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FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

 (Mickey Nuttall / Associated Press)

Parting Shot -- 7.31.15 

Members of an international team of skydivers join hands, flying head-down to build their world record skydiving formation today, over Ottawa, Ill. It took the team 13 attempts to to build the formation, resembling a giant flower, to beat the 2012 mark set by 138…

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TGIF Wild Card -- 7.31.15 

In the last week, I've encountered three friends I haven't seen in at least a decade or longer. A former youth minister at a former church. And attorney Malcolm Dymkoski and his wife, Pauline. It's odd to run into old friends, esp. when they approach...

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People are silhouetted against a rising full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. When the full moon appears at 6:43 a.m. EDT (1043 GMT) in the U.S. Friday, it will become the second full moon of July. Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said the traditional definition of a blue moon is two full moons in a month.  (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

Blue Moon Rises Tonight 16 

The second full moon of July will rise tonight in the east around sunset in what has commonly become known as a “blue moon.” The first full moon this month was on July 2. (Question: Question: Which song that contains the word "moon" in its title is your favorite?)

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 (Welch-Comer Engineers / Courtesy Photo)

Proposed Plan For Mullan Avenue 

The city of Coeur d'Alene has just released a proposed plan to transform Mullan Avenue, between City Park and Memorial Field into more "pedestrian friendly." This new concept allows city officials to close Mullan Avenue when pedestrian friendly events like Taste of the Coeur d'Alenes are being staged. It also saves trees in City Park.

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56% Check Facebook On Toilet 

People are spending more time on their phone or tablet than they do watching TV or sleeping, and some suffer from nomophobia -- "no mobile phone" phobia, according to a KING 5 report. The report includes a list of places people use Facebook most including (56%) on the toilet. (Question: Do you use Facebook on the pot?)

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, kisses Ciara after an NFL football training camp earlier today in Renton, Wash. ( Stephen Brashear / Associated Press)

Seahawks, Wilson OK Extension 

It took until almost the 11th — or should that be the 12th? — hour. But the Seahawks have reached an agreement on a contract extension with quarterback Russell Wilson this morning, shortly before the team is to begin training camp at the VMAC in...

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Letter: Too Many Council Conflicts 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press, Doug Davey of Worley notes that six of the seven current Coeur d'Alene City Council members, including Mayor Steve Widmyer, have ties of some sort, past or present, to the Hagadone Corp. Davey considers that worth noting after the 5-1 vote by the council to vacate a street for a Hagadone tower.

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Roof Pleads Innocent To 9 Killings 

The suspect in last month’s mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., reportedly pleaded not guilty on Friday, a new report says. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, entered the plea while facing 33 federal criminal charges for allegedly attacking a church on June 17, according to The Charleston…

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Keith: The Day I Quit Hunting 13 

About 5 years ago, hunter KeithInCDA was about to harvest a cow elk when something happened that made him lower his rifle -- and never fire a shot again. He still enjoys going out to hunting camps with family and friends. But: "It's just not for me anymore." How about you? Why do/don't you hunt?

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Poll: Legal Layoffs OK

In Thursday's Poll, a plurality said it wasn't concerned by a proposed Coeur d'Alene city budget that called for jettisoning 4 staff positions from the criminal division of the city attorney's office. Weekend Poll: Do you agree with Statesman columnist Rocky Barker that trophy hunters are key allies of wildlife conservation in Africa (& USA)?

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Group: Butch Most Conservative Guv 18 

Using data from OnTheIssues, InsideGov broke down the political ideology of every governor. And guess what? Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is the most conservative governor in the nation, based on public statements, press releases, campaign platforms and voting records on important issues. (Question: Do you think Butch is the most conservative guv?)

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Happy Birthday, Now Go To Jail 

I was reading through the latest Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report for interesting nuggets for you. And I found one involving a drunk who picked the wrong place to rest on a special day. I don't think he had wished that the day would end in a trip to the local cross-bar hotel.

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 (Joe Kline / Bend Bulletin)

Cutline Contest -- 7.31.15 

The Cutline Contest today features two trumpeter swans at the Sunriver Nature Center in Sunriver, Ore. Thursday Winner -- Stitch. (DFO: Hey, HucksOnline readers, you need to do your part in the Cutline Contest by voting for your favorite cutline entries. The winner today received only 3 votes. C'mon. We're doing our part.)

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Three-day old Bayne Marsh peeks up at her parents, Korey and MaKenzie Marsh, of Herriman Utah, at the Women's and Newborn Center at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, earlier this month. (Steve Griffin / Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

August Memory

The Bard of Sherman Avenue has a rhyme for all of the mothers out there who had a child born in August. (Or you can swap out the month in the headline and apply it to another summer month in which a child was born.)

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GOPrez Horde Prep For Debate 24 

Less than a week before a bushel of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls square off for the first time in two Fox News debates, billionaire businessman Donald Trump is holding firm to his primary lead -- while his lower-polling rivals battle for visibility in hopes of...

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Avista Seeks 10.3%, 8.3% Rate Hikes 11 

Avista wants more $$$ from Idaho cuss-tomers -- 10.3% for electricity and 8.3% for natural gas. Avista's request would increase monthly power bills for average electricity users by $5.92 in 2016, and another $6.10 a month in 2017. Average natural gas users would pay $3.90 more per month in 2016, and see another monthly increase of $1.79 in 2017.

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 (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review)

Heroes With A Ladder Truck 

Coeur d'Alene Fire Department's engineer Kelan McKeirnan, right explained the functionality of the equipment while fire fighter Kevin Latscha wore the protective gear at Coeur d'Alene Library in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday. The demonstration was part of the libraries Every Hero Has A Story summer...

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The local artists participating in Art on the Green include, clockwise from top left: William Fickinger and Barbara Ellison, Judy Mintner, Deb Gelet, Joanne Walker and Leland Hollis. (Spokesman-Review)

Art On The Green, CdA Fests Kick Off Today 

Art on the Green. Taste of Coeur d'Alene. Annual downtown Street Fair on Sherman Avenue. It's all apart of the weekend ahead as Coeur d'Alene continues to celebrate the swell summer that we've had. (Question: Question: Which feature of the Coeur d'Alene waterfront festivals do you enjoy best?)

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