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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 3.15.11 11 

The sky's overcast outside. The Legislature is still in session doing the goofy things that it is prone to do this session, with Vito Barbieri leading the way today. But, hey, a bunch of local college basketball teams have won bids to postseason play, including…

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Parting Shot -- 3.15.11

Devon Unruh, Keven Mack and Rob Enders of the Coeur d’Alene High School Jazz Band perform a Duke Ellington piece during the “Support Jazz in Our Schools” concert hosted by the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday. (NIC photo: Stacy Hudson)

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Engle: My Teachers Were Mixed Bag 

There’s been a lot of talk lately about rewarding the good teachers and rooting out the bad ones. I’m all for that. The thing is, I’m not sure how to go about telling one from the other in a definitive fashion. I was raised in…

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Aflac Boots Gottfried As Duck Voice

Wanted, one duck. When Aflac announced it was giving Gilbert Gottfried the boot for his disrespectful Tweets about the Japanese tsunami, it created an immediate job opening for someone with a distinctive talent. According to reports, Aflac will start a nationwide casting search, and already…

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PM Headlines -- 3.15.11

The ConocoPhillips megaloads sit idle on a pull out for Montana Department of Transportation next to Baxendale Volunteer Fire Department on highway 12 west of Helena earlier today. The megaloads are expected to make their way through Helena late Wednesday night. (AP Photo/The Independent Record,…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.15.11 

Lisa McLaughin, puts a solidarity T-shirt on the statue of Hans Christian Heg on the Capitol Square, Saturday, in Madison, Wis. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps) Top Cutlines: 1. The “Made in China” label made Lisa ask if China has…

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PM Scanner -- 3.15.11

5:49 p.m. Resident @ 3045 Cami/Post Falls reports an oven fire. 5:47 p.m. Olive Garden reports teen in restaurant w/Eagle River, Mont., high school bus may have taken a wallet from someone at Triple Play/Hayden. 5:39 p.m. Woman making 911 call wants to see a…

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And All That Jazz ... 

Jordyn Odegaard plays the bass with the Post Falls High School Jazz Band, which joined with the Lake City and Coeur d’Alene high schools and the North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble during the “Support Jazz in Our Schools” concert at NIC Monday. (NIC photo: Stacy…

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Twin Falls: Urban Renewal = 750 Jobs 

With the hour approaching 5 p.m., Senate Local Government Chairman Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, announced that his committee's hearing on two urban renewal bills will continue tomorrow, though he'll keep going now to hear two more people who've signed up to testify. Much of the testimony…

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Idaho Dems To Feat Howard Dean 38 

Governor Howard Dean will be the guest speaker at the Idaho Democrats “Spring Training” luncheon on April 16 at the Coeur d ‘Alene Resort & Casino in Worley. Shelley Landry, Interim Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party remarked, “We are honored to have Governor…

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Docs Get Shield From Risky Drivers 16 

Idaho lawmakers approved legislation that could encourage doctors to tell state officials when their patients shouldn’t be on the road. The law, backed by the Idaho Medical Association which represents doctors, would shield doctors from retribution, including potential lawsuits or discipline from a professional board,…

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Sandpoint Patriots Feat IFF, Hart 22 

Interesting flyer e-mailed around this week by a Kootenai County Republican Central Committee official (and by Republican women in Sandpoint) -- a Sandpoint Patriots meeting featuring speakers from Idaho Freedom Foundation, Constitution Party and Idaho Rep. Phil Hart ... Question: Anyone know much about the…

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Kroc Center To Expand Parking 

The Kroc Center announced today that it will expanding parking at the popular community center by 140 spaces to 353 spaces by this fall. In a news release, the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center said work will begin May 2 and end in mid-fall. The…

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Sex Law Overhaul Raises Concerns 

The board that assesses Idaho’s most dangerous sex offenders is asking lawmakers not to drop the violent sexual predator (VSP) designation in a proposed overhaul of the state sex offender laws, though that tag has come under constitutional fire. Members of the Sex Offender Classification…

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Alaska Native Baker Wins Iditarod 

Musher John Baker is congratulated as his team crosses the finish line to win the the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in Nome, Alaska. Baker, 48, of Kotzebue, Alaska, is the first Alaska Native musher to win the world's…

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Time To Get Ready For Bloomsday 

Some years I remember to register for Bloomsday well in advance and feel very prepared. Other years I might be in shape for it, but forget to register until the last minute. Bloomsday is less than two months away, so this is your reminder (and…

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NW Beauty Runnerup On 'Bachelor' 

“The Bachelor” wrapped up in a mushy season finale Monday night, with Mercer Island resident Chantal O’Brien, pictured, playing second fiddle to a 25-year-old single mother from North Carolina. Bachelor Brad Womack, not to be confused with this “shaving fun” Ken doll, chose Emily Maynard…

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INW: Idahoan Now No. 25 @ Iditarod

Iditarod musher Trent Herbst, Ketchum, Idaho, works with his dog team at the Unalakleet, Alaska, checkpoint during the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Monday. Herbst was the leader at the halfway point of the race but currently is running 25th. John Baker crossed the…

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High Noon: Losing Weight 12 

Kerri Thoreson, More Main Street, writes: "Exactly one year ago today I was photographed for a public service ad for a wonderful local organization. This image, with the background knocked out, appeared in the quarter page newspaper ad that ran multiple times. It wasn't vanity…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.15.11

11:45 a.m. Caller reports syringes hidden under needles across the street from River of Life Friends Church, 3263 12th Ave/Post Falls 11:42 a.m. Driver in food bank van reports dark Dodge Caravan is weaving and hit rumble strip on s/b H95 @ M/P 451 (Athol…

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Adam Boos Me For Blasting 7 Solons 23 

Boos to DFO and Cheers to the Fiscal Rehab 7: I don't usually pick on DF Olivera at Huckleberries Online. He's been pretty decent to me over the years. However, I got to give him a boo for his attack on 7 Conservative State Senators…

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ICB: Most Educators Support Luna 25 

Now that Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s education reform bills are becoming reality the Luna backlash is in full swing. A Facebook page set up by the Committee to Recall Tom Luna has (as of today) 3,239 “Likes” and another Facebook page titled…

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Duncan Pleads Guilty To 1997 Murder 12 

Joseph Edward Duncan is shown in this artist rendering in August 2008 in Boise. The convicted mass-murderer pleaded guilty today to the 1997 murder and torture of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez in exchange for life in prison without parole. The guilty plea brings Joseph Duncan his…

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Poll: Block Internet Porn At Libraries

Monday Poll: 144 of 203 respondents (70.9%) said Idaho libraries should be required to block Internet access to pornography. 53 of 203 respondents (26.1%) said they shouldn't be required to do so. 6 people were undecided. Today's Question: Do you trust nuclear power in wake…

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Blogfest '11 In Planning Stage 

It looks like we'll be able to stage Blogfest '11 this spring ... at Steve Widmyer's Fortgrounds Tavern again. But we need some suggestions for possible dates to stage the annual event. We're a month beyond the usual celebration. Huckleberries Online turned 8 on Feb.…

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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.