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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

Parting Shot -- 2.6.15 

A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif., recently. Vaccinations can cause minor side effects including redness at the injection site and sometimes mild fever, but medical experts say serious complications are rare and much less dangerous…

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TGIF Wild Card -- 2.6.15 

Sometimes, I like to stir things up, simply to get the blood pumping. That wasn't my intention when I started counting the trees, upright and fallen, along the Dike Road over the last two weeks during my noon and weekend walks. It simply dawned on...

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CPD Seeks Endangered Runaway 

Coeur d'Alene Police officers are searching for an endangered runaway girl. Emily Rose Walther, 14, was last seen at her home in Coeur d'Alene on Feb. 1. She was reported as a runaway by her custodial father the following day. Information obtained from investigators indicate…

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'War Bonds' e-Version Coming 

From Cindy's War Bonds blog: "Exciting news for Kindle and Nook lovers. “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” will be released in e-book format next week! You can pre-order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble today! While I prefer the comfort and...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.6.15 

PM Scanner Traffic for Thursday (21 items + AM Scanner Traffic link, so far) includes crash between vehicle and pedestrian in Coeur d'Alene. Pedestrian escaped with minor bruises and scrapes after being knocked down.

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Remains Confirmed As Human 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the bones found by a hiker near Bayview, Idaho are human. A hiker who was hunting for antler sheds found the skeletal remains Wednesday afternoon in a forested area above Cape Horn Road, the Sheriff’s Office said…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 2.6.15 

Roundup of INW/North Idaho blogs offers another photo of tree removal along the Dike Road + The Slice dissing on lates SI swimsuit edition + A Grip on Sports reviewing interesting Thursday night in area college basketball + more

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Apple Staters Boost Booze Sales 

The Idaho State Liquor Division is on track for another record year in 2015, the division reported to legislative budget writers Friday, in part because of cross-border buyers from Washington, who now account for a steady 7 percent of the division’s sales. Before Washington voters…

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Sims: Don't Mandate Dealer Hours 

Pigs are airborne today. State Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, and I agree that the state shouldn't mandate the number of hours that a car dealer should be open in a given reach. It's state overreach. File this in "Broken clock is right twice a day" department.

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Pity The Humor Impaired 

Sometimes, I pity those born without a sense of humor, including the person who sent the above email to The Spokesman Review. Obviously, the emailer didn't realize -- or care-- that the widow of a Seattle Seahawk fan who died of a heart attack shortly…

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Idaho Seeks Delay For ID Mandate 

The future ability of Idahoans to use their driver's licenses as ID to pass airport security hangs in the balance today. Idahoans won't be able to use their licenses beginning in 2016 because the Legislature thumbed its nose at a federal rule change. Now a bill seeks a one-year delay in compliance.

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Twin Falls: Otter's Dealings Reek 

Opinion Editor Jon Alexander of the Twin Falls Times News doesn't know whether to call it "crony capitalism." Or quid pro quo. Or good ole' corruption. But he thinks the Otter administration's dealings with the Idaho Education Network stinks. And he's right.

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Idaho Lottery Expects Shortfall 13 

Idaho lottery officials are bracing for a $10 million shortfall in ticket sales this year, due to large national and statewide drops in both Powerball and MegaMillions jackpot earnings. Question: Am I the only one in the land of Huckleberries who has never wasted a dime on an Idaho Lottery ticket?

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Blog: Another Journalism Black Eye 

In his Editor's Notes blog, SR Editor Gary Graham expresses distress re: damage to "my profession's credibility and reputation" caused by the lie told by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams re: his experience in the Iraqi war zone in 2003.

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GOP Solon: Idaho ♥'s Public Lands 26 

After wasting 2 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars studying whether Idaho should try to take over federal lands, GOP legislators admitted today that Idahoans' want access to them. And not a switch in owners. Duh! I wonder who dresses these guys in the morning?

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AM Headlines -- 2.6.15 

AM Headlines includes cover photo of new Commissioner Marc Eberlein, who told North Idaho Pachyderms that he thought fired-the-rehired Greg Delavan had done a superb job as county airport manager + links to 9 stories.

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Edit: Greyhound Park Goofed, But ... 11 

Coeur d'Alene Press editorial opines that the Greyhound Park erred by bringing in illegal slot machines under the misnomer "instant racing." But encourages readers to remember the many community contributions the park has made before judging management too harshly.

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IFF: Bold Tax Plan Tops Butch's 10 

At Idaho Freedom Foundation, exec Wayne Hoffman supports a bold tax proposal that would lower the top marginal income tax rate from 7.4% to 6.5%. That means Idaho's richest residents would pay less while lower-income ones would pay more. Am I the only one who sees a problem here?

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Bridges: A Vintage Baseball Guy 

At MLB.com, columnist Tracy Ringolsby wrote a tribute to the late Rocky Bridges, a former baseball player, coach and manager -- and long-time Coeur d'Alene resident -- who died in Coeur d'Alene Jan. 28 at the age of 87.

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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.