3.11.11 17 

Terry Harris, of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, tweets that Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin is celebrating his 75th birthday today. I first met Clay many moons ago when he was a school trustee running for the Post Falls City Council. I like him from the…

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Parting Shot -- 3.11.11

An elderly man is being carried by Self-Defense Force member in the tsunami-torn Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, today, one day after strong earthquakes hit the area. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno)

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Cindy: Friday As Bad As A Monday 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy describes hHow to have a horrible, no good, very bad day." Sez she: "Get keys stuck in car ignition. Be unable to get house key off ring. Freak out until son gets keys unstuck. Take Mom shopping. Lock keys in…

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Sitter Gets 13 Years In 3YO's Death 

A baby sitter who pushed a 3-year-old Post Falls boy, resulting in a fatal head injury, will spend at least four years in prison. Amanda L. Skogen, 26, was sentenced to 13 years in prison with eligibility for parole after four during an emotional haring…

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PM Headlines -- 3.11.11

Leon Rice, a former assistant coach at Gonzaga, has turned the Boise State program around since he rode into Boise last year. Rice has guided the Broncos to a 19-11 record and second place, the best first year by a basketball coach in Boise State…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.11.11 

A South Korean man walks by a board showing how to read lips of GM Korea Co.'s Chevrolet brand at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday. GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Co., the South Korean unit of General Motors Co., said that it…

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PM Scanner: Woodland MS Stabbing 27 

"It's hard to believe that I know someone who would try and kill someone else," said Woodland Middle School 7th grader Marissa DiQuarto, front facing, as she hugged fellow classmates after stabbing at the school in Coeur d'Alene on Friday, reported on Scanner Traffic in…

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NIdaho Blogs -- 3.11.11

"The forecasts call for rain and then some more rain," writes Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street." But our weather glass is half full when the promise of green grass can be seen now that the snow has melted." 10 things for sale at school auction/A Butterfly…

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Writer: Don't Allow More Idahos 

In an article titled, "Mr. President: Use the damn bully pulpit!" Sasha Abramsky writes in Salon that Barack Obama should stand up for working people. Otherwise, Abramsky argues, other states will become "reliably hyper-conservative" like Idaho. "We are sleepwalking toward the abyss," says Abramsky, who…

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Seahawk's Bible Tweets Anger Fans 21 

Twitter remarks from Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry regarding religion, and his subsequent reaction to fans who expressed displeasure with those comments, are sure to open a few eyes. On his Twitter page @Seahawk59, Curry began quoting Bibilical verses. Nothing wrong with that, of course. But…

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An Early Start

Dieter Pommer, 3, of Jackson holds his basketball while looking at Milwaukee Buck's center Andrew Bogut as he signs autographs at Uptown Chevrolet in Slinger Thursday. (AP Photo/ The West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke) Question: Can you remember how young your were when you…

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William: 3-Year UI Party Cost $$$ 

I experienced a flashback of sorts when I saw this tweet from William Love, a Sandpoint High teacher and former Idaho Press-Tribune sports reporter: "Wow ... just clicked on the Account Review of my payment records to UIdaho and found out how much that 3-year…

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500 PFHS Students Protest Luna Plans 

Hundreds of Post Falls High School students staged a walkout today to express their unhappiness with the Idaho bills 1110 and 1108. The two bills proposed by state schools Supt. Tom Luna would strip teachers of their bargaining rights and force teachers into a merit-pay…

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SReporter Nappi Evacuated In Maui 

Spokesman-Review reporter Rebecca Nappi spent the night in a rented van with family members early Friday after being evacuated Thursday night from the South Maui condominium where the family was staying. A moderate tsunami wave hit the Hawaiian coast in the early morning hours following…

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Student: But We Do Understand 

In an Eye On Boise post, SReporter Betsy Russell provides a link to a letter to the editor by Moscow High student Celeste Hufford that counters claims that protesting students don't understand Tom Luna's "reform" legislation. It states in part: After all the work that…

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High Noon: Fresh Air Or Not? 14 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy sez she can't "understand how anyone can sleep without fresh air coming into their room -- even when it's freezing air." I agree with part of the statement. I like to have a fan blowing somewhere in the room. But…

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West Coast Braces For Tsunami 

Two people sit near the beach in Seaside, Ore., earlier today, after most other residents evacuated from the town during a tsunami warning following a major earthquake in Japan. At Crescent City, Calif., 4 people were swept into the sea by 8-foot waves and one…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.11.11

11:40 a.m. Officer reports a refigerator-sized box full of plastic is lying along I-90 @ Huetter. 11:27 a.m. Caller reports a 40-50YO man is sleeping at a H53 school bus stop. 11:25 a.m. Jim has caught Pomeranian running loose near National Guard Armory on Seltice…

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Hayes: School District 'Disingenuous' 24 

The Coeur d’Alene School District developed the March 8 ballot language, not Kootenai County’s Elections team. County Elections' staff discussed the implications of the ballot language with school district personnel numerous times in the last six weeks. “For the School District to say we did…

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Vick, 6 Others Against Extension 

The Senate has voted 24-7 in favor of HB 109, the bill that makes a technical change to prevent Idaho from becoming ineligible for extended unemployment benefits this summer and booting 17,000 unemployed Idahoans off of their current unemployment benefits. The bill earlier passed the…

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On Clay's Big Day

There once was a Mayor named Clay, Who tried to ignore his big day. His daughter wouldn’t play ball Ordering cake and refreshments for all In hopes of stopping His Honor’s further decay. MikeK

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Baby-sitter Sentencing Draws Crowd 

Twitter: Mike Perry/KHQ tweets: "A very crowded courtroom for the sentencing of Amanda Skogen, babysitter who fatally killed 3yr old Cohen Johnson." (If you followed Mike on Twitter, you could see a photo of the crowd.) Also: here's Meghann Cuniff's Sirens & Gavels post re:…

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Hucks Online: Hucks Nation Armed

Thursday Poll: More than two-thirds of Hucks Nation owns at least one gun. 156 of 228 respondents (68.4%) said they owned a gun. 71 of 228 (31.7%) said they didn't. Grocery Tax Credit: 89 of 152 respondents (58.5%) are willing to give up part of…

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Hotel employees gather at the hotel's entrance in Tokyo, Japan while an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.8 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter. (Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press)

Tsunami Devastates Japan 

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not…

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Sticky Notes Urge Anti-Bias Hearing 

There's a bumper crop of sticky notes on the House State Affairs Committee hearing room door this morning, all urging Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, to hold a hearing on SB 1033, Sen. Edgar Malepeai's bill to expand the Idaho Human Rights Act's non-discrimination protections to…

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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.