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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 11.27.12 

I'm sad to report that Jim Walker (aka "The Orb") of Orbusmax died in his sleep earlier this month. Jim published the Orbusmax Web site that featured a compilation of news links from the Northwest, often linking to Huckleberries Online. I used an "Orbusmax Special"…

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Parting Shot -- 11.27.12

May Larsen, 8, sits by the rail and watches the lights as a Coeur d'Alene Cruises tour boat leaves the Coeur d'Alene Resort Marina for the recent preview cruise for media and local dignitaries. The annual Holiday Light Show, along with regular cruise boat trips…

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'Men' Sitcom Star Calls Show 'Filth' 

Charlie Sheen has finally lent his expert opinion to the latest Two and a Half Men scandal, this one wrought by Sheen's former half-pint costar, Angus T. Jones. "With Angus's Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed," Sheen, who…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 11.27.12

5:36 p.m. Male w/backpack hitchhiking on I-90 near Spokane Street/PF interchange. 5:32 p.m. Vehicle speeding at 70 mph n/b in s/b lanes of H41 @ MP 25 (Blanchard Cutoff). 5:22 p.m. Post Falls EMT w/injured 15YO male reports "severe facial trauma" from crash (unknown location,…

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PM: M's Lead USA Sports In Lost Fans 

Fans cheer above the scoreboard at Safeco Field after Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Aug. 15 in Seattle. Overall, more Seattle fans are showing up as empty seats…

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Mayan Calendar To Outlast Twinkies? 

"According to popular myth, Twinkies are so stuffed with chemicals and preservatives that they will last for decades. Hostess insists that the shelf life is more like 25 days." So writes Bich Minh Nguyen, the author of the novel “Short Girls” and the memoir “Stealing…

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Caribou Habitat Gets Mixed Reviews 

Idaho's congressional delegation is praising the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for its final designation of critical habitat for endangered woodland caribou in the Selkirk Mountains, which, instead of the original 375,552 acres, designates just 30,010 acres, only 6,029 of it in Idaho. That Idaho…

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NIdaho/Friends Blogs -- 11.27.12

On his Facebook wall, outdoor photographer Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., writes: "After a grueling chase I hunted down and shot this large and fearsome Pacific sideband snail this evening. According to wikipedia, the sideband is the largest air-breathing snail in the state of Washington."…

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It's Cold, So It's Time For 'Nutcracker' 

Nearly three decades ago, I took my daughter to audition for that annual holiday extravaganza, “The Nutcracker.” Her hair was pulled back into a bun, she was wearing a minimal amount of makeup, and she looked cuter than a ladybug in her tutu and dance…

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SR Blogs: Keyboards Of Bygone Days 

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner wonders whether kids of today would know what this is. (Photo: www.etsy.com) Spokane Valley: Spokane Bridge traffic alert/Nina Culver Dually Noted: So modern its mid-century/Tricia Jo Webster A Grip on Sports: Studying the future/Vince Grippi, SportsLink Dually Noted: If…

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Snifflin' In The Newsroom 

"90 percent of our newsroom has the sniffles, coughs, and sneezes. Crap" -- Emilie R. Saunders, StateImpact. Question: Is anyone near or dear to you (including you) suffering cold symptoms?

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City Collects $462K From Parking 

From LCDC minutes of Wednesday, Nov. 21, meeting: Parking Committee Chair Jim Elder, who also serves as a member (and LCDC liaison) on the City’s Parking Commission, shared that the City of CDA public parking lot revenue for fiscal year 2012, as collected by Diamond…

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New Aryan Compound In North Idaho? 17 

Matt McKnight snapped this photo of neo-Nazi Shaun Winkler and his daughter, Hannah, at a small cabin that Winkler is building in hopes of resurrecting an Aryan Nations compound in the Hoodoo Mountains of Bonner County. Story by Bill Morlin for Southern Poverty Law Center…

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Working Off The Pounds 

"Post-Thanksgiving gluttony guilt led me to microwave a Lean Cuisine meal for lunch. Now, I know what happened to the boys' rubber chicken" -- Cindy via Twitter. Question: Are you doing anything special to work off pounds gained during Thanksgiving weekend?

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54% Unhappy w/Benghazi Handling 

Americans are disappointed with the White House's handling of the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, but do not believe that the Obama administration intentionally attempted to mislead the public over the violence, as some Republicans have suggested. A new poll released Tuesday by CNN…

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Slice: Arriving At Airport Too Early

On his Slice blog, Paul Turner posts: "Occasionally I hear people talk about relatives who insist on getting to the airport insanely early. Don't make me laugh, I think. Your relatives are fine people, I'm sure. But in this regard, they are mere pikers. My…

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GQ Picks Romney As Least Influential 

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is topping one end-of-the-year list — but we’re guessing he won’t be too pleased by this dubious honor. GQ magazine awarded the failed White House contender its number one spot on its “Least Influential People of 2012” list. And…

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Hi-Noon: Out, Out, Damn Tree 

I have lived here about two hundred feet from and 100 feet above Scenic Bay for Seventeen years. During that time I have suffered tweakers, thieves, loud noise, oh and the occasional murderer. This pine tree in my front yard has seen it all. It…

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Powerball Jackpot Now $500M 14 

U-Stop convenience store cashier Janice Mitzner handles a lottery ticket in Lincoln, Neb., today. The U-Stop store was where the biggest Powerball pot on record -- $365 million -- was bought by Dung Tran in 2006 on behalf of eight Lincoln, Neb., co-workers. Earlier Tuesday…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.27.12

11:59 a.m. Female trying to get cat from under rock after it'd been in Spokane River unhappy w/Kootenai County responders when told they don't respond to cats. 11:49 a.m. 50ish female who visited doc after fall Monday hurting again on 2900 block of Midway/PF. 11:30…

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Racist Building New Aryan Compound 18 

Photographer Matt McKnight shot this photo of a cross-burning on Shaun Winkler's property in Bonner County's Hoodoo Mountains earlier this year, during Winkler's unsuccessful campaign for county sheriff. McKnight was invited by Winkler to photograph the activities of his group and him. You can see…

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AM Headlines -- 11.27.12

Washington State University students cross Stadium Way at Nevada Street after the pedestrian bridge was closed for safety reasons in Pullman on Monday. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare) Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR Boise State unveils new 'B' logo/KBOI Kootenai County personal income, wages up/Press…

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ShoCon: Give Nuxoll A Break 

Shoshone Conservative (re: Trib: Idaho senator may need help): Remember, all she did was share a link on Facebook. People are making it out like she’s presenting a formal proposal to the Senate calling for something like this. And misinterpreting Constitutional amendments isn’t a capital…

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Man Kills 2 Teens In Alleged Burglary 

Crystal Shaeffel 27, of Little Falls, cries after walking up the driveway of the home of Byron David Smith in Little Falls, Minn., Sunday. Her brother Nick Brady, 17, and cousin Haile Kifer, 18, were shot and killed during an alleged break-in on Thanksgiving day…

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Stebbijo & 4 Days Of Leftovers 

Four days of leftovers, and I can say most of it is gone. Thank goodness. Just pile it all up and pour gravy on it all. The husband used up the dough for the brie to make a nice baked breakfast turkey, cheese, potatoes and…

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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.