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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 3.18.11 

A hat tip to The Bard of Sherman Avenue for providing an ode to March Madness that brought a smile, despite all the myriad world crises -- and the miserable performance of the 2011 Idaho Legislature. Never have so many Idaho politicians performed so miserably…

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Parting Shot -- 3.18.11 

Montana players start their practice by lining-up for a group photo in the first round of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Friday in Spokane, Wash. Montana plays UCLA Saturday. (AP Photo) Question: Do you plan to follow the women's NCAA tournament games at Gonzaga…

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Newt Rips Barack For Bracketology 26 

In keeping with tradition for the start of the NCAA basketball tournaments, President Obama filled out his bracket and the White House released it. Something new was added to the mix this year, however. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized Obama for spending too much attention…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.18.11

5:16 p.m. Caller reports that lights are all flashing red @ H41 & Poleline/Post Falls. 5:15 p.m. Woman, from Greensferry & Lancaster/Rathdrum, reports ongoing speeding problem. 5:08 p.m. Caller from northwest CdA reports 9YO autistic girl is tearing up house. 4:58 p.m. Lindsay, on Krest…

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PM Headlines -- 3.18.11

This drawing of the Cataldo Mission by Gustavus Sohon between 1858-1862 was made while traveling with Captain John Mullan. Courtesy of The Museum of North Idaho. The photo was part of a Spokesman-Review package by reporter Becky Kramer & photographer Kathy Plonka Thursday in which…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.18.11 11 

Vanderbilt cheerleaders perform a stunt in the second half of a Southwest regional second round NCAA tournament college basketball game against Richmond on Thursday in Denver. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Top Cutlines: 1. Disgruntled Bottom Cheerleader: “I’ve been thru Boise and I’ve…

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Current School District Filings ... 

Deputy Clerk Pat Raffee just called to provide another late filing in the 3 school trustee races in major Kootenai County districts (Bonnie Beaulieu, in Zone 2/Post Falls) and to say the names listed below represent all candidates who filed before today's 5 p.m. deadline:…

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William Love & 6-Word Stories 14 

On his Twitter page, William Love, Sandpoint educator and son of Marianne Love/Slight Detour, tells of giving his journalism students at the Cedar Post an assignment to write six-word stories on current events. Among the best responses was one about the 20th anniversary of the…

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Ex-SR Staffer Under Fire In Libya

The following information comes from an e-mail exchange today between Pickett, briefly back in Cairo, and The Inlander (except where noted): "The air strikes happen very fast — you hear the plane and then you have a couple seconds to look for cover. But nobody…

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NIdaho Blogs -- 3.18.11 

"Sometimes shooting hockey is like being at a boxing match," posts Colin Mulvany/Snaps & Frames. "This fight at the end of the Spokane Chiefs vs. the Tri-City Americans match was brutal to watch. As my motor-drive blazed away at nine-frames-per-second, the crowd cheered them on."…

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Eggs-ceptional 

Becca Kays holds a giant egg from the chickens she and her brother raise on the 200 block of Johnson Lane in Lockwood, Mont., Thursday. A Montana hen really has something to cluck about. Unofficially, the egg is just over 3 inches tall and a…

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Bumpersnicker ...  10 

... “My golden retriever is smarter than your honor student” -- On a white pickup in front of SR’s Coeur d’Alene building Thursday: Question: Which do you have ... a smart dog ... or an honor student? Or both?

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IEA Eyes Possible Referendum Drive 19 

A committee of parents and representatives of the Idaho Education Association today took initial steps toward a campaign to repeal Senate Bills 1108 and 1110, two recently enacted pieces of Superintendent Tom Luna's controversial education package. "We're in the exploratory phase, and no final decisions…

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Feds, Enviros Agree To Delist Wolves 

Facing mounting pressure from Congress over gray wolves, wildlife advocates reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday to lift the species' federal protections in Montana and Idaho and allow hunting to resume. The settlement agreement - opposed by some environmentalists -…

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What's 'Tiger Blood'? 

A Michigan fan cheers with others in the second half of a West Regional NCAA tournament second round college basketball game against Tennessee, Friday, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Question: Can someone explain to me what Charlie Sheen meant by "Tiger blood"? Can you…

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APB: Beware Of Tsunami Scams 

Last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan may be prompting some of you to open your wallets to help those devastated by the disasters. But, as the FBI recently noted, not all charities that show up in your e-mail inbox are legitimate. The FBI issued…

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Luna Isn't Backing Off Laptops 

A read through the new school-reform bill introduced today, SB 1184, yields some surprises: It still seeks to provide a laptop computer to every Idaho high school student. It just pushes the plan back a year, providing laptops and training to teachers in 2012-13, then…

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High Noon: Things That Go Bonk 

Facebook Friend Denise Chamberlain of Coeur d'Alene had one of those days this week. On her wall she writes: "you know those cartoons where someone hits their head on a shelf and everything falls on them? I hit my head on the shelf on the…

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U.S. To Help Impose 'No-Fly' Zone 22 

President Barack Obama leaves the podium after making a statement about Libya in the East Room of the White House in Washington today. Obama said the U.S. is ready to join international efforts in imposing a no-fly zone in Libya but won't commit ground troops…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.18.11

12:16 p.m. Firefighters are responding to general fire alarm @ Heritage Place on Lincoln Way. 12:10 p.m. A German shepherd is running loose in traffic on I-90 @ M/P 11 (NW Blvd). 11:08 a.m. Caller from 8th & Lunceford/Coeur d'Alene reports being harassed. 11:06 a.m.…

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DFO: Zags Can Make Me Crazy 

I have a confession to make. I yell at the TV when the Zags are playing. (And when my S.F. Giants were playing in the postseason last fall.) Last night, for example, I yelled, "you clown!" when Demitri Goodson fell down in the second half…

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Kage Mann Not Happy w/Labrador 

Kage Mann: I’m not to happy with Raul Labradors start in congress and given any misgivings, Mary and others reaasured me he would be strong on illegal immigration. Yet, he been undecided on many immigration bills up for a vote. Bubblehead says Rep. Labrador was…

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Hucks Poll: Most Wore Paddy's Green 

Thursday Poll: 94 of 165 respondents (57%) wore green Thursday in honor of St. Patrick's Day. 68 of 165 respondents (41.2%) didn't wear green. 3 respondents were unsure if they'd worn green. NIV Bible Poll: 66 of 92 respondents (71.7%) said they wouldn't read a…

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'Little Mermaid' Has Harrison Tie

She never made it to the big screen working for Disney, but her hair did. Cheryl Prueher of Harrison said that the animators took their inspiration for The Little Mermaid’s hair from her own red locks. She grew up in California, learned French while attending…

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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.