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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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 (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)

Bergdahl to face court martial on 2 counts 61 

A top Army commander on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009, prompting a huge manhunt in the wilds of eastern Afghanistan and landing him in nearly five years of harsh Taliban captivity.

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Poll: It won't be Trump 20 

A majority of Hucks Nation doesn't believe that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. 166 of 300 respondents (53.33%) said Trump won't be the Republican nominee. Today's Poll: How do you prefer to refer to the 5 northernmost counties in Idaho?

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Op-ed: Idaho turns back on 'working poor' 65 

In an op-ed piece in the Idaho Statesman, Nicole Sorensen, an assistant professor at the College of Southern Idaho, writes that the "working poor" have been harmed -- big time -- by opposition of Gov. Butch Otter and other GOP leaders to Medicaid expansion.

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AM Headlines -- 12.14.15

AM Headlines for Monday includes Coeur d'Alene Press story re: a wedding ring lost and later found that belonged to a woman who had been married 38 years. Also: Landslide shuts I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass/SR, USPS returns to normal after wind storm/Press, CdA police chief to discuss wind storm response/Press + more ...

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Man found dead in downtown CdA

A 22-year-old Hayden man was found dead early Sunday in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene police officers were called at 12:45 a.m. to investigate a suspicious vehicle. They discovered Richard E. Baumgartner in the vehicle parked in a lot near North Third Street and East Indiana Avenue. He was unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head.

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Idaho still without new federal judge 

A Boise attorney who was a controversial prospect for Idaho’s vacant federal judgeship is no longer being considered, multiple sources say. Meanwhile, down to just one U.S. District Court judge, the court in Idaho is bringing in visiting judges from Colorado, Washington, California and elsewhere to hear Idaho cases.

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At least Obama kept speech short 

In his Saturday column for the Lewiston Tribune, conservative Michael Costello gave President Obama props for keeping his Sunday speech short. Costello was more impressed by the brevity of the president's speech than the content of the speech, especially the part that related to gun control to counter domestic terrorism.

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Trib: 'Frugal' Otter has $$$ to burn 

"Frugal" Idaho Gov Butch Otter talks a good game when he tells others about being frugal with the taxpayer's money. But, points out Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune, the governor doesn't abide by frugality when it comes to his pet issues. Take the legal fight over the sage grouse -- please.

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Alexsis Ash, 21, stirs two hot chocolates on Friday at Kisses Espresso coffee stand on Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The employeess at the stand wear swimwear while on shift, year-round. (Jake Parrish / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Bikini stand stirs coffee, controversy 

It might be December, but at Kisses Espresso, it's always swimsuit weather. The baristas who work at the former Pink Spot drive-up coffee stand, located at 3023 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene, have somewhat unusual uniforms — bikinis. Except for Workout Wednesdays. Then it's yoga pants and sports bras.

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