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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

TGIF Wild Card -- 12.11.15 

I've noticed several of you wondering why comments were deleted recently, usually newbies. Here's the deal. Huckleberries Online doesn't allow certain words including curse words that use *** to get around cuss word filter. Also, this blog frowns on abbreviations that refer to words that...

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Parting Shot -- 12.11.15

A Macedonian Army engineer fixes razor wire to a fence at the border crossing Medzitlija, between Macedonia and Greece, near the southern Macedonian town of Bitola, today. Macedonia is erecting another several kilometers long fence in order to prevent illegal crossings and to channel the flow of migrants through an official checkpoint.

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Wrap it please 

Hey, retailer; do you want to know how to get Christmas business from Joel Osborne of the Gift wrap his purchases. On his Facebook page, Joel says that's a sure-fire way to claim his Christmas dollars. Question: Do retailers gift wrap any more?

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Otter: Idaho to comply w/prison rape law 

Governor C.L. Butch” Otter today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch formally notifying her that Idaho will comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He says a recent review of the Act by members of the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission shows Idaho is now able to declare its intent seeking PREA compliance.

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Edit: Painting over hate 34 

In an editorial this week, the Twin Falls Times News accuses GOP presidential candidate for reigniting a hatred for Muslims that has been simmering in the Magic Valley since this spring when plans for relocation of Syrian refugees surfaced.

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People reach out to collect relief materials being distributed in Chennai, India, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The worst flooding in a century in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has left scores of people dead since November. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)

Third World 

The Bard of Sherman Avenue ventures beyond the boundaries of North Idaho today, for a rhyme that focuses us on the needs in the greater world around us.

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Idaho to appeal 'ag-gag' ruling 16 

Just when you thought Idaho GOP leaders would be hesitant to waste more money on frivilous lawsuits, the state announced today that it would appeal a U.S. District Court decision overturning the state's "ag-gag law." The law was passed by the state Legislature making it a crime to surreptitiously videotape agricultural operations.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.11.15

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Favorite moments/War Bonds, 1st Take: Fear fear/Randy Stapilus, Bayview success story/Bay Views, 'Room' is one boy's view of world/7 Blog, Reading list with local twist/Slight Detour, School Board OKs school branch/CdA Today, Morning links: UI beats WSU again/SportsLink ...

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Abortion rate hits record low 17 

The U.S. abortion rate has declined by more than one-third over the past two decades to a record low, federal officials reported Friday. Abortions fell 35 percent between 1990 and 2010, reaching 17.7 procedures per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

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Strollers & Smoothies

Members of Strollers and Smoothies workout group, Robyn Novotny, right and Kim Polfer, left, exercise at Independence Point in Coeur d'Alene today. The group of moms brings their kids in strollers and meets at different locations throughout Coeur d'Alene every Monday and Friday.

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Poll: Trump holds onto big lead 72 

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump held onto his lead in the GOP field, according to the first national poll conducted since the real estate mogul called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday found that Trump’s latest comments haven’t hurt his standing in the polls.

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Hoffman: Alternative plan best 

IFF's Wayne Hoffman prefers an alternative plan, proposed by H&W Director Dick Armstrong, to address the "Medicaid Gap." The alternative plan would provide health coverage to an estimated 78,000 Idahoans who presently don’t have insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid or Obamacare tax credits.

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Solons still pushing tax cuts 

Undeterred by the overwhelming need to address the Medicaid gap and underfunding for Idaho schools, the Idaho Legislature's Tax Working Group is inviting public testimony on four tax-cut proposals. The first order of business seems to be lowering Idaho's personal and corporate income tax for the richest Idahoans. Of course.

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Johnson: GOP owns Trump, vice versa 12 

In his Johnson Post today, Marc Johnson compares Donald Trump to political demagogues like Huey Long and Father Coughlin. Unlike those rabble rousers, Trump dominates a major political party, Johnson said. The opportunistic GOP of the 21st century owns Trump and increasingly Trump owns the GOP, Johnson says. Match made in heaven?

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101-year-old Betty Hollingsworth enjoyed her birthday celebration at The McGrane Center’s Henry Heyn Adult Day Center Coeur d’Alene on Friday, February, 27, 2015.

Best of Kathy Plonka 2015 

My SR Coeur d'Alene office buddy Kathy Plonka has compiled a photo set of her best photos for 2014. They include her photography from the tragic slaying of Sgt. Greg Moore in May and the Bayview fire last summer, among other things.

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Poll: Bergdahl deserted

In Thursday's poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation considers Sgt Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho to be a deserter and a traitor. 118 of 260 respondents (45.38%) said Bergdahl deserted his post and betrayed his country. Today's Poll: Do you think Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee for president next year?

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Photographer Keith Boe, of Post Falls, posted this photo of Christmas at the Coeur d'Alene Resort on the Facebook page.

AM Headlines -- 12.11.15

AM Headlines for Friday includes: Northwest storms ease drought fears/SR, Bonner County faces unusual flooding/KREM, CdA man faces vehicular manslaughter charge/Press, Dalton Gardens appoints Lundy to city council/Press, and Frat calls death of EWU student 'heartbreaking loss'/KHQ

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CSI: 30% of students still in high school 

The president of the College of Southern Idaho says about 30 percent of students at the college are still in high school. President Jeff Fox told the Idaho Board of Education on Thursday that more than 4,000 high school students from 32 Idaho counties are expected to take dual-credit classes this school year.

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Otter spends hour as 5th-grader 14 

For one hour Wednesday morning, Gov. Butch Otter was just another student in Sonia Galaviz’s fifth-grade classroom learning to code. Otter, Boise School District Superintendent Don Coberly and 20 elementary students completed the popular Hour of Code activities offered for free online through

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