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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Wild Card/Thursday -- 6.14.12 34 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 69: City Clerk Susan Weathers tells me that state laws re: financial disclosure for recall campaign finance reports don't kick in until July 1. In other words, there will be no accountability for all that money that have poured into…

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Good Egg Salad Sandwich Hard 2 Find 11 

A good egg salad sandwich is as hard to find these days as a hardcore LaToya Jackson fan. The situation kind of came into focus for me a few weeks ago when a slightly grizzled, new-to-town random guy bellied up to my bar, ordered a…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.14.12

5:59 p.m. Marine deputy is pulling over red-and-white boat in NIC area for violating no-wake zone. 5:39 p.m. Injured dog in road @ 9th & Locust/CdA is creating a traffic hazard. 5:13 p.m. R/P reports several baby skunks are located along BNSF RR @ undisclosed…

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PM Headlines -- 6.14.12

Amanda Furrer of Spokane pauses before firing her rifle at the U.S. Olympic Shooting Trials in Fort Benning, Ga. She'll be shooting for gold in the summer Olympics. Rich Landers' SR story here. (Rich Landers' SR photo) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Ex-owner of Beaudry Motors…

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Trib: Whistling A Different Tune

Richard Albert Leavitt was executed by lethal injection Tuesday, 28 years after the murder of Danette Elg of Blackfoot. As reported by the four journalists who witnessed the procedure - from the time Leavitt was escorted into the execution chamber until his death was pronounced…

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Ex-GOP Candidate Baumbach Cited 

It's been the kind of week that blurs the line between the political beat and the police blotter. On Thursday, the Ada County sheriff's office issued Lucas Baumbach a failure to obey citation, a misdemeanor. Baumbach, 33, ran for state Senate on the GOP ticket…

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McEuen Boat-Trailer Compromise 36 

Huckleberries has learned that the McEuen Design Team will propose a solution to the parking problem for boat trailers in the new McEuen Field -- a compromise that will provide parking almost as close as current lower lot on Third Street. In an interview moments…

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Beatles In Wax 11 

Wax figures representing The Beatles, from left, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon are unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York, earlier today in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Question: Let's play all-time favorite Beatle song ...

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Idaho Democrats Gathering In Boise 10 

Idaho Democrats are getting ready to gather in Boise for the party's 2012 convention. Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant says the agenda for the three-day event includes selecting delegates to attend the party's national convention later this summer and hammering out a platform. Top Democratic…

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Equipment Inspection

Members of the Midnight Sun Junior Roller Girlz roller derby team line up for gear inspection before recently at the Boys and Girls Club in Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Eric Engman) Question: When did you begin playing team sports?

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If The Recall Fails ... 12 

If the recall attempt fails (according to City Clerk Susan Weathers): I.C. 34-1707(5) states: "In the event that a petition is found not to have the required number of signatures, the officer shall continue in office and no new recall petition may be circulated for…

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News Quiz Offers Movie Tickets 

Are you a movie buff? Everyone who enters this week's Spokesman-Review current events quiz is eligible to win two free tickets to area cinemas. And if you finish among the smartest of them all, a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel could be yours.…

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They Became The Le Claire Bunch

He was a single dad raising seven children. She was a single mom with five kids. In 1966, Mel and Darlene Le Claire met when she moved into a house behind him in south Spokane. “Our kids played together,” Darlene recalled. His oldest was 13…

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Breaking! Rejection Rate Now 18% 41 

From County Clerk Cliff Hayes' office: "This afternoon Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced further progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions. “With more petitions verified and checked, most signatures are valid. However, the rejection rate has increased”, Hayes said. Approximate signature…

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New Yorker Focuses On Bryan Fischer 18 

Controversial Bryan Fischer, pictured in 2007 AP file photo, who has taken his conservative bully pulpit national from Idaho, is featured in a not-flattering New Yorker article by Jane Mayer, "Bully Pulpit: An evangelist talk-show host's campaign to control the Republican Party." It begins with…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.14.12 

12:09 a.m. 17YO Coeur d'Alene male is threatening to kill a parent. 11:50 a.m. Budget Saver, 1504 Sherman Ave/CdA, reports unwanted person on grounds. 11:48 a.m. KCSDeputy en route to handle a dog bite case at Carlin Bay/Harrison area. 11:27 a.m. PFPD is looking for…

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My 2 Cents: Best Date? Nov. 6 

If the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers have obtained enough signatures to trigger a recall, there is only one date that makes since for such an election: Nov. 6. The day of the general election. Sure, a number of Hard Right Republicans crazed by the presence of Democrat…

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Poll: Pick Nov. 6 As Recall Date 

Wednesday Poll: If the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers succeed in their crusade to gain a recall election for Mayor Sandi Bloem & the better half of the City Council, Hucks Nation wants the election to be held on Nov. 6, the general election date. 71 of 134…

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Groene's Dad Sues Fund Manager 

A woman who administered a bank account for donations given to benefit two North Idaho children kidnapped seven years ago is being sued by their father, who says she mismanaged the funds. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Steven Groene, shown in AP file photo, filed…

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Because You Asked ... 

... No, HucksOnline hasn't received any news releases this morning from County Clerk Cliff Hayes Election Department with updated numbers re: number of signatures disqualified from recall petitions turned in by the Souza-Orzell-Sims RecallCDA group. I've contacted Hayes by email to see if he plans…

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Pretty Public Art At 'Poop Plant' 

A coupla Berry Pickers snapped this photo of public art at the wastewater treatment plant (aka Sharon Culbreth's "poop plant") during a walk on the news stretch of Centennial Trail along the Spokane River and Education Corridor. One Berry Picker writes: "The sculptures are awesome…

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Targeted 4: Resign? Who Us? 21 

Item: Resign? Not us, targets declare: Cd'A officials plan to stay in office if election occurs/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press More Info: The four Coeur d'Alene city incumbents targeted by a recall effort said Wednesday they wouldn't resign if the measure makes it to an…

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Cancer Survivors Increase By 1/3 16 

The number of Americans living with cancer will increase by nearly a third to almost 18 million by 2022, according to a report released on Thursday by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. Researchers found that even though the incidence rates of…

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