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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2015

Terrorist FB taunt brings warning 

The Benewah County sheriff has issued a warning to the individual who Facebooked a photo of the St. Maries High School Lumberjack mascot in front of the grade school, with the taunt: "HEY ISIS B*T**S COME GET SOME." The sheriff asks: "do we really want to make our town stand out when terrorists could be looking for their next political statement?"

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Poll: Won't give up freedoms 

In the weekend poll, a majority of Hucks Nation said it isn't willing to sacrifice some freedoms to deal with increasing episodes of domestic terrorism and terror attacks. Today's Poll: Should the sale or possession of semi-automatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition be banned?

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Assault weapons ban stands 37 

In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammo. The justices by a 7-2 vote refused to review rulings by judges in Chicago who upheld a ban on assault weapons in Highland Park, Ill.

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Edit: Guv shakes down corporate Idaho 

In a Lewiston Tribune editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has a severe case of lame duckness. But that hasn't prevented Ms Lori & him from shaking down corporate Idaho in the form of a political action committee called Otter PAC.

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Letter: County wrong on refugees 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Mary Rosdahl of Coeur d'Alene says Kootenai County commissioners are wrong to be considering the adoption of a resolution targeting Syrian refugees. Bonner County commissioners have already passed a similar resolution.

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Nancy Harlocker, of Dalton Gardens, describes the day she watched the bombing of Pearl Harbor from her rooftop. Her father, a dentist, left the family for a few weeks because all medical personnel were needed to tend to the injured. She later became a newswoman with the Honolulu Advertiser. She was photographed at her home Nov. 24, 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Pearl Harbor witness: 'It was so scary' 

Like most Americans, Nancy Harlocker’s world changed on Dec. 7, 1941. A 10-year-old living an idyllic island childhood on Oahu, Harlocker woke to the sound of her father yelling, “We’re at war!” She and her 14-year-old brother looked up to see a Japanese Zero flying overhead.

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Ex-Otter lawyer cashes in on grouse 

Tom Perry, Gov. Butch Otter's former top lawyer, is cashing in as a private lawyer by representing the Legislature and the governor in their lawsuit over the sage grouse listing. Perry was paid $100,755 a year when he left the governor's office in April. He has been paid $165,400 as of November to represent state interests.

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Fan laments KVNI program change 

Sunday Huckleberries kicked off with comment re: the decision by the Powers That Be in Spokane to change the programming at KVNI-AM radio from 24/7/365 sports to Top 40/'80s music after Christmas. Former Councilman Mike Kennedy doesn't like the change. One. Bit. Neither do I, for those keeping score at home.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 5, 2015

Weekend Wild Card -- 12.5-6.15 19 

Huckleberries Online enters today (Sunday) less than 51 page-views short of its page-view record of 2,627,172. The blog is on a pace this year to reach about 2.8 million page-views. All of which makes me want to stick around another year to see if...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015

Parting Shot -- 12.4.15 

A migrant child looks from a train window after boarding near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, today. Greek riot police struggled to maintain order on Friday after clashes between asylum-seekers at the country's border with Macedonia. Macedonia is allowing only people from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to cross the border.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 12.4.15 

I'd like to think I'm looking forward to the weekend. But Mrs. O has some honey-do's lined up that'll make me wish that I was hanging out at Hucks Central killing time with you guys and gals. Talk about making a list and checking it...

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Hey, pal, it's North Idaho. Period. 66 

Another resident from outside the Idaho Panhandle -- this time from eastern Washington -- tells The Slice he cringes whenever he hears someone use the term "North Idaho" to refer to our region. Spokane businessman Rick Hosmer is urging the SR to start referring to the Panhandle as "northern Idaho," like Gov. Butch Otter does. Blech.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.4.15

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (26 items) + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items includes 3 punks in the median @ I-90/Pleasant View, Post Falls, throwing rocks at passing vehicles -- and a lockdown in the Strawberry Fields subdivision of Hayden ...

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Capone's offers 12 Ales of Christmas 

"You know the holidays are here when Rudolph is back on TV and the 12 Ales of Christmas returns to Capone’s," writes Rick Bonino/On Tap blog. Capone's is sponsoing the 19th annual celebration, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The star attractions again are the titular dozen seasonal beers.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.4.15 

A daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online blog roll begins with a hat tip to Marianne Love of Slight Detour who is celebrating her 11th blogiversary today. The cartoon above was provided by her brother -- and was an inspiration for her to start blogging on Dec. 4, 2004. HucksOnline started the previous February. It's been a long ride.

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Idaho's Choice: College or cancer? 

It’s not a secret that crippling student debt has been on the rise for years. Idaho is no different. But where Idaho differentiates itself from most of the USA is the number of high schoolers going on to college. Idaho consistently ranks near the bottom of this category. ... A group sees tuition costs as the problem and cigarettes as the solution.

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The Georgie Oakes, loaded with passengers, circa 1900.  (Museum of North Idaho / Via Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Flash Back: Steamboating on Lake CdA 

Nearly 50 years of steamboating history on Lake Coeur d'Alene were brought to a close as the Georgie Oakes was set on fire and sank as part of a Coeur d'Alene 4th of July celebration in 1927. In this week's edition of the Pacific Northwest Inlander, EJ Ianetti provides an overview of steamboating on Lake Coeur d'Alene and its feeder rivers.

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Local man attends Paris climate talks 

"Idaho doesn’t have an official representative at the Paris climate talks," writes Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman, "but Sandpoint’s Gary Payton is there, representing the Presbyterian Church and the Idaho Conservation League." (Question: Do you wished you could have attended the Paris climate talks?)

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