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FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

Parting Shot -- 11.2.12 

Aaron Wade Faires, 2, peeks out from between the legs of his future father, Edward Faires, during adoption proceedings during a National Adoption Day event in 420th District Court on Friday in Nacogdoches, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Sentinel, Andrew D. Brosig) Question: Were you adopted?…

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Slice: Back Fire? Or Gun Shot? 

The loud bang outside late yesterday afternoon might have been a car backfiring. Or maybe a transformer blowing. Then it happened again. And again. By the time I went out to have a look-see, all sorts of neighbors were already outside looking for an answer.…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.2.12

5:46 p.m. Disabled vehicle has steam coming from engine @ n/b H95/MP 440 (Garwood). 5:44 p.m. Officer helps push disabled white sedan of H41/16th Avenue, PF. It was blocking. 5:36 p.m. Caller reports cat has broken leg after being hit by vehicle on Miles/Hayden. 5:28…

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PM Headlines -- 11.2.12

On her Facebook wall, an ailing Kerri Thoreson posts: "I think I'll create a new fall fragrance line ... autumn leaves and Vicks. Wonder if Brad Pitt's under an exclusive contract with Chanel." Priest Lake boat crash suspect pleads not guilty/Keith Kinnaird, Bee Woman suspected…

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NIdaho Blogs & Friends -- 11.2.12

Coeur d'Alene Press reporter Alecia Warren interviews Brent Regan at the protest rally of the United Conservatives of North Idaho near the Kootenai County Courthouse this morning. Regan & Co. were demonstrating against proposed changes to the Kootenai County government structure and Unified Land Use…

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Traffic Stop Nets $408K In Drug Money 

Kootenai County Sheriff's office is fighting to keep nearly a half a million dollars in what's believed to be drug money. According to newly released federal court documents, $407,676.52 was seized in May after a deputy made a traffic stop in Coeur d'Alene of David…

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Announcer Dick Haugen Stricken 10 

Corey Symons of IdahoSports.com announced 20 hours ago on Dick Haugen's Facebook page that Dick has been stricken with a heart attack. Here's Corey's post: "Richard Haugen our broadcaster is in ICU. Had chest pains so we called 911. Had a heart attack with 100%…

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Should New York Marathon Go On? 

Update: Bloomberg cancels New York Marathon/Wall Street Journal Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City Marathon will go on despite storm-related objections. He says New York has to show that "we are here and we are going to recover." Bloomberg says the marathon will…

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SRBlogs: Kindle My Feelings For Apple 

"You want to know the problem with Apple products?" offers Dan Webster/Dually Noted. "They tend to spoil you for anything else. I'm typing this on a MacBook Air, my second on (the first was stolen), and it is not only by far the best laptop…

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Here's Looking At You, Kid

Bob Pedersen, organizer of the old Rally Right group, was at the Kootenai County Courthouse today, taking photos of Duane Rasmussen taking photos of the United Conservatives of North Idaho protesters for Huckleberries Online. Former sheriff's candidate John Green was among the protesters. The group…

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Adams: WSU Right To Bench Wilson 

MikeLeach doesn’t sugarcoat anything when asked about his football team. Just ask star wide receiver Marquess Wilson. Since spring camp, Leach has publicly labeled the second-team all-Pac-12 selection soft, inconsistent and unfocused. Leach finally slammed his team’s leading receiver on the bench in Saturday’s 24-17…

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Nice Fall Day For A Protest 

The trees changing color in downtown Coeur d'Alene provide a nice backdrop for this protest by members of United Conservatives of North Idaho against proposed changes to Kootenai County government and the Unified Land Use Building Code. Former GOP sheriff's candidate John Green is the…

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Democrat Outraises Rep. Barbieri 

In one race in one North Idaho legislative district, a Democrat is leading a Republican incumbent in fund-raising. Cheryl Stransky has raised $10867 to state Rep. Vito Barbieri's $9655 in the race for House District 2A seat. In the latest filing period, Stransky raised $1520,…

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Protesting Proposed County Change 

Roger Benoit, Kootenai County Republican Central Committeeman from Precinct 1 (w/cap) and Melanie Vanderfeer, Precinct 3 committeeman, protest at Kootenai County Courthouse this morning. The pair & about 25 others were protested proposed changes to Kootenai County government and the Unified Land Use Code. Later,…

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Laptops: Not Exactly A Buyout Clause 

It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the $182 million laptop contract is not what the State Department of Education originally described - a cost that “is only paid if the contract is severed for some reason” and “may or may not be paid.”…

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Morse Raises $31K For Hart Seat 

Republican Ed Morse has raised almost $31,000 in his quest to replace beleaguered state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, as the House District 2B representative. In the latest finance reporting period, Morse's disclosure statement shows he raised anothe $4025 to bring his overall total to $30,695.…

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What Will Become Of 'Star Wars'? 13 

Will we soon be seeing Mickey Mouse and Bambi square off against the dark side of the Force with lightsabers? In reality, Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm may be a good thing for the Star Wars franchise. Disney has shown with its Marvel Entertainment and Pixar…

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Cutline Contest -- 11.2.12 

Participants of the Zombie Parade pose during the parade in Nice, southern France, earlier today. The Zombie Parade takes place during the Nice 'festival of fantasy films'. You write the cutline. (AP Photo / Lionel Cironneau)

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.2.12 

12:04 a.m. Someone suffered injury in fall in 3000 block of 5th/CdA. 11:48 a.m. Citizen dispute reported at Activated Business Services, 202 E. Anton/CdA. 11:41 a.m. Female is confused after suffering fall in front of Idaho Youth Ranch, 845 4th/CdA. 11:35 a.m. Someone @ 17th…

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Thom Making Do In New York City 12 

Thom George, a former Kootenai County Democratic Party chairman, has moved to New York City -- and is trying to cope with Hurricane Sandy. His Facebook report re: conditions is published here with his permission: "Another evening finds me trudging north in search of electricity…

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CdA Police Treat Young Tricksters 

Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood and other officers enjoy handing out candy to children on Halloween afternoon in downtown Coeur d'Alene Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebook page) Question: Did you hand out all your candy this year?

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Idaho GOP Bankrolls Nevada Flyers 

By all accounts, Gov. Mitt Romney can count on Idaho’s electoral votes next Tuesday. But the state is helping the Republican presidential candidate in other ways. The Idaho Republican Party is paying for Romney campaign mailers in Nevada. The party is part of a joint…

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Redheads Face Skin Cancer Risk 

Redheads may be more likely to develop skins cancers, says a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital. It has long been suggested that fair skinned and ginger haired people should avoid too much sun light, but now lead researcher Dr. David E. Fisher…

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Bloomberg Backs Obama, Luna Laws 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama is prompting many to analyze the billionaire’s move. Is this a sign that business isn’t as anti-Obama as it seems? (Bloomberg is, after all, a highly successful entrepreneur—and business bible The Economist endorsed the president…

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Poll: Govt Change Won't Get 40%

Thursday Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation sez the proposed county government change on Tuesday's general election ballot won't attract 40% of the vote. In fact, 34 of 97 respondents (35.05%) say the measure will attract less than 30% of the vote, while 27…

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Huckleberries Online

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.