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TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 11.13.12 

We were gifted with another superb job of reporting by Christa Hazel at the Coeur d'Alene School Board meeting Monday night. I appreciate those who contribute regularly to Huckleberries -- Duane Rasmussen, Don Sausser, Kerri Thoreson and others. Also, I appreciate those who send in…

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Parting Shot -- 11.13.12

Apollo 17 astronaut James Lovell lifts his hands out of the wet concrete during a media event at Adler Planetarium earlier today in Chicago. Lovell's hand and foot prints, as well as those of Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, will be displayed…

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A World Without Twinkies? 13 

The day could soon come when there won't be any more Twinkies or Hostess Cupcakes. After the maker of the delicious, demonized snack cakes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, conditions have allegedly become so much worse for workers at Hostess plants across the…

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Tased Bicyclist Faces Trial Friday 

Robert Peterson, the man tased in the Kootenai County Courthouse in August, is heading to trial Friday, and said the video he shot without the court's approval will clear his name. Peterson is charged with three counts of battery and one count of contempt of…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.13.12

5:44 p.m. ISP officer stopped Missouri truck driver who tried to bypass Huetter port of entry. 5:32 p.m. EMT is treating man who was bitten by a stray cat in 500 block of W. Prairie/Hayden. 5:29 p.m. Suspicious man in ballcap sitting in vehicle @…

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PM Headlines -- 11.13.12 

Michael Lanza, chairman of "Vote No on Propositions 1,2 and 3" campaign, speaks outside Boise High School after the general election last week. Lanza headlined a press conference after Idaho voters on Tuesday repealed all three of the education propositions. Now, Lanza is skeptical that…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 11.13.12 

Snow covered leaves line a fence on Atlas Road in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) Texas secession? Rediculous/ Dennis Mansfield Kokanee fishing returns to Pend Oreille/Bay Views Tuesday Twitterdeeslop/Slight Detour So he isn't Superman, so what?/From A Simple Mind Veterans & their…

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Hope Singing Wedding Day Blues  

Soccer star Hope Solo leaves a courtroom with her lawyer Peter Offenbecher, left, after a bail hearing for former Seattle Seahawks player Jerramy Stevens in Kirkland, Wash., earlier today. Stevens, a former Seahawks tight end, and Solo had planned to get married Tuesday, but the…

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Shallat: No Need To Rethink Idaho 

Idaho’s white-rural demographics remained the GOP’s bread and butter. Still among the whitest of white states, Idaho has fewer blacks than any west of New England. It ranks 40th of the 50 in urbanized population. Only the capital city is larger than 100,000. Only 7…

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Review: 'Skyfall' Best Bond Flick Ever 

It's no big news that “Skyfall” is making lots of money. It's also not surprising that it's being called the best Bond film so far. After all, it was directed by Sam Mendes, who won a 2000 Best Director Oscar for “American Beauty.” It was…

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SR Blogs: We All Scream 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner writes of a time when Neopolitan ice cream was called by another name: "I happen to know someone who once got some grief for referring to Neapolitan ice cream as “Van-choc-straw.” But there it is (lower left). “Van-Choc-Straw.” Big…

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Obama Hater Runs Over Hubby 

An Arizona woman was so enraged over her husband’s failure to vote in last week’s presidential race — essentially blaming him for President Obama’s re-election — that cops claim she mowed him down with her car. Holly Solomon, 28, was cuffed after allegedly injuring her…

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You'll Shoot Your Eye Out 

Joe West, left, and Johnny Rabe hold a Red Ryder BB Gun, one of the props from "A Christmas Story, the Musical" in New York. Both 12-year-old boys are making their Broadway debuts playing Ralphie in the stage adaptation of the cult 1983 film. (AP…

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Group To Spotlight CdA Ed Issues 

Huckleberries asked Amy Evans, president of the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership, whether her new organization would be involved in the 2012 Coeur d'Alene School Board races. Here's her answer: "We are planning on holding an informational forum leading up to the school board elections. We…

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Otter Invites IEA To Meeting 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is reaching out to the opponents of the failed “Students Come First” school reform laws, including the leaders of the Idaho Education Association; they've been invited to an initial meeting with the governor's staff tomorrow. “I can confirm there is going…

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Idaho Secessionists Petition Feds 14 

KHQ is reporting that Idaho has become the 35th state to petition the White House to allow it to secede from the union. Idaho's petition, signed by 566 people to date, reads: "We the people of the great state of Idaho are angered that the…

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SR: Idaho Must Use Common Sense 

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to turn the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid mandate into a voluntary matter, states have had to decide whether to take the federal deal to expand health care coverage for poor people. Idaho chose a deliberative path by commissioning…

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Joker: It's All A Big Conspiracy 10 

Joker comments: We are going to find out that Petraeus had his hands on Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate and he was going to release it to Donald Trump. Obama found out about the plan and the president hired high-priced escorts (from Colombia) to seduce the…

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5 Decades Of 'Mad' Mort Drucker 

This book cover image released by Running Press shows "Mort Drucker: Five Decades of his Finest Works." The book is a collection of movie and TV satire plucked in comic-strip format from the pages of the magazine. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who were among…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.13.12 

12:16 p.m. F250 pickup & Chevy Blazer in noninjury crash on n/b H95, south of Silverwood. 12:14 p.m. A mattress is lying on s/b lanes of H95, south of Silverwood. 11:52 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Casino security reports finding drugs. 11:51 a.m. Caller may have spotted…

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Cutline Contest -- 11.13.12 

Evelyn Border holds a sign in front of the Bedford County courthouse in Bedford, Pa. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins says in exchange for Border and her daughter, Tina Griekspoor, both of Bedford, agreeing to hold the signs, he'll asked for probation instead of…

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Prof: Cow Farts Don't Cause Warming 

There’s been quite a stink over farting, belching farm animals ruining the planet, and professor Frank Mitloehner wants to clear the air. Mitloehner, an air-quality specialist at the University of California-Davis has been on a one-man mission debunking misconceptions about livestock and climate change. On…

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Poll: Nearly 50% Are Veterans 

Monday Poll: Almost half of the Hucks Online gang has a military background. 65 of 136 respondents (49.26%) said they are military veterans. A slender majority (69 of 136, 50.74%) didn't serve in the military. Today's Poll: Would you give to charities/church organizations if you…

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Solon Asks For Pay In Gold, Silver 

State Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, is spooked enough about the country’s fiscal picture to request that his legislative pay come in the form of gold and silver coins. In a letter sent to Montana Legislative Services this week, O’Neil cites Article 1, Section 10…

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AM Headlines -- 11.13.12

On Friday, a trooper with the Idaho State Police takes a photograph of an SUV that spun out of control and ended up on the guard rail near mile post 11 on Interstate 90 in Coeur d'Alene. Dozens of accidents were attributed to wintry conditions.…

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