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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 2.18.15 

It all begins again today, the second harbinger of spring -- pitchers & catchers report for spring training as another Major League Baseball season launches. As a fan of the San Francisco Giants, I know that they don't win World Series in odd numbered years....

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Parting Shot -- 2.18.15

San Francisco Giants fans holds baseballs and pens in hopes for getting an autograph as players arrive for spring training baseball workouts today in Scottsdale, Ariz. Giants pitchers and catchers have their first official workout scheduled for Thursday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Update: NIC Official Arrested 

Scott Maben of the SR has the latest information about the arrest of NIC financial aid director Joseph Bekken on aid-for-sex charges, including comments from Don Soltman, who represents North Idaho on the Idaho Board of Education.

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Carlson: The Posturing Mr. Labrador 

Chris Carlson of the Carlson Chronicles says the difference between Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho's 2nd District and Raul Labrador of the 1st District is this: Simpson works hard, Labrador loves to posture -- and is nothing more than a "show horse."

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin simulates a bathroom pose after catching a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1. Baldwin said he was directing his actions at Patriots' cornerback Darrelle Revis. He was penalized...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 2.18.15

PM Scanner Traffic (25 items + AM Scanner Traffic link) includes drunken couple who stopped then Econoline van to relieve themselves at McEuen Park bathrooms while leaving kids in the car. Well, at least, I think they used the public bathrooms.

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Frosty Mornings & The Real Nic

Nic of Faithful Geek hates frost with a white-hot hate. There's nothing he despises more than scraping frost of car windows in the frosty mornings of Idaho's winter months. This morning's frost reminded Nic of other frosts in his life.

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Keough: Why I Voted Against Repeal 

In a letter to Huckleberries Online, state Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, explains why she voted w/Sens. Steve Vick and Bob Nonini against repealing the "instant racing" law. The Senate approved the repeal 26-9. Sen. Mary Souza voted for the repeal.

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Beagles Rule 13 

William Alexander poses with Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, after she won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Question: What kind of dog do you have?

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NIC Prez Addresses Bekken Arrest 

President Joe Dunlap of North Idaho College has issued this statement re: the arrest of financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken on charges alleging he offered financial aid for sex in a CraigsList ad. Dunlap said the college cooperated fully with police during the investigation.

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Close Encounters Of Biden Kind 47 

Vice President Biden was criticized on Tuesday for putting his hands on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's wife and whispering in her ear at Carter's swearing-in, but it wasn't the first time Biden has gotten up close and personal with someone. Question: Do you like close talkers?

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SR News Quiz -- 2.15-19.2015

How much do you know about conflict on the Spokane City Council, a Little League champion's downfall, local golf courses and other news of note? Find out in the weekly News Quiz in The Spokesman Review. You qualify for 2 movie tickets or a $50...

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Tweetable 

KCRCC's conservative caucus has split into three: Rally Right Loyalists, Former Rally Righters, and Ron Paulers. A fight is brewing -- Precinct 52 Committeeman Bjorn Handeen.

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Solons Have Broadband Secret

Even before legislators unveiled their last-ditch plan to save broadband in high schools, the leaders of the House and Senate acknowledged some schools will struggle to make the plan work. “Some rural districts may have a difficult time engaging suitable providers,” House Speaker Scott Bedke…

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Shoshone County Inmate Escapes

Former Kellogg resident Roy J. Bieluch, 48, escaped from the Shoshone County Jail Tuesday night and deputies are searching for him. Bieluch had been in the jail since December 12 on charges of burglary, malicious injury to property and failure to appear. He is 5…

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Days Gone By: Non-Commie Kellogg 12 

On the Old School North Idaho Facebook wall, Keva Wolfe posts this photo of Kellogg, Idaho, in bygone days. It's obvious that the Silver Valley mining town had no use for commies. I'd guess that the photo was taken in the early to mid-1950s when...

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Hobnobbing At Blogfest Past 

This photo of Tony Stewart of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and GOP stalwart Duane Rasmussen is what Blogfest is all about. People with different political and philosophical gather at the Fort Ground Grill in mid-February to share the cyber adventure that...

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1 Year Ago: Guns On Campus OK'd 11 

One year ago today, HucksOnline reported that the Idaho Senate had approved legislation to allow guns on college campuses in Idaho, by a 25-10 vote. The legislation was later signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter. How do you think it has worked so far?

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AM Headlines -- 2.18.15 

Dalton Gardens has trapped and relocated 5 deer in an attempt to get control on the deer population that has annoyed residents in recent years+Democrats fill Senate openings+ISP wants more troopers+Shoshone County searching for escapee+more

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Poll: Willing To Pay In Gas Taxes

Hucks Nation willing to pay more in taxes to help fix Idaho's roads and bridges. Today's Poll: Should candidates for School Board be required to file financial disclosure statements as those for other nonpartisan offices do?

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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.