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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

TGIF Wild Card -- 9/23/11 

Amy Dearest and future son-in-law Okie Doke showed up at midnight last night for a weekend of hanging out with the parents and attending a friend's wedding. Always nice to see the kids. And it looks like a sunny weekend ahead. All we need to…

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Parting Shot -- 9.23.11 

New world champion Arnaud Demare, front, and silver medallist Adrien Petit of France celebrate winning the men under 23 road race over 168 kilometers (104.4 miles) with start and finish in Holte, north of Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier today. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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Gunshot, Not Grizzly, Killed Hunter 23 

A hunter who died during a grizzly bear attack was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest, the Montana State Crime Lab medical examiner announced today. Steve Stevenson, 39, was killed when his hunting partner, Ty Bell, shot the bear multiple times in…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.23.11

5:16 p.m. 3 w/b cars are pulled over for unknown reason @ I-90 & M/P 9 (w/smoke, debris nearby). 4:45 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 22-23 here. 4:34 p.m. A red gas can is lying on freeway at e/b I-90 &…

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PM Headlines -- 9.23.11

This March 15 file photo shows the ConocoPhillips megaloads siting idle on a pull out for Montana Department of Transportation west of Helena. A Montana judge says he will rule soon whether to repeal or change his order to keep these Exxon Mobil subsidiary's oversized…

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Old Dog Edinger Learns New Tricks 

Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Ron Edinger -- yes, that Ron Edinger, the councilman who has been an elected official in Coeur d'Alene since Methuselah was a baby -- is now on Facebook. You can check out his Facebook site…

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Redistricting Accord Finally Reached? 

In the latest twist in this year's Idaho redistricting saga, the Idaho Republican and Democratic parties have just issued a joint media advisory saying the previous redistricting commissioners, from both parties, have now reached agreement on both congressional and legislative district plans, and will present…

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State: Same Rules Apply To Phil Hart 

Attorneys for the Idaho State Tax Commission have filed their response to Rep. Phil Hart's state income tax appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, writing that Hart seems to be arguing different rules apply to him just because he's a state legislator. “Appellant appears to…

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North Idaho Blogs -- 9.23.11

This is a bit far afield for Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images. But it's still viewtiful. It's a photo of Birch Bay on the Puget Sound, Wash. 10 words or phrases for today/A Butterfly Moment Being a Mariners fan, it ain't easy/Atmospheric Ruminations What piece of…

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Marilyn Monroe Photos To Be Sold 

In this 1946 image taken by photographer Joseph Jasgur and released by Julien's Auctions, a photo of Norma Jean Dougherty, who eventually changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, is shown. A bankruptcy judge in Florida ruled earlier this week that photos taken of Monroe will…

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Leaf Handles Addiction, Recovery 

Ryan Leaf has set a lot of records for Washington State University. Even though the Cougars barely lost at the '97 Rose Bowl, Leaf's success as quarterback prompted him to leave WSU and become a first-round draft pick in the NFL. He bombed, was booed…

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Judge Throws Book At Boise Soldier 

Boise soldier Pfc. Andrew Holmes will spend seven years in prison for murdering an Afghan boy during a patrol in January 2010, Army Lt. Col. Kwasi Hawks said today. Hawks wanted to sentence Holmes to 15 years in prison, saying it appeared to him that…

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Catch A Falling Satellite 17 

In this file image provided by NASA this is the STS-48 onboard photo of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) in the grasp of the RMS (Remote Manipulator System) during deployment, from the shuttle in September 1991. NASA's old research satellite is expected to come…

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Debate Crowd Boos Gay Soldier 23 

A gay soldier’s question about the end of the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy elicited boos from the audience at Thursday’s Republican candidates debate, and a promise from Rick Santorum (shown answering a question during debate) to reinstate the policy if elected. In a…

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Statesman: Butch & The Nullifiers 

In an editorial today, the Idaho Statesman addresses Gov. Butch Otter: "Accepting the feds’ grant — and establishing a health exchange on Idaho’s terms — is just common sense. But you know those nullifiers. They don’t have much use for common sense. “I will be…

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Letterman Tabs Grizzly Wrangler 

Rich Landers writes: "My Outdoors feature story last Sunday, “Gutsy wrangler, huge horse, save boy from charging grizzly” struck a chord with Spokesman-Review readers –and then spread to readers across the continent like jet-propelled stallions. The story of Erin Bolster and her horse, Tonk, riding…

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Texas Cuts Execution Last Meals 

Texas inmates who are set to be executed will no longer get their choice of last meals, a change prison officials made Thursday after a prominent state senator became miffed over an expansive request from a man condemned for a notorious dragging death. Lawrence Russell…

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High Noon: Idaho Solons Talk Turkey 

The good news: Several Idaho legislators were unhurt this week in a deadly bombing in the Turkish capital of Ankara. And no, the lawmakers were not traveling overseas on state taxpayers’ nickel. But that still leaves some nagging questions. What exactly are Idaho lawmakers doing…

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INW: Mountain Lion Killed After Attack 

Idaho Department of Fish and Game conservation officer Matt O’Connell talks to reporters in Boise earlier today, about a mountain lion that was killed after chasing after a 10-year-old boy near a Mores Creek subdivision in the Boise area. It was the latest in a…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.23.11

Noonish: Hit-&-run accident reported at Big Y, 2301 E. Sherman/CdA. 11:48 a.m. Huckleberries hears that semi w/2 trailers is partly blocking Sherman Avenue near Coeur d'Alene Resort after failing to make turn. 11:41 a.m. Firemen are having trouble turning off false fire alarm @ Washington…

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Spokane Smells Like Cow Manure?

On Twitter, SR City Editor Addy Hatch tweets: "Save the jokes - but does anyone know why downtown Spokane smells like cow manure? Several of us remarked on it today." Question: On Hucks Online, of course, you don't have to save the jokes. Anyone?

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Poll: PETA Pranks Don't Impact 

Thursday Poll: 129 of 140 respondents (92.14%) said they haven't been affected in a positive way toward animal rights as a result of PETA's protests and other pranks. 10 of 140 respondents (7.14%) say they are more favorable to animal rights as a result of…

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Argonaut: Time For Workers To Stand 

Apparently class warfare is what happens when the working class fights back. Years of shrinking taxes for the richest Americans have not been class warfare. The fact that incomes for the top earners have increased for decades, while middle-class incomes (adjusted for inflation) have stagnated…

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Idaho To Be New WAC Power? 

Idaho coach Robb Akey said he's sad Fresno State will be leaving the Western Athletic Conference. He doesn't want Hawaii and Nevada to go, either, and is disappointed that the Vandals no longer play in-state rival Boise State. "I thought we had a pretty good,…

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May The Faust Be With You 

If you haven't attended a live opera performance in the Inland Northwest, your last chance might be right here, right now. Not to sound devilishly ominous, but local opera is the latest cultural delight to dangle on the ledge of solvency. Spokane Opera is no…

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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.