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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011



Hump Day Wild Card -- 3.16.11 16 

Good grief! The Idaho House of Reps has followed Rep. Erik Simpson down the rabbit hole and OK'd the bill that would allow college students to carry guns on Idaho campuses. And some of you guys wonder why I think this Legislature has gone mad?…

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Parting Shot -- 3.16.11

Mike Apgar, chief executive officer of Ookla, a startup venture he co-founded in 2006, poses in his home office in Kalispell, Mont. More than three million times a day, Internet users tap into Ookla's free and licensed diagnostic tools such as Speedtest.net. To date the…

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Cindy In Full-Scale Pamper Mode 

While I'm trying to keep up with the latest craziness from our North Idaho reps and their playmates, Sidekick Cindy is pampering herself. She writes on her Facebook wall that she's "at Bath & Bodyworks." Seems Cindy has "applied spritzes of Fiji Passionfruit, Hawaiian Coconut…

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Garrison Keillor To Retire In 2013 

Garrison Keillor plans to keep spinning tales of Lake Wobegon's Norwegian bachelor farmers for at least a couple more years, but the host and creator of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" is dropping more hints that his retirement may be on the horizon. In…

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PM Headlines -- 3.16.11

Montana's Katie Baker (22), a former Lake City High star, shoots against Northern Colarado's Lauren Oosdyke (21) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game at the Big Sky women's conference tournament in Portland, Ore., Friday. Montana won the tournament and is now…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.16.11 

Mike Perry/KHQ snapped this photo of a vehicle that crashed through the front of a laundromat near the southeast corner of 4th & Harrison this afternoon. Story here. 6:17 p.m. Caller reports 2 males, 1 boy & 1 adult have been beaten @ 1804 E.…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.16.11 

Texas forward Gary Johnson dives into a row of photographers as he tries to keep a ball in-bounds during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas for the championship of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament on Saturday in Kansas City,…

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Spring Break 

A bartender pours a margarita from a bottle into a young woman's mouth at a nightclub during Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico, recently. Cancun is still a top foreign destination for Spring Break. (AP Photo/Israel Leal) Question: Do you trust your kids to go on…

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Nonini: No Immigration Reform In '11 

Last July, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, made waves in Idaho’s political scene by announcing that he would propose an immigration reform plan similar to one passed in Arizona last year. That effort has stalled, Nonini said, thanks to a court ruling on the Arizona…

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Gonzaga Law School: We're No. 121! 

Gonzaga University ranked No. 121 on the latest US News & World Report ranking of U.S. law schools, released March 15. Two years ago GU ranked No. 100 on the annual ratings, based on a variety of criteria, including peer assessment and bar pass rate.…

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Lady Cards Win Opener 78-49 

The North Idaho College Lady Cardinals easily overtook No. 12-seeded Georgia Perimeter College in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament in Salina, Kan., 78-48. Holding a 28-point lead going into halftime, Cardinals sophomores Kama Griffitts, a 5-11 guard…

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Mary Souza To Connect LCDC Dots 

At OpenCDA.com, Mary Souza is asking the public to attend a seminar, featuring Rep. Kathy Sims, Sharon Culbreth, and her. In an e-mail to followers, she writes: "Please come to this informational dinner forum and listen to our presentation. We'll explain LCDC's methods, members and…

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Kerri: Living Lifetime In 25 Years

A quarter century can be measured in years but it's the memories that tell the story. Yesterday Bert and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We've lived a lifetime in those years, adding sons-in-law and three grandsons to our family of girls. There have been…

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Christie: No Room For Moderates? 16 

Christie Wood: Is there any room for the moderates? I know of some moderates including myself that are fed up with the extreme ideology of some of our elected officials. Where do we fit in, and is anyone form the Grand Old Party going to…

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Spencer: Rally Right Questions Me 

Larry Spencer: Oh, for the record, Bob Pedersen of Rally Right recently questioned me about if I was really a conservative. You have to be a pretty darn skinny person if you are standing to the right of me, ‘cause just a few inches to…

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INW Headlines -- 3.16.11

Taking to the street: Erika Ouzounian crosses Wallace Avenue along with Bob, her dog, in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Cartoon: Agreement on Libya/David Horsey, Seattle P-I Opinion: Internet filtering bill offers host of headaches/Spokesman-Review Gonzaga No. 121 on U.S. News law…

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High Noon: E-mail Scams Keep Comin' 

On her Facebook wall, Kelsey Husky offers an excerpt from the latest scam out there. Apparently, the Nigerian scam letter has played out. Now, it's this: "I am Missionary Robinson, a widow and suffering from long time cancer of the breast. ... This is why…

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Getting Ready To Rumble 

Wrestlers practice for the NCAA 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia earlier today. The NCAA Division I wrestling championships are scheduled to begin Thursday in Philadelphia, with Cornell and Penn State considered serious contenders to bring a national championship…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.16.11

11:47 a.m. Coeur d'Alene police are looking for a 16YO runaway girl who was last seen 2 days ago. She's described as 5-4, 115 pounds, with burgundy hair and recently was picked up for shoplifting. 11:46 a.m. U.S. Marshals want Post Falls to assist in…

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Hucks Poll: Nuclear Power OK

Tuesday Poll: Despite major problems in Japan with nuclear power plants now, a large majority of Hucks Online readers say they trust nuclear power. 126 of 191 respondents (66%) said they trust nuclear power. 54 of 191 (28.3%) said they didn't trust the energy source.…

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Only 2 NI Reps Against College Guns 18 

Update: The House has voted 41-28 in favor of HB 222, the bill to prevent Idaho's colleges and universities from regulating or banning guns on campus other than in undergraduate residence halls. The measure now moves to the Senate. Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, said she…

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Silverwood To Hire 1200 Seasonals

Nancy DiGiammarco of Silverwood Theme Park issued this news release: "Every summer hundreds of thousands of guests flock to Silverwood Theme Park expecting to have good family fun and none of that would be possible without a happy, well trained staff to greet them. This…

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Groene Ambivalent re: Duncan Plea 

A North Idaho father is both relieved and anxious for his family to see justice after a convicted child serial killer plead guilty in California court on Tuesday.Joseph Duncan reached a plea bargain with prosecutors in the case of a murdered 10 year old boy."I…

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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.