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TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015

 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

AM Headlines -- 12.15.15 

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: ATF special agent who once arrested Randy Weaver retiring, Twin Falls OKs liquor sales on holidays/AP, North Idaho woman first to die from flu/Press, Man burns US flag outside CdA business/Press, Omak mill closure to leave 175 without work/SR + more ...

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Poll: It's North Idaho, period 

An overwhelming majority of Hucks Nation said it prefers to refer to this region as "North Idaho," not "northern Idaho." 220 of 254 respondents (86.61%) prefer "North Idaho" when describing the five northern counties. Today's Poll: Should America continue to be as welcoming to immigrants as it has been in the past?

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Airplane makes emergency landing 18 

An Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Spokane after smoke filled the plane’s cabin Tuesday morning. A passenger on Alaska Flight 2372 from Seattle tweeted a video of passengers standing on the tarmac in Spokane around 8:20 a.m. and said his flight had just made an emergency landing.

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Edit: Bad news for tax cutters 32 

While a group of legislators are looking for ways to income and personal property taxes, a report says that Idahoans are satisfied with the fairness of the state's tax system. In fact, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks Idaho's balanced system as fifth best in the country. Do you think the tax cutters will care?

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Bomb threats shut all LA schools

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools have been ordered closed Tuesday due to an unspecified “credible threat” of violence to students at numerous schools in the sprawling district, and a schools official confirmed that it was a bomb threat to the school district. Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second-largest school district.

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Nate's New York Pizza owner Glenn Gatherer sections off one of the restaurant's 36-inch pizzas. Nate's is open Wednesday through Sunday. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Nate's Pizza open despite report 10 

Nate’s New York Pizza in Post Falls is alive and well — a brutally slow Sunday notwithstanding. For the record, Nate’s is open Wednesdays through Sundays despite a published rumor in Sunday’s Press suggesting otherwise. Owner Glenn Gatherer said Nate's was down $1,000 on Sunday, a day his restaurant normally brings in $1,500.

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Malek sets public meeting Wednesday 

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues and legislation that are likely to come up in the next legislative session. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Coeur d’Alene Fire Station 3,…

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Questions surround shooting death 

The shooting death of a 22-year-old Hayden man remains under investigation by Coeur d’Alene police detectives. Police found Richard Baumgartner in a vehicle in a downtown parking lot around 1 a.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.

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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 12.14.15 11 

Why aren't there not enough hours in a weekend to enjoy? And too many hours in the normal work week? Oh well, we're three weeks from the start of the new year and that means the launch of another season of the greatest three-ring circus in the state of Idaho -- the Idaho Legislature.

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Parting Shot -- 12.14.15 

A man's umbrella blows inside out as he walks along downtown Salt Lake City today. The first major winter storm of the season dumped up to a foot of snow in some parts of the Salt Lake City metro area, snarling traffic on morning commutes to work and school.

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Doc: Trump in superb health 17 

"Donald Trump appears to have hired the Donald Trump of doctors," reports the New York Times. "A master of the art of exaggeration, Mr. Trump released a health report from his doctor on Monday that oozed the kind of hyperbole the developer tends to exude on the campaign trail." (Question: How healthy are you?")

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House R's defend Christmas 11 

Some House Republicans has signed onto legislation declaring support for Christmas. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) has introduced a resolution expressing the sense that “the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas” amid warnings from the right that religion is being pushed out of the holiday."

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Obama blasts inaction on guns 22 

Three years after a gunman killed 26 people -- mostly first-graders -- at an elementary school in Connecticut, President Barack Obama wondered in a Facebook post Monday how to explain congressional inaction on gun control to the victims' parents.

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Immigrant social postings protected 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided against ending a secret U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from reviewing social media posts of foreigners applying for U.S. visas, according to a report by ABC News. Johnson decided to keep the prohibition in place in early 2014 because he feared a civil liberties backlash.

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 (Associated Press file photo)

Jingle Oars 

The Bard of Sherman Avenue is worried that Santa Claus may have to deal with rain rather than snow during his annual visit to North Idaho this Christmas.

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Urban renewal panel wraps up 

The legislative interim committee on urban renewal has wrapped up its meeting today, and won’t meet again until January, when it will review a new draft of possible legislation on Idaho urban renewal laws. (DFO: Izzit just me -- or do you also question the evenhandedness of any urban renewal task force w/Kathy Sims and Mary Souza on it?)

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Izzit just me -- or are Linda Lantzy's sunsets on Lake Coeur d'Alene usually better than everyone else's?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.14.15

The daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a viewtiful scenic of a Lake Coeur d'Alene sunset by Linda Lantzy + Death be damned/Simple Mind, It keeps getting better/Faithful Geek, Farewell, Steve Anthony/CdA Today, Labrador's government/Randy Stapilus, Your weekly (brew pub) planner/On Tap + more ...

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 (Cindy Hval / Facebook)

Never forget 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy posts: "For 3 years this has been the first gift under our tree -- a 2012 ornament with the names of every child killed at Sandy Hook. The only thing we have to give to the parents of Newtown is to never forget their children."

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Male torches U.S. flag on 4th St 

The portion of a police report shown above tells of the vandalism to a U.S. flag that was flying outside the Cheating Death Discount Vapor store, 510 N4th St/Coeur d'Alene. The male described above ignited the flag with a cigarette lighter and walked off. A Coeur d'Alene police officer later arrested a male matching the suspect's description for DU

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Idaho papers offer fewer editorials 

In his Idaho Politics Weekly column, Chuck Malloy notes that Idaho newspapers are reining in editorials. Chuck begins: "Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune is part of a dying breed in Idaho – an opinion page editor who produces hard-hitting copy almost daily – and several times on Friday with the “Cheers and Jeers” commentary."

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Before lighting a large menorah, Rabbi Yisroel Hahn speaks to the crowd gathered in Riverfront Park on Sunday. The Chabad of Spokane County community center presented the event in celebration of the eight-day Jewish Hanukkah holiday that began on the evening of Dec. 6. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Crowd celebrates Hanukkah 

Rabbi Yisroel Hahn, of Spokane, used recent Wind Storm 2015 that plunged much of the Inland Northwest into darkness as an illustration before lighting a large menorah on the final evening of Hanukkah Sunday night. Question: Do you know much about Hanukkah?

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