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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.14.11 11 

I was miffed that Mother Nature cheated us out of spring and early summer. But gotta tip my hat to her re: the fine weather of summer from 4th of July into this month. I enjoy the bike rides to and from work. Otherwise, I'm…

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P.S. Nailed 

Chris "The Dutchess" Walton shows off her record breaking fingernails in New York Wednesday. The Dutchess holds the world's record for the longest fingernails on a pair of female hands, according to the new Guiness World Records 2012 book. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Question: Do you…

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Robertson OK w/Alzheimers Divorce 

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's disease is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death." During the portion of the show where the one-time Republican presidential candidate takes questions from viewers, Robertson was asked…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.14.11

5:32 p.m. Guest & manager @ Budget Saver, 15th & Sherman/CdA, are disputing. 5:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 13-14 here. 4:54 p.m. Woman driver is concerned that man in Jeep asked 2 girls who were walking @ Greensferry & Ponderosa/PF…

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PM Headlines -- 9.14.11

Kaleigh Livingston, left, and Brad Hilty, graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Sciences program at Washington State University's Spokane Riverpoint Campus in Spokane, study for a class Tuesday. Chelsea Bannach/SR reports that despite the nation's continuing economic woes, the cost of higher education usually…

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ESA Griz Defense Changes Redundant 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how both of Idaho's U.S. senators and North Idaho's congressman introduced legislation today to amend the Endangered Species Act to clarify that it's OK to shoot a grizzly bear in self-defense or in defense of…

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NIdaho Blog Rdp -- 9.14.11

At As The Lake Churns, Pecky Cox offers this shot of the glorious full moon that has blessed our nights in recent days. What we do for our children/A Butterfly Moment Y'all homeschool?/A Family Runs Through It Tossed egg salad & scrambled emotions/Blush Response Dr.…

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Graves Rolls Out Campaign Bus 

Adam Graves, a candidate in the three-way race for incumbent Ron Edinger's Coeur d'Alene City Council seat, sends along this photo with the caption: "Smallest campaign bus ever!!" (Before Neptune or any of the other Edinger supporters cry, "foul," because I'm posting this, please be…

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St. Maries Cancels Soccer Season

The St. Maries girls’ soccer team won’t play another game this season. A decision was made at Monday’s school board meeting to cancel the remainder of the season. Coach Paul Ebert said there was a lot of concern because the team was unable to field…

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Cindy's Not Going To Fair Either 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes: "So, I love my sparkly golden toes, but due to a language barrier I almost smacked the guy doing my pedicure. He said, "You have affair?" I beg your pardon, says I. "You have affair?" he repeats. Absolutely, not!…

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IME: Protect Endangered Idaho Dems 11 

So, instead of fighting tooth and nail to protect Republicans, to pit highly conservative Republicans against moderates or to break up the mere handful of Democratic districts left in the state, the Republicans on the commission ought to work with Democrats to prevent the utter…

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Gumby Robber Turns Himself In 

This surveillance video taken Sept. 5 and released by the San Diego Police Dept. shows a suspect dressed like Gumby telling a convenience store clerk he is being robbed, fumbling inside the costume as if to pull a gun, dropping 27 cents and leaving. Police…

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Flashback: CdA Didn't Want Hydros 

Susan Weathers, the long-time Coeur d'Alene City Clerk, sent this historical information re: the 1985 City Council vote that sent the hydroplane issue to the city ballot. Here's how the council voted to send the measure to the ballot: "Motion by Brown, seconded by Michaud…

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IPT: Online Requirement Balanced 

The State Board of Education on Friday brought Idaho one step closer to joining Alabama, Florida and Michigan in requiring students to take some of their classes online. The approved arrangement was a good reflection of compromise that should serve students well. Schools Superintendent Tom…

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Jobs Bill Would Mean Millions For Idaho 12 

Here’s what President Obama's jobs bill would do for Idaho, according to a White House estimate released Tuesday (Idaho Statesman story here): $160 million would prevent or reverse layoffs of about 2,500 teachers, police officers and firefighters. $190 million for highway and transit modernization projects…

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INW Headlines -- 9.14.11 

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Edwards greets his niece, Kelsey Heiner, 2, after his arrival at the A-V Center at the Pocatello Regional Airport in Pocatello on Tuesday, with fellow members of the 116th Idaho National Guard following a tour of duty in Iraq this past year.…

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Noon: Start Your Own Group, DFO 39 

On my Facebook wall, Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Tom Hamilton takes exception to my call for Reagan Republicans and other diehard partisans to butt out of local nonpartisan elections: "Sure, Dave...'cuz you've NEVER interjected your politics into local races. Gimme a break. All public offices…

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HR Flies Into Green Monster Stands 12 

Fans in the Green Monster seats reach for the ball on a home run by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury during the fourth inning of the Red Sox's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.14.11

Noonish: Woman is locked out of vehicle at Post Falls Super 1. 11:59 a.m. NIC is locking doors of Christiansen gym while new scoreboard installed. 11:52 a.m. Athol woman reportedly threatened suicide Tuesday & hasn't been seen since. 11:47 a.m. Sally, in 1400 block of…

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CdA Man Flies Flag Upside Down 

KHQ has been following a story about a Coeur d'Alene man who flew his flag upside-down on 9/11 and subsequent days. At first, the Spokane news station wondered if the man was in distress. But the man's wife told KHQ that he was flying the…

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Bears Cause Slow Idaho Internet? 

This just in from the New York Times: Idaho has the slowest Internet connectivity in the nation, and that’s partially because of bears rubbing themselves on towers. It’s also because of snow, fog, mountains and (in summary) the fact that most of Idaho is rural…

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2 Cents: Regarding Advisory Votes 12 

As much as I like Ron Edinger ... I am amused at his fervent call for a McEuen Field advisory vote. In fall 1985, I recall, Edinger, Dixie Reid, and one other council member (Bill Jones?) adamantly opposed a call for an advisory vote for…

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Poll: GOP-Heavy Redistrict Panel? No

Tuesday Poll: 72% of Hucks Nation (120 of 167 respondents) oppose an effort by the Idaho GOP to name an unbalanced Redistricting Commission that favors the state's dominant Republican Party. The commission now is balanced with 3 members from each major party. Only 45 of…

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BP: Idaho Bests BSU In Academics 

re: Uidaho tops WAC in U.S. News & World Report rankings In a WAC forum re: the disparity of U.S. News & World Report rankings of UIdaho (No. 160 nationally) and Boise State (No. 67 regionally), a poster asked: "Do you mean to say the…

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Christa: Missoni? Pshaw 11 

On her Facebook wall, Christa Hazel writes: "This Missoni thing @Target is nuts. Employee in CdA store says a lady yesterday bought $4000 worth of stuff to resell on eBay. PS- she didn't buy it all. There's still zigzag crap on the shelves here." Christa…

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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.