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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 12.7.15 

Pearl Harbor Day may be fading in the national consciousness. But it remains front and center to those who survived World War II, like my mom, 90, who was 16 when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Pearl Harbor was her war. Vietnam was my war. And 9/11 was the millennials' war. There seems to be a common theme with each generation.

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Parting Shot -- 12.7.15 

Winton Elementary 5th graders from left Juliana Ragan, Chloe Windsor and Paisley Ganske waited backstage for their turn to perform as the Andrew Sisters during the Pearl Harbor/Veterans assembly at the school in Coeur d'Alene today.

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SR: UI records fees close-minded

In an editorial Saturday, The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board took the University of Idaho to task for the ha-huge fees it charges for public records requests: "The high prices and inflexible rules serve as deterrents to citizens who want to view records compiled with their tax dollars."

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Otter floats insurance gap plan 

The Otter Administration is proposing a state-funded partial alternative to Medicaid expansion that could deliver basic primary care for 78,000 Idahoans who now have little or no access to health care coverage, Idaho Statesman reporter Bill Dentzer reported over the weekend, at a cost to the state of $30 million a year.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 14 

The Cutline Contest today features seagulls flying around the art work "Where the Tides Ebb and Flow" by Pedro Marzorati during the climate change conference in Paris, France, recently. Weekend Winner -- Dennis.

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Bad to worse for shoplifting suspect 

Things went from bad to worse for shoplifting suspect for Robert H. Baker, 36, of Coeur d'Alene, who is suspected of stealing a $150 Bluetooth radio speaker at Hayden Walmart, crashing into the side of a pickup, and ultimately holding a female in his vehicle against her will. He no faces several counts including a kidnapping one.

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Abduction try reported in Post Falls

The Post Falls Police Department is investigating a possible child enticement incident that occurred at a school bus stop this morning. A caller reported that a heavy-set man with glasses in a newer, dark-grey Dodge Ram used a puppy in an attempt to coax 5 children standing at a bus stop to come over to his vehicle.

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Trump: Ban All Muslim travel to US 174 

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday to block all Muslims from entering the United States. Trump, who has previously called for surveillance against mosques and said he was open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S., made his latest controversial call in a news release.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.7.15

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a car seen in Idaho this morning sprouting antlers. Also: Pearl Harbor/Simple Mind Rome burns/Dogwalk MusingsA sales tax gamble/Randy Stapilus,Visiting USS Arizona memorial/Slice,Your weekly (brewpub) planner/On Tap, 74th year of remembrance/Slight Detour.

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Labrador rips Obama, EPA 

In a newsletter, Congressman Raul Labrador ripped President Obama and the EPA: "The Obama Administration behaves as if the U.S. Constitution doesn’t apply to this presidency. The President’s abuse of executive authority ranges from immigration and the environment to labor law and lending. I’ve joined fellow conservatives to fight back."

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Coalition opposes CdA book ouster 10 

The National Coalition Against Censorship has sent a letter to Chairwoman Christa Hazel & the Coeur d'Alene School Board urging them not to approve a recommendation by an ad hoc committee that Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" be excluded from a high school reading list. The School Board will discuss the matter this evening.

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Idaho declares wind storm disaster 

Acting Idaho Gov. Brad Little this morning declared an emergency for Benewah, Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai counties in the wake of the disastrous Nov. 18 windstorm, paving the way for federal and state funds to help cover part of the cost of restoring damaged utilities.

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Another Wind Storm coming 

Just three weeks after 71-mph winds raked the Inland Northwest, an approaching Pacific storm is expected to send another blast of high winds across the region on Wednesday with gusts near 60 mph. A parade of storms will become potentially dangerous on Wednesday as a low-pressure area moves across the region bringing winds from the west-southwest.

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AM: Mental health center to open 

The daily roundup of AM Headlines begins with latest information on the region's new mental health center, which will open in Coeur d'Alene Wednesday. Also: County analyzes response to storm/CdA PressPanhandle forest names district ranger/Outdoors,Officials challenge way Hayden uses cap $$$/Press & Hayden man pushes campaign finance initiative/EOB.

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Terrorist FB taunt brings warning 

The Benewah County sheriff has issued a warning to the individual who Facebooked a photo of the St. Maries High School Lumberjack mascot in front of the grade school, with the taunt: "HEY ISIS B*T**S COME GET SOME." The sheriff asks: "do we really want to make our town stand out when terrorists could be looking for their next political statement?"

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Poll: Won't give up freedoms 

In the weekend poll, a majority of Hucks Nation said it isn't willing to sacrifice some freedoms to deal with increasing episodes of domestic terrorism and terror attacks. Today's Poll: Should the sale or possession of semi-automatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition be banned?

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Assault weapons ban stands 37 

In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammo. The justices by a 7-2 vote refused to review rulings by judges in Chicago who upheld a ban on assault weapons in Highland Park, Ill.

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Edit: Guv shakes down corporate Idaho 

In a Lewiston Tribune editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has a severe case of lame duckness. But that hasn't prevented Ms Lori & him from shaking down corporate Idaho in the form of a political action committee called Otter PAC.

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Letter: County wrong on refugees 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Mary Rosdahl of Coeur d'Alene says Kootenai County commissioners are wrong to be considering the adoption of a resolution targeting Syrian refugees. Bonner County commissioners have already passed a similar resolution.

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Nancy Harlocker, of Dalton Gardens, describes the day she watched the bombing of Pearl Harbor from her rooftop. Her father, a dentist, left the family for a few weeks because all medical personnel were needed to tend to the injured. She later became a newswoman with the Honolulu Advertiser. She was photographed at her home Nov. 24, 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Pearl Harbor witness: 'It was so scary' 

Like most Americans, Nancy Harlocker’s world changed on Dec. 7, 1941. A 10-year-old living an idyllic island childhood on Oahu, Harlocker woke to the sound of her father yelling, “We’re at war!” She and her 14-year-old brother looked up to see a Japanese Zero flying overhead.

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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.