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FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015

Parting Shot -- 12.4.15 

A migrant child looks from a train window after boarding near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, today. Greek riot police struggled to maintain order on Friday after clashes between asylum-seekers at the country's border with Macedonia. Macedonia is allowing only people from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to cross the border.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 12.4.15 

I'd like to think I'm looking forward to the weekend. But Mrs. O has some honey-do's lined up that'll make me wish that I was hanging out at Hucks Central killing time with you guys and gals. Talk about making a list and checking it...

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Hey, pal, it's North Idaho. Period. 66 

Another resident from outside the Idaho Panhandle -- this time from eastern Washington -- tells The Slice he cringes whenever he hears someone use the term "North Idaho" to refer to our region. Spokane businessman Rick Hosmer is urging the SR to start referring to the Panhandle as "northern Idaho," like Gov. Butch Otter does. Blech.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.4.15

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (26 items) + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items includes 3 punks in the median @ I-90/Pleasant View, Post Falls, throwing rocks at passing vehicles -- and a lockdown in the Strawberry Fields subdivision of Hayden ...

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Capone's offers 12 Ales of Christmas 

"You know the holidays are here when Rudolph is back on TV and the 12 Ales of Christmas returns to Capone’s," writes Rick Bonino/On Tap blog. Capone's is sponsoing the 19th annual celebration, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The star attractions again are the titular dozen seasonal beers.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.4.15 

A daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online blog roll begins with a hat tip to Marianne Love of Slight Detour who is celebrating her 11th blogiversary today. The cartoon above was provided by her brother -- and was an inspiration for her to start blogging on Dec. 4, 2004. HucksOnline started the previous February. It's been a long ride.

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Idaho's Choice: College or cancer? 

It’s not a secret that crippling student debt has been on the rise for years. Idaho is no different. But where Idaho differentiates itself from most of the USA is the number of high schoolers going on to college. Idaho consistently ranks near the bottom of this category. ... A group sees tuition costs as the problem and cigarettes as the solution.

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The Georgie Oakes, loaded with passengers, circa 1900.  (Museum of North Idaho / Via Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Flash Back: Steamboating on Lake CdA 

Nearly 50 years of steamboating history on Lake Coeur d'Alene were brought to a close as the Georgie Oakes was set on fire and sank as part of a Coeur d'Alene 4th of July celebration in 1927. In this week's edition of the Pacific Northwest Inlander, EJ Ianetti provides an overview of steamboating on Lake Coeur d'Alene and its feeder rivers.

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Local man attends Paris climate talks 

"Idaho doesn’t have an official representative at the Paris climate talks," writes Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman, "but Sandpoint’s Gary Payton is there, representing the Presbyterian Church and the Idaho Conservation League." (Question: Do you wished you could have attended the Paris climate talks?)

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along with her 14-year-old Pug Marley, at her shop, CDA Yarn and Fiber in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Fun run to honor CdA businesswoman

Andrea Rainey was a Coeur d’Alene businesswoman who embraced running and outdoor recreation, helped rescue pugs and made many friends through volunteer work. Even as a rare and aggressive form of cancer took its toll, Rainey was engaged in the running scene. On Saturday, friends will honor her life with the 12 Ks of Christmas.

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Boise rousts homeless camp of 135 15 

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter declared an emergency situation and police on Friday started the process of clearing out a homeless tent camp containing about 135 people. Bieter says the homeless camp near downtown isn't sustainable and there's concern about the health and safety of people living there.

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Media invade killers' townhouse 

A landlord used a crowbar Friday to pry open the door to let the media into the townhouse rented by San Bernardino killers Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Rizwan Farook. The media was given all access to the apartment just two days after 14 people were gunned down in San Bernardino, shocking many who were watching it unfold on live TV.

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Kaiser Permanente to buy Group Health 10 

Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative will be acquired by California’s Kaiser Permanente, forming a new region for the giant health-insurance and care provider, which already serves more than 10 million members in eight states and Washington, D.C., officials announced Friday. (Question: Do these mergers ever help the little guy?)

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Flash Back: Templin's Restaurant 

Do you remember the old Templin's restaurant near the intersection of Sherman Avenue & Northwest Boulevard? This is what it looked like when I arrived in Coeur d'Alene from Lewiston in 1984. Duane Hagadone and Jerry Jaeger had taken control of Bob Templin's Western Frontier hospitality business but hadn't changed the restaurant's name yet.

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Poll: Put women in combat spots

In Thursday's Poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation says combat positions should be open to women. Today's Poll: Are you willing to sacrifice some freedoms to deal with increasing episodes of domestic terrorism & terror attacks?

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A multi-exposure image by Spokane pastor-photographer Craig Goodwin illustrates the sequence of a bald eagle snatching a spawning kokanee this week from the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Craig Goodwin/courtesy photo)

AM Headline -- 12.4.15

The daily roundup of links for regional news stories includes: Cop's rape charge affects Spokane PD/KREM 2, 2nd-grader wins holiday card art contest/EOBoise, Otter, 3 other guvs meet with feds in Las Vegas/EOBoise, Simplot agrees to install $42M in pollution controls/EOBoise, Montana predators kill fewer livestock, payments up/Outdoors ...

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Idaho: No. 16 best run state in USA 10 

In "The Best & Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50" by 24/7 Wall Street, Washington ranks No. 9 and Idaho ranks No. 16. North Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa are considered the best run states. New Mexico, Illinois and Mississippi are considered the worst run states.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Denver. The Broncos won 30-24.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Entertaining QB Osweiler in North Idaho 

In a Washington Post story, reporter Kent Babb opens with a meeting among former UI/WSU/pro football coach Dennis Erickson, NFL Hall of Famer John Elway and Coeur d'Alene-born new Denver QB Brock Osweiler -- at Erickson's place (Black Rock?) in North Idaho.

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2 Idaho books to be thankful for 

Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles says every Idahoan who cares about this state should read two books: "The Unlikely Candidate" by the late Syd Duncombe and "Defending Idaho's Natural History" by former journalist and nine-term state Rep. Ken Robison. (Question: Have you read a book about Idaho lately?)

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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.