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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.15.11 

Hucks Online has officially begun the countdown to the Fall Blogfest With Addy & Geoff at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Tavern (5:30 p.m. next Wednesday). I'll keep reminding you about it. Addy & Geoff will be there to collect info re: the national project they're…

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Parting Shot -- 9.15.11 

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer, 23, from Greensburg, Ky., earlier today, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Meyer was in Afghanistan's Kunar province in Sept. 2009 when he…

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HMO: Tear Gas Shell Wasn't Worth It 

HMOffsuite: The year they used tear gas to ‘disperse’ the (hydroplane race) crowd, I was 16. (We had another thread where we mentioned some stupid stuff we did as a kid?). I thought it would be really ‘cool’ to have a souvenir to take home…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.15.11

5:36 p.m. Bicyclist reports 2 men in gold over silver Chevy Silverado, registered in Post Falls, ran him off Fernan Lake Road, near rifle range. Then, one of the men got out of the pickup and punched him. 5:08 p.m. Worley man reports his granddaughter…

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PM Headlines -- 9.15.11

Silas Parks reacts to the announcement of charges against him during a court appearance in this July 1, 2009, photo in Moscow. The Idaho man was found guilty of killing his pregnant wife and then setting the home on fire. Now, Parks is appealing his…

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Grandparents Go Viral On YouTube 

Bruce and Esther Huffman kiss during a interview Thursday in McMinnville, Ore. The elderly McMinnville couple has gained unexpected fame after their accidental webcam video reached viral status on YouTube. The three-minute clip of Bruce and Esther Huffman's attempt to snap a photograph on their…

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L.A. Times Spotlights Grizzly Killing 

The Los Angeles Times is the latest national mediate organization to take note of the reaction from the shooting of a 2YO grizzly by Jeremy Hill of Porthill (near Bonners Ferry). In an article this morning, reporter Kim Murphy writes: "To understand the deep rift…

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Idaho Spends $9M On Remedial Ed 

Every year colleges and universities throughout the state assess millions of dollars in tuition expenses to students for remedial education. For the 2009-10 school year, according to records obtained by IdahoReporter.com, more than $9 million was spent at Boise State University, Idaho State University, University…

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Issue: 19 CdA Workers Paid $100K+ 

It's easy to pick out the two biggest issues in the 2011 Coeur d'Alene City Council elections -- proposed McEuen Field changes and the Lake City Development Corp. But there's a third issue bubbling under the surface -- pay for top city employees. Nineteen city…

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Rescued Biker Grateful For 'Heroes' 

Brandon Wright is wheeled to a news conference by his father Craig Andrus at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, earlier today. Wright, a 21-year-old man who was pulled from beneath a burning car by bystanders says he is grateful to be alive…

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Lee: CdA Viks Strong Again

Perhaps the best team in the region is defending Idaho 5A champ Coeur d’Alene (3-0). I’ll get a chance to see the Vikings on Saturday when they play a talented Whitney (Calif.) team, 2-0, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow at 8. Billed the Idaho…

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Cindy: Shoelaces Hamstring Runaway 

I wonder where I’d be right now if Velcro had been invented when I was 7. One rainy night the frustration of being the youngest of four finally caught up with me. My parents were out for the evening, leaving my teenage brother in charge.…

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Missoulian Share 'Aha' Moments

For Greg Price, it happened like a jolt from the bowels of the Earth: A sudden insight while gardening about the cycle of life and death, which helped him come to peace with his father's passing. For Jack and Christy Wich, it was more like…

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INW Headlines -- 9.15.11 

Montana State University president Waded Cruzado presents Maya Angelou with the MSU Presidential Medal for Global and Visionary Leadership Tuesday. (AP Photo/Montana State University: Kelly Gorham) Idaho State students back campus smoking van/AP via Eye On Boise USPS may move Missoula, Kalispell mail processing to…

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High Noon: Retiree Makes A Village 

When Grant Yates (pictured) retired after a lengthy career as an auto mechanic, he and his wife, Joyce, sold their home in California and moved to Deer Park.Never one to sit idle, Yates indulged his love of woodworking and began crafting birdhouses in his shop.…

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Chasing The Light

At Idaho Scenic Images, photographer Linda Lantzy calls this Inland Northwest viewscape: "Chasing the Light." You can read about it here. Anyone guess where this was taken?

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.15.11

Noonish: Homeowner reports vandalism to property in 14009 block of W. Progress/Hayden. 11:59 a.m. Center Partners, 7830 N. Meadowlark, reports transient hanging out in smoking area. 11:36 a.m. Hayden Lake Family Physicians wants ambulance for patient w/severe chest pain. 11:33 a.m. A man is slumped…

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Drugmakers Cozy w/Idaho Docs 

Item: Drugmakers pay millions to Idaho physicians: A new report discloses what doctors received for meals, travel, research and other expenses/Audrey Dutton, Idaho Statesman More Info: They dine out courtesy of drug companies. A Boise psychiatrist ate $607 worth of meals paid for by Pfizer…

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Hucks Poll: Edinger Favored 

Wednesday Poll: A majority of respondents (77 of 142, 54.23%) choose incumbent Ron Edinger when asked who they would select if the city elections were held today. Adam Graves was the runner up with 45 of 142 votes (31.69%) and Jim Hollingsworth was a distant…

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Prep Footballers Booted For Bullying 

Item: 7 Glacier High/Kalispell football players kicked off team for bullying/Jesse Davis, Daily Inter Lake More Info: Two recent incidents involving Glacier High School students resulted in a total of seven suspensions, according to Kalispell Public Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle. One of the incidents involved…

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Girl Fakes Cancer To Scam $17K 

Ruth Angelica Gomez stands in front of an "Achieve The Dream Foundation" sign in El Paso, Texas. Gomez, who collected $17,000 in donations after telling people she was dying of leukemia and had only had six months to live faces theft charges after police determined…

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Graves Admits He Was No Choir Boy 11 

Adam Graves, a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council, admits he was wild as a youngster and has a laundry list of tickets related to speeding to prove it. But he said he's cleaned up his act since the mid-90s. Hucks Online received an…

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Trillhaase: Griz Killing Not Justified 

At the Lewiston Tribune, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase criticizes the political grandstanding and deal cut to resolve the grizzly bear shooting case involving Porthill resident Jeremy Hill: Simple fear, however understandable, does not justify shooting an endangered grizzly. Adopt that standard and you've nullified a…

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Idaho Internet: How Slow Can You Go 

Barry Ramsay, who runs his small manufacturing business here between two mountains, remembers the day his Internet connection crashed for several hours. Work crews had to ride up in snowmobiles to discover the problem. “They said that bears had been rubbing against the towers,” Ramsay…

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Crapo Balks At Obama Tax Hike Talk 27 

President Barack Obama's engagement in job creation is "welcome," Sen. Mike Crapo said this week, and it's time for Congress and the White House to get past its "tired, back-and-forth political battles" and produce results. But in his weekly guest opinion to Idaho newspapers, the…

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