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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012

Wild Card/Thursday -- 11.8.12 

Huckleberries entered November with 2.2 million page-views, which is on track for a possible record year. The record here was set in 2010 with 2.595M. I still have some -- yes -- vacation days to take. So it'll be close. 2.6M or bust. Not bad…

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Parting Shot -- 11.8.12 

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., waves to the crowd as she walks on stage to declare victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in the Missouri Senate race in St. Louis. McCaskill will be one of a record 20 women in the next Senate, 17 of…

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Bay Views: Washington Scores A Hit 10 

With the passage of initiative 502 legalizing Ganja not just for medical use, but classed the same as booze, this progressive state has formalized what most people have known for years. Prohibition doesn't work. A law that is not respected by the citizens is unenforceable.…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.8.12

5:56 p.m. Male driver sustained neck injury from rear-end, blocking crash behind Post Falls Super 1. 5:23 p.m. Caller is upset that woman w/orange NFL jacket over a pink blouse in Hayden WalMart produce dept slapping child across face. (Update: Officer stops woman at self-checkout…

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PM Headlines -- 11.8.12

Jeff Ward, one of the founders of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, analyzes the results from the 2012 general election at today's luncheon meeting of the group at Fedora's. (Duane Rasmussen photo special to Huckleberries) Edit: 'Most important' vote over, nothing new/SR WSU backs out…

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Autopsy: Hanging Killed 19YO

An autopsy performed on former Coeur d'Alene High honor student Chad Vincent Gardner, 19, ruled that he suffocated due to hanging in the Nez Perce County Jail cell he occupied by himself Saturday. The Spokane Medical Examiner's Office conducted the autopsy. Foul play is not…

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CdA Needs To Certify Dike Road

The KEA Blog reports today: "The City of Coeur d’Alene recently received a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers stating, “the levee certification (evaluation) letter provided to the Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) and the City in July 2007 for the Coeur D’Alene Flood…

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Banducci, Brooke Hobnob At Lunch 

Todd Banducci, an upset winner over incumbent Mic Armon in a North Idaho College trustee race Tuesday, talks with Bob Brooke at the Kootenai County Reagan Republican luncheon at Fedora restaurant today. Brooke is also the president of the North Idaho Pachyderm Club, which meets…

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Unfinished Biz: Pay Idaho Teachers 

When it came to passing Students Come First, state Superintendent Tom Luna’s far-reaching and hastily assembled K-12 overhaul, Idaho’s powers that be certainly figured out how to move quickly. Now, they need to move quickly again — and get $39 million of merit pay into…

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Removing Irrelevant Bumpersickers 

I felt sorry for the guy behind the wheel of an SUV w/Idaho wildlife plates & a Mitt Romney sticker on Government Way over the noon hour today. I wondered when/if he'll remove that sticker, now that it is no longer relevant. With that in…

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SR Blogs: Day Made For A Bowl 

On the Dually Noted/SR blog, Tricia Jo Webster posts: "A bowl of Saranac's Veggie Chili, that is. Ordinarly I'm all about the meat, but something about the hearty mix of beans and veg and simple spices in this dish soothes the carnivore in me." More…

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Hayes Explains Election Count Snafu 

In a press release emailed moments ago, County Clerk Cliff Hayes explained the counting snafu that prevented final Kootenai County results to be posted online until shortly before 7 Wednesday morning: Around 1:30 a.m. elections management saw online results were not adjusting correctly as each…

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Mr. 100% 

Barry McHugh listens to Jeff Ward give his analysis of the election results at the weekly Reagan Republicans luncheon meeting at Fedora restaurant today. Barry may be the only local Republican who got 100 percent of the vote, which means no Democrat challenger and registered…

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Barker: Idaho To Have Voice In D.C. 

Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman (pictured in inset) is correct when he posts that cherry-red Idaho has a great deal of influence at the table in the next administration of Barack Obama: Two Idahoans have very large seats at the table of executive power after Tuesday. Jim…

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LDII: No TeeHee re: Obama T-shirt? 13 

LastDemoInIdaho: As she was talking with a friend on the phone, Wife mentioned that she planned to wear her Obama T-shirt to Bingo at the Senior Center here in CDA. To celebrate a win. Her “friend”, who we know is a Republican from past comments,…

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Tucson Massacre Shooter Gets Life

In this courtroom sketch, Jared Loughner is lead into the courtroom by a U.S. Marshal prior to sentencing in U.S. District Court earlier today in Tucson, Ariz. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Loughner, 24, to life in prison, for the January 2011 attack that…

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'And A Half' 

"Just got a call from a very sweet reader who described herself as "82 1/2." May we all stay young enough to measure our ages in half-years!" -- opinionator Kevin Richert of the Idaho Statesman, on his Facebook wall. Question: Do you measure yourself by…

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News Quiz Offers WSU-UCLA Tickets 

Hey football fans: This week's news quiz is awarding four tickets to the UCLA-WSU football game -- plus a parking pass -- to a random winner. And should you finish atop the leaderboard, a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel could be yours. Enter,…

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Maupin: Heeeere Comes Winter 

On his Facebook wall, weathercaster George Maupin/KHQ gives this special weather report: it's about to begin ... winter is just to the west of us and headed this way... spokane starts with a little rain this afternoon and then becomes a rain-snow mix this evening…

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TWolf22: I Understand White Flight 23 

TWolf22: I am white, and have accepted that I am in the minority ever since affirmative action began and a television station manager in Los Angeles told me that if I wanted to get into the business that I should move to an area where…

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GOP: Too Old, Too White, Too Male 

Ken Doctor of the Nieman Journalism Lab writes: The pictures told much of the story. As the networks beamed in live coverage of Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s gatherings on election nights, their anchors made similar observations — some gingerly, some more prominently. The Romney…

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Idaho Legislature Pretty Much Same-o 

More than 20 seats changed hands in the Idaho Legislature Tuesday. Some House members made the jump to the Senate. And plenty of new faces will be in the legislature when the session starts in January. Boise State political science professor Gary Moncrief says, despite…

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12YO's Fund-Raising Takes Wing

It started a couple of years ago with a school project. Justin Peterson, now 12, interviewed 10 World War II veterans in his Chewelah, Wash., hometown. “I like learning about history,” he said. But after hearing their gripping stories, he wanted to do more than…

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Breast Milk Baby Doll Catches Flak 

This product image released by Berjuan Toys shows a girl playing with The Breast Milk Baby doll. The breastfeeding doll, whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top, has caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market. Story here. (AP Photo/Berjuan…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.8.12 

11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Nov. 7-8 here. 11:06 a.m. Jesse T. has been trespassed from Hastings book store on Appleway/CdA. 11:01 a.m. Employee of business @ 176 W. Wyoming Ave/Hayden reports burglary. 10:56 a.m. Undisclosed theft reported from business in…

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