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SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

Cindy: Thinking Out Loud 

On her Twitter account, Cindy tweets: "I really hate it when people talk to themselves in the grocery store. It interupts my conversation with myself." Question: How often do you talk to yourself aloud?

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Stop The Recall Group Files Complaint 55 

Recaller Tom Kane tries to wave down drivers at his table located south of the intersection of Best Avenue and 6th Place in Coeur d"Alene Friday. (Phantom Photographer photo) Item: Stop the Recall files complaint: Seeks investigation of RecallCDA claims/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press More…

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Press: Commenters Remain Unnamed 

Here's the Coeur d'Alene Press version of the hearing before Judge John Luster Friday morning on the SR motion to quash Tina Jacobson's subpoena seeking identities of three anonymous HucksOnline commenters: "The identities of three anonymous online commenters on The Spokesman-Review newspaper's website remained just…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Court Day Wild Card -- 6.1.12 35 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 57: Strange day at HucksOnline HQ and the Kootenai County Courthouse. I had a hard time finding a rhythm this afternoon after a huge chunk was taken out of the morning by the SR motion to quash Tina Jacobson's subpoena.…

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Parting Shot -- 6.1.12 

Store manager Todd Young smiles as he restocks at a Costco warehouse store today in Seattle. Private retailers begin selling spirits for the first time Friday under a voter-approved initiative kicking the state out of the liquor business. The initiative allows stores larger than 10,000…

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Bigfoot In Idaho? 

A group of high school students may have come close to Bigfoot during a class project in the Idaho wilderness. A dark, mysterious creature was caught on tape for a few seconds near Mink Creek before it retreated into the treeline. "It just didn't look…

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SR: Judge Mulls Commenters Suit 

Here's the SR version of today's court hearing: Forcing The Spokesman-Review to reveal the identities of three anonymous commenters on its Huckleberries Online blog would quell free speech by raising fears that people posting critical remarks would be outed and sued, the newspaper’s attorney argued…

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PM Headlines -- 6.1.12 

Robert Allen signs the ReCall petition while Carroll Carey, a ReCallCDA volunteer, looks on. The location was between 15th and 4th Street on Margaret Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. (Phantom Photographer photo) 2 Camero show cars stolen from Post Falls/KREM Official primary turnout 24.4%, still record…

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Scanner Traffic -- 6.1.12

5:49 p.m. R/P reports residential burglary in 28000 block of Silver Meadows Loop/Athol. 5:41 p.m. CPD officers are seeking Jeep Cherokee registered in town involved in Spokane hit-&-run. 5:31 p.m. R/P reports loose, big, fuzzy black dog w/curly tail @ 1st & Fernan. Ongoing problem.…

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Bailiff Faces Child Sex Abuse Charges 

A bailiff at the Kootenai County courthouse lost his job recently after he was arrested on child sex abuse charges. Jack David McPike, 31, of Athol, is accused of sexually abusing a girl from 2006 until this month, when the girl told a school counselor…

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Fairchild Gags Breast-Feeding Moms 

Two local servicewomen who posed for photos in uniform as they breast-fed their children say they have been silenced by superiors. The photos, meanwhile, have spread across the Web amid a fresh wave of debate about breast-feeding in public. The photos were part of a…

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Mary Miffed At MikeK ... Again 

I know it's never news that Recall organizer Mary Souza is using her newsletter to criticize Councilman Mike Kennedy again. But it is interesting. Today, Mary blasts Mike for having the audacity to confront the Recaller who used Lake City High grounds over the weekend…

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Recall: Government Class Project 

A Stop the Recall official posted this photo on his Facebook site, with comment: "Just met these two students from (Coeur d'Alene High School), Nathan Clemans and Justin Smith, posted in McEuen park to talk with people about 'Decline to Sign' as a project for…

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Hart Asks High Court To Reconsider 

Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to reconsider its dismissal of his state income tax appeal, saying the court should have given more consideration to his legislative privilege argument. Hart appealed an order to pay more than $53,000 in…

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Trib: Cheers To Brent Hill 

CHEERS ... to Idaho Senate President Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. In an op-ed published in the Idaho Falls Post Register Thursday, Hill didn't mince words: Closing the GOP primary election to registered Republicans drove voters away. Voter turnout is pegged at 23 percent, the lowest ever.…

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Judge Mulls HBO Commenters Suit 

A lawyer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper’s website argued today that people should be allowed to post anonymous comments on its blogs without fear of being identified and then sued. But a Republican political leader in North Idaho, who is seeking the identities of three individuals…

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Trib: Jeers To Mitt For Luna Pick 

JEERS ... to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. To name Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna to his Education Policy Advisory Committee suggests Romney either doesn't care about public education or he's totally in the dark about Luna's record. That record boils down to this:…

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Subpoena Quash Fashionista Report 

The HucksOnline Fashionista Report for today's court hearing in Judge John Luster's courtroom for the SR motion to quash Tina Jacobson's subpoena: "There were two fashion trends visible today in the courtroom: the black/grey combination color scheme and light blue checked dress shirts. Navy blue…

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Noon Headlines -- 6.1.12

An American flag decorates the door of the first-grade classroom at North Valley Academy in Gooding. The K-12th grade public charter school is the first in Idaho to advertise itself as a patriotic choice for parents, with an emphasis on individual freedoms and free-market capitalism.…

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IFF: Vodka Ban Worse Than Soda Ban 12 

New York City's proposed ban on super-sized sodas is an insufferable "nanny state overreach." But Idaho's ban on Five Wives vodka could be worse, says Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, a conservative lobbying group. Idaho's state-run liquor dispensary banned the Utah-produced…

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Cindy: Groupon Ruins Date Night 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy posts: "Couples Adventure Date Night? Groupon is trying to ruin my marriage! 'Couples rely on teamwork to conquer ground-level games and aerial adventures up to 50 ft. high before settling down to a catered dinner.' Question: How often do you…

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In Recognition Of Doughnuts 

Two giant donuts remain inside a box as Entenmann's baker Augusto Cunha is directed to lift one of the custom-made donuts for a photo, marking the 75th annual National Donut Day today during a celebration in Madison Square Park, New York. Entenmann's displayed the giant…

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I'm Back ... 16 

... blogging will resume shortly ... Becky Kramer of the SR, David Coles of the Press, and Nick Geranios of the Associated Press were in the courtroom. I'll post their stories about today's two-hour hearing before Judge John Luster when they become available. Judge Luster…

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Queen To Celebrate 60-Year Reign 

Racegoers on an open top bus during Investec Ladies' Day of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Epson, southern England, earlier today. Queen Elizabeth II kicks off a long weekend of celebrations of her 60-year reign by going to the races, and perhaps no…

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