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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 12.16.15 

I often wonder about the expression: "working like a dog." All Huckleberry the Beagle ever does is spread out in front of the fire place and occasionally chase the neighbor's white cat out of our back yard (which I appreciate). Oh yeah, she flies up the steps to jump on me in the morning when I emerge from the bedroom.

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Parting Shot -- 12.16.15 

Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

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 Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and John Boyega as Finn, are shown in a scene from the film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. Early screenings of the film will begin Thursday night. (David James/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

Review: New 'Star Wars' is 'film we're looking for'

Don't worry. I'm not posting a review chock full of spoilers. Basically, Colin Covert of the Tribune News Service says that the newest "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" takes us back to the things that worked in the original series. He'll provide some story lines without giving away much. Enjoy the review. Or avoid it.

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Risch: Cruz spilled classified info 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who has endorsed Marco Rubio for president, suggested on CNN today that rival GOP candidate Ted Cruz revealed classified information during last night’s Republican presidential debate. Cruz was talking about telephone surveillance programs aimed at detecting terrorism.

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City adding teeth to parking law 

For almost two years, parking violators in Coeur d'Alene have been skating by without having to pay their tickets. But that could change once the city revamps its enforcement contract with Diamond Parking. (Question: Did you know you could get away with parking violations in downtown Coeur d'Alene?)

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A snowy December morn 

We woke up to 2 inches of snow here in Coeur d'Alene today. Which means that Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Images grabbed her camera and headed to the Centennial Trail, east of Coeur d'Alenel for some photos. Like this viewtiful one.

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$61.5M later, Schoolnet to close 

The days are numbered for the costly and flawed Schoolnet instructional management system. The State Department of Education will pull the plug on the Schoolnet system on June 30. ... The department has been looking for a path away from the Schoolnet mess since March, when state auditors issued a scathing report ...

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Dems offer assault weapon ban bill 42 

House Democrats on Wednesday formally renewed their push to renew a 1990s-era assault weapons ban, introducing legislation. A growing coalition of Democrats is looking to renew the assault weapons ban that was originally signed by President Bill Clinton but expired more than a decade ago.

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Morris turns on Xmas display tonite 

"Hayden, Idaho, man who's HOA threatened to sue him over his Christmas lights is turning them on tonight" -- tweet from John Hendricks of KXLY (@JohnKXLY) re: plans by Hayden attorney to flip the switch on his controversial outdoor Christmas display.

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HucksOnline -- 12.16.15 

The daily roundup of blog posts from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: White Christmas/Bay Views, 1st Take: Fear/Randy Stapilus, A Mass in Hell/Carlson Chronicles, Talk about bad timing/Simple Mind, Day After: Saint Martins/SportsLink, It's time to get serious/Dogwalk Musings, Grading the snowman-making potential/Slice ...

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Paris attack suspects caught in camp

Austrian authorities have arrested two men at a migrant shelter who may be connected to the Paris terrorist attack last month. State Prosecutor Robert Holzleitner said the men were arrested at a transit camp for asylum seekers in Salzburg, Austria over the weekend.

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Payette eyes school dress code 

Payette is the latest Idaho school district considering a stricter student dress code, calling its new proposed policy "Dress for Success." The Payette School Board is combing through the suggested policy, which bans jeans, requires shirts have collars and states students only wear red, black, white, gray or tan colored clothing.

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New auction date set for Hart home 

The IRS has set a new date to auction off the home of former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, to offset his federal income tax debts: Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. The auction will take place at 501 Government Way in Coeur d’Alene, with bidder registration starting at 10 a.m.; like the last auction, the minimum bid price is set at $110,000.

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IFF's Hoffman calls for tax cuts 

Wayne Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, issued his own version of a state budget for the coming year today, calling for limiting state spending to a 2.6 percent increase and cutting taxes by $100 million to $200 million.

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Straddling the fence 

JohnA offers this photo from his neck of the woods as "evidence that two of the three main turkeys from last night's debate are still on the fence about how to fight ISIS?"

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'Star Wars' spoilers 

On his Facebook wall, SR colleague Joe Butler thought he'd save us all time and worry by posting a series of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" spoilers, including: "Chewbacca is actually Scrappy Doo in a robot suit." They're bogus. But funny. Feel free to add to them.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 12.16.15 

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (22 items & counting) includes one-car rollover on I-90, east of Coeur d'Alene, that has trapped two individuals in vehicle and Washington woman found after staying in car all night in mountain in Worley area.

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After a year in office, Idaho Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra says she's found her calling -- and that she will seek re-election in three years. (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra has found her calling, will run again 

After a year in office, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said she’s found her calling. During an interview with Idaho Education News on Wednesday morning, Ybarra made the surprise announcement that she will run for reelection in 2018. Clark Corbin of Idaho Education News reports.

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Rannells gets West Ada District job 

The board of the troubled West Ada School District voted unanimously last night to hire Mary Ann Ranells, former Lakeland School District superintendent and former deputy state superintendent, as the district’s next superintendent. Rannells will start the first week of January.

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AM Headlines -- 12.16.15 

The daily morning roundup of regional headlines includes: Sheriff Wolfinger to run for re-election/Press, Idaho employees still seriously underpaid/EOB, Land Board ups firefighting budget by 10%/EOB, Violence Prevention Center has new name/Press,Skier badly hurt in avalanche near Sun Valley/EOB,Spokane apologizes for threatening storm letters/KREM

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Poll: Keep accepting immigrants 

A majority of Hucks Nation says America should continue to welcome immigrants as it has in the past. 130 of 252 respondents (51.59%) say immigrants should be welcomed into this country. Today's Poll: Do you like the design of Hagadone Hospitality's proposed 2nd Coeur d'Alene Resort tower?

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Poll: Clinton crushing Sanders 13 

Hillary Clinton holds a huge national lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), according to a new poll. A Monmouth University survey released Wednesday found Clinton with a 33-point lead, taking 59 percent support nationally over Sanders at 26 percent.

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Judge tosses rattler bite suit 16 

An Asotin County judge said Walmart is not liable for a rattlesnake bite that occurred more than three years ago in the garden center of the retail giant's Clarkston store. In a written decision handed down this week, Judge Scott D. Gallina granted the retailer's motion for summary judgment.

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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.