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TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.15.15 

Four teams will play for the first Huckleberry Patch Fantasy Football League title. After 14 weeks of NFL play, the following are matched in the playoffs: Gregorious Greg (SR sports scribe Greg Lee, 11-3), evilOlive (DFO, 10-4), Ninja Minions (Sachi @ NIC, 10-4) and Foster's Hammy (Eric Hoteman, 7-7).

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Drinking Game for tonight's debate 

You know how drinking games go for debates, right. Every time, a candidate says a predictable phrase, you're suppose to drink some sort of alcohol. Facebook Friend David Keyes suggests that the drinking game be centered around the words "Hillary" or "Mrs. Clinton" or "Queen of Darkness." Which key word(s) would prompt you to raise a glass tonight?

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Republicans debate again 25 

National security, the fight against ISIS and the role of Muslims in American society immediately dominated Tuesday's Republican presidential debate -- the first since terror attacks shook Paris and San Bernardino, California.

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Wanted: Shane Andrew Russell

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF) is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Shane Andrew Russell. [Click and drag to move] Russell is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging Russell with Felony Probation Violations. He is on probation for 1st Degree Stalking charges.

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Blogos: 79 & still ringing bells

The daily roundup of posts from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes 79YO man who enjoys ringing Salvation Army bell + Your holiday gift guide/On Tap, Awwhh, yum yum/Slight Detour, Day After: St. Martins/SportsLink, First Take: Water/Randy Stapilus, Still being talked about/War Bonds, Timing of Christmas bonus/The Slice ...

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Some don't have computers, Rep. Sims 56 

If you followed the discussion in the urban renewal task force closely, you'll see that Reps. Robert Anderst and Kathy Sims didn't think much about using urban renewal funds to build libraries. In fact, Sims said that anyone with a computer has his/her own library. Fort Boise takes exception to Sims' close-minded view of libraries.

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 (Courtesy Photo / Kootenai County Sheriff's Office)

$500 reward offered in golf course vandalism 

Between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, an unknown person(s) intentionally drove a vehicle onto the No. 6 green at the Avondale Golf Course, causing about $6,000 in damages, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Avondale Golf Club is...

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Child porn brings 75-month sentence 

A Coeur d’Alene man who had amassed a large collection of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to 75 months in federal prison. Keith David Killingsworth, 38, also will spend 15 years on parole after his release and will be subject to monitoring of his computer...

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 (Courtesy: KXLY)

Eastward view of new resort tower 17 

Last week, Huckleberries Online published 5 artist renderings of the proposed new Coeur d'Alene Resort tower at 2nd St and Sherman Avenue. 4 of those views were from the east side (McEuen Park) looking west. One was from 2nd Street, looking south. Here's a view of the proposed tower, looking from the west side (City Park) side.

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Idaho 41st in high school grad rate 49 

Idaho’s graduation rate tied for 41st in the nation in 2013-14, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education. Idaho’s graduation rate came in at 77.3 percent; the national rate was 82.3 percent.

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'Most Likely to Succeed' airs tonight 

A free, special screening of the acclaimed education documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" is set at 7 tonight in the Kroc Theatre at the Kroc Center. It is non-partisan and non-prescriptive and quickly points out that there is not a one size fits all solution in education. It has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced."

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North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap makes his budget pitch to state lawmakers in Boise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.  (Betsy Russell / Spokesman-Review file photo)

NIC prez Dunlap to retire 

North Idaho College Board of Trustee Chairman Ken Howard announced today that NIC President Joe Dunlap, Ed.D., has notified the board that he intends to retire at the end of the current academic year.

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How do you pronounce 'poinsettia'? 

KBOI 2News is asking viewers how they pronounce "poinsettia." The question comes as the Boise State Broncos are preparing to play Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. It appears that the answer is split between a 3-syllable word and a 4-syllable word.

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 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

AM Headlines -- 12.15.15 

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: ATF special agent who once arrested Randy Weaver retiring, Twin Falls OKs liquor sales on holidays/AP, North Idaho woman first to die from flu/Press, Man burns US flag outside CdA business/Press, Omak mill closure to leave 175 without work/SR + more ...

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Poll: It's North Idaho, period 

An overwhelming majority of Hucks Nation said it prefers to refer to this region as "North Idaho," not "northern Idaho." 220 of 254 respondents (86.61%) prefer "North Idaho" when describing the five northern counties. Today's Poll: Should America continue to be as welcoming to immigrants as it has been in the past?

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Airplane makes emergency landing 18 

An Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Spokane after smoke filled the plane’s cabin Tuesday morning. A passenger on Alaska Flight 2372 from Seattle tweeted a video of passengers standing on the tarmac in Spokane around 8:20 a.m. and said his flight had just made an emergency landing.

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Edit: Bad news for tax cutters 32 

While a group of legislators are looking for ways to income and personal property taxes, a report says that Idahoans are satisfied with the fairness of the state's tax system. In fact, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks Idaho's balanced system as fifth best in the country. Do you think the tax cutters will care?

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Bomb threats shut all LA schools

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools have been ordered closed Tuesday due to an unspecified “credible threat” of violence to students at numerous schools in the sprawling district, and a schools official confirmed that it was a bomb threat to the school district. Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second-largest school district.

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Nate's New York Pizza owner Glenn Gatherer sections off one of the restaurant's 36-inch pizzas. Nate's is open Wednesday through Sunday. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Nate's Pizza open despite report 10 

Nate’s New York Pizza in Post Falls is alive and well — a brutally slow Sunday notwithstanding. For the record, Nate’s is open Wednesdays through Sundays despite a published rumor in Sunday’s Press suggesting otherwise. Owner Glenn Gatherer said Nate's was down $1,000 on Sunday, a day his restaurant normally brings in $1,500.

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Malek sets public meeting Wednesday 

Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues and legislation that are likely to come up in the next legislative session. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Coeur d’Alene Fire Station 3,…

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