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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 12.22.15 30 

After snow dumps like last night's, I ask myself whether or not it's time to get a snow blower. I've had this conversation with myself for decades here in Coeur d'Alene. Usually, the answer is no. I like the exercise involved in snow shoveling. And I don't like to store a snow blower for 9 or 10 months a year.

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Parting Shot -- 12.22.15 

Skiers and snowboarders ride a lift up a mountain on Tuesday at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel ... bringing so much snow in parts of the West that there are concerns about avalanches.

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Trump: 'Schlonged' not vulgar 33 

One day after saying Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” in the 2008 presidential election, Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend the term as not vulgar. Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, wrote Tuesday night that the word means “beaten badly.”

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Weather Update: Protect smaller trees 

A tree expert told SReporter Scott Maben that property owners should protect smaller trees & bushes by knocking the heavy snow off them: “It needs to be done soon, otherwise they’ll stay bent over and they get cellular damage from the cold temperatures. And that makes it basically just stay in that position,” said Dan Taylor.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

The Cutline Contest for Tuesday features two college freshman at the University of Connecticut who regularly use a service which caters to college students needing a designated driver to and from parties and bars. Monday Winners -- Searcher & Charlie.

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Judge OKs PParenthood fund cutoff 13 

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has the authority to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, dealing a major legal blow to the organization as it tries to preserve its funding in multiple states this year.

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Wanted: Reporter who reads 12 

The St. Maries Gazette Record has placed a help wanted ad at, for a reporter who ... reads. Ad quote: " We can excuse you if you have not read a book or two in a while, but the person we hire will be a newspaper reader. We are convinced that in order to be a respectable reporter, you must be informed."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.22.15

The daily roundup of posts from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Snow fun/Slight Detour, Did you sell Grit?/The Slice, Your holiday planner/On Tap, Day After: Pepperdine/SportsLink, The Christmas dead/Barrett Rainey, From a faraway galaxy to The Kennel/Grip, Bald Eagle Watch Week starts Dec 27/Outdoors + more ...

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ignite cda eyes building removal near Skate Park 

It appears as though ignite cda is preparing to order demolition of more buildings that it owns north of the Coeur d'Alene Skate Park, off Garden Avenue, between Park Drive and Northwest Boulevard. ignite cda has removed 5 or 6 houses along Park Drive so far. Others are still being used as rentals.

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On the Waterfront 

These are the winter days that I remember in the middle of summer when the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene is overrun by tourists and visitors from Spokane. I want to ask them: Where were you in late December when the snow was blowing side ways off the water -- and the footing was dicey? How do you get your exercise during winter?

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In this March 29, 1909, SR file photo, Shasta Groene speaks about her brother to KREM news.

Shasta Groene tells survivor's story

Shasta Groene, the girl that the Inland Northwest will never forget after surviving a harrowing kidnapping, is now 19, living in Boise and expecting a baby. Not only has she survived the kidnapping and murder of 3 members of her family, but she has overcome drug problems that led to incarceration. She tells her story to KTVB/KREM.

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CdA shoplifter loses burglary appeal 

The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state’s burglary law, over a challenge from a CdA man that it’s unconstitutional because it was used to charge him with felony burglary instead of misdemeanor shoplifting for taking items from a Wal-Mart store. Idaho’s burglary law simply requires that a person enter a place with an intent to commit a crime.

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11.3 inches of snow, more on way 11 

According to Press meteorologist Randy Mann, Monday's storm dumped 11.3 inches of snow on Coeur d'Alene. And that's not all, folks. The National Weather Service is forecasting another 4 to 10 inches of snow Wednesday and Wednesday night. What, you thought a White Christmas would…

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Poll: Want to see new tower idea 

In Monday's poll, a majority of Hucks Nation -- 54.85% -- said it would like to see Coeur d'Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone return to the city with a new design for a proposed 2nd resort tower. Today's Poll: Are you really dreaming of a white Christmas this year?

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Worth Repeating ... 

Are Seattle Seahawk stickers and a flag worth the risk of being arrested for shoplifting? A 19YO Montana man may have the answer to that question after he was arrested for shoplifting after a chase outside of the State Line Walmart. Click Bait: You're going to have to check below to see the alleged shoplifters response for taking the items.

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Spudbob sends in this photo of Allium Spring Chorus taken this morning, after Monday's 11.3-inch dump of snow in Coeur d'Alene. Artist David Tonnesen's fine public art display at McEuen Park seems to be holding up well this winter.

AM Headlines -- 12.22.15

The morning roundup of AM Headlines from the region includes: Zags rout Pepperdine/KREM, Off-duty ISP officer catches suspect/Press, AAA expects gas prices to bottom out/Press, Snow cancels flights at Spokane Airport/KHQ, UFC fighter arrested after Spokane bar fight/SR, NYTimes blog targets Labrador claims/EOB, Shasta Groene shares journey/KREM

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Virginia reins in concealed carry 

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) on Tuesday announced the commonwealth will no longer recognize concealed carry permits issued in dozens of other states. After a review, the state determined that dangerous people could legally obtain guns in 25 states with weaker gun laws and bring them into Virginia.

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Trump mocks Clinton debate potty break 25 

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump late Monday mocked Hillary Clinton for visiting the bathroom during last weekend’s Democratic presidential debate, saying it was “disgusting.” “What happened to her?” he asked during a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. “I’m watching the debate and she disappeared,” Trump continued.

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Free lunch could cost worker job 25 

Dalene Bowden admits that she broke the rules, but she’s not apologizing and says she would do exactly the same thing again. Bowden, a lunch worker at Irving Middle School, said she was placed on unpaid leave Dec. 15 after giving a free lunch to a 12-year-old student who didn’t have money to pay for her hot meal.

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> 5000 KECustomers w/o power

From Kootenai Electric Cooperative: "Following yesterday’s snowstorm, Kootenai Electric Cooperative currently has scattered outages affecting more than 5,000 members. Due to the nature of the storm and the type of damage we cannot provide estimates at this time."

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How I spent Monday evening 

First, a system problem KO'd Huckleberries Online shortly after 4:30 Monday evening. Then, I spent most of the evening enjoying home life by candlelight. I even wrote in my daily log by candlelight. I was confident when I hit sack in the dark around 11 o'clock that Avista crews would make everything right by morning. They did.

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Polls may low-ball Trump strength 

Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field in polls of GOP voters nationally and in most early-voting states, but some surveys actually may be understating his strength. With Trump dominating political debates in both parties, gauging his true level of support has become a crucial puzzle.

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Spokane Muslims feel tension 19 

After the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., this month was attributed to a Muslim couple, Karen Strongren’s son was afraid to go to prayer services at the Spokane Islamic Center. “He was saying, ‘I really don’t want to go to the mosque. I don’t want to go because I am afraid somebody is going to come in and start shooting,’ ” Strongren said.

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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.