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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 4.7.15 21 

Duke sits atop the college basketball world. Optimism reigns in Mariners Nation. And the mess that is the 2015 Legislature continues, with a little help from Gov. Butch Otter, who may or may not know how to handle a veto. Or is that Vito? Hucks...

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Parting Shot -- 4.7.15 

Jonathan Ambrose gets a buzz cut along with other employees of Granite Telecommunications in Quincy, Mass., Tuesday, during a fundraising drive to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker joined more than 500 company employees in shaving their heads to raise over $3.5...

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Father Crowley Dies Unexpectedly 

Word is spreading among St. Thomas Catholic Church/CdA parishioners that Father Bill Crowley has died unexpectedly. An email from the church reads: "It’s with great sadness that I report to you that our pastor, Fr. Bill Crowley, has unexpectedly passed away. We have no further...

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Senate Eyes $127M Road Proposal 

Idaho senators took a $20 million road-funding bill from the House on Tuesday and turned it into a phased-in, $127 million plan. The original House bill would have raised registration fees on cars and trucks by $15 each next year, plus imposed new fees on electric and hybrid cars. Question: Should the Legislature go big or go home on road proposal?

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Stop Petty Fighting, Raul & Mike 

Editorial in Moscow-Pullman Daily News lectures Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador to quit fighting each other and focus on working for Idaho. The two congressmen exchanged barbs recently on Labrador's strange vote against a bill that included federal money for rural counties in the nation's forest areas ...

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Muslims Overcoming Idaho? Pshaw 

Randy Stapilus of the Ridenbaugh Press responds to that Bonneville County GOP Central Committee newsletter that asserts that Muslims are infiltrating Idaho with designs to overthrow the Gem State. Stapilus is looking for proof that Muslims have a game plan to control Idaho or any other state in this country.

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Inevitability Of Hillary? 37 

Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles writes: "Most any day now Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy for the presidency. It appears she is going to be nominated as the Democratic standard bearer almost by acclamation." Which raises the question: Can any potential GOP nominee defeat Hillary Clinton?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 4.7.15

In today's roundup of the HucksOnline blogosphere, A Grip on Sports sez Opening Day deserves hoopla+Slight Detour sez snow Monday foretells of early winter 2015-16+Fort Boise discusses social media going nuts for Rand Paul+Simple Mind wonders: 'Are you shy?'+Slice wonders how you visualized the monster under the bed as a child+more ...

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Tweetable 

"Candidates like #RandPaul always want to 'Take America back ...' but they never finish the sentence '... to 1933'" -- Jess Walter, award-winning author and former SReporter.

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Endangered Columbia Ranks #2 

The Columbia River ranked No. 2 on the American Rivers’ list of the nation’s 10 most endangered rivers. “Once home to the largest salmon runs in the world, the mighty Columbia River is now blocked by a series of dams,” according to American Rivers, which released the rankings today.

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BYU-Idaho Student Jailed For Cheating 

A former Brigham Young University-Idaho pre-med student was sentenced to 180 days in Madison County Jail and five years of probation for altering his college transcript and qualifying himself for $7,000 in academic scholarships. Jacob Mohonri Espinal, 24, who changed F's into A's, was found builty of felony computer fraud & grand theft.

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Paul Taps Troublemaker Labrador 11 

At National Review, Tim Alberta reports: While other presidential contenders have thus far been sluggish in soliciting help from Capitol Hill, Paul, the first-term senator from Kentucky, has already enlisted some of Congress's leading rabble-rousers to assist his White House run, including Raul Labador ...

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Rosco P. Coltrane, 'Dukes of Hazzard,' RIP 

In this June 4, 2005 file photo, "Dukes of Hazzard" cast members James Best, left, John Schneider, center, and Ben Jones, sing during the DukesFest 2005 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Best, the prolific actor best known for his role as Sheriff...

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KXLY Denied Camera Access 

KXLY's Melissa Luck tweets that a 1st District Court judge blocked her Spokane news team from filming today's court hearing for Joseph Bekken, the former North Idaho College financial aid director who is accused of offering aid for sex. In response to a question, Melissa...

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Christie: Death Notices Are Tough 

CPD Sgt. Christie Wood was astonished to learn last night that a California police department doesn't deliver death notices. She explains why that policy is cruel: "Probably the saddest experience for law enforcement is to do a death notification to a loved one of a deceased. It is a role we fill because we are community caretakers." More below.

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Reagan R's Set Candidate Lunches

The Reagan Republicans have scheduled a series of lunch forums for candidates for nonpartisan positions this month. The lunches will kick off with a forum between incumbent Terri Seymour and challenger and Tambra Pickford for Coeur d'Alene School Board Zone 3. Also, Wayne Hoffman will address the Reagan Republicans Thursday.

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Paul Launches Prez Campaign 19 

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign today, vowing to buck the 'Washington machine' and expand the Republican Party to include young people and minorities. Question: Does Rand Paul have a ghost of a chance to become president?

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Ex-NIC Aid Director Waives Hearing

Former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken, who faces felony charges in his alleged scheme to entice students to have sex in exchange for college aid, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Bekken was in court this morning for a...

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AM Headlines -- 4.7.15

In today's AM Headlines: SReporters tell of cuh-razy snow that greeted us on the first Monday morning in April+Gas mask scare at senior center+Incredible Corn Maze shuts for good+Avista dam project behind schedule+Spokane's Tyler Olson no longer just pretending to be a Mariner+more ...

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Poll: CdA Minimum Wage Hike? Yes 

Hucks Nation is solidly behind a petition drive to place a measure increasing Coeur d'Alene's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 on the November ballot. Today's Poll: Did Gov. Butch Otter handle his veto of 'instant racing' repeal legislation in a proper manner?

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Duke Wins NCAA Tourney Title 

Item: Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke outscored Wisconsin down the stretch to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program's fifth NCAA men's national basketball championship. Question, for Mark Few haters: Does this mean that Gonzaga, which played with Duke until final 4 minutes, may be a better team/program than you think?

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Businessman, Convict Share Name 

Brent Mark Stevens discovered an unfortunate coincidence Wednesday -- he shares his first and last name with a Sandpoint man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Brent Anthony Stevens entered the guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, which resulted...

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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.