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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 9.27.11 17 

Not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood today. But it means that I can continue to keep my sprinkler system turned off -- and save a few bucks that I can use to buy firewood in October. Easy come, easy go. Gotta start thinking…

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Parting Shot -- 9.27.11 

A worker pulls a boom in a cranberry marsh today, near Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Wisconsin's harvest, which produces more than 50 percent of the world's supply of cranberries, is just under way. This year's Wisconsin's crop is expected to yield 4.3 million barrels, according to…

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Fred Meyer Offers Needle-Free Shots 

The option of needle-free fall flu shots is being offered at Fred Meyer stores in Idaho and Washington, the company announced. The company press release said “most” Fred Meyer stores will have needle-free and traditional options. You may need to call ahead to confirm, if…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.27.11

5:43 p.m. Allen, at Hayden WalMart security, wants to see officer re: theft of videos. 5:42 p.m. A suicidal woman picked up kids at school despite having them taken away today legally. 5:34 p.m. An accident b/n a vehicle & a bicyclist reported @ Atlas…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 9.27.11 

A mother bear, left, and one of her cubs investigate a dumpster behind the Mount Ivy Diner in Pomona, N.Y. , Saturday. The diner's owner says he's seen a lot of wildlife on his property, but never bears. The bears have been regular visitors for…

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PM: Ferguson's Milk Bottle To Rebuild

Lisa Kulp, a waitress at Ferguson's Cafe, helps sweep debris from in front of the burned-out business on Garland Ave in Spokane Monday. Fire investigators at daybreak began going through the remains of two historic Garland District restaurants _ one a Depression-era icon and the…

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Cheeseheads Rip Anti-Cheese Ad 

An anti-cheese billboard faces northbound Interstate 41 traffic in DePere, Wis., Tuesday. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine paid for the billboard near Green Bay. The original design featured the Grim Reaper wearing a foam cheese wedge on his head which drew complaints from Foamation…

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3 Bunglers Botch Beer Heist 11 

Three would-be beer thieves were arrested in Covina, Calif. after their bungled attempt ended with one man getting soaked in a car wash and another tackled by store employees, authorities say. Police say friends Nicholas Fiumetto, Nicholas Kalscheuer and Andy Huynh went to the Baja…

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Idaho College Enrollment Near Last 

A new report ranks Idaho in the bottom 10 states for the percentage of high school graduates who go to college. The U.S. Department of Education released the report Monday. It includes state-by-state rankings based on 2009 data in several areas, such as how students…

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Washington Monument Damage Check 

Dave Megerle, a member of Wiss, Janney, Elstner, Associates (WJE) "Difficult Access Team," right, and an unidentified co-worker, test their equipment at the top of the Washington Monument on the National Mall, in Washington on Tuesday, preparing for people to rappel down the sides to…

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Trial For Jackson Doctor Opens 

More than two years after Michael Jackson's death from an overdose of a powerful surgical anaesthetic, the irrepressible circus surrounding the King of Pop was back in full swing as the personal physician who attended to him in his dying hours stood trial for involuntary…

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New Redistricters: None From NIdaho 

Republicans have picked two former lawmakers and the widow of a state GOP chairman to sit on the new, re-formed redistricting commission, which begins its work Wednesday. Former state Reps. Dolores Crow (pictured in Idaho Public TV photo) and Randy Hansen were named today, joining…

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Labrador: Not A 'Tea Party' Freshman 28 

“I believe the Tea Party is a good movement,” Congressman Raul Labrador told the City Club in response to a question. “Because people are being vilified so much by the media, they're not calling themselves 'tea party' any more, they're saying 'conservative Republicans.' … The…

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Edit: $82 Million Is Real Money 

Perhaps it should come as a relief to Idahoans that our state had the Pacific Northwest’s lowest percentage of errors in the payment of unemployment benefits over the past three years. More than 9% of payments in Idaho were paid erroneously, while Washington had a…

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High Noon: OpenCDA's Council Poll

Hucks Online is generally loathe to drive traffic to the OpenCDA site. But it looks as though Mary Souza and Bill McCrory need all the help they can get keeping the site alive, judging from the one post they've made in the last week (on…

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Labrador Now Backs Term Limits 

Freshman Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, in response to a question about term limits at the Boise City Club today, said, “This is actually an area where I have changed in the last eight months. I believe that we need term limits in politics, especially congressional…

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INW Headlines -- 9.27.11 

People gather outside the Loading Zone Bar and Casino in Great Falls, Mont. on Monday, where early Sunday a truck crashed into the front of the building, killing one person and injuring several others. (AP Photo/Great Falls Tribune: Kristen Cates) New Idaho Redistricting Commission is…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.27.11

11:48 a.m. Possible illegal alien in gray sweat pants ran away in traffic stop @ I-90 & M/P34 (Rose Lake junction) 11:20 a.m. Accident b/n vehicle & pedestrian reported @ 2301 N. Ironwood Place/CdA. 11:18 a.m. Someone is having breathing difficulty @ Belleville & St.…

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Poll: Legalize Medical Marijuana 

Monday Poll: 159 of 248 respondents (64.11%) voted to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho. Only 83 of 248 (33.47%) opposed the change in Idaho law. 6 people were undecided. Today's Poll: How do you view the United Nations (positively, negatively, neutrally)?

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Study: Health Insurance Costs Soar 11 

The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research…

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Facebook Changes Affect Privacy 16 

As part of the new changes to Facebook, third-party applications will be incorporated into each user’s personal profile. Instead of manually clicking the mouse to allow updates from apps to be shared with friends, the information will routinely be added to someone’s profile each time…

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3 NI Schools Get Props For Lunches 

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Deputy Regional Director Jesus Mendoza will join students in Northern Idaho to recognize 3 local schools for receiving USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge Silver awards Thursday and Friday. Award winning schools are Harrison Elementary School, Spirit Lake Elementary, and A.B.…

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Aiden, Hailey Lead Name Game 

Nice choices, mom and dad. For the fourth time in eight years, Hailey was the region's choice as the most popular baby girls' name. For the second time in four years, Aiden was the most popular selection for boys. Those were the results in the…

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Christa: IB Audience Misbehaved 41 

Christa Hazel followed a report re: the IB (International Baccalaureate) meeting last night: "I am disappointed that there are so many community members not ashamed to be openly rude and it seemed to fall on one side. Some people barked at the speakers when they…

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Edit: NRA Brings Back Flawed Idea 16 

When it comes to safety on college campuses, whom do you believe?University officials and local law enforcement agencies — the people entrusted to keep the peace? Or the National Rifle Association, a special-interest group seeking to put Idaho into its win column? Earlier this year,…

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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.