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THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.8.11 14 

I've studiously avoided posting much about the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, to give you some relief from the current media saturation. I'll post something Friday to provide an opportunity for comments. But today we'll concentrate on business & silliness per usual, as the…

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Obama Proposes $447B Jobs Bill 10 

Reaction: Idaho delegation unconvinced with Obama's jobs speech/Kevin Richert, Statesman President Obama on Thursday night will appeal to Congress to "stop the political circus" and help him get the economy moving again with a package of spending and tax cut initiatives expected to cost $447…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.8.11 

5:25 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 7-8 here. 5:18 p.m. Head-on crash near Sagle leaves motorcyclist in 'critical' condition here. And ISP report here. 5:05 p.m. Man in a dark van was chasing girl on bike on Grand Fir/CdA 30 minutes…

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PM Headlines -- 9.8.11

Estefania Mejia, 17, blows up balloons in Environmental Science class at Skyview High School in Nampa. The balloons were intended as visual aids for a discussion of carbon sinks in teacher AJ Wilkens class. (AP Photo/Statesman, Chris Butler) AmericanWest agrees to buy Seattle bank/John Stucke,…

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No One Buys Hagadone's House 

Auction company J.P. King opened the auction of Duane Hagadone's old residence on Thursday afternoon, and 20 minutes after 2 p.m., the auction ended. Two registered bidders were interested in the property, at 3155 E. Harrison, on 15 acres of Stanley Hill. Neither bidder came…

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North Idaho Blogs -- 9.8.11 

On its Facebook wall, KXLY shows the new anchor team for PM newscasts -- Mike Gonzalez & Nadine Woodward ... 10 things kindergarteners should be able to do coming into class/A Butterfly Moment Politically incorrect information for 99 cents/Arch Druid Rest in Peace: That's all…

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Otter: ESA 'Badly' Flawed 

Gov. Butch Otter today praised the federal government's decision to drop charges against Jeremy Hill, the Bonners Ferry man who shot and killed a grizzly bear, saying he feared for the safety of his children who had been playing outside. But Otter, who served three…

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Bruning: Let's Keep Moving Ahead 

In announcing his bid for re-election, Coeur d'Alene Councilman John Bruning said in part today: "I am running because I want Coeur d'Alene to remain the city of excellence that it is now. We can all be very proud of what we have -- the…

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Solitaire & Pedicures 

A model plays solitaire on her touchpad while getting a pedicure backstage before the spring 2012 collection of Tadashi Shoji is modeled during Fashion Week in New York today. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Question: How often do you play solitaire?

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For Those Keeping Score At Home ... 

Terry Harris of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance reports via Twitter that his organization has collected 2100 signatures of individuals who oppose the demand by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to level the viewtiful ponderosas along Rosenberry Drive (Dike Road around North Idaho College) --…

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Dennis: Be True To Your Kid's School 

When our kids head to college we seem to become, whether we like it or not, walking billboards for their schools - hats or tee shirts, jackets or windbreakers - all with the college's name on them. Our daught er will soonbe graduating from CWI…

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Dealing With Extra Zucchini 

In my old neighborhood, we only locked our doors during zucchini season. Waves of the vegetables would arrive at our doorstep, sent by those who were too sick of them to eat any more. No matter how many stir-fries, fritters, pizzas and tamales we threw…

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Ben & Jerry's Unveils New Ice Cream 

Ben & Jerry's plans to introduce a "Schweddy Balls" themed ice cream. The new flavor is best identified with the very popular and iconic Saturday Night Live skit featuring Alex Baldwin, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. Ben & Jerry's made the announcement regarding the new…

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Poll: Obama Worse Than Carter 15 

Two new polls today find that just one third of the public feels President Obama deserves re-election while five times more Americans think Obama has done a worse job fixing the economy than Jimmy Carter, the modern era's Herbert Hoover. Washington Whispers contributor John Zogby…

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Twitter Soars In Popularity 

Twitter said Thursday that it now boasts 100 million active users, half of which tweet to the site on a daily basis. That figure represents an 82 percent increase since the beginning of the year, Twitter representatives said in an email. All told, the company's…

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Appeals Court Upholds Obamacare 46 

A U.S. appeals court handed President Barack Obama a victory for his signature healthcare law on Thursday, ruling against challenges by the state of Virginia and others seeking to invalidate the law as unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a…

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INW Headlines -- 9.8.11

Doug Flansburg, a longtime Palouse farmer, takes a break from wheat harvesting to spend a few days at a lake cabin near Heyburn State Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene Wednesday. Flansburg, a split end with the Washington State Cougars in 1965-1968, will be inducted into…

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High Noon: Car Trouble 

On her Facebook wall, FB Friend Jill Kuraitis of Boise writes: "My car wouldn't start. I opened the hood and peered around - might as well have been a bomb factory in there for all I know about cars - and waved my hand around.…

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Tubbs Hill Snake 

So you think there's no snakes in North Idaho. Well, photographer Daniel Kasza of Bearfeet Nature Photography has encountered snakes three different times in the four years he's been hiking Tubbs Hill, including this garter snake recently.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.8.11 

Noonish: William @ Hayden & Chase wants to see officer re: a tooth he lost in a fight 4-5 months ago. 11:46 a.m. Elaine on Progress Drive/Hayden reports jewelry taken from home a month ago. 11:33 a.m. Caller @ 6898 Willadsen/Rathdrum claims neighbor damaging property…

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Hucks Poll: No To Urban Chickens

Wednesday Poll: A plurality of Hucks Nation doesn't want to live in an urban neighborhood next to someone raising chickens. 73 of 149 respondents (48.99%) said they don't want urban chickens next door. 63 of 149 respondents (42.28%) said they wouldn't mind chickens next door.…

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Christa Busted For Speeding 17 

A funny thing happened to Christa Hazel, new VP for the Bryan Elementary PTA, on the way to school Wednesday morning -- she got popped by CPD Blue Pat Sullivan for speeding 11 mph over limit @ 11th & Harrison (not a school zone). At…

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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.